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December 13, 2012
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  • Startup puts a new spin on the music market
    Murfie is a company that helps users to buy, sell and download CDs. The company, which launched in May 2011, has grown to include 6,000 members. "A startup is a marathon, not a sprint; everything will take longer (and cost more) than you think," advised Matt Younkle, the company's co-founder. CBS MoneyWatch (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

Leading the Pack 
 
  • Warby Parker's Blumenthal: Recruiting is a key task for startup CEOs
    When recruiting employees, it's important to give a clear description of the position and tap into your network to look for candidates, writes Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker co-founder and co-CEO. "CEOs are really just chief recruiting officers," he notes. "Constantly and clearly communicate your passion and vision for the company to the world." You also should get your current employees to become active in looking for candidates among their friends and acquaintances. The Wall Street Journal/The Accelerators (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Finance & Growth 
 
  • How SEO changes are driving content marketing
    The announcement that Raven Tools would discontinue one of its most popular services is the latest blow the SEO industry has suffered this year, writes John Paul Nettles. Recent developments indicate that "[m]ore marketing dollars will go toward content creation as Google makes it clearer to everyone that other SEO strategies are risky business," he writes. RepCapitalMedia.com (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

The Whole Entrepreneur 
 
  • How to boost your memory
    You can boost your memory by limiting stress, exercising and eating flavonoids, which are present in foods such as broccoli, soybeans and onions, writes Ray Lumpp. Conversely, "[e]xcess intake levels of fat and calories are harmful to memory function," he notes. Lifehack.org (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to get yourself recognized as an industry expert
    You can establish yourself as an expert in your industry by focusing on innovation, using your blog to address key issues and making a commitment to keep learning, writes Lewis Howes. "Study the great success and failures of your industry," he advises. "Also learn from people outside of your industry to see which [principles] are transferable to what you're doing." Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Ideas for Innovators 
  • How social media makes companies more innovative
    Social media is potentially a powerful innovation-driver, writes Alexandra Samuel. Social chatter doesn't just provide real-time data -- it also creates pressure for change while highlighting "an area of business opportunity or vulnerability," she writes. "[I]f we do better with social today, we'll be better prepared to change and adapt tomorrow," Samuel adds. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • 6 lessons from a problematic product launch
    The people behind the At Heart emergency aspirin dispenser, which was dropped by CVS, say they would do things different if they could start again. Their experiences emphasize the importance of learning about the target market, preparing for the long term and staying in contact with consumers. InnovationExcellence.com (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
Entrepreneurs are great at starting things. Planning for the end? Not so much."
--Maeghan Ouimet, writing at Inc. online
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