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7 Books That Will Make You an Idea Factory

A Coursera co-founder and former Google exec on the books that help him come up with so many great ideas.<p>Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of great ideas don't just pop out of thin air. Most are actually the unexpected combination of two or more concepts from different branches of …

4 Apps That Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

Whatever the root of your public speaking anxiety, there's a tech tool to help.<p>If you've got a logistical problem, big or small, from remembering to buy milk to managing a massive project, there's almost certainly an app out there to help you. But these days, thanks to a handful of creative …

A new technology called 'containers' is creating 'winners and losers' says Red Hat CEO

But what you may not realize is that the insane popularity of containers, a tech used by computer programmers, promises to completely change the multi-trillion-dollar enterprise software market, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst tells us.<p>"It is a whole shift in how applications are built, deployed, …

Red Hat

A Five-Minute Tutorial On How To Value Your Startup

As an entrepreneur looking for professional investors, one of the quickest ways to lose credibility and get rejected is to start with a ridiculously …

Startups

Lessons From Startup Success In Dubai: To Win As An Entrepreneur, Do This One Thing, Fast

The most frustrating and toughest times for most entrepreneurs are when they feel stuck. Their company, for reasons unknown, isn’t budging. No matter what they throw into the fuel tank, the needle just won’t move.<p>Moustafa Mahmoud, 31, found himself in just such a position three years ago — but he …

Entrepreneurship

7 podcasts you should listen to if you want to start a business

While you know that reading up on how to start a company, taking night classes, and meeting with entrepreneurs to ask them how they did it is helpful, you just don't have the time or energy.<p>That's where podcasts come into play.<p>On your way to and from work, at the gym, or whenever you have some …

How to start a successful ad agency or how to do a start up

The StrawberryFrog story is an object lesson for ad start-ups or start-ups of any kind.<p>The first week hatching StrawberryFrog, my own ad agency, was the worst week of my life. Karin Drakenberg (a Swede) and I (a Canadian) and Zorro (a Flat Coated Retriever) wrote the businessplan, then we moved to …

Mad Men

We Need More Philosophers and Fewer Welders

A responsible education policy encourages students to study the courses that are better for them and better for society as a whole. It has become conventional wisdom that the subjects that meet this criterion are the so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is …

A former Googler who is now CEO of her own startup shares the best piece of advice she ever received

"Well, it wasn't explicit advice — it was kind of an observation that someone made to me," the 25-year-old CEO and cofounder of WayUp tells Business Insider. "I remember sitting with a friend's parent, who was speaking out loud about the fact that people worry so much about who they will date or …

There are few surprises among the top iOS apps of all time

There are more than 1.6 million iOS apps, but if you had to guess the top downloaded games and apps of all time worldwide, chances are good you would get a near-perfect score just by looking at your iPhone.<p>Four of the top 10 are apps from to Facebook, while <i>Candy Crush,</i> <i>Fruit Ninja</i> and <i>Angry Birds</i> …

Apps

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business

<i>This post originally appeared on BrandMentalist.com</i>.<p>Are you thinking of quitting your job and starting your own thing but not sure if it's the right decision?<p>Are you scared of failing? of going broke? of living uncomfortably? of disappointing your loved ones?<p>Are you scared that you might not be …

Why Haven't Digital Business Cards Caught Fire Yet?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: Why haven’t digital business cards caught fire yet?</i><p><i>Answer by Auren Hoffman, LiveRamp CEO. started and sold 5 companies (and many more that failed), on Quora</i><p>They actually have — but in a different way. The information on business cards is much less …

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5 lessons you can learn from my failed startup

It suddenly dawned on us that our product would not sell. And unless we did something about it, the startup was doomed. This was December 2014.<p>Dreamy eyed noobs that we were, we made tons of mistakes. I hope this post helps you avoid some of those mistakes because as much as we glorify failure in …

The Startup's Guide to Stand Out When Pitching to Investors

<i>Author Sathvik Tantry is the co-founder and CEO of FormSwift, a SaaS platform helping organizations go paperless. FormSwift's tools allow businesses and individuals to create, edit, sign and collaborate on documents and workflows in the cloud, eliminating unnecessary printing, faxing and snail mail.</i><p>…

