This is a slightly edited version of a story to be carried in tomorrow’s Merc It sounds like a 1999 dot-com spin: If you’re lucky, you’ll enter a few business cards on the site of San Mateo start-up www.jigsaw.com, and get some cash back. Jigsaw is launching a platform where users can buy, sell and trade business cards. You can only make money, though, if other people think your contacts are worth something. So getting rich off Jigsaw is a longshot. It’s just the latest in a wave of companies following eBay’s model, seeking to have users do all the work. InnerSell, of San Francisco, is another start-up, founded this year, doing something similar (and backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson). Venture capitalists appear to believe him. Fowler raised $750,000 seed money in December 2003 from Menlo Park’s El Dorado Ventures. And when Fowler started looking for his next round of money in July, Palo Alto’s Norwest Venture Partners signed a check … [Read more...] about Jigsaw: Give us your business cards, earn extra cash
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AOL Time Warner is working overtime to ensure that the next version of its online software will ship this autumn with almost every new PC running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. Such placement could help the company more easily move its customers to the newer version of its software and combat the prominent placement of Microsoft's rival MSN service, analysts say. AOL's aggressive efforts have sparked a war of words in the already contentious relationship between AOL and Microsoft executives. The media titan's America Online division claims more than 30 million subscribers. The deals with PC makers would ensure prominent placement for AOL 7, the upcoming version of its software, on both the desktop and the Start menu of Windows XP, said sources within the company. Microsoft's rival MSN online service boasts 6.5 million subscribers. Top computer makers are negotiating about where AOL's software would be placed on or accessed from Windows XP, according to sources close to … [Read more...] about AOL gobbles up Win XP real estate
As security chief for one of the nation’s largest financial-services firm, Don Davis, Global Head of Security, Safety and Real Estate at Visa Inc., is responsible daily for securing assets and personnel all over the world.Visa’s Global Security department is newly centralized in two principal locations in the U.S. With an average of 250 travelers per week, over 40 properties worldwide, and ongoing sponsorship of major events like the Olympics, FIFA, and the Super Bowl, efficiently managing security and safety is a daily test for Visa Security.Davis recently took time to speak to CSO about Visa’s Global Security and Safety program.Tell me about Visa Global Security. What challenges does it face and how big is it operationally?I would describe our mandate as really four major pieces each of which has challenges:1. Protecting people, information and the facility in office settings across 78 locations in 38 countries.This phase, along with the second, have many of … [Read more...] about Q&A with Visa’s Don Davis, Global Head of Security, Safety and Real Estate
Your business card is often your first introduction to potential clients and associates. It's a primary marketing tool for many small businesses. Finding a printer that does a great job will be important as your marketing and printing needs grow. This guide will help you find the best printer for your business needs. Here are some guidelines for designing and ordering an effective business card. "You have to consider the audience," said Alfred Poor, founder of the Center for Small Business, a small business consulting firm. "A B2B card is going to be very different from a card you're going to use with consumers. A card for art is going to be very different from one for something legal." As with any marketing campaign, before you embark on designing and ordering your business cards, consider the following questions: Are your customers primarily consumers or businesses? Do you offer services or products? Who is the person you need to attract? What do you … [Read more...] about Designing and Printing Your Business Card: How to Do It Right
Here's a phone that's so big it's practically a tablet. The Hisense X1 really blurs the line between smartphone and tablet, with an eye-popping 6.8-inch display. Compared to the X1, even massive 6-inch phones such as the Nokia Lumia 1320 look puny. In fact, the X1 is just 0.2 inches shy of small tablets such as Google's flagship Nexus 7. With this much extra screen real-estate, business users will have plenty of room to complete real productivity tasks such as viewing and editing documents and spreadsheets, especially when the device is paired with a Bluetooth keyboard. And the large screen could make everyday tasks such browsing the Web and checking email much more comfortable. More than any smartphone currently on the market, the X1 is a handset that's big enough to handle real work. Under the hood, the phone packs a 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM for speedy multitasking. It boasts 16GB of internal storage, which can be upped to 32GB via a MicroSD card slot. … [Read more...] about Hisense X1: The Biggest Business Phone Ever
Lenovo's ThinkPad L460 was built for small businesses aiming to get the most bang for their buck. The 14-inch system provides solid performance, along with business-class security and durability, all at a price you can actually afford, starting at just $692. The system also provides a top-notch keyboard and very good battery life, making it an ideal work companion in and out of the office — as long you don't mind its relatively bulky design. The ThinkPad L460 isn't exactly heavy, weighing in at 4.4 lbs. On the other hand, it's about a half pound heftier, and slightly thicker, than the more premium ThinkPad T460. Other competing systems are even more portable, including the 3.13-lb. Dell Latitude E7470. The ThinkPad L460 is definitely light enough to carry while on your daily commute, though you're sure to notice the machine in your workbag. The ThinkPad L460 is just as durable and secure as the pricier ThinkPad models. Lenovo says the system was designed to meet … [Read more...] about Lenovo ThinkPad L460 Review: Is It Good for Business?
