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Parrot Flower Power partners with IFTTT to automate gardening

Parrot, which brings your connected home out to the garden, has partnered with IFTTT on a slew of recipes that make sure your plants are healthy no …

Gardening

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

The car maker is demonstrating how homes and cars will become part of the same renewable energy system.<p>In the future, auto companies won’t just build cars. They’ll build cars that are part of the energy infrastructure, providing back up storage for the solar panels on your roof, and reinforcing the …

Selling

LG launches fridges, washers and cookers that chat

<b>A new LG text chat service allows fridge owners to see what food is inside as well as controlling other home appliances from the company.</b><p>The app can only be used to do this in South Korea, but LG said it planned to extend it to the US and other markets at a later date.<p>Samsung has already released …

Smart Homes

SAM Smart Home Automation System And Monitoring Device (video)

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add a little home automation system to your appliances you might be interested in a new system called …

Home Automation

How to get started with home automation through Z-Wave

For many of us, smart homes seem like a far off concept from a science fiction novel set hundreds of years in the future. Imagine things like appliances that learn our schedules, lights that turn off after we leave a room, locks that can be remotely triggered to let yourself (or others) into your …

Retail News and Intelligence for Executives

Nestle is paying Starbucks $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to sell the U.S. coffee chain’s products around the world.<p>Del Monte is investing $4 …

eCommerce

7 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders | Inc.com

A remarkable amount of time, effort, and money has been devoted to the study of leadership. Despite all this research, there is little agreement about exactly what leadership is.<p>Still, people know effective leadership when they see it. And while great leaders may sometimes be born that way, there …

Team Building

Blog | Likeable

The New Rules of Driving Meaningful Engagement on Facebook<p>Facebook's News Feed algorithm update prioritizes "meaningful engagement." How do brands …

Algorithms

Policies Never Solve People Problems | Inc.com

Every time I hear or see an overly controlling policy change I can guarantee there is a problem employee that the boss won't confront/discipline/fire directly. Instead, a blanket policy goes out to try to and change the behavior of the errant employee.<p>Does this ever work? Seriously, if you've done …

Employment

Own the Negatives When Selling | Inc.com

We know, we know--your product or service is not only flawless, but also unique. Your competitors? Simply put, you do it better. Or faster. Or cheaper. Right?<p>Let's face it, bragging is a big part of sales in the United States. But should it be? Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a …

Selling

How to Build a Compelling Brand: 7 Essential Ingredients | Inc.com

Think of your favorite brands. How does using their products or services make you feel? Maybe it's safe or cool or smart or healthy, but whatever it is, if you're a loyal fan because you have an emotional connection to the brand. It's something every company should seek to evoke in a market before …

McDonald's

How to Spot (And Avoid) the Business Head-Fake | Inc.com

In basketball when you are guarding someone, you are told to watch their hips--not their eyes--to know where they are going. Serious players get good at feints, fakes, and masked intentions in order to cause their opponents to make the wrong move. The same thing happens in sales. Whether …

Digital Age

Turn Self-Sabotage Into Success | Inc.com

Many people are their own worst enemy. While they may start a project with energy and enthusiasm, they eventually fail because they have an inner dialog that doesn't support their desire to succeed.<p>Self-sabotaging inner dialogs always consist of a belief that drives self-sabotaging behavior that …

Self-improvement

5 Desirable Traits of Great Employees | Inc.com

There is much debate among employers as to whether or not college qualifies people for useful employment. With the high cost of obtaining a degree, universities are anxious to prove their value in preparing graduates for the roles they'll play in the working world. Now 200 colleges have committed …

Employment

5 Start-Up Strategies You Need to Know | Inc.com

Seattle has some great entrepreneurs: Bill Gates of Microsoft, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and Howard Schultz of Starbucks, come to mind. While I have not interviewed any of them, I recently interviewed a Seattle entrepreneur who has started four companies and he offered five choice bits of advice to …

Startups

What to Do When Your Website Goes Down | Inc.com

Your website might not get targeted by the Syrian Electronic Army, but even the best sites aren't immune to crashes and other Web attacks. In just the past month, <i>The New York Times</i> has gone down twice, Microsoft Outlook experienced an outage, Apple lost power for a time, and a glitch at Amazon took …

