A clutch of billion-dollar startups are bent on acquiring talent and tech they don't want to build from scratch. Fast Company asked both a buyer (Salesforce) and a seller (Wibiya, bought by Conduit) to share some best practices for acquiring, merging, and becoming more profitable (and happier) than ever.
[This is a guest post by Eric Ryan, co-founder of Method, the sustainable cleaning products company which isn't to be confused with Method, the branding agency and frequent Co.Design contributor. — Ed.]
After ten years in business and hundreds of innovations, we can still confidently say that our proudest achievement at method remains our first: launching a company with a social mission to do good in the world. It was the right thing to do for society and the planet, and we’ve proven that it’s the right thing to do for the bottom line too.
A mission specialist on the space shuttle Atlantis announced this week that he will use Twitter from space during the shuttle's next mission in May.
If you're wondering whether NASA has some kind of built-in tweet software on the space shuttle, well, it doesn't. The agency's engineers are going to have to figure out a way for the astronaut, Mike Massimino, to transmit his 140-character updates while out in the ether.
Imagine this. You step on to the elevator. The doors are closing. All
of a sudden, the leading pioneer in your field or the CEO of a Fortune
100 company steps on the elevator and pushes the button to the top
floor. The opportunity of a lifetime has just presented itself. Your
mind is racing, you have 30 sec. to sell yourself and present your
brand. What do you say? You may be thinking, ‘I can’t possibly compress
my life into 30 sec. My resume is 2 pages, I’ve accomplished so much,
I’m very valuable, I need more time’… If that is what you are thinking,
I submit to you this.