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Plan Your Own Powerball: 5 Principles of Attracting Wealth

Suddenly having millions would seem to solve all your problems, but it's more important to understand the principles that attract wealth.<p>I've never played the lottery, but I certainly share many of the desires of those who do. People flock to play Powerball because suddenly having access to …

Personal Finance

Revisiting What I Know About Efficient Scale, Cost Advantages, & Early Stage Technology Startups

This is the fourth post in my series of blog posts on economic moats. I have already written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, and Intangibles. …

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Startups

4 books every aspiring startup founder should read

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to juggle several hats at the same time. Identifying a problem and developing a scalable …

Peter Thiel

How Teachers And Entrepreneurs Should Think About Education Technology

Most arguments for innovations in edtech focus on the ways in which new digital tools will help students. While learners will certainly benefit, the science fiction fear of robot teachers is exacerbated when we forget that edtech is fundamentally a tool for teachers. Great learning tools help …

Education Technology

Raising Capital? Take These 4 Steps for Success.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a good chance that you need capital to start a company, and to grow it. And while your own savings or "friends and family funding" may have gotten you started, big growth will probably require much more.<p>Finding and securing those …

Small Business

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation …

Self-improvement

5 Tips for Keeping Your Day Job While Launching Your Own Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In an ideal world, you have at least a year’s salary saved up and you can quit your day job in order to focus 100 percent on your entrepreneurial venture. Unfortunately, that’s just not feasible for many entrepreneurs who end up being …

Entrepreneurship

Want to Be Successful? Quit Wasting Your Brain.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most productive time of the day is not early morning. Work productivity has absolutely nothing to do with your daily rituals or habits. And the truth is, your success probably has little to do with productivity in the first …

Business Strategy

How To Boost Employee Happiness Without Spending Any Money

Bonuses and perks might make people happier in the short term, but they don’t solve the underlying problem. Here’s what does.<p>You know the saying “Money can’t buy happiness.” You get it. But startup founders and CEOs still don’t seem to understand.<p>When CEOs find out that their employees are unhappy, …

Happiness

Why Every Startup Needs a Press Kit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“Do you have a press kit I could check out?”<p>When a journalist asks you that question, the answer needs to be “yes.”<p>Press kits eliminate as much of the effort that would otherwise go into journalism as possible. If you were to fall off the …

Public Relations

The Single Most Important Thing To Do If You Want To Be Acquired, and 9 More That Wouldn't Hurt | Inc.com

Simple question for you.<p>What are your ambitions for your business?<p>Simple, right? Why then do so many entrepreneurs and leaders of growing business have such a tough time answering it? It's always the first question I ask of the leaders I work with. Most often the response feels as though it hasn't …

Business Strategy

Rather Than Trying to Reinvent the Wheel, Be Inspired by These 5 Books

The five books are must reads for those looking to change their life and path to success.<p>Founder of Thrive15.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To not run a venture into the ground, entrepreneurs need to learn what it takes to succeed. Often this just comes from not …

Entrepreneurship

Tips For Finding And Working With Creative Freelancers

Everyone with a creative job has probably had to consider the idea of outsourcing specific parts of a project in order to make their workload a bit lighter. We try to avoid outsourcing creative work at my company for a number of reasons, but there have been times when we simply had to do it.<p>We’ve …

Employment

14 Things You Better Love Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Imagine somebody asked you to write on a piece of paper the things you love doing. If what came to mind was “partying, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, meeting new people, traveling,” you might ready to go on vacation or spring break.<p>If on the other hand, you wrote “learning, making …

8 Books That Will Help Any Technical Entrepreneur | Inc.com

As serial technical entrepreneurs, Laura Smoliar and Ted Hou have had plenty of occasions to figure out what they don't know. One way to fill the gaps: Good books. At a talk earlier this month hosted by Columbia Startup Lab, the duo presented their list of best books for entrepreneurs, with a …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur's Top 10 Productivity Articles of 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For busy entrepreneurs, task overload is the new norm. With a barrage of emails, texts, calls, clients and employees constantly bombarding you, it’s near impossible to stay focused and productive.<p>To survive and thrive as a leader in …

Time Management