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Pure Storage Recognized as Top Workplace by San Francisco Business Times for Third Consecutive

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Pure Storage Recognized as Top Workplace by San Francisco Business Times for Third Consecutive Year

All-Flash Enterprise Storage Company Ranks #2 Among Bay Area Companies with 101-500 Employees on Annual Best Places to Work List

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 25, 2014 — Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage company, today announced that it has been named to the San Francisco Business Times’ annual list of Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for a third consecutive year. The company ranked #2 in the medium-sized company category (101-500 employees), and received high marks for its meritocratic work environment, diverse and talented workforce, and thriving company culture.

The 11th annual Best Places to Work in the Bay Area awards were presented by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal at a ceremony on April 17, 2014. Each year, the publications compile the annual list based on employee surveys that measure worker satisfaction across several areas, including personal growth, workplace environment and managerial effectiveness.

“Spontaneous fun” tops the list of employees’ favorite things about office life at Pure Storage. From impromptu Nerf Bazooka fights, to company-wide in-office bungee races, the “Puritans” enjoy a truly ‘work-hard, play-hard’ culture. The company’s smart, dedicated team and hands-on, “in the trenches” executive leadership were also highlighted by employees as being key to what makes working at Pure Storage special.

“It is an honor to again be recognized as one of the Bay Area’s top workplaces by the SF Business Times, and we are immensely grateful to our employees for their enthusiasm and support,” said Scott Dietzen, CEO of Pure Storage. “Ultimately, it’s the people and culture at Pure Storage that make our company great. We’re proud to offer a work environment where trailblazers, innovators and disruptors thrive. We look forward to adding more exceptional people to our ranks in 2014—in the Bay Area, and beyond—as we continue to aggressively scale our operations around the globe.”

Pure Storage was founded in 2009, with a vision to transform the enterprise storage industry. Since emerging from stealth in 2011, it has achieved unprecedented growth, expanding rapidly to meet global demand for its next generation, all-flash enterprise storage array. Even as it scales to support massive global growth, the company remains committed to preserving the culture, ethics and values it was founded on. To learn more about career opportunities at Pure Storage, visit: http://www.purestorage.com/company/jobs.html.

To see a complete list of the San Francisco Business Times’ 2014 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area honorees, visit:http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/feature/best-places-to-work-2014/ .

About Pure Storage

Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage company, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. When compared to traditional disk-centric arrays, Pure Storage all-flash enterprise arrays are 10x faster and 10x more space and power efficient at a price point that is less than performance disk per gigabyte stored. The Pure Storage FlashArray is ideal for high performance workloads, including server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), database (OLTP, real-time analytics) and cloud computing. For more information, visit www.purestorage.com .

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The Pure Storage and P logo marks, Purity Operating Environment and RAID-3D are trademarks of Pure Storage, Inc. All other trademarks or names referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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11 Top Profitable Business Ideas for 2016 #business #phone #service

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Most articles offering advice regarding profitable business ideas include lists of startup ideas like becoming a personal shopper, a consultant, a pet sitter, a virtual assistant, an interior designer.

This is not that kind of article.

Let’s go in a different direction. Here are my favorite ideas–ones you can still easily do this year, even though we’re well into 2016–that can save time, save money, and streamline your professional and personal life.

The goal is to do less, so you can achieve more:

1. Downsize your to-do list.

A to-do list with 20 or 30 items is not just daunting–it’s depressing. Why start when there’s no way you can finish?

Try this instead. First create a wish list: Use it to write down all the ideas, projects, tasks, etc. that occur to you. Make it your “would like to do” list.

Then pick three or four items off that list that will make the most difference. Pick the easiest tasks to accomplish, or the ones with the biggest payoff, or the ones that will eliminate the most pain.

Make that your to-do list. And then get it done.

Then go back and pick three or four more.

2. Get rid of one “permission.”

You probably don’t think of it this way, but everything you do “trains” the people around you how to treat you. Let employees interrupt your meetings or phone calls because of “emergencies” and they’ll feel free to interrupt you any time. Drop what you’re doing every time someone calls and they’ll always expect immediate attention. Return emails immediately and people will always expect an immediate response.

