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The enterprise technologies to watch in 2016

While enterprise technology has always been somewhat a breed apart from consumer tech, this year we see that consumer tech will definitively set the …

The Pricing of Fame: What Social Influencers Are Getting Paid

Social superstars are getting millions a year to promote products for major brands. Here's how to plan your own successful influencer campaign for a fraction of the cost.<p>Lately, it seems like all kinds of brands are getting into bed with social media influencers.<p>They're wooing Instagram moms and …

After analyzing 200 founders’ postmortems, researchers say these are the reasons startups fail

It’s a common adage in Silicon Valley that 90% of startups ultimately fail. To understand why that’s the case, a pair of researchers meticulously pored over 193 blog posts—startup postmortems, if you will—written by founders examining what went wrong.<p>It was a heartwrenching experience for Kerry …

Startups

American Capitalism’s Great Crisis

A couple of weeks ago, a poll conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics found something startling: only 19% of Americans ages 18 to 29 …

How the world's currencies got their names

From country to country, monetary units vary nearly as much as the cultures and languages that use them. But have you ever wondered why a dollar is …

Money Masters: The Most Powerful People In The Financial World

From banking to buyouts, trading to takeovers, these 40 financiers dominate the world of money. The hedge fund managers, private equity moguls and lenders who control the flow of trillions of dollars around the global economy impact just about all of us one way or another. To compile the list, we …

Markets

Social Media Is Too Important to Be Left to the Marketing Department

When customers need help, they expect companies to offer it quickly and through multiple social media channels — but most companies aren’t set up to do that. Some companies increase their social media staff to offer live responses during big events like the Super Bowl or the Grammys, but then they …

This Google manager has the best advice on time management

When it comes to managing our time, many of us would agree there’s room for improvement.<p>Jeremiah Dillon, Head of Product Marketing at Google Apps for …

Time Management

Why Europe lags behind the US in VC investment

Activity in the USA and Europe firmly dominates the venture capital (VC) industry. Where ‘the Valley’ led the way, start-up ecosystems have sprouted across the whole of Europe. Be it financial technology in London, ecommerce in Berlin or advertising technology in Paris, over the last decade Europe …

Venture Capital

Unicorns aside, it’s a good time to start a business

There’s been a healthy amount of chatter lately from analysts and tech writers that we are approaching a meltdown in startup financing. Unicorns, those startups valued at $1 billion or higher, are being downgraded at a rapid clip. The most recent victim is Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce firm …

Venture Capital

What's Going On With China's Stock Markets And Economy?

I’ve spent the past few weeks in China. Perhaps most noteworthy, I was in China when its stock markets closed trading early when its circuit breakers triggered. And, as we all know and witnessed, as China’s market valuations were precipitously dropping, many of the world’s markets followed suit. …

Stock Markets

What the world would look like if countries were the size of their stock markets

Sometimes it helps to take look the world through an unconventional perspective when thinking about the size of things.<p>So here’s a pretty awesome map …

These 7 Movies Tell the Real Story Behind the Financial Crisis

The movie <i>The Big Short</i> opened in theaters nationwide Dec. 23, and it is the latest example of a Hollywood production laying the blame for the 2008 …

Iran’s fraught relationship with American goods is about to get a little more complicated

Isfahan, Iran<p>Ali Reza is in the middle of a long explanation as to why Iran doesn’t need American products when he stops to take a sip of Coca-Cola.<p>A Revolutionary Guards veteran turned businessman, who has brought his family on vacation to historic Isfahan, Reza tells me he travels frequently to …

South Asia

Why China is now the world’s biggest champion for a united Africa

Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa.<p>It may also show his desire to reassure Africa that, …

China

What Is Strategy?

This article has benefited greatly from the assistance of many individuals and companies. The author gives special thanks to Jan Rivkin, the coauthor of a related paper. Substantial research contributions have been made by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Dawn Sylvester, and Lucia Marshall. Tarun Khanna, Roger …

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

<i>DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR</i><p>In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know …

Undeterred by failure, how two childhood friends created a solution for other startups

After stepping out of the college, childhood friends Varun Bagga and Varinder Singh decided to create some cool stuff. A lot of brainstorming later, …

Could China suffer a banking crisis?

Could a banking crisis erupt in China? The commonly accepted answer among western analysts is no, for the simple reason that China has huge State …

What is happening in the global oil market?

Oil prices went from over $110 per barrel in mid-2014 to below $50/b at the beginning of this year. Collapsing prices have hurt oil exporting …

​How startups compete against Amazon, Microsoft in Seattle's cutthroat recruiting market - Puget Sound Business Journal

By Rachel Lerman <br>– Staff Writer, Puget Sound Business Journal<p>May 4, 2015, 12:57pm PDT<b><br>Updated</b> May 4, 2015, 1:38pm PDT<p>When LiquidPlanner CEO Liz Pearce …

What is the future of MOOCs?

Let’s face it; we should expect a level of impatience with all things digital. We live in an era where an iPhone release is met with excitement …

The most impressive job interview questions

Interviewing for your next job is tough work!<p>Last year, I published The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview. The article received <b>a lot</b> of …

Employment

How Netflix Reinvented HR

Artwork: Freegums, Good Vibrations, 2011, acrylic on wood, 8′ x 15′<p>Sheryl Sandberg has called it one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. But when Reed Hastings and I (along with some colleagues) wrote a …

16 Tools Every Social Media Manager Should Be Using Right Now

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Smart businesses know that social media is a power to be reckoned with, as they create a direct line of communication between your company and consumers and give anyone with an Internet connection instant access to the latest buzz around your products or …

The 101 Best Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) For 2014

Over the past several months I’ve collected a ton of Internet tools that are useful for bloggers and marketers in my Evernote. I’ve organized all of …

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

The transition to a global digital economy in 2014 was sporadic – brisk in some countries, choppy in others. By year’s end, the seven biggest emerging markets were larger than the G7, in purchasing power parity terms. Plus, consumers in the Asia-Pacific region were expected to spend more online …