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Impediments to Creativity

Creativity is one of the best strengths to have. It helps you solve problems, and keeps you versatile and able to roll with change, which in this world is a real plus. My creative clients tell me that they are usually good at anything they put their hand to. For all its merits, creativity can be …

Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation

<i>Bill Gates is the co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also posts updated information and</i> …

Why only 3% of India has home internet access

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt doesn’t think much of India’s internet strategy, telling a television channel that the country “is well behind in the web services model that the rest of the world is adopting.”<p>There’s no doubt that Schmidt, traveling in Asia this week, is talking his book: …

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Is The Vertical Approach To Enterprise Software Enough To Help You Win The Market?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Boris Wertz</i> <i>is the founder of</i> <i>version one ventures</i><i>, and has invested in over 40</i> <i>early-stage consumer and enterprise companies, including vertical SaaS investments in Clio, Frontdesk, Jobber and Top Hat Monocle. Follow him on his blog and on</i> <i>Twitter @bwertz.</i><p>We already know that the most …

The Myth of Marketing: How Research Reaches For The Heart But Only Connects With The Head

By Douglas Van Praet5 minute Read<p>Marketers are supposed to be the experts on connecting emotionally with customers. But ironically, their current …

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Forbes' Billionaires World Map

For the 27th annual Forbes billionaires list, our team of reporters spent months tracking down the wealthiest people around the globe. Ultimately, we found 1,426 billionaires who are together worth a total of $5.4 trillion — a record sum.<p>The combined wealth of billionaires from the United States, …

Ford Sorry For Mocked-up Ads In India Showing Bound And Gagged Women

Illustrations produced by an Indian ad agency showing scantily clad cartoon women bound, gagged and stuffed into the hatch of a Ford Figo have led both the car company and the ad agency's parent to issue apologies.<p>The images, according to FirstPost.Business, were "scam ads — ads that are created …

Look Out Microsoft, Here Comes Zhang Yichi And A New Generation Of Chinese Entrepreneurs

Young, talented Chinese geek Zhang Yichi arrived at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 2008 to ascend to a new rung of success. He had graduated from elite Tongji University in China with an undergraduate degree in computer science, and from there gone on to earn a master’s degree in the …

The Future Of Mobile Commerce Is Bright

<b>The State Of Mobile Commerce (Instant Shift)</b><br>Mobile phones are the most widely spread electronic devices on the planet. According to The International Telecommunication Union, in August 2012 there were about 7 billion mobile phones. This number exceeds the number of PCs by about 3.8 times. Here are …

Interview: Teenager Sells His Mobile Startup To Yahoo! For $30 Million

It’s all in a day’s work for 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio. “Yeah, this is really happening,” he said in a phone interview today to confirm he had sold his company, Summly, to Internet giant Yahoo! for approximately $30 million, mostly in cash.<p>D’Aloisio sounded electrified — but then he always does. …

The World's Most Ethical Software Companies: What They All Have in Common

Earlier this month The Ethisphere Institute announced their seventh annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Jacquelyn Smith wrote an excellent analysis titled The World’s Most Ethical Companies where she provides an overview of the methodology and selection process. You can review the …

The Most Effective Strategies for Success

For years, I’ve been trying to convince people that success is not about who you <i>are</i>, but about what you <i>do</i>.<p>Roughly two years ago, I wrote about the “Nine Things Successful People Do Differently,” which became HBR’s most-read piece of content over that time span. It was a list of strategies, based on …

Dell Has Put Itself In Exactly HP's Position

Having witnessed Hewlett-Packard (HP) facing exactly the same issue, Dell could have known how this would go.<p>Infotech 101, the course that all CEOs of tech companies should have taken freshman year, says that if you start fiddling with your corporate structure in public, you’ll spook your customers …

The Surprising Secret To Getting Your Emails Read

Do you feel like you send your emails into a black hole? Let’s get to the point: You need to start with the conclusion.<p>“Vagueness is the opposite of useful,” Geoffrey James writes for <i>Inc</i>. “The clearer the goal, the more convincing your e-mail will be.”<p>That’s why, James says, you need to ask …

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Warren Buffett to become top ten investor in Goldman

Warren Buffett is poised to become one of the largest shareholders in Goldman Sachs in the billionaire's second vote of confidence in the Wall Street bank since the financial crisis.<p>Under the deal, the 82 year-old is exchanging the right to buy 43.5m shares in Goldman at $115 each by the beginning …