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Spotify introduces a free and direct uploading service for indie artists

As of today, Spotify is allowing a select group of independent artists to upload their music to the massive streaming platform directly.<p>Using the …

Rebrand 2018 | Case studies

Doing it the right way<p>We set off to learn what the business needed globally during a period of transition. We used our learnings to drive our work of …

The Truth About Blockchain

Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems. They protect assets and set organizational boundaries. They establish and verify identities and chronicle events. They govern interactions among nations, organizations, …

Blockchain

The Tension Is Building Between Spotify and the Music Industry

Marc Cimino is frustrated. The Universal Music Publishing executive oversees one of the largest song catalogs in the world, collecting royalties for …

Music Industry

The Four Ps Of Leadership

In today’s highly competitive and polarized environment, any movement or cause needs energetic and effective leaders. This is especially true in the social sector, which is chronically understaffed and under-capitalized. Therefore, truly successful and sustainable leaders need to combine the skills …

Harvard Business School

Japan is experimenting with a blockchain-powered voting system

Japan is the latest country to consider using blockchain for voting. Tsukuba is set to become the country’s first city to trial blockchain-powered digital voting.<p>The system will rely on the Japanese equivalent of social security cards to verify voter identity. Currently, the solution is being used …

Blockchain

Meet the new finance app especially for creative pros

A new financial service designed especially for creatives has been unveiled. Say hello to ANNA, a refreshingly human admin assistance app which lives …

Michael Wolff

Google releases tools for probing Ethereum’s blockchain

Google isn’t slowing down with the new blockchain tech. A few months after releasing Bitcoin support for its BigQuery database tool, Google has debuted a new plug-in for analyzing the Ethereum ETH blockchain.<p>Google has provided users with a new avenue for directly interacting with Ethereum data. …

working knowledge

Early Entrants Into The Field Of Teaching Blockchain

The blockchain technology market could top $2 billion in three years as companies, NGOs and governments understand the potential to create customer trust, cut down on counterfeit goods, reduce transaction costs, and reach emerging markets.<p>While there are a growing number of ways blockchain is being …

Blockchain

A fresh perspective on disruptive innovation

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen made his name by coining the term “disruptive innovation” in his landmark book, The Innovator’s …

Innovation

The Building Blocks of Visual Design

<i>Visual design is about creating and making the general aesthetics of a product consistent. To create the aesthetic style of a website or app, we work</i> …

UI Design

Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voice

Spotify’s lack of full lyrics support and its minimal attention to voice are beginning to become problems for the streaming service. The company has been so focused on the development of its personalization technology and programming its playlists, it has overlooked key features that its …

The Best Science-Based Tips to Build an Unforgettable Brand Identity

A brand identity isn’t one single entity. It’s the composite of many elements: your logo, brand colors, voice, values, and more. Above all, a brand …

We’ve been structuring brainstorm sessions all wrong

The traditional framework for brainstorms involves identifying a problem, listing solutions within a set of parameters, and then choosing the best.<p>But research on creativity and innovation suggests that truly innovative solutions result not from searching for a “correct answer,” but from the …

DotBlockchain Partners With Exactuals In Effort to Clear Up Music's Data Problem

As the digital music economy has shifted into the streaming age, the music business has increasingly been forced to confront one of its most glaring …

eMusic to Raise $70M for New Blockchain Music Platform

Digital music store eMusic announced Tuesday (July 31) plans to raise $70 million to build a decentralized music distribution and royalty management …

How can creative industries benefit from blockchain?

Five forces of blockchain technology could affect the creative economy. Here are some of the risks and challenges to overcome.<p><b>Many readers will be</b> …

Spotify’s $30 billion playlist for global domination

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.<p>For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a …

Spotify

Is design thinking the answer for the next generation of marketing?

Merryn Olifent is a senior consultant at innovation and design thinking firm, G2 Innovation. She is a leader in marketing and communications for …

Steve Jobs Followed 7 Unbreakable Laws of Success That Apply to Any Business

When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the ABC News program <i>20/20</i> asked me to share some of the insights I gleaned from writing three books on Jobs and Apple. The seven rules I offered are still relevant today and helped to propel Apple recently to a $1 trillion market value.<p>Here are the seven rules …

Apple Store

Steve Jobs Asked One Profound Question That Took Apple From Near Bankruptcy To $1 Trillion

It’s easy to forget that Apple’s path to its $1 trillion valuation was nearly derailed when the company was running out of cash. Steve Jobs asked one profound question that got it back on track.<p>In my keynotes about inspirational leadership, I often show a grainy video clip of Steve Jobs holding a …

Steve Jobs

Good Business Strategies Aren't Just Documents You Hang on Your Wall. Here's How to Make Yours Better

Many companies struggle with creating an effective business strategy. Here are six ways to get yours right.<p>While I enjoy all parts of growing and scaling a business, creating an effective scaling strategy is one of my favorites. I love running sessions and helping a leadership team collect …

The Most Commonly Cited Barriers to Innovation in Large Companies? Internal Politics

It turns out that the word “innovation” is not a Harry Potter-esque magical incantation that, once spoken, renders companies more inventive, creative, and entrepreneurial. The word can be uttered by a CEO speaking to employees or Wall Street analysts. It can be emblazoned on the door to a new …

Don't Expect Anyone to Tell You About These 4 Rock Solid Innovation Principles, But They Are Absolutely Crucial | Inc.com

Every enterprise needs to innovate. It doesn't matter whether you are a profit-seeking business, a nonprofit organization or a government entity, the simple truth is that every business model fails eventually, because things change over time. We have to manage not for stability, but for disruption …

Do Not Assume We Have Arrived At Our Destination

Forbes has released its annual Celebrity 100, its list of the top earning media stars. The healthy share of music artists hints at the continued …

How the Music Industry Explains Inequality, Globalization, Middle-Class Decline ... Basically Everything

What music and manufacturers have in common<p>Alan Krueger's thoroughly entertaining economic speech (that phrase is not an oxymoron.) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (that address is not a typo.) is a potpourri of cool factoids, but the bottom line is that if you want to understand economic …

The Top 1% of Artists Earn 77% of Recorded Music Income, Study Finds...

Whatever money is left in recordings, <b>you’re probably not making it</b>. That’s the harsh conclusion offered by Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Consulting, whose …

We stop discovering new music at age 30, a new survey suggests — here are the scientific reasons why this could be

It's a simple fact of life that older people reminisce about the glory days. You might believe you'll stay young and free-spirited forever, but one day you'll find yourself grumbling about not understanding the latest slang words and asking a young person what a meme is.<p>For some it might be …

The genres that still sell physical albums

Latin music, Hip Hop/R&B and electronic dance music are the most streamed music genres in the U.S., according to Nielsen's mid-year Music</b> …