Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2B in cash, makes big move into enterprise social media

Huge news today in the world of M&A in enterprise and social networking services:Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring LinkedIn, the social network for professionals with some 433 million users, for $26.2 billion, or $196 per share, in cash. The transaction has already been approved by both boards, but it must still get regulatory and other approvals.

If for some reason the deal does not go through, LinkedIn will have to pay Microsoft a $725 million termination fee, according to Microsoft’s SEC filing detailing the merger.

The $196 per share offer is a big hike on its closing price from Friday, $131.08. (And in pre-market trading, unsurprisingly, LinkedIn’s stock has nearly crept up 64 percent to reach the share price Microsoft is paying. Microsoft’s price is down 4 percent to $49.66 in pre-market trading.)

LinkedIn is keeping its branding and product, and it will become a part of Microsoft’s productivity and business processes segment. LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner will report to Satya Nadella.

How Microsoft plans to use LinkedIn

The acquisition is a big one for both sides.

For Microsoft, it’s bringing a key, missing piece into the company’s strategy to build out more services for enterprises, and give it a key way to compete better against the likes of Salesforce (which it also reportedly tried to buy).

Today, Microsoft is focused squarely on software (and some hardware by way of its very downsized phones business). But LinkedIn will give Microsoft a far bigger reach in terms of social networking services and professional content — developing the early signs of enterprise social networking that it kicked off with its acquisition of Yammer for $1.2 billion in 2012.

LinkedIn’s wider social network, pegged as it is to groups of employees and employers, will give Microsoft a sales channel to sell more of its products, and will serve as a complement to those that it already offers for collaboration and communication.

In a section called “Selling to Social Selling” in the deck below, Microsoft details how it plans to use LinkedIn’s social graph as an integrated selling tool alongside its existing CRM products (which are second to Salesforce in the market currently). Users of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM and other systems, it notes, will want to use LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator “to transform the sales cycle with actionable insights” — essentially lots of background information about users that can help find leads, open conversations and close deals.

There are other elements of LinkedIn’s business that are interesting to consider in light of this acquisition. LinkedIn acquired, for example, to spearhead a move into offering online learning tools to users — expanding on their bigger hope of being the go-to place for overall professional development. Now, with Microsoft, you can see how Lynda might be employed to help sell Microsoft software products, and provide assistance in learning to use them. This is also an area that Microsoft is already highlighting as a positive in the deal:

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There are also other areas where you will see lots of natural integrations, for example with Cortana and providing more professional networking tools to users.

“The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world’s professionals,” Nadella said in a statement. “Together we can accelerate the growth ofLinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet.” You can read Nadella’s full memo to staff here.

(And just as a side note, this puts some of Microsoft’s recent cost-cutting through layoffs and sales into some perspective, as well.)

For LinkedIn, it puts to rest questions of how the company would ever compete with companies that are building more software on top of their social graphs that would put it into closer competition against LinkedIn. For a while, it looked like this was the direction that LinkedIn hoped to develop, but more recent problems with user and revenue growth, and a subsequent dropping share price, has put the company on the defensive.

“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship withMicrosoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn‘s network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” Weiner added in the statement. “For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.” Read Weiner’s letter on the deal to LinkedIn staff here.

But this is not at all a story about a failing company getting scooped up on the way down for parts. LinkedIn, even with a share price that is below its 12-month high point of $258 per share, is one of the better-performing tech companies in the public markets.

Microsoft has never been a massively successful company when it comes to social networking — although it smartly invested in Facebook before it went public, and as we have reported before it was apparently interested at one point in trying to make a bid to buy Slack for $8 billion. LinkedIn’s social network will give it a significant foothold in this area.