Track Down

Managing Recent Grads? 7 Ways to Avoid a Headache | Inc.com

Sometimes, managing entry-level employees can be, well, a pain.<p>At my company Ciplex, I've learned a lot about managing young employees through trial and error. With the help of my CEO, who's an expert in leadership and management, I've seen my staff make the shift from disengaged individuals to a …

Employment

How to Build the Perfect Virtual Office | Inc.com

I've been working at least once a week in a remote location for a dozen years. (It's usually my local coffee shop, but that still counts, right?) In most cases, the main goal is to get away from the same computer in my office and out into the real world to talk to actual human beings.<p>Over the …

Gear & Gadgets

5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose | Inc.com

<i>"The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself."</i> Soren Kierkegaard<p>After my last post on How to Know if You're Working (and Living) with Purpose, I had the opportunity to hear from a handful of readers about their fear that the path they've chosen isn't the right one.<p>We are …

Self-help

Always Take 'No' for an Answer | Inc.com

Salespeople are often told to never take no for an answer. If you follow that advice, however, you're setting yourself up to sell less rather than more. Here's why.<p><b>1. Some people simply aren't going to buy.</b><p>"Never take no for an answer" assumes that making the sale is just a matter of asking for the …

Selling

Can President Obama's Higher Education Fix Work? | Inc.com

At least President Obama's thinking like a business person. His higher education plan may be a little showboat-y, but it's a start to a discussion that needs to happen.<p>In the spring, he released a college scorecard, Last week, he announced more proposals to hold colleges accountable by linking …

Higher Education

7 Steps to Engaged Employees | Inc.com

When you're starting a business, every day brings with it some new unexpected twist or turn. However, the moment you add employees into the mix, that challenge increases many times over.<p>The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your people are fully involved in, …

Employee Engagement

Break Your Bad Business Habits | Inc.com

You need a lot of good habits to successfully build a company. But admit it: you've probably developed a bad habit or two along the way. We asked Inc. readers to spill their worst business behaviors (and how they're trying to correct them).<p>The biggest problem people confessed to? Trouble staying …

Time Management

Show Me the Money: What Questions to ask a VC/PE | Inc.com

I was fortunate enough to have a fairy tale startup--we bootstrapped, raised $5M, grew to be a market leader, and had a great exit. Since then I’ve played all the other roles around the table in other companies’ stories--some fairy tales, some tragedies--as an angel, VC, seller, acquirer, advisor, …

Venture Capital

Rising App Marketing Costs Create Challenge for Start-Ups | Inc.com

As the number of mobile app downloads increases across the United States, the cost for app developers to gain loyal customers has risen to its highest rate in two years, according to a new study by Fiksu.<p>The Boston-based mobile app marketing company found that the cost for acquiring new loyal app …

Apps

How to Build a Website: 4 Tools to Try | Inc.com

There is no excuse for this one.<p>Recently, a survey by a marketing company called Yodel found that 52 percent of small businesses still do not have a website. (They interviewed a sample size of about 300 companies.) On top of that, 56 percent of businesses surveyed also do not use any means to …

Web Design

5 Money Moves Every Entrepreneur Should Make | Inc.com

A lot of entrepreneurs won't admit it, but here's the cold, hard truth: Just because you manage the finances of your own business doesn't mean you're savvy at managing your own money.<p>In fact, often <i>because</i> entrepreneurs are busy starting up and managing businesses--an inherently risky endeavor--they …

Personal Finance

The Remarkable Value Behind Sacrificing Sales for Customer Connections | Inc.com

Like many entrepreneurs, I started out in sales. I began at 14, when I got a job selling shoes and tennis rackets at a pro shop, and I've been selling one thing or another ever since.<p>Being a salesperson prepares you for just about everything in business: how to listen, empathize, and persuade; when …

Business Strategy

Summer 2013 fashion – the key style influences this season

Emma Watson in The Bling Ring<p>Forget The Great Gatsby, the cinematic style inspiration this summer comes courtesy of Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring. Both …