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10 Proven Strategies of High-Performance Teams [INFOGRAPHIC] Ronald Brown is a successful startup CEO with an extensive background in technology and consumer marketing. His new book, Anticipate. The Architecture of Small Team Innovation and Product Success is available via iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Who drives product innovation? The answer is small, entrepreneurial development teams — better known as "agile teams" in the high-tech industry. These types of teams are obviously essential for startups, but many large companies approach team-building in the same way, especially those that lead the industry in terms of product revenue.

What are the essential elements — the genetic structure, if you will — of a high-performance team? Image courtesy of iStockphoto, francisblack. Social Login Offers New ROI from Social Media - Larry Drebes. In the last few years, most companies have realized that social media is more than just the latest fad in communicating to the under-30 demographic, and is instead a generator of real dollars and cents value for their businesses.

Social Login Offers New ROI from Social Media - Larry Drebes

Fewer companies, however, are aware of the value of a new technology called “social login,” which allows visitors to a website to log in using their Facebook, Google, Twitter, or other social media account rather than having to register a new one. In fact, social login can be a huge marketing “force multiplier” in every business’s two core tasks: acquiring customers, and selling them products and services. Take customer acquisition. Most companies today require visitors to their websites to register — i.e., create an account — in order to purchase products or services or post comments. Registering is essential for online businesses because it’s the only way those businesses can learn about the needs, interests, and desires of their customers.

What makes Apple Apple. Image by The following is an excerpt from Gary Hamel's forthcoming book, What Matters Now, to be published in December 2011 by Jossey-Bass Business.In 1997 I bought an e-tablet from A.T.

What makes Apple Apple

Cross, the pen company. Codeveloped with IBM, the CrossPad was hailed as a breakthrough product that would open up a whole new category--portable digital notepads. I'm a copious notetaker, so the idea of turning my scribblings into digital files was too good to ignore. This article was originally posted on the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), an open innovation project aimed at reinventing management for the 21st century. Truth is, I'm not so much an early adopter as an easy mark. Over the years I've become a tad less susceptible to the utopian visions of technology's self-proclaimed prophets. Given that, you might have expected me to be at least a teensy bit skeptical of the hype that accompanied the announcement of Apple's first generation iPad in January 2010--but I wasn't. Why Siri Is a Google Killer.

Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator's Dilemma - James Allworth. releases its free age verification API. In case you didn’t notice, you are living two separate lives. releases its free age verification API

You are not just you in the flesh any longer. You’ve created an alternative, digital persona- a persona that can be judged as a Facebook profile or a Twitter handle. In February of this year,, a Boston-based startup presents launched an officially verified identification platform for digital personas.

Translation: It’s your official ID for the Internet era. is the first and only free, peer-to-peer service that verifies identity against government data.’s API is based on the Facebook registration application, which allows users and the partner sites to have a frictionless experience when proving their age. “Our API represents the foundation for responsible age gating, something that has never been done well on the Internet”, notes David Gordon,’s co-founder and CEO, “The days of simply entering any birthday are over.

For more on how’s new age verification API works, watch this video below: