Daily Archives: June 14, 2013
LONDON, 13 June 2013—A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Assurances Mutuelles de France (AM) (France). The outlook for both ratings is stable.
GFI Calls on President Obama, G8 Leaders to Require Public Registries of Corporate Ownership, Curtail Illicit Financial Flows
U.S. President Urged to Join David Cameron’s Call for Public Registries of Beneficial Ownership Information at G8 Summit Next Week
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 14, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade will be held in Geneva from 8-10 July with the aim of examining how to use Aid for Trade to connect developing country and least-developed country (LDC) firms to value chains.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was being debated, proponents were accused of saddling Americans with inferior and expensive health care while keeping generous coverage for themselves at taxpayer expense. To rebut that allegation and build confidence in the bill, a provision was added mandating that members of Congress – and their staff members – get there coverage through the new exchange system the bill set up. Now that the time to sign up for exchange coverage is nearing, a Democratic member, Rep. John Larson (D., Conn.), is saying that “this is simply not fair” – as key staff members head for the exits to avoid Obamacare.
A couple of days ago Steven Spielberg and George Lucas sat on the stage at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and bemoaned the state of the movie industry – and in the process articulated a view on the future of video games: it will be dominated by women’s tastes and priorities.
Last summer, a FORBES cover story explained how LinkedIn is creating many billions of dollars of shareholder value by rewriting the rulebook for recruiting, with a no-nonsense efficiency that makes it “the anti-Facebook.” Now, a year later, our counterparts at Fortune have figured out that LinkedIn merits cover-story attention, too.
When asked by CXOs about the future of business in the next few years — mobile technologies, social business networks, social data analytics, artificial intelligence, smart ecommerce — I find myself referring to innovations emerging within IBM.
A social media presence is essential in the modern market—almost any market. Whether you’re a nine-year-old lemonade entrepreneur looking to attract more traffic to your sidewalk stand or a politician seeking the highest office in the land, keeping track of your social footprint is a top priority. That reality may be why Sprout Social, a barely three-year-old company from Chicago, has managed to gain so much traction and accrue 10,000 customers. That army of enterprises has included Pepsi, Nokia, McDonald’s, UPS and the 2012 campaign to reelect President Barack Obama. “One of the big challenges that are facing a lot of companies, but particularly the enterprise organizations, is this idea of standardizing their tools and their processes—figuring out how an organization’s social should be distributed, what parts of the company should be involved and to what degree,” said CEO Justyn Howard.
It’s hard out there for a superhero. On Thursday, fanboys spent the day refreshing the Rotten Tomatoes web site as the critic reviews for the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, rushed in. The site aggregates reviews from around the country and gives each film a score based on whether the reviews are positive or negative. At first it looked like the movie was getting great reviews but by the end of the day, the film had a 57 out of 100 earning it a dreaded icon of a squashed green tomato.
So, you’ve decided to set up a Twitter account for your brand. How much return can you expect on that first tweet of the day? The answer: about $25.62.
This morning the New York Times reported an interesting piece of information about Shark Tank, the popular ABC show where business owners pitch their companies to a group of high-profile investors, including billionaire Mark Cuban. Just for appearing on the show, owners agree to give up 5% of their company or 2% of future royalties. (This information was originally reported in a September blog post by Ami Kassar.)
When Google confirmed earlier this week that it had bought Waze for what we understand to be more than $1 billion, a senior exec in Google’s geo-location division talked about Waze’s community of users several times. He described it as the service’s “DNA.” This is because Waze’s core asset would be key to augmenting Google next big goal after mapping the web: mapping how we move.
The rumor mill around Apple’s 2014 product slate is in overdrive, so what can we assume to be a near-truth? Do you second-guess by following the rumors or do you probe the underlying strategy? Earlier Peter Cohan posted on the possibility of an Apple Phablet, but in fact there are many more options being touted out there. I think they are mostly wrong and that Apple’s real plans are coming into focus.