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How one of Amazon's biggest competitors in India poached this Google exec (GOOG, AMZN)

Indian ecommerce company Flipkart just poached 8.5-year Google veteran Surojit Chatterjee to be its SVP of consumer experience and growth, and a new pair of sneakers had a little something to do with it.

Chatterjee started at Google as the head of payments products for Asia Pacific back in 2007, and bounced around to several different mobile-centric roles for the next 8 years, including, most recently, directing product management for mobile search ads. 

One of his most impactful projects spearheaded mobile conversions: finding ways to show marketers how their phone ads translated into actual store visits. 

Chatterjee says that he views Google as a "transformational" company, one that changed not just an entire industry but countless lives, too. He wouldn't want work somewhere where he didn't see that opportunity.

That's where the shoes come in.

This new tech VC firm thinks it has a piece of software that can create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Europe

In the US, if venture capital investors or tech company founders need to find each other, they go to one of two places: Silicon Valley or New York. Companies that need tech workers, and the media that follow them, eventually relocate or open offices in one of those two areas.

The scene — and the money that funds it — is highly geographically concentrated.

In Europe, the opposite is true. VC firms and companies are scattered around a dozen major cities. The next Facebook may be in Prague right now, but unless the VC firms in London fly to Prague (or learn to speak Czech) they might never discover it. It is very difficult for an investor in Paris to just grab a coffee with a founder from Helsinki, even though that kind of random encounter happens all the time in San Francisco.

Here are the best replacements for Apple's default apps

Apple provides around 30 apps with a brand new iPhone.

These range from messaging to stocks to finding your friends. All are designed to work perfectly with Apple's handset.

But many have not changed much over time and, because they cater to everyone, aren't very good in some scenarios. 

Luckily, Apple also has the App Store: a one million strong selection of apps made by third-party developers that can fill in any gaps and, in many cases, do a better job than Apple's default apps. 

Of course, it's impossible to delete a default Apple app but you can always create a folder hidden deep in the fifth home screen

Here are the best replacement apps. 


10 tips and tricks that will help you win 'Clash of Clans'

"Clash of Clans" is one of the biggest games to come out of the App Store. According to various reports, the app generates the company more than $5 million (£3.2 million) per day, despite being free to play.

By combining multi-player and strategy game play, "Clash of Clans" is a compelling, lengthy game. Most players at the top level spent over two years getting there. It can, at times, be frustrating. 

Some players spend countless sums of money on the game — up to $1 million (£648,000), allegedly — but there really is no need once you grasp the fundamental steps that can help improve your game. 

Here's how to do it.



Why Meg Whitman's 'Hmm ...' emails make HP managers scramble (HPQ)

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman believes many leaders tend to inadvertently create a "culture of fear" where people are "scared" to tell the boss about problems.

So she said in an onstage interview Wednesday with Dropbox founder Drew Houston in San Francisco.

As someone who was hired to help revitalize the giant HP and turn its shrinking revenues around, Whitman couldn't afford to have her employees behave that way with her, she explained.

"If you can't name the problem, you have no hope of fixing it," she said.

But when she arrived at HP, the "company has been through so much" that employees were loath to speak up about issues, she said. "The instinct was to pull back and hope something gets better on its own. Trust me. It never gets better on its own. Business is not like fine wine."

This is the 'bubble' that people in the tech industry should really be afraid of, says the leader of Silicon Valley's top startup school

Sam Altman, the leader of startup school and venture capital fund Y-Combinator, doesn't think we are in a tech bubble. 

He believes we are in a "tech bust," where technology companies are undervalued. He thinks private technology companies as a general group are destined to rise, and that people obsessing over individual valuations on individual companies are missing the big picture. 

However, not everything is perfect in startup land, says Altman. 

Altman was the guest on the Jay and Farhad Show, a weekly podcast I host with New York Times' columnist Farhad Manjoo. 

Hear from TV game-changers at Business Insider's IGNITION conference

The television ecosystem is rapidly evolving away from traditional cable services. Emerging options are creating an entirely different user experience and legacy cable giants are shifting their operations with the new trend. What does this cord-cutting revolution mean to companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable? How are services like Hulu and Roku able to rattle this massive industry?

IGNITION: The Future of Digital will take a look at this trend and welcome many industry leaders on stage December 8-9 at Time Warner Center in New York City.

Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast is the leader of the biggest cable company, who was able to snap up NBCUniversal from GE, and pursued the acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Mark Zuckerberg defends his $100 million donation to Newark schools

In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to fix the failing school system in Newark, New Jersey. His goal was turn the schools around in five years.

A lot of people have called the investment a failure, with multiple sources tearing into Newark Public Schools for squandering his money and not delivering on any of the goals it set out to achieve.

Now, it seems, Zuckerberg is hitting back against those characterizations, with a post on Facebook touting the improvements that the city of Newark has seen as a result of his donation.

Google just bought a startup that takes the pain out of editing videos (GOOG)

Despite an overall slowdown in acquisitions, Google has acquired the team behind Fly Labs, a New York startup that makes video editing apps.

Fly Labs had produced a quartet of video editing apps to help people "edit on the fly." One of the apps, Crop, turned vertical cell phone videos into horizontal, YouTube-friendly ones. Its newest release, Clips, turned small video fragments into so-called masterpiece short films.

In the Fly Labs announcement, the startup said more than 20 million videos had been created through its product. 

Google is hiring pilots for two of its drone projects

If you're ready to fly the Google skies, the search giant is hiring test pilots for its two big drone initiatives, as revealed in a pair of new job postings, as noticed earlier by IDG News.

If you want to take the helm at Project Wing, Google's drone package delivery service, you have to be "an expert RC pilot who will act as chief test pilot that will help the team execute flight tests on custom UAS platforms."

Under Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, drones like Project Wing that fly under a certain altitude need a human pilot, even though Google could probably have it fly itself.