In short, your actions give other people permission to keep you from working the way you work best.

A friend set up an “emergency” email account; he responds to those immediately. Otherwise, his employees know he only checks his “standard” email a couple times a day and they act accordingly.

Figure out how you work best and “train” the people around you to let you be as productive as you possibly can be.

3. Eliminate one report.

You’re not reading most of them anyway. And neither are your employees.

4. Eliminate one sign-off.

I worked at a manufacturing plant where supervisors had to sign off on quality before a job could be run. Seemed strange to me–we trusted the operators to ensure jobs met standards throughout the run, so why couldn’t we trust them to know if a job met quality standards before they started running?

You probably have at least one sign-off in place because, somewhere along the way, an employee made a major error, and you don’t want the same mistake to happen again. But in the process, you’ve reduced the amount of responsibility your employees feel for their own work, because you’ve inserted your authority into the process.

Train, explain, trust–and remove yourself from processes where you don’t belong. (The same premise works at home, too.)

5. Fire your worst customer (or worst employee ).

You know the one: the high maintenance, low revenue, nonexistent-profits one.

Start charging more, or providing less. If that’s not possible, fire that customer.

6. Eliminate one expense.

Right now, you’re spending money on something you don’t use, don’t need, or don’t want. But since you buy it. you feel you have to use it. I subscribed to a number of magazines (because subscribing is really cheap compared to buying at the newsstand).

Great–but then the magazines show up. Then I have to read them. If I don’t, they sit around making me feel guilty.

So I dropped three or four. I don’t miss them.

Often the biggest savings in cutting an expense isn’t the actual cost; it’s the time involved in doing or maintaining or consuming whatever the expense represents.

Pick one expense you can eliminate that will also free up time and effort. Your bottom line and your workday will thank you for it.

7. Drop one personal commitment.

We all do things simply because we feel we should. Maybe you volunteer because a friend asked you to, but you feel no real connection to the cause you support. Maybe you have a weekly lunch with some old friends but it feels more like a chore than a treat. Or maybe you keep trying to learn French just because once you started you didn’t want to feel like a quitter.

Think about one thing you do out of habit, or because you think you’re supposed to, or simply because you don’t know how to get out of it–and then get out of it. The momentary pain–or, in some cases, confrontation–of stepping down, dropping out, or letting go will be replaced quickly by a huge sense relief.

Then you can use that time to do something you feel has real meaning.

Or just take a break.

8. Optimize your lunch.

You already make enough decisions. What to have for lunch shouldn’t be one of them.

Pack tuna and a small salad. Pick something healthy, something simple, even something you can eat at your desk. Save the decision making for what’s really important.

As a bonus, you’ll lose a little weight and feel a little better.

9. Carve out consistent time to sit and think.

Most small-business owners spend a lot more time reacting–to employee issues, customer requests, market conditions, etc.–than they do reflecting.

Eliminate 20 or 30 minutes of reacting time by creating a little quiet time. Close your door and think. Better yet, go for a walk. Exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does; walking just 40 minutes three days a week builds new brain cells and improves memory functions.

And don’t worry that something bad will happen while you’re gone–most of the time the issues you “avoid” will solve themselves.

10. Remove one willpower drain.

We all have a finite supply of willpower. Resisting temptation creates stress and eventually exhaustion.

And then you give in.

But if you don’t have to exercise willpower, you don’t drain your energy. Say you keep a bowl of candy for customers at the front desk. Every time you walk by you’re tempted to grab a piece, but you stand firm. Resisting tires you out, though, and in time you’ll be more susceptible to the candy’s charms.

Get rid of the candy altogether. Then you don’t have to use any willpower at all. Pick something you have to resist–food, wasting time, Web browsing, checking social-media accounts–and eliminate the temptation.

Discipline depletes. Discipline is exhausting. Stay fresh by removing the need for discipline altogether.

11. Remove one category of decisions.

Instead of making serial decisions, try making just one: Decide who will decide.