Samsung hopes the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ will put the dubious history of the Galaxy S7 behind it. And it may just pull it off. This Android smartphone is a good looking device, but it’s also pretty smart. It may just be the next essential business tool for your company. The unlocked S8 is available on Amazon and Best Buy, and the same goes for the unlocked S8 Plus. The curved front of the Galaxy S8 is stunning. The S8 measures 5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches and weighs 5.5 ounces, and the S8+ is 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and weighs 6.1 ounces. That makes both devices a bit taller and thinner than the S7 and the S7+. Perhaps most useful is that the design is both water and dust resistant. It comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver.A virtual home button replaces the previous physical button, and it provides a bit of haptic feedback so you know your input has registered. We wish the company hadn’t moved the fingerprint reader to the backside, … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S8: Best Business Features
Credit: Chris PrickettA business card is often the first thing a prospective business contact or client will see. Make sure they don’t see a “Joker.” Here are a half-dozen things you need to know. TMIYour card should convey who you are, what you do, and how to reach you. Everything else is just fluff and distracting fluff at that. After your name and company, one or two phone numbers, an email address and a website are just fine. Your card is serves as an introduction, does the contact really need your address, fax number and a list of services offered? Maybe, maybe not, but a cluttered card doesn’t make a good first impression. Better to leave them wanting more, that may just give them a reason to call… Tiny TextWhen I hit my 48th birthday, my eyesight started going, and teensey-weensy text became unreadable and quite annoying. The recipient of your business card should be able to read your name and number without the need for binoculars or laser eye … [Read more...] about Card Tricks: How to Deal Ideal Business Cards
Editor's Note: Microsoft recently announced the release of the Surface Book 2, which comes with a new 15-inch screen and improved specs. It starts at $1,499 and will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. We have not tested or reviewed the Surface Book 2 yet, but when we do we will report our findings. When it launched in 2015, Microsoft's Surface Book was easily the most versatile machine for creative professionals on the market. No competitor could come close to matching its combination of a flexible 2-in-1 design, detachable display, top-notch pen support and sheer graphical power. And now this Swiss Army knife of a laptop has gotten a big upgrade, making it an even more impressive mobile studio – albeit a pricey one. The refreshed Surface Book offers twice the graphics capabilities of last year’s model, thanks to the included “Performance Base” keyboard dock that houses a beefed-up GPU. But while the system earns high marks for its versatility, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Review: Is It Good for Business?
In 2005, I enrolled in law school with big dreams about working in international law, changing global policy and making an impact on international immigration and human rights issues. However, I graduated in 2008 — the year of the worst economic recession this country has faced since the Great Depression. To say employment opportunities at that time were few and far between is a complete understatement. I had a decision to make: give up on my dreams or take another path on my journey. I decided on the latter. I went back to school to get my Masters in Law in Real Estate Development, and I also got my real estate license. I got my first glimpse into the Investment Immigration industry while attending a real estate seminar in 2011. The guest speaker, also an attorney, pitched the U.S. EB-5 Investment Immigration Program, which allows foreign investors to obtain a green card and a path to U.S. citizenship by investing in U.S. projects. As a first-generation … [Read more...] about Finding My Path: Why I Moved to the UAE to Start My Investment Immigration Business