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What the City needs to know about Mifid II: The landmark legislation coming into force next year

City A.M. answers vital questions about Mifid II, the EU legislation coming into force in 2018.<p>What on earth is Mifid II?<p>Depending on who you speak …

Transparency

Do We Need A Better Term For UX? | Inc.com

The usage of the term User Experience (UX) has has exploded in the tech, media and design industries in recent years. But what does UX really mean?<p>The truth is, it is incredibly difficult to define what UX is, or what a UX designer does. Because it's so new, we haven't yet arrived at a universal …

UX Design

Amazon innovation chief: 'We are failing and will continue to fail'

Amazon's vice president for global innovation policy and communications, Paul Misener, gave the keynote speech at Retail Week's tech conference in London this week, telling the assembled retailers what they can learn from the ecommerce giant's growth.<p>Misener, who has been with Amazon for over 15 …

Innovation

The 15 best business books of all time

We've gone through our existing "best-of" lists and others to determine which business histories and management and investing guides have been most critically acclaimed.<p>We stayed away from academic books and biographies, and by limiting ourselves to just 15 titles, the final list is not …

Self-improvement

Then and now: The role Indians play in America’s billion-dollar startup ecosystem

With Indians facing a wave of criticism in the US for allegedly taking away American jobs, an Indian-American venture capitalist is trying to highlight the long history of their positive contributions to Silicon Valley.<p>The stereotype of Indians in the US tech industry has long been focused on the …

Top 10 Books Every CTO Should Read

<i>For more content like this, follow ButterCMS on Twitter and subscribe to our blog.</i><p>As a CTO in a rapidly evolving industry, the knowledge you had when …

Writing

A top strategist explains who — if anyone — can threaten America's status as the global economic superpower

Bloomberg screengrab<p>Viktor Shvets is Macquarie's head of global equity strategy and Asia-Pacific equity strategy.<p>We recently spoke with him about who, if anyone, can threaten the United States' status as the global economic superpower.<p>This is part three of a series. Part one was a discussion on the …

Economics

Strong Innovators Mine Big Data: Insights From BCG's 50 Most Innovative Companies, 2016

• 65% of strong innovators mine big data or social networks for ideas.<br>• Apple, Google, Tesla, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, Samsung, Toyota, Facebook, and IBM are BCG’s ten most innovative companies of 2016.<br>• Facebook and Dupont both jumped 19 positions in 2016.<br>• 4 of the top 10 most innovative companies in …

Innovation

How to Use a Scorecard to Prioritize Features

Prioritizing features is at the core of the Product Manager’s job. And yet many PMs prioritize based on gut feel, or on the needs of the loudest …

Product Management

Alexa Gives Amazon a Powerful Data Advantage - MIT Technology Review

“Hey, Alexa”—a phrase that millions of people call out at home just before telling Amazon their desires at that moment. All those people asking Alexa …

Automation

How to Talk to Your Data Scientist

<i>By Derek Slater, Content Director, Ready State</i><p>A marketer’s glossary of 7 basic machine-learning terms<p>Machine learning is poised to help marketers garner phenomenal new insights and results, and to change many processes and jobs along the way. We discussed this potential in “Machine Learning is …

10 must-read biographies of brightest entrepreneurs

Share26<p>Tweet<p>Share34<p>+11<p>Shares 61<p>Books are a terrific source of inspiration, a distillation of years of wisdom, a constant friend, a flight of the …

7 Must-Read Classic Business Books | Inc.com

Summer vacation. For most founders of early-stage and fast-growth companies those two words together are about as foreign as snow in August. Still, summer does tend to slow down the pace somewhat.<p>So whether you are one of the lucky ones who's managed to negotiate a few days on the beach or you …

Entrepreneurship

Why Amazon's Echo is totally dominating — and what Google, Microsoft, and Apple have to do to catch up

In 2016, the Amazon Echo line of devices appeared to have a great sales year, with the cheap Echo Dot smart speaker finishing out the holiday shopping season as the best-selling item on all of Amazon.com. Forrester research estimates that 6 million Amazon Echo devices were sold by the end of …

Automation

A Product Manager Communication Survival Guide – Startup Grind

Or, how to tame information overload<p>It’s all you, baby.<p>Or, more accurately, it’s all <i>on</i> you.<p>The burden of communicating among teams, in between …

10 Must-have project management apps for entrepreneurs

Share23<p>Tweet<p>Share113<p>+16<p>Shares 142<p>Trying to manage a project without project management software can turn into a Godzilla-like apocalypse quickly. …

12 Great Places to Go in 2017—and How to Do Them on a Budget

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What We Learned About Management in 2016, in 19 Charts

The 1% and the Asian middle class have gained the most from globalization. The U.S. lower middle class, not so much.<p>In many cases, Millennials and Baby Boomers want the same things out of a new job. And Boomers are slightly more likely to want to work somewhere fun.<p>People who are both in demand by …

Demographics

How Starbucks’s Culture Brings Its Strategy to Life

In most organizations, culture and strategy tend to be discussed in separate conversations. Executives know that culture is important and that a negative culture can hurt company performance, but they often don’t know what to do about it. Or they attempt to improve the situation by launching a …

Starbucks

General Electric Wants to Act Like a Startup

In a Manhattan office, a small team of engineers, marketers, and product designers is plotting the future of medical devices. With hopes of …

How Do You Respond to Your Best Employees' Mistakes? Next Time, Try Doing This | Inc.com

How do you react when one of your best people makes a mistake?<p>Effective leaders know that every individual is unique, and different situations call for different responses.<p>But mistakes are wonderful opportunities. For example, by sharing instances in which you've committed similar missteps, you …

Scaling frameworks, agile models, and your team | Zephyr

For the past two decades, the agile methodology has facilitated software delivery. Scaling agile techniques across departments is challenging. The …

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

Innovation

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 - Smarter With Gartner

Today, a digital stethoscope has the ability to record and store heartbeat and respiratory sounds. Tomorrow, the stethoscope could function as an …

Why Wonder Woman Was the Best (If Flawed) Spokesperson for Women's Rights | Inc.com

Wonder Woman can do just about anything, from fly an invisible jet to deflecting bullets with her wristbands, but she can no longer be an Ambassador for the United Nations. While the UN says that her stint as an Ambassador was meant to be short, it also comes in response to a petition asking that …

Feminism

Elevate: Uber plans to add 170-mph VTOL flying taxis to its on-demand transport mix

The full document makes fantastic reading for the future-focused. In it Uber leaves no doubt that it believes electric air taxis will be viable, safe …

Transportation

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here's why.<p>---<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …