Smartwatch pioneer Pebble–which did as much as anybody to create the category with its original Kickstarter-funded model back in 2012–is announcing a model with a color screen. That doesn’t come as a huge shock. For one thing, 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman, who spends most of his time disclosing Apple news before Apple does, had the scoop on Friday. advertisement advertisement And really, it was obvious all along that color was in the Pebble’s future. The one question was: Would its makers sacrifice the watch’s up-to-a-week battery life to get it? Apparently not. The $199 Pebble Time uses power-efficient e-paper technology, just like the original Pebble and last year’s Pebble Steel, both of which will stay on the market. This time, however, the technology is in a form that is capable of displaying 64 colors. The company says that the battery life will stay the same, putting it well ahead of rivals with LCD and OLED screens that conk out after … [Read more...] about The Most Exciting Thing About Pebble’s New Smartwatch Isn’t The Color Screen
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While working as a consultant to restaurants in 2010, Seth Harris had an idea for an iPad POS system that would help them organize seating, orders, and sales. By April of the next year he had created a prototype, and by March restaurants were using it. Two months later, Groupon acquired his company, Breadcrumb, for an undisclosed sum. advertisement advertisement The three-month process from product release to acquisition might seem like a whirlwind for Breadcrumb, but scooping up young startups has become an almost monthly occurrence for Groupon (and an increasing number of others–see Twitter’s recent acquisition of Vine). In 2011, Groupon acquired 11 companies. This year, it has already acquired at least eight more. Some of these companies were acquired for their talent. Many focus on recommendations or e-commerce (Groupon launched its own e-commerce service, Groupon Goods, last year). Others are daily deals companies that have gained traction outside of the … [Read more...] about Groupon’s New POS Is The Latest Tool In Its Kit For Local Businesses
Did you come up with a winning business idea in 2014? Are you excited about trying to launch a startup this upcoming year? If so, you’re probably beginning to think about where you will find capital to get your company off the ground. The good news is that there are many things you can be doing right now–even during the quiet holiday season–to begin turning that dream into a reality. advertisement advertisement “The key to landing capital is to always be in funding mode,” says Hadley Mullin, a senior managing director at the private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners, who has met hundreds of entrepreneurs with companies on the cusp of becoming the next big thing. “The best time to be looking for funding is when you don’t yet need it.” Founders who are desperate for funding tend to make poor business decisions and are unattractive to investors, who can sniff neediness a mile away. Instead, Mullin advises entrepreneurs to use … [Read more...] about Three Things Entrepreneurs Should Do Right Now To Score Capital In 2015
So much has already been written about the use of social advertisement You need to use social relationships at work and leverage existing expertise to move faster and be more competitive. Since the economic slowdown of 2008, there has been an increased need to ‘do more with less.’ In other words, fewer people doing more work. So providing workers with tools that make them more productive makes good sense. You will need use a variety of social business and collaboration tools. No one tool provides enough functionality to solve all your collaboration needs or to connect people across geographies and departments/divisions. Organizations are already investing heavily in social business and collaboration tools. According to Forrester Research, the majority of large organizations (over 1000 employees) plan on deploying between 3-7 collaboration technologies. The majority of organizations under 1000 employees plan to deploy 1-3 collaboration technologies. … [Read more...] about 7 Facts About Social Business And Collaboration Platforms
Home for the holidays takes on a whole new, depressing meaning when businesses layoff employees during December. advertisement advertisement Losing your livelihood during the “happiest time of the year” is pretty awful for employees, so why would a company be so Scrooge-like? We asked several HR professionals to weigh in on whether or not it’s acceptable, or advisable, to conduct layoffs during the holiday season, and if so, how to do it compassionately. They had a lot to say. Why Companies Conduct Layoffs During The Holidays The vast majority of organizations run on a calendar year budget, explains Steve Spires, a managing director of outplacement solutions with BPI group, and year-end coincides with the need to achieve year-end numbers. “Business cycles are agnostic, and focused on results without bias, emotion, nor sentimentality,” says Jason Hanold, managing partner at executive search firm Hanold Associates. Because companies may want to … [Read more...] about Fired For The Holidays: Is It Acceptable For Businesses To Downsize In December?