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Business: Where angels will tread. Rules for Revolutionaries. To Achieve Big Goals, Become A Pattern Thinker (Or, How The Cool Ranch Dorito Was Born) When faced with trying to accomplish a big goal, one of the most daunting questions is: Where do I start?

To Achieve Big Goals, Become A Pattern Thinker (Or, How The Cool Ranch Dorito Was Born)

“Standing on the shoulders of giants” is another way of saying you don’t have to start from scratch and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. In business, we sometimes get too caught up in the idea that we need to be different, that we need to innovate. Of course we need to distinguish ourselves from the competition, but that does not mean we can’t borrow good ideas, make them our own, and do an even better job of executing them. Use Pattern Thinking. First Break All The Rules. USDA awards $40 million grants to boost local farm/food projects.

Preserving Cabrini-Green's images In the sharp sun of an April afternoon, Nate Lanthrum walks through the remains of Cabrini-Green giving away what he has taken.

USDA awards $40 million grants to boost local farm/food projects

He looks out of place, a white guy carrying a $1,500 Nikon D700 camera, but the residents are used to him by now and greet... Blackhawks thrilled to have Brent Seabrook back Starting with Game 6 Sunday, Brent Seabrook's timeout will be over and the defenseman will be back on the ice — so long as he promises to play nice. The Blackhawks have done pretty well in Seabrook's absence, winning all three games the NHL...

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Is China really on the verge of surpassing the U.S.? Many businessmen believe American hegemony is doomed by China's muscular manufacturing sector.

Is China really on the verge of surpassing the U.S.?

Not so fast, critics say America is on the decline, and a rising China is on its way to trouncing us, right? That seems to be the conventional wisdom highlighted by a new survey of Harvard Business School graduates. Roughly two-thirds of respondents expect America to "lose ground" to Brazil, India, and China, says the Economist. More than seven in 10 believe U.S. competitiveness will decline in the next three years. Mark Mills and Julio Ottino: The Coming Tech-led Boom. AppAddictive Raises $1.2 Million For Drag-And-Drop Facebook Page Builder & Ad Platform. AppAddictive, a newly launched DreamIt-backed startup from the 2011 NYC class, has just scored $1.2 million in seed funding for its drag-and-drop Facebook page creation tools and (forthcoming) ad platform.

AppAddictive Raises $1.2 Million For Drag-And-Drop Facebook Page Builder & Ad Platform

Designed to bring the same tools the big guys use to smaller businesses and other industry verticals, AppAddictive will offer dozens of easy-to-install applications for Facebook pages, including things like custom landing pages, photo and video galleries, static HTML, quizzes and more. The funding comes from Great Oaks Venture Capital, Siemer Ventures, and Tholons. “At Apple Everything Is A Secret” All companies have secrets, of course.

“At Apple Everything Is A Secret”

The difference is that at Apple everything is a secret. —Adam Lashinsky, Inside Apple Last year, the Steve Jobs biography was the best-selling book on Amazon. But there is another book about Apple coming out which isn’t authorized that delves into the culture of secrecy at Apple. Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works was written by Fortune senior editor at large Adam Lashinsky, based on a Fortune story he wrote last summer.

The Rise of the New Groupthink. Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook: Who will win the tech war? - Mobile Marketer - Software and technology. By Lauren Johnson November 11, 2011 NEW YORK – As the tech war continues between four of the industry’s biggest players – Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook – data will be the deciding factor for which company wins.

Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook: Who will win the tech war? - Mobile Marketer - Software and technology

During the “The new power brokers: How Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Amazon are changing the game, and how brands and agencies should respond” panel at ad:tech, industry experts debated on which company holds the most power. The panel also presented a look at how much control and power the four companies have and how brands can best leverage their resources to work with each company. Why Is the Head of Zappos Smiling?

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Watch salesman became upscale timepiece maker. Severin Wunderman, the owner of Corum, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, who was also an art collector and philanthropist, died Wednesday at his home in Nice, France, his son, Michael, said.

Watch salesman became upscale timepiece maker

He was 69. Wunderman, who built Gucci Timepieces into a multimillion-dollar business, died after a stroke, according to his son. He owned homes in Southern California, Las Vegas and Europe. Fast Company. Big Data Analytics: Trends to Watch For in 2012 - Harlan Smith - Voices. Over the last several years, there has been a massive surge of interest in Big Data Analytics and the groundbreaking opportunities it provides for enterprise information management and decision making.

Big Data Analytics: Trends to Watch For in 2012 - Harlan Smith - Voices

Big Data Analytics is no longer a specialized solution for cutting-edge technology companies — it is evolving into a viable, cost-effective way to store and analyze large volumes of data across many industries. But how will this translate to adoption of these new technologies? How will companies incorporate Big Data into their existing business intelligence and data warehouse (BI/DW) infrastructure? How can end users take advantage of the power Big Data has to offer? What is Big Data? Which 'big data' are you talking about? Late last year I posted a blog item about big data and if/when it would present opportunities for storage vendors.

Which 'big data' are you talking about?

I concluded by saying that, while it was a bit early for next-year prognostications, I expected to see the number of storage devices aimed at analytics applications blossom in 2011 with more storage vendors pursuing the opportunity. It's now 2011 and I stand by that prediction. However, at least three definitions of big data have blossomed since that posting: Big-data storage: systems that store really big (as in humongous) amounts of data Big-data analytics: systems that use new analytics processes to crunch really big amounts of data from multiple sources and deliver information in real or near real time Big-data storage that supports big-data analytics.

Why 'big data' is a magnet for startups. CAMBRIDGE, Mass.

Why 'big data' is a magnet for startups

--Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting control of the data in the first place Entrepreneurs at an event here this week said that the trend of "big data," or collecting and analyzing reams of information from varied sources, threatens incumbent technology providers and enables applications once considered impossible.