How to Sound Smarter and Google Goes Shopping
BY Max Chafkin
57 business cliches to avoid. Ever find yourself telling your employees to "think outside the box" or "get their ducks in a row." Then you may be guilty of relying on hackneyed business cliches to get your point across. Make a resolution to start 2010 cliche-free by studying up on these overused phrases via an illustrated tableau of business cliches to avoid, courtesy of design consultancy XPlane. Have some fun with this handy little illustration, see if you can "ramp it up" and find all 57. (Via (Roughly) Daily).
Who will Google buy next? Now that the rumored $500 million buyout of Yelp is dead--or at least on hold--which start-ups will Google try to take to the altar next? Peter Kafka at AllThingsD writes that Google is currently on a buying spree. The company has announced six acquisitions since August for a total of $1 billion, not including its unsuccessful play for Yelp. Kafka says that two kinds of star-ups might be attractive to Google over the next few months: Those that are unsuccessful (and therefore cheap) but full of smart people and those that are "a market leader in a market [Google] hasn't solved yet." Meanwhile, Kara Swisher looks at the types of companies that Google's rival Microsoft might try to acquire.
The social media innovation of the decade. Kittens, babies, and Lady Gaga fans, rejoice! It's YouTube. That's according to Mashable. Bypassing the likes of Facebook and Twitter, the article says the online video site won because of the outsized effect it had on Internet celebrity, online media, and citizen journalism, which was most vividly seen in the video footage of the Iranian protests earlier this year. "YouTube is the innovation that touched the most lives," Mashable says. "[It] became a driving force for change around the world."
An incubator is born. A fad that was popular during the 1990s--the start-up incubator-- may be making a comeback. The New York Times reports on how a handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are banding together to create a new incubator, the Start Project. The incubator will get half a million dollars per year from Polaris Venture Partners in exchange for first investing rights. Josh Felser, one of the founders, says flexibility will be key to the Start Project's success. "There is no shortage of ideas or good C.E.O.'s," he tells the Times. "It's now about execution and not being too attached to any one particular idea if it is not working out."
Start-up brings in $1 million a month from iPhone. We've told you all about the problems with Apple's iPhone and the App Store--namely that Apple makes it hard for entrepreneurs to sell their apps--but many companies are doing just fine under the thumb of Steve Jobs. Reuters reports that Tapulous, a 20 person company that makes a music game for the iPhone that resembles a scaled down version of Guitar Hero, is making $1 million a month. Reuters says this provides "fresh evidence of the growing success of start-ups designing programs for Apple Inc's mobile device." (Via Hacker News).