Fresh Pick of the Day, August 22, 2014: “Unclogging the Innovation Pipeline”

From CFO Magazine -“What are you doing to improve new product throughput and to get more high-impact new products to market in less time?”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 21, 2014: “Unilever- In search of the good business”

From Economist Magazine – “Unilever defines sustainability broadly. It includes not just environmental factors but improving the lot of customers and workers—its own and those in its supply chain. It also aims to contribute to society as a whole. These goals are seen as necessary to maintain the firm’s ‘licence to operate’ in an age when, Mr Polman believes, companies will be subject to increasing public scrutiny.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 20, 2014: “To Simplify Mobile Shopping, PayPal Wants To Eliminate Filling Out Billing And Shipping Info”

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.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 18, 2014: “Virtual meetings good for innovation”

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.

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 15, 2014: “How to improve or launch a start-up”

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.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 13, 2014: “How to Nurture an Entrepreneurial Culture”

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.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 12, 2014: “Fund managers – Assets or liabilities? ” from The Economist Magazine

- From the Economist magazine – “Regulators worry that the asset-management industry may spawn the next financial crisis. Regulators are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is their job to anticipate future crises, which may not resemble those of the past. But that logic requires them to regulate parts of the industry which have not, in the past, been the source of problems. Another concern is that risk may be a game of whack-a-mole: hammer it down in one place and it pops up somewhere else. Some of the problems regulators fret about, such as the illiquidity of the corporate-bond market, are the result of regulations imposed since the crisis. If they now bear down on funds or fund managers, they may simply create another problem somewhere else.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 7, 2014: “Building the Whole Foods of China”

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.”

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