China to mark 115th birthday anniversary of Zhou Enlai

China to mark 115th birthday anniversary of Zhou Enlai

(Xinhua)    20:41, October 29, 2013

F201310292045251736414126

The ‘Two Pizza Rule’ Is Jeff Bezos’ Secret To Productive Meetings; Never have a meeting where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group. “[Bezos] wanted a decentralized, even disorganized company where independent ideas would prevail over groupthink

The ‘Two Pizza Rule’ Is Jeff Bezos’ Secret To Productive Meetings

VIVIAN GIANG OCT. 29, 2013, 6:17 PM 6,526 10

The more people there are, the less productive most meetings will be. The idea is that most attendees will end up agreeing with each other instead of voicing their own opinions and own ideas. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has a solution for this problem. He calls it the “two pizza rule”: Never have a meeting where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group. In fact, Bezos advises to only have meetings when absolutely necessary. “[Bezos] wanted a decentralized, even disorganized company where independent ideas would prevail over groupthink,” writes Richard Brandt at The Wall Street Journal. In The WSJ profile, Brandt interviews a former Amazon executive who recalls Bezos saying “communication is terrible!” during an offsite retreat. Birth of a Salesman

Behind the rise of Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Richard L. Brandt on the founder’s Texas roots, the site’s chaotic early days, why negative reviews are allowed and his increasing use of personal data. Read more of this post

This Video Of Chinese Street Food Made From ‘Gutter Oil’ Is The Most Disgusting Thing You Will See All Day

This Video Of Chinese Street Food Made From ‘Gutter Oil’ Is The Most Disgusting Thing You Will See All Day

MAMTA BADKAR OCT. 29, 2013, 12:43 PM 24,892 44

The next time you consider eating Chinese street food you might think twice. The use of gutter oil it turns out is pretty common. This refers to a process of pulling waste oil from sewers, grease traps, waste from slaughterhouses, reprocessing it and then selling it as cooking oil. These screenshots from a Radio Free Asia (RFA) video via Max Fisher at The Washington Post show a woman in Shenzhen pulling slop from a gutter. The slop then ends up in “processing” plants where it is processed with other animal fat through filtration or boiling. The oil eventually make its way to “street vendors and hole-in-the-wall restaurants” that use it as “recycled cooking oil.” Watch the entire video below: Gutter oil is reported to account for one-tenth of cooking oil in China, according to experts cited by RFA. Besides being downright disgusting, the oil is also said to contain carcinogens and other toxins. China has been fighting the practice for years. Earlier this month a man from China’s Jiangsu province was sentenced to life in prison for making and selling gutter oil. China has long battled food safety concerns. But in a country where cooking oil is at a premium, it will likely be a while before officials can effectively crack down on the practice.

Emerging markets necessitate a rethink of business ducation

October 29, 2013 3:15 pm

Emerging markets necessitate a rethink of business education

By Mike Bastin

A collaboration between academics and regional specialists will better prepare students

With the global economy still sluggish in the west much of the talk about business success is focused on emerging markets.But are business schools in the west really preparing students for business success in China and elsewhere in Asia? Are they allocating sufficient time and resources to the teaching and understanding of such culturally different and changing business environments? And are business school academics suitably knowledgeable and experienced in emerging markets such as China? Read more of this post

Too rich or too poor for success? A middle-income background is often an advantage for business founders

October 29, 2013 3:15 pm

Too rich or too poor for success?

By Jonathan Moules

Keith Wymer’s father was a “journeyman window clean­er” when he was born and his mother worked in a factory. Two years later, the family took an assisted-passage flight to Canada to take up unskilled manual work, trying to better themselves. By the time he was 11, in 1965, they were back in a freezing London flat with no television, telephone or car. The experience made young Keith determined to work his way out of it. Read more of this post

Never lose the start-up mentality; Act like a start-up, even if you’re a well established company,

Never lose the start-up mentality

Act like a start-up, even if you’re a well established company, advises our entrepreneurial columnist.

Martin Luther King perhaps unwittingly captured the essence of the start-up spirit when he spoke of the “fierce urgency of now.” Photo: GETTY IMAGES

By Michael Hayman

9:09AM GMT 29 Oct 2013

My team is thrilled. The Start-ups 100, the listing of the most inspiring early stage businesses in Britain, has just ranked us as No.11. It’s a landmark for us. Not least because from next year we will cease to “officially” be a start up; we will have moved on to the ranks of the grown-ups. Indeed, some of the feedback we have had on the ranking is that many never really considered our firm as a struggling start-up anyway. We did, still do, and this is why. Read more of this post

Donation of ideas is better than just cash; It is often better for a business founder to build their own social enterprise than join an existing one

October 29, 2013 3:26 pm

Donation of ideas is better than just cash

By Luke Johnson

It is often better for a business founder to build their own social enterprise than join an existing one

The intelligent way for business founders to give to charity is not simply to donate money. They could instead consider setting up their own non-profit organisation. In the past few weeks I have helped start two. The first was The Centre for Entrepreneurs, a think-tank devoted solely to entrepreneurship. I thought of this a few years ago but never got it off the ground. My belief that Britain needed such a group never wavered, so after meeting a backer recently, I decided to put my theories into action. Read more of this post

%d bloggers like this: