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Under Armour’s Fitness App Acquisitions Spotlight the Power of Wearable Data

In early February, Under Armour, maker of performance footwear, apparel and accessories, announced it would acquire two fitness apps for $560 million. The move would give UA a ready-made foothold in the digital world with 120 million members. This acquisition speaks volumes about the way technology is becoming pervasive among all companies and audiences and what types of tech acquisitions all companies should consider.

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6 CEO Takeaways From the Consumer Electronics Show

Now that technology and digital media are pervasive, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—which was once targeted at geeks and techies—has now become a pivotal place for companies of all shapes and sizes to find partners, expand their capabilities and get answers to their tech-related questions. Here are six takeaways from CES that every CEO should know.

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Impediments to Tech Transfer—and Solutions

The Impediments Universities, federal labs and research institutes do not have adequate incentives to commercialize ideas. These “idea factories” have an incentive to charge large, up-front royalties rather than accept shares in successful start-ups that may not yield gains for several years. Ph.D. inventors inside these idea factories do not have enough personal connections with business-minded people with MBAs. Tech ...

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CEOs Are Increasingly Driving Tech Decisions

When auto insurance provider IMT Group’s CEO stepped down, newly appointed CEO Sean Kelly told the Des Moines Register that his focus was “to keep us ahead on technology so we can take advantage of the predictive modeling opportunity." This is a typical stance for today’s CEO.

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