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How to Think Like a Hacker, Even If You Can't Code

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page all have in common?<p>Yes, they’ve founded multi-billion dollar businesses with virtually no formal …

Tell 100 People About Your Idea Every Day

Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky, gave this--and two other pieces of--advice to the young founders of FlightCar. Here's where the scrappy Y Combinator start-up is going with it.<p>Rujul Zaparde, the extremely eager, very young co-founder and CEO of FlightCar--a year-and-a-half-old company that rents …

Startups

Bill Gates And His Foundation: Employers Should Focus On Skills, NOT College Degrees

By using a college degree as a requirement, employers are automatically overlooking people that are capable but have no degree.<p>Ultimately, this isn't helping the employer, the workforce or the economy, Angela Cobb argued in a blog posted by the Gates Foundation on Monday.<p>Research from the Aspen …

Here Are The Challenges Facing Jeff Bezos As He Takes Over The Washington Post

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Bezos turned selling books online into a multibillion-dollar business that has changed retailing forever. Many are now anxious to see if Bezos can do the same for the media industry, after the Amazon.com founder announced he is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers …

How tech’s young millionaires spend their money

NEW YORK — When Josh McFarland graduated from Stanford he owed $40,000 in student loans and couldn’t fathom a way he’d ever pay it off and have a …

First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things

Greatness doesn't just happen. The best leaders take steps to ensure that when they do something, they do it better than anyone else.<p>You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, …

Webinars

What Really Makes Companies Succeed In The Long Run?

Some believe companies are great because of leadership. Others fervently think it’s agile collaboration and innovation. Still others say luck or serendipity play a larger role in this increasingly random, complex and connected world. Yet, perhaps it’s simply a matter of following three rules, …

Best Watches Under $500

The AskMen Acquire team thoroughly researches & reviews the best gear, services and staples for life.<p>For lots of guys, watches are like wine: the perceived learning curve intimidates many who assume you can’t get anything good for a reasonable price. That’s not the case, however, timepiece-wise; in …

Overcome the Complexity Within You

Although it doesn’t show up explicitly in any personality test, some people seem to be more prone to creating complexity than others. Instead of cutting to the heart of an issue, they tangle it further; rather than narrowing down projects, they allow the scope to keep expanding; and instead of …

The Way I Work: Zulily's Darrell Cavens

"Two things draw the most anxiety from employees: their paycheck and their seat. Don't screw up either."<p><i>Half of Darrell Cavens's 700 employees have been with Zulily for less than a year. And a year from now, the same dynamic will probably be in place--though who knows what the head count will be at</i> …

Customer Service

Are You Too In Love With Social Media?

Social media marketing shouldn't happen in a vacuum. How to integrate offline and online strategies.<p>Like many business owners, you’ve gone all in with your social media efforts, tweeting, Facebooking, and generally building a loyal following. But you’re missing some of social’s best opportunities …

Social Media

Gauging the Health of Your Company's Growth

Inc. columnist Norm Brodsky talks about how you can interpret your company's growth performance.<p><i>Dear Norm,</i><p><i>You recently wrote about the difficulty and high cost of launching a product that requires a great deal of market education. I'm wondering if that applies to our new business, WamBam Fence. We</i> …

North Carolina

Meet The CEO Who Lived In A Taco Bell Parking Lot And Now Runs A Cool New Startup

He and his co-founders decided to leave Japan to seek investment for their dating startup, Mieple.<p>Their first stop: Silicon Valley.<p>"I felt like if you come to Silicon Valley, you can raise any money you want," Fukuyama tells Business Insider.<p>They eventually did raise money, but it didn't happen …

It's Time For Apple To Take A Cue From How Other Companies Innovate

Is he up to it? I'm beginning to think he's not.<p>There have been some missteps, of course, like some earnings releases that disappointed investors, the maps debacle, the continued lack of NFC or an Apple TV, but that's not why I'm having doubts.<p>I find it easy to believe that those things would have …

The Most Influential People Only Have 6 People In Their Inner Circles

With rare exceptions, it's just not practical for anyone to maintain close, truly meaningful relationships with more than six people.<p>Super-successful people know this better than anyone. In the survey research I did for my book <i>Business Brilliant</i>, I found that the wealthier you are, the <i>fewer</i> "best …

Great Innovators Think Laterally

Do you ever wonder why cars aren’t called “horseless carriages” anymore? Today’s cars are just as horseless as they were a century ago. Horselessness is standard equipment on most new and late models, both foreign and domestic.<p>Framing the question this way may seem a bit absurd; yet, it’s a playful …

Know your market: Stop selling, start consulting and get those c-suite meetings

by Peter Finkelstein<p>Of all of the issues facing sales people, one of the most vexing is getting quality time with key decision-makers.<p>Demand for …

Sustainable employee engagement: forget the office fun park, because happiness is not enough

Employee engagement has been the Holy Grail of people management over the past 10 years on the understanding that happy workers generate bigger …

Can a little thing like a big autograph really predict an executive’s performance? Researchers found that companies led by CEOs with large signatures – an indicator of narcissism – had lower returns on assets than ones led by CEOs with small signatures. http://bit.ly/109Esx9

To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how <i>you</i> feel about <i>yourself</i>. Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a …

How to Tell a Story with Data

An excellent visualization, according to Edward Tufte, expresses “complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency.” I would add that an excellent visualization also tells a story through the graphical depiction of statistical information. As I discussed in an earlier post, …

Fastest growing start-ups know how to get more brand for your buck

by Jane Lindhe<p>Marketing in the traditional sense is not a big priority for start-up businesses: almost three-quarters of the companies on BRW’s Fast …

You’re too slow: IBM chief gives staff a whack via video

IBMchief executiveVirginia Romettyhas used a five-minute video to admonish staff at the IT multinational for being too slow to respond to …

Stop Telling Your Employees What to Do

I will never forget the experiences of getting my first suit. I was 12 years old and my father took me to a department store on 18th street in New York City. I was very excited; this was the transition to feeling grown up. A real milestone. I would have a suit like all the grown men I knew.<p>At the …

How to Create an Email Newsletter in Minutes

Flashissue is a slick tool that makes curating and emailing content a snap.<p>If email newsletters are part of your marketing strategy, you need to get to know Flashissue.<p>The tool combines content curation with email marketing in a simple interface that has great functionality even at the free level. …

Marketing

This Post Will Go Viral

I spent months researching what makes something go viral. Here's what I learned and how to apply it to your business.<p>It's marketers' million-dollar question: What makes something go viral?<p>You know that social media is best used to establish and maintain a long term relationship with your customers. …

Social Media