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The Deceptive Ease of the Startup Process

Born-in-the-cloud companies delivering digital services often fall short in a critical area. Because so many critical barriers to entry to creating an as-a-service company have been eliminated, there has been a mad rush to the as-a-service model on the part of many startups, some of which have become quite successful. The biggest problem that exists is a growing misconception on the part of born-in-the-cloud startups, that creating the infrastructure to a company is equivalent to creating the company. One can, conceivably, create an app, build a website and populate it with content, and add in an e-commerce component and a…

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Cloud Logistics redefines logistics with TMS featuring rapid deployment and low learning curve

To delve into the issues and considerations of how transportation management software integrates with cloud and mobility, we spoke with David Landau, executive vice president at Cloud Logistics. His responsibilities include sales and marketing leadership and business development strategy. Prior to joining Cloud Logistics, David spent 19 years at Manhattan Associates including in leadership positions in product management, marketing, sales, and research and development. He is a frequent speaker at supply chain events and is regularly quoted on industry-specific topics. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke University. The limitations and constraints companies have…


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Tech Recruiter Says New York Startups Poised to Compete with Silicon Valley

New York startups, built largely on the city’s foundations in advertising, finance, media, and fashion, are the new smart bets for both investors and prospective employees, according to NIAH Recruiting founder Tatiana Becker. Becker specializes in recruiting top talent for New York’s most innovative startups, and has placed top talent in many emerging tech firms. Prior to launching NIAH, she held key recruiting positions that helped launch the growth of New York’s best startup success stories, including Etsy and AppNexus. “When I first moved here five years ago, it was hard to get someone to move to New York for tech….


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Critical Infrastructure: Securing the Power Grid

Although it didn’t quite fit the FBI’s criteria for terrorism, a mysterious nighttime attack on an important Northern California substation two years ago was a wakeup call for the electric power industry. Someone using wire cutters and a rifle caused $15 million in damage and forced the substation out of service for nearly a month. Since this happened in the middle of the night when power demand was low, no homes or businesses were blacked out, but the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the time characterized it as “the most significant incident” involving the power grid that…


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Can Modern Jetliners Be Hacked?

Is it possible for hackers to break into the control systems of airliners in flight? Aviation experts are skeptical, but APTN reports that one hacker claims to have done that. If there is any truth to the story, it raises significant implications even beyond the memories of what occurred on 9/11. A U.S. federal court document posted by APTN indicates that the FBI has seized computer equipment owned by outspoken hacker Chris Roberts, and filed for a search warrant to examine the devices. Is Roberts seeking publicity?  No doubt. How vulnerable are the flight systems on commercial airliners? APTN says…


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Why modern manufacturing still runs like a ’57 jalopy

Management accounting isn’t the sexiest field of study in the world, and probably most accountants don’t ride Harley Davidson motorcycles, they don’t go skydiving and they don’t like to do things differently. But a revolution is brewing in the world of management accounting that is making businesses take a fresh look at how they figure out how much money they’re making. The surprising fact is that they’ve been doing it wrong all these years. Typically, accounting principles measure profitability at a very detailed “margin per unit” level. And while correct, it’s not completely correct and surprisingly, it doesn’t take into…