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KPMG Reports U.S. VC Funding On Track To Break $70 Billion

Brian Hughes

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

According to Venture Pulse Q2 ’15, the first in a global quarterly VC report series from KPMG International and CB Insights, a VC-data company, the U.S. is on track to smash the previous 2014 record and break $70B in Venture Capital (VC) spending by the end of 2015.

Internet companies have dominated VC-backed deals, and, […]

McLovin, Marilyn, Traction and Momentum

Mark Goulston

How To Get What You Want From An Interview

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

It’s not everyday you meet someone who often strolls past the house where Marilyn Monroe’s body was found and had a pivotal scene from the cult classic movie Superbad filmed in his bedroom, but it doesn’t take long to figure out you’re speaking with an original in […]

Accenture Finds Half of Digital Health Start-ups will Fail within First Two Years

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By Rob Starr Content Manager

Although funding for digital health start-ups is increasing, a new Accenture report finds half of these new companies will falter within two years of launch. However, these “zombie” start-ups could be mined by larger firms for talent or innovative technologies. Drew Boston, co-author of Accenture’s Zombie start-up research,  walked us through the findings […]

The Call And Response Approach To A Successful Interview

Debra Benton

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Debra Benton was travelling when we spoke to her about what goes into a good interview and not surprisingly the focus was on communication being a two-way street.
“I haven’t lost you, have I?” she started out saying as she drove through the mountains on her way to New Mexico. “Good.”

The renowned executive coach, bestselling […]

Accenture Does Its Part For The 911 Memorial & Museum

Johnny Cavaliero

By Rob Starr, Content Manager
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City serves as a national tribute to the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other locations on Sept. 11, 2001 and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993.
The creative design of the complex […]

Ask and Listen: Insights from my Recent Trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg (Part One of Two)

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By Andrew Sobel

These days, Russia may not be a favorite destination for American businesspeople, but I just returned from a very interesting trip there.

My trip was fascinating and I learned a lot. I learned a lot because I asked a lot of questions and I listened carefully. I asked about Stalin, the Soviet Union, Perestroika, Putin, and many other topics. […]

Dr. Cherry advises you to use your hands to move around the interview process

Dr Cherry Collier

By Rob Starr, Content Manager  

“I think one of the most important things when you’re looking at any consulting firm or financial firm is that they are process driven. Many times people make the mistake of believing that an interview is about building rapport, which it is, but a skilled interviewer is also looking for a process.”

This from Cherry A. […]

Cracking the Big4 Code With A Downward Dog


By Rob Starr, Content Manager 

Dana Campbell is a Professional Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor and Change Leader who understands that marching to your own drummer is an essential part of a productive happiness and that change is always good.  

“I was seven years into my career (at Accenture) and that’s when I started to get really passionate about teaching Yoga,” she […]

Four good reasons why you should collaborate with your competitors for partnership

Photo of aggressive business partners fighting with each other

This article gives you 4 different reasons to work with rather than against your competitors – are you making sure you practise them all?

You have spent years studying and training, you work long and hard in your firm. Your eyes are firmly set on your goal of making partner – ain’t nobody gonna get in your way!

Stop! Because although healthy competition […]

SSP and Capgemini Team Up To Innovate Insurance Industry

Nigel Walsh

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

SSP, a leading global provider of insurance technology, and Capgemini,  have entered into a services agreement that will enable general insurers to accelerate their digital ambition and replace legacy systems. Nigel Walsh, Vice President and Head of UK Insurance, Capgemini, walked us through some of the announcement’s highlights.

    What’s the history of the relationship between […]

Technology disruption drives record dealmaking in 2Q15

Jeffrey Liu

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

 According to  EY’s Global technology M&A update: April-June 2015,  technology disruption continues to accelerate as corporate technology buyers seeking broader solutions pushed 2Q15 deals to a record US$127.2b. While the report finds that all categories of buyers contributed to record growth in 2Q15, megadeals by corporate technology buyers fueled the biggest increase.  Jeff Liu, Global Sector Head, […]

EY gets Capitol Hill experience for its legislative group in Washington, D.C.

Amy Jensen Cunniffe

By Rob Starr, Content Manager  

Amy Jensen Cunniffe’s new job as a Principal for EY’s legislative group in Washington, D.C. will take her out of her most recent endeavor as an independent consultant to focus on health care for the Big Four firm’s clients. She has a strong background in health policy as well as tax, labor, Social Security and […]

EY acquires Mycroft, a provider of cloud-based IDaaS and IAM solutions


By Rob Starr, content manager

The Mycroft team, a leading provider of cloud-based identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) and identity and access management (IAM) services, recently  joined Ernst & Young LLP in the US.  With EY announcing the acquisition of Mycroft, the Big Four firm has made another in a series  of EY cybersecurity investments, with $20 million earmarked for the firms recently launched Managed Security Operations […]

Venture Capital Investing Surpasses $17 Billion and Software Companies Capture Record Breaking Quarterly Amount In Q2.

Tom Ciccolella

By Rob Starr, Content Manager  

The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters highlighted a significant uptick in total investing in Q2, with the overall Venture Capture Investing eclipsing anything seen since Q4 2000 and Software capturing $7.3 billion.

Adding to the increasing momentum, there were 26 mega deals of $100 million […]

New Accenture Insights Platform Offers An Analytics-as-a-Service Solution By The Drink

John Matchette

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Never being an organization that rests on its laurels, Accenture recently unveiled the Accenture Insights Platform, a cloud-based, end-to-end analytics solution that simplifies analytics and delivers real-time, actionable insights that make a decided difference for today’s competitive businesses.

The platform has a preconfigured, industrialized end-to-end architecture that typically can be

John Matchette

provisioned within 24 hours to […]