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"...If Silicon Valley and Black Mirror had a book baby, it would be Live Work Work Work Die.” - Booklist
If you haven't already, check out one of our New Popular Business Books, titled Live Work Work Work Die
Journalist and Author Corey Pein literally journeys to the heart of Silicon Valley in search of the vigor and verve of the "New Economy". Once in the valley, Pein shines a bright light on the "PayPals" that inhabit it, offering a fairly frank discussion of big tech social politics.
If you like sarcastic critiques of American popular culture, especially tech...Continue reading "Live Work Work Work Die"...
What is Kanopy?
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for universities that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries.
For students, Kanopy is a FREE Netflix alternative. It may also be one of the best kept secrets for award-winning documentaries, and film festival favorites!
Business students should also note that the 38 videos currently listed under "Business" include acclaimed titles such as:Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse (2017) Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon (2016) Normal is... Continue reading "Kanopy for Business et al."...
Looking for a new podcast?
Check out The Wall Street Journal podcasts!
Here's a shortlist of some our favorite WSJ podcasts, with one particularly intriguing/popular title for each:
The Future of Everything
Listen: The High-Tech Approach to Human Fertility
Secrets of Wealthy Women
Listen: Top Women Entrepreneurs: The Secret to Building a Business
And, if you haven't already, active your FREE WSJ subscription at http://wsj.com/msu
Good data is a powerful tool.
According to the Wharton School of Business, "Presenters who use visual language [such as infographics] are perceived by audiences as more effective than those not using visuals."
Ponder this: Don't infographics convey a lot more information in a lot less space than would an article or regular graphs of the same data?
Well of course! And according to the CEO of Market Domination Media, "An infographic is 30 times more likely to be read than a text article."
Infographics allow individuals to:
Visualize relationships and...Continue reading "Infographics Available"...
Looking for visualizations that highlight major global trade networks?
Want to know which country exports the most puzzles?
The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a research and data viz tool used to explore global trade dynamics. It provides a snapshot of countries imports, exports, trade partners, products, and so on. Basically, it's a research tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. It provides access to bilateral trade data for roughly 200 countries, 50 years and 1000 different products.
...Continue reading "The Observatory of Economic Complexity"...
CB Insights recently released a report outlining trends which they say will shape the technology sector in 2019.
The company which uses machine learning to mine terabytes of data and knowledge in order to help clients "see where the [tech] world is going," has identified 14 of the tech trends they'll be watching closely this year. According to CB Insights, here are just a few of the ways that technology will impact our lives in 2019:
Hyper-personalizaton: The more data collected about an individual, the more intimately companies believe they can understand and market to them...Continue reading "Report: Top Tech Trends 2019"...
What's a CDOO?
According to Gartner, "By 2022, 40% of midsize enterprises will have evolved the role of chief information officer (CIO) into chief digital operating officer (CDOO)."
As the business environment shifts and adapts through digital innovations, many roles and resources will need to be reallocated. In the next four years, Gartner predicts that the expansion of cloud services as a core for business' financial management and planning will "cause issues for 60% of organizations."
For businesses, digital integration will be both complex and uncomfortable. ...Continue reading "New Gartner Reports"...
It's the week of Thanksgiving, which means it's time to start shopping!
According to the National Retail Federation, "Consumers say they will spend an average $1,007 on gifts, decorations and more this holiday season." And while many holiday shoppers will invariably wait until the last minute, online shopping and same-day delivery have made last-minute purchases even easier.
"Confidence is near an all-time high, unemployment is the lowest we've seen in decades and take-home wages are up. All of that is reflected in consumers' buying plans" - National Retail Federation, CEO...Continue reading "What's for Christmas?"...
Blockchain’s burgeoning popularity in the business world has attracted a lot of attention, but Blockchain currencies have also attracted a lot of hackers.
Cybersecurity firm CipherTrace estimates that the theft of digital currencies through the hacking of exchanges and trading platforms in 2018 amounts to $927 million. In September, hackers stole an estimated $59 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif. According to Reuters, Crypto exchange hacks are already 250% higher than throughout all of 2017.
"Increased fraudulent activity and attention of hacker groups to ...Continue reading "Hacking Blockchain"...
According to PwC, "Financial technology—FinTech for short— describes the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. The term can refer to startups, technology companies, or even legacy providers."
FinTech helps companies manage financial operations and processes. The term has become synonymous with all things finance; however, FinTech market segments generally encompass:
digital payments (Ex. PayPal; Google Wallet)
alternative financing (Ex. Kickstarter; Indiegogo)
alternative lending (Ex. LendingClub; Prosper)
personal finance (Ex....Continue reading "What is FinTech?"...