Say you regularly need to decide whether to expedite shipping due to work-in-progress delays. Instead of being the go-to decision maker, pick someone in the organization who will make those decisions. Provide guidance, parameters, and advice, and turn that person loose. Then, check in periodically to see if they need more direction. That way, you get to spend time figuring out how to eliminate the delays instead of dealing with the repercussions.

Almost every decision you currently make can be taken over by people you trust. How will you learn to trust them?

Teach, train, guide, verify–and in time you will give your employees the authority and responsibility they not only earn, but deserve.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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LBS at Harvard Business School – Lauder Business School #business #consultant

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LBS at Harvard Business School

LBS Faculty Members Participate at the MOC Faculty Meeting Under the Auspices of Harvard University Professor Michael E. Porter

Professor Michael E. Porter, one of the world’s leading business scholars, welcomed LBS as a ‘rookie’ to the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) affiliate network. The MOC network includes more than 100 major business schools from 65 countries across the globe. Based at Professor Porter’s Institute of Strategy Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, the network promotes scholarship, research and capacity building on some of the key concepts of Michael Porter’s groundbreaking scholarship: strategy, competitiveness of firms and nations, economic prosperity, and the significance of clusters.

LBS master students will see immediate benefit from the school’s participation in the MOC network. Every IML and BFC student will explore the impactful ideas of MOC, in courses taught by experienced MOC scholars and LBS faculty members Professor Pablo Collazzo and Professor Christopher Kummer. These intense courses are designed on the highly engaging case teaching method developed at Harvard Business School.

LBS furthermore envisages to set up an Institute for Competitiveness on the school’s premises to bring together international experts and local decision-makers from the business and public sector.

In December 2014 LBS faculty members as well as Head of International Relations Professor Elisabeth Kübler take part in the annual MOC faculty meeting at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting encompasses inspiring lectures by Professor Porter and global leaders who put the idea of competitiveness into business and policy practice.

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Business Credit Cards – All The Best Company Credit Cards #business #lookup

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Credit cards for business use feature a host of benefits including travel insurance, cashback, free additional cardholders, 0% on purchases and itemised billing.

Business credit card guide

What is a business credit card?

A business credit card is simply a credit card that is issued to a limited company or sole trader, as opposed to an individual consumer. It can be used as a way of facilitating staff spending, helping cash flow or even to temporarily finance operations.

How do business credit cards work?

Business credit cards work much like conventional credit cards in that borrowers will be given a credit limit and the balance can be paid off over time, subject to a minimum amount being paid each month.

You can also choose how many credit cards you want on your account depending how many staff you have or how many staff members you want to issue a card to.

Just like a personal credit card, a better business credit score will usually net you a better interest rate or other benefits such as interest-free periods, reward points or cashback.

But it s worth noting that business credit card providers may also check your personal credit score which can also affect the outcome of any applications.

What types of business credit card are available?

As with personal credit cards, there are numerous types of business credit card available, each with different perks and interest rates.

For example, there are cards available with interest-free periods on purchases, which are a great way to manage cash flow if money is tight; while cards that offer rewards points or cashback are ideal you use it regularly.

Remember though, for a cashback deal to be worthwhile, you must ensure that you pay the balance off in full at the end of each month. Don t fall foul of the interest charges which can typically vary from between a representative annual percentage rate (APR) of 16% (variable) and 26% (variable).

Other common incentives include; free travel cover, free purchase protection and the facility to add additional card holders free of charge.

What are the advantages of business credit cards?

Business credit cards offer a convenient way to pay for goods or services and can be used when placing orders over the phone or online. There is also the added convenience of allowing staff to buy work related items without having to submit an expenses form.

In addition, you can use the card to monitor expenditure and specify a different credit limit for each employee that carries a card. And giving members of staff a company credit card will be seen by them as a mark of trust which is great as long as they don t abuse it!

If used correctly, business credit cards are also a great way to build your businesses credit profile and, provided you pay off the balance at the end of each month, you will have access to interest free spending every month.

Why use MoneySupermarket to compare business credit cards?

