Matt Allan

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A Quick Guide to Avoiding Common Writing Errors

You’re looking at an e-mail you just wrote, and you’re not sure whether you have the right word: Do you want affect or effect? Further or farther? Gray or grey? Getting it wrong can make you look bad — people do judge you by the way you write — but you also don’t have all day to look up words. It …

Believing These 7 Myths Will Stunt Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Nearly a decade ago I left my home in Sweden to help my company expand into the U.S. I started at my company as a technical writer, and quickly grew into a product management role, and eventually GM of North America.<p>After all these years …

Customer Service

E-commerce enabler Unicommerce floats a free 'Lite' version of its SaaS platform

Delhi-based Unicommerce eSolutions Pvt Ltd, which operates multi-channel order fulfillment software Uniware, will make a 'Lite' version of its …

When the ‘party round’ is over: the danger for startups with too many angel investors

by Mike Isaac<p>Shortly after presenting her startup to potential investors at a conference, Nancy Hua was bombarded by eager suitors. A little more …

From A to Z: 200 Essential Resources for Entrepreneurs Building a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being an entrepreneur can be difficult. Being an entrepreneur attempting to launch a startup is even more challenging. The good news? You don’t have to go it alone. There are a lot of tools and resources at your fingertips online to help …

Project Management

This Is What Wall Street Titans Are Reading This Summer

Here are the books the titans of finance are reading this summer.<p>Say what you will about the limitations of a career on Wall Street, but to be a successful player in finance you certainly need to be well informed. Making bucket loads of money often comes down to knowing key information before the …

How to Find and Land Angel Investors

<i>In their book</i> Start Your Own Business, <i>the staff of Entrepreneur Media Inc. guides you through the critical steps to starting your business, then supports you in surviving the first three years as a business owner. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer a crash course on how to track down and</i> …

Small Business

For Asian Americans, standardized testing is its own costly, hyper-competitive culture

Over the weekend, 16-year-old Mira Hu went missing in San Marino, California. Hu—a student at San Marino High School—had been dropped off at nearby Arcadia High School on Saturday to take the SAT college entrance exam. However, when her parents arrived to pick her up, Hu was nowhere to be found: …

Education

What I Learned from Warren Buffett

W<i>arren Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist,</i> Roger Lowenstein (New York: Random House, 1995).<p>Roger Lowenstein begins his new biography of Warren Buffett with a disclaimer. He reveals that he is a longtime investor in Berkshire Hathaway, the