LinkedIn is active in over 200 countries and has 105 million monthly active users, with 433 million registered overall. The company has some 60 percent of all traffic on mobile, and — thanks to some strong SEO — a crazy 45 billion quarterly page views. It’s also one of the biggest repositories of job listings, with some 7 million active listings currently. While some parts of LinkedIn’s business has stagnated, specifically with MAU growth (which is up only 9 percent on last year) latter is a growing business — up 101 percent on a year ago.

LinkedIn’s core business is based today around recruitment ads and, to a lesser extent, premium subscriptions for users. The recruitment business (termed “Talent Solutions”) accounted for $2 billion of the company’s $3 billion in revenues in 2015.

And as you can see from the photo above, Reid Hoffman, one of the co-founders and current chairman, is behind the deal.

“Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn. I see incredible opportunity for our members and customers and look forward to supporting this new and combined business,” said Hoffman in a statement. “I fully support this transaction and the Board’s decision to pursue it, and will vote my shares in accordance with their recommendation on it.”

The companies are hosting a conference call at 8.45 a.m. PT. Below is the presentation deck they will use:



Develop your website your own.

Since 2011 I am creating blogs and websites I am passionate for it, I can work 24 hours continuously for it. In this era for make a website not big deal you can make easily without coding a responsive website even you can create you own e-commerce store in few time. You don’t need to learn coding just drag and drop and ready your website. How you can do this simple and easy there is many CMS (Content Management System) for like wordpress, Joomla etc.

Mostly I am using word-press  its very easy and simple for me I made many websites on wordpress, few I am sharing here

These websites you can make easily in few hours if you have expertise in word-press not in development and many developer using this and many are hate WordPress. If you are an entrepreneur, consultant, blogger, freelancer and professional you can use it and sell your products and services.

If you want create your website you can contact us at DM Solution or Consult Rana we offer free training if you become our member or client.

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For online earning we create a platform where we offer free training how you can earn online or startup your business in right and easy way, you can join us fee of cost.

Pakistan Market for Digital Entrepreneur’s

Being a Digital Entrepreneur how a see Pakistan Industry for digital entrepreneurs, I am learning since 2008 in this industry I  faced  many clients in that time Digital Marketing is a new for clients. It is opportunity for me but some time not because in our industry client not educate of benefits of Digital people just know that facebook marketing is digital marketing but facebook just part of social media and social media is only one pillar of Digital Marketing there are more pillars of Digital Marketing like SEO, SEM/PPC, Email, Mobile, Design, Media and more. If we see the international market it is totally different from Pakistan, International market have compition but reward are high in Pakistan market compition is not too high and same for reward. In Pakistan clients is not very familiar about web hosting, domain registration, ecommerce development, many people charged as per client my one of client is have domain registration and hosting from Lahore based company they are charging 20k per year and the package only Rs. 1700 and I offer to my client I can give you unlimited hosting and in lowest rate company accepted my offer but the hosting company not agree to transfer and its I know that in Pakistan its major issue.

Never buy a domain from unknown agency buy directly from domain provider like or Go daddy they are reliable and working globally. Many digital agencies not work for Pakistan Market because of less amount and many factors are involve few I am sharing here, Clients are unaware of services they don’t know the criteria of project, there’re requirement change again and again but in international market all details provide by clients if they change any they pay extra charges I also faces this issue but I am working with them because my vision is Make Pakistan is a Digital Pakistan. We launch a platform for Youth and Companies to bring on digital platform we providing free training and services to promote digital entrepreneurship at Digital Pakistan Platform. We recently launch free workshops on weekend basis for students and professionals those are interested to make career in this industry or want information about digital industry. Many marketers don’t know about perfectly this platform there for many companies are not utilizing this platform and its golden opportunity for Digital entrepreneurs. We are finding those people who startup there business or if exist but want to come digital plate form we well come them and Digital Pakistan platform provide all support as they need.

WordPress Free Workshop by Rana Abdul Rahim

WordPress Free Workhop

Course Description

WordPress for Learners – A complete manual for WordPress!

Covers the most recent rendition of WordPress (4.x), introducing the script on a web host and setting up a site.

