From FastCompany – “In the age of smartphones and tablets, it may seem odd when a company that sells its goods online isn’t optimized for mobile devices. But shopping on such gadgets remains so fraught with clumsiness and confusion that 68% of mobile carts are abandoned. To address this pain point, Braintree on Tuesday rolled out new developer tools so its customers–including Uber, Airbnb, HotelTonight, TaskRabbit, and Angry Birds creator Rovio, to name a few–can simplify and speed up the payment process on mobile devices. The release of OneTouch PayPal comes shortly after Visa debuted Visa Checkout, a layer that lets customers purchase products online without having to re-enter their payment information on new sites.”
From FT.com Youtube – FT business education editor Della Bradshaw talks to Adam Kingl, executive director of learning solutions at London Business School, about ways in which virtual team meetings can break biases in thinking and encourage business innovation.
From Washington Post – “Elana Fine, the managing director at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, took questions from readers last week. Here are excerpts, lightly edited for grammar and clarity.”
From Chief Learning Officer Magazine -“The ability to generate, vet and bring new ideas to fruition may be one of the saving graces for companies looking to grow and thrive in the current economy.”
From Bloomberg Businessweek – “Given the explosive growth of China’s urban elite in recent years, there’s money to be made catering to finicky demands. Since 2009, Zhang’s customer base has grown 20 percent to 50 percent a year. Zhang has reeled in $40 million from Western and Chinese investors and millions more in government subsidies. His company generates revenue of $18 million to $24 million a year, and he says he now runs one of China’s largest organic farming and retailing operations, spanning thousands of acres across eight provinces.”
From Washington Post – “Many believe social entrepreneurship means neglecting the bottom line and profit margins. Michaels says that doesn’t have to be the case.”
From FT.com – “How can you regulate cloud computing? With data centres spread across the world, just how important are national laws and, crucially, how is it possible nowadays to determine just who controls your data?”
From FT.com – “The marginal cost of water is rising around the world,” says Christopher Gasson, publisher of Global Water Intelligence. “Previously, water was treated as a free raw material. Now, companies are realising it can damage their brand, their credibility, their credit rating and their insurance costs. That applies to a computer chipmaker and a food company as much as a power generator or a petrochemicals company.”