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How My Employees Helped Me Make $10 Million Selling Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Spurring innovation through hackathons and quarterly idea bashes doesn't always work. It usually takes a culture, built around daring employees and a CEO who lets them soar.<p>Thirteen months ago, Michael Lewis, founder and CEO of Forever Collectibles, didn't even know that ugly sweaters were a thing. …

Russian Oil Tycoon: US Shale Boom Is 'On-Par' With Dot-Com Bubble

And one Russian oil tycoon thinks OPEC is on a mission to get rid of the "marginal" oil players in the US shale market.<p>According to a report from Bloomberg's Will Kennedy and Jillian Ward , Leonid Fedun — vice president and board member at Russian oil giant OAO Lukoil — said: <b>"The shale boom is on</b> …

Oil

SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t

SendMyBag has come a long way since being unceremoniously rejected by investors on the BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Shortly after, the Northern Irish startup, which offers a shipping service that picks up the slack left by airlines who no longer want to take your luggage, raised a modest seed round. …

Messaging app Yik Yak tipped for $62m funding a year after launch

Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak has become a hit on college campuses across the US since its launch a year ago. Now it is raising a $62m funding round from high-profile Silicon Valley venture capital firms.<p>Sequoia Capital, which also invested in messaging app WhatsApp before it was bought for $19bn …

Use These 5 Tips To Align Employees With Your Brand

Would you buy a high-end service from a folksy employee with a Southern accent? Or would you purchase a bargain-brand car from a dealer who was dressed in custom couture? Here’s what the big brands know that your emerging company may be missing: for optimal success your employees must not only be …

Steve Blank: A Great Way to Test Your Business Model

A new book by Alexander Osterwalder explores how to find customer problems and design potential solutions.<p>Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Buy it.<p>The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently. It has three parts: a business model canvas to …

Product Management

CHART OF THE DAY: All Of Facebook's Revenue Growth Is Coming From Mobile Ads

Facebook reported earnings for its fiscal third quarter of 2014 on Tuesday. Revenue and earnings per share were slightly above Wall Street's expectations — it reported $3.2 billion in total revenue and $2.96 billion in ad revenue, a 64% increase from the year-ago quarter — but other metrics like …

Advertising

10 Things That Make Your Company Irresistible

With lots of cheap money available, big companies like Walmart, General Motors, and AT&T are on the hunt for an acquisition. Here's how to get on their radar.<p>Big companies are on the prowl for little ones. Our own data over at The Sellability Score shows the proportion of business owners who have …

The Modern Gentleman's Guide To Starting A Watch Collection

This should be done carefully. A gentleman should conduct his research before selecting his first watch. It is a deduction that requires an understanding of not only what is out there, but also of one's own personal style.<p>And of course, one's own financial limitations.<p>"Unless you're spending $5,000 …

Watches

Facebook is shifting from being a social network to mere app platform

From Candy Crush requests to Marketplace invites, Facebook is unrecognisable from the site that forced our attention away from MySpace and Bebo back in 2004. With 42m pages and 10m apps, it appears to be heading in a new direction; one that sees its main role as host to a variety of apps and less …

Search

FORTUNE — The skeptics continue to outnumber the true believers.<p>At least that was the case at a bitcoin forum Thursday night in New York City, where SecondMarket CEO and self-proclaimed “most active” bitcoin angel investor Barry Silbert took the pro side of a debate over the virtual currency …

Recap: Microsoft\’s Build conference keynote

China China is no place for an investor

New York (MarketWatch) — This April, in terms of regions and capitalization ranges, I’d consider trading up the quality chain and away from potential …

Three Simple Ways To Create Customers For Life

You’ve heard it a thousand times: Happy customers translate into repeat business. For small businesses, truer words were never spoken. So why do some business owners view customer service as an unnecessary cost, believing in the adage that “a great product should speak for itself”?<p>“Many companies …

Huawei profits surge 34% on strong China demand

<b>Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has reported a 34% increase in annual profits, its fastest growth in profits for four years.</b><p>Net profit for 2013 was 21bn yuan ($3.38bn; £2bn), compared with 15.6bn yuan the year before.<p>Huawei said the growth was due to strong demand from China, as the country …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Why Alibaba is buying shopping malls while Facebook is buying virtual-reality companies

In the lead-up to its blockbuster IPO (expected to be the biggest since Facebook’s), Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has been on quite a shopping spree, shoring up its fortifications against assault from internet rival Tencent. Now it’s getting into malls, spending $692 million for a 26% stake in …

eCommerce

Apple again seeks decisive U.S. court ruling against Samsung

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - An Apple Inc attorney told jurors the company deserves about $2 billion from Samsung for copying the iPhone, but a Samsung lawyer said Apple was merely seeking to make up for losing its lead in the smartphone market.<p>The two companies returned to court on Tuesday for …

Going Viral: 10 Strategies to Get People to Listen to, Engage and Share Your Message

Last week I finally had a chance to read <i>Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World</i> by Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is …

8 Easy Ways to Be an Extraordinary Boss

High-class leadership means doing both the little and the big things necessary for your employees to flourish. Here's where to start.<p>A few years ago, I interviewed several dozen highly successful CEOs. In the post "The 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses," I provided a summary of what I learned. …

15 Things That Could Cause Small Business Failure

It’s sad. 8 out of 10 businesses fail. And many of the causes can be prevented. This list can help you put together a plan to make sure your business …

7 Sins of Newbie Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the ridiculously high percentage of small businesses that will fail in the first couple years. The business owners who survived the odds will tell you that they didn’t achieve success on sheer passion …

Small Business

What Some Extremely Successful People Were Doing At 25

Some people know what they want to do from an early age and focus on it relentlessly. Others reinvent themselves, changing careers and industries …

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey Shares His 10 Simple Rules Of Life

These simple <i>life rules that Jack Dorsey lives by</i>, may be the reason why his company <i>Twitter</i> has reached a massive 500 Million+ user base over the past …

How We Got 1,000+ Subscribers from a Single Blog Post in 24 Hours

We had content, but no readers. Here are the exact steps we took to build relationships with influencers and find an audience...<p><i>This is part seven in</i> …

Marketing

5 Things Customers Don’t Want to Hear…EVER

November 25, 2013<p>Share<p><i>Tara Hunt is the author of “The Whuffie Factor,” and is a contributor to the HootSource blog. This post originally appeared on</i> …

Customer Experience

10 Awesome Infographics to Guide Your Marketing Plan for 2014

Infographics seem to be getting more and more popular lately. They’re certainly fun to look at, and they convey useful information in a format that’s …

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2013

It started with a gap in the market.<p>Technology writing comes in many forms. It can be long and lyrical a la The New Yorker. And it can be bite-size — …

Startups

3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health And Productivity

This is especially true with your health, where the important issues almost never seem urgent even though your life ultimately hangs in the balance.<p>No, going to the gym today isn't urgent, but it is important for your long-term health.<br>• No, you won't die from stress today, but if you don't get it …

Time Management

The $0 Marketing Stack: 41 Free Options to Popular Paid Services and Tools

What tools do you use to get your online marketing work done?<p>Can you do all the same work of a digital marketer, and do it for <b>free</b>?<p>The list of tools …

Social Media

Success can build a culture of arrogance that will destroy a company

Even for the volatile tech industry, the implosion of Canadian telecom giant Nortel was spectacular. In 2000, it was the 9th most valuable corporation in the world with a market cap of $283 billion. A decade later, it was bankrupt and ceasing operations.<p>One of the company’s former CEOs, Jean Monty …