Alejandro David Martinez

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What to Do When Your Employees Aren't Hitting Their Goals

Sometimes it's you, sometimes it's them. Regardless, it's a two-way street that needs attention ASAP.<p>You've invested in a great hire and perhaps they've been with you for a few years. You appreciate the loyalty and their enthusiasm for their role and they've expressed that they want to grow into a …

Business Strategy

How to Reduce Stress Like a Navy SEAL

These are stressful, uncertain times. How are we supposed to be calm and productive workers amid all this chaos?<p>There is one simple way to cage the …

Military

5 Social Media Automation Tools to Help you Grow Your Business’ Online Following

Whether you handle the marketing for your own web design or development business, or work with a Shopify store owner on their social media needs, …

Marketing

It Only Took This Instagram Co-Founder 1 Sentence to Provide the Perfect Cure for Procrastination | Inc.com

Everyone at least occasionally puts things off. Everyone at least occasionally avoids doing things they need to do. Everyone, at some point, procrastinates.<p>And everyone who procrastinates <i>hates</i> the fact they procrastinate -- especially when they put off things they actually enjoy doing or, more …

Procrastination

How to score big at government auctions, on everything from real estate to bugles

Rolex watches seized from drug lords. Homes confiscated from tax cheats. Blackhawk helicopters the military no longer needs. The federal government is auctioning off all this — and more. The "more" often means mundane things like office chairs and shredders and mysterious things like "swamp cooler …

Real Estate

How High Can Bitcoin's Price Go in 2018?

Had Jerry Brito’s daughter waited longer to emerge, she might have been someone else entirely. In November, as Brito paced the hospital for 23 hours …

Cryptocurrency

A guide to paying taxes on bitcoin investments

Making money on bitcoin, ethereum, and scores of other cryptoassets has been remarkably easy this year. But in the US, paying taxes on those gains could be a lot more complicated. Transactions that are routine to experienced crypto enthusiasts—like hard forks, or swapping between coins at the tap …

What Is Ripple and Why Is It Beating Both Bitcoin and Litecoin?

Forget Bitcoin. So long Litecoin. There’s a new cryptocurrency on the rise.<p>Ripple, which was designed for banks and global money transfers, has seen …

Cryptocurrency

The 24-hour guide to living your best life

Wellness is a thing most people only think about when they're suddenly <i>unwell</i>. I bet you've experienced more than one morning when you couldn't get out of bed and swore to yourself that you'll "do better" in taking care of yourself from now on.<p>Unfortunately, those sickbed declarations don't actually …

Commuting

5 ways highly confident people handle rejection

Uh oh! Dealing with a recent break up? A girl at the bar shoot you down? Didn't get that promotion? Guy of your dreams disappeared suddenly?<p>Rejection can be hard; but it doesn't have to break you.<p>Have you ever noticed how rejection completely debilitates some people while others stride right …

Self-improvement

7 Ways To Turn Around Your Bad Day In A Few Minutes

When crawling back into bed isn’t an option, use these tips to turn your day around, pronto.<p>We all know the feeling of being overwhelmed, annoyed, and feeling like everything is going wrong at work. If you find yourself longing for your commute home, take a few minutes and use these expert and …

Behavioral Sciences

Curate, License or Create? A Guide to Sourcing the Ideal Images and Video for Your Marketing Strategy.

Finding or creating the right images to illustrate your brand's story can be just as much work as crafting your message.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Content is king, it's unlikely to be dethroned any time soon. It's simply too effective to reach new audiences and …

Marketing

ICOs Are Raising Huge Amounts of Money for Startups. Here's How They Stack Up Against Venture Capital | Inc.com

<i>Originally published by Tomasz Tunguz on LinkedIn: Just How Disruptive Are ICOs to the Classic VC Model?</i><p>Initial Coin Offerings, a fundraising mechanism for companies using cryptocurrencies as a mechanism to buy their service, seem to be upending the world of venture capital. Filecoin raised $250 …

Venture Capital

The 4 Investments That Pulled Me Out of Nearly a Million Dollars in Debt -- and That Cost Nothing

If you feel something is lacking in your life, it may be because you're not investing in one or more of these four things.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Four years ago, I was $726,000 in debt. I had my back against the wall, and I didn't know how to escape the ditch …

