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Power up Your Lead Generation with Linkedin

Supposedly, this last year, we were supposed to hit 297 billion emails sent daily as a planet. Whether we actually reached that, I have no clue. But that’s a lot of emails compared to the seven billion people who actually live on this planet. And while email marketing does work, it’s becoming less effective every day. That means marketers will be searching for other ways to generate leads and explode that revenue. But what are your options? You could go the traditional PPC route, and you probably already use that…

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Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. So it’s essential to pack charing equipment to handle any need that might arise – and usually that means a lot of dongles. Nomad’s new wireless USB hub really cuts down on clutter, and makes it easy to charge what you need to charge, when you need to charge…

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Volumetric photogrammetry — big words, bigger impact on VR

Ben Bloch is a Los Angeles-based serial entrepreneur. He is best known for his focus on emerging business opportunities at IBM, followed by contributing his leadership in three startup exits, including clean-tech company Econation, which he co-founded in 2009 and sold in 2012. Virtual reality: By this point, most people have at least a rudimentary understanding of what the term means. Once enjoyed and developed for niche techie and gaming audiences, brands have quickly realized VR’s limitless potential, and, as a result, every interest group from interior design to makeup to apparel is jumping…

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Why it’s important to put first things first ~ Get Rich Slowly

Holy cats! That was an interesting 72 hours. For the past three days, I’ve been fighting a terrible cold. Or maybe the flu. I’m not sure which. It hasn’t been fun. On Sunday, while I was in Florida attending an early-retirement retreat, I woke with crap in my lungs. All day, I was coughing and sneezing and hacking. I still felt relatively strong, though, so I made sure to get in my four-mile training run. (I made two goals involving running this year: I want to run at least one…

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Apple pledges $350 billion investment in US economy over next five years

Apple is about to give the US economy a huge boost in the form a $350 billion five year investment. As part of that, it will commit $55 billion this year alone and plans on adding 20,000 new jobs over that timeframe. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, it also plans to add a new campus somewhere in the US this year. There is a lot of news here. Let’s start with the big picture investment of $350 billion, which Apple says does not include ongoing tax payments, the tax…

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Planning your startup’s acquisition just got easier with Slack’s private shared channels

A few months ago Slack launched a beta feature called Shared Channels, which let two organizations share a common channel. So for example a startup could have a channel that it shared with its PR firm or lawyers. But sometimes discussions between two companies are too sensitive for the entire company to see, so today slack is rolling out Private Shared Channels. Also still in beta, the feature will let two companies create a shared channel that is hidden and invite only. This feature is great for two companies that…

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Google and Salesforce unveil first elements of partnership

Last fall at Dreamforce, Google and Salesforce announced a partnership. Today, the two companies unveiled the first pieces of that agreement. For starters, Google Analytics 360 users can now import data from the Salesforce CRM tool such as leads and opportunities, among other pieces. This could allow marketers to have a more complete view of the customer journey from first contact to sale and build a better understanding of how that fits together for a successful outcome. Of course, Salesforce has its own marketing data from Marketing Cloud and it…

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Global app downloads topped 175 billion in 2017, revenue surpassed $86 billion

Global app downloads topped 175 billion and consumer spending exceeded $86 billion in 2017, thanks to growth in emerging markets including China, India, Brazil and Russia, according to a new report from App Annie out this morning. Notably, India has now become the number two country by downloads, passing the U.S., which is now third. China has long since been in the lead. The difference between the total downloads App Annie is reporting (175b) and the 91.5 billion recently reported by the firm Sensor Tower in its own year-end wrap-up…

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Aptiv and Lyft’s Vegas self-driving pilot to expand beyond CES

Self-driving technology provider Aptiv and ride-hailing company Lyft ran a pilot program of self-driving, on-demand ride hailing during CES in Las Vegas this year, offering transit between 20 different locations in the city including major hotels and casinos. Now, both are announcing that they’re definitely extending the project beyond the timeframe of CES in Las Vegas, and that they’re already in talks to expand a second pilot to another market located elsewhere in the U.S. The companies aren’t talking more about that just yet, but it’s clear they were encouraged…

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Amazon launches autoscaling service on AWS

One of the primary advantages of cloud computing has always been the ability to scale up to meet short-term needs and scale back when that need has been met. In other words, you don’t have to pay for infrastructure that you don’t need to hedge against heavy usage. That has mostly meant server capacity, but over time it has been applied to other cloud services. Now, developers can configure auto scaling across a set of AWS services in a single unified interface. Companies typically use multiple AWS services to build…

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