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The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own. These venture capitalists think the same forces that have transformed transportation, media, retail and logistics will als

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How I spend my time as a startup founder - Balance Ventures

If left unchecked, the time of a startup founder can be easily spent taking unproductive meetings and putting out spot fires. After a few months of drowning in a sea of emails, calls, texts and meetings however, I sought advice from friends, mentors and t

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This is how much VCs are paid

Venture capital is known for being an opaque industry, so it's no surprise most of us have no idea what the average VC earns in a year.

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Netflix shares tank after big miss on subscriber growth

Netflix Inc's subscriber growth fell short of Wall Street expectations on Monday, sending shares of the normally high-flying stock down 14 percent on fears that the company's rapid expansion is slowing.

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Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google Play in first half of 2018

Apple’s App Store continues to outpace Google Play on revenue. In the first half of the year, the App Store generated nearly double the revenue of Google Play on half the downloads, according to a new report from Sensor Tower out today. In terms of

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Could a Scooter Start-up Really Be Worth $1 Billion? | Vanity Fair

Bird, the brainchild of a former Uber and Lyft executive, is seeking funding at a 10-figure valuation. But could the scooter company really be worth $1 billion? It depends who you ask.

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This Is How Accelerators and Incubators Build Consumer Businesses

Founders of consumer startups today often have less experience than founders past. That creates a need for business incubators and accelerators to add value. Here's how they work.

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Amazon halts Seattle expansion over city tax proposal

Even as Amazon continues to grow at a staggering rate, it is pumping the brakes on its long-planned hometown expansion. The retail giant threw down the gauntlet this week when it announced that it would stop construction on a new building because of a pro

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SpaceX's valuation approaches $25 billion, growing Elon Musk's fortune to $21.3 billion | VentureBeat

SpaceX could soon be one of the most valuable VC-based companies in the U.S., thanks to a new round of funding that would also give the net worth of founder Elon Musk a nice bump.

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The Top 19 Free SEO Tools [Infographic]

After years of search engine optimization (SEO) experience while utilizing countless SEO tools (free and paid), we have identified the top 19 free SEO tools of 2017. Our recommended tools are disting…

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Want a Look at Netflix’s Future? Follow the Anime | WIRED

Netflix just picked up a dozen new anime shows, a move that showed off its blueprint for big-time growth.

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So Long, Hamburger Helper: America’s Venerable Food Brands Are Struggling - WSJ

The packaged-food industry is being hammered on both ends of the consumer spectrum, losing out to fresher items with fewer processed ingredients as well as inexpensive store labels. As brands such as Hamburger Helper and Chef Boyardee suffer, companies ar

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1 Sign to Immediately Know Someone Has the Gift of Leadership | Inc.com

This is what will promote a work culture void of backstabbing, gossip, and throwing people under the bus

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Uber Board Unanimously Approves All Holder Report Recommendations; Details Secret Until Tuesday

The Holder Report is expected to recommend sweeping changes to Uber's notoriously aggressive and misogynistic corporate culture, but its precise prescriptions remain secret

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SoCal Startups Speak Up About the Challenges They're Facing in 2017

Silicon Valley Bank today released its 2017 Southern California Startup Outlook report, their second annual SoCal startups report. Here's what they found.

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Now We Know Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn

Six months after Microsoft announced plans to pay more than $26 billion for LinkedIn, we now know even more about why the career-focused social networking site was so valuable. Today, Microsoft…

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7 Things You Must Do Before Quitting Your Job or You're Screwed

Leaving your job to become your own boss without going broke requires setting the groundwork just right. Few people do.

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Apple shares just closed at their highest price ever

The most valuable company in the world broke its own share price record.

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5 Steps to Rock Any Networking Event

A great face-to-face connection can help you jump start the career you've always wanted.

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Payments startup Stripe says it’s still too hard to sell stuff online - Recode

Co-founder John Collison says the company will take payments from anyone, anywhere, so what’s the problem?

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Google acquires FameBit to help YouTubers cozy up to brands

Google announced today that it has acquired FameBit, an "influencer marketing platform for branded content." That is a lot of buzzwords packed together, so lets break it down. For a while YouTube...

