25Jun

The Death of a Start-up

Larry Kanter | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 His company was thriving. Then he joined a startup accelerator. Now he’s going bust. Is start-up culture to blame? iStock Entrepreneurs love to talk about success. Failure, not so much. Indeed, when the dreaded f-word is mentioned, it’s almost always invoked as something to […]

25Jun

WPP' VML Buys Stake In South Africa's Native

WPP’s digital agency network VML, a unit of Y&R, has acquired a majority stake in South African digital agency Native, which has been re-branded Native VML. The agency has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Terms were not disclosed. The partnership is the latest step in VML’s global expansion strategy. […]

25Jun

Mobile SEO Risks Force Brands To Comply With Google Changes

Apple, CVS Caremark, Costco Wholesale and others are ill-prepared to take on changes Google will make to its mobile search algorithm. In fact, only six of the Fortune 100 companies comply. The Pure Oxygen Labs study — Mobile SEO Risk Assessment of the Top 100 Fortune 500 Companies — identifies […]

25Jun

How Not to Get Fired

Getting fired from the company you started may seem hard to imagine, but it happens fairly frequently. Avoid these mistakes and it won’t happen to you. Getty Getting fired from the company you created is probably the last thing you can imagine. Unfortunately, it’s a fairly regular occurrence that can […]

Laura Brothers, Business InsiderJun 25, 2013 Not all stories have a happy ending. “> shutterstock images Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding site, gives entrepreneurs a platform to raise money for pet projects like a new business, a film, or even a music video. To date, the site has collectively raised […]

25Jun

Hortonworks Raises $50M For Expansion And Development In Growing Hadoop Oriented Data Analytics Market

Hortonworks announced on its blog this morning that it has raised $50 million in new financing to accelerate the growth and development of its Hadoop distribution for data analytics and the application in operations and transaction-based systems. The investment was led by new investors Tenaya Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group, […]

25Jun

The Best Route to Sustainable Growth

GIVE MORE, GET MORE | Irving Fain | Inc.com contributor Jun 25, 2013 Who drives most of your revenue growth? You might be surprised. shutterstock images All growth is not created equal. And growth, as you know, can eat cash. So what’s the most cost-effective and efficient way for your company to grow? The […]

25Jun

Entrepreneurs vs Big Government: Open Gov Winners Lend a Hand

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Two start-ups attempt to change the relationship between government and entrepreneurs. shutterstock images On June 24, the Knight Foundation announced the winners to its Knight News Challenge on Open Gov. Launched in February, the challenge aimed to encourage innovators to come up with solutions […]

25Jun

Warby Parker Creates Point-of-Sale System

Warby Parker Creates Point-of-Sale System | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Innovation >  Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Rather than rely on someone else’s software, the eyeglass maker created its own. Courtesy Company In Warby Parker’s world, style isn’t the only thing […]

EVIL HR LADY | Suzanne LucasJun 25, 2013 Career coaches aren’t just for middle managers who need to figure out how to land the corner office. CEOs, founders — everyone — can benefit from some outside help. 1. Consulting Agency Getty 1. Consulting Agency Career coaches are hired by the big boss […]

ROARING OR BORING | Kevin Daum Jun 25, 2013 Male or female, support from a life partner can make or break the path to prosperity. Here are nine powerful ways to increase success for you as a couple. “> Justin Lewis/Getty Books and blog posts from thought leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and […]

Catherine Rohr Founder and CEO of Defy VenturesJun 25, 2013 Former gang leaders and drug dealers have the potential to be your star employees. A Clean Slate Through her M.B.A.-style program, Defy Ventures, Catherine Rohr is helping former prisoners, including Maliki Cottrell (left) and Marlon Llin (center), learn how to launch […]

25Jun

Launching a Marketing Campaign? Ask these 3 Questions First

BRANDED | Curt Hanke Jun 25, 2013 Before undergoing the time and expense of launching a marketing campaign, you need to do some self-examination first. Advertising expert Curt Hanke explains why. Getty Ready for a secret? The three biggest marketing questions aren’t actually marketing questions. (Sorry to disappoint.) They’re actually business questions. […]

25Jun

Tax-Free Funding for Your Business–From Your 401(k)

TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jun 25, 2013 If you think using retirement money to start a company means a big tax payment, think again. There’s a way around the problem. shutterstock images Bohnne Jones worked in the healthcare industry for 33 years until she was laid off in January 2002. Going back […]

25Jun

GrayBug: Disruptive RX for Your Eyes

Jill Krasny | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 A Baltimore start-up tackles blindness with new innovative treatments. Shutterstock Warby Parker isn’t the only start-up disrupting the vision space. GrayBug, a company that recently won the Invest Maryland Challenge in Baltimore, Maryland, is revolutionizing drug delivery and treatments for the eye.  GrayBug started […]

25Jun

Want to Close More Sales? Stop Selling

OWNER’S MANUAL | Jeff Haden Jun 25, 2013 Make your customer service reps your sales team, give information away for free, and other counterintuitive sales advice. Everett Collection Laura Greeno, Webscout In today’s online marketplace, building a traditional sales force or conducting expensive sales training programs should not be the first action […]

25Jun

11 Gadgets Inspired by Sci-Fi

Sci-fi authors and filmmakers are visionaries, creating gadgets for a whole new world. There’s the flying DeLorean from Back to the Future and the stealth helicopter that tracked Katniss Everdeen’s every move in Hunger Games. Wouldn’t it be cool to use those gadgets in real life? Turns out you can. […]

25Jun

The font that gives memes Impact

Most image memes use the font Impact Impact was one of Windows’ “Web-safe” fonts, easily accessed in Web’s early days Its forcefulness gives irony to goofy pictures, provides instant comedy (CNN) — Bacon and eggs. Motherhood and apple pie. Block and tackle. Image memes and Impact. Yes, like those other […]

25Jun

Moving on from Google Reader

Google Reader’s demise has created something of a gold rush among tech companies looking to take the RSS tool’s place. The Google Reader is closing next week, and it’s time to find a replacement RSS tool There are imitation readers, shortcuts for later reading and smart aggregation apps With some […]

25Jun

Roambi launches Business cloud option

Through the Roambi Business portal brands can create, organize and gain insights from online data, giving them better insights to their customer lists. “Data of all sizes is breaking loose from the iron grip of on-premise databases and moving to the cloud,” said Santiago Becerra, cofounder and CEO of Roambi. […]

25Jun

A Year After Microsoft Bought It, Yammer Nears 8M Users, Deeper MSFT Integration… And Klout

One year to the day after Microsoft announced that it would acquire enterprise social networking tool Yammer for $1.2 billion, the pair are today publishing some updated usage numbers and news about a raft of new features to demonstrate that Yammer is on the up and up, and that Microsoft […]

25Jun

Econsultancy: 2013 Digital Trends

Strive for meaningful engagement with intelligent marketing. Marketers are seeing the writing on the wall: As important as it is to have beautiful and creative content, you have to make sure you’re getting it in front of the right people, in the right places, and at the right times. This […]

25Jun

Two rounds of funding, one fundraising platform making online waves

First, Bidspot, an online fundraising platform that uses gamification and social media to engage consumers and potential funders. The crowd-funding platform has signed Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat as their first client. The platform offers a space for celebrities and athletes to drive charity fundraising. They fund auctions, host […]

25Jun

Visually pushes data visualization to the online space

“Today’s business data far exceeds the capacity of old agency models, and the infographic strategy we innovated only 5-years ago is already dead as a result,” said Visually CEO, Stew Langille. “But at today’s data scale, smart visualization is more essential than ever – for media, brands, internal communications and […]