Wensing, M.

Things I'm learning about business and life through the act of starting a startup.

April 16, 2014 at 10:14am

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Wal-Mart “same store sales were down for the first two weeks of February thanks to “continued severe winter storms.

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Wal-Mart Lowers Outlook As Profit And Same Store Sales Decline; Could A Family Dollar Acquisition Turn Things Around?

Riskpulse-powered Wal-Mart Risk Index

9:47am

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Wal-Mart posted $129.7 billion in fourth quarter 2014 revenue

— Wal-Mart Lowers Outlook As Profit And Same Store Sales Decline; Could A Family Dollar Acquisition Turn Things Around?

3:16am

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In other words, if you want to build a company that grows like mad or wins its market by dominating its niche, don’t worry about optimizations at first. Nail the major things.

— Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking | TechCrunch

3:16am

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don’t get stuck on tweaks and incremental features: they don’t matter anywhere near the order of magnitude as the big, core principle stuff.

— Real Engines Of Growth Have Nothing To Do With Growth Hacking | TechCrunch

April 15, 2014 at 9:40pm

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We don’t want our viral engines of growth to rely on the fact that our product is free. We want users to refer their peers because we bring massive value to their business, an order of magnitude more than the couple of bucks a month we charge them.

— Freemium vs. Free: Why We Ditched Our Free Plan At Trak.io (SaaS)

11:16am

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In contrast, our free beta users had suggested more icons for the metrics dashboard. For the ability to upload individual customer photos. For custom colour coding labels.

— Freemium vs. Free: Why We Ditched Our Free Plan At Trak.io (SaaS)

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Features that we’d previously emphasized because everyone said they were ‘cool’ no longer came up in conversations. Instead, we started to hear about more ‘mundane’ ideas, but they had direct business value.

— Freemium vs. Free: Why We Ditched Our Free Plan At Trak.io (SaaS)

April 10, 2014 at 10:34am

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Globalization has made it much easier for local catastrophes to have systemic consequences.

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The Pursuit of Systemic Risk | The RMS Blog

Where insurance and supply chains meet = Riskpulse

March 27, 2014 at 10:14am

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… extreme weather caused by climate change and increasing limits on resources are both having an unprecedented impact, threatening corporate profits and global prosperity.

— Resilience in a Hotter World - Harvard Business Review

March 25, 2014 at 1:58pm

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The plan was to tag and trace tin and coltan from the moment they left the mine in Congo all the way to the smelter to make sure no armed groups were involved.

— Miners Brave Congo’s Warlord History as Demand for Tin Soars - Bloomberg