Joseph Shomar

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The Single Biggest Mistake Of CEOs And Entrepreneurs

Although I mentor CEO’s and entrepreneurs from a vast array of industries, there’s one mistake that I constantly see, no matter what kind of business they run.<p>This mistake is so prevalent, I’d estimate that at least 8 out of 10 business leaders make this error, often at great financial cost.<p>Here it …

Entrepreneurship

Crowdfunding's Continued Maturity Is Empowering Entrepreneurs Like Never Before

One of the core ideas in my latest book <i>Bold</i> is that today, for the first time in history, entrepreneurs have the ability to take on grand, world-changing projects—the kinds that twenty years ago were mostly reserved for large corporations and governments.<p>Some of this is because a dozen or so of the …

Crowd Funding

How to start a conversation with strangers at a networking event

One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is at networking events. Corporate gatherings, conferences, happy hours and cocktail parties provide an opportunity for you to meet new people and reconnect with old acquaintances.<p>However, if you …

When Seeking an SBA Loan, Remember the 5 C's

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you plan to start or expand a business, chances are you’ll need to seek funding. In a recent study by Bank of America, 24 percent of entrepreneurs indicated they intend to seek a business loan this year.<p>Many will apply for a Small …

What's Your Company's 'Voice'? Here's How to Figure It Out.

This story appears in the April 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>One of the biggest branding mistakes companies make is not paying enough attention to their tone of voice.<p>“Voice” is one of those concepts that may sound better suited to the literary world than the business world. In literature, …

Don't Get Cocky and Other Pitch Advice From Steve Case | Inc.com

If ever you should find yourself pitching your startup to Steve Case, make sure you project confidence -- but don't overdo it.<p>Excessive cockiness in an entrepreneur is the AOL co-founder's biggest turnoff as an investor, he said Thursday, during the Google For Entrepreneurs demo day in Mountain …

Startups

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Overview and Objectives | Inc.com

Providing an overview of your business can be tricky, especially when you're still in the planning stages. If you already own an existing business, summarizing your current operation should be relatively easy; it can be a lot harder to explain what you plan to <i>become</i>.<p>So start by taking a step …

Small Business

How to Write a Great Business Plan: The Executive Summary

The second in a comprehensive series to help you craft the perfect business plan for your startup.<p>The <b>Executive Summary</b> is a brief outline of the company's purpose and goals.<p>While it can be tough to fit on one or two pages, a good Summary includes:<p>A brief description of products and services<br>• A …

Small Business

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts | Inc.com

Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even an informal business plan.<p>But the chances are more likely that those entrepreneurs fail.<p>Will a …

Small Business

Is Your Website Optimized For Mobile? You Have Until April 21 To Get It Done

Mobile user experience has been evolving over the course of the past decade, with a greater percentage of online searches being performed on mobile devices every year. Addressing this trend, Google has made strong efforts to accommodate mobile audiences, tailoring its search results to favor sites …

SEO

Video Ads Are Coming To The Back Of Your Uber

I hopped in the back of my first Uber car almost two years ago. Before Uber, I’d done just about everything in my power to avoid taking a traditional taxi. Those avoidance techniques included walking, biking, staying at home and even hitching the occasional ride from my mom. Needless to say, I …

Santa Monica

11 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Outsource to Survive | Inc.com

You can't do everything. You shouldn't do everything. And if you try to do everything, you will die.<p>This is wisdom. I wish I could label it as some Chinese proverb, handed down by generations of wise sages. In reality, this is a lesson I learned in the crucible of entrepreneurship.<p>As an …

Social Media

Algorithmia Launches With More Than 800 Algorithms On Its Marketplace

Algorithmia, the startup that raised $2.4 million last August to connect academics building powerful algorithms and the app developers who could put them to use, just brought its marketplace out of private beta.<p>More than 800 algorithms are available on the marketplace, providing the smarts needed …

10 Ideas To Take Your Startup To The Next Level

There will come a time when your company is no longer a startup or small business.<p>I’ve been there. Back in 2011, I started Pixloo with my mentor and fellow entrepreneur John Rampton. We slaved away for eight months before launching our online home-selling platform. When we launched it was …

Small Business