Key steps to building a successful business

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BBC Correspondent Matthew Davies attended  the Future in Review (FiRe) Conference in California last week, where he caught up with some of the most prolific angel investors in the U.S. as well as entrepreneurs with some incredibly exciting ideas.

The Conference is made up of FiRestarters and FiRespotters, who use the retreat as a chance to network, pitch and develop business plans for tech based companies. After chatting with several entrepreneurs and investors, he saw some recurring themes on how to successfully make a business out of a great idea.

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Top 10 most valuable global brands

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CNNMoney has just released it’s top 10 most valuable global brands list, and while a few of them aren’t surprising at all, some of them aren’t as expected. Well, for me, anyway.

Apple, Google and IBM take out the first three spots, which is to be expected, but Samsung doesn’t make the list. This surprises me because the last six months or so just about every business magazine I read talks about how Samsung is overtaking Apple in this market or that.

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Business Initiative Directions Leadership Series: Sir Emeka Offor

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Sir Emeka Offor (right) and Commercial Director  Marc Robillard with the Arch of Europe Award

Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Business Initiative Directions Award Winner Chrome Group Sir Emeka Offor  recently agreed to an exclusive and rare interview with the African Leadership Magazine, in which he provides an inside look at his personality and drive to not only achieve his personal goals, but also his desire to contribute to the development of his nation.

Although he refuses to describe himself as nothing more than the son of a policeman, his character in the pursuit of excellence is clear throughout the interview, as he describes his journey so far and future goals.

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16 Year-old Prodigy from Sierra Leone Dreams Big

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Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone is not your average 16 year-old.

His curiosity and endless need to fiddle with bits and pieces he finds on his way home from school have seen him create a one-man radio station in his capital city, Freetown. His vision is of a Freetown in which residents have more than one night of power per month, and he is working towards seeing it come true.

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Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways: Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America

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What is the most important service to earn customer satisfaction?

Well, if the results of the J.D. Power & Associates 2013 North American Airline Satisfaction Study are anything to go by, the answer to that question could be as simple as smiling at your customers.

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