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This Startup Says It Can Fully Charge Your Smartphone in 30 Seconds

It can be the worst feeling: You look down at your smartphone and that red sliver of a battery is blinking up at you, threatening to shut off your connectivity to the world.<p>Israel-based startup StoreDot has released a video claiming that it can charge your smartphone in 30 seconds. In the demo, …

5 Uncommon Ways to Win a Customer's Heart

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your customers are the lifeblood of your business. So whether you own an ecommerce business or a brick-and-mortar store, letting your customers know how much you value them is important. And once you start thinking about your business in …

Customers

Developers Are in High Demand. How Do You Recruit the Best?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Software developers are in extreme demand across multiple industries. In many cities, there is major talent starvation. This painful dearth is making it exceedingly difficult to recruit and retain the team you need for success.<p>Rarely will …

These Plugins Can Boost Traffic to Your Blog

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website<i>, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author explains</i> …

3 Ridiculously Easy Tips to Defeat Perfectionism

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p><i>If you are like most of us, you are doing more with less</i>. Most businesses take pride in the ever increasing productivity of workers. Bosses often pile on too much work to too few people. Solo-entrepreneurs over-commit themselves. And, pretty …

Why Millennials Are a Perfect Fit for Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about millennials. Last summer, I chipped in when I wrote a post claiming that recent college graduates are pretty clueless. And while that might be true, I’ve spent a lot of time on college campuses in …

The Qualities Employers Most Desire in Employees (Infographic)

What do you need to succeed in business? According to a new study, it's all about your personality.<p>Seventy-eight percent of respondents gave "personality" a top rating compared to "skill set," at only 39 percent, according to a survey by digital education provider Hyper Island. "Cultural alignment" …

Why Your Ecommerce Site Is Losing Money (Infographic)

A customer clicked on your website, found items they want to buy and even added them to his shopping cart. However, you aren't out of the woods yet – you still need him to checkout, or all your hard work has been for nothing.<p>A whopping 67.9 percent of shopping carts are abandoned prior to checkout, …

3 Ways Public Humiliation Made Me a Stronger Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It seemed like a slam dunk. During last year's South by Southwest, I pitched Geostellar, a solar energy marketplace, in the Dolphin Tank, a panel of hand-picked investors to be a more encouraging version of ABC's <i>Shark Tank</i>.<p>Before the …

Investing

4 Ways to Manage Employees You Can't Stand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a manager doesn’t mean that you have to befriend everyone who works for you. In fact, in many cases, that’s probably a bad idea. Sometimes, we’re charged with managing someone who’s annoying, obnoxious or just grates on every …

Think You Can Skimp on a Logo? Think Again.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do you buy the shampoo you use? Or a specific brand of pasta? Or what about that bottle of wine? Is it because of the price or the packaging? I, for one, will readily admit that my choices are often made on looks. Not surprisingly, …

Beyond Free Drinks: Clever Marketing Lessons From SXSW

SXSW is a massive event scattered over what seems like a kerbillion venues, at least to me. It’s also a circus of marketing, with companies taking over full restaurants, offices and other buildings to compete for visibility among 72,000 registered attendees.<p>To stand out, the clever firms looked …

Mobile Devices

How to Hack Your Work Schedule to Create 28% More Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Regardless of your place on the organization chart, one of the immovable problems in today’s hyper-competitive economy is the inverse equation of shrinking resources and increasing demands. Translation: There is never enough time in the …

This Night Light Inventor Raised a Quarter Million Dollars on Kickstarter

Night lights are one of those utilitarian housewares that no one really thinks about. Except for Jeremy Smith from Provo, Utah. He <i>obsessed</i> over it. For <i>years.</i> And now, his re-invented night light alternative has raised almost a quarter million dollars on Kickstarter.<p>Let me repeat. A quarter million …

Leave it in D.C.: 5 Ways to Rise Above Politics at Work

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Politics has no place in the workplace. Government and business are two distinct entities. Government, in theory, is about service, consensus and serving the people. Business is about objectives, strategy and making money. The deal …

Getting Your Dream Mentor to Talk to You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A mentor’s hindsight can become your foresight on the path to success. There are few investments in your life that will yield higher rewards and greater acceleration to success than a great mentor. These leaders light the way before you …

Entrepreneurship

The 5 Key Factors of Website Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website<i>, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author reveals</i> …

Small Business

6 Tips for Wooing Customers With an Enchanting Business Blog

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>Let’s admit it. Blogging can be difficult. And we all wonder sometimes whether it’s worth all the effort.<p>Can you really create a business blog that generates an endless stream of leads and customers? Can you write a business blog so good that readers …

The 3 Best Books For Entrepreneurs to Return To, Again and Again

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I got out of college I was obsessed (some would say possessed) with developing a successful business. I had long been infatuated with the idea, having run small door-to-door businesses when I was in middle and high school. After …

The 7 Secrets to Shareable Content

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The effectiveness of social media comes from its ability to tap into the most intrinsic desire among us -- the desire to share.<p>People share for different reasons. Here are the specific triggers of human psyche that motivates one to do so, …

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leadership is not in your DNA. There is no genetic code for becoming a chief executive or a business owner. We’re all born with a clean slate, more or less. What happens next – your childhood, your upbringing, your education, your …

It's Time to Focus and Reclaim Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How many times have you sat down to do an important task, and before you knew it an hour had passed by and you hadn’t worked on what it was that you had wanted to do? What did you get done during that time?<p>Do any of these sound …

Who Should Use Pay-Per-Click Advertising and Who Shouldn't

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Pay-Per-Click Advertising<i>, internet marketing expert Richard Stokes helps you master advanced search engine strategies from top search engine marketers to increase your sales. In this edited excerpt, the</i> …

How to Negotiate for What You Want

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>How do you get what you want while leaving the other party feeling like a winner too?<p>Negotiating, when done correctly, creates strong win-win situations for both parties. Unfortunately, most ambitious professionals are stuck somewhere between …

Employment

10 Ways to Become the Most Productive Person Around

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever come across someone who just seemed to get so much done and was by far the most productive person you knew? Why can't you be that person?<p>Here are 10 ways to become the most productive person you know.<p>Start Slideshow<p>We really …

Answer These 3 Questions Before Jumping Into Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone has at least once in their life had a million-dollar idea. The tricky part is deciding if this idea actually has legs and could be a viable business.<p>As a small-business owner for a decade, I’ve identified three crucial questions …

Entrepreneurship

How a Tax Return Helped This Entrepreneur Land a Successful Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the 19th in the series</i> <i>"Live Your Brand"</i> <i>in which branding expert Melanie Spring takes us along on her three-week road trip across the country to meet innovative entrepreneurs whose experiences offer lessons learned to</i> …

6 Ways to Analyze Your Creative Ideas

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Great marketers, PR pros, and content creators have one thing in common--they use both creativity and analytics to develop their successful ideas.<p>Christine Perkett dubbed this type of thinking as “Creatalitics” and gave an excellent definition for the term: …

Why Feedback Is Key to Your Greatness in Business -- and Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What’s the difference between those who get results and those who don’t?<p>They understand feedback.<p>There are a lot of people who get results, achieve all of their goals and make lots of money but still are left feeling unhappy, alone, unfit …

How Warby Parker Used the Element of Surprise to Win Over Customers

Warby Parker co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal has always been passionate about helping people see the world a bit more clearly. In 2009, Blumenthal founded Warby Parker with Wharton School classmates and friends Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa and Jeffrey Raider. In the last five years the inventive …