Nik Turner

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Samsung's next smartwatch comes with an e-SIM

Samsung will release a version of its 3G-connected Gear S2 that ditches the traditional SIM card in favor of an electronic one. It'll be the first mainstream connected wearable that ditches the old technology in favor of its all-digital replacement. The move will help the device save some space, …

Stop Calling Every Conversation a “Meeting”

I just got back from speaking at a 500 attendee event on the West Coast. The company referred to it as its annual meeting. Today, I have a discussion scheduled with two people from a small tech startup about collaborating on a project. They’re calling that a meeting too. Strange, because the only …

Management

You Might Be the Reason Your Employees Aren’t Changing

We all need a coach. Research we conducted at VitalSmarts shows that 97% of employees readily admit to having a “career-limiting habit” — some behavior that will forever hold them back, unless they can learn to change it.<p>Consider the example of a CFO we worked with who had his heart set on landing …

Leadership

Red Ocean Traps

In America, corporate performance has been deteriorating for decades. According to Deloitte’s landmark study “The Shift Index,” the aggregate return on assets of U.S. public companies has fallen below 1%, to about a quarter of its 1965 level. As market power has moved from companies to consumers, …

Innovation

Google acquires wireless communication startup Alpental Tech

Google has added another company to its growing list of purchases. Google has confirmed that it recently bought the wireless-communications startup Alpental Technologies a few weeks ago, although the spokesperson who confirmed the acquisition declined to comment on exactly why the company made the …

Experimental "Click-To-Call" Ads May Soon Boost Twitter's Direct Response Offering

Since the Twitter’s IPO last fall there has been no shortage of innovation with ad offerings. From retargeting to tailored audiences to promoted …

US smartphone thefts doubled in 2013

The number of smartphones stolen in the U.S. doubled last year, with an estimated total of 3.1 million handsets being taken from their owners. That's an increase from 1.6 million stolen smartphones in 2012. Another 1.4 million phones were lost or misplaced by their owners last year, an increase of …

Your Scarcest Resource

Artwork: Mark Dorf, //_path/untitled 21, archival pigment print<p>Most companies have elaborate procedures for managing capital. They require a compelling business case for any new investment. They set hurdle rates. They delegate authority carefully, prescribing spending limits for each level.<p>An …

How to Have an Honest Data-Driven Debate

Malcolm Gladwell of bestselling <i>Tipping Point</i> and <i>Outliers</i>fame proposed a delightfully provocative way to begin his onstage debate with <i>Sports Gene</i> author David Epstein about whether practice or genetics is the better guarantor of professional success. But instead of launching directly into argument, …

The Indispensable Power of Story

Some people have a way of making the complex clear. They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a <i>lot</i> …

Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs (see, for example, The Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2014), our research into workplaces all over the world reveals a sorry state of affairs: workers who are actively</i> …

Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?”<p>What happens next is predictable:<p>“My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…”<p>“I worked for a number of years in publishing …

Sprint's latest prepaid plan offers 2.5GB of LTE data for $60

Sprint has slapped a fresh coat of paint on its prepaid mobile by rebranding Sprint As You Go to Sprint Prepaid and launching all-new plans. The carrier has more attractive pricing too, though there's a caveat. The Smart Plus LTE data plan is $10 less at $60, but the previously unlimited data is …

T-Mobile to offer the Samsung Galaxy S5 for no money down, pre-orders begin March 24th

Looks like the embargo is officially up on Samsung Galaxy S5 pricing. After AT&T revealed earlier today that it'll sell the new flagship phone for $200 on-contract, T-Mobile chimed in to say it will offer the device for no money down, with pre-orders beginning next week, on March 24th. Of course, …

Sprint's partnering with smaller carriers for coast-to-coast LTE coverage

Instead of building its own coverage infrastructure in areas where the deer and antelope play, Sprint is teaming up with smaller carriers to create a cross-country roaming network. At its conference tomorrow, the Competitive Carrier Association (CCA) is expected to announce the launch of its Data …

T-Mobile will sell the HTC One (M8) for $0 down, but not until April

In addition to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile will also offer subscribers the new HTC One (M8) smartphone, although they’ll have to wait until …

Sprint is building a bigger LTE network with the help of rural carriers

Sprint(s s) has teamed up with the Competitive Carrier Association and the NetAmerica Alliance to form a kind of LTE cabal. Sprint and rural carriers …

Study: Display Ads Drive Search Clicks After Two Weeks

Though there have been several studies on the impact of display ads on search queries, researchers from Harvard and Ozyegin University in Turkey …

What Your Boss Really Wants from You

It’s 1958, and Patricia Bays Haroski, a State Farm Insurance Company employee, wants people to formally recognize their boss on October 16th. Her goal? Improve the relationship between bosses and their direct reports. That date? She apparently picked it because it was her father’s birthday, and she …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …

Make Your Innovative Idea Seem Less Terrifying

Four years ago, Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, approached me about a brainstorm: an event recognizing and celebrating breakthrough innovators. When I suggested to Clayton Christensen that we partner with Hatkoff to create the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, Clay’s …

Content marketing: 6 categories VCs are betting on right now

<i>Nick Gregg is CEO of StrategyEye</i><p>Almost every brand or company is becoming a publisher of these days and shifting budgets from ‘traditional’ online advertising into content marketing in order to attract leads.<p>There are plenty of content marketing specialists out there offering advice and content …

American Express Serve Goes After The “Under-Banked” With Prepaid Cards You Load With Cash In Stores

Even big companies have to pivot. American Express’ digital wallet platform Serve, which began its life as something of a PayPal competitor online before signing deals with operators for some sort of mobile play, is today returning to something the company knows best: plastic cards. With the newly …

Just-Launched Mobile Ad Management Platform LiquidM Raises $5M

Startup LiquidM is launching a new platform today for ad networks, trading desks, and operators to manage their mobile ad campaigns. The company is also announcing that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding from Blumberg Capital, Earlybird Venture Capital, and Asset Management Ventures.<p>CEO …

Look out Google: Disconnect says its no-track search tool is taking off

Disconnect, a startup co-founded by a former Google(s goog) engineer, is fast becoming a darling of privacy advocates — and a potential headache for …

Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career

Perhaps no one has done more for the cause of data-driven decision-making in the minds of the public than Nate Silver. His book, The Signal and the Noise, explains the power of statistical modeling to improve our predictions about everything from the weather to sports to the stock market. Data …

Qualaroo delivers marketer and funnel conversion insights with its new mobile Web survey tool

It’s near impossible to develop an effective marketing website without first understanding what it is that visitors to that site would be trying to …

The 5 Phases of Growth Hacking

It’s a spectacular feat. Right in front of our eyes, a group of marketers helped build <i>billions</i> of dollars of brand equity on products like Facebook, …

Generation Touch Will Redraw Consumer Tech

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Josh Elman is a partner at Greylock Partners. Follow him on Twitter @joshelman.</i><p>Ten years ago, young adults and those in their late teens were among the fastest and earliest adopters of new social networks — Friendster, Myspace, and ultimately Facebook — and many other products that …