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15 Books to Read Before Launching a New Business

You have an entrepreneurial spirit, and you are eager to bring your new product or service into the marketplace, but did you know that about 50 percent of new businesses in the United States fail in their first five years? Gallup research finds that the success of a new business has a lot to do with the person behind the launch of the venture. One of the best ways to drive future performance is for prospective founders to take the time to educate themselves about best practices and to learn from the mistakes of others. You can learn a lot from those who have successfully—or unsuccessfully—navigated the startup terrain.

 

MBA@UNC Global Immersion: London - Day Three

On our last day in London, the weekend case competition in the Consulting track came to a close with final team presentations. In the Globalization Strategy track, the topic on Day Three shifted to global financial markets - the day was highlighted by two speakers: Barclay’s Mike Di Iorio and Dean Doug Shackelford of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

MBA@UNC Global Immersion: London - Day Two

At the London immersion, MBA@UNC students participated in one of two tracks: Globalization Strategy or Consulting. On Day Two, while students on the Consulting track were hard at work on their cases ahead of the Sunday presentations, students in the Globalization Strategy track learned more about global organizations and global marketing. A central thread that ran through each speaker’s presentation on Day Two was the critical need to closely understand local cultures when expanding business across borders.

MBA@UNC Global Immersion: London - Day One

At the London immersion, MBA@UNC students participated in one of two tracks: Globalization Strategy or Consulting. Through the course of the first day, MBA@UNC students learned all about how to embrace the move from the Information Age to the Agile Age, the finer points of strategic communications in a global setting, and how Virgin has created consistency across a diverse set of businesses.

How Lighting Affects the Productivity of Your Workers

Modern day workers spend more time in the office, but if they’re not working smarter, they aren’t doing much for their employers. One of the most striking factors influencing how we work is the color temperature of the light source we’re exposed to on a regular basis.

The Business of Data Brokers [Infographic]

How much is your privacy worth? In the data broker industry, everything from personal identifying data to social media data to health data is packaged and sold to the highest bidder for annual revenues of almost half a billion dollars per year. Some individuals have also claimed a piece of this pie, with entrepreneurs selling their personal data for sums of anywhere from $2 to close to $3,000.