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WhatsApp straight up copies Snapchat's drawings and stickers

The latest WhatsApp Android beta is adding a number of new features that should make sharing images with your friends a bit more fun – and a lot more like Snapchat. Android Police noted that the latest Android beta of the app introduces the ability to d

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How to make sense of human resources technology | VentureBeat | Business | by Michael Shearer, SelectHub

The world of human resource management is under siege. Human resources technology has been changing the way HR personnel manage all that they do for years. And there is no sign of slowing. Recruiting, scheduling, employee training and the many other HR fu

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How Apple—and the Rest of Silicon Valley—Avoids the Tax Man | WIRED

Apple is not the only high-tech US firm taking advantage of tax loopholes in places like Ireland and the Cayman Islands.

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Amazon is testing out a 30-hour workweek

The world's second-largest retailer is experimenting with severe cutbacks in work hours for roughly a dozen employees. Research suggests it's a great idea.

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What it's really like to work at Google, the best company to work for in the US

Google is ranked as not only the best tech company, but the best company to work for overall in the US. Here's what employees say about being a Googler.

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With Yahoo Bid, Verizon Gobbles Up the Past To Avoid an Obsolete Future | WIRED

A $4.8 billion Yahoo purchase turns Verizon into a future-focused media powerhouse.

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How departments that aren’t marketing can use social media

Not in marketing? No problem. Social media belongs to everyone: From CEOs to employees. Here are eight departments and how they run social media accounts.

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7 Ways An Angel Can Tell If An Entrepreneur Will Be Truly Effective - Forbes

Almost every startup will need investment money at some stage, and more often than not, will have to ask for it. Angels can be a boon to your company, but what traits are they looking for in an entrepreneur that will give them confidence to invest generou

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Bee Partners closes $30 million fund to seed very early-stage startups | TechCrunch

Bee Partners in San Francisco has raised a $30 million fund, its second, to lead investments in very early stage startups based in the U.S. Founded in 2009,..

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An angel investor who's helped start over 100 companies reveals the No. 1 thing he looks for in entrepreneurs

If you watch "Shark Tank," you know there are plenty of traits and behaviors that can turn off potential investors.

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Netflix's huge global push needs a local touch | VentureBeat | Media | by Reuters

Netflix is thinking global but needs to act more local to realize its full potential, analysts said after the company’s subscriber forecasts came up short of expectations.

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Forget the Hyperloop: This Startup Is Disrupting Long-Distance Transportation Right Now | Inc.com

A Stanford dropout and serial entrepreneur set out to build a city of remote workers making their living in virtual reality. His far-fetched idea led him to one that's shockingly mundane: A bus between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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10 Shockingly Simple Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Ever wondered why some people seem to have it all - success, happiness, money, love - and other people seem to lean into the struggle every single day? It’s not just luck. They have habits that are different from everyone else, and they put those habits into regular practice.

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'It was my mistake to sell': Dropcam founder regrets $555M sale to Nest

Dropcam founder Greg Duffy sold his startup for $555 million in 2014. Now, he's says that sale was a mistake.

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3 important things a PR pro learned while working with startups

My PR firm is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As I’m in the central hub of the tech industry, I’ve been fortunate to work with many early-stage, fast-

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How to Write Email Subject Lines Like a Pro

When your email subscribers open their inbox, it's like they enter a candy store. Dozens, even hundreds of treats are staring at them from the shelves. Your subject line is the candy wrap for your bon-bon; you've got to make sure it stands out, because the competition in this inbox candy store is fierce. How can you make sure your subscribers open your emails?

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Startup marketing for everyone | Highbrow

by Jonah Bliss Starting a business? Whether online or off, any new business needs to be marketed to succeed. In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of

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Make More Money Blogging With These 6 Tips

Turn from amateur to pro blogger with consistency, audience awareness, transparency and more.

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These 14 private startups now have higher valuations than Twitter - Quartz

Twitter had a rough day. The social media company's share price hit a record low Monday (Feb. 8) ahead of its earnings release on Wednesday. Its valuation hit $9.45 billion—smaller than some notable private startups including Uber, Airbnb, Snapcha

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The Most Trusted Brands Among American Shoppers - Fortune

BrandSpark International conducted a survey to determine the most trusted brand name products among American shoppers.

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6 Social Media Platforms Your Business Should Be Using

There is currently a plethora of social media platforms currently out these, it’s mind-blowing! From networking, to hooking a spouse, writing blogs to comparing businesses, the list is exhausti…

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Startup founders that left Yahoo less than 3 years after getting acquired - Business Insider

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's spent billions on acquiring startups. But some of the founders of those startups didn't bother staying at Yahoo for over 3 years.

