• 15 Skills That Set Up Entrepreneurs for Success
    Q: What is the #1 skill an entrepreneur must possess to succeed?

    The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.


    1. Perseverance

    Jun-loayza

    Cash will run low, clients won't close, team members will leave, the product will have bugs, and the roof will fall on your head. There will be times when you seriously consider quitting. I've been there. But perseverance and dumbfounded self-confidence pushed me forward. Without perseverance, you'll never reach success.
    - Jun LoayzaRewardMe

  • General Mills Layoffs to Affect 850 Employees

    General Mills announced plans yesterday to eliminate 850 jobs to hopefully improve productivity, boost effectiveness and cut costs. Last year, the Minneapolis-based company had some 35,000 global employees; Minnesota Public Radio reporter Martin Moylan writes that the cuts are mostly in support and administrative positions. What will General Mills do with the savings?

  • 8 Ways to Maintain Top Productivity on a Hectic Schedule

    Q: How do you keep yourself on task/maintain productivity with a hectic work schedule?

    The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.

     

    1. Turn Off the Dopamine Drip

    Michael Margolis Let's face it -- we're all addicted to email. If you want to get stuff done, turn off your email. Close your social media feeds and web browser too. You'll be amazed at what you get done without the biochemical surge of ping, tweet, ping!
    - Michael Margolis, Get Storied

     

  • Google 'Search Inside Yourself' Class Teaches Mindfulness at Work

    Google is infamous for its world-class amenities, but the company's free "Search Inside Yourself" class is perhaps its most compelling employee perk. "S.I.Y.," as it's called at Googleplex, balances the fast-paced, high-pressure work environment with lessons on "attention training, self-knowledge and self mastery, and the creation of useful mental habits," according to the New York Times.

  • Executive-Level Temps? Kayak and HubSpot Switch CTOs for a Day

    Yesterday, Dharmesh Shah and Paul English, the founders and chief technology officers of HubSpot and Kayak, respectively, switched roles for a day in the name of innovation. Each man reported to work at the other's office, offering an outside perspective and, in the process, gain valuable insights for his own company.

  • Entertainment Executive Salaries: How Much Do the CEOs of Viacom, CBS, Disney and More Earn vs. Employees?

    The Hollywood Reporter recently published a list of entertainment executive salaries, revealing once and for all what the CEOs of companies like Disney, Viacom, CBS and Discovery earn. While salaries aren't quite as sky-high as they were before the recession, these Hollywood moguls are still bringing in some serious cash. Here are some earnings highlights from the THR piece, followed by PayScale data on the average wages for employees at each parent company.

  • Google Named Most Popular US Company

    Apple may be the world's most admired company according to Fortune Magazine, but as far as Americans are concerned, Google is the most popular. A survey of 1,007 adults commissioned by the Washington Post and ABC News found that 82 percent of respondents had a positive opinion of Google and that 53 percent "strongly favored" the Silicon Valley juggernaut. Apple came in second, while Facebook and Twitter lagged behind in a distant third and fourth.

  • Sony to Lay Off 10,000 Workers

    Hot on the heels of Yahoo's massive layoffs, Sony is reportedly readying to lay off 10,000 workers as CEO Kazuo Hirai looks to lead the company back in the black. The layoffs represent 6 percent of Sony Corp's global workforce and will mostly come from consolidating two facets of the business: small and midsize LCD operations and chemical products.

  • Procter & Gamble Blocks Workers' Access to Netflix and Pandora

    Procter & Gamble Co. is banning employee access to Netflix and Pandora to save bandwidth at its Cincinnati headquarters. The move comes after the P&G IT department discovered that workers were playing over 50,000 YouTube videos and listening to 4,000 hours of Pandora music daily. What's more, one-fourth of company bandwidth was being taken up by workers' consumption of photos, videos and music.

  • Yahoo Lays Off 2,000 Employees

    Last month, we shared a report by Kara Swisher of AllThingsD that predicted thousands of layoffs at Yahoo; this morning, the tech company officially announced that it will let go of 2,000 employees, a sum that represents some 14 percent of its workforce.

