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How To Build An Entrepreneurial Culture: 5 Tips From Eric Ries

The Lean Startup author sits down with Ideo U’s Suzanne Gibbs Howard to discuss how to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in any company, whether a startup, a design studio, or a corporate giant.<p>If you’ve ever been a part of a startup or a new business unit, you know the enormous amount of …

Entrepreneurship

How the World's Top Entrepreneurs Get So Much Done Every Day | Inc.com

<b>Relentlessly focus on ONE thing at a time.</b><br>The most successful entrepreneurs aren't multi-taskers, in fact, they are the opposite - they are MONO-TASKERS. They focus on one high value project or task and do it extremely well, then smoothly move to the next, and the next.<p>I know it's really in vogue …

Entrepreneurship

The Top 16 Apps That Will Guarantee You More Success In 2018

<b>Productivity And Organization</b><p>Evernote (free)<p>Evernote is perfect for any kind of note or memo taker. Evernote can not only take notes but also voice memos. The unique feature of this app is its ability to organize notes into what they call “notebooks” for better sorting and finding. The app can also …

Apps

The Case Against College

Last April, Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the College for All Act, which would eliminate tuition and fees at public four-year …

High School

Embrace Your Setbacks -- and Use Them to Your Advantage

We're either the sum of our setbacks or the sum of our triumphs. Choose the latter.<p>This story appears in the January 2018 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>As we enter into a new year, I’ve thought a lot about something a woman asked me at the end of 2017. I was a guest on the <i>Never Settle Show,</i> a …

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2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names—And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).<p>When naming is done well—be it for a business, a band, a product, or anything—it paves the way …

Framing

Cold Calling is Dead. Here's an Effective New Approach | Inc.com

Cold calling doesn't work because no one like to be on the receiving end. (and most likely, your sales reps hate it too). Are your sales reps cold calling hundreds of prospects a day without seeing much success? It's time to quit the old-school tactics.<p>Do you like being cold called? How often do …

eBooks

12 Financial Goals For Each Month Of 2018

Implementing new financial practices at the beginning of the year is a great idea in theory. In practice, trying to overhaul your finances all at once might be too much. You don’t want to attack your finances with vigor on January 1 and then wear yourself out by January 10. Instead, you want to …

Personal Finance
Social Media

Tim Ferriss Explains How to Scale Your Business in 3 Steps

It's only when you're clear on your destination that you can plan a scale strategy to get there.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This year, BestSelf.Co was among the winners of Shopify's first Build a BIGGER Business competition. Singled-out for our innovative marketing …

Business Strategy
Marketing

How to Make $2 Million With Just a Laptop and Phone

Josh Harris uses a proven system to take complete novices from zero to six figures a year.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Plenty of gurus promise proven systems for raking in cash. The problem is that most gurus don’t actually produce real results.<p>In 2014, The Oracles …

Google AdWords

A startup founder who let his employees drive his Tesla just sold his billion dollar company — and he credits these 5 'mistakes'

Ten years ago, I was a nerdy college grad with a 2.2 GPA and no real clue what I wanted to do with my life.<p>Then, I started and ran my own company, which became a "unicorn," valued at more than a billion dollars, and was, this week, acquired in the kind of massive, life-changing deal every …

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Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story

It was Alex Osborn, a 1960s advertising executive, who coined the term brainstorming. He passionately believed in the ability of teams to generate brilliant ideas, provided they follow four rules: members should share any idea that came to mind, build on the ideas of others, avoid criticism, and, …

Creativity

5 Best Web Practices To Grow Your Small Business Online

We all know that more and more people are utilizing the web when it comes to making a decision on choosing which products and services to buy. And yet, it’s hard to believe that there’s still a good amount of businesses that aren’t honing in on this online trend.<p>In fact, 29% of small businesses …

Small Business

How A 26-Year-Old Artist Makes 40% Of Sales Through Instagram

Every morning this week, Nashville-based artist Shane Miller wakes up, brushes his teeth and checks his Instagram. His feed looks like something out of a dream — softly focused impressionistic landscapes featuring dramatic skylines with a hint of attitude. They evoke a sense of nostalgia and …

Social Media

How Can Smaller Retailers Fight Amazon's Growth? The Answer Is AI And Personalization

The volatile condition of small American retail is no longer a secret. 43% of all U.S. online sales — amounting to $136B — were through Amazon in 2016, a 10% increase over 2015. The U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed that while total ecommerce sales increased by 15.6% in 2016, the majority of …

eCommerce
Marketing
Coffee

10 reasons why creatives should start working with a pen and paper

Have you thought about the effect technology has on your creative work? Maybe you should. Over the years, as agencies connected our desktops to the …

Creativity

'Silent Start': The Brilliant (and Surprising) Meeting Method I Learned From Amazon's Jeff Bezos | Inc.com

We've all been there: wasting precious time in a meeting that is headed nowhere fast.<p>There are lots of reasons this happens, but often it comes down to a lack of preparation. Think about it: You can send an agenda in advance, you can provide all the resources your team needs for a productive …

Business Strategy

What exactly a giant like Nestle gets when it buys an upstart like Blue Bottle

Big companies are good at lots of things. Managing complex supply chains. Buying in bulk to get the lowest prices from suppliers. Getting products on lots of store shelves and in front of lots of consumers.<p>But they're not good at everything. Like being cool.<p>Which is why, over the past few years, …

Social media stars are trading posts for apartments

Seamus Mullen, the chef behind Spanish-inflected Manhattan hot spots Tertulia and El Colmado, boasts that there are many benefits to living at 60 …

Real Estate

Driverless Vehicles Will Talk to Us

Envisioning a not-so-distant future where our cars can detect our locations, our to-do lists, and our heart rates.<p>When we switched from landlines to smartphones about 10 years ago, there was a fundamental shift in how we understood communication technology. Until that point, we’d been using phones …

Driverless Cars

8 Rules Of Positioning

Getting in front of customers and prospects is an important thing, but more important thing is what you will communicate about your brand and product …

Product Management

Branding For Small Businesses Made Simple

There’s a lot of content out there that is written to help small business owners do their own marketing, but it’s often written by marketers who are adept in things like analytics, content marketing, and technical jargon. It may be written using terms you don’t understand and business processes …

Marketing

How Fonts Help Clever Footwear Brands Tell Fascinating Stories

Amid a notoriously shaky retail climate, footwear brands and businesses are increasingly searching for points of differentiation. Compelling visual …

Typography