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500 Startups is betting on centaurs and ponies in Southeast Asia

500 Startups is becoming increasingly active as a VC firm globally, and particularly in emerging markets like Southeast Asia.Its total number of …

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Transforming Technology Companies: Putting People First

To fulfill its new role as transformation enabler, HR will also need to retool core processes and upgrade its capabilities. Seven critical areas will …

Path’s kiss of death compliment: “It’s hugely popular in Indonesia!”

<i>"They don’t need to justify themselves to you or anyone. We will talk to you when we’re ready to announce something. If you run with your story now,</i> …

Strategic principles for competing in the digital age

Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs …

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Pricing Lessons from the Rolling Stones

Earlier this month the Rolling Stones kicked off a brief 2013 tour celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Stones have always been aggressive in setting ticket prices, and it appears they’ve pushed too hard this time. With arena seats reaching $600 and general admission packages in the “Tongue Pit” …

More on the Google AdWords Controversy

A reader named <b>Desmond Lawrence</b> writes from London with further commentary on our “How Much Does Your Name Matter” podcast — specifically, about …

How GE Uses Data Visualization to Tell Complex Stories

<i>GE, perhaps more than any other major company, is dedicated to the use of data visualization as a key part of its marketing and communications efforts. Stemming from our Insight Center on visualizing data, I spoke with Linda Boff, GE’s executive director of global brand marketing, about the</i> …

Capitalize on the Invisible Hand…of Time

There’s no “invisible hand” more famous than Adam Smith’s description of the force that guides free markets toward efficiency. After studying time and attention for the last several years, it’s very clear to me that there are also invisible but powerful “hands” affecting customer behavior, and …

Post offices face uncertain future

Struggling post offices are facing an "extremely uncertain future" because of falling incomes and a lack of new work, according to a survey.<p>Research carried out by the National Federation of Sub-postmasters (NFSP) found a large number of branches are under serious threat, as well as a many local …

Why Humor Makes You More Creative

You can’t self-monitor your way to innovation. A jovial office environment is hugely important, and a few good laughs can change everything at work.<p>When you’re getting creative, you relax your inhibitions.<p>Stanford professor Tina Seelig shows us why in her book <i>InGenius</i>: In one study, jazz musicians …