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First Rule of Data: Don’t Talk About Data

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Fight Club knew the rules. Shame data doesn’t.  The easy way out is to point the finger at something you don’t understand. Data is usually that fall guy. We are repeatedly told that ‘data is the...
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For Investors, Property Tech Goes Far Beyond a Smart Home

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At first listen, the term “property tech” seems to fit comfortably within the context of ultra-luxurious modernism. We picture something at home within sleek glass-and-metal walls and minimalist design. We imagine an AI-powered abode...
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Can Synthetic Data Solve Our Data Bias and Privacy Problems?

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Nicolai Baldin, founder and CEO of Synthesized.io, talks about the future of sharing data and the power of synthetic data. Synthetic data is a new solution for data sharing needs that’s secure and easier...
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Who Do You Think You Are?

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A Voice from the People in Maine’s Pine Tree Zone Debate Who Do you Think You ARE! ? photo by Mackenzie Andersen “Who do you think you are?”, he said, as though I needed to be...
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Selling encyclopedias door-to-door taught me 5 crucial facts about selling

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Let’s start with a caveat emptor. I hesitated writing about this subject because so many have made their life’s work researching and writing about the art of selling. But like a good bottle of...
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How big are the ‘Big Techs’?

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Looking back at the market cap of some of the largest companies in the World in the past 20 years, one can see how the underlying macroeconomic theme has evolved. This theme is driven...
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Startups and Independent Board Member – Best Practices

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In the past, I have discussed how to run board meetings effectively and how to work best with board observers. Continuing that conversation around best practices, this article is focused on a much overlooked...
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Why Small Businesses Should Keep Their Heads in the Cloud

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There is a cloud that continues to hang over small businesses, but it’s far from a bad thing. In fact, it is expected that cloud computing, as much as it has already impacted companies...
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Anomaly Detection Use Case: Credit Card fraud detection

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The fraudster’s greatest liability is the certainty that the fraud is too clever to be detected. — Louis J. Freeh The fact is that fraudulent transactions are rare; they represent a diminutive fraction of activity...
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5 Actionable Tips for Summarizing Your Data for Presentations

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No matter what field you are in, giving a presentation is part and parcel of the job. You may have data to share with your team, your managers, or with stakeholders, and presentations are...
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A Simple, Brilliant Business Lesson from David Ogilvy

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Do what’s best for the customer, even if it’s not your customer. There’s a cliche saying that, when you hear it, makes you think of romantic relationships gone awry, but with one side still hopeful...
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Help Your Brand Be the Top One That People Desire

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Awareness is the first step to attract customers and build loyalty Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash True tests of a brand’s success are when people think of you by name instead of the competition. “Brand awareness...
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Machine Learning Applications in Retail: 6 Real World Examples from Market Leaders

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With the evolution of technology, consumer behavior also continues to evolve. Naturally, to stay ahead of the competitive curve the retailers need to make more rigorous use of the customer data. As the data...
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How to survive a digital tsunami?

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The digital “disruption” doesn't mean you need to radically transform your business. Becoming another Google, Amazon or Facebook is not your only option. You can survive the digital storm without giving up the traditional...
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Business without borders: how to go global?

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However, just a few entrepreneurs realize that scaling is not just a new profitable market but also a tremendous job, which is comparable with new business launch. Choose your direction First of all, you should form...
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Stop, Look and Lose the Future

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Peering into the future, Mark Stelzner, founder and managing principal at human resources consulting firm Inflexion Advisors, sees changes coming. No matter if alterations are big or small, he says the biggest mistake HR...
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Why KPQs Are the New KPIs

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Business leaders have largely focused on key performance indicators (KPIs) over the last several years when making decisions to shape their companies. KPIs are certainly not going away or losing importance, but there is an...
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How Technology Influences Small Business Lending

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Technology influences and reshapes every aspect of our lives. It's changed the way we pay bills, how we shop, how we dine, how we make a hotel reservation, and even how we hail a...
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The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

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Every supervisor, manager, president, and CEO dreams of being recognized as “The World’s Greatest Boss,” so what are its definitive qualities? A rare 6% of employees with great bosses lack passionate for their job,...
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5 Mindset Tips to Make You a Better Marketer

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With over 20 years of experience in corporate and small business consulting around brand marketing, I have come to see the importance of mindset in the overall advancement of business goals and financial gain....