When Are Small Data Best Used?

Over the past few years, many companies and analytics experts have become greatly enamored with “big data,” now that such data are  easier to collect and analyze. [For example, see 1.] Nonetheless, there still remain many instances when “small data” can be quite useful. Consider these observations from Jessica Stillman, writing for Inc.: “Ask Google […]

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Getting Off a Bad Career Path

We all aspire to great careers — with jobs that we find fulfilling, that have cooperative workmates, that have bosses who respect us and our abilities, that have the potential for upward mobility, and that compensate us fairly. So, happens when our career goals are not being fulfilled? Here are some observations from By J.T. […]

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Why Aren’t YOU More Successful?

We recently published several posts about your self-branding through your life and your career (1, 2, 3, 4). YouTube clips were included. So, what happens when there is a disconnect between our perceived self-brand (how we see ourselves) and how we want to be perceived by others? John Rampton recently wrote an article for Inc. […]

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Inc.’s Coolest New Products for 2015

There are all kinds of best lists that appear at this time of year. We’re noting a few of them. In the area of innovation, one of the coolest (pun intended. 🙂 ) lists is a ranking of the coolest products of the year. Bartie Scott has identified 15 cool new products in 2015 for […]

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Best Books of 2015 for Entrepreneurs

Thinking of a starting a new business? If the answer is yes, then you need the best information and advice possible. And there are a lot of excellent books out there to choose from and read. Geoffrey James, an Inc. contributing editor, recently published a top ten list of the best books of 2015 for […]

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How to Know If Your Product Idea Has Potential

Not all product ideas that we come up with have commercial potential. So, how do we determine which ideas have the best odds of succeeding? For some tips, check out this Inc. video interview with Valerie Casey, who is the chief product officer at Samsung’s Global Innovation Center. She talks about the difference among a […]

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How to Generate Better Product Ideas

New, actionable ideas are the long-term lifeblood of both large and small firms. It is rare that a business can survive over time with just the products being marketing today. Many companies recognize that idea generation and assessment are aided by following a series of steps. Others are totally haphazard in their approach and hope […]

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Resources for Small Businesses

As we have written about several times before (see 1, 2, 3), small businesses have numerous resource opportunities that they need to know about and utilize. Here are more resources, this time, provided by the UPS Store for Inc.: “Small business owners are always busy and looking for a way to save money. That’s why […]

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Is There a Market for Online Textbooks?

In September 2011, Flat World Knowledge was a featured company in an Inc. story titled “Hot New Market: Electronic Textbooks: “College tuition continues to rise, but textbooks may be getting cheaper — and a lot more portable. Instead of lugging a backpack filled with heavy volumes, some students have begun using electronic textbooks, which typically […]

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Rules for Success: Tips from Cutting-Edge Leaders

Inc. recently published a series of tips under the title of “Rules for Success.” The advice is from such leaders as John Mackey of Whole Foods and Evans Williams, a Twitter co-founder. Click the image of Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, to see the advice.  

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