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American Underground launching @Raleigh startup hub

August 7th, 2013
Raleigh, NC

The NC Research Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem has been growing by leaps and bounds lately. On the heels of opening a new startup hub in downtown Durham, The American Underground, a network of startup hubs, will open a new location this fall at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Startups help spark the innovation that creates […]

Facebook founders top list of ultra-wealthy techpreneurs

August 7th, 2013
Time Mark Zuckerberg

 Mark Zuckerberg and two of his Facebook co-founders, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, occupy the top three spots in Wealth-X’s list of ultra wealthy technopreneurs aged 30 and under with a combined net worth of US$22.4 billion. Zuckerberg’s net worth increased by US$3.7 billion to US$17.3 billion after shares of the world’s No. 1 social network soared on 24 July on mobile advertising revenue […]

Younger entrepreneurs more risk adverse after economic hard times

August 7th, 2013
American Express

The Great Recession made a deep impression on Generation Y (those age 24-35) and Baby Boomer entrepreneurs (those age 48-70), according to the American Express OPEN Ages Survey. The study, which revisits an analysis first conducted in 2007, reexamines post-recession opinions and finds that the younger generation’s first economic downturn has made them more risk […]

Retailers see less Facebook fan engagement, numbers, despite more posts

August 7th, 2013

Facebook saw the slowest growth for retailers during the first half of 2013, with a decline in fan engagement and numbers despite increasing numbers of brand posts published, says Expion’s Social Retail report.  The report analyzed the top 50 retail brands performance in H1 2013, identifying two luxury brands, Tiffany & Co. and Victoria’s Secret, as […]

What is one of the biggest challenges small businesses face?

August 6th, 2013
Robert Half

In an economic era marked by unemployment, you would think it would be relatively easy to hire a skilled team.  But it isn’t, say small business owners. In a recent survey by Robert Half, six in 10 (60 percent) small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring or managing staff is finding skilled professionals for the […]

A new cybercrime technique aims at businesses

August 6th, 2013
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So what’s next on the cybercrime front? Persistent speak phishing, say researchers. The American public and businesses today are under a constant, ever-growing threat of attack from cybercriminals attacking  as many people and businesses as quickly as possible in order to access large amounts of sensitive information.  In the first half of 2012 alone, there […]

Enterprises over confident about the security of their networks

August 5th, 2013

This is scary, but it’s no wonder Chinese and other hackers are so successful at breaking and entering Enterprise networks.  Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, has released a survey indicating that many enterprises possess an unrealistic confidence surrounding the security of their networks. According to the survey, more than 65 […]

Most retailers expect holiday sales growth with mobile driving revenue

August 2nd, 2013
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Most retailers are expecting their upcoming holiday revenue to grow more than 10 percent, according to a survey by Baynote, a leading provider of personalized customer experience solutions; Results from its inaugural 2013 Holiday Predictions Survey, conducted in partnership with the e-tailing group, found that retailers are cautiously optimistic, with 60% forecasting growth in excess of 10 […]

Five key risks faced by tech companies

August 1st, 2013

A majority of technology companies are underinsured and exposed to hidden risks that could ruin their business. The Stratton Agency cites five key risks they can address to protect their business. “Not all insurance policies are alike,” according to James Marek of the Stratton Agency. “Insurance that’s not tailored to the needs of a technology company may not […]

Microsoft’s Balmer lowest paid CEO but still the wealthiest

July 31st, 2013

Microsoft Corp. may have stumbled with Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, but that didn’t knock CEO Steve Balmer out of the top spot as the wealthiest CEO amongst those heading the 30 largest publicly-listed US firms. This comes despite Ballmer being the lowest paid Dow Jones CEO in 2012, taking home US$1.3 million in total compensation compared […]

Which digital marketing techniques work best in each industry?

July 30th, 2013
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Which digital marketing tactics work best in the travel industry? For clothing retailers? For selling vehicles? In media and entertainment? A new survey by Lyris, Inc. (LYRI), conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), shows differences in digital marketing strategies and consumer preferences across industries. The survey also indicates what consumers want from brands in […]

More small businesses using social media but most unconcerned about customer data

July 30th, 2013
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More small businesses are taking to social media, according to Newtek Business Services, NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority, with a portfolio of over 100,000 business accounts. Newtek says 57 percent of more than 2,000 businesses it polled  have a Twitter or Facebook account. The findings from last year compared to this year show 10 percent  more business owners are […]

Three ways to develop your reputation as a thought-leader

July 29th, 2013

Plug “thought leader architect” into the title field of a LinkedIn search and only one name pops up: Mitchell Levy, CEO of THiNKaha and author of the new book, “The truth is, a lot of people are trying to become viewed as ‘thought leaders’ because they recognize that being a well-publicized, well-respected expert in their […]

The secret to more online customers: fast checkout

July 26th, 2013
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Want more online shoppers? Make it easier and faster for your customers to buy your goods or services. How fast? Five minutes or less. Survey results released today show that over four in ten (44 percent) consumers would shop more online if it were faster to make a purchase, while nearly three-quarters (72 percent) agree […]

Incubators fueled rapid growth of NYC innovation economy

July 26th, 2013

Do startup company incubators really work? The rapid growth of New York City’s innovation economy has been fueled by three Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)-operated incubators that generated $251 million in economic activity since 2009, created more than 900 jobs and contributed $31.4 million in local, state and federal tax revenue, according to a report released today marking the fourth anniversary […]

IBM nudges Microsoft from top spot, SAP advances, Amazon debuts on top 50 IT firm ranking

July 25th, 2013

Things are changing in the digital world as tech companies jostle each other for top position. IBM has bumped Microsoft out of the top spot in the Booz & Co. second annual ranking of the world’s top 50 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies that provide the building blocks to increasingly digital businesses. Oracle held fast […]

Durham-based ArchiveSocial selected for Code for America Accelerator program

July 24th, 2013
Anil Chawla

Durham-based ArchiveSocial has been selected out of 190 national applicants to join the Code for America Accelerator, an exclusive four-month program focused on startups disrupting the state of technology in the public sector. ArchiveSocial CEO Anil Chawla tells the TechJournal, “We receive an equity-free $25,000 grant, get to spend a week in their San Francisco […]

Five tips on using blogs and ebooks to drive sales

July 23rd, 2013

If you write it, will they really come? Today’s marketing directors and VPs know they need to create regular blogs and eBooks for their marketing programs and SEO, but with increasingly shrinking resources, where do you start and how do you keep up a pace that makes a difference and helps drive traffic? And equally […]

8 signs your business aims too low

July 22nd, 2013
JoAnn and Joseph Callaway

Picture this: You’re relaxing on your couch and watching your favorite crime drama after a long day at work. You’ve halfway tuned out during a commercial break when something catches your attention. “Come see what we have to offer. We’re proud to be second in area sales and customer satisfaction since 1992!” an announcer enthuses […]

What is the biggest marketing mistake you can make?

July 19th, 2013
Marsha Friedman

By Marsha Friedman   Recently, a colleague asked me, “What was the most rewarding mistake you ever made in business?” It’s a great question, and I quickly had an answer for him because it was an incredibly painful mistake. However, it proved to be an invaluable lesson that has served me well in the years […]