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A Cohort of Tech Nerds Weigh In On Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends Report

The release of Mary Meeker’s annual report is one of my favorite times of the year. You spend all year reading headlines, passing around tidbits, seeing isolated data points about how the world is changing. The Internet Trends Report is a chance to pull back and see the big picture. One thing I was so struck by this year is ...

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Whole Foods’ “Slump” Is Not a Failure of Conscious Capitalism

Whole Foods current “fix” is a massive strategic misstep. But the company’s impact on business has been a huge win for society. Austin, TX. Last week I came across an interesting article by The Guardian suggesting that Whole Foods’ crisis represents the failure of the larger movement the company represents: Conscious Capitalism. Yes, Whole Foods is not doing well, by Wall ...

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Now More Than Ever, Positive Impact Is the Future for Business.

Trump has ditched the Paris climate agreement. Enlightened brands will see a massive opportunity to step up and win the future. So Trump has ditched the Paris climate agreement. He cited his duty to the ‘citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris’. Sounds as though some among the good people of Pittsburgh are not too happy about that namecheck. We shouldn’t be surprised. ...

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In Startup World, Fat Is the New Lean

The NewCo Daily: Today’s Top Stories Tripp | Flickr For a decade, the concept of the “lean startup” ruled in tech. Under the gospel according to Eric Ries, you would spend modest sums to bring customers a “minimum viable product” — typically, one made out of software — as fast as possible, exposing your idea to market forces and feedback to avoid costly early-cycle mistakes. Lean ...

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What the CEO of Kellogg’s Taught Me About Keeping It Real

HubSpot recently released its annual State of Inbound report. One of the themes that stood out to me was the “out-of-touchness” of c-level executives. They’re more likely than individual contributors to believe their marketing strategy is effective, that their sales and marketing teams are well-aligned, and that sales should abandon outbound selling and marketing should adopt hot new channels like ...

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European Union Calls Foul on Facebook

The NewCo Daily: Today’s Top Stories Esther Vargas | Facebook Right now the European Union is a lot more serious than the U.S. about protecting users’ privacy. Signaling that it means business, the union has fined Facebook 110 million euros for providing inaccurate information to EU regulators about its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014 (Reuters). At the time, Facebook had said that ...

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How to Run Marketing Experiments Without Losing Your Mind (Or Your Job)

Tips on staying current with marketing trends without succumbing to shiny new object syndrome I was at a conference last month where a presenter asked the room of marketers “How many of you are using Snapchat for your brand?” About 75% of the room raised their hands. He followed that by asking “How many of you hate using Snapchat?” The same ...

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To Create a Culture of Writing at Your Company, Start by Providing Incentive

Create a Culture of Writing at Your Company

Our company blog is an extension of the company itself; it’s how you talk to the world. When you look at what you’ve published as a collective, does it feel like you’re doing a good job of representing all the hardworking people who keep the ship afloat? If you’re most companies, the answer is a firm “No.” That’s a shame, ...

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Uber Faces a Growing Legal Storm

The NewCo Daily: Today’s Top Stories Steve Jurvetson | Flickr Uber’s troubles deepened yesterday when a judge ruled that the lawsuit brought against the company by Google-owned Waymo should go to trial. Uber wanted to handle the dispute in arbitration instead, which is quicker and quieter. In a separate and more ominous move, the judge asked a federal prosecutor to review the ...

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The Employee’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During an Acquisition

Imagine you’re working for a fifteen-person startup known for its tight-knit, values-driven, outdoorsy culture, and suddenly, one day, you’re pulled into an all-hands meeting letting you know that your company has just been acquired by a big company headquartered across the country. You may know a little or a lot about this company, but either way, very soon, you will ...

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