Michael Thompson

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Why your home is a worse investment than you think

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this column about homes as investments left out data and used the wrong time frame in the example given. Because of those errors, the annual return on that home investment appeared smaller than it would have been</i>.<p>Are you as foolishly lavish as me? …

Real Estate

'Battery' that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

A plastic-like material may do for solar power what high-performance electrical batteries have done for iPhones and Tesla cars.<p>Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a …

Clean Energy

19 Books Bill Gates and the CEOs of Microsoft, Google, PayPal, and Wal-Mart Think You Should Read

The book 'Hit Refresh' by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella makes this list twice as a great read.<p>What I know about successful people is this: They love to devour books to expand their minds. Bill Gates has stated that he reads about 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg? About 24 books a year.<p>But the …

10 books Richard Branson thinks everyone should read

Over the years he has offered up dozens of titles that have kept his attention and helped him grow as a businessman.<p>We can't guarantee you'll follow in the entrepreneur's footsteps, but the books could certainly set you in the right direction.

Books

Stanford University Launches Free Course on Developing Apps with iOS 10

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Stanford University

Remembering Microsoft's Zune: 4 Product-Planning Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Zune struggled to capture even one-eighth of the iPod's market share. Why did Zune, backed by the Microsoft tech juggernaut, fail to find its foothold? Simple: product planning.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This spring, Microsoft’s infamous Zune will sing its final …

Product Management

10 Free eBooks to Jump Start Your 2017

A new year brings a fresh start to reinvent yourself and a newfound appreciation for having a clean slate.<p><i>Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TradePub so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Get a head start on all your New Year’s resolutions by tackling these 10 free …

Goal Setting

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those …

Effective Content Campaigns Are Gold, But Most Aren't

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You created buyer personas, developed a unique selling proposition, and started distributing relevant content -- but your content campaign is failing.<p>Even if you follow all the best practices to set up an effective campaign, it won’t …

Marketing

Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Their Goals. Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do

If you're serious about goal setting, here's what the high achievers know that you may not.<p>Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them? That's according to research by the University of Scranton.<p>I've done it many times, and if you're …

The one dish big-time chefs could eat everyday

We asked a group of America's best chefs, and they testified that it's everything from gumbo to pizza to roasted chicken -- at the very least, reading this will give you some inspiration for what to make for dinner tonight. Unless you're stranded on an island. In which case: coconuts and sand it is!<p>…

Las Vegas

6 Tips for Creating a Sexy Logo

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently created something of great significance to me and my business… a sexy new logo.<p>As a business owner, your logo will be everywhere - on your website, social media profiles, promotional materials, business cards and more. It is a …

Graphic Design

The 7 Deadly Sins of Business Blogging

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since blogging has become so common, far too many people have fallen into the trap of thinking that it’s easy. This can be a huge mistake, especially for businesses.<p>The simple fact is that your blog can be one of the most important …

Marketing

The 4 Types of People to Surround Yourself With for Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success doesn’t occur in a vacuum. In reality, there are a number of factors that lead to the success of an entrepreneur. Hard work and drive are always necessary for entrepreneurial success, but your personal improvement leading up to …

Motivation

Top 10 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

When the guy who re-wrote <b>the</b> book on Google Advertising shared his list of must-read books for entrepreneurs, we listened. A highly sough-out consultant, Perry Marshall is the author of seven business books dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses owners like yourself gain more from …

Top 10

The 10 Costs You'll Pay to Bring Your Hardware Product to Market

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The majority of entrepreneurs significantly underestimate the costs of bringing a new product to market. This is especially true for a physical product (versus software) and even more so with electronic/hardware products.<p>To succeed with a …

Prototyping

5 Surprising Apps For Entrepreneurs To Boost Their Productivity

Being entrepreneur is not an easy job. Managing the product, the team and everything around it takes not only a lot of time but also creativity. Thanks to technology and the smartphones – these days there is pretty much the app for anything you need. But to navigate trough millions of applications …

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Black Holes

How to Figure Out Your Best Manufacturing Solution

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“Do you know a place to get this made?” That’s a question I hear a lot from entrepreneurs looking for a manufacturing solution. It’s actually a very complex question.<p>Hardware manufacturing ranges from designers making 10 products by hand …

Manufacturing

How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’re excited to start a business. Maybe you have an idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching and growing your own enterprise. You’re willing to take some risks, like leaving your current job or going without personal …

Small Business

10 Deadly Startup Mistakes to Avoid

This story appears in the March 2016 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Countless startups fail every year. But there are not countless reasons that they fail. “I’m talking to entrepreneurs three or four times a week, and they’re all coming to me with the exact same issues,” says Tarek Kamil, a …

Entrepreneurship

35 Masterful Quotes to Inspire Healthier Workplace Relationships

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Conflict is a perfectly normal and natural phenomenon of the human condition. Learning how to handle conflict, however -- rather than avoid it -- is central to building and maintaining all relationships.<p>What you need here are negotiation …

Emotional Intelligence

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

From an Elon Musk Bio to Malcolm Gladwell's 'Blink', These 9 Books Are Must-Reads

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s so much valuable business content clouding the blogosphere that it’s hard to choose what to keep up with.<p>Each year, I try to enlighten myself in a traditional way -- by selecting a few novel, relevant business books to put on my …

Self-improvement

The 6 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q:</b> What are the most common mistakes we should avoid when building a brand?<p><b>A:</b> Being an entrepreneur and launching a brand isn’t easy. It takes a lot of skill, hard work and usually a little luck. When it comes to branding decisions, …

Entrepreneurship

10 Startup Mistakes You Can't Afford To Make Again

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The good news is that everyone expects entrepreneurs to make mistakes, since founders explore uncharted territory. In fact, investors recognize that founders usually learn more from mistakes than from success, so a well-explained startup …

Small Business

25 Powerful Quotes Entrepreneurs Can Use to Motivate and Inspire

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being an entrepreneur can be an emotional ride, with ups, downs, joy and disappointment. Sometimes a little piece of advice or wisdom from a brilliant mind can help you motor through even the most difficult of times.<p>I recently put …

Motivation