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Brands That Tell Unforgettable Stories Do These 3 Things

Brand storytelling is hard. But it can be done, and done well.<p>Brand storytelling: It's something every brand knows it has to engage in, but only a few do really well.<p>The simplest reason for this? Brand storytelling is hard. It's hard to distill all the things that make your company what it is into …

Marketing

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Entrepreneurship

Guess How Many Seniors Say Life Is Worse in Retirement

Unfortunately, it's a higher percentage than we'd like to admit.<p>We all like to think of retirement as a carefree, fulfilling period of life. But …

6 Brainstorming Tips to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing | Inc.com

You sit down with your team for a brainstorming session and wait for the creativity to flow -- but nothing comes to you. When there's too much pressure to think up your next big idea, this is often the scenario that results. But if you can reframe your thinking and seek inspiration in unexpected …

Creativity

How to Become a Thought Leader

Now more than ever, getting your ideas heard online is tough. Here are six strategies to move you in the right direction.<p>The results of being a thought leader in your industry can be both life-changing and business-changing. The problem is, of course, the lack of a clear blueprint on how to become …

Thought Leadership

35 Amazing Real World Examples Of How Blockchain Is Changing Our World

It’s quickly becoming apparent that blockchain technology is about far more than just Bitcoin. Across finance, healthcare, media, government and other sectors, innovative uses are appearing every day.<p>Here is a list of 35 which I have come across. While some may fail to live up to their promises, …

Blockchain

5 Story Formulas That Make People Cry

Someone once gave me this writing advice.All writing must elicit an emotional response in your reader.His advice pertained to copywriting and sales …

Flying

I Just Flew First Class on American Airlines and Mint Class on JetBlue (Oh, What a Difference) | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>First Class travel still captures the imagination.<p>You tell yourself that it'll be such a contrast from sitting in the back, praying it will all soon be over.<p>So I decided to treat myself to two …

Flying

This Startup Can Help You Build Your Brand in 35 Minutes (or Less) | Inc.com

Building a brand as a micro-business owner, freelancer, or digital nomad can often feel like you're playing a game of connect-the-dots. Trust me, I've been there. You use one tool for emailing clients, another tool to create your brand's social media and content marketing images, and yet another …

Small Business

4 Revolutions Made Possible by the Blockchain Economy | Inc.com

Blockchain has quickly become a polarizing figurehead for a new generation of optimistic innovators. And though much of the attention is stuck covering the transient, yet lucrative financial returns found in cryptocurrency markets, the long-term implications of the backend technology may turn out …

Blockchain

5 Celebrity Entrepreneurs Who Are Getting Involved in Blockchain Startups | Inc.com

Ethereum, known for creating the go-to platform for decentralized apps (dApps), has established itself as the preferred foundation for the sudden wave of blockchain startups.<p>For those that don't know, blockchain technology became a mainstream talking point about six months ago when the price of …

Blockchain Startups

Top 10 Professional Life Hacks | Inc.com

We all have the same 24 hours in a day.<p>When you see certain individuals achieve a level of unimaginable success, it's not because they have more hours in the day than you. It's because somehow they've figured out how to deploy those hours in a way that is more effective and more productive, and …

Time Management

4 Essential Innovation Skills That Anybody Can Master | Inc.com

I spent the majority of my adult life managing organizations and I always felt enormous pressure to innovate, but whenever I went looking for guidance, what I found was a confused jumble. Disruptive innovation, design thinking, open innovation, lean launchpads and on and on. Unlike marketing or …

Innovation

Here's everything you need to know about blockchains, the ground-breaking tech that could be as disruptive as the internet

From a 'castle' full of bitcoin millionaires to the initial coin offering (ICO) craze, it's hard to escape the chatter about how some people are building their fortunes off the new world of cryptocurrencies. But behind those cryptocurrencies sits a technology called blockchains, which some people …

Blockchain

The Blockchain of Things: Why it is a major game changer for Internet of Things

From smart homes and cities to smarter retailing, manufacturing, healthcare and logistics, IoT devices are creating smarter ecosystems resulting in …

