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The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

Mobile Devices

Fifty Essential Mobile Marketing Facts

Since we’re on the topic of mobile marketing and the growing role it will play in 2014, I was grateful for a gem I received today from friend Mary Scott, president of software company Fishbowl, and Tom Rhoton, VP Marketing of social media amplification company EveryoneSocial, who shared the …

It’s the end of Walmart—and mass-market retail—as you know it

For a long time, having the best supply chain was enough. This is how Walmart became the powerhouse retailer it is: by building the largest, broadest, most efficient system for moving products across the United States. Then along came advanced analytics, which allowed companies to determine what …

This company is shifting the balance of power in the doctor-patient relationship

<i>Quartz continues its series profiling companies around the world experiencing explosive growth.</i><p>A few weeks ago, self-diagnosed hypochondriac Cyrus Massoumi tripped and fell, gashing his arm in two places. He got on his phone, pulled out an app and searched for “emergency medicine physicians.” A few …

How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously | Inc.com

Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make it happen. In essence, I work to put others first, and to be more likeable, to end up …

How Not to Get Fired | Inc.com

Getting fired from the company you created is probably the last thing you can imagine. Unfortunately, it's a fairly regular occurrence that can have devastating effects on both you and the company.<p>Dismissing a founder is never an easy decision for a board to make. In general, investors have good …

Leadership

Age Old Marketing Strategy That Always Works | Inc.com

Keep people guessing, and you'll have their undivided attention.<p>It's a technique that's been used by savvy marketers from Steve Jobs to the writers of <i>Breaking Bad.</i><p>It also seems to be the strategy behind Jelly, the latest venture from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. A cryptic post on the Jelly website …

Focus on Improving One Leadership Competency at a Time | Inc.com

Executive recruiting firm Egon Zehnder International learned a lot while conducting more than 25,000 management appraisals over the course of five years. The company shares its insights in the white paper "The Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Promoted to the C-Suite."<p>For example, one thing …

Human Resources

How to Make Things Happen | Inc.com

Here's a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives their new business through stages a I like to call "Early Struggle" into "Fun" with laser-like focus and a ruthless dedication to effective execution. The business succeeds and grows, until one day the management team …

Management

Eight Things That Happen When Companies Are 'Too Nice'

A recent column from fellow leadership author and <i>Forbes</i> columnist Erika Andersen caught my eye. Erika noted that bad things happen when companies are “too nice.” I enjoy Erika’s writing, and I’ve even enjoyed the chance to review her most recent book here on <i>Forbes</i>.<p>I love the work that Erika and her …

Why The Best Leaders Are Full-Time Learners

Tell me something you’ve learned recently. It’s a question we ask in most interviews to determine whether a candidate has the intellectual curiosity we look for in team members. If she can’t tell me anything she’s learned in the last month, I know it won’t be a good long-term fit, simply because an …

8 Questions That Keep Great Entrepreneurs Up At Night

Even entrepreneurs who have built many startups, or sold their last one for millions of dollars, know they make occasional people leadership mistakes. They know leadership is all about managing their own complicated, illogical, and fallible human variables, as well as the people they depend on. …

7 Ways to Make Presentations More Convincing | Inc.com

The point of a presentation is to convince decision-makers to make a public commitment to whatever you're selling, according to G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa, co-authors of the excellent book <i>The Art of Woo</i>. Here's how:<p><b>1. Make it vivid.</b><p>Rather than abstract concepts ("reduces costs," "increases …

Public Speaking

Need a Factory? Here's How to Find One | Inc.com

Finding a factory to make products in the U.S. often involves attending trade shows, combing through print brochures, or relying on word of mouth. Enter Maker's Row, an online directory of some 1,500 domestic factories.<p>On the site, which was launched by Matthew Burnett, Tanya Menendez, and Scott …

Independent Business or Franchise? How to Decide | Inc.com

Buying a small business is a major career step. One of the first decisions you'll need to make relates to the type of business you hope to acquire. Specifically, you will need to decide whether to buy an independent business or a franchise.<p>At BizBuySell.com, we know buyers can and do succeed with …

Small Business

Forget Friends and Followers. Focus on This Secret Weapon | Inc.com

Everyone is focused on the public scorecards that show how well they are doing building connections with customers: Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and Google +1’s are all trumpeted as statistics that reflect a business’s reach and popularity. But that misses a major piece of the puzzle: the …

Social Media

Start-Ups Need to Focus on Two Kinds of Growth | Inc.com

When it comes to growth, start-ups need to think more precisely.<p>Growth is such a vague term, said Donna Boyer, chief product officer at Blurb, an ebook start-up, during the Dell Women's Entrepreneurs Network conference on Tuesday.<p>"There are really two types of growth--one is the <i>more</i> type of growth, …

Startups

6 Ways to Prevent Your Colleagues From Dominating the Conversation | Inc.com

Ever dread getting stuck in a meeting with someone because they don't know how to shut up?<p>Bluntly, it's the bane of most groups that are trying to operate effectively--the sandbagging blowhard who either has to be the smartest person in the room, or who, more prosaically, just loves the sound of …

Self-help

5 Ways Company Culture Can Turn Your Start-Up Cash Flow Positive | Inc.com

In the last year, have you lost 15 percent of your people? Has your start-up been struggling to stop the loss of big customers and stretching to bring on new ones? If these things are happening in your start-up then you may have an opportunity to boost its cash flow by creating the right …

Startups

Learn the Laws of the Jungle for Business Startups

It’s a jungle out there. In 2012, total entrepreneurial activity in the United States hit its highest level since their survey started in 1999, according to Babson College. That’s the good news and the bad news. The opportunity for change is huge, with everyone taking a new look at the world after …

Forget Apologies. 3 Steps to Recover When Things Go Wrong | Inc.com

I stopped on my way home from work the other night to grab a quick takeout dinner at a small restaurant I’ve been to several times. The place was busy as usual, with the controlled chaos that’s typical during the dinner rush.<p>The cashier taking orders was having a tough time managing what appeared …

Employment

The Secret to Sustainable Business Growth | Inc.com

One fundamental question plagues countless small businesses: How to grow and keep the business going. Maybe you're not gaining enough customer traction, or maybe you've hit a wall and sales are flat. In any case, the plan just doesn't seem to be working, at least not as you hoped it would.<p>I'm …

How To Resolve Conflict Like A Pro

Conflict is inevitable whether you are running your own business or working for someone else. However, how you handle the conflict could be the difference between running a successful organization or getting run down by bad blood. I recently had the opportunity to ask an expert a few questions and …

How to hire good people instead of nice people

Usually, employers rapidly scan the resume of each job applicant looking for relevant education, skills, and work experience. They select 10 candidates for telephone calls, invite three in for interviews, and hire the one they <i>like</i> the best.<p>This is a bad way to hire because at best it gets you <i>nice</i> …

Employment