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Failure Is Part of the Game. Getting Back Up Is the Magic Sauce. (Motiongraphic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even the most successful people have failed at some point or another. Actually, scratch that -- e<i>specially</i> the most successful people have failed at some point or another. (And probably a whole lot more than you might imagine.)<p>The biggest …

Success

The new hot startup model is being an exceptional middleman

Many new and valuable startups don’t really make anything. Instead of cutting out middlemen, they’ve become them, connecting people with specific genres of services or merchants.<p>Successful examples of this include transportation providers Uber and Lyft, and travel rental startup Airbnb. They have …

Startups

Growth vs. Profit: What Should Rising Startups Focus On First?

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>This really is not a simple question to answer. There are so many nuances that go into assessing the right answer:<p>What is going on with the economy?<br>• How liquid …

AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain't one

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Startups

Uber now insures drivers (and passengers) whenever its ridesharing app is turned on (update)

Surge pricing and conflict over its presence (in some cities) aren't the only issues facing Uber and other ridesharing services these days. Unanswered questions abound about who pays when an UberX driver gets into an accident. Rather than wait for insurance companies to figure things out -- and …

Netflix’s Major HR Innovation: Treating Humans Like People

What if instead of bureaucracy, a booming company relied on common sense?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our Best Business Lessons of 2014. Check out the full list here.</i><p>Back in 1997, before it was streaming a billion hours of Internet television a month, Netflix was a startup. They had a …

The Workplace

Paolo Lorenzoni: Where Lean Startups and Design Thinking Meet

Paolo Lorenzoni, Project Lead & Business Designer at IDEO: Many lean startup practitioners have a tendency to treat everything as “pivotable.” This can be dangerous because it turns lean startup into a mechanistic trial and error exercise. The lack of intent makes it easy to get lost. To avoid this …

Sidecar

While we believe in network effects and the defensibility and leverage that comes from them, we have never subscribed to the popular theory that one …

The Eight Pillars of Innovation

As we’ve grown to over 26,000 employees in more than 60 offices, we’ve worked hard to maintain the unique spirit that characterized Google way back …

A Deeper Look at Uber’s Dynamic Pricing Model

Over the course of the past year, many writers have offered their perspectives on Uber’s dynamic pricing strategy. Perhaps the only consistency is …

Add Corporate Travel Planners to List of Those Unhappy With Delta's Loyalty Changes

Corporate travel managers worry that changes to Delta Air Lines’ frequent flier program will cost their companies money, with employees booking …

Ride-Share Drivers Committing Insurance Fraud Says San Francisco District Attorney

Drivers for app-based ride services increasingly commit insurance fraud, a San Francisco assistant district attorney told state regulators on …

Etihad Set to Increase Stake in Airberlin, Germany's Second Largest Airline

German weekly <i>WirtschaftsWoche</i> reports that Etihad plans to increase its stake in Air Berlin to 49.9 percent.<p>The Abu Dhabi-based carrier already holds …