How Invite Media’s Founder is Making Sure Success “Wasn’t a Fluke”

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Description:  Nat Turner went through an acquisition most entrepreneurs only dream about. His advertising technology company Invite Media was acquired by Google in 2010 for $81 million, a mere three years after he launched it. Source:  Sprouter.com Date: 02/08/2012 Link:  http://sprouter.com/blog/how-invite-medias-founder-is-making-sure-success-wasnt-a-fluke/?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8+February+2012+%2F%2F+Hottest+StartUps%2C+Events+%26+Resources+&utm_campaign=Sprouter+Weekly%3A+February+8%2C+2012&utm_term=btn-readon_png Questions for discussion: What does this article suggest are key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs?

An Idea for Fixing Education: Skip College, Work at a Startup

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Description:  Skip college, work at a startup. That’s the idea behind a new two-year program called Enstittue that started accepting applications Tuesday. Source:  Mashable.com Date: 02/02/2012 Link:  http://mashable.com/2012/02/07/enstitute/ Questions for discussion: What do you think of these arguments for learning on the job? For which careers is attending college a better choice for more efficient… Read more »

How Zuckerberg changed the game

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Description: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg grew the college dorm room startup to a global tech giant with more users than most countries’ populations. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/03/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/02/02/f_game_changers_facebook.fortune/ Questions for discussion: Who is Mark Zukerberg? Do you think his engineering background affected the way he managed the development of company?    

Help wanted: CEOs for energy companies

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Description: Kevin Kelly, CEO of Heidrick and Struggles, says the energy sector is the hottest area for executive recruitment. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 01/19/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/01/26/n_davos_kelly_executives.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What message does this report have for managers seeking employment today? Why would former executives have trouble finding new positions?

Rising from Kodak’s rubble

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Description: Despite Kodak’s bankruptcy, the photography company has influenced many small to midsized companies in Rochester, N.Y. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 01/26/2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/smallbusiness/2012/01/26/sbiz_kodak_startups.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What does this report have to say about the relationship of large corporations and small business start-ups? Why do you think Kodak management never ventured in the… Read more »

The $1.6 Billion Woman, Staying on Message

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Description: SEVENTY-TWO hours before Facebook’s big moment, Sheryl K. Sandberg was half a world away, hobnobbing with the likes of Bill Gates and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Source: NYTimes.com Date: 02/03/2012 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/business/sheryl-sandberg-of-facebook-staying-on-message.html Questions for discussion: How would you describe Sheryl Sandberg? Do you think her gender has helped, hurt, or made no difference in… Read more »

An ad exec’s wise warning about social media

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Description: Our Weekly Read column features Fortune staffers’ and contributors’ takes on recently published books about the business world and beyond. We’ve invited the entire Fortune family — from our writers and editors to our photo editors and designers — to weigh in on books of their choosing based on their individual tastes or curiosities. In this installment,… Read more »

How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

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Description: When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke,President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Source: NYTimes.com Date:… Read more »

5 reasons employees aren’t sharing their ideas

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Description: I work for a great company! We have a culture that we’ve worked hard to establish and continuously improve …. we have an extremely low turnover rate and, for the most part, great feedback scores from our employees. Unfortunately, one of the things we seem to have an area of opportunity on is “employees feeling comfortable providing… Read more »

Amazon’s Hit Man

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Description: Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book industry insider—until Amazon called Source: Businessweek.com Date: 01/25/2012 Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/amazons-hit-man-01252012.html Questions for discussion: Describe the changes that management is dealing with in the publishing industry. How has management at Amazon been affected as a result of technological changes? Do you think management decision-making has been responsive?