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The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Employee Engagement

What's beneath the recent spike in Series A valuations?

Image via Tomasz Tunguz<p>If you're not sitting down, you might want to, because something disturbing is going on with Series A valuations.<p>According to …

Checkr Snags $9 Million From Accel To Provide An API For Background Checks

The on-demand economy is booming, enabling consumers to get all sorts of goods or services taken care of through their mobile phones. But all those new businesses looking to hire up contractors to drive passengers around, deliver them groceries, or clean their homes need to get background checks, …

Native Advertising Software For Publishers

Google rolls out new display ads for mobile

Google is introducing new tools and four new mobile advertising formats today, available across Google’s Display Network, the AdMob Network, and DoubleClick.<p>The company announced the new formats in a blog post and said they’ll roll out over the next few months.<p>Google’s new hard-to-miss formats …

Cargomatic's mobile technology connects truckers to short-range jobs

Truckers who own their vehicles loathe trips with an empty truck bed. But when Mishael Israel faced the money-sapping bind on a recent morning, he had a solution. An<p>Uber-style solution.<p>Israel's first freight pickup awaited in La Mirada, about 60 miles from his Perris home. Before leaving, he …

Competition Is for Losers

If you want to create and capture lasting value, look to build a monopoly, writes Peter Thiel<p>What valuable company is nobody building? This question is harder than it looks, because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself. Creating value isn't enough—you also …

Peter Thiel

The Guide to Creating Conversion Funnels for Analyzing Data

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>You’ve probably been reading tons of articles telling you to start setting up metrics for your website, measure your website KPIs and take …

21 of the Best B2B Growth Hacks

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to …

How to go completely paperless with iOS

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>There are some obvious first steps one can take to cut down on the amount of paper used on a day-to-day basis if you’re an …

How Data Visualization Answered One of Retail’s Most Vexing Questions

Sometimes it’s relatively easy to know what your customers are doing. In e-commerce, advances in tracking and analytics have made it possible for retailers to understand what individual customers are doing <i>before</i> they make a purchase, and to gather and analyze hundreds and thousands of data points …

MuleSoft scores $50M more to staff up its app integration efforts

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: MuleSoft<p>Despite all the talk of one-vendor software suites taking over the world, most big companies still run a …

Vinted’s mobile app turns your unwanted clothing into cash

Women have billions of dollars worth of unworn clothing in their closets.<p>Vinted is a mobile marketplace for secondhand clothes that puts those forsaken garments to use. Today, the startup announced it has raised $27 million in its second round of funding.<p>The money will support the …

Fitbit Force adding caller ID feature next month

The Fitbit Force is about to become a little bit smarter than your typical fitness tracker. This February, an update to Fitbit's software will allow the band to notify iPhone owners of incoming calls, vibrating to alert them and displaying the caller's name right on its tiny display. You might not …

Best iPad Apps of 2013

2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business …

Even Small Companies Can Tap Big Data If They Know Where to Look

Small and medium-size businesses are often intimidated by the cost and complexity of handling large amounts of digital information. A recent study of 541 such firms in the UK showed that none were beginning to take advantage of big data.<p><i>None</i>.<p>That means these firms and a lot of others are at a …

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10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

Somehow it’s already year-end, a time to look back and try to make sense of what’s happened. Creating any “top” list of stories from 12 months is nearly impossible. But as I’ve done for the last 4 years, I’ll attempt to summarize some of the latest stories about the big environmental and social …

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What Change Agents Value at Work

When it comes to change management, half the battle is making sure you have the right leaders in place. And that means looking carefully at their competencies, behavioral styles, and values.<p>To help with that challenge, my colleagues and I have created a change-agent profile. In our work assessing …

Datameer Raises $19M As Market For Hadoop And Big Data Analytics Hits An Inflection Point

The data analytics market is starting to boom. Hadoop distributions from big data companies like Cloudera have matured and are becoming more useful as they allow for better ways to perform real-time data processing by using cheap commodity hardware in clusters to spread data and then retrieve it …

The Omniture Of PR? AirPR’s New Analytics Platform Aims To Show CMOs How To Invest In PR

Startups and PR firms have long had a halting, if not embattled relationship. Spend time talking to entrepreneurs and those working at startups, and it won’t be long before you encounter the nagging mistrust founders have of PR firms and the PR process.<p>That’s why AirPR, the PR marketplace and …

British Supermarket Chain To Use Face-Scanning Technology On Customers For Ad Targeting

British supermarket chain Tesco is installing a face-scanning technology in all of its 450 gas stations that will help target ads at customers who are waiting in line to pay.<p>The technology uses cameras to identify the age and sex of store customers. Although it has been described as being “like …

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The World We Made: Alex McKay's Story from 2050

Our planet's future is too often described in terms of doom and despair. However, there is another perspective that is not only positive, but …

The Secret Power Behind Why We Pick Crowded Restaurants Over Empty Ones

When tapped effectively, “Social Proof” can be used to crank up business, online and off.<p>When you see two cafes side by side, and one is packed with lively people and the other one is empty, which one would you go to for a coffee? Why?<p>Most people will go to the packed cafe. But what if the empty …

eCommerce

Welcome to the new (and fast-growing) ecosystem of mobile business apps

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Praisaeng/Shuterstock<p>Over the last few months, I’ve had several conversations about mobile business applications that …

With Over 15M Sites Built, Weebly Launches New Planner And Mobile Editor, Brings Website Creation Service To Android

In this day and age, if you own a small business, you need a web (and mobile) presence. It’s just the way it is. Some might opt just to go for a social media approach, a Twitter account and a Facebook page, but the likelihood is that you want something a little more flexible, high-quality and …

Building superior capabilities for strategic sourcing

Purchased materials and services often make up 60 to 80 percent of a product’s cost. Companies that don’t invest in the purchasing team’s …

Suitey Is A Software Powered Real Estate Brokerage For New York City Apartments And Homes

At first sight, Suitey looks like nothing more than a run-of-the-mill real estate website. But while sites like Trulia and Zillow merely provide a listing of available properties from a large assortment of brokerages and owners, all the properties on Suitey are being directly offered by Suitey …