As with any financial product, when looking for a business credit card it s important to compare the different products out there to make sure that you get the right one to suit your needs.

For instance, if you regularly spend on your card and clear the balance at the end of each month, then a rewards or cashback card would be more beneficial to you than a card with an interest-free period on purchases.

Or if you are using the card to make a large purchase that you will not have paid off by time any interest-free periods end then you may be better going for a card with a lower standard rate.

And MoneySupermarket s business card comparison tool will instantly compare a range of business credit cards so you can make an informed decision on which card is right for you and your business.

In addition, if you use the Smart Search tool, this will look for which products are best suited to you and rate your chance of acceptance so you don t have to risk getting rejected for credit and it won t leave a footprint on your credit file.

Your personalised chance of approval

We’ve taken the details you gave, and used them to show you personalised scores to tell you the chance that your application for each card would be successful.

Why is this important?

Every time you apply for a credit card, a mark is left on your credit score. That means it’s better get it right first time. Your scores help you understand which cards you have the strongest chance of getting.

It’s easy!

The higher the score, the stronger chance you have of getting the card. If you see a very low score, you’re probably better off choosing a different card.

Consider a different card Not eligible 1/10 2/10 3/10 4/10 5/10 Your chances are good 6/10 7/10 8/10 9/10 9.5/10 You’ve been pre approved

If you see a high score, you can be fairly confident. The scores aren’t a guarantee, as acceptance of your application is at the sole discretion of the card issuer, but they should help guide your choice.

If you see a pre-approved score it may be subject to you passing additional ID and fraud checks by the provider.

In some cases, we will not be able to display a score for a product because we do not have enough information about the card issuer s acceptance criteria or we have not been able to match your details at the credit bureau.

We work closely with our partners to improve our eligibility scores for all products that are of interest to you.

We’re free and independent, as well as offering exclusive deals you can’t get anywhere else.

Moneysupermarket is a credit broker this means we ll show you products offered by lenders. We never take a fee from customers for this broking service. Instead we are usually paid a fee by the lenders though the size of that payment doesn t affect how we show products to customers.

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KPMG Small Business Accounting #doing #business #as

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“Our dedicated small business accountant responds to queries within the day, usually within the hour. He’s my go-to person for anything I need at KPMG.”

Jason Ku, Founding Partner CEO, JKU Associates

“I’m amazed at the investment and dedication KPMG has demonstrated since we began our partnership and there’s an implicit trust in place when you work with one of the Big Four.”

James Roy Poulter. Founder, Pronto

“I’m getting the service from KPMG at a local accountants’ price… but it’s another tick in the box having one of the Big Four doing our books.”

Steve Renwick. Founder CEO, Satago

I like the fact I have my own dedicated KPMG accountant, and how quickly she has picked up our model. She’s friendly but professional. If I were to rate her, I’d give her five out of five.

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Business First Healthiest Employer Award #business #registration

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Business First Healthiest Employer Award

The University of Louisville was chosen as the 2010 Healthiest Employer in the 5,000-employee-plus category of Business First’s inaugural Greater Louisville’s Healthiest Employers awards program. The winners in each of the five categories were announced at a luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 in the Cascade Ballroom at the Louisville International Convention Center. A special publication profiling the finalists was included in the Nov. 19 issue of Business First.

Additional Media recognition:

Health Fitness Corporation’s monthly newsletter, HealthWire: December 2010 edition

Excerpt From UofL Today

Business First awards UofL as healthiest employer

by UofL Today — l Nov 18, 2010

The University of Louisville is the healthiest employer in Louisville of companies with 5,000 or more employees.

Get Healthy Now director Patricia Benson accepted the Business First award at a Nov. 18 luncheon at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The luncheon, said Business First publisher Tom Monahan, not only paid tribute to the 15 award finalists (three in each of five categories by business size), but it also was a way to help employers learn from each other how to create healthy workplaces.

As he presented the awards, he asked each employer’s representative a question related to an aspect of his or her company’s program.

Noting that UofL’s five-year-old Get Healthy Now program has a 70 percent participation rate among faculty and staff and that the number of insurance claims among participants is significantly lower than that among non-participants, Monahan asked Benson to explain the program’s success.

