5 Brilliant Strategies Jeff Bezos Used To Build The Amazon Empire

5 Brilliant Strategies Jeff Bezos Used To Build The Amazon Empire

DRAKE BAER STRATEGY  MAR. 18, 2014, 1:14 AM

The Gazelle Project. That’s what Amazon called its initiative to cajole book publishers into giving them better deals. According to The New Yorker, CEO Jeff Bezos said “that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.”  Read more of this post

China’s model village Huaxicun in Jiangsu province wobbles through economic transition

China’s model village wobbles through economic transition

Staff Reporter

2014-03-17

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An aerial view of the Huaxi, Oct. 2011. (Photo/Xinhua)

The village of Huaxi in eastern China’s Jiangsu province is losing its luster as the hallmark of the country’s rural economy. Huaxicun Co, a listed firm which runs Huaxi’s commercial operations, has announced pay cuts of up to 15% for its management, including directors, supervisors, and high-level managers, with the exception of independent directors, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Read more of this post

China’s $1.5-trillion in corporate debt, making up around a quarter of China’s $6-trillion shadow finance sector, is yet another shadow-banking time bomb

China’s $1.5-trillion in corporate debt is yet another shadow-banking time bomb

By Gwynn Guilford @sinoceros March 17, 2014

When it comes to supervising risk, China’s four corporate bond market regulators have been snoozing. Reuters

It’s tough to figure out where China’s next debt panic will come from these days. Just as trust products had surpassed local government-financing vehicles as the frontrunner, a series of events—including a default and a trading suspension—in the last two weeks have pushed corporate bonds to the fore. Read more of this post

Who will succeed Terry Gou? Foxconn set up a think tank to mull it over

Who will succeed Terry Gou? Foxconn set up a think tank to mull it over

By Lily Kuo @lilkuo 5 hours ago

Foxconn is planning to replace many of its workers with a million robots over the next three years, but replacing chairman and CEO Terry Gou will require a bit more thought. So the world’s largest electronics manufacturer has taken the rather elaborate step of founding a think tank to find Gou’s successor, according to the Taiwanese newspaper Economic Daily News, as reported by Reuters. Read more of this post

From go to grow: using ‘agile’ management to grow your business

From go to grow: using ‘agile’ management to grow your business

Published 17 March 2014 14:49, Updated 17 March 2014 16:56

Andy Sheats

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Health.com.au co-founder Andy Sheats says his organisation uses Agile to drive its whole business, even areas that have nothing to do with technology.

Agile is a management approach that uses short, iterative cycles and direct customer feedback to incrementally develop and improve your product or business. Read more of this post

Lessons from Nortel: Acquisitions spree, bad management calls led to tech giant’s fall, study says

Lessons from Nortel: Acquisitions spree, bad management calls led to tech giant’s fall, study says

Jim Bagnall, Postmedia News | March 17, 2014 | Last Updated: Mar 17 5:39 PM ET
OTTAWA — In the five years since Nortel went bankrupt, many possible explanations have been suggested for its demise. Poor strategy, weak finances, low-cost competition from China, a misguided board of directors, hubris, the federal government’s refusal to backstop it during the recession, you name it. Read more of this post

Amazon’s Set Top Box Will Be A Dongle Like Chromecast, Could Feature OnLive-Style Streaming

Amazon’s Set Top Box Will Be A Dongle Like Chromecast, Could Feature OnLive-Style Streaming

Posted 15 hours ago by Darrell Etherington (@drizzled)

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Amazon is readying a game console/set top box of its own, and we’ve learned from multiple sources familiar with the device that the Lab126-produced gadget will have a form factor similar to the Chromecast, or in other words it’ll be a stick or dongle as opposed to something like the Apple TV. In addition, one source claims it should have support for streaming full PC game titles, and as such might be able to compete with consoles including the Xbox and PlayStation, instead of just Android-powered living room game devices. Read more of this post

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