Who is this WordPress course for?

Have you ever needed to assemble an expert looking site, however didn’t know where to begin? Presently you can with WordPress 4.

WordPress for Tenderfoots is a finished course for anybody, regardless of what your specialized capacity. This course expect no earlier information!

We’ll begin toward the starting, by picking an area name and setting it up to work with a web host.

When WordPress is introduced, we’ll login and observe around to acclimate ourselves with the fundamental ranges of the Dashboard.

When you are glad exploring around your new instruments, we’ll experience the fundamental elements you will require as you make your site, including:

The Rana Abdul Rahim Supervisor. This is the place you enter the greater part of your site content.

The Media Library, to deal with your pictures, recordings, sound documents and other media you needs to share on your site.

WordPress Settings and I’ll step by venture to set those up simply right.

We’ll take a gander at the contrasts between WordPress posts and WordPress pages, and I’ll give you a straightforward method for knowing which one to use on any event.

We’ll take a gander at post extracts, classifications and labels, and how to utilize them on a very much organized site to amplify guest experience and web crawler positioning advantages.

You’ll see the two fundamental ways you can set your landing page up.

We’ll make a contact structure on the site so guests can get in contact.

We’ll setup an About us page, and I’ll clarify why this page is vital and what data to incorporate on it.

We’ll cover the legitimate pages you require.

We’ll examine the route framework on your site, and how you can set up tweaked route in the header, sidebar or footer of your site. We’ll additionally discuss inside site connecting.

We’ll spread WordPress security, and set up a framework that will keep the site safe from programmers.

We’ll look at some incredible free modules.

At last, I’ll give you a 20 stage arrangement for making your site.

Before the end of this course, you will have a site that you are genuinely glad for.

What are the necessities?

No former information of WordPress is required as everything will be secured in this course.

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  • Anyone that wants to build a website
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10 High-Paying Jobs You Can Do on the Side

Trying to make some extra cash? Have free time you don’t know what to do with? Trying to develop or hone a new skill? You should consider getting a side job.

Brie Reynolds, the director of online content for FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, says “side jobs” are defined as anything part-time, including freelance, temporary, short- or long-term, work-from-home, or in-person flexible gigs.

To qualify for the list, each job had to be considered flexible (and not full time), and had to pay at least double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Here’s FlexJobs’ list of 10 high-paying side jobs you might want to consider:

1. Sign language interpreter

Pay: $36.50 an hour

Type of flexibility: Part-time

Description: For those with sign language skills and an Interpreter’s License (which are usually state-sponsored), part-time and freelance contracts are often available. Depending on the employer, you’ll help different populations with hearing impairments communicate with interpretation.

2. Software developer

Pay: Up to $30 an hour

Type of flexibility: flexible schedule, part-time hours, telecommuting

Description: Software development jobs are one of the most in-demand positions available today, and many offer part-time and project-based work. Depending on the gig, you might be updating existing websites, creating new templates, helping to develop new websites and apps, and other related tasks.

3. Online communications associate

Pay: Up to $25 an hour

Type of flexibility: Telecommute, part-time

Description: Online community management positions are a growing area for part-time work. Responsibilities typically include updating web content, managing social media, providing system administration, writing content, and creating reports.

4. Merchandise coordinator

Pay: $21 an hour

Type of flexibility: temporary, freelance, short-term

Description: A small amount of previous merchandising experience is needed for these types of jobs, where you’ll support a merchandising team by maintaining and updating information such as reports, samples, and updates from other teams.

5. Bilingual legal assistant

Pay: Up to $21 an hour

Type of flexibility: freelance, short-term

Description: For someone with multilingual skills and previous legal experience, bilingual legal assistant jobs are often project or temporary jobs where you’ll help an organization with a specific case or issue, reviewing legal documents using your language skills.

