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How Much Money Should I Raise For My Startup?

“How much money should I raise for my startup?” It’s a great question and one I get asked all the time. This is a pretty challenging topic for many entrepreneurs, and there is a lot of good and not so good advice floating around out there. My recent Forbes blog, “Twelve Mistakes To Avoid When …

3 Reasons Why the Rich Keep Getting Richer

Source: Thinkstock<p>Thomas Piketty is a pretty famous man right now. A French economist, Piketty catapulted himself into the limelight with his book</i> …

5 Ways to Have Your Customers Fund Your Business

Author John Mullins challenges the wildly held notion that startups need to raise institutional dollars to succeed.<p>A long-held notion in entrepreneurial circles is that the way to start and grow a thriving business is to come up with a great "idea", write a great business plan, raise capital from …

5 ways to build up your business

By<p>1<p>DON’T BE MYOPIC ABOUT MARKETING<p>Most entrepreneurial companies treat marketing as glorified sales -support. Even worse, they fail to use it to …

What One Entrepreneur Learned From Working for Steve Jobs

A graduate student drops out to take a position with Jobs and leaves an entrepreneur.<p>Imagine going to work for Steve Jobs as a recent college graduate. That's what happened to Mark Tacchi, who dropped out of graduate school in 1993 to take a job at NeXT, the computer company Jobs founded after …

When we were small: Under Armour

By J.D. Harrison<p>In a row house in Georgetown, Kevin Plank started a company with about $15,000, some locally purchased fabric, and an ambitious plan to shake up the athletic apparel industry.<p>It took the former University of Maryland football player five years to turn it into a $5 million dollar …

Five mistakes that will kill any startup

After Clark Benson sold his company eCrush in 2007, he had two choices: He could either take a sabbatical or he could jump right in and start building his fifth company, Ranker, a site that would crowdsource rankings of everything from movies to athletes. Feeling self-inflicted pressure, he chose …

Peter Thiel's Very Negative -- And Very Useful -- Advice for Entrepreneurs

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>Maybe you can tell something about the Zeitgeist of the business world by looking at what business people are reading at airports. In the white-collar recession angst of the early 1990s, for example, they were desperately flipping through the …

Google’s 8 innovation principles

How does Google do it? How are they so innovative?<p>In my new book BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (coming out February 3rd, …

The Flawless Way to Open a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So you’re just starting a new business. Congratulations! It’s probably safe to assume that you’ve hired a staff, created a website and sent out word that the enterprise is now open for business. So now what?<p>Although it might seem easy to …

Venture Capitalists Discuss the Missteps of Travel Startups

What is innovation in travel, where do you find it, and how can would-be entrepreneurs avoid wasting years of their lives?<p>These are some of the …

The 3 Lists Every Entrepreneur Must Make

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a company is like a dream come true: no one telling you when to go into the office, you can pick and choose meetings and there's unlimited vacation. Sigh -- the life of an entrepreneur. So flexible, so fabulous. If only it was …

Uncertainty is Not a Bad Thing For Entrepreneurs

<i>Gregg Schwartz is the Director of Sales and Marketing at</i> <i>Strategic Sales & Marketing</i><i>, an industry-founding lead generation company specializing in major account B2B lead generation.</i><p>The past few years have seen a lot of economic turmoil. Ever since 2007, we’ve witnessed the bursting of the real …

Entrepreneur Offers Mobile Money Advice

Image: Maya Elious<p>Mobile services are everywhere. You can get food, legal advice, and now even financial advice from a truck. Financial literacy …

Ideas Are Only the Beginning of Startup Innovation

Most people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people and process. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate need …

What Really Motivates Entrepreneurs to Start Companies

Sure, being your own boss is popular, but some entrepreneurs just have a case of a good business idea that won't go away.<p>No two entrepreneurs are alike, and if you ask a few what inspired them to take the leap and start a business, chances are you'll get different responses. Perhaps that's why it …

Techstars' David Cohen on Why You Should 'Just Do It'

Make sure you have a market for your business--and then dive in.<p><i>The Techstars co-founder and serial entrepreneur doles out advice on how to test the market, prepare the team--and double the talent pool.</i><p><i>As told to Scott Gerber.</i><p><b>Are we in a golden age of entrepreneurship?</b><p>It seems like it. We're seeing …

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor

Like many other successful people in business and in life, I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for my mentors.<p>As I’ve written before, I didn’t always recognize the value of having (and being) a mentor like I do today. As a young entrepreneur, it’s easy to fall into …

The Simplest Way For Entrepreneurs To Increase Their Energy

<i>By Raoul Davis</i><p>In the concrete jungle, entrepreneurs and executives from all walks of life repeatedly face the challenge of negotiating fight or flight moments. But regardless of their choices, there is one commonality to every decision pathway: stress.<p>As we’ve learned, continuing stress is …

The First 100 Days: Startup Decisions and Important Lessons

For entrepreneurs who are constantly coming up with ideas and wanting to “build a thing”, the actual <i>start</i> portion of a startup is pretty easy. “I’m …

The 5 Top Secrets For Avoiding Relationship Gaffes

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Is it Marc Benioff’s business formula for success? Elon Musk’s determination? Or Alexis Ohanian’s technical savvy? The skills of today’s business leaders may vary, but all successful entrepreneurs have one thing in common: relationship …

What You Need to Know About Being an Entrepreneur | SEJ

Past generations might find today’s vision of the American dream unrecognizable. While the American dream was once composed of white picket fences …

Stealth mode: The case for product first, marketing second

<i>This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture</i> …

7 Traits You Need If You Want to Work From Home

Working from home isn't for everyone. Here are 7 traits you need to do it productively and successfully.<p>Working from home isn't for everyone. If you can't get enough of workplace drama, office politics, or water cooler gossip, for instance, working from home could leave you feeling unfulfilled and …

Why College Students Should Saddle Themselves With Debt ... But Not Too Much Debt

Graduating from college with a major that has no clear path to a steady income should be every student’s worst nightmare.<p>The scary part begins when you’ve spent four (or five) years at an institution of higher learning only to graduate and find out that in today’s job market, you are competing …

How Bill Gates Thinks

Author Steven Johnson talks to the engineer turned philanthropist about the future, technology, ice, capitalism, and optimism.<p>When interesting people hang out, interesting things tend to happen. So when we found out that Steven Johnson, author of <i>Where Good Ideas Come From</i> and <i>The Ghost Map</i> was going …

Hungry? You Might Make Better Decisions, Study Finds

Have a hunger to be a better decision maker? Then stay hungry, my friends. Researchers have found that being hungry leads people to make better choices, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.<p>All study participants fasted overnight, but one group was fed breakfast immediately when they arrived …

So Maybe Money Really Does Buy Happiness?

A worldwide study finds that rising national income is highly correlated with rises in personal satisfaction and overall happiness.<p>Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money--and the stuff it buys--brings happiness.<p>Levels of self-reported well-being in …

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Help Your Employees Be Themselves at Work

How can managers create workplace environments where people feel comfortable being themselves? Research has shown that hiding our true identities can cripple professional performance. For instance, closeted LGBT employees feel much more isolated at work than their openly gay peers, and 52% of …

Why Fabien Cousteau Wants To Build An Underwater City

With 95 percent of the ocean unexplored, scientists barely understand life beneath the waves.<p>In the July 1963 issue of <i>Popular Science</i>, we detailed the work of Jacques Cousteau, an oceanographer who was building the Conshelf II -- an underwater habitat where he would set a world record living under …