The decline of startups and America’s aging economy: Study

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“Can Google ever be beat?”  That question was really less about Google and more about the potential of startups to disrupt the largest companies in our economy. Do we have the talent and capital needed for these companies to grow and compete against mature companies?

 

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The rise of the Generalist

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Companies are in need of Generalist individuals with new, agile skills that can see the big picture.

Most companies have specialist organizations that support its business priorities.  For as long as we can remember, organizations such as finance, HR, IT, and marketing have been in existence. In most companies, domain expertise, efficiency and process execution dominate the agenda for these organizations.   You get hired, promoted and measured based on your expertise and value-add in your particular specialization.

 

 

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The 10 mega corporations that control almost everything you buy

“The Illusion of Choice,” via Reddit, is a chart of corporations that create a chain of smaller brands that can all be traced from the 10 mega companies featured here. We assume that you have heard of the biggest brand names and their products that you bring home all the time, however, it’s incredible to know what these giants own and control. Their influence is staggering as shown in this data visualization.

 

 

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Berners-Lee warns that governments and companies are ‘trying to take control’ of the internet

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, says the internet is facing a “major” threat from “people who want to control it on the sly” through “worrying laws” such as SOPA, the US anti-piracy act, and through the actions of internet giants.

 

 

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U.S. companies that will be the most profitable in 2012

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The market appears to anticipate rapid growth from Apple.

24/7 Wall St. forecasts the publicly traded U.S. companies that will have the highest profits in the year ahead every January.  For 2012, Apple is likely to pass Exxon Mobil as the most profitable corporation in the Fortune 500. It already passed the oil giant in market capitalization for a while last year. The market appears to anticipate rapid growth from Apple comparable to that of the past two years. The stock has reached several all-time highs recently and now trades around $425, up nearly 25 percent in the past year.

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Top 10 brands that will disappear in 2012

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Sears is one of the brands expected to disappear within the next 18 months.

A new list of brands that will disappear in 2012 has been created by 24/7 Wall St.  The list includes Sears, Sony Pictures, American Apparel, Nokia, Saab, A&W All-American Foods Restaurants, Soap Opera Digest, Sony Ericsson, MySpace, and Kellog’s Corn Pops.

 

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Top 10 Most Influential CEO’s Under 30 in 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook

The nominations and votes are in from the Under30CEO audience and below we have put together the 30 most influential Under30CEO’s from 2010. Influence was asked to be judged on how much the person’s ventures were impacting the world and the way we live everyday. This entire group is tremendous and together their ventures are valued near $100billion and reach millions if not billions of people across the world.  While most of these companies are private, we’ve done our best to find as much financial information available about their companies.

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Companies Hiring More Freelance Workers as the Trend Reshapes the American Workforce

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Freelance workers already make up 20% of the labor force, a figure that will rise to 25% as early as next year.

Lancaster Advertising in Lewisville, Texas, used to have 15 employees, two office buildings and a loss on its balance sheet.  Today, the firm has no staff, no buildings and a healthy profit. Owner Ken Lancaster draws from more than 100 freelancers worldwide and works from his house, his boat or coffee shops.

 

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