6. Freelance product photographer

Pay: Up to $20 an hour

Type of flexibility: temporary, part-time, freelance

Description: Make no mistake — photography side jobs require someone who is highly skilled in photography and related software use for editing and retouching photos. Previous photography experience is almost always required, and graphic design and Photoshop experience is a plus.

7. Bookkeeper

Pay: Up to $19 an hour

Type of flexibility: temporary, flexible schedule, potential for very part-time hours

Description: Plenty of part-time bookkeeping jobs exist, for both small and large companies. The responsibilities typically usually include using QuickBooks to do reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc. — so at least some experience (and relevant skills) are required.

8. Copy editor/writer

Pay: Up to $17 an hour

Type of flexibility: temporary, part-time, telecommute

Description: Copy editors and writers can be responsible for the writing, execution, and proofreading of materials across digital and print platforms. Depending on the employer, they may write and edit for marketing materials, editorial content, social media, and other types of material.

9. Temporary transcript processor

Pay: $15 an hour

Type of flexibility: part-time, temporary

Description: Data entry jobs like transcript processing are a great side job for people who love to work independently, have solid attention to detail, and enjoy the unique challenges of data entry. From a variety of sources, data entry specialists are needed to input data into the correct corresponding fields quickly and accurately, and working well under pressure is a must.

10. City guide writer

Pay: $50-$100/project

Type of flexibility: freelance, telecommute

Description: Travel and tourism businesses, as well as real estate companies, often hire writers to write city and/or neighborhood guides with information about population size, shopping, recreation, culture, entertainment, thing to do, climate, transit, and more.


3 Approaches to Teach Your Children About Entrepreneurship

When you have kids, you want to give them everything, and more important than things, that often means teaching them the skills they’ll need for a happy, confident and adventurous life. Entrepreneurship provides the skills that people of every age will need to be successful in our ever-changing world.

While kids may not be able to grasp the in-depth details of every aspect of business that we as adult entrepreneurs are responsible for, they’re a lot smarter and intuitive than we often given them credit for. The skills and character traits kids can learn as little entrepreneurs will help them thrive their entire lives.

So if you’re a parent and you want to start teaching your kids the valuable lessons of entrepreneurship, don’t wait! Here are three simple ways to get started right now.

  1. Build a lemonade stand.

On May 3, flocks of children from all over the country set up lemonade stands and participated in national Lemonade Day. This event started in Texas in 2007 to help teach the important basic lessons of business ownership to kids. Through a series of 14 lessons, kids learn how to set up their stand, name and market it and all the other basics of business creation and ownership.

With participating cities from every part of the country, from citrus-filled Florida to the far extreme north in Alaska (where they postpone their participation to June due to snow conditions), there is a way to get started participating in your local area.

Even though Lemonade Day has passed for 2015, you don’t have to be in Alaska to get in on the action this year. You can set up your own lemonade stand with your kids and support a worthy cause in June by participating in Alex’s Lemonade Days. Set up a stand from June 12 to 14 to encourage entrepreneurship and to support children’s cancer research.

Find out about how to participate or support your local Lemonade Day activities or Alex’s Lemonade Days through their respective sites.

  1. Get the Kidpreneurs guide.

Sometimes, the hardest part of teaching anything is organizing and structuring the knowledge to share with your kids. That’s why my brother Adam and I wrote a book and teaching manual for teaching entrepreneurship to children.

When we became parents we were surprised by the lack of resources available for teaching our kids about entrepreneurship. When we couldn’t find what we wanted, we decided to create it. We’ve partnered with educational organizations, schools and after-school programs across the U.S. and Canada to get the word out about how parents and teachers can get their children and students started young with the life-changing tenants of entrepreneurship.

If you’re a parent and you want to teach your kids about the entrepreneurial things you do every day, but you don’t know how to get started, the Kidpreneurs website is a great place to start.