Get Healthy Now is successful, she said, because of the support it has received since its beginning from President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz. She also explained that Get Healthy Now’s staff continually solicits feedback from its members on program components and works to tailor the program to their needs and wants.

“It’s the employees’ program,” she said.

Business First started the Healthiest Employer award this year and asked companies to complete a 75-question survey designed to measure six core areas of wellness:

  • cultural and leadership commitment;
  • foundation components;
  • strategic planning;
  • communications and marketing;
  • programming and intervention;
  • and reporting and analysis.

Healthiest Employer LLC, in Indianapolis, developed the survey and scored the Louisville ones to determine the winners.

Each of the finalists is featured in the publication “Healthiest Employers of Greater Louisville” that will be part of the Nov. 19 Business First paper.

Besides UofL, the other two finalists in the 5,000-plus employees category were GE Appliances and Lighting and Norton Healthcare Inc.

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Business Card Design Jpg #start #your #own #business #ideas

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50 Best Business Apps #home #business #opportunities

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The Business App 50: The Best Apps To Help You Do Your Job


Chances are, by now you have a smartphone and maybe a tablet, and you never leave home without one or both of them.

These devices have transformed our daily lives. While much attention is given to the coolest consumer apps, mobile apps that help you do your job better are arguably even more important.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a collection of apps that can help you be a rock star at work.

We curated this list by polling coworkers, researching the recommendations of other tech publications, and sifting through ratings on the major app stores.

Jump to the apps in the following categories:

Business productivity. Apps that help you work faster, better, smarter.

Business social networking. Stay connected to colleagues and coworkers.

Business travel/entertainment. Help for business trips and meeting.

Calendar/To-Do. Keep your projects organized.

Job hunting. Find your next, great gig.

Communication. Talk, text, meet, connect.

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Find the best Business lawyers near you #better #business #bureau

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Business lawyers

What a Business lawyer can do for you

A business lawyer will advise you on many different aspects relating to business, such as regulation compliance, business incorporation, and legal liability. The sooner you retain a business attorney, the better. Your lawyer will make sure that you set up your business properly, create contracts for you, make sure you re hiring legal workers, file patents, buy and sell businesses, and more.

Practice areas related to Business

Why hire a Business attorney

If you want to start, manage, transfer, or exit a business, you may benefit from a business attorney’s services. Business attorneys have experience with many different industries and professional fields. If you are considering bankruptcy relief for your business, a business lawyer will also have the knowledge necessary to help you navigate your options for your business debt. Depending on your business and activities, you may need one or more type of business attorney.

The Avvo advantage

Avvo gives you all the information you need to find the right lawyer.

  • 50 states
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Business Credit Rating and Business Credit Services from Experian #doing #business #as

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Experian s business credit services help small business owners protect and grow their business. Stay informed regarding your business credit file and learn your business credit rating so you can obtain the credit and funding you need. Plus, easily find business credit reports on your suppliers, partners or customers from our database of more than 27 million active U.S. businesses.

Learn why and how to establish business credit separate from your personal credit. Build and control your credit scores so that you can acquire the credit you need. Find out how your small business looks to potential creditors.

Avoid taking on a bad credit risk when contracting with another business. Experian gives you the framework you need to make complicated business decisions. Whether you need to verify that a new business exists or obtain a detailed payment history, we can help you determine whether to do business with a company.

Immediately run a credit check on any company, including your own. Make low or high-risk credit assessments with confidence. Choose the reports that you need to do what’s right for your small business. With Experian’s database of over 27 million active U.S. businesses, you’ll get company research reports on your suppliers or customers.

Understand your business credit report and score. Here we explain how suppliers, lenders and even customers use your credit report to assess your business. You ll find out why your credit score fluctuates, how long data remains on your report and why you need to separate your business credit from your personal credit.

Empower yourself to make the right business decisions.

  • Evaluate prospective suppliers, business customers and partners
  • Monitor your business relationships
  • Collect on outstanding debt

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