  • Sprinklr Raises $5 Million in Funding as Businesses Flock Towards Social Solutions

    Sprinklr, a social media management platform for businesses, raised $5 million in its latest round of funding, underscoring the growing emphasis companies are placing on social media. This news follows the massive acquisition of Sprinklr competitor Radian6 by Salesforce.com for $326 million. What factors drive this focus?

  • Microsoft Regains Its Mojo With a Branding and Product Renaissance
    Move over, Apple and Google: Microsoft has its mojo back. In a column earlier this week, The Atlantic's Rebecca Greenfield proclaimed that after a branding and product renaissance, Microsoft now looks like "the hippest tech company on the block." What's behind this resurgence? After all, Microsoft is the same company that was portrayed as slow and uncool in the "Mac versus PC" commercials Apple rolled out.
  • Oprah Winfrey Lays Off 30 Staffers in OWN Restructuring

    Earlier this week, Oprah Winfrey was forced to lay off 30 staffers from OWN, her eponymous television network, due to poor ratings. The OWN restructuring follows the cancellation of Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, which aired for just five months.

    "The economics of a startup cable network just don't work with the cost structure that was in place," said Winfrey in a statement. "As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network."

  • Muse Ad Agency Uses Draw Something App to Recruit Interns

    We recently wrote about how the Work Club digital agency advertised for its creative director position using a Pinterest board, and now another agency, Muse Amsterdam, is using the Draw Something app to recruit its latest round of interns.

    The iOS game prompts users to draw various shapes and figures and then invite friends to guess their creations. Muse has kicked things up a notch by asking prospective intern candidates to start a Draw Something game with the agency's username, Drawsome Intern and then create drawings according to the cues. It will then "review the most beautiful, stupid and genius drawings" to narrow down its list of names.

  • Yammer CEO Woos Yahoo Employees With $25,000 Signing Bonus

    Yammer CEO David Sacks has made a bold public appeal to current Yahoo! employees: come and work for us, and receive a $25,000 signing bonus. What recession?

    This lucrative offer isn't because Sacks is a Yahoo ally in the slightest. Earlier in the week, he used his Twitter account to encourage Silicon Valley employers to blackball Yahoo employees due to the tech company's patent lawsuit against Facebook.

  • Yahoo Restructuring Could Lead to Thousands of Layoffs

    Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson is reportedly working on company restructuring that could lead to thousands of layoffs. AllThingsD reports that departments under the radar include research, public relations, marketing and products -- areas where Yahoo has fallen behind. As of the end of 2011, the tech company had 14,100 employees worldwide.

  • LEGO Denmark Office Sparks Creativity With Playground Setting

    Many of us report to office buildings with a traditional layout, but design employees at the LEGO Denmark office spend their workdays amid a playground slide, vibrant oversized furniture and game areas. The whimsical decor is meant to spark creativity -- after all, who wouldn't be inspired when the primary mode of post-meeting transportation is a playground slide?

  • Apple Supports 514,000 US Jobs, Touts App Economy

    Apple recently flaunted its job-creation figures with a landing page that proclaims the tech company has created or supported some 514,000 U.S. jobs. Apple enlisted the Analysis Group to study the effect Apple has on the American economy; according to the organization's findings, the app economy alone has created 210,000 jobs.

  • GM to Temporarily Lay Off 1,300 Workers in Volt Production Suspension

    General Motors has been forced to briefly suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt (and the Opel Ampera in Europe) after sluggish sales led to a surplus of the plug-in hybrid electric cars. Some 1,300 workers have been temporarily laid off from March 19 to April 23 due to the shutdown.

  • Work Club Digital Agency Uses Pinterest to Find a Creative Director

    The Work Club digital agency in London has created a Pinterest board to advertise its open creative director position. The board uses screencaps of Steven Spielberg-directed movies to illustrate the agency's growth and the position's roles and responsibilities. Film fans will recognize stills from "Jaws," "Jurassic Park" and "The Adventures of Tintin" in the board's many pins.

    On the surface, the Work Club job ad on Pinterest might look like a creative gimmick meant to go viral. Diving deeper, however, the one-of-a-kind ad tells far more about the company and its ideal candidate than any standard listing could.