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5 Best eCommerce Platforms For Budding Entrepreneurs

Choosing your ecommerce platform is one of the most important parts of starting an online business. The look, feel and functionality of your store …

The Week's Best Reads: How To Meet Your Customers Where They Are

<b>Financial Planner Takes Tough-Love Money Advice On The Road</b><br>“Most people don’t want to talk about finance,” says Marsha Barnes. “It’s quite a taboo topic.” So to reach more customers, Barnes (a financial planner) took her business to the streets. Driving around Charlotte, North Carolina, in a mint …

Venture Capital Still Has a Big Problem With Women

Fewer than 6% of all decision-makers at U.S. venture capital firms are women, according to data compiled by <i>Fortune</i>. It is a pathetic figure, but also …

Minority Entrepreneurs Face Challenges in Business Development

All small business owners find themselves with challenges on a daily basis. For minority business owners, there can be additional hurdles to overcome …

8 Great Presentation Tools for Entrepreneurs — SitePoint

As an entrepreneur, it’s essential that you have excellent presentation skills. From giving presentations to potential investors and partners to …

Peter Thiel’s other fund, Mithril Capital Management, raises $600 million

Peter Thiel is having a good month.<p>According to a new SEC filing, low-flying Mithril Capital Management, which Thiel co-founded with longtime colleague Ajay Royan in 2012, is out raising its second fund with a $600 million target. Sources say the fund is already oversubscribed, however, and that it …

6 Tips for Building Your Business When You Have a Day Job

Running a business is tough at the best of times. The startup failure rate is enormous and most businesses will be dead and buried within five years …

Small Business

50 Must-Have Features for Small-Business Websites (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Websites are a necessity for businesses of all sizes today -- though, surprisingly almost half of small businesses don’t have websites. Still, there are so many design options to choose from and so many websites that it can be tough to …

Small Business

JP Gan

Qiming Venture Partners<p>2016 Midas Rank: 38<p>Companies: BiliBili, China Internet Plus Holdings, Helijia<p>The former Merrill Lynch investment banker has been making waves in China for some time, where he previously served as CEO for KongZhong Corporation, one of the top wireless Internet companies in …

The most successful stores in retail have one thing in common - they're ugly

Some of the most successful retail stores are also among the least attractive.<p>Instead of soft lighting and elaborate displays, stores like Aldi, …

Indiegogo co-founder says teamwork is key to sweet funding success

When Indiegogo co-founder Slava Rubin was 12, his father fell ill with myeloma, a rare form of plasma cancer. Within three years, he was gone.<p>Fast …

Crowd Funding

Hound already runs rings around Siri and Cortana, and it’s just getting warmed up

Nine months ago, SoundHound wowed the world when it took the wraps off Hound, a voice-enabled personal assistant that was not only faster than rival …

Companies rediscover the allure of cities

If Bill Gates and Paul Allen were moving their new Microsoft here today, it’s doubtful they would locate in far suburban Redmond.<p>To attract the most …

Urban Design

The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion dollar business no one saw coming

When Amazon executive Dave Limp first saw the pitch for the product that would become Echo in 2011, his main reaction was doubt.<p>"This is going to be …

What’s going on at Nest? How about ‘what’s Next?’

This past week, Greg Duffy, the founder and former CEO of Dropcam published a piece on Medium in response to this piece in The Information on Nest …