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8 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching To Investors

One of my grown children called me the other day to ask if I knew of anyone who could help review a business plan for a startup technology company. Rather than offer a referral to someone else, I thought it would be easier to provide some fatherly advice and craft the following list of 8 mistakes …

5 Secrets Entrepreneurs Will Never Reveal

When I started my career over 30 years ago, I never set out to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to work at a big corporation and become the CEO. But, in 1988, the entrepreneur bug got me after I read “Growing a Business” by Paul Hawken. He describes having your own business as a magical dream. While I …

Why Did Apple Just Hire a Fashion Industry CEO?

Paul Deneve, the 53-year-old chief executive officer of haute couture fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, is headed to Cupertino.<p>Deneve, as was first …

Human Resources

One reason Apple is hard to beat

commentary Apple design strengths are also in hard-to-see places. Hmm... I think Steve Jobs once said something like that.<p>Apple products aren't perfect, but they get a lot closer than most.<p>One reason for Apple's success can be summed up nicely in the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina.<p>At first blush, it …

MacBook Pro

Microsoft Wins Mobile Design Battle, Loses War

In 2006, Microsoft introduced the Zune, its ill-fated portable music player. But the Zune legacy lived on with a fresh approach on interface design that led to the launch of Metro, the interface now prevalent in everything Microsoft does, from its mobile efforts, to its flagship Windows operating …

Wine tour private driver - Startup ideas: 8 hot businesses you can start now - CNNMoney

Imagine this as your work day: Car windows down, sunshine pouring in, wind in your face on a picturesque drive past vineyards, heading toward world-famous Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries.<p>This is Steven Lobdell's workday as a private wine tour driver. Lobdell said clients hire him so they can enjoy …

Five Ways CIOs Can Prepare For The Cloud: Lessons Learned From ServiceNow

ServiceNow(NYSE:NOW) is a global leader in providing cloud-based services used by enterprises to streamline and automate their IT operations. They’re known for their expertise in IT Service Management (ITSM), speed of development cycles, and commitment to open source including MongoDB and NoSQL. …

Ex-Apple Employees Reveal How The Company Is So Good At Keeping Secrets

Apple, of course, is famously press shy. It's incredibly difficult to get insider news out of the company, compared to its peers.<p>The former employees range from people who joined the company in its earliest days in the 1970s to those who've dealt with it recently.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, many say …

Prototypes

If Tesla Would Stop Selling Cars, We'd All Save Some Money

First of all, let’s stipulate that the Tesla model S is a pretty cool looking car, that the high-end version accelerates like a rocket, and that its massive, low center of gravity pretty much inures it against a rollover. Next, let’s congratulate Elon Musk on paying off his half-billion dollar …

Google said to deploy Wi-Fi blimps in Africa and Asia

The Web giant is reportedly creating airborne wireless networks to bring Internet access to some of the world's hard-to-reach regions.<p>How can the Internet be brought to areas that have no infrastructure for high-speed wireless? Beam the Wi-Fi networks down from flying objects, of course.<p>Google is …

Wi-Fi

6 Ways Effective Listening Can Make You A Better Leader

When employees say they want their voices to be heard, they are really saying they want leaders who will not just hear them, but really listen to them. As employees seek more attention, feedback and support, leaders must become more mindful of individual needs in order to more effectively inspire …

How to hire good people instead of nice people

Usually, employers rapidly scan the resume of each job applicant looking for relevant education, skills, and work experience. They select 10 candidates for telephone calls, invite three in for interviews, and hire the one they <i>like</i> the best.<p>This is a bad way to hire because at best it gets you <i>nice</i> …

Employment