Here's the 411 on Blockchain and Why It Will Disrupt Your Industry | Inc.com

Everyone's heard of blockchain by now. Whether you've been tentatively watching the value of Bitcoin soar, reading up on the boom of digital currencies, or taking notes at conferences, these have become words in our vocabulary. But, what actually is the blockchain and, beyond investing a few …

Blockchain

What is a blockchain? GeekWire’s guide to this game-changing technology and its vast potential

Most technologies touted as “game-changing” are just somewhat modified versions of something already in use. Blockchains are different, and while it …

Blockchain

5 Of The Sectors Blockchain Is Currently Disrupting | Inc.com

Blockchain has been everywhere lately - and it's so much more than a few bitcoins.<p>It seems that everywhere you turn in the tech industry, someone is talking about the promise of blockchain technology and how it's going to change the world. Well, I'm here to tell you this: It's changing the world …

Blockchain

Leading Universities Just Released 65 Free Business Courses to Make You Smarter | Inc.com

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach from University of Pennsylvania<p>Influence from University of Pennsylvania<p>Accounting for Decision Making from University of Michigan<p>Valuing Companies from University of Michigan<p>Budgeting and Finance for Public Libraries from University of …

University of Michigan

Strategic Innovation: 'Nigel the Movie'

Disaster Prep: 10 Things You Should Absolutely Have In A Go Bag | Inc.com

My family recently survived hurricane Irma, then Maria on St. Thomas, USVI. Last week, I was sitting on my couch when we experienced a small earthquake in my home of Los Angeles.<p>I'm not the only one with disaster prep on my mind.<p>This piece will focus on what to have in a go bag -- a pack prepped …

Painkillers

VCs Are Starving -- Starving! -- for Solid Investments: 5 Ways to Take Advantage

Believe it or not, it's a founder's market right now.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Raising capital is no easy task. Over the past five years, I’ve had to do it multiple times -- for a management buyout, for our first accelerator fund and for the purpose of supporting …

Venture Capital

6 High-Performance Habits Only the Most Extraordinary People Share, Backed by Science | Inc.com

Why do some people succeed more quickly than others, and maintain that success over the course of decades? And out of that extremely small subset of people, why do some of them seem miserable, while others live happy lives?<p>Success and happiness: <i>That's</i> the combination we all hope to achieve. But the …

Self-improvement

D-Link’s new $60 Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera offers HD streams at an affordable price

Today, D-Link has introduced a new affordable mini HD Wi-Fi Camera, the DCS-8000LH, that features 720p video for under $60. While it may not blow you away from a technical perspective, the slim, unassuming design makes it a great buy for those looking to dabble in home security for the first …

How to Use Evernote: The Ultimate Guide

I often refer to Evernote as my “second brain.” The app allows me to follow a modified version of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy, a productivity method designed to help you arrange a systematic workflow to prioritize, manage, and execute important tasks while snoozing those that …

Productivity

Most Expensive Keywords In The U.S.

The search for the 25 most expensive keywords led WordStream to analyze a series of the most "super competitive" words running in Google AdWords.<p>The …

AdWords

Mark Cuban on the No. 1 Skill He Values in His Employees

He says it's 'invaluable' to him.<p>As the founder of early internet streaming radio company Broadcast.com, TV channel HDNet, and now a <i>Shark Tank</i> …

Mark Cuban

Uber Just Released Their First Pitch Deck From 2008, and It Shows What You'll Need to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup | Inc.com

Despite its high-profile public relations meltdown over the past few months, the story of Uber's rise is still a fairy tale in the startup world.<p>In less than a decade, the ridesharing platform has become the most valuable startup in the US, with a market cap of $68 billion. But, like every great …

Customer Service

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbell

Ring is steadily releasing new products, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the first re-think of its original, core product. The new version of the smart Wi-Fi doorbell that started it all still offers both wired and battery power options, but the batteries are now removable, and it’s got a few …

Home Security