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Portrait Of A Dropout: Twitpic CTO Steve Corona

Dropping out of college was right for Twitpic’s Steve Corona. You? Maybe not.

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10 Tips From Boing Boing On Making Online Content Sing

Is your blog a snooze? Are people unfollowing you faster than you can tweet? Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing shares his strategies for killer online content.

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Take A Breathtaking Photographic Tour Of Life On Earth

The most stunning shots from the Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist.

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The 10 Happiest Cities In The World

What makes these cities’ residents happier than anywhere else?

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From Zappos: 4 Simple Hacks To Foster Office Collaboration

This fall, Zappos’s Tony Hsieh will move his 1,200 employees into a new headquarters in downtown Las Vegas. The guiding principles (the so-called three C’s): collision, community, and co-learning.

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TODAY’S HEADLINES
CAPITAL MARKET
• HDFC MF Buys Stake In Greenply Industries
DEBT
• Capital First To Raise Debt
• DHFL To Raise Debt From IFC
• IFC To Infuse Debt In Snowman Logistics
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
• Mastercard Advisors Acquires Stake In Mu Sigma
PRIVATE EQUITY
• Creador Acquires Stake In Repco Home Finance

Cadence Design Buys Cosmic Circuits
TECHNOLOGY CHARMI GUTKA  
 
Cadence Design Buys Cosmic Circuits

Cadence Design Systems, Inc has signed an agreement to acquire Cosmic Circuits Private Limited, a leading provider of analog and mixed signal intellectual property cores. 

As part of this transaction, the IC and Systems business of Cosmic Circuits will be spun off into a separate new company to be owned by certain existing shareholders of Cosmic Circuits, press release stated.

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CAPITAL MARKET
HDFC MF Buys Stake In Greenply Industries
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HDFC MF Buys Stake In Greenply Industries

HDFC Mutual Fund bought 6.40 lakh shares of Greenply Industries through bulk deals on exchanges.

The fund purchased the 2.75 lakh shares on NSE and 3.65 lakh shares on BSE at a price of R408 per unit aggregating to a total over R26.11 Cr.

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DEBT
Capital First To Raise Debt
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Capital First To Raise Debt

Capital First, formerly known as Future Capital Holdings is planning to raise R550 Cr through the NCDs.

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DHFL To Raise Debt From IFC
BANKING/FINANCIAL SERVICES SUSHIL SURANA  
 
DHFL To Raise Debt From IFC

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation is planning to raise loan of up to US$70 Mn from IFC, which will help DHFL grow its assets, increase its reach and improve its market share.

The proposed project involves a senior Loan by IFC’s own account of up to $70 MN, and subject to required approvals from RBI, a co-investment from the Canada Climate Change Program  where IFC will act as implementing entity for CCCP to support climate change investments.

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IFC To Infuse Debt In Snowman Logistics
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IFC To Infuse Debt In Snowman Logistics

IFC is planning to provide loan to Snowman Logistics which is proposing to set up temperature controlled storage facilities at two new locations in Orissa and Gujarat.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $ 4.4 Mn of which IFC is proposing to provide $2.8 Mn A loan.

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Mastercard Advisors Acquires Stake In Mu Sigma
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Mastercard Advisors Acquires Stake In Mu Sigma

Mastercard Advisors has acquired stake in Mu Sigma, decision sciences and analytics firms, helps companies institutionalize data-driven decision making and harness Big Data.

MasterCard Advisors and Mu Sigma will jointly develop innovative analytic products to enable companies of all sizes to successfully solve their business challenges – like acquiring customers and increasing customer loyalty, press release stated.

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PRIVATE EQUITY
Creador Acquires Stake In Repco Home Finance
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Creador Acquires Stake In Repco Home Finance

Creador has acquired 9.9% stake for R73 Cr in Repco Home Finance Ltd, a housing finance company promoted by state-controlled Repatriates Co-operative Finance and Development Bank Ltd. livemint reported.

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John Grisham Quote


In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard. 

 

John Grisham

 

February 8, 1955: Wildly popular legal thriller writer John Grisham was born 58 years ago today in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

9 Questions To Ask Yourself During A Job Search | CAREEREALISM


9 Questions To Ask Yourself During A Job Search

18 Interview Preparation Questions
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Questions Job Search“Be all you can be.” Do you remember that TV ad the American army used for a time? Stop and think right now. Are you really doing everything in your power to move forward in your job search?

