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10 DFW companies recognized for fast growth in this year's Aggie 100

Ten Dallas-Fort Worth companies are among this year's Aggie 100, an annual ranking of fast-growing companies created or run by Texas A&M University …

A new generation of housing – the start-up story behind Chototel

Rhea Silva explains why, at 24, she set up Chototel, a social impact business that’s reimagining affordable housing – and why her age hasn’t held her back.<p>I’m a third-generation social entrepreneur. More than 50 years ago my great uncle started a cooperative bank in the slums of Mumbai, which is …

This High-Energy Entrepreneur Built His Solo Business To $2 Million In One Year

For Scott Paladini, 36, selling mattresses is a way of life. His father ran Rockaway Bedding, a chain of mattress stores, while he was growing up in New Jersey, and Paladini learned the ropes in store of his own in Bernardsville, N.J.<p>But instead of sticking with the same-old, same-old, Paladini …

Less exciting than Beyonce’s album, but maybe more rewarding, Lemonade launches new insurance plans

The new insurance company, Lemonade, is finally able to take the covers off of its radical (and pretty freaking cool) insurance plans.<p>The company has received its initial license in New York as the first step in its plan to roll out nationwide.<p>Its launch is a challenge to traditional insurers and a …

Finance

How A 28-Year-Old Got Fired Then Built A $500K-A-Month Business While Traveling The World

John Crestani was sitting on a beach in Thailand, poor and lost in his life when he opened a book that helped transform him from a job drifter to a successful internet entrepreneur.<p>It was 2009 and Crestani, then 21, had fled to Thailand after dropping out of college. He was bumming around the …

Entrepreneurship

Google and Facebook employees are flocking to a startup that's raised ~$70 million to shake up the real estate world

A few miles east of Manhattan, in Astoria Queens, a suite of residential buildings that house millennials and retail stores was recently purchased …

7 lessons learned growing from $1,000 to $15,000 a month in 100 days

$15,000/mo in 100 days. Here’s how we got here…<p>I’m about to hit “publish.”<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p><i>What’s the worst that could happen, right?</i><p><i>Mm… maybe we should wait until tomorrow.</i><p><i>Let me get</i> …

Every big box retailer should be terrified by this one chart

Big box retailers got hammered in the market on Wednesday, after Macy's reported dismal earnings.<p>That followed news of Amazon's stock reaching an all-time high, underscoring the more secular shift we've been seeing in online shopping.<p>But the bull case for Amazon and the broader e-commerce market …

eCommerce

Mattress Startup Casper Is Trying to Become the Amazon for All Things Sleep

Casper is a mattress company. For now, anyway.<p>The startup, which sells direct-to-consumer mattresses online and in one style only, is frequently …

Why More MBAs Should Buy Small Businesses

Searching for a small business to buy and run instead of taking a more traditional post-MBA job like consulting is an idea that we’re seeing catch on at top business schools. At the Harvard Business School, for example, the number of MBAs who decide to look for a business to acquire right after …

Young Entrepreneurs: All Small Towns Have Multimillion-Dollar Opportunities | Inc.com

<b>This is a guest post from Jason Duff, founder and CEO of COMSTOR Outdoor.</b><p>Overpriced real estate. Insane work hours. Fierce competition against other smart people. Against huge odds, smart young people flock to Silicon Valley and other hubs to find the next billion-dollar unicorn.<p>I'm 34 years old, …

Business Strategy

A Wharton professor reveals 'the worst financial decision' he ever made — and what it taught him about success

"I thought they weren't going to succeed because at every turn they played it safe," Grant tells Business Insider. So he decided not to invest.<p>As it would turn out, this strategy led eyewear e-commerce company Warby Parker to become a billion-dollar brand that investors reportedly begged to be part …

YourMechanic raises $24M to expand in North America, adds new board members

YourMechanic, an on-demand auto-repair startup, raised $24 million in funding on Tuesday to expand in the U.S. and Canada. Investors in the round …

Four Reasons Why Your Next Marketing Move Should Be A Whiteboard Animation Video

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but what if you didn’t need to choose? Whiteboard animation videos are an essential tool for marketers trying to convey complex ideas in a compelling way — without ‘talking heads’ or expensive video production. Because they blend professional quality audio …

