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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

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Is China really on the verge of surpassing the U.S.? 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. The current list of apps is somewhat modest – there are now around ten or so drag-and-drop applications available that let you add things like a YouTube gallery or a signup form to a Facebook page. But, explains founder Mike Onghai, the goal is to expand the selection into a veritable “app store” for Facebook pages, with sections dedicated to industry verticals. “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 book details how Apple keeps its secrets by policing both internal and external leaks.

Apple employees know something big is afoot when the carpenters appear in their office building. 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. “The four companies vying for control is a validation of the Apple model where if you try to control the ecosystem and give users a seamless experience, you lock them in,” said Molly Wood, executive editor at CNET.com, San Francisco. “Every company is trying to create a device choice that locks into a lifestyle,” she said.

In particular, Ms. As an example, Mr. CNET.com’s Ms. Ms. Ms. 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. Wunderman began his career in the 1960s as a salesman for Alexis Barthelay, the European watchmaking firm. During a business trip to New York City in the early 1970s he called on Gucci, a company known for luxury accessories. 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? 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. 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.