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Written by 9rules Blog on November 23, 2014
Smartphones have become a part of everyday life and some smartphone owners see the devices as extensions of themselves. As these devices become more prevalent and filled with so many features, it is no wonder why they are so popular. According to this article on the Times Dispatch website, marketing firms have conducted research into just what people are doing on their smartphones. The surprising results will have considerable effects on the way marketing is done in 2015.
Email is the number one activity that people do on their smartphones. Work email and personal email are both performed as people are tied to work on a nearly 24/7 basis. Email is still popular even with the advent of texting. Email is a leading way that marketers reach consumers on smartphones. (more…)
Written by 9rules Blog on November 13, 2014
Every year, The Princeton Review collaborates with Entrepreneur magazine to compile various lists of top schools. Sometimes they consider the overall top universities in the world; at other times the focus is on schools in a particular region.
Occasionally the survey covers specific programs and courses of study. The most recent list falls into the latter category: It ranked the top 25 entrepreneurial programs for undergraduates, as well as the top 25 entrepreneurial programs for graduates.
Top undergraduate programs for entrepreneurs
According to The Princeton Review, the survey studied more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate business schools and included questions in three major areas. “Schools that ranked high demonstrated a commitment to entrepreneurship both inside and outside the classroom and had faculty, students and alumni actively involved and successful in entrepreneurial endeavors,” according the website.
The number-one undergraduate entrepreneur program was said to be at tiny Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts. Started in 1999, the program has 2,106 students and offers an incredible 55 entrepreneurship-related courses. As a result of the school’s investment in entrepreneurial training, graduates have started 118 new companies over the past five years alone.
Coming in second is the University of Houston, which first started offering an entrepreneurship major in 1995. Considerably smaller than Babson, it offers 31 entrepreneur-related courses and has a reported enrollment of 1,306 students. Over the past five years, the University of Houston’s graduates have started 66 companies and raised more than $7.2 million in funding.
Holding down the third spot is another Texas school, Baylor University. Its program is more than 35 years old, offers 29 courses related to entrepreneurship, and has 2,112 students. Its graduates have started 200 companies in the past five years.
Rounding out the top ten are Brigham Young University, the University of Oklahoma, Syracuse University, Northeastern University, the University of Southern California, Baruch College, and Miami University.
Top graduate entrepreneurship programs
As mentioned, the survey also rated the best graduate programs for entrepreneurs and found a familiar name on top: Harvard University. Founded in 1947, the business school at Harvard has 95% of its students enrolled in entrepreneurship-related courses.
Over the past five years, graduates of the program have started 182 companies, and raised a staggering $1.2 billion along the way.
Coming in second is Babson College again, which offers 79 courses to students. Graduates have started 181 companies over the past five years.
Third place goes to the University of Michigan, which is nearing a century of offering courses designed for aspiring entrepreneurs. All the graduate business students are currently taking these courses, and past graduates have started 106 companies over the past five years.
Rice University secured in fourth place. Its graduates have started 22 companies over the past five years, and raised more than $27.7 million along the way.
Even more impressive is the fact that 100 percent of the graduate entrepreneurship faculty have started, bought, or run a successful business in the course of their careers.
Fifth place belongs to Stanford University, who has an impressive list of past graduates and 44 individual mentors who work with students through an official sponsorship program. The top ten consists of Northwestern University, Brigham Young University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia.
The post-graduate job search
While students who complete these well-renowned programs rarely have difficulty finding a job after graduation, the same can’t be said for every job-seeker and industry. The good news is there are plenty of tools available to help people find jobs that match their qualifications.
Consider using a recruitment specialist or job search website to keep an eye out for positions in the IT and business fields. The job search can be competitive, and it’s important to have resources like these at your disposal.
Written by Elvis Michael on November 5, 2014
For one reason or another, many people view social media strictly as a form of entertainment. We post casual status updates and regularly share quotes, images and videos that are primarily trendy in nature.
However, social media is composed of many shades, one of them being its charitable aspect. Many new and prominent charities have acknowledged and embraced social networks for a variety of reasons, all of which amount to their continuous growth and end-goal.
First and foremost, charities are taking advantage of such channels to raise awareness about their causes. After all, individuals from all walks of life regularly spend time on these outlets or at least know of someone who is actively engaged. Simply put, every person is a potential new employee or volunteer for charitable organizations.
Additionally, charities are well-aware that social networks provide rich communication capabilities not only locally, but all across the world. This effectively allows organizations to connect with people that would normally be beyond their reach. This alone makes a powerful impact on the success of any given charity.
Aside from reaching people directly, social networks have made advocacy a lot stronger and more effective. As people become aware of an organization’s mission, they often share and spread the word with fellow friends and families who may also be interested in the subject matter at hand. More importantly, a charity’s overall reputation and credibility enhances through the combined power of social proof.
Regardless of a charity’s size or mission, social media can help existing and even past issues through the raise of awareness. A prime example is the now-defunct Asian Women’s Fund, which offered monetary compensation and emotional comfort to many Asian victims of sexual abuse during World War II.
It is evident that social networks have made a powerful impact on the way charities operate and communicate with people all over the world. Supporters are using these for the immediacy these outlets provide, and also as a way to stay in touch with the latest news regarding their own properties.
Written by 9rules Blog on September 15, 2014
Technology has impacted our lives in ways more significant than making communication easier and more enjoyable. The health technology sector, in particular, has saved many lives, perhaps changing even more in positive ways. In the recently concluded Apple keynote, for example, the iOS 8 HealthKit highlights the integration of technology in our lives to improve health and well-being.
But Apple is not the only tech company jumping into the health business, with FitBit and other fitness gadgets being popular these days. More importantly, however, are the advances being made in organ transplants, which have saved countless lives. (more…)