Colm Larkin

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Know When to Trust Your Gut and When to Seek Outside Advice

You should also know when to balance the two.<p>5 min read<p>When deciding whether to invest in hopeful entrepreneurs who enter ABC's <i>Shark Tank</i>, Barbara Corcoran relies heavily on her gut reaction. Though the investor does her due diligence to learn about a company's finances, sales history and …

Entrepreneurship

The 5 Types of People You Should Hire to Help Grow Your Business

Hiring people is one of my favorite things about running a company. It usually means that your business is growing and every new recruit has the potential to accelerate that growth, but getting the right person each time is critical. That’s why I still review job descriptions, read resumés and meet …

Employment

4 Expert Influencer Marketing Tips That Will Transform Your Campaigns

Just as marketers were coming to grips with digital advertising, their task is becoming difficult again. According to PageFair, 615 million internet …

Marketing

Why Meetings On The Move Should Be The New Normal (And How To Ensure They're Productive)

Whatever my day involves, I always try to incorporate plenty of exercise. Every morning I wake up early and take my dogs for a long walk. At the office I work at a standing desk. And when I take a phone call or have a one-on-one meeting with someone, I like to do it on my feet.<p>Steve Jobs was a big …

Productivity

My Beverage Company Launched a Sunscreen. Here's How We Knew It Was the Right Time to Diversify Our Business.

If you're thinking of introducing a new product or entering a new product, ask yourself these four questions.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, my company launched a new product, hint sunscreen. It's unusual for a beverage business to suddenly move into personal …

Why Entrepreneurs Should Never Stop Being Curious

Over the past year, “fake news” has become one of the most urgent issues we face. The deluge of lies, manipulations and political spin clogging up our social feeds has impacted election results, weakened our institutions and created deep rifts in society. Yet the struggle to distinguish between …

Fake News

Why you Shouldn’t Apply the 80:20 Media vs Production Split to your Digital Campaigns

March 16, 2018<p>In January, Dollar Shave Club began its bid to crack the UK market by launching a TV ad campaign. The mail-order razor company’s …

Why Authenticity Is a Key Ingredient to Entrepreneurial Success, and How to Make Sure You Have It

Follow these six tips to ensure you're keeping it real as an authentic entrepreneur.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>"I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become." --</i> <i>Oprah Winfrey</i><p>Early in her career, Oprah Winfrey was an evening news …

This Is How Lisa Sugar Built Company Culture At PopSugar

“Starting a company is your chance to create the culture you want.” – Lisa Sugar – Founder and President, PopSugar<p>In 2005, Lisa Sugar was bored of her job in advertising. She was more interested in writing about fashion and celebrities than managing client budgets but didn’t know how to make the …

PopSugar

Why working moms still struggle to lean in

I’ve experienced first-hand the sacrifices women make for the sake of their families. My mother gave up a promising career as a teacher to look after …

Pew Research Center

How Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Elite Athletes

Thousands of hopeful athletes are putting their talents to the test at the winter games in South Korea. I love watching these events and admire the skills that allow sportspeople to master their chosen disciplines.<p>More than that, I love the spirit, drive and determination that has propelled them to …

Entrepreneurship

How To Focus On The Now

As 2017 drew to a close, I boarded a 13-hour flight to Chile, so I could ring in the new year hiking with my family in Patagonia. Upon arrival, I realized that I had to find a way to quickly adjust to the five-hour time difference between California and Chile.<p>I had come away for an active vacation. …

University of Michigan

Why It's Important To Make Time To Mentor

Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day. Whether I’m working with my team, meeting suppliers or interviewing other business leaders for The Kara Network, my week is jam-packed with things to do.<p>But no matter how busy I am, I always set aside five hours each week for one very important task: …

Mentoring

What's Your Problem? Why Entrepreneurs Always Need One

In 2009, when Netflix was still a DVD-by-mail service, the company’s co-founder Reed Hastings told Fortune Magazine how he came up with the idea. He had forgotten to return a movie to one of the video rental chain stores. Faced with a $40 fine, Hastings was inspired to rethink an entire …

Entrepreneurship

From Gap To Gen Z: Why Collaboration Is More Important Than Ever

In the 1990s, retail chain Gap suddenly found itself at the center of a cultural change in how Americans dressed. Business became less formal and concepts like ‘casual Friday’ meant office workers needed to supplement their wardrobe of suits, skirts and shoulder pads with some stylish smart-casual …

Generation Z

Why A Leader's Personal Values Are Essential To A Successful Brand

At last month’s Bloomberg’s Global Business Forum, I watched Apple CEO Tim Cook passionately defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects certain young immigrants from deportation. Cook believes the threat to end DACA is the “biggest issue of our time because this …

Leadership

Aligning Your Brand And Culture Has Never Been More Important

They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Those businesses that have recently made the wrong kind of headlines may disagree. Reports of harassment and internal cultures based on fear and contempt at companies like Uber and So-Fi are surely detrimental to their brands.<p>Lending startup So-Fi …

Employee Engagement

Your Customer Won't Always Share Your Purpose (And That's OK)

It’s hard to believe that people are often reluctant to use a product that is proven to save lives. But that’s the challenge faced by Malaysian entrepreneur MK Goh, CEO of Karex Berhad, the world’s largest condom maker.<p>When I interviewed him recently as part of The Kara Network, my digital resource …

Sexual Health

The Next Evolution of Energy

<b>By Michael Patterson, CEO and Co-Founder</b><p>The history of energy begins with fire, the first external source of power that humans manipulated for their …

How space exploration and electric cars will help us end energy poverty

<b>By Porter Harris, CTO and Co-Founder</b><p>Throughout my career, I’ve been obsessed with energy and power systems technology; advancing the tech whenever …

Network Not Working? How To Build And Use a Valuable Contacts Book

A good friend of mine and one of my company’s key advisors is marketing expert, Porter Gale. She always spoke to me about the value of connections, a subject she also covered in her book, Your Network Is Your Net Worth.<p>Porter believed that people should care more about growing relationships than …

Entrepreneurship

Hiring Hints: Five Ways To Always Get The Right Person For The Job

Twelve years ago, hint was just me developing products in my kitchen and selling them from my garage. As the orders began to pile up, I realized I needed help and started hiring.<br>For small, growing startups, each new hire is critical. Get the wrong person for a key role and suddenly your fast track …

Employment

Don't Fake It: Why Admitting Ignorance Can Help You Make It

“<i>Fake it till you make it</i>” is a catchy piece of advice often offered to inexperienced people in the world of business. The idea is to make a public show of competence and knowledge, while privately working to make up the gaps in your skillset.<p>The problem with faking it is that making it involves …

artisanal

Women Entrepreneurs on Thumbtack are Breaking Stereotypes and Making Hundreds of Millions of Dollars – Thumbtack Journal

A recent study of over 100,000 women-owned businesses on Thumbtack revealed that women are building successful businesses and smashing gender …

Small Business

Are You Sitting Uncomfortably? 7 Challenges to Keep You Growing

In his book <i>Tribes</i>, writer and entrepreneur Seth Godin notes that great leaders are valuable because they are scarce. The ability to lead is rare …

Get Smart-er About Your Email Copy

I love emails that tell a story. Messages that weave every detail into a satisfying and entertaining read. Uncommon Goods is one of my favorite …

The Importance of Speed and Efficiency in Payments

<b>Image: Shutterstock</b>While no one has yet put a figure on how many financial transactions occur globally each year, you can get some idea of volume …

Blockchain

The Internet of Value: What It Means and How It Benefits Everyone

<b>Image: Shutterstock</b>Venture capitalist William Mougayar calls blockchain “the second significant overlay on the internet, just as the web was the …

Blockchain

Don’t Believe All the Hype 3: Why Payments Are Worth the Blockchain Hype

<b>Image: Shutterstock</b>Previously I’ve warned banks against buying into much of the hype surrounding blockchain. Instead of being seduced by visionary …

Payment Systems