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by Kenneth W. Freeman | 12:38 PM October 12, 2011 This blog post is part of the HBR Online Forum The CEO's Role in Fixing the System . When I first became head of MetPath in 1995, a troubled Corning subsidiary that eventually became Quest Diagnostics , I dropped in on what was one of the largest clinical testing laboratories in the U.S. As I walked the halls, I found that almost no one would look me in the eye. Something was clearly wrong.
by Scott Anthony | 3:29 PM October 12, 2011 About a year ago I miscalculated — badly — on the Microsoft Kinect. In terms of speed of adoption, only Apple's iPad has rivaled the Kinect.
Putting the likes of the super-funded aside ( Color , anyone?), most early-stage startups operate on tight budgets and spend their dollars sparingly. A bevy of web services have made start-up costs all the more affordable, but now there's the conundrum of nearly too much choice. The folks at BestVendor surveyed 550 startup staffers — most in marketing and executive administration positions — on their favorite tools for email, accounting, web analytics, CRM, productivity, design, storage, payment processing, operations and so forth. Their answers, in aggregate, speak to the growing trend in startups moving toward predominately cloud-based operations. The most popular selections also highlight the rising stars ( Dropbox ) and impressive veterans (Paypal and Salesforce ) in the business-to-business services sector.