A CEO shares the best-kept secret about startups

Moving your startup to the Bay Area is not always a competitive advantage.<p>For the record right up front, I love the Bay Area, and I'm definitely not saying there aren't any advantages to running a startup there (there certainly are, especially a technology startup).<p>But, many first-time …

Snowflake Raises $45M Series C Round For Its Data Warehousing Service, Comes Out Of Beta

Snowflake, a novel data warehousing service that’s run by former Microsoft server and tools executive Bob Muglia, is coming out of beta today. In addition, the company today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series C round led by Altimeter Capital, with participation from previous …

Big Data

Free iOS Game Hacking Course | Cult of Mac Deals

Take a quick gaming break and learn to create your own real-life iOS game-- for free! This 8-week course covers a wide range of game formats so you are prepared to build your games just as you want them. This course works so well, they use it to teach the brainiacs over at MIT, UC Berkeley, and …

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#ProTip: The best book on marketing for app developers

<i>We’re down here at WWDC, fishing for ProTips. It’s rich hunting ground. WWDC is the world’s biggest gathering of Apple developers, the alpha geeks, experts par excellence. What’s a ProTip? A ProTip is a nugget of knowledge, a little bit of expertise from someone in the know — a pro.</i><p>Astro HQ is a …

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Want To Sue A Startup? Hire This Man

Luan Tran’s 39th floor office in downtown Los Angeles is largely inconspicuous. Overlooking busy South Figueroa St. in the city’s Financial District, it’s filled with your typical office trinkets, awards and family photos, with papers and court documents from the lawyer’s various cases strewn …

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The Investors Behind The Next Billion Dollar Startups

While the aim of this latest Forbes list is to honor the founders of the next billion dollar tech startups and their teams, credit is also due to the investors backing them. Of the five firms listed below, nearly all have been venture capital stalwarts for decades, with just one exception (the …

Venture Capital

#ProTip: How to get users in the habit of using your app

<i>Cult of Mac is at WWDC and AltConf fishing for ProTips. It’s a rich hunting ground — it’s the world’s biggest gathering of Apple developers, the alpha geeks, experts</i> par excellence<i>. What’s a ProTip? A ProTip is a nugget of knowledge, a little bit of expertise from someone in the know — a pro.</i><p>It …

Apps

13 Things You Think Your Startup Needs But It Really Doesn’t

You can leave these nonessentials off your startup shopping list.<p>There’s no such thing as one right way to do a startup. You just have to do it–to work as hard and smart as you can to take your company from concept to reality.<p>It’s not easy, but it is possible. In order to make that startup a …

Four Steps to Turn Your Idea Into a Business

What was the last great business idea you had? Do you remember it? What did you do with it? Did you write it down?<p>If you’re like most people, you had …

22 Techstars Mentors Share Their Advice for Startups

A startup accelerator will cost you a percentage of your company’s equity – or sometimes actual cold, hard cash – for one reason: mentors.<p>Last …

If You Can't Overcome These 5 Mental Hurdles, Then Don't Start a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Would I encourage everyone to start a business? No.<p>Starting a business hurts. It requires hard work. Everyone has skills and abilities, but not everyone should invest those skills and abilities in starting a business. Those who possess …

In 1982, Steve Jobs presented an amazingly accurate theory about where creativity comes from

It was a chance for Jobs to talk to high-achieving youngsters about how to make their lives and the world better.<p>"<b>If you're gonna make connections which are innovative ... you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does</b>," he said, echoing research on creativity, "or else …

Creativity

Why Startups Want This 28-Year-Old to Really Like Them

They came by the hundreds, spilling out of Ubers and Lyfts to wait in a line snaking for two blocks from the front door of Jones, a bar in San …

Startups

If you want your own tech company, forget an MBA—and learn to code instead

The best way to participate in the internet and mobile revolution is by learning to code. The future is written in software. You can write it or be programmed by it. As a proficient software developer, you can implement your own ideas, or you can help other people implement theirs.<p>And the best part …

Tech Industry

3 Easy Steps To Rule Your Industry: Be Like Apple, Google, Starbucks

The ability to change customer behavior is the highest achievement of any company. And it’s the one that pays off the most.<p>In fact, it’s the very definition of market leadership. Here’s how you can rule your industry: By changing how people do things.<p>With three brief case studies, I’ll show you how …

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