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Stripe expands its Atlas startup kit to let founders form LLCs

Payments company Stripe is today taking another step to expand its operations into a wider set of business services, targeting the startups that form its core base of customers.<p>Today, the company is announcing that Atlas, the all-in-one service Stripe started two years ago to help founders …

How One Young Entrepreneur Got Hooked On Creating High-Revenue, Ultra-Lean Businesses

Ryan Moran, founder of the popular Freedom Fastlane Podcast, is only 30 but he’s already been in business for 10 years.<p>“I feel like I came out of the womb an entrepreneur,” says the Austin, Texas-based entrepreneur. “Some people just have the itch. I like to say my first business was selling …

Why Customer Experience Can't Be All Data Driven

Metrics shouldn't be your only guiding factor in shaping the customer experience. Consider the emotion behind the data.<p>Customer experience (CX) is reshaping the way brands do business. Having a customer-centric approach is no longer a buzzword, it's a linchpin to the success and longevity of …

botkeeper has an automated bookkeeping bot for your accounting needs

There are probably few things that small businesses hate more than accounting. It’s tedious, time consuming and totally vital to ensure that businesses can remain in business and don’t run afoul of authorities.<p>Well, to make the process of bookkeeping a little bit less painful, a number of investors …

LinkedIn's CEO Just Gave Some Brilliant Life Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Since taking over as LinkedIn's CEO in 2009, Jeff Weiner has accomplished a great deal to earn him the title of Highest Rated CEO.<p>He has grown LinkedIn's membership base from 33 million to more than 430 million and its revenue from $78 million to over $3 billion. Refreshingly, throughout, Weiner …

Oprah Winfrey

The 15 best business books of all time

We've gone through our existing "best-of" lists and others to determine which business histories and management and investing guides have been most critically acclaimed.<p>We stayed away from academic books and biographies, and by limiting ourselves to just 15 titles, the final list is not …

What is Amazon, really?

In the beginning, Amazon.com sold books.<p>Today Amazon is a titan of e-commerce, logistics, payments, hardware, data storage, and media. It dabbles in plenty more industries. It’s the go-to site for online shoppers and merchants alike, a modern necessity that independent sellers love to hate. Prime, …

eCommerce

Entrepreneurs, here’s how to make the best use of your board

Before becoming a VC, I cofounded OnVista, a German finance portal. In my role as CEO I was once talking to a client and told him, “I’ve got to go now because I have a board meeting.” He said: “Poor you. In board meetings, I always feel like I am examined and fail.” I was surprised and said, “I …

Everyone keeps talking about A.I.—here's what it really is and why it's so hot now

Artificial intelligence is everywhere, from Apple's iPhone keyboard to Zillow's home price estimates. There's also a lot of stuff out there that …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Lean Startup Training Is Not Enough

The Lean Startup began as a grassroots movement that took root within the startup ecosystem. Over the last decade, the movement has developed a powerful toolbox of techniques and methods that help innovators navigate their way towards sustainably profitable business models. Noting the success of …

Innovation

The Hottest New Way of Investing in Silicon Valley Comes With a Big Catch

It’s too late to invest in Airbnb Inc. but a company that bills itself as the Airbnb of cloud computer storage is raising cash -- and anyone with an …

SoftBank Reportedly Amasses $4 Billion Stake in NVIDIA

The cross-pollination within tech continues.<p>Japanese tech giant <b>SoftBank</b> (NASDAQOTH:SFTBY) continues to expand its global reach, and Bloomberg is now …

Venture Capital

How Apple's Acquisition of 'Dark Data' Startup Might Revolutionize AI

Apple has added yet another artificial intelligence and machine learning company to its roster of acquisitions. This time, it’s a relatively small …

Artificial Intelligence

They Don’t Make IPOs Like Amazon’s Anymore

When went public 20 years ago today, it had a market capitalization of $660 million. Then a fledgling three-year-old Internet company, it has since grown into a $460 billion e-commerce giant. For investors who got in at the start, the stock price has grown nearly 50,000%. In other words, $100 …

Market Capitalization

Microsoft’s bid to bring AI to every developer is starting to make sense

The APIs are getting good enough to be built into production systems.<p>SEATTLE—For the third year in a row, Microsoft is heavily promoting …

Don't Make These Eight Mistakes When Seeking Financing

In my first life as a venture financier, we financed hundreds of entrepreneurs, which meant we turned down many more. Our turn-down rate was not as high as many funds since we had a full arsenal of financing options, ranging from venture capital to debt, leases and investment banking. Our goal was …

This Startup is the Airbnb of Warehouses and Has Amazon in Its Sights

A Seattle startup has come out of nowhere to offer online merchants something even Amazon doesn’t: overnight ground delivery to nearly anyone in the …

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A Dozen Lessons about Minimum Viable Products

• <b>“It’s only cheap to build 2-3 person companies with sweat equity. The minute you start paying engineers you will realize it is quite expensive.” Bill</b> …

How to Calculate the Success of a Direct Mail Campaign

The first thing you need to determine? The close rate needed to break even.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the services we perform through Whitestone Partners, our consulting firm, is to analyze the return on investment (ROI) of different types of marketing …

How to create your first mobile app?

Setting a Goal<p>Before starting the development process, one of the most important steps that are overlooked is to set a realistic goal. The app that …

Apps

Should You Learn To Code To Build A Mobile-first Startup?

Should non-technical founders learn to code? The answer depends on whether the question is asked within the confines of Silicon Valley or outside it.<p>Most Silicon Valley pundits will have you believe that you can’t build a software business if you cannot code. In fact, most VCs make it tough on …

How Did Peter Thiel Get Rich? | Investopedia

Peter Thiel is a technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist, recently in the news for leaving the Silicon Valley for Los Angeles. As of February …

The Real Goal of Time Management Is the 25-Hour Day

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of my favorite maxims in this world of non-stop entrepreneur motivation is “everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.”<p>Think about how many times you’ve seen something along those lines pop up on your Facebook page or Twitter stream. …

The Most Important Lesson For New Entrepreneurs

You may have an innovative service or mind-blowing app, but if you’re new to business you may not realize that having the skill to raise money is really the first big step in the entrepreneurial process.<p>When we evaluate potential franchise partners for our growing house-detailing business, Shack …

3 Term Sheet Terms to Avoid in Your Next Funding Round

When it comes to a Term Sheet, the devil is always in the details.<p>A term sheet is a short document – usually between one and six pages long – that …

WHO IS PETER THIEL?

Peter ThielTristan Fewings/Getty Images<p>Peter Thiel is today known as one of the most successful and colorful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.<p>He came to fame and fortune by co-founding PayPal and then as an early investor in Facebook and is now is trying to stop aging and death, find …

Changing How You Ask This Question Will Transform the Way You Network | Inc.com

It's a question you hear at the start of a meeting, while lingering in a waiting room, in line while waiting for coffee, and hundreds of times at conferences and networking events.<p>The dreaded <b>"What do you do?"</b><p>It has some close relatives, like "Where do you work?" and "What's your role at Company …

Entrepreneurship

Easy Tips On How To Create A Brand Position For Your Product Or Service

<i>How to create a lasting perception about your brand that makes you stand out from the competition.</i><p>There’s a lot of wisdom behind the phrase, “Out of mind, out of business.”<p>Marketing experts Al Ries and Jack Trout penned it in their classic book, “Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind.”<p>If your …

Marketing