Ian Sawyer

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Entrepreneur First turns strangers into startup founders

Hasan Sheikh Faridul is running an experiment when the email pops into his inbox. It's October 5, 2015 and the computer science PhD is finishing up …

Startups

Vintage Steele Yamaha XS650

Reading time: about 3 minutes.<p>Motorcycles<br>• Scrambler<br>• Yamaha<p>Vintage Steele is a Vermont-based custom motorcycle workshop with a small team of dedicated …

Motorcycles

7 Deadly Fears Entrepreneurs Must Overcome to be Successful | Inc.com

Starting from scratch can be both exciting and frightening for entrepreneurs.<p>This is true whether you're a first-time entrepreneur or you've recently quit your job to start up a new company.<p>Right now your future has no limits. You might be building the next billion-dollar company right now! Crazy, …

Business Strategy

The North Face’s Epic 1966 Store Opening, Starring Dirt Bags, Hells Angels and the Grateful Dead

To outsiders, it must have felt like any other night in North Beach, San Francisco’s hub for the beats and the burgeoning counterculture. A loud, …

3 Crowdfunding Secrets From an Entrepreneur Who Raised $11.5 Million

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Hiral Sanghavi has killed it with crowdfunding. He’s raised more than $11.5 million for a travel jacket that has all sorts of nifty features including an inflatable neck pillow and a koozie drink pocket. Through his blockbuster campaign, …

The No. 1 Tool Busy Entrepreneurs Need (And No, It's Not A New Tech Gadget)

It takes a certain type of character to be an entrepreneur. It's a character that thrives in chaos, sees huge risk as huge reward, and is deeply excited by whatever endeavor they are launching. For many entrepreneurs the time period before their idea becomes a totally solid business is so thrilling …

5 Things That Happen When a Real Leader Enters a Room

Your failure to get to the next level hinders everyone relying on you. You can't take people beyond where you currently are, personally and professionally.<p>"There are no bad teams, only bad leaders." <i>--</i>Jocko Willink<p>Leadership is what determines how successful you and those around you are. If there is …

How to Start a Business: 7 Steps to Get Started Today

Follow this formula for launching and starting to grow your new business.<p>While starting a business is no easy task, it's not as difficult as many entrepreneurs would think. Instead of obsessing over every minor detail or second guessing yourself, if you follow these seven steps, you can be on your …

How 3 Brands Made Their Content Go Viral (and What You Can Learn From It All)

Nobody can guarantee viral content. But you can always learn from others' success.<p><i>Did you check out the numbers on yesterday's post? It's going viral!</i><p>As long as it's getting attention for the right reasons, these words are music to a marketer's ears. Who wouldn't want an instant audience of …

3 Kickstarter Secrets From a Successful Millennial Entrepreneur

Kickstarter can be a remarkably powerful way to finance your startup -- if you do it the right way.<p>You might remember 29-year-old millennial woman entrepreneur Avi Loren Fox from her first successful 2014 Kickstarter campaign for the Alpaca Mantle, which was 133% funded--ringing in a total $39,827. …

What I learned from the world’s greatest product designers

I’ve spent the past year meeting with product designers at some of the world’s most innovative and beloved companies — Airbnb, Coursera, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Pinterest — while making the Design Disruptors documentary to understand how these brilliant minds and their companies are building many …

UX Design

Building the Best Damn Logo Design for Your Business

Source: PixabayThe business of designing your company logo is of utmost importance. While a logo design may seem like a peripheral part of your …

Graphic Design

10 Must-Have Tools to Launch Your Product | Inc.com

When it comes to product development there are a lot of moving parts. In the software and app market in particular, that checklist includes testing assumptions, building a prototype, finding beta users, priming your sales and marketing funnel, and oh yes, developing your brand.<p>Thankfully, there are …

Marketing

6 Little-Known Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>The world of entrepreneurship is surprising. Once you enter it, you either love it or hate it. …

5 Top Indicators for Startup Success, According to This TED Talk | Inc.com

Bill Gross is a smart guy. Twenty years ago he started Idealab. They have started over 100 companies. They have had some successes and many failures.<p>Bill Gross loves startups. He believes the best ones can unlock human potential. Bill wanted to pin point what factors or factor accounts the most for …

Startups

Why The Shape Of A Company’s Logo Matters

Welcome to a world in which curves are a good thing.<p>Think about the iconic brand names you know: Apple, Target, McDonald’s, Gap. What images come to mind? For many of us, probably their logos. That’s because whether it’s an apple or big golden arches, a logo is crucial to a company’s identity. Now, …

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 …

3 Questions to Tell If Your Business Idea Is Worth Pursuing

<i>Most of us have had business ideas before, but were any of them worth holding onto and developing?</i><p>Most business ideas emerge randomly. You might see a person crossing the street and think about a way to improve pedestrian safety. You might struggle finding sources for a research project and think …

A line of tax code is making it easier for entrepreneurs to get started

Nevertheless, page 813, Section 126, makes reference to a feature that's now become a permanent part of the tax code — and it's great news for entrepreneurs and other individuals financing startups and companies in the earliest stages of growth, as well as general partners and individual investors …

Venture Capital

Toxic chemicals found in most outdoor gear

Greenpeace said on Monday that hazardous chemicals were “widely present” in a range of outdoor gear it tested, from clothing and footwear to backpacks, tents and sleeping bags.<br>The environmental activist group said out of 40 products tested, only four were free of per- and polyfluorinated chemicals …

Pollution

How I turned my side job into a business that makes $15,000 a month

Yet, as had happened with all my jobs, after the initial novelty wore off I found myself bored and frustrated.<p>When a family friend suggested I start freelancing, I joined Ramit Sethi's Earn1K course, which teaches students how to choose a profitable business idea, identify their target market, and …

CES Has Become an Innovator's Pre-Crowdfunding Launch Pad

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since its debut in 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), has long proven the launching platform for what have become staples of household technology. The camcorder and compact disc player were both introduced in 1981. DVDs in 1996. …

Former Apple CEO John Sculley says this is the one book every entrepreneur should read in 2016

He writes in his new book, "Moonshot!" that the four game-changing technologies of today — cloud computing, wireless sensors, Big Data, and mobile devices — are cheap and readily available to all entrepreneurs who want to think up new ways to use them to solve consumer problems, so now is "the …

Daymond John: How He Became A Leader And Built A Brand From Scratch

I spoke to Daymond John, who is the author of the new book <i>The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage</i>. In the interview, John talked about the key leadership attributes he needed to build on while growing Fubu from …

Entrepreneurship

7 Tips to Build a Business While Working a Day Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people dream of leaving their nine-to-five jobs to start their own businesses. Many successful entrepreneurs had to keep their day jobs until they reached a point in their businesses when it was feasible to quit. This transition time …

Do You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Read This First | Inc.com

Some say entrepreneurs are born, not made. But with the barriers to entering the world of entrepreneurship lower than ever, that's no longer the case.<p>Everyone has different reasons for starting a business. But before you try to execute on your great idea or leave the comforts of your day job to …

Entrepreneurship