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Myanmar’s mobile sector is regarded as one of the world’s last remaining frontiers for companies; mobile penetration in Myanmar estimated at around 11% is the fourth-lowest rate in the world

February 11th 2014

Telecoms take-off

The development of Myanmar’s nascent mobile telecommunications sector is poised to take off. Operating licences have been granted to two international telecoms operators, Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo, which have committed to invest billions of dollars to provide almost total mobile coverage within five years. But with mobile penetration in Myanmar estimated at around 11%—the fourth-lowest rate in the world—and a lack of requisite infrastructure in large areas of the country, Telenor and Ooredoo have a daunting task ahead of them. Read more of this post

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DocuSign may soon be the latest entrant to the billion-dollar startup club

Feb 13, 2014

DocuSign Shoots for Valuation Above $1 Billion

By Evelyn M. Rusli and Douglas MacMillan

DocuSign may soon be the latest entrant to the billion-dollar startup club.

The electronic signature software company is in the process of raising about $100 million, in a deal that could value the company as high as $1.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. Morgan Stanley is helping DocuSign with the fund-raising, two of these people said.

A DocuSign spokesperson declined to comment. Morgan Stanley also declined to comment. Read more of this post

Nestle hints at more deals after deeper healthcare dive

Nestle hints at more deals after deeper healthcare dive

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By Martinne Geller and Ben Hirschler

LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss food giant Nestle’s deeper dive into healthcare by taking over the dermatology joint venture it had with L’Oreal suggests further deals in the space are likely.

The move underscores Nestle’s determination to move beyond relatively stagnant traditional food markets into “wellness”, where growth prospects and profit margins are more enticing. Read more of this post

Company Culture Is Part of Your Business Model

Company Culture Is Part of Your Business Model

by Jim Dougherty  |   9:00 AM February 13, 2014

A few years back, I was waiting for the light to change at 51st Street and Fifth Avenue in NYC.  As I stood there, an elderly south Asian man came up next to me with a cart loaded with breakfast food that he was delivering to a meeting. When the light changed we both moved forward.  As he pushed the cart, he did not see a small gap at the edge of the sidewalk. His cart wheels got stuck. He continued to push, the cart toppled over, and the food (still in its wrappers) spread all over the road. Read more of this post

Tech groups wrestle with hardware offload; Ending up as a second-rate Apple is not an attractive proposition

February 13, 2014 2:26 pm

Tech groups wrestle with hardware offload

By Richard Waters

Ending up as a second-rate Apple is not an attractive proposition

Suddenly, jettisoning hardware is all the rage.

From IBM shedding part of its server business to Google abandoning smartphones andSony backing out of PCs and hiving off its television division, the household names of tech have started a spring clean.

This feeds a popular belief that making stuff is an arduous, low-profit pursuit best left to companies that do not care about their profit margins. There may be a risk in seeding new competitors who will one day claw their way up the tech value chain, but that is the kind of long-term risk that can easily be set aside for the exigencies of the present. Read more of this post

Entrepreneurs Push Back Against Rising LLC Fees

Entrepreneurs Push Back Against Rising LLC Fees

ANGUS LOTEN and RHONDA COLVIN

Updated Feb. 12, 2014 7:48 p.m. ET

Patrick Lewis filed paperwork to incorporate his mobile-app design firm in New York state late last month, paying the state-required $200 fee up front. No problem.

But the 24-year-old software designer faces another hurdle to incorporation. Under state law, he must arrange to print a notice in a local newspaper within four months that announces his firm, Butterscotch Labs LLC, is officially open for business. That will cost an additional $2,000, or about as much as four months’ rent for a typical New York City work space, he says. Read more of this post

A Star Is Born: U.S. Scores Fusion-Power Breakthrough; Experimental Reaction Yields Energy, but Sustainability Still Proves Elusive

A Star Is Born: U.S. Scores Fusion-Power Breakthrough

Experimental Reaction Yields Energy, but Sustainability Still Proves Elusive

GAUTAM NAIK

Updated Feb. 12, 2014 6:13 p.m. ET

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U.S. scientists replicated the power of the sun, if only for a fleeting moment, creating a miniature star that has rekindled hopes that nuclear fusion could one day offer a source of cheap and boundless energy on Earth. Read more of this post

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