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The Top Reasons Startups Fail [Infographic]

Down through the years, some startups really struck gold. When Accel Partners invested $14.8 million in a website called “thefacebook.com” back in 2005, they made a return of $5.6 billion – 378 times their original outlay. More often than not, however, startups tend to fail brutally. According to …

Startups

Scaling and Automating an Accidental Startup with Conor Lee

How Conor Lee, founder of HipLead, scaled on the back of automation, systems, and processes<p>The sobering statistic that half of all companies fail within 5 years is well-known to startups; but a pervasive reason behind that figure isn't always apparent. Did you know 42% of businesses fail due to a …

Profit

A New Start-up Aims to Shake Up the Rug Industry

Revival Rugs tries the direct-to-consumer model on what might be the least transparent market in design<p>Bedding, mattresses, custom furniture: Over the past few years, multiple corners of the design world have seen innovation in the form of start-ups, often high-quality, fair trade, …

How To Bootstrap A Successful Tech Company

<i>What career advice do you have for recent graduates? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Sramana Mitra, Founder, One Million by One Million [1mby1m], first global virtual accelerator,</b> …

How This Startup Is Disrupting the Moving Industry

Convincing consumers and companies to get on board hasn't been easy.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How do you teach a whole industry to be early adopters and to start to change their old ways? Learn how Unpakt CEO Adam Doron convinced the moving industry to adopt his …

Thought Leadership

Niche co-founders Rob Fishman and Darren Lachtman are reuniting at video startup Brat

They’ve raised $10 million, too.<p>Four years ago, Rob Fishman and Darren Lachtman launched Niche, a company that matched social media stars with brands that wanted to pay them to promote their products.<p>That worked well: Two years later, Twitter bought the company for a pile of money.<p>Now they are …

Social Media

Meet the under 30s in tech already making millions

The internet age has produced a generation of tech-savvy young men who have made huge fortunes by combining great ideas with technical know-how and …

Beheld is a new startup that lets you scan, send, and print yourself

Kat Kinkead and Peter Weijmarshausen met at their old company, Shapeways. Weijmarshausen recently stepped down as CEO and was looking for something cool to do when he and Kinkead realized that the most popular application of 3D scanning and printing was in 3D figurines. These tiny …

Michael Kors

Why You Should You Sign a 'Pre-Nup' With Your Co-founder

Great, you've found an awesome co-founder. You still need to spell out your expectations from the get-go.<p>What are the most common reasons startups fail? Sure, many build something no one wants to buy or simply run out of money, but there's also another huge potential stumbling block new businesses …

Startups

Unubo makes it easy to track what you or your startup spends on subscription services

Unubo, a new U.K. startup soft-launched a couple of months ago, is pretty meta: a software-as-a-Service to help you track the cost of SaaS and other subscription-based products or services you are signed up to. The web app lets you add the services you use in various ways, including by optionally …

If You Want to Get Funded on Kickstarter, Research Says to Avoid These Tactics

The crowd has spoken and it's not impressed.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On the surface, the growth of crowdfunding has been phenomenal. Since its inception in 2009, projects listed on Kickstarter have raised $3.3 billion. Over 133,000 projects have become …

Startups

Detective by Charlie is an AI tool that's like having your own personal CIA

Imagine having a button that can instantly tell you (virtually) everything there is to know about something or someone. That, in a nutshell, is Detective by Charlie, which uses natural language processing (NLP) and AI to unearth and collate information about a particular subject in a couple of …

Battery Ventures leads $75M Series D in travel activities platform GetYourGuide

Right after Berlin-based travel activities booking platform GetYourGuide announced its $50 million Series C, one of Europe’s biggest tourist draws, the city of Paris, was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks.<p>The awful events in Paris were clearly not good news for a tourism-dependent …

Tourism

This fleece pullover is actually a rain jacket and it looks super cool, y'all

With the possible exception of hardboiled detectives in black and white movies, nobody looks cool in a raincoat. Plus, they're usually pretty stiff …

