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by Rick Reynolds | 1:00 PM October 10, 2012 For people selling in a B2B context, Big Data can be extremely useful — but amid all the celebration over this powerful new way of doing business, it's important to keep in mind its limits. There is an important piece of information missing from most B2B Big Data collections: First-hand qualitative data about what your prospects and existing customers really think about your company.
by Maxwell Wessel | 8:00 AM September 27, 2012 Big companies are really bad at innovation because they're designed to be bad at innovation. Take a story plucked from the pages of Gerber's history. In 1974, the company's growth potential was waning. In order to grow profitability and fight margin pressure, Gerber executives turned towards a market they hadn't successfully penetrated for decades: adult food.
The gold rush may seem foolish to some. But with central banks around the world in easing mode, the metal still has some luster. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, and Abbott Laboratories, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.
FORTUNE -- Do investment money managers have your best interests at heart? Beyond Peregrine's long-running fraud, some money managers may not be investing your money in the way you expect. Reuters reported on Friday that the Labor Department may be looking into a possible breach of fiduciary duty by J.P.
Sandy Weill, shown here in a 2002 photo as chairman of Citigroup, says big banks should be broken up. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The man responsible for creating Citigroup -- the world's first financial supermarket -- said Wednesday that the nation's largest banks should be broken up in order to protect taxpayers. Former Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill -- who engineered a series of corporate takeovers and lobbying efforts to create Citigroup -- explained during an interview on CNBC why he now thinks a firewall between commercial and investment banks is needed. "What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking," Weill said. "Have banks do something that's not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that's not too big to fail."
By Paul B. Farrell , MarketWatch SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — “Facebook will become the poster child for the current social-media bubble,” warns economist Gary Shilling in his latest Forbes column, “just as Pets.com was for the dot-com bubble.”
Three years after nearly collapsing into liquidation, a resurgentGeneral Motors Co.has posted its best annual profit, surpassing what it earned during its heyday in the mid-1990s.
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