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  • 3 steps for accelerating your startup’s productivity into high growth

    Our main focus here is entrepreneurial productivity and it can teach you how to be strong and financially powerful, so you can free yourself up to go on to other, more important things in life. With that in mind, I am going to fill you in on three important steps to increasing entrepreneurial productivity. these 3 steps will help you take action to build skills and create an environment that supports consistent focus, business growth and profit. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Undervalued display ads, mobile: how Tumblr will earn Yahoo billions

    There’s been a lot of negative stuff in the press so far about how Yahoo is making a big blunder with its recent acquisition of Tumblr. In this article, I’ll explain why I think they’re all wrong. But first, let’s address the critics, who in general, seem to be focused on two main points: 1. Yahoo sucks at integrating companies (See Flickr) In 2005, photo-sharing site Flickr was at the forefront of the social media revolution. But, as some critics have pointed out, Yahoo’s reign has brought with it a complete lack of innovation, and as a result the company failed to do...

  • Amazon wants to build its Seattle workers a massive biosphere

    This is bound to raise more than a few eyebrows. Amazon plans on building a massive biosphere for the workers in its Seattle offices. The ecommerce giant this week submitted drawings for a series of giant, domed greenhouses which will be capable of housing multiple forms of plant life as well as mature trees and are intended to provide a space where Amazon employees can “work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting”. The newly proposed domes are meant to be an accompaniment to the company's planned skyscraper project and will apparently off-set some of the problems associated...

  • GIF creator gets lifetime achievement Webby, reveals true pronunciation

    Of all the world's file formats, GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) is probably the one that resonates most with web users and last night, its creator Steve Wilhite was honoured with a lifetime achievement at the Webby Awards. The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, have been around for some 17 years now. In the world of online that’s a seriously long time. Over the years they’ve recognised some of the most innovative players in tech and given that GIFs now span every aspect of online life from quick-fire memes to complex art,...

  • XBOX ONE: an all-in-one home entertainment system

    Microsoft's Don Mattrick summed up the vision for the Xbox 360's successor today. It will serve as the hub "where all your entertainment comes alive in one place," and will be called Xbox One. Introduced as an “all-in-one home entertainment system” for games and entertainment, Xbox One’s shell harkens back to that of the first Xbox. The curves of the 360 have been hammered out and attributes to a rather austere and monolithic looking Xbox One. It doesn’t shout gaming console, instead, it looks like something that will nestle into your living room with subtlety and will not appear out...

  • Flickr gets a makeover, 1 TB of storage per user and a new Android app

    Photographer looking for a place to store and display hundreds of high res images, which you can upload on the go? Flickr just became a serious contender. Yahoo! has given the photo sharing site a massive makeover, culling white space and all that boring text to make it all about the images. Oh, and it's offering every user a terabyte of free storage for their images. The redesign was announced at an event in New York and via a blog post by new(ish) CEO Marissa Mayer, designed to highlight three points about the upgrade: it's 'biggr' (more storage), 'spectaculr'...

  • MyANC launches new Mxit app for ‘better citizen engagement’

    Nudging in the direction of e-governance, the South African ruling party is trying to further expand its crucial social media reach. The African National Congress is launching a new application on the popular mobile chat platform Mxit. Through this initiative, the ANC Western Cape community (MyANCWC) will attempt to educate and mobilize South African voters. By using modern ways of market engagement, South Africa's majority party is planning to strengthen its online presence. As ANC Chair Marius Fransman announced, this app will aim to give people "an exciting opportunity to engage directly with the ANC in the Western Cape."...

  • Dove Real Beauty Sketches video is most watched ad in online history

    When Dove launched its Real Beauty Sketches advert in April, it became an instant internet sensation and is now the most watched advert in online history. The ad, which sees women drawn by a police forensic sketch artist first according to their own descriptions and then the descriptions of others, has been viewed more than 114 million times on YouTube and other video sharing sites. According to Mashable, the ad overtook the Evian Roller-babies ad, which has been viewed 111-million times, to take top spot on the list. "The moment that the Dove Real Beauty Sketches film was uploaded...

  • The ticking tax-bomb: is Google good for your country?

    Ask someone to describe Google and they’ll most likely end up talking about a search engine that saved the web. If they’re a little more interested in tech, they might talk about its funky campus, its Android mobile operating system, or its “don’t be evil” corporate ethos. Few would describe it as a highly-efficient, profit-driven business machine. The company is coming increasingly under fire for the amount of tax it pays, particularly in smaller countries where it rakes in the revenues, but is typically a relatively tiny job creator or investor in infrastructure. Google’s unofficial corporate motto was an...

  • What can we learn from 3 of the world’s most innovative marketing campaigns?

    Instead of getting into the technicalities of response-based marketing, let’s go straight to the heart of the matter. I want to share with you what might be the two best marketing messages I’ve ever seen. Yes, ever. By looking at the psychology of these two examples, you’ll be able to see the path to making your marketing irresistible. 1. An insulation company sends a man up Mount Everest The Aerogel insulation company sent a mountain climber up Mount Everest wearing a pair of its new insulated sock liners. After the climb, it asked how the climb went. The...

  • Why BlackBerry, Microsoft’s desperate scrap for third place is so important

    Few people remember third place. Whether in sport, science or business, there's little glory attached to the bronze medal. But two multinational giants, BlackBerry and Microsoft, are straining to be the third player in the burgeoning smart phone market. The latest figures from IDC, an industry analyst, show a rapidly expanding global market for this new generation of mobile phones. Over 216-million handsets were shipped during the first three months of 2013, an increase of over 40% compared with the same period in 2012. But the lion's share of that market -- over 92% -- is flowing to the two dominant...

  • Sony Xperia Z review: the best Android smartphone yet

    I’m no Xperia fan. I dislike the name (any product name that begins with an “X” in it reeks of nineties shame), I've never warmed up to Sony’s range of phones and I certainly didn't care when Sony split from Ericsson and stole the Xperia range from them. But I care about Sony’s Xperia Z -- a handsomely made 5-inch smartphone that’s near invulnerable. There are two standout features that elevate the Xperia Z above the competition: the incredibly fetching 5-inch screen and it’s superhuman strength. Is it worth the close to US$600 asking fee? Let’s find out. Read more...

  • Trending: the boom in startups for pets

    For a while, pet-related startups seemed to be a rarity. Ever since the Pets.com debacle in which the venture-backed startup went from a Nasdaq IPO to liquidation in about 9 months, entrepreneurs have given pet-ecommerce a slightly wider berth. Looking back, it was a difficult time for online startups in general. Not to mention one that spent US$1.2 million on a super bowl ad without any profitability in sight, right at the dot-com bubble’s popping point. Since then, the online economy has stabilised and with a larger audience, we’re seeing a litter of pet-related ventures making their way online. Perhaps still...

  • 83 incredible examples of social media marketing

    Social media marketing has, over the past few years, gone from something practiced by a few early adopters to a crucial part of most big advertising campaigns. For proof of that, you only have to look at the results of a recent Gartner survey, which showed that most people now see social as being nearly as important as a corporate website and more traditional forms of online advertising. It makes sense too. Research from eMarketer suggests that brands can profit dramatically from a well-executed social campaign and a 2012 study by research company Millward-Brown showed that there was a direct...

  • Nice from far, but far from nice: big data can help retail bring everyone ‘up close’

    It’s all about perspective. There are things, that looked at from afar seem perfect, but walk a little closer and the imperfections become glaringly obvious. Most large-scale businesses operate under two distinct perspectives or paradigms. An “up-close” perspective, which considers how the business looks at the individual store front level and its day-to-day functioning with the people who frequent it. And a helicopter (the head office) perspective which interprets how the business looks and operates across all outlets, as a unified whole, taking into consideration the brand, the product mix, specials and the like. The pertinent question is: how...