  1. Take a vacation.

Next time you’re thinking about hitting up Disneyland or Six Flags for your summer vacation, consider a trip to KidZania instead. What’s KidZania? A massive theme park for children based solely around entrepreneurship and business exploration. It may sound less exciting than a trip to the magical kingdom at first mention, but one look at its website or any of its videos and you’ll want to take the kids there.

With locations all over the world, KidZania is dedicated to teaching children about the playful but important aspects of business and the adult world we live in. It’s an incredibly well designed and executed idea that will have your kids playing while learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur.


If you’re having difficulties scaling, your business probably has one or more of the these characteristics

3 Situations Where Scaling Your Business Isn’t an Option

Most business people need to develop their little operation into what we call a completely advanced, moderate size business structure. We characterize this structure as one where the proprietor is overseeing directors who run the day by day exercises of the business and the representatives who do the essential work of the business.

Be that as it may, developing or scaling your association to this structure can be extremely troublesome or even inconceivable in specific circumstances. On the off chance that you are having these troubles, your business presumably has one or a greater amount of the accompanying qualities.

1. One of a kind expertise set

In the event that your expertise set is unique to the point that it is hard to procure someone else to do the essential work of the business, the undertaking is not versatile. For instance, it would have been basically incomprehensible for Rembrandt to have scaled his business. Nobody else had his abilities.

Related: 3 Strategies to Explode Your Business Growth

As a painter, Rembrandt was stuck in what we call a miniaturized scale business structure, where the proprietor does the essential work of the endeavor. The same could be said of incredible authors like Beethoven, Brahms, or Bach. Having wonderful abilities in a specific zone, for example, these experts is an astounding blessing, yet it will make your venture verging on difficult to scale.

Being an open speaker or a big name of any sort may well fall into the same class. This doesn’t imply that such individuals can’t contract individuals to help them. They positively can and numerous do, however when the proprietor has an one of a kind ability set, he or she will about dependably need to do the essential work of the business and in this way the span of the venture will be restricted.

2. Constrained edge

Keep in mind, a moderate size business structure is one in which the entrepreneur is overseeing directors. In these cases, the proprietor and the chiefs are not doing the essential work of the business. They are overhead. A few organizations essentially don’t have enough edge to bolster this overhead.

Consider counseling to little organizations. Extensive companies can pay a large number of dollars for a couple of months of counseling work on the grounds that they confront issues and/or opportunities where the contrast in the middle of progress and disappointment may be a huge number of dollars. Along these lines, it bodes well to pay a ton of cash to enhance the chances of progress.

Little organizations don’t face issues where the swings are this huge. Subsequently, they neither can nor ought to pay these vast expenses for counseling administrations. This implies the expenses little business advisors can charge are topped.

Related: Wazify Your Business To Get Around Bottlenecks

Representatives who might be equipped for doing first class counseling work for little organizations are costly. There is simply not all that much edge between what a little business can stand to pay and what you would need to pay a capable worker to do the counseling work. It is exceptionally hard proportional such a business.

3. No advantage to measure

There are a few organizations where being a piece of a bigger organization may not offer the individual doing the essential work of the business enough advantage to bring about him or her to remain a representative. He or she would basically begin his or her own particular business and catch the majority of the income themselves instead of offering it to a business.

It is hard proportional such organizations on the grounds that the general population doing the essential work of the business unavoidably leave to begin an aggressive endeavor.

Developing your business to a completely advanced medium size structure is a commendable objective, however before investing years attempting to get this going, make sure that your industry doesn’t have qualities that will keep you from succeeding.

10 Peoples Who Will Destroy Your Business

If you want to build a great business, you have to be very deliberate about whom you let into it.

Emotions and behaviors may circulate through social networks in patterns similar to what’s seen in epidemiological models of the flu virus. Every positive person you let into your life increases your chances of being positive 11 percent, estimated a study published in 2010 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.

“Just one sad friend was needed to double an individual’s chance of becoming unhappy,” Wired summarized about the report.