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10 Blogging Mistakes That Are Costing You Traffic

When you read about people getting millions of visits on their website and thousands of leads through their blogs it is only natural you will want to try it yourself. But after 5 or 6 months you realize that it is not working for you. Why? Where have you

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The 20 most valuable brands ever acquired

They span the tobacco, food processing, and healthcare, and automobile industries.

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Inside Chipotle’s Contamination Crisis

Smugness and happy talk about sustainability aren’t working any more.

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How New Nonprofits Are Thinking Like Startups To Tap Internet-Powered Giving

How millennial-led nonprofits have used social media, big and open data, collaborations, and crowdfunding to scale like high-growth startups

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Blogging Tricks: How to Draw More Traffic to Your Blog | Life Hacker India

Blogging is one of the easiest ways to express your opinions and reach out to a large audience in the virtual space. If you are already a blogger or decide

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Content Marketing Mistakes That Are Poisoning Your Progress

Learn 5 of the 13 Content Marketing Mistakes That Are Poisoning Your Progress in this post. Learn 8 more in CMI’s new e-book. – Content Marketing Institute

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Angry users say Microsoft was already putting caps on 'unlimited' storage

Microsoft had been quietly telling its customers for months that the unlimited storage for Office 365 didn't really exist.

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Twitter Unveils Tools for Tracking Brand Conversations | Adweek

Twitter has new analytics tools it says will provide marketers with additional insight into brand conversations, audiences and trends. The Twitter Brand Hub, unveiled today, is meant to give brands a "360-degree, real-time view" of their initiat

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BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: Five Billion Views > 18 Billion Impressions | Re/code

BuzzFeed doesn’t care where you see its stuff — just that you see it.

And it says you see its stuff a lot — five billion times a month, according to a new memo from CEO Jonah Peretti, who says that viewing happens on BuzzFeed’s own properties, as well as on “over 30 other platforms including Facebook video, YouTube and Snapchat.”

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3 Questions About Marketing to Millennials You Should Be Asking But Aren’t

You can have the best content in the world that is targeted to millennials but it will only be effective if your content is published where your audience is and provides immediate value. When looking…

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12 Moving Facts About Walt Disney That Will Inspire You to Succeed | Inc.com

You don't know Disney, unless you know these facts about his entrepreneurial career.

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The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts | Inc.com

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.

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A once-hot startup that raised $4 million and rejected a $40 million Twitter acquisition just shut down

Frontback is shutting down August 15, after raising $4 million and stepping away from an acquisition offer from Twitter. The once-hot selfie app let users take a picture with the front camera and back camera. The app then merged both photos into a single image.

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The Startup That Designed Its Office to Confuse Workers | WIRED

The interior architecture demands a level of alertness rarely seen in your typical white-walled office.

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The real reason why Apple wanted to acquire Dropbox before it became a $10 billion startup

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston reveals that Steve Jobs and Apple were in love with Dropbox's green icon.

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These 11 Startups Raised Over $1 Billion Combined Before Launching - Forbes

Want a clue that the current tech market is a bubble? Look at the funding rounds--and not just for the likes of Uber and Airbnb.

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Marketing Your Startup With a $0 Budget

Working on a startup of your own can attract a rush of emotions. While some days you work on a high, certain that you have the next big thing within the palm of your hand, some days you are left with a load of uncertainty and doubt. Whether your startup is a new mobile app, software or tangible product the journey is nothing short of exciting.

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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak explains the biggest difference between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Inventor explains why Microsoft was more successful than Apple in the early years. While Hollywood has tried to get the story of the rivalry between Apple visionary Steve Jobs and Microsoft trailblazer Bill Gates right, Steve Wozniak had a front-row seat as it went down in real time.

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Tinder sneaks ads for albums into your dating profiles

There comes a point in every zeitgeisty app's life when it wonders if it should stop eating nothing but Doritos and having those drunken one-night stands

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Coca-Cola Sees Massive Online Brand Lift Following 'Mad Men' Finale

VideoConsider it the ultimate in content marketing: Coca-Cola’s iconic 1971 TV ad, “Hilltop,” closed last night’s seven-year run of “Mad Men” on AMC. Digital consumption around the brand exploded by 991% (the equivalent

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3 Tips From the Founder Who Turned Down $2 Million on 'Shark Tank' | Inc.com

Walking away from a multimillion-dollar offer on ABC's Shark Tank is a bold move, but that's exactly what entrepreneur Patrick Ambron did during one of the show's most recent episodes.

