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Alibaba: What You Should Know About New Retail

In March 2017, Alibaba Research Institute released a report on New Retail. This article aims to help investors understand why New Retail matters. I …

Why the last 10 years were retail's 'lost decade'

As Amazon has risen, traditional retailers were slow to meet the needs of digital customers and they have lost a tremendous amount of market value as a result.<p>Somewhere along the way "omnichannel" emerged as a silver bullet that would be the key to unlocking a profitable path forward for struggling …

In 2017, Pursue Meaning Instead of Happiness

What would you rather have: a happy life or a meaningful life?<p>You can both be happy and lead a meaningful life, of course. But most of us, …

Millennials Create A New 'Open House' Hospitality Concept For Accor

There’s more at stake with AccorHotels’ new brand, Jo&Joe, than whether it would work with owners who will develop the hotels – if it can be called that – or the millennial guests it is intended for.<p>Jo&Joe, being the first brand created by Accor since its new chief Sebastien Bazin came on board …

Hospitality

Europe’s DocPlanner Bags $10M To Grow Its Healthcare Booking Platform

DocPlanner, an online booking platform for healthcare appointments, has raised a new funding round — pulling in $10 million in Series B financing, led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It says it plans to use the new funding for continued expansion, focusing on Southern …

Investing

Recruit Acquires Majority Stake In European Hair And Beauty Marketplace Wahanda For $171M

Wahanda, the European hair and beauty marketplace, has seen an exit of sorts. Japan’s Recruit Holdings, which already owned 10 percent of the London-based startup, has acquired a further 70 percent share for £112.5 million (~$171m), in a deal that sees Wahanda’s other backers cash out.<p>These include …

Why NBC's binge-viewing plan for its new Charles Manson drama is a big deal

On May 28, all 13 episodes of the new series will be available on streaming platforms, NBC.com, the NBC app, and On-Demand for four weeks. At the same time, the network will traditionally air one episode per week on Thursdays at 9 p.m.<p>This is a big deal, since it's the first time a broadcast …

Why Has Mobile Banking Growth Stalled? Blame Hackers

After several years of dramatic growth, the adoption rate for mobile banking in the U.S. has slowed dramatically. Those who like to bank this way are doing it more often, but the industry is struggling to get more customers to go mobile.<p>A recent report from the Federal Reserve (Consumers and Mobile …

Banking

The Internet of Everything: Boring, But So Important

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.<p>Goldman Sachs calls it the 3rd wave, and points out that while:<p>The 1990s' fixed Internet wave connected …

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

After a decade-long slump, Lego has rebuilt itself into a global juggernaut. An exclusive look inside the company’s top-secret Future Lab.<p>Every September, largely unbeknownst to the rest of the company, a group of around 50 Lego employees descends upon Spain’s Mediterranean coast, armed with …

Lego

How the 'Internet of Things' will impact consumers, businesses, and governments in 2016 and beyond

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

Why Can't Healthcare Wearables Get You Out Of Work?

Earlier this year, Nintendo unveiled the first few details of its new line of “Quality of Life” that will be released in fiscal 2015. Speaking to shareholders, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata described a bedside sleep sensor that will gather data on its users overnight, upload them to Nintendo’s …

The corporate 'Internet of Things' will encompass more devices than the smartphone and tablet markets combined

That's because businesses have the capital and reach to purchase IoT devices and services on a large scale. They will see benefits from the IoT accrue fast enough to spur further adoption and investment.<p>IoT devices range from robot-like units to tiny chips that hook into industrial or office …

Pandora Hits 2.5M In-Car Activations

Pandora revealed today that its Internet radio service has been activated in over 2.5 million vehicles to date, through integrations with 23 car manufacturers and eight third-party stereo brands.<p>The milestone is a small one considering the total number of drivers in the United States, Australia and …

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.<p>This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips—my school's system …

Why the real estate and marriage markets are at odds in China

The markets have been rocky in China—and so have the marriages. Last year, the number of married couples in the Middle Kingdom who divorced rose 8% nationwide (link in Chinese), compared with 2011. In Shanghai, divorces jumped nearly 14%, reports the Shanghai Daily. Marriages, meanwhile, increased …

Real Estate

The Creative Benefits Of Taking “Mini-Sabbaticals” From All Your Various Screens

Research suggests that taking a quick break from technology can set your week on track and get good ideas flowing freely. Embrace the downtime–it might be the only chance you get.<p>According to Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, one of the best ways to enhance your creative output is to clearly …

Creativity

A New Shazam Tool Tells Advertisers When Ads Are Most Effective

Shazam introduced a new audience engagement tool today designed to help TV advertisers measure how well their ad campaigns perform based on factors such as the type of show, channel, and day of the week. Beginning today, advertisers who are customers of both Shazam for TV and Nielsen TV Ratings can …

Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

The central conflict of domestic life right now isn't men versus women or mothers versus fathers; it's the family against money.<p>My wife leans in. A year ago, after nine hours of labor, she received an epidural and immediately asked me to pass the iPad so she could send a note to work. I suggested …

Papa, Don't Text: The Perils of Distracted Parenting

"You can only do one thing at a time: talk to the baby or talk on the phone."<p>Last summer, as my baby grandson and I strolled through the same neighborhood his father and I had strolled through 30 years earlier, I saw that something vital had changed. Back then, adults pushing babies in strollers …

Amazon Publishing Has First Million-Copy Hit; Will Authors, Agents Take Notice?

Amazon Publishing has its first million-copy selling author, the company announced today. The author is Oliver Pötzsch and his <i>Hangman’s Daughter</i> series has sold over a million copies of three titles between print, ebook and audio-book sales. The ebooks have made the Digital Book World Ebook …

Maybe buses should be free

AFTER riding a tram in Strasbourg, Matt Yglesias, a blogger with <i>Slate</i>, has decided that proof-of-payment fare-collection systems—in which fares are …

In the favelas on the frontline of protest, Brazilians ask: who is this World Cup for?

Wednesday night was due to be a celebration in Fortaleza. This north-eastern coastal city was the first in Brazil to complete its World Cup stadium …

7 Mistakes of Failed Startups

A great idea ensures startup success, right? Wrong.<p>No one enjoys hearing it, but three out of four startups will fail before they ever get to market. Yes, even the greatest ideas are still susceptible to ending up in the trash. As a startup founder, mentor, Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) member, …

Gigaom | Broadcasters are missing out on a ton of data–it’s time to take TV online

Advertisement<p>Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made a big commotion at a talk recently when the two predicted the imminent “implosion” of the film …

Reverse Innovation in Tech Startups: The Story of Capillary Technologies

At its core, reverse innovation describes solutions adopted first in poorer, emerging nations that subsequently—and disruptively—find a market in richer, developed nations. But can reverse innovation be relevant in the world of high-technology? The very definition of “high-technology” hints at …