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The 8 Technical Skills Modern Entrepreneurs Should Pick Up

Today’s entrepreneurship environment is…complicated. Never before have you had such an extensive array of methods, techniques, tactics, strategies, and ideas for growing your business.<p>The landscape is bewildering in its variety and astonishing in its complexity. And in this brave new world of …

Startups Don't Fail On Ideas, They Fail On Execution

Young companies don’t fail on good or bad ideas. They fail on execution. Yet many young startups make the mistake of focusing on the big idea or the high concept rather than the art and science of turning business plans into thriving businesses.<p>In a candid conversation with Yossi Vardi, an icon of …

Startups

13 things you should accomplish with your money before turning 30

When it comes to managing money, time is on your side in your 20s.<p>A head start on saving and investing could mean huge financial gains in the future.<p>To help you optimize this decade, we've come up with 13 milestones to aim to achieve before hitting 30:

Personal Finance

9 Motivational Videos to Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Can a few minutes of watching change your life? These deeply inspirational videos just might.<p>There are videos that energize us, inspire us, and motivate us to do great things. Then there are the very few that do all of that--and touch us so deeply that we wind up watching them over and over. We …

10 TED Talks to Inspire the Stressed and Lonely Entrepreneur

A researcher who studies human connection, Brene Brown did a TED talk in 2010 about her findings in the areas of vulnerability. When it went crazy …

How creative thinkers can thrive in a regulated industry

Elad Benjamin Contributor<p>Elad Benjamin is co-founder and CEO of Zebra Medical Vision.<p>So you want to change the world and help people — and you’ve started a healthcare startup.<p>You know it will take a great team to pull it off, and you’re starting to build the initial group that will mold the …

Facebook Really Does Rule The Internet, And These Charts Prove It

It's Facebook's world. We're just living in it.<p>Facebook wants to be your portal to the Internet. Many of its recent products are geared toward making sure you can experience news, chat with your friends and even send money without ever leaving the platform, and it seems the business model is paying …

Social Media

Salesforce: It's Raining ROI for Digital Marketers

The mandate to produce ROI from digital marketing campaigns caused nightmares for some only two and a half years ago. Today marketers have sweet ROI …

The 6 Biggest Myths About Meetings Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A new survey out from the software company, Clarizen, states that U.S. employees are spending more time than ever – almost nine hours of the work week -- preparing for and attending meetings. What’s worse is that more than a third of …

Myths

Million-dollar babies

THAT a computer program can repeatedly beat the world champion at Go, a complex board game, is a coup for the fast-moving field of artificial …

Want real results from social? Start paying.

<i></i><b></b>Social ROI. What does it mean to you? Besides new followers and fans. Besides clicks and shares. Hard cash. A Facebook fan’s value. The cash money …

Data Storytelling: The Essential Data Science Skill Everyone Needs

Once your business has started collecting and combining all kinds of data, the next elusive step is to extract value from it. Your data may hold tremendous amounts of <i>potential</i> <i>value</i>, but not an ounce of value can be created unless insights are uncovered and translated into actions or business …

Data Visualization

Cloud computing has reached a tipping point for businesses

Cloud conversations have shifted to higher business value and accelerating new innovative business models and processes. This convergence, along with new entrants, is causing major disruptions across industries. Using the cloud, organizations can extract maximum value from their data and apps, use …

Tipping

You don’t know who the world’s largest fintech startup is

The world’s largest fintech startup is AliPay, the digital bank company that split from e-commerce giant Alibaba in 2011.<p>A new research note on the fintech industry from Citi pointed out two things: 1) AliPay��has a valuation on par with some of the larger private tech companies, like Uber and …

‘No Wi-Fi beyond this point’: new tech could block access based on location

Imagine blocking your Wi-Fi network entirely from extending to anyone outside your home or business. This could provide a nice additional layer of …

5 Things That Good Leaders Always Do

While there are many things all leaders do, there are certain habits and qualities that only good leaders have.<p>Although it may seem like the things that good leaders do--such as taking charge providing a vision for their organizations--are pretty straightforward, there's more to leadership than …

Nine Things That Separate The Leaders From The Managers

Warren Bennis, one of the pioneers of contemporary leadership studies, was fond of saying, “The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.” It’s a distinction that should speak volumes to anyone who seeks to both manage and lead in an organization.<p>Bennis, who died in 2014, once …

Big Data: At Amazon, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Cloud Computing Is Fuelling MBA Careers

It’s no secret that big data has become the sexiest MBA job field: Business school grads are scrambling to fill what McKinsey says will be shortage …

Here’s the advantage that keeps Silicon Valley ahead of the world

By Vivek Wadhwa<p>, Contributor, Innovations<p>A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history — Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—is that they aren’t focused on selling products, they are building platforms. The ability to leverage the network effects of a platform is …

I Thought Meditation Was a Waste of Time. I Was Wrong

If you're looking for a performance edge that also yields important health benefits -- and if you're not, why aren't you? -- look no farther.<p>I used to go to a yoga class that started with a few minutes of meditation designed to help us "find our center."<p>I never found my (gosh darn) center.<p>Instead I …

Great Innovators Create the Future, Manage the Present, and Selectively Forget the Past

For a long time, I have been troubled to see how often organizations fail to invest wisely in their futures while instead placing dominant emphasis on the present. To be sure, the present is vitally important. Your current business is the <i>performance engine</i>. It both funds day-to-day operations and …

4 digital marketing secrets every entrepreneur should know

For many small business owners, digital marketing isn't so different from auto maintenance. You go in thinking you need something simple, but leave feeling like you've emptied your savings account with no obvious effect on performance.<p>If you sometimes wonder if there are things your marketing …

5 Languages That Will Earn You The Most Money

Deciding to learn a new language is one thing.<p>Deciding which of the most useful languages to learn is another. This is the question we’re going to …

A former McKinsey partner says a 2-minute exercise can get you back to productivity when you've hit a wall at work

Whether it's the end of the day and you're struggling with decision fatigue or fear of failure has your heart racing, there's a quick way to collect yourself so that you can resume being productive, says Caroline Webb, Sevenshift's CEO, a McKinsey senior adviser, and a former McKinsey partner.<p>Her …

Productivity