To This Day

Robinhood, a stock-trading app built for millennials, is growing up

Robinhood, the brokerage known for its sleek mobile app for zero-commission stock trading, is unveiling a web platform.<p>The new web platform looks more like an e-commerce site, where users can comparison shop, cofounder Baiju Bhatt told Business Insider. Users can check, for instance, Apple's stock …

Brokerage

No wonder investors are rushing into cryptocurrencies — average ICO returns are 1,320%

LONDON — A blind investment in every initial coin offering (ICO) to date, including those that have failed, would have generated an average return of 1,320% for investors, according to a new report.<p>Venture capital firm Mangrove Capital Partners claims that: "If one had blindly invested €10,000 in …

Cryptocurrency

Medium now lets anyone publish behind its paywall

Medium is expanding its subscription efforts today by allowing any author or publisher to join its partner program.<p>That’s the program where readers can pay a monthly fee (currently $5) to access content behind a metered paywall (plus, they get early access to new features). The writers who …

Fake News

Batali's Meatballs Will Blow Your Mind

It’s a meat dish with a little bit of veggies thrown in there, too—which is, you know, the preferred ratio.<p>When Batali stopped by our kitchen to make lunch for Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, he kept it real simple—simple enough to make at home.<p>The centerpiece of his rustic Italian lunch was a chard …

Food

The 1 Surprising Trick to Staying Motivated And Productive (That People Are Too Afraid to Try) | Inc.com

Everyone knows that motivation and productivity are vital to success. People read empowering articles, uplifting quotes, and self-help books all in the name of finding inspiration to power through long days and difficult weeks. Because without something extra--be it metaphorical sugar or literal …

Motivation

The Missing Role Your Company Absolutely Needs | Inc.com

Organizations are generally led by a predictable C-suite of traditional roles with traditional responsibilities. The Chief Executive Officer reads reports from her Chief Financial Officer about the work of the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Sales Officer. The Chief Technology Officer and Chief …

Entrepreneurship

Elon Musk has reportedly used a brutal tactic to keep from wasting time in meetings

But Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, has a strategy to keep things moving, a former SpaceX employee posted on Quora.<p>The former employee relayed a story where Musk once called out an employee in a meeting. He wrote:<p>"One of my close friends started there a couple years before me. He worked …

Tesla

22 products you only need to buy once in your life

While many companies claim to have lifetime guarantees, they often come with certain conditions that prevent you from taking advantage of the warranty as advertised.<p>Luckily, we compiled a list of brands with true lifetime warranties. These companies will replace, repair, or refund you for your …

Shopping

Apple Pay Cash Not Arriving Until Later This Fall

Apple today confirmed that Apple Pay Cash will not launch with iOS 11 and watchOS 4; rather, it will come via a software update later this</i> …

The $250,000 Tax Credit You Could Be Using for Your Business

The federal R&D tax credit allows qualified small businesses to claim up to $250,000 per fiscal year.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>175,000 -- that's the current number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulation. For small businesses, regulatory burdens can be one of …

Finance

Great Sales Presentation--Now, Leave Something Behind That Will Help Close The Deal

B2B sales often demand face-to-face meetings and interactions, but you can only control the conversation for as long as you’re in the room. Once you’re out the door your prospects will talk amongst themselves, and take time to consider your offer. Most often the decision will be made after you …

InterAct

Tony Robbins has done the same thing after every speech, meeting, or event for 40 years

Since the time he was a protégé of motivational speaker Jim Rohn in the late 1970s, Tony Robbins has been performing a learning exercise that has allowed him to become one of the world's foremost public speakers.<p>Robbins has been the personal performance coach to clients like billionaire investor …

Serena Williams

California Officially Calls On Feds To Reclassify Marijuana

Last November, California voters approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Now, the state’s lawmakers are formally calling on the federal government to reclassify cannabis.<p>“The Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to pass a law to reschedule marijuana or cannabis and its …

Cannabis

5 Ways to Build an Audience for Your Blog and 10 Ways to Make Money Once You Have

To succeed as a blogger you must be diligent, methodical and have something to say people are interested in hearing.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're looking to start a blog, or you're already knee-deep in blogging, you've likely scoured the ends of the earth …

Marketing

Johnnie Walker My Edition Whisky

If you've ever wanted to customize your own bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky, you're in luck. The historic spirits brand is entering the world of …

Here’s How Easy It Is to Become a Phony Instagram Influencer

After reporting how Instagram influencer marketing was now a billion dollar industry, marketing agency Mediakix has conducted an investigation into …

Marketing