Here’s why Microsoft and Google have the same competitor as a partner

It sounds like the start of a bad joke: executives from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and IBM walk into a conference with one thing in common. But all of those companies are appearing on stage at BoxWorks in San Francisco, in part because they all work with the cloud storage and content services company in one capacity or another.

Box works with Microsoft to integrate its products with Office 365, Amazon to host services in different cloud data centers, and IBM on new applications, services and sales. Google is the newest addition to that club — the two companies announced Wednesday that they’re working on storing Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files inside Box.  

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Business Plans aren’t just a formality – and here’s why

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Every great company starts with a great business plan.

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of starting a business, but instead of diving right into the work, smart entrepreneurs take a moment to map out the future and define the path to success.

So take a breath and hear-out how other entrepreneurs have navigated the planning stage – from market research to budgeting to setting up your first office. It’s all covered in the videos below.

And yes, once the ink has dried on your new business plan, we give you full permission to dive back into the fun part. Read more…

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