Here are nine key questions to self-assess:

1. What Do I Really Want?

The question of the ages. Find something that you are good at. Look at interests – they are the cornerstone of career decision making.

Take advantage of assessments, positive performance evaluations, job placements, and credentialed career practitioners to assist you.

2. Should I Really Change?

This is going to depend on what STAGE of change you are:

  • Pre-contemplation (no intent to change where the job seeker is).

Ex: “I just need a job because my parents/spouse… and then everything will be fine.”

  • Contemplation (desire to change; confidence to start)

Ex:” I really want to work. I don’t want to be unemployed.”

  • Preparation (decision to change)

Ex: “I’ve started to use my new skills and now I’m going to a job placement.”

  • Action (attaining goals). “I know where I want to go now.”
  • Maintenance (planning for high risk situations)

Ex: “It feels good to be working all these years.”

The stages of change model (SOC), has been effective for youth, newcomers and people with disabilities. If your are in stage one, you do NOT have motivation to move forward.

3. What’s The Bright Side Of A Long Job Search?

One of my counselling trainers said, “No problem exists twenty-four-seven except chronic illness.”

Tell yourself that unemployment is temporary. Even better, tell yourself that others are experiencing worse things than you right now. Re-frame your negative-talk so it doesn’t sabotage career success.

4. Am I Comfortable With What I’m Doing?

See #2. Sometimes the best career decisions involve SOME degree of discomfort. Gauge your results and outcomes, otherwise, step out of your comfort zone.

Underestimate, instead of overestimating goals and action plans.

5. Do I Have Enough Resources/Support?

No matter how dire your situation SEEMS or may be, don’t discount resources and supports like friends, faith, pets, and so on. Your support network is your life line during your period of unemployment or lengthy job search.

6. Am I Happy At Where I Am Today?

Once again, refer to the stage of change. Unless you take measures to fine tune your job search periodically, the likelihood exists for an impasse, or “being stuck” without a course of action.

7. Am I Appealing To Others?

Are you likeable enough to be hired? Do you have emotional intelligence? There is abundant evidence that EI is an important hiring/recruiting tool for employers.

The Canadian and American military have used EI for some years.

8. What Motivates Me?

Start with this question, “When was I LAST motivated at work or volunteer opportunity?”

What were you doing that acted as sources of motivation? Clientele, product, work environment, responsibility, variety on the job?

9. What Really Makes Me Tick?

Your inner resources will be the key to this answer. Nine questions you should ask to yourself in a job search: a preparation to self-improvement.

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About Melissa C. Martin

Melissa C. Martin is a bilingual career coach who specializes in dealing with the unemployed, military members, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

bcg.perspectives – The Innovation Bottom Line


Sustainability is paying off for a growing number of companies, according to our fourth annual survey of executives and managers, conducted jointly with MIT Sloan Management Review. Thirty-seven percent of respondents say that sustainability-related actions have added to their company’s profit, up 23 percent from the previous year.

This increase owes much to business model innovation. Nearly half of the companies have changed their business models as a result of sustainability opportunities—a 20 percent jump over last year. This type of innovation addresses the fundamental choices a company makes about what it is offering to whom, as well as how it leverages its value chain, cost models, and organization. Such changes are significant, but no less so than the changes facing businesses.

Companies in resource-intensive industries have been dealing with sustainability issues for a number of years, but the pressures are now registering far and wide. In an effort to trim costs, companies in many industries are turning to their supply chains to reduce energy use, simplify packaging, and mitigate commodity price risks. For their part, consumers are increasingly aware of a product’s sustainability credentials and willing to pay a premium for environmentally sound products and services. Employees’ attitudes matter, as well. Their growing commitment to sustainability makes a company’s environmental footprint a key element in attracting and retaining talent.

Nonetheless, plenty of companies still struggle to view sustainability as an opportunity. Almost half the survey respondents find it difficult to quantify the intangible effects of sustainability, and 37 percent say it conflicts with other priorities. Forty percent report that higher operational costs take away from profit, and 33 percent cite increased administrative costs connected with sustainability programs as another profit drain.

To understand what it takes to make sustainability a boon rather than a burden, it helps to look at the companies that are not only profiting from their sustainability efforts but also changing their business models to generate that profit. We call them Sustainability-Driven Innovators, and they make up 23 percent of our survey respondents.

This year’s report focuses on these companies and the steps they have taken to ensure that sustainability adds to corporate profits.


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