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How to Make Money in Software (No Matter What Company You Run)

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Industry standards are for often less than helpful -- especially when they’re used to make strategic business decisions.<p>Granted some benchmarks are useful for purposes of comparison. If you run a chain of grocery stores and your …

Customers

Avoid These 3 Big Mistakes I Made as a First-Time Entrepreneur

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Three years ago, I founded a tech startup as a sole founder, in an unfamiliar industry, and with no tech or startup experience. Looking back, I couldn’t have been more “out of the tech scene” -- I was a corporate lawyer at …

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurial Mystique: 5 Common Misconceptions About Starting a Business

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve never wanted to work for myself because I didn’t want to have a jerk for a boss. In spite of this, I have co-founded two companies, been a partner in two others, and have hustled my way through enough gigs to honestly be …

Entrepreneurship

5 Subtly Effective Marketing Strategies You Never Considered Before

Content is king has become something of a buzzword in the world of Internet marketing. And 98% of marketers say this is their core strategy. To an extent, it’s true, but if you think you are going to post lots of content and reap the rewards you are sadly mistaken. There’s far more to making your …

Marketing

The One Key To Competitive Advantage That Everyone Can Affect

With a workday that creeps closer and closer toward the 24-hour mark (figuratively speaking of course, but it sure feels like it), the demand of the day creates unwanted pressure and stress to get things done. People must work across multiple time zones without actually meeting their team members …

10 Scientifically Proven Tips for Beating Procrastination

Here are ten tips for overcoming that daunting task you’ve been avoiding, based on science:​ ​<p><b>1. Pick Your Poison.</b><p>The key to beating procrastination is focus. We often give ourselves too many things to do and become overwhelmed. Start by choosing just ONE thing that you’ve been procrastinating and …

What Does It Mean To Scale Agile?

When I began learning about Agile software development teams around 2008, the hot topic was whether Agile and Scrum really worked, even at the team level. Today, I don’t hear that question seriously discussed in software dilevelopment circles at all any more. Although there is still obviously a lot …

Project Management

The 10 Best Ways To Hire For Customer Service (And Almost Any Other Job)

It’s not just the application, interview and hiring that brings you the best people. It’s also what happens just after they are hired. It’s the onboarding process, the training, the short-term reviews and more.<p>I had a chance to connect with Andre Lavoie, the CEO of ClearCompany, a talent management …

7 Important Model Evaluation Error Metrics Everyone should know

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Analytics

The 8 HR Analytics Every Manager Should Know About

It goes without saying that people are vital to the success of any company. There’s no doubt that any business which can attract the right competencies, manage talent effectively, utilize capacity efficiently, and retain employees is setting itself up for long-term success.<p>HR departments are …

Human Resources

Five Signs You Work For A Weak Manager

We are learning more and more about leadership all the time. One of the biggest “Ahas!” new and experienced managers (and the people who work for them) have experienced over the past few years is the realization that being a strong manager doesn’t mean being forceful or domineering.<p>It’s just the …

Leadership

Here’s Why Most Online Startups Fail

Most of us personally know or heard about someone that made it in the online world through a startup that ended up being highly successful. Using …

Small Business

5 lessons from a 17-year-old genius who earns $30,000 a month

When most teenagers want to feed their video game habit, they do one of two things. They either put out their hand and make a withdrawal from the Bank of Mom and Dad or they get a job. They flip burgers or pour coffee and they hand over their minimum wage to the clerk at the games store.<p>Not Temper …

Emerging Trends Travel Startups Should Know About

The most successful travel startups will be the ones that are tech savvy, responsive to customer needs, and have the ability to remain flexible as …

Travel Industry

9 Free Business Productivity Tools For Startups

<i>Starting a business can be a daunting endeavor, especially if all you have is a cool product and not enough capital. In the tech world, or in any</i> …

A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions.<p>In her new book, "Presence," Cuddy says that people quickly answer two questions when …

Insider Reveals What Investors Look for in Startups

<i>These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answers by Josh Kopelman, Managing Director, First Round Capital, on Quora.</b><p>Q: What do you look for in a founding team?<p>A: There have been dozens of …

Here's how much work your brain can handle before needing a break

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor …

How To Run Your Company Based On Metrics

David Teten Contributor<p>David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital.<p>I review a lot of board decks with a beautifully hand-crafted page with metrics for the company. That makes me nervous.<p>I prefer to see a screenshot of an internal dashboard, not something created for the board, and I prefer to …

Analytics

The Dos and Don'ts of giving a killer presentation

One of the most valuable skills an entrepreneur or a company executive can have is the ability to talk about their product in an effective and …

The Intangible Things Employees Want from Employers

There are some companies we look at, admire, and say, “Wow, I really want to work for them.” These companies understand that employees are as important as the paying customers who consume the products and services they sell. And they know that the transparency of social media means the company’s …

The Workplace

Science Explains...When You Should and Shouldn't Trust Your Brain

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Sarah Sloat</b><p>Advice is usually boiled down to regurgitations of the idea that you are the best judge. Follow your heart, trust your gut, <i>to thine own self be true</i> -- all utterances that essentially say, hey, what you're feeling and what you're thinking is …

How startups can avoid making bad hires

The hiring process is a gamble on both sides. In an effort to prevent costly hiring mistakes, companies are attempting to collect—and share—more information up front, whether it’s through trials or better vetting.<p>Automattic, a publishing and development company, has long conducted trial runs before …

Startups

Get People to Do What You Want With These 11 Clever Psychological Tricks

While it’s it not always important to get what you want, it sure feels good sometimes. This handy cheat sheet explains 11 different ways you can …

Sylaps Lets You Invite People To A Video Call With A Link

Meet Sylaps, a voice-over-IP startup that lets you start phone calls without giving out your phone number. Sylaps is all about making it as seamless as possible to start a phone call with people you don’t know.<p>The startup has desktop and mobile apps for all major platforms — OS X, Windows, Linux, …

Apps

What is Hadoop - An Easy Explanation For Absolutely Anyone

<i>Originally posted here by Bernard Marr</i>.<p>When you learn about Big Data you will sooner or later come across this odd sounding word: Hadoop - but what …

Prevent Spreadsheets from Strangling Your Startup

Entrepreneurs are the lifeline of any economy, and high-growth start-ups in particular are responsible for the great majority of new job creation. It’s worrying, then, that according to several reports the number of new businesses being created in the U.S. has been stalled since the end of the …

Startups

3 Reasons Why Content Marketing Is the 'Only Marketing Left'

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The great Seth Godin once said that "content marketing is the only marketing left.” What Seth meant, however, is that marketers should be creating content that their audience cares about -- not just re-purposed …

Marketing

Get Out of the Dark Ages of Cold Calling and Business Cards. Modernize Your Marketing Now.

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Innovative marketing strategies have propelled many of the largest brands in the world to their current heights. That said, it’s difficult for small and medium businesses to dedicate precious resources to marketing -- especially …

Marketing

4 Things Startups Have to Get Right to Survive

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Running a startup is risky business. Three out of four startups fail, and those that manage to survive often struggle to retain customers and profit. A simple keyword search for “SaaS enterprise growth” will produce a litany of …

Startups