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People spent 621 billion minutes using mobile apps in June, meaning good biz for Boston-area firms



People spent 621 billion minutes using mobile apps in June, meaning good biz for Boston-area firms

People across the U.S. spent a whopping 621 billion minutes using mobile apps during the month of June, up 52 percent during the same period last year, according to a BI Intelligence report released Sept. 5. In case you were wondering, that’s equal to about 14,945 human lifetimes (calculated using the average life expectancy, about 79 years, […]

How small businesses can make use of SCORE



How small businesses can make use of SCORE

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/ Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, SCORE has grown from one small Minneapolis office in 1964 to a national organization that boasts more than 320 chapters, attracting 12,000 volunteers annually. The premise is simple: Bring together small business owners with seasoned executives who can provide leadership, advice and guidance through all phases of company […]

Are occupational licensing requirements stifling entrepreneurship?



Are occupational licensing requirements stifling entrepreneurship?

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/ Entrenched industries don’t want to lose business to upstarts, which is why the taxi industry is fighting Uber’s ride-sharing service and why automobile dealers oppose Tesla’s direct sales model. But while these high-profile battles get the headlines, many more entrepreneurs are being stifled by a more mundane burden: the explosion of occupational licensing requirements across America. Nearly […]

Boston’s Battery Ventures promotes three investors



Boston’s Battery Ventures promotes three investors

From: bizjournals.com Boston-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures has announced three new promotions. Principals Alex Benik and Brian Lieber are now partners at the firm, and Morad Elhafed, formerly vice president for the venture firm, is now a principal. Benik joined Battery Ventures in 2001 and was based in Silicon Valley until 2006, when he moved to the firm’s Boston office. He […]

Managing: Should job candidates do group activities with each other?



Managing: Should job candidates do group activities with each other?

From: bizjournals.com/boston/how-to/ Question: Should we have job candidates do group activities with each other? The company I work for is very keen on having a multi-stage hiring process, both for new staff and when applying for internal vacancies. This is all fairly standard I think — things like psychometric tests, written projects, and typical face-to-face “tell […]

How mature is your sales organization?



How mature is your sales organization?

From: bizjournals.com When executives describe their sales organizations, they often use expressions like “sales department,” “sales team,” and “sales force.” Those three expressions are used as synonyms when, in reality, they serve as phases of the sales organization maturation process. When the business first opened its doors, the proprietor conducted all of the selling. After a […]

A New Strategy to “Drive” Small Business Growth



A New Strategy to “Drive” Small Business Growth

Three years ago, entrepreneur Maurice Brewster made one of the best business decisions of his life: He signed his limousine company, Mosaic Transportation, up for IBM’s Supplier Connection – a collaboration between small businesses and the supply chains of Fortune 500 corporations It was a wise decision because small firms that enter the supply chains […]

5 very good reasons to do an MBA



5 very good reasons to do an MBA

An MBA, or a Master of Business Administration, is a very hot topic nowadays. Is this just a trend, a trifle, or is there real value in pursuing such a study programme? It is expensive and demanding and it has high entry requirements, so why should you opt for an MBA? We will try to […]

University Applications and Admissions: Expert Advice



University Applications and Admissions: Expert Advice

TopUniversities.com asks admissions staff to share their advice on how to make university applications as painless as possible. So, you’ve done the research, you’ve talked it over with your nearest and dearest, you’re pretty confident that you’re going to get the grades you need, and you’ve finally concluded that studying abroad is right for you. Congratulations: you’ve made one of […]

France and Germany Lead Euro Zone to Higher Growth



France and Germany Lead Euro Zone to Higher Growth

PARIS — The euro zone economy grew slightly faster than expected in the last three months of 2013, an official report showed on Friday, bringing welcome news for the global economy amid signs of slowing in the United States and China. Although growth in the 18-nation currency union is still weak, at a 1.1 percent […]