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What’s trending on business sites

Success

Mo’s Bringing Back Bows

What’s trending on business sites? Moziah “Mo” Bridges’ story goes like this: At the ripe old age of 9, he decided he needed to amp up his personal style. Inspired by his father and grandfather, who often wore three-piece suits, Mo had long eschewed jeans and sneakers in favor of a more professional look (or at least since he started dressing himself). So no ordinary accessory would do. What he needed was a bow tie! But all he found in stores were “plain and ugly” clip-ons. Surely other style-conscious young men had experienced the same challenge—and that gave Mo an idea. See more at: http://success.com/article… 

Reinventing a Business

Reinvention. For some individuals, the word may conjure New Age mysticism or spiritual journeys. For businesses, the meaning is more practical. “In order to stay competitive, companies today have to be able to reinvent themselves,” says Pamela Mitchell, founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute and author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: EssentialSurvival Skills for Any Economy. “Reinvention isn’t a philosophy—it’s a form of business insurance.” See more at: http://success.com/article/…

Business to Consider: Direct Selling/Network Marketing

In its simplest form, direct selling (aka network marketing) is nothing more than one person promoting or selling a product or service directly to another. Today, an endless variety of products are distributed using the direct selling business model, including vitamins, weight-loss aids, cleaning products, clothing, jewelry, home décor, cookware, legal insurance, travel services, financial products, books, toys, educational and motivational products… and the list goes on. If you have an interest in a particular industry, chances are there’s a direct selling company that supplies products in that category. Read more…

Entrepreneur

11 Lessons I Learned at Startups That Keep Me Up at Night

Being an entrepreneur is a frightening experience. You’re constantly faced with challenges that frequently put you on edge. Over the past six years, I’ve been involved in three different startups. Each offered unforgettable experiences — most good, depending on your outlook. It certainly hasn’t been easy to co-found, lead or grow any of these businesses, and I’m lucky I’ve worked with excellent teams throughout my career. Though I haven’t yet seen it all, I’ve seen enough to realize the hard reality that is starting a business. Read more on: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233069

This Company Rents Out High-End Trailers For Camping and Corporate Events

Tents are fine. RVs can be fun. But no transitory home launches as many dreams of running away from it all as an Airstream. That’s something Bill Ward counts on for his Denver-based business, Living Airstream, which rents out the gleaming aluminum trailers for events from camping to corporate. The instantly recognizable bullet-shape trailers are “an American icon like Harley-Davidson,” Ward says. Recreational renters can call one of his Airstreams, which include new models and vintage ones with 1960s-era amenities, home for a day or for months on end. Prices start at $175 per day for a vintage trailer; a monthlong rental of a new model costs $2,600.  Read more… 

KFC to Bring Back the Infamous Double Down

KFC is doubling down on the most infamous chicken offering on its menu in recent memory. That’s right – the Double Down is coming back. After courting high school students with the drumstick corsage, KFC is reportedly bringing back the bacon and cheese “sandwich” that utilized two pieces of fried chicken instead of a bun.  When it was first released in 2010, the Double Down quickly went viral as people posted videos of themselves eating it on YouTube. The sandwich even made an appearance on The Colbert Report, with Stephen Colbert calling a “warped creation of a syphilitic brain.”  Read more…

Inc

How One Tiny Business is Dominating Social Media

Last week a group of media moguls, business leaders and entertainment stars named the best and the brightest on social media at the Shorty Awards in New York City. The award ceremony included a wide range of categories in social media excellence, from the Best Comedian to the Best Video Campaign to the Best Use of Vine.

It is definitely worth checking out the entire list of Shorty Award winners–after all, these are the individuals and companies you should be emulating on social–but one important honoree to note in particular is The Brooklyn Circus. The retail and design company (based, of course, in Brooklyn, New York) won the Shorty Award for Best Small Business on social media–even without a staggering number of tweets or social media followers. Read more…

You’ve Merged With a Huge Company. Now What?

Business as usual doesn’t seem to be in my professional vocabulary these days, and I’m loving it. Since my company, Blinds.com, was acquired by the Home Depot earlier this year, my days have shifted from merger and acquisition intensity to full-on integration efforts with our new partners. As much as I love being on the edge of the day-to-day operational activities in my company (and I say edge because as CEO, you’re the most useful being the visionary leader, not the guy balancing the books, right?), this integration period is an exciting one. Read more…

  • Show the Love: How Customers Reward Responsive Brands (Infographic)
  • More than 90 percent of customers are more inclined to make a purchase after reading a brand’s response to feedback.
  • What exactly is the value of responding to customer feedback? Read more…

Forbes

Most Expensive U.S. Home Sale Ever: Connecticut Estate Goes For $120 Million

Ladies and gentlemen, a new record has been set: Copper Beech Farm is now the most-expensive home sale in the United States–ever. The estate, at 499 Indian Field Road in Greenwich, Connecticut, closed Friday for $120 million. That figure shatters the prior record held by Softbank billionaire Masayoshi Son, who paid $117.5 million for his Woodside estate in November 2012.  It also beats the highest home sale of 2014 to date, the $102 million purchase of the Fleur de Lys Estate in Los Angeles’s Holmby Hills by someone whose legal firm shares an address with Michael Milken. Read more…

Biomimicry: How Nature Can Streamline Your Business For Innovation

Windows that prevent bird collisions by mimicking the UV-reflective qualities of spider webs; a train that travels faster, uses less energy and makes less noise after it was redesigned to resemble a bird’s beak; highly efficient wind turbine blades that mimic the bumpy edges of a whale’s flippers. These are just three of countless examples of biomimicry – technologies inspired by forms, processes and systems found in nature. The discipline is no longer just an academic exercise. It has become an innovation tool that allows companies to develop a new class of products and services. Read more…

State-Funded Startup Capital For UK’s Savviest Entrepreneurs

IT may be an improving picture for European seed capital, but for many entrepreneurs vital startup cash is still hard to come by. Reluctance by the banks to lend to businesses with no trading history, fierce competition on the crowd funding platforms, and the selectiveness of the private equity market, continue to leave many early stage companies in the starting blocks. Read more…

Business Insider

  • In The Midst Of An Epic Transformation, IBM Lands A Huge $500 Million Cloud-Computing Deal.
  • IBM is in the middle of a huge transformation and will issue a progress report — its quarterly results — after the market closes on Wednesday.
  • It will go into that call with analysts with a piece of good news: A new, $500 million cloud computing contract. Read more…
  • How A $1 Billion Company You’ve Never Heard Of Bought A Big Chunk Of Motorola For $3.45 Billion
  • It’s been a good news/bad news kind of day for the investors and employees of Motorola Solutions but a downright jubilant day for its smaller competitor Zebra Technologies.

Zebra, with about $1 billion in 2013 revenue and 2,600 employees, just bought its larger rival, Motorola Enterprise, with 4,500 employees and nearly $2.7 billion in revenues.  Or to put it another way, Motorola Enterprise reported a 2013 backlog of sales ($833 million) that was almost as big as the actual 2013 revenue that Zebra brought in, just over $1 billion. Read more…

These Numbers Show That Box CEO Aaron Levie Is A Genius

When Box filed its long-awaited paperwork to become a public company, it caused a lot of talk about the financial health of the company, and the long-term viability of its business model.

At issue was how much money Box is spending compared to its revenue, particularly on sales and marketing. People began wondering: is founder and CEO Aaron Levie a quack or a modern-day genius? Read more…