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  • Blog Post: John Scalzi: Inspiration comes from Imagination and Knowledge

    For sci-fi author John Scalzi, having a wide knowledge base to draw from is just as important as having an imagination. The Hugo award winner and New York Times bestselling author is renowned for originality, as proven in his debut novel Old Man's War and his latest, Lock In. But his ideation process...
  • Blog Post: 3 Tech Trends to Get on Your Radar

    Tech journalist Robert Scoble is known for pinpointing tech trends. Along with coauthor Shel Israel, Scoble has written Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data, and the Future of Privacy . In addition to emphasizing the huge role context will play in new technology , Scoble talks about the role beacons...
  • Blog Post: BI Lessons From Motiga’s Newest Gaming Experience, “Gigantic”

    What can a video game company teach you about your business? For one thing, how to take vast amounts of data produced by thousands of people, analyze it, and use it to improve the customer experience. We sat down with Ian Brillembourg , Senior BI Manager at Motiga, Inc. , to talk about how he and...
  • Blog Post: Making the Internet of YOUR Things a reality

    When you hear about the Internet of Things, you often hear about how trillions of things can be connected: people, processes, data, and devices. When all of these "things" are connected to the Internet, your business can turn the information generated into insights and action. According...
  • Blog Post: 7 Lessons from Ben and Jerry’s on Turning Your Mom and Pop Into a Success

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the delicious empire that spawned Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia. Here are a few tips we’ve gathered from Ben & Jerry’ success on how to turn a mom and pop shop into a multinational success. Do what you love Founders and childhood...
  • Blog Post: Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Taking the Tech World by Storm

    According to a Dow Jones study on female-led startups, successful startups have more females in top management than unsuccessful ones. With the number of women-led businesses growing by the year, we wanted to profile a few of the key players in this space. Here are some excerpts from both emerging and...
  • Blog Post: 6 Ways Millennials Using Facebook at Work Puts Money Back In Your Pocket

    More than one third of companies may restrict access to social media sites according to a recent Microsoft study. In response, though, another study found that 39% of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 would consider leaving a company that blocks Facebook access. Here’s a different approach...
  • Blog Post: How to set your out-of-office and vacation time in Outlook (and not be “that guy”).

    It’s become common office courtesy to use Outlook to perform two important tasks right before you take a vacation: setting an out-of-office (OOF) autoreply email to inform your colleagues that you’re not answering their emails because you’re sipping Mai Tais somewhere, and blocking...
  • Blog Post: Behind-the-scenes: MSJ (Microsoft’s “Special” Jargon)

    Jargon is defined as “the language used for a particular activity or by a particular group of people,” and companies of varying sizes and objectives use it. We here at Microsoft are no different; we have our own unique kinds of parlance that we use each day to communicate with our colleagues...
  • Blog Post: LiquidPlanner CEO Liz Pearce: Brace yourselves. Collaborative transparency is coming.

    This week during October’s Women in Business Month, we want you to meet Liz Pearce , CEO of LiquidPlanner . Her fast-growing company has developed the industry’s only priority-based, predictive project management solution that addresses the real complexities of the workplace. Thanks to Liz’s...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Expert Brian Moran: "Small business owners are not embracing all of the existing technology at their disposal."

    This week we had the awesome opportunity to speak with Brian Moran, founder and CEO of Brian Moran & Associates. With 20+ years of experience, Brian specializes in helping entrepreneurs and marketers grow their businesses and navigate the SMB space. Here’s some of the advice he had for small...
  • Blog Post: Author and entrepreneur Vanessa Fox: In business, “don’t jump in and fix everything.”

    It’s Women in Business Month and we can’t think of anyone we’d like to chat with more than Vanessa Fox . One of the most influential experts in online marketing today, Seattle Business Monthly has gone so far as to call Vanessa a cyberspace visionary. And we couldn’t agree more...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: Essential Email Marketing Strategies to Drive Awareness and Boost Sales

    Essential Email Marketing Strategies to Drive Awareness and Boost Sales Richard Israel , Senior Director of Local Success, Constant Contact For many of us, email is the first thing we check in the morning and what we rely on most to communicate online. The same is true for most email users, including...
  • Blog Post: Happy Internet Day!