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5 excellent PR client lessons from 'Mad Men' | PR Daily

Though the fictional account executives at Sterling Cooper focus on advertising campaigns, PR pros can glean knowledge from their successes and failures.

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Startups Anonymous: When building a startup, where do you start?

[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear o...

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9 Free and Must Have Business Productivity Tools For Every Startup Entrepreneurs

9 Free and Must Have Business Productivity Tools For Every Startup Entrepreneurs!

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Social Engagement Stories From SXSW | Oracle Marketing Cloud

ust one day at SXSW, the conference generated 94,552 mentions across the web. To say this is a popular conference is an understatement. People from all kinds of industries are here, from B2B marketing, to sports education, to non-profit and kick-starters, to film and music.

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How to Learn Social Media Marketing: 15 Blogs for Beginners

Are you blogging, Facebooking, tweeting, or pinning? If not, you’re missing out. The Internet has become the primary means for prospective buyers to evaluate products or services. Social media plat…

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Mark Zuckerberg reveals his one rule for hiring at Facebook

'It's a pretty good test and it has served me well,' Facebook founder tells audience at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

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Tinder Building First Ad Product | Re/code

Dating app Tinder is ready to make some money. Tinder has also approached a handful of potential ad partners, including Facebook and Twitter, which could help the company fill its ad space once a product has launched, according to these same sources. Twitter owns mobile ad network MoPub, and Facebook has multiple ad networks that Tinder could use.

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A Kickstarter-Like Program From Adobe Funds Employee Projects | Re/code

Under the program, known as Kickbox, workers have only to raise their hand and they are given customized red boxes, each of which includes a prepaid credit card and other tools designed to help turn an idea into a shippable product.

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Adobe is suing Forever 21 for pirating Photoshop

Forever 21 has been pirating Photoshop, according to a new lawsuit from Adobe, and it's facing serious fines as a result. The suit was filed yesterday in California District Court, alleging that...

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How ‘Star Wars’ Saved Marvel From Financial Ruin - NYTimes.com

The first “Star Wars” film in 1977 gave a much needed financial boost to Marvel Comics, which published a six-issue tie-in.

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The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want | VentureBeat

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.

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Slack is Valued at $1 billion - How messaging services are ruling offices - Esquire

The internal messaging service Slack is now valued at $1 billion. What does that mean for the future of office communication?

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Snapchat COO Emily White Wants To Make Ads Incredibly Obvious To Users

Snapchat isn't a fan of native advertising, according to the company's COO Emily White.

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Microsoft makes more money from Samsung than from Skype, Windows Phone, and Xbox combined - Quartz

Android—the most widely-used mobile operating system in the world made by Google—actually owes a lot to patents owned by its erstwhile rival, Microsoft. There has been a lot of speculation about just how much Microsoft makes from royalty fees from A

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This Startup Makes It Totally Free To Get Anything You Want Delivered To Your Doorstep In San Francisco

WunWun, the app that lets users order anything from any store or restaurant in New York City or the Hamptons without a delivery charge, is launching in San Francisco.

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85 Percent of Music Sales in Japan are CDs

It’s a well known fact that CD sales have been going down, and fast, for some time now. Ever since people got the internet in their homes and learned what it could do, the downfall of the physical disc has been on it’s way, whether it be by piracy or

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Uber Now Recruiting 50,000 Drivers A Month - Business Insider

"Hundreds of thousands of partners" are connected to Uber's platform, and the company is now creating 50,000 jobs a month, Mashable reported.

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The Epic Failure of Automated Recruiting

We are one smart species. We can learn. We've learned a lot over our several hundred thousand years of existence, at least. We can learn from our successes and our failures. We won't learn a thing, though, unless we tell the truth when it matters and say

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Finally, some good news for Pandora in the music licensing wars

It has been a challenging year for Pandora Media. After a stellar 2013 on the stock market, the popular internet radio service service's share price has been under pressure amid a looming onslaught of fresh competition from the biggest names i

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RivCo Supes Hope to Incentivize Businesses to Hire Veterans By Offering Competitve Edge

The Veteran Incentive Purchasing Program is intended to

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5 Surprising Hidden Catches of Using Business Credit Cards

People who use both business and personal credit cards should know that business credit cards behave in ways you may consider detrimental.