Figuring out whom to avoid and whom to let in won’t always be easy. But with a little practice, you can get really good at staying far away from people who might bring your business down. Here are 10 people (whether employees or clients) you should avoid if you’re starting a business:


1. The siren.

Sirens are those amazing and enticing people who come into your business and completely distract you. More than anyone else, these people have a way of stealing your focus and throwing your efforts off track.

A lot of promising futures have been sacrificed to sirens. Some people have sold their businesses for way less than they are worth and others have given up on their businesses to chase a get-rich-quick scheme than some sirens pitched them. Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t let an amazing person make you forget that you and your business have something amazing to offer the world, too.

2. The goat. 

Goats are those wildly charismatic, big-talking and full-of-luck people who seem to get away with everything. These people have many strengths.

The problem is that they use their strengths in devious ways. Goats have little ambition beyond convincing others to make bad decisions. If you find yourself constantly making bad business decisions every time you’re around someone in particular, it’s time to cut that person out of your business.

3. The elephant.

An elephant never forgets. Elephants are those people in your business who never let you live down past mistakes. They never let you live down who you used to be or how many times you’ve messed up.

Don’t let an elephant pull you back into the past. Everyone fails, especially entrepreneurs. If you’ve failed, it means you’ve learned. So stay on track and keep moving forward.

4. The hater.

Haters are people who want to be on top but don’t want to work to get there. Instead, they want to push everyone else around them down so it will seem like they’re on top.

Haters are losers but they also can serve as a source of motivation in a strange way. Don’t let haters into your business but use them as motivation to make your business as strong as possible.

5. The narcissist.

Narcissists are talented people who are too consumed with themselves to take action. They’re especially bad at taking team-oriented action.

A narcissist might even encourage you to put the image of your business over its reputation. This is always bad idea. When starting a business, it’s best to be transparent and authentic. Don’t try to make things seem bigger than they are and avoid trying to be something you’re not. Instead, be real. Keep narcissists out of your startup and stay focused on your reputation, not your image.

6. The nemesis.

When you’re starting a business, sometimes you’ll have to work with someone whom you can’t stand and who can’t stand you. If you’re not careful, this can become a major distraction.

Try to realize that what you don’t like about a nemesis is probably something you don’t like about yourself or it’s something that you like too much about yourself. Either way, something is at odds with your identity and the only way to fix it is to turn the mirror on yourself, not the nemesis.

Your adversary can be your advisor in a way. If you bring a nemesis into your startup, use this person to learn about yourself. Once you do this, he or she won’t be your nemesis anymore.

7. The Ares.

Ares is the Greek god of war. Ares-type people love conflict. They are addicted to drama and winning at all costs, even if there’s nothing to be won. Any time spent trying to correct or even understand an Ares is a waste of time. You are better off ignoring these people and keeping them out of your business altogether.

8. The Dionysus.

Dionysus is the Greek god of wine, parties and pleasure. Dionysus sorts are pleasure seekers who have very little patience for anything other than instant gratification.

Be careful when letting these people into your business because base pleasure of any kind is both addictive and time-consuming. It’s important to have friends and have fun, but you should never sacrifice your startup to a string of late nights.

9. The black cat.

Some people can walk into a business and light it up. Others walk in and kill it. Black cats are the latter. They are the people who seem to have a dark cloud following them everywhere they go.

These people are unlucky, negative and always depressed. Don’t feel bad for these people. Odds are, they like sitting in the pits. They like the attention it gives them. So, let them sit. Just make sure they’re sitting outside your business.

10. The fat cat.

Fat cats are those people who will come into your business, throw a bunch of money around and offer you the world. Whether these people are angel investors or venture capitalists from top firms, don’t let their flash or their cash distract you from the fact that they want to control your company and make money off you.

Be very careful with whom give your business to. You didn’t work this hard to watch your brand and reputation go down in flames at the paws of some fat cat who is now calling the shots.