Meet the 17-Year-Old Running a Profitable Agency out of His Prep-School Dorm Room

Marketing exec Max Baron has a jam-packed day. Today, he's reaching out to five clients, facilitating a mailing giveaway, planning his firm's next …

Social Ad Startup Funnely Raises Seed Funding From Verizon Ventures

Funnely, a startup that helps e-commerce companies automate and improve their ad campaigns on Facebook and Instagram, has raised $988,000 in a seed round led by Verizon Ventures.<p>The product uses businesses’ customer data to create and target ads. The goal is to effectively reach consumers …

The CEOs of shaving startup Harry's explain how they acquired a million customers in 2 years

Since launching in March 2013, Harry's has focused on a selective and efficient influencer model as opposed to using their capital to catch as many eyeballs as possible.<p>Harry's says it has reached well over a million total online customers (defined as people who have purchased at least one item) …

How To Connect With Anyone: The Ultimate Guide

Last week, we talked in-depth about how important it is to become friends with successful people. And I even told you the extremely detailed, …

11 Things You Can Do to Promote Your Business for Free

In my last article, I wrote about how I was a novice in the online business area several years ago. And I'm no expert today either, but I wanted to continue this topic and talk about some of the things I've learned about how to promote your business ... for free.<p>As we all know, starting a business …

STARTUP CEO: America's biggest banks are 'vulnerable' and we’re going after them

Mike Cagney, CEO of SoFi SoFi Mike Cagney, the chief executive of online lending startup SoFi, has America's biggest banks in his sights.<p>"I'm sitting here trying to figure out how I go after Wells Fargo, how I go after BofA, how I go after JPMorgan," he said in an interview. "Those are the guys we …

Here Are 4 Tips From a Startup That’s About to Go Global

Since launching in April 2014, mattress brand Casper has set out to shake up the sleep industry and prove that consumers will buy $950 mattresses …

How Fitness22 is making 'millions of dollars a year' selling iPhone apps with no marketing

It's been raking in big bucks selling iPhone apps.<p>The company makes about a dozen (so far) fitness apps and charges $2 to $6 apiece for them, plus offers them in bundles for $9 to $25.<p>All told, Fitness22 — formerly known as ClearSkyApps— has wracked up 30 million downloads so far, all on iOS, and …

5 Strategies I Used to Start and Grow a Successful Business With Only $200

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I graduated from college in the <i>worst</i> year for finding a job in recent history: 2009. I had one interview after another, and the one offer I did receive kept getting delayed. I needed to find a job fast or move back home to California from …

How to Execute Your Startup Idea with $0 | SEJ

Often people think that you need to raise a lot of money to build a successful online business. In this day and age, that’s not true.<p>You don’t need …

StyleSeat raises $25 million to help beauty pros manage their business

StyleSeat is getting a $25 million makeover. The company, which helps independent beauty pros schedule clients and manage their business, today …

How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses

Allen Walton, 27, lives a life many Americans can only dream of: He is on track for seven-figure revenue in a business that has been a one-man show until very recently, when fast-growth made it necessary to hire someone to answer the phones. Walton manages his year-old online store, …

Entrepreneurship

A startup shares how it made €20,000 revenue in 90 days

When I build startups I like to share as much information as possible. I find that it helps others but more than anything it helps me understand the business myself.<p>We launched Ruby & Duke on 15th February and in less than 90 days we have hit €20,000 in monthly recurring revenue so I thought it …

3 Ways Warren Buffett Wants You to Think Bigger | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs who've been lucky enough to receive personal business advice from Warren Buffett know that when the "Oracle of Omaha" speaks, you should pay attention.<p>Adam Xavier, co-founder and CEO of motorcycle security company RoadLok, is one such entrepreneur. RoadLok's flagship product is a bike …

Why The Customers Who Don't Convert Are Immensely Important

I love Warby Parker, but I’ll never buy a pair because I have 20/20 vision. My boss reads the Buffer blog daily, but she’s never used the tool a day …

Using Google Adwords to Drive Traffic to your Website

Highly targeted traffic is one of the most important entities in the internet universe. Any website owner or administrator recognizes the importance …