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Tidemark’s Infographics Could Change How Your Business Is Run

Tidemark rolls out infographics that map a company’s profits in microscopic detail, in real time.<p>It’s only been a few months since Tidemark, a bold Andreessen Horowitz-backed business analytics platform, emerged from its beta cocoon. But today, the fledgling company is introducing a new set of …

Infographics

US-listed companies doing business in Iran: $540 million in revenue and counting

Economic sanctions on Iran have been getting tougher in recent years, and the United States tightened the screws a little more last summer with the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (PDF).<p>One unusual aspect of that law is that it started requiring companies traded on US stock …

Oil

Four Looming Factors That Could Threaten Amazon's Profits

This despite the fact that key metrics such as Income from operations as a percentage of Sales (dropped from 1.7% to 1.1%), Operating Cash Flows, Free Cash Flows and Inventory Turnover Ratio have been decreasing year-on-year.<p>Analysts are betting on the revenue growth of the firm, with estimated …

eCommerce

Risk Is Back: America's Big Banks Are Knee-Deep In Derivatives

<i>The following is a guest post by George Schultze, founder of Schultze Asset Management LLC, an alternative investments firm founded in 1998 that manages approximately $230 million in assets and specializes in distressed securities.</i><p>I’ve been following the derivatives markets for almost two decades – …

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come …

Readability

For Developers using<br>the Readability API<p>If you're looking for the Readability web parser API, check out Mercury, a free and modern web parsing toolkit.<p>…

Groupthink

The brainstorming myth.<p>In the late nineteen-forties, Alex Osborn, a partner in the advertising agency B.B.D.O., decided to write a book in which he shared his creative secrets. At the time, B.B.D.O. was widely regarded as the most innovative firm on Madison Avenue. Born in 1888, Osborn had spent …

Moving from Big Data to Big Wisdom

<i>Editor’s note: Darin McKeever is a deputy director in the Global Policy & Advocacy division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the foundation’s charitable sector support team.</i> <i>This article was published as part of a debate on Big Data and in advance of the Skoll World Forum in</i> …