Leadership Profiles

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How Small Brands Can Stand Out Alongside the Big Guys

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Major retailers rarely devote premium shelf space to lesser-known brands, which makes it hard for small enterprises to gain recognition and build up a following. Alice.com, an online marketplace for everyday consumer goods like trash bags and toothpaste, helps startups co-exist with industry behemoths. In fact, 90 percent of the more than 400 brands featured [...]
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Social Media Guru Mari Smith on the Importance of Relationships

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Mari Smith has made a name for herself as a social media marketing expert, especially in the realm of Facebook realm. Last year, she began feeling overwhelmed by the always-on, constantly connected nature of her technology-laden life. So, she locked her iPhone in a drawer, stepped away from her computer, and went on a three-day [...]
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What Drives Getaround.com's Jessica Scorpio

Posted In GOING GREEN

It's been a whirlwind year for Jessica Scorpio (pictured). In May, she launched Getaround.com at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, winning the conference's coveted startup prize. In September, she and co-founders Sam Zaid and Elliot Kroo announced that they'd raised $3.4 million in funding — and that more than 5,000 people had already signed up for their [...]
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Kevin Rose on the Lesson He Learned from Digg

Posted In EMPLOYEES

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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Where 6 Creative Professionals Find Inspiration

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Inspiration can be found almost anywhere — in books, song lyrics, art, news headlines, magazines, people-watching, TV commercials, and more. Here’s where six different creative professionals say they find theirs. Mischa Purcell, wedding and portrait photographer: Sometimes I look at classic art in a museum and think, “That's a great pose for a couple!” Other [...]
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6 Things Netflix Did Wrong: What You Can Learn

In the space of just a few months, the DVD and video streaming service Netflix has gone abruptly from a pattern of rapid growth to one of losing customers, largely due to a controversial change in pricing model that nearly doubled the cost to subscribers who wanted to keep their current services. The company cut [...]
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Tax Prep for U.S. Expats: It Can Be a Desert Out There

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Being the lone expert in a critical field in foreign country can be a great selling point — and Virginia La Torre Jeker has built a career based on just that. The American lawyer, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, specializes in tax issues for U.S. citizens living abroad. With 10 years of service [...]
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Ashton Kutcher on What He Looks for in a Startup

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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