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These Emerging Trends Will Have Real Implications for Startups and Investors

The playing field on the startup political front has changed. It's no longer just startup vs. entrenched interests.<p>Before investing, one of the first questions we ask any potential portfolio company is "Who are your natural predators?" In our case, we're looking at regulatory threats and the answer …

A Checklist for More Persuasive Presentations

We all know the basics of good presentation skills: don’t read from a script; don’t overwhelm your audience with verbose slides; and the like. But for a particular kind of high-stakes presentation — one in which you’re trying to get buy-in from key decision-makers — those basics aren’t enough.<p>To …

Public Speaking

This Parking Ticket-Fighting 'Robot Lawyer' Is the Hero the World Needs

The world’s first robot lawyer has saved drivers millions by helping overturn parking tickets.<p>An artificial intelligence chatbot has successfully …

5 Alarming Signs That Your Business Is Failing

When you try to think of a leader at your place of work, you might think of your boss – you know, the supervisor in the tasteful office down the hall.<p>…

Leadership

The 17 best icebreakers to use at awkward social events

But talking to new people doesn't have to be such a drag.<p>There are ways to get the conversation going without resorting to irritating clichés.<p>Check out these 17 icebreakers that will help ease you into an engaging conversation with people you've never met before.

Comedy Central

10 Ways to Build a Winning Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If an entrepreneur can’t build a culture of excitement and commitment at a startup, the chances of long-term success are negligible. It simply doesn’t matter how great your solution is. Every investor knows this. That’s why they insist on …

Entrepreneurship

5 Ways to Impress Investors

If you go in knowing your numbers cold, you are more than halfway there.<p>Securing <b>venture funding</b> for a <b>startup</b> is undoubtedly a challenging process for …

5 Reasons Your Startup Should Add a 'Shark' to the Dream Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever hear the following? "For your tech startup dream team, all you need is a hustler (your salesperson), a hipster (your designer), and a hacker (your coder)." You likely <i>have</i> heard this, because it's repeated so often that it's now …