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12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup

It is critically important for the founders of a company to intimately understand the company’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Founders cannot hope to grow a company in any meaningful way without an almost obsessive focus on its KPIs.<p>Why? Because KPIs, if constructed correctly, give management …

What can Capital Markets learn from the world of Payments?

<i>by Fiona Hamilton, Vice President EMEA Operations Volante Technologies</i><p>When I started my career in financial technology thirty years ago it was …

US government warns of blockchain risks

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a US government organization, warned that blockchain technology and marketplace lending could present risks to financial stability …

Blockchain

Deloitte Team Launches Custom Blockchain Solution Rubix Core

Earlier this month, the Rubix by Deloitte team started rolling out their beta product, Rubix Core, with an early release to a group of selected …

Blockchain Technology

FINANCE<p>This traditional industry has shown significant interest in Blockchain technology and is experimenting with more than just bitcoins<p>RETAIL<p>See …

How blockchain technology can prevent the next financial crisis, disrupt Uber, and give us control of our data

You’ve probably heard about “the blockchain” recently. A lot. The technology underpinning bitcoin has attracted billions in venture capital funding, the interest of almost every global bank, and the attention of governments around the world. Essentially a digital distributed ledger that anyone on …

12 Motivating Quotes to Help You Nail Your Presentation

In this Slideshare, we've put together a list of presentation or public speaking quotes that can inspire you to perform better on stage.<p>More themed slides: http://slideshop.com/Themed-Slides

A world champion public speaker gave us his top 3 presentation tips

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi certainly knows how to deliver a great speech. The 2014 Toastmaters International word champion of public speaking reveals three keys to delivering the most effective speech.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser and Richard Feloni</i><p><b>Follow BI Video</b>: On Twitter

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A Mind-Body Exercise To Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

You've written the perfect PowerPoint script. You've found beautiful images and the most concise, powerful words to illustrate your witty, savvy, …

Public Speaking

5 Tips on How to Become an Incredible Public Speaker

Follow these useful strategies for conquering stage fright.<p><i>This story first appeared on the Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Whether you're delivering presentations in front of colleagues, teaching industry workshops, or stepping onstage at a local or …

20 Public Speaking Tips To Overcome Anxiety

Everybody’s scared of something. It doesn’t matter how big or brave you may feel — there’s definitely a deeply-embedded, irrational anxiety in there. …

Never Give A Boring Presentation Again

The experience of sitting through a truly terrible presentation is nearly universal. The dozens of identically-themed PowerPoint slides stacked with text, the useless handouts, the tense, miserable minutes of silence during the time allotted for Q&A--presentations rarely energize a team or allow …

U. of I. College of Engineering to offer new innovation degree

The University of Illinois' College of Engineering plans to launch a new degree program that will let students pursue ideas that could develop into companies.<p>The Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship program will be project-based and build on classes and programming already …

10 Unmissable Qualities of Wildly Successful People

Success is not something that can be accomplished overnight. It takes a lot of hard work, time and sheer dedication. Every successful leader, …

Supply Chain Startup Fluent Raises $1.65 Million in Seed Funding

A blockchain startup dedicated to supply chain applications has raised $1.65m in new seed funding.<p>Fluent, which last year raised roughly $850k from a …

The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services

The technology most likely to change the next decade of business is not the social web, big data, the cloud, robotics, or even artificial intelligence. It’s the blockchain, the technology behind digital currencies like Bitcoin.<p>Blockchain technology is complex, but the idea is simple. At its most …

The narrow chance immigrant entrepreneurs have at breaking through

Immigrant entrepreneurs embody the essence of the American Dream—the idea that it’s possible for anyone to succeed, regardless of where they come from. Yet for the majority of immigrant entrepreneurs, it’s difficult to get a visa, obtain funding, and enter the elite networks that make successful …

A simple guide to the blockchain and bitcoin

The blockchain is the future; it has the potential to transform everything from how we send money to how communities grow. Here is WIRED's simple …

Get serious about this blockchain thing

Having noted that most bankers are now saying <i>bitcoin bad, blockchain good</i>, here’s a nice set of quotes I’ve been gathering of what banks are actually …

Blockchain

Reid Hoffman: Why the blockchain matters

At least one global cryptocurrency will achieve mass-market adoption. That cryptocurrency will either be Bitcoin or a derivative inspired by it. The …

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Barclays has two blockchain 'labs' in London and is planning 45 experiments with the technology

The Sunday Times reported this week that Barclays is planning to let charities accept bitcoin later this year, leveraging its partnership with bitcoin exchange Safello that was announced earlier this year. (Barclays has since denied this, saying it's simply working on a "proof of concept.")<p>I sat …

FinTech

Everledger Is Using Blockchain To Combat Fraud, Starting With Diamonds

The wild valuation swings of Bitcoin are something of a sideshow when compared with the potential of the underlying blockchain engine. Focusing on the utility of this distributed, consensus-based technology is exactly what London-based startup Everledger is doing.<p>The very early stage startup — …

Imogen Heap's Mycelia: An Artists' Approach for a Fair Trade Music Business, Inspired by Blockchain

Imogen Heap is fed up with hearing artists, herself included, complain about the current state of the music industry. And when the composer, performer, technologist, inventor, and the only female artist to have ever won the Grammy for engineering decides to take action, things happen.<p>Ms. Heap is a …

The Leadership Edge - Ignite Your Action Plan

<b>The Leadership Edge - Ignite Your Action Plan</b> is a full day leadership master class for high potential IT leaders, hosted by the CIO Executive …

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Want to know what’s in Google’s secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant’s success recipe.<p>Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There’s no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant …

IBM CIO Pushes Leadership Down the Ladder

By<p>Steve Rosenbush<p>Steve Rosenbush<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@Steve_Rosenbush<p>ciojournal<p>steven.rosenbush@wsj.com<p>International Business Machines CIO Jeff Smith says that running a global IT group of 20,000 people raises certain challenges of operating at scale. The solution logically leads to …

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Andreessen Horowitz shares the 16 tech trends it’s most excited about

Most of us will never be in an Andreessen Horowitz meeting, and even fewer of us will get a chance to work with the famed VC firm. But today, we’re all equals when it comes to getting a peek at the 16 tech trends that a16z, as it’s known, is most excited about right now.<p>In a post this morning, …

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