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Yahoo snatches social shopping site Polyvore

by Angela Swartz Jess Lee

Yahoo Inc. has acquired social shopping website Polyvore for an undisclosed amount of money as part of its “MaVeNS” strategy.

Yahoo said Polyvore will help accelerate CEO Marissa Mayer’s “MaVeNS,” an acronym for its mobile, video, native advertising and social businesses, which Mayer has said are crucial for Yahoo’s future. Polyvore itself has strong social, native and mobile  ...

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Sacramento as a fashion hub? These designers want it to happen

by Sonya Sorich Kimberly Eanes

When it comes to fashion, Sacramento isn't London or New York City. But it's hardly runway roadkill.

That's why two local entrepreneurs plan to open a fashion-design hub where Sacramento-area designers can create and showcase their work. The concept, called The Workspace: Fashion Incubator, is expected to open late this year or early 2016.

The idea comes from Karisa Gold and Kimberly Eanes, both  ...

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Is Piada set to be the next big Italian fast-casual restaurant chain?

by Dan Eaton Piada

Piada one day no longer will have to explain what a Piada is.

That day is fast approaching.

The fast-casual Italian chain has built its brand in Columbus over the past five years and has been on a steady march to 22 restaurants today. Customers have lined up at restaurant openings in Central Ohio, Cleveland, Dayton, Indianapolis, Toledo.

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How to harness the awesome power of being nice

by Spider Graham Being nice

Several years ago, I heard some advice that changed my life. The idea was simple but it resonated with me, and has been a big part of how I interact with other people.

That advice was simply: “Treat people you come in contact with like they have the words ‘make me feel important’ written on their foreheads.”

Most of us have many opportunities to interact directly with other people all day  ...

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Business head in the clouds: Red Hat takes a high-stakes risk

by Lauren K. Ohnesorge Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst doesn’t look like your stereotypical gambler. Instead of slot machines, he’s surrounded by the Raleigh skyline. Instead of card sharks, he’s mingling with coders. In his typical uniform – a white button-up shirt and blue jeans – he sits at a desk in an office atop Red Hat Tower, the 19-story downtown nucleus of what some call the future of information  ...

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Startups - San Francisco Business Times

How this gift-giving startup came to be

by Tessa Love Roy Erez (left) and Alex Sirota, Loop Commerce

Three years ago, Roy Erez was trying to buy a gift online for a friend who just had a baby. But with credit card in hand, about to make the purchase, he realized he didn’t have his friend’s shipping address. “I was thinking, ‘this is incredible,’” Erez said. “I’m there, a consumer with my credit card, and I cannot purchase because I don’t know their address. That was this  ...

August 1, 2015 | 4:00pm EDT
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How to know whether to focus on your products or your market (or both)

by Ken Cook Does your company focus on the market or on products?

When you look at your company, ask a simple question: Are we focused on the markets or on products?

For most businesses, it is not an either/or answer.

There is usually a blend of both that drives strategies and decisions.

However, one perspective is usually dominant. Consider the implications of each perspective.

Discovering focus

A market-focused business looks outside the company for the  ...

August 1, 2015 | 1:00pm EDT
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