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Kevin Rose on the Lesson He Learned from Digg

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At one point not too long ago, Digg had hundreds of millions of people hitting the site daily, giving news stories a thumbs up or down, voting whether each piece should be prominently displayed online. Head honcho Kevin Rose graced the cover of Time magazine, and Google reportedly proposed acquiring the San Francisco startup for [...]
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Ashton Kutcher on What He Looks for in a Startup

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

On Sept. 19, Ashton Kutcher made his first appearance on the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, replacing Charlie Sheen. Kutcher’s fictional role on the show as an internet billionaire isn’t a far cry from his real-life persona: Over the past few years, the actor has become a regular figure in Silicon Valley’s tech [...]
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Brian Solis on Making Sure Your Social Media Efforts Aren't Antisocial

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Many companies work hard to build a following on Facebook and Twitter, yet their social media presence is often quite antisocial. So says Brian Solis, author of Engage! and the upcoming The End of Business As Usual. For more than a decade, Solis has been blogging — and, more recently, tweeting (@briansolis) — about how businesses [...]
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Ice Cream Shop Adds Flavor to Detroit Neighborhood

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

Detroit’s Eastern Market bustles with funky retail stores, a farmer’s market, and live music on Saturdays. But as Brittney Mabry and her family strolled through the popular outdoor shopping district in 90-degree weather one afternoon last summer, they realized that it didn’t have an ice cream shop.  Mabry’s mother, Chris Kelley, and sister Leslie Hayden [...]
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Fostering More Female Tech Entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

When it comes to women working in Silicon Valley technology businesses -- particularly women at the helm -- the numbers remain painfully small. Less than 5 percent of tech startups are founded by female entrepreneurs, estimates Shaherose Charania, co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0, an organization that helps foster female tech entrepreneurs. We can bicker [...]
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Two Hot Tools for Blogging

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A blog is a useful -- and almost essential -- marketing tool for almost any small business: Good blogs offer customers insight into your company and all the exciting things that are happening there, and they demonstrate and share your knowledge about your industry while building community. And if writing isn’t your thing, that’s OK. [...]
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Looking at Customer Service 2.0 with Gripe and Tello

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When customers are upset, they’re not necessarily turning to the Better Business Bureau anymore. With the explosion of social media, many have found that it can be equally effective to complain on Facebook and Twitter. Or just look at all the one and two star ratings on Yelp. Now two more customer service tools have [...]
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How Sharing Resources Can Help Your Business

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When Caterina Rindi needed a label maker for her small business, Mo Foods, she didn’t rush to the store to purchase one. She tapped NeighborGoods, a sharing site, to borrow one from another member. Rindi, whose business uses fruits and vegetables picked from neighborhood backyards to make pies and other dishes, is part of a [...]
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