    Happy Internet Day! Before the Internet became the source of (and distraction from) how we do business in the last twenty years, it was a small network of government and university computers that could still talk to each other in the event of a catastrophic (read: nuclear) event on American soil. ...
  • Blog Post: Who You Gonna Call? (Business Lessons from Ghostbusters)

    Ghostbusters is the rare film that’s many things to many people: the perfect comedy, sci fi that combined the supernatural and science before it was cool, a Reagan-era anti-EPA rant, and more. Because it was born in the 80s, it’s also a treasure trove of sound advice for businesses large...
  • Blog Post: Running a Startup One Deal at a Time: Groupon

    Groupon turns five years old this week, and we thought we’d celebrate by highlighting some of our favorite things about the startup. Groupon exploded into success after launching in Chicago in 2008, and quickly expanded into the rest of the country and the world. The company was famously on...
  • Blog Post: The Millennial Job Candidate & Why Your HR Team Will Grow to Love LinkedIn

    Millennials (or Generation Y: born early 1980’s-2000’s) are entering the workforce in droves. More than half of them are now employed or seeking employment, and the influence they exert is changing how business operates. They’ve been alternatively described as “the new breed of...
  • Blog Post: Lively CEO Dean Graziano: “Culture isn’t the most important thing; it’s the only thing”

    At the end of October, we had the chance to sit in on a Q&A session with Dean Graziano, Founder and CEO of Lively (a mobile music app available on Windows 8, iOS, and Android), at the Seattle Interactive Conference. Intrigued by his advice for business owners, we reached out to Graziano for a follow...
  • Blog Post: Information Flow in the Paperless Office

    It’s time we talk about dropping the paper weight from your business. Paper is not as effective or efficient as it once was; in the era of mobile devices and cloud-based file storage solutions, paper cannot keep up with today’s pace of business. When the information flow is digital from start...
  • Blog Post: High Stakes Workflow: Why Health Care Needs Attention

    Any industry can benefit from moving to a paperless office (or workplace). What may surprise you is that it’s also disrupting all industries—not just technology or information. Going paperless completely transformed how health care provider Friendship Heights Rehabilitation tracked income...
  • Blog Post: Carolina Realty Group Goes Mobile and Paperless to Win Big

    You know about the paperless cockpit , and we’ve talked about the paperless office , but what does going paperless actually mean for your business? It may be easy to dismiss the move to paperless as a fancy way to give your employees the latest digital toys. But the reality is that there are real...
  • Blog Post: How OnPoint CFO & Controller Services, PC Embraced the Pocket Office

    Today we don’t think twice about carrying our social lives, grocery lists, newspapers and a thousand other things in our pockets everywhere we go. So why not bring the office with you too? If you’re in an industry that relies on employees being mobile, the pocket office is essential to...
  • Blog Post: Anthony Kinney on Windows Phone and BYOD Security

    Mobile devices are the mighty double-edged swords of today’s workplace. On the one hand, they provide greater integration of information, on the other, they could be your business’s one-way ticket to a catastrophic security breach. This week we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Anthony...
  • Blog Post: 4 Major Reasons to Connect to the Cloud Now

    If you haven't started exploring cloud solutions for your business, consider this: As much as 40% of all IT spend by 2016 will be for cloud-related platforms and applications. That's because the cloud can help your business reduce costs, engage employees in new ways, and increase agility, efficiency...
  • Blog Post: TED Talk Takeaways (For Daily Communication)

    What happens when one person watches and analyzes 500 recordings (that’s more than 150 hours) of TED Talks? When you’re Carmine Gallo, you emerge with a better understanding of what drives good public speaking, in addition to both things new and veteran speakers can do right now to start...