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Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Thirumalai, a computer scientist who’d left IBM in 2005 to head Amazon’s …

Is Execution Where Good Strategies Go to Die?

Execution is an odd word. On the one hand, it means “the carrying out of a plan or course of action.” On the other, it means, “the carrying out of a death sentence.” When leaders “execute a strategy,” they usually mean the former — putting an idea into action. But those efforts all too often end up …

Tim Ferriss' 3 Rules of Branding

<b>1.</b> <b>Instead of fixating on the often nebulous “brand,” think of how you can “own a category”</b> in the minds of 1,000 die-hard fans who can then act as …

Apple's already winning the augmented reality wars against Google

The augmented reality wars have begun.<p>Google unveiled its challenger to Apple's ARKit on Tuesday. It's called ARCore, an AR platform built to work …

Asking These 3 Questions Every Day Will Make You Incredibly Productive (and Successful) | Inc.com

With so many competing demands for our attention at work, and in our personal lives, it can be a real challenge to focus on what matters most and stay productive.<p>Our to-do lists seem to get longer each day, each week, and each month. We have so much to do, it never really feels like we've completed …

Time Management

How to Successfully Work Across Countries, Languages, and Cultures

According to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, the number of people in the global labor force will reach 3.5 billion by 2030 — and yet there will still be a shortage of skilled workers. The result is likely to be intensified global competition for talent. Rather than assuming we’ll work in …

Y Combinator takes machine intelligence startups to school and learns a thing or two

Machine intelligence startups are the black sheep of the startup world. The new kids on the block are challenging investors to do their technical homework and differentiate themselves in intentional ways. Y Combinator joined a growing list of investors offering exclusive services to these companies …

Amazon's Alexa Creators Nailed 5 Factors That Most Geniuses Miss

If Amazon’s voice-powered Alexa devices were a bit more introspective, it would be fascinating to ask them why they’re so popular. After all, geniuses world-wide have tried for decades to meld speech and artificial intelligence. It’s a daunting task, yet Amazon has nailed the full package.<p>Time to …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon wants YouTubers to get involved in its influencer program, but will they take the bait?

Amazon has opened up a self-service tool for YouTube influencers to join its highly-vetted Influencer Program.<p>The web giant, which has been touted as …

The Explainer: Marketing Myopia

Corporate Values And Mission Statements Are Stifling Innovation

In a recent opinion piece for <i>The New York Times</i> “Let’s Get Excited about Maintenance,” Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel made a solid point: “When Americans talk about technology, they often use ‘innovation’ as a shorthand. But ‘innovation’ refers only to the very early phases of technological …

Leadership

How to Keep Good Ideas Flowing: 4 Strategies Every Good Leader Needs to Know | Inc.com

We all have good ideas. We all have bad ideas. And we all have those annoying in-between ideas that we know aren't good, but they're not obviously bad either. Those are the worst, because unlike obviously bad ideas, the in-between ideas are often bad ideas disguised as good ideas trying to trick …

Leadership

AI That Understands Design Can Now Critique Your Logo For Free

Image by Jack Qiao via Product Hunt<p><b>Design critique is important,</b> but feelings can get hurt as a result of ignorance and careless wording. Why not let …

Majority of U.S. consumers still download zero apps per month, says comScore

Apps are dominating consumers’ digital media habits, but getting people to try new ones is still a tough sell. That’s the latest from comScore’s newly released 2017 U.S. Mobile Apps Report, which finds that 57 percent of consumers’ time spent using digital media is now taking place in mobile apps. …

New Free Work Tools From Google Help You Think Like the Leader of a Billion-Dollar Company

The search engine shared its internal tools for running a business and leading a team.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From free gourmet lunches to on-campus rock climbing, it’s no wonder everyone wants to work at Google. However, behind all of these fancy work perks is …

Best Skills for Amazon Echo

Your Amazon Echo is already an incredibly capable smart speaker right out of the box. Thanks to the Alexa Voice Service from Amazon, your Echo can …

Smart Homes

Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI — the most high profile being Amazon’s Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant can be commanded to do things like play music, answer trivia questions or tap into third party apps …

A Radical New Theory Could Change the Way We Build A.I.

One A.I. scientist wants to ditch the metaphor of the brain and think smaller and more basic.<p>From early on, we’re taught that intelligence is …

Artificial Intelligence

4 Mistakes I Learned About Marketing and Data While Working at a Fortune 50 Company

For the past nearly 3 years, I’ve been in charge of Audience Development for one of the largest media companies in the US.I learned a LOT during that …

Google’s Secret Formula for Management? Doing the Basics Well

Google has opened its trove of management processes to one and all, for free. It might not feel that surprising — after all, Google has created plenty of free tools for the world to use, from internet search to email. Management tools may not seem that different. And it also follows Google’s many …

Believe the Hype: Here's the Actual Next Big Thing in Tech

There ought to be a restraining order preventing the word “revolutionary” from getting too close to the word “technology.” The overwhelming number of …

Beyond Amazon and Alibaba: what’s next for e-commerce?

How do you outsmart an 800 lb gorilla? E-commerce retailers in the two biggest markets – China and the U.S. – grapple with this question every day.<p>Many assume the e-commerce game is over given the immense success of Amazon and Alibaba (both have $400+B market caps). Amazon has systematically …

The world told 6 guys no one would buy their software: Four years later they have a $940 million company

Big-data startup Databricks has raised another $140 million in venture funding, it announced on Tuesday, bringing the total raised for the four-year-old company to $247 million.<p>Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi tells us this funding happened during "the most stressful week of my life."<p>He had initiated …

11 Personality Traits That Could Derail Your Career

When considering what it takes to succeed at work, we often focus on innate strengths: high intelligence, the ability to learn, the ambition to achieve, and the social skills to develop strong relationships. But these characteristics always coexist with weaknesses—aspects of personality that might …

101 Positive Quotes to Help You Look on the Bright Side | Inc.com

Sometimes, when you need inspiration in your life--whether for love, success, or work--it helps to hear the motivational words that others have shared. So here are 101 of the best positive quotes guaranteed to change your attitude and make you feel happy.<p>There are some classics in the list, and …

Motivation

What is Amazon, really?

In the beginning, Amazon.com sold books.<p>Today Amazon is a titan of e-commerce, logistics, payments, hardware, data storage, and media. It dabbles in plenty more industries. It’s the go-to site for online shoppers and merchants alike, a modern necessity that independent sellers love to hate. Prime, …

eCommerce

Top 10 Free Augmented reality apps you need to try right now

Share21<p>Tweet<p>Share65<p>+15<p>Shares 91<p>The world is changing very rapidly with emerging technology almost every day. The future of mobile technology closely …

3 ways to tap into AI to get more results

In this age of big data, marketers can’t afford to be analytics-agnostic. To be an AI-driven organization, the marketing team needs to rethink data …

12 Growth Channels Every CMO Needs To Exploit

Accenture recently completed a survey of elite CMOs, the survey confirmed what most marketing leaders already know: the CMO is ultimately responsible for delivering profitable growth. The survey also found that when businesses fail to meet growth targets, the CMO is usually the first person to be …