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When entering an unfamiliar society, it is wise to learn the local customs, the unspoken rules, and the names of its heroes, villains, and gods.

Activist investors sometimes purchase large numbers of a company’s shares and try to obtain seats on its board in order to effect a major change within a company. The majority of these activists take a “go big or go home” approach. They invest a lot of time and money, effectively taking a financial gamble that their recommendation has merits and will yield returns. Brianna Murphy of Trillium Asset Management, Natasha Lamb of Arjuna Capital, and Jesse Cohn of Elliott Management have all seen success with this strategy.

Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley has relinquished his chief executive role to Jeff Glueck, the company’s chief operating officer for the past year and half. Glueck was previously chief marketing officer of Travelocity. Crowley will become Foursquare’s executive chairman and chief revenue officer Steven Rosenblatt will become president.

The CFO is dying. Long live the COO

I went to two CFO events last fall: a panel for hyper-growth companies in Silicon Valley and a breakfast in Dallas for Fortune 500 CFOs. Each event had a different theme, but the conversation at both ended up being the same: how the role of CFO is changing with the proliferation of technology and big data. In fact, the conversation was so much the same that I found my mind wandering halfway through the second event. That’s when it hit me: Most companies no longer need a CFO in their org chart. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out.

4 Ways Big Data Will Change Every Business

If you’re still saying, “Big data isn’t relevant to my company,” you’re missing the boat.

It’s hard to read the news these days without hearing about another data breach. When private information goes missing, companies end up paying big money to set things right and reclaim their good name. Yet, even with those high stakes at risk, a recent study by IBM showed mobile app developers are not investing enough into security.

Last year will go down as the year of the security breach.

Zendesk IPO Coming Closer

When talking about looming public offerings from the region, Swedish gaming giant King is the only company's saga on people's minds. But perhaps because we've been talking about preparing for an IPO since September of 2012 when they raised €46 million, we can't forget that soon Copenhagen-founded Zendesk is still planning on getting listed.

It seems like every other day we read about some far-out, new technology that makes us scratch our heads and say, "What the heck?" In this series, we'll take a look at all types of crazy new gadgets, apps and other technologies -- and the entrepreneurs dreaming them up.