LinkedIn Acquires SlideShare in a $119 Million Deal

It appears that Facebook is not the only social network shopping for startups these days.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network in the Internet, has jumped on the bandwagon with its acquisition of content sharing community Slideshare for a $119 million cash and stock deal.

What does this mean for professionals and entrepreneurs like you and me? Well, have a look at the presentation LinkedIn and SlideShare prepared to celebrate this exciting news.

LinkedIn and Slideshare

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Personally, I’m excited about this development. LinkedIn is already an invaluable networking and marketing tool for small businesses. Add SlideShare’s content sharing technology and the possibilities are promising.

Of course, both companies have no concrete plans yet, so we’ll have to stay tuned until they announce how SlideShare will actually be integrated into LinkedIn.

But for now, you can read LinkedIn’s Press Release about the announcement.

Executives from both companies have also posted their views regarding the acquisition through their respective company blogs at: LinkedIn, Slideshare.

Exciting times ahead for these two great companies.

 

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Photo credit: 2. THE HUNGER GAMES
Photo credit: 3. THE TRUMAN SHOW
Photo credit: 4. INCEPTION
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Five Epic Movies To Get You ‘Thinking Outside The Box’

Thinking outside the box‘ is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking and is important for many entrepreneurs and innovators today. We have listed our favourite 5 movies that encourage you to think differently about the world around you and can often become a really powerful source of ideas and inspiration.

1. IN TIME Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there’s a catch: you’re genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich “earn” decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo’s love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system. Click here for find out more.

2. THE HUNGER GAMES In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12′s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. Click here to find out more.

3. THE TRUMAN SHOW In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one… The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day… he finds out everything. Will he react? Click here to find out more.

4. INCEPTION Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. Click here to find out more.

5. DIVERGENT Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly peaceful society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her. Click here to find out more.

How many of these have you seen and which ones would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below:

Source Youtube.com and IMDB.com

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