Malawi Vampire Crisis Out of Control As Vampire Hunters Kill People Based on Rumors

Mass hysteria has broken out in the small southeast African nation of Malawi, where rumors of real-life blood-sucking vampires have become so …

People nearly crashed Zillow's site on launch day thanks to a genius product feature — now it's a $7 billion company

Real-estate website Zillow launched in beta in February 2006. Six hours later, the site crashed because it couldn't handle the amount of traffic it was getting.<p>The draw? An unprecedented feature called the "Zestimate," an estimate of how much a specific house is worth.<p>On an episode of Business …

Real Estate

GetYourGuide raises $75 million, looks to AI and personalisation

GetYourGuide has raised $75 million in Series D which it says is the largest ever raised in the tours and activities segment.The round is led by …

Venture Capital

Products

Renewable Content Package<p>G2 Crowd’s Renewable Content Package provides marketing and sales teams with fresh content every quarter. Use verified user …

The ultimate, 3500-word, plain English guide to blockchain

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Bitcoin and blockchain. After all, they are one of the most trending topics these days  —  the ultimate buzzwords of the year. Even people who’ve never mined cryptocurrency or understand how it works, are talking about it.<p>My …

Ukraine, on the edge of something and somewhere

Some locals I spoke to said it was purely because the whole startup concept was new to Eastern Europe and Ukraine. Others said that Ukrainians are not good at pitching or explaining their ideas. Whilst others said that Ukrainians were terrible with money, and wouldn’t know how to cope with a large …

Kano raises $28M as its kid-friendly computer kits hit 4,500 stores

Kano — the startup that teaches kids (and adults) about computers and coding by way of a variety of do-it-yourself hardware building kits — is announcing an important milestone in its growth today.<p>The company has raised $28 million in funding, and ahead of the holidays, it will be using that …

HYDAWAY collapsible water bottle review – The Gadgeteer

I’ve always been a big fan of space-saving gadgetry and have become quite skilled at minimalistic travel. I typically carry a collapsible bowl, …

Cleaning

What's the Difference Between a CEO and an Entrepreneur? This 1 Quality

A CEO's characteristics are very different from an entrepreneur's. Do you know which one you are?<p>Most people assume that if you're an entrepreneur, you are inherently CEO material. And if you're a CEO, you are, by definition, an entrepreneur.<p>I disagree.<p>I have personally started five businesses from …

This Unusually Talented Man Can Play The Saxophone Without A Saxophone

Even if you don't like the brassy sound of a saxophone you've gotta admit sax players are the coolest! Well, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and …

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

These Tiles Turn Your Wall Into a LEGO Building Base

(Image credit: Brik)<p>LEGO fans young and old, check this out: One company makes removable wall tiles that serve as building block bases. (This is …

Lego

The ex-Tesla engineer who created an FDA-compliant hangover cure made $1 million in 3 months and was almost thrown out of the country by Trump's immigration rules

Imagine accidentally creating a startup that makes a cure for hangovers. The startup turns out to be so successful, raking in $1 million in three months, that you need to quit your high-paying job at Tesla, only to then find yourself nearly kicked out of the country by the Trump administration …

Trump Administration

Shark Mark Cuban, Spanx CEO share best ways to succeed in business

"Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban said he always knows when "somebody's full of it" and Spanx CEO Sara Blakely says to embarrass yourself often to succeed.

Three Myths About Successful Founders That Just Won’t Die

These stereotypes hold back entrepreneurs who deserve a better shot at success.<p>Let’s talk about dolphins for a second. Centuries of sea lore, going back to Greek mythology, tell us that they don’t just like humans but that they’re looking out for us, too–rising out of nowhere into the aftermaths of …

5 essential pieces of advice from a successful serial entrepreneur

What’s the perfect recipe for success? This question has been puzzled over by entrepreneurs since the dawn of trade. What with factors like luck, …