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January 21, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Startup sets its sights on building a better battery
    A number of startups have attempted to create better batteries, but at least one venture-backed company has actually managed to attract customers. That firm, called Leyden Energy, creates lithium-ion batteries using a special type of electrolyte that is designed to provide certain advantages. Greentech Media (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Leading the Pack 
  • Why smart CEOs are active on social media
    Company leaders may be able to improve their business' reputations by using social media, according to a survey of employees by a firm called BRANDfog. "The role of the CEO has been transformed by social media and CEOs have no choice but to become more visible, social and accessible than ever before," said Ann Charles, BRANDfog's CEO. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Lessons from Lance Armstrong about trust in the workplace
    Lance Armstrong admits in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to using performance-enhancing drugs, and his belated confession holds lessons for leaders, writes Bob Selden. Top of the list: Come to terms with the limits of your ability to spot when people are being dishonest. Selden also advises starting with e-mail for important communications, then bolstering them with face-to-face interaction. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How the health care industry is changing
    Entrepreneurs who operate in the health care space should be aware of an important shift that is occurring in the industry. Doctors are still important, but individuals are taking personal responsibility for their well-being. Collecting data is becoming more important in the health care world, and brands are looking for opportunities to make wellness hip. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Just do it already
    If you've been longing to launch a business but have yet to take the plunge, fear is holding you back, writes Rahul Varshneya. You can deal with this problem by figuring out what scares you and moving forward despite your doubts. "There's nothing like squashing or overcoming fear by staring straight into its face," Varshneya writes. VentureBeat (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Smart strategies for spending credit card rewards
    If you've racked up a lot of rewards on your credit cards, using them for travel can be a smart decision, Melanie Pinola writes. "It is also, however, often very frustrating and complicated to try to take advantage of, thanks to eligibility restrictions, expiration dates, and limited award seats on airlines," she writes. Depending on the situation, it might also be wise to use your rewards to get gift cards or cash back. Lifehacker (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Brainstorm your way to a brilliant business idea
    Before you can start a business, you need to come up with an idea. If you're not sure where to start, try to tap into upcoming business trends or solve a problem you've encountered yourself. "You just have to look at what frustrates you," said Colin Barceloux, who started "There's your business idea right there." Entrepreneur online (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Is apologizing the national pastime?
    Lance Armstrong, who recently talked to Oprah Winfrey about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, is only the latest in a long line of celebrities who have apologized for their behavior. The video included with this article features an imaginary event called Apologalooza that catalogs some of the more high-profile confessions. Slate (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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You will come up with all these horrible ideas, and every once in a while you will find some brilliant idea out there."
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