As part of my research on the subject Billion Dollar Unicorns, I have been tracking Unicorns of various colors and spots, so to speak. Among those, my least favorite ones are the ones that command gigantic valuations without the revenue to back them up. Let’s look at how two of those are faring. As I’ve mentioned before, valuation without revenues has returned with a vengeance. The climax of these valuations was Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. Another Social Messaging firm Snapchat is going through similar valuation cycles. Read Full Story

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Net neutrality has been a hot topic for years now. The FCC decided on the contentious issue this week with huge implications for small business owners, consumers and others. Meanwhile, Google Wallet may be coming with your next smartphone. Those are just a couple of the items making headlines in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup. Read on for more top stories. Technology FCC Says the Internet is a Utility, Supports Net Neutrality The Federal Communications Commission says the Internet is a utility. Read Full Story

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Bricks are an essential part of most building projects. Though they come in many different forms, most are made of clay and created with a firing process. And that process isn’t exactly environmentally friendly. But Ginger Dosier, a former architect who founded the company bioMASON, think there’s a better way. She told CNN: “There are over a trillion bricks made this way globally every year. That’s lot of energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions.” Dosier’s company started out as a simple science experiment. Read Full Story

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All ERP solutions are not created equal – or designed for every manufacturing, production or corporate enterprise. The three tiers of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are distinct: ERP Tier 1, ERP Tier 2, and ERP Tier 3 . For some enterprises, ERP Tier 1 may be too comprehensive and robust, far more technology than required to maintain operational performance. ERP Tier 1 is ideal for global enterprises that have annual revenues in the billions of dollars. Think, Fortune 500. Still, smaller businesses are increasingly seeing the value in incorporating ERP software. Read Full Story

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Sheila Babnis, head of strategic innovation for product development at Roche, shared, at a conference earlier this year, new ways that her company is working in innovation in drug development; and how empathy and patient-centricity are shaping both drug development and clinical trials. Co-creating with patients is a core pillar of the new way Roche is working and an area of deep focus for Sheila and her team. Continue reading →

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By now most companies are realizing the value of having a solid social media strategy, and for many that means spending more and more time and resources on that strategy. It may have started innocently enough where looking at your metrics and posting an interesting article every day was enough, but now more money needs to be spent. Simply put, understanding and measuring social media ROI can help give you an insight into how much money or valuable feedback you’re really making. Read Full Story

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Technology is becoming smarter and more personal. Virtual reality is popping up everywhere. Gadgets and tools are coming out with the ability to predict and track your movements, adjusting to provide a more immersive experience. Such is the goal for 3D Sound Labs’ new Neoh headphones. 3D Sound Labs is calling their headphones a wearable home theater. Neoh is suppose to provide the experience of surround sound without the need to install multiple speakers that only work in one room. The company claims Neoh can virtualize twenty-five different speaker channels. Read Full Story

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Hiring an employee is one of the most important things that a small business owner will do, but few have experience doing it. Below is a list to help you consistently obtain better results. If you are new to hiring employees, or only have had family employees, start here: Obtain a Federal ID number Before hiring an employee, you can ask a CPA or attorney to register with the IRS for you. But doing it yourself is pretty straight forward. The IRS allows an online application (click here for online IRS application). It  is one of the easier things the IRS has setup. Read Full Story

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With companies of all sizes seeking to cut healthcare costs and avoid penalties imposed by the Affordable Care Act, we’re hearing lots of news about instituting workplace wellness programs as a way to promote a healthier workforce. Also gaining attention, workplace practices such as ergonomic office spaces, meditation, mid-day naps, standing desks and walking meetings are being put forth as ways to create a healthier workforce. Healthier employees benefit business in many ways. Read Full Story

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