10 reasons why brand owners are becoming the new venture capitalists

As new business funding becomes an increasingly vexed issue on a global scale, there are signs that brand owners might prove to be an unlikely new source of capital for startups. Stepping into the funding vacuum that surrounds new venture ecospheres a number of global brands are not only financing early-stage companies but even going a [...]

Smart meters offer companies 3 new lessons in competitive advantage

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To most people, it appears, smart technology is confined to those mobile phones and other portable electronic devices that are increasingly capable of doing a lot more than just making and receiving phone calls. Sure, smartphones are a key component in the technological revolution, but just as important – from a business point of view [...]

The top 10 trends shaping the media landscape of the next 5 years.

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It is scarcely conceivable that only 50 years ago we were embracing the biggest and most explosive phase of passive media consumption ever, with the launch of commercial television. In the next five years the idea of media ever being passive will seem rather bizarre, such is the rate of transformation of channel and content [...]

5 reasons to worry about your Klout score, as social influence comes of age

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The idea of categorising people according to their level of social influence may be as old as the hills and the subject of extensive academic research in fields as diverse as politics, psychology, biology and economics. Yet the ability to measure social influence and equip it with statistical credibility appears to be entering a new [...]

10 trends shaping the communications agency of the future

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Technology has already dramatically changed the communications industry. Yet an even bigger evolution in the way communications agencies work appears to be just around the corner. A thought provoking new book ’2016: Beyond The Horizon’ by leading media agency PHD paints a new picture of the future marketing and advertising industry. This week we have an exclusive [...]

10 reasons entrepreneurs should pay more attention to the past

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Entrepreneurs have often had mixed feelings about the past. In 1916  the great automobile pioneer Henry Ford declared ‘history is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.’ What Ford acknowledged [...]

5 lessons businesses can learn from cricket and other sports

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When the England cricket team inflicted its heavy defeat of India earlier this summer it taught the business world a lesson. When usurping their guests as the top Test match nation in the world, it is arguable that it had less to do with individual brilliance – though there were instances of that – than [...]

Is time running out for the export agenda?

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There is increasing concern that companies that aren’t currently trading in new global markets will find it much harder to get involved in a decade’s time. So quickly is the economic focus of the world moving away from the West that the train may have long left the station by the time many companies start to [...]

The hybrid organisation and the cloud make virtual work reality

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This week we look behind the theoretical arguments for working more virtually to see what companies are doing in practice. We also look at some of the latest innovations in work technology that might shape the way businesses go about their day-to-day activities over the next 10 years…. the silver lining in the cloud Shine [...]

The dash to replace cash with automated transactions

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The way we pay for goods and services will be markedly different in a decade’s time. Recognisable mediums for transactions like cash and credit and debit cards will still be with us, but their use is likely to decline as technology delivers alternative ways of moving money around. Whilst the front end of this revolution [...]

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