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Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Those who stood at meetings said they felt their colleagues were more open to their ideas, less territorial, and overall, did better collaborative work, researchers found.

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Unpatriotic U.S. Corporations Becoming Hot Political Issue That Unites Right And Left

The days when Big Business can have it both ways -- as an artificial, power-concentrating entity with special privileges and immunities, on the one hand, and all the constitutional human rights of real people on the other hand, are coming to an end....

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As Uber Steps Up Its Assault, Lyft And The Taxi Industry May Get Overrun

Uber has apparently decided what to do with its new $1.2 billion war chest. The taxi alternative service has slashed rates by 25% in at least 25 markets across the U.S. for what it calls a

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Walmart to cut iPhone 5C and 5S prices on Friday - CNET

The price of the iPhone 5C falls to $29 and the 5S to $99. Does this mean the iPhone 6 launch is nearing?

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The Bouqs unwraps a $6 million Series A for its high-growth, farm-direct flower etailer

Everyone likes receiving flowers. Buying and having them delivered, however, is rarely a pleasant experience. The industry hasn’t changed much in the last two decades since the arrival of 1-800-Flo...

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Why 90,000 People Applied for 1,000 Grueling Summer Bank Internships

Ah, summer intern season. The subways fill with lost young people, sweaty from their ill fitting suits and heavy backpacks. If you find yourself downtown, push them towards the nearest investment bank, they are lost and need help getting there. 

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5 industries that millennials are destroying Jeff Reeves's Strength in Numbers

The younger generation doesn’t like cars, cable TV or soft drinks, writes Jeff Reeves.

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The 3 Cardinal Rules of Business I Didn’t Learn in College

One of the lessons this CEO has learned outside the classroom is number crunching is useful but communication skills really count.

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The 25 Best Companies for Compensation and Benefits

These are the Top 25 companies for compensation and benefits, according to Glassdoor.com

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5 Successful CEOs Share Their Best Advice For Small-Business Owners

Five of the highest-rated small-business CEOs share their best advice for other leaders.

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Kickstarter’s new “Launch Now” algorithm makes it look suspiciously like Indiegogo

Kickstarter has gone to the robots. After months of quietly testing out its new project vetting algorithms, the company is finally releasing its Launch Now function. The news, which was made offici...

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The New Rules of the Game for Growing Ad Revenue

Marketing Strategy - Not all effective revenue-building methods require a large investment. But they do require that you first recognize changes in the digital publishing game then run some new plays.

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While Apple is taken to task for e-book antitrust violations, Amazon wields true monopolistic power

Last summer, Judge Denise Cote found that Apple colluded with publishers to artificially raise the price of e-books across the board. As a result, Cote

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Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire

In the late ’90s, Antje Danielson’s son Max and Robin Chase’s daughter Linnea often played together on a tire swing in Cambridge, Massachusetts' Dana Park. The two women had met at their kids’...

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Lessons from Three Big Business Failures - Jeffbullas's Blog

Disregarding the digital age, companies that once dominated their markets are now defunct. Here are the lessons to be learnt from 3 big business failures

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    Toyota's U.S. headquarters will move from California to Texas

    Japan-based automaker consolidating sales, manufacturing and finance headquarters to Plano, Texas.

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      Shoppers Scale Back when Amazon Collects Sales Tax

      An academic study concluded that a national bill requiring sales tax collection by out-of-state online retailers would result in only a modest increase in local brick-and-mortar revenues.

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        Debate | Is Spotify killing the music industry?

        At over £103million, music streaming services such as Spotify accounted for 10 per cent of total music revenues last year, compared to 7 per cent the prev

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          Stocks We Love - CNNMoney

          CNNMoney readers like their tech stocks. Apple is by far the most looked up ticker on the site. Google, BlackBerry and Nokia also make the list. But so do Ford and GE. Here's a snapshot of the top 10.

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          The leader in personal finance and business forecasting. Get trusted advice on retirement, taxes, investing, saving, real estate, cars, college, insurance.

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            Information for the World's Business Leaders - Forbes.com

            Forbes is a leading source for reliable business news and financial information. Read news, politics, economics, business & finance on Forbes.com