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Stack Gives Back: A Note of Thanks From Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley

Stack Gives Back: A Note of Thanks From Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley

One of the things I love most about my job as CEO of Creative Commons is getting to know our supporters. CC draws a community that is creative, entrepreneurial, innovative, and truly collaborative. And so I was particularly excited to learn of the generous offer from StackSocial to contribute 10% of price-select bundle sales to Creative Commons and to have an opportunity to connect with the company and team over these last many months. We are of course thrilled to…

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Minecraft’s Unhappy Billionaire: The Pitfalls of a Singular Financial Focus

Minecraft’s Unhappy Billionaire: The Pitfalls of a Singular Financial Focus

The old cliché hasn’t lost its potency: Money doesn’t buy happiness. But what is the end game for entrepreneurs and startups if unlimited funds and open-ended positioning in life isn’t the fulfilling dream we’re hardwired to believe it is? That’s the dilemma facing Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, since he sold Mojang to Microsoft for a massive $2.5 billion nearly a year ago. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Persson lamented the void of struggle and reward in the eyes of…

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Amazon and the ‘Company Culture’ Controversy: Why it Matters to Startups

Amazon and the ‘Company Culture’ Controversy: Why it Matters to Startups

Last week’s New York Times article about Amazon’s cutthroat company culture has sparked a wildfire of debate over just exactly what 2015’s biggest corporate buzz-term consists of. As the discussion expands to the impact of company culture on employees and the businesses they populate on the whole, renewed attention is being drawn to perhaps the most grueling and demanding professional climate of all: the startup world. Amazon founder & CEO Jeff Bezos is the fifth-richest man in the world. His methodology in getting very…

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Alphabet: Exploring 6 Brands Under Google’s New Holding Company

Alphabet: Exploring 6 Brands Under Google’s New Holding Company

Google announced a huge company restructure this week, establishing themselves as a subsidiary of a new parent company named Alphabet. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page will serve as President and CEO of Alphabet, while Google head of product Sundar Pichai has been appointed as the new Google CEO. And provided that Google can clear numerous potential legal hurdles, we’ll likely be hearing a great deal more on Google’s new holding company in the near future. In a blog post…

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Why Social Media Can’t Save You (But Your Brand Needs It)

Why Social Media Can’t Save You (But Your Brand Needs It)

Data rules the day. Facebook and Google are thriving, because they study the habits and preferences of their users and play directly to them with advertisements. Do you follow the transaction trail your customer leaves, with direct email offers within their buying ecosystem? Data analysis and specialized customer service are absolutely everything in a world where commercial access is now ubiquitous in the developed world. How thick of a security buffer are your Facebook followers or YouTube views? Slippery statistics…

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B2B Podcasting Tips: Why Its Important, How To Get Started

B2B Podcasting Tips: Why Its Important, How To Get Started

Have you started a podcast yet? If not, you’re potentially missing out on a direct connection to customers and prospective clients, as the number of monthly podcast listeners has tripled in five years to 75 million. Podcasting has yet to reach its zenith, with new shows and topics cropping up by the day as brands and publishers realize the value of a direct voice of authority and authenticity in a world of hype-driven advertising. Millions in the daily commute grind…

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