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5 Sure-fire Success Tips from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

5 Sure-fire Success Tips from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

by John Greathouse | Amazon’s Founder, Jeff Bezos has had an incredible entrepreneurial career. He has gone from simply selling books online to offering consumers tens of thousands of products. Not satisfied with conquering the online retail world, Amazon then productized access to its infrastructure, ushering in the era of the public cloud. This innovation has eliminated billions of dollars of annual costs previously associated with creating and maintaining web-based businesses. 2014 ...

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5 Ways To Turn Up the Volume With Twitter

5 Ways To Turn Up the Volume With Twitter

by Shawn Hessigner | Twitter can be a great way to amplify your message…if you can get your tweets to be heard above the din. With about 200 million monthly users and counting, Twitter can seem a bit overwhelming at times. As Lisa Barone explains, getting attention for your tweetscan be challenging: For a brand with a voice and something to say, Twitter acts as a powerful communication medium allowing you ...

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The 7 Steps of a Successful Small Business

The 7 Steps of a Successful Small Business

by Clate Mask, via Small Biz Trends | With 28 million small businesses in the U.S., it’s hard to be a member of planet earth and not have a personal connection to small business. Small businesses play a critical role in the economy, making them a hot topic of discussion. What’s the problem if everyone is talking about small business? The problem is this: Small business means different things to different people. ...

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How To Make A Strategy Succeed

How To Make A Strategy Succeed

by Scott Edinger, via Forbes | This is the season when many organizations are planning and preparing for the year ahead and the years beyond. Strategic planning sessions and Executive Team retreats are in full swing, with teams developing programs and implementation plans that will, with the right approach, help direct their organizations mindfully and productively. I was reminded of the importance of this kind of enterprise and some of the ...

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Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015

Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015

by  Michael Kassner, via TechRepublic.com | Gartner analysts suggest you keep a close eye on the items listed in its latest trend report. Michael Kassner examines the technologies on the list and finds a common thread: cloud.  Since 2007, Gartner has been predicting the top strategic technology trends for the coming year — not an easy task considering the volatility of the IT market. David Cearley, Gartner vice president and fellow who ...

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Atradius Exec: How Asian Companies can Successfully Trade in the Middle East

Atradius Exec: How Asian Companies can Successfully Trade in the Middle East

by Michael Frigo | In 2009, the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) found itself caught in the middle of the debt crisis. Its real estate sector faced a very challenging time and this resulted in some rescheduling of its debt.Yet the emirate quickly recovered, with Dubai World seen to pay off its debt ahead of schedule. With the recovery of one of its key emirates, the ...

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How Small Businesses Can Compete With Fortune 500s

How Small Businesses Can Compete With Fortune 500s

by Gary Vaynerchuk | It’s no secret that the companies that I advise at VaynerMedia have a lot of resources. Probably a lot more than you do. So when I go on and on about how important content production is, you might very well think “whatever, Gary, that’s easy for you to tell PepsiCo, but what am I supposed to do!?” I get that. I really do, but… As a business owner in this day ...

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10 Tips To Make a Deck That Communicates Your Idea

10 Tips To Make a Deck That Communicates Your Idea

via Ted | Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other folks in the office. Yes, his coworkers ask him to design their ...

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Why VCs Are Not Your Friends

Why VCs Are Not Your Friends

by Steve Blank | One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors. At times they confuse VCs with their friends. Let’s Go to Lunch At Rocket Science our video game company was struggling. Hubris, bad CEO decisions (mine) and a fundamental lack of understanding that we were in a “hits-based” entertainment business not in a Silicon Valley technology company were slowly killing us. One day I ...

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5 Tips for Millennials Working with Boomers

5 Tips for Millennials Working with Boomers

by Lee McEnany Caraher | “Boomers are so bitter,” said one millennial whom I interviewed for my book about inter-generational workplaces. As a Boomer, I bit my tongue, and did my best to listen loudly to what she described as the dynamic in her workplace. And then in my next interview I heard the same thing, and in the next one, and the next one. In the end it became clear ...

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Turn Your SlideShares into Animated GIFs

Turn Your SlideShares into Animated GIFs

by Lorraine K. Lee | Want to make your SlideShares a little more lively? Now you can — literally. GifDeck, a new tool developed by one of our Delhi-based engineers Jai Pandya, will convert your SlideShare into an animated GIF. Merely go to GifDeck.in, paste in a SlideShare URL, and out comes an animated version of that deck. You can then embed the GIF in an email, blog post or post it to Twitter. “I ...

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5 Presentation Mistakes Not to Make

5 Presentation Mistakes Not to Make

by Scott Schwertly | via SlideShare | A successful presentation is an orchestra of great content, strong delivery and pitch-perfect design. When one element is out of tune, it can ruin the entire performance. In order to ensure your upcoming presentation is a success, be sure to avoid these common mistakes: 1. Unnatural Stock Photography Images where the actors or other elements are posed, fake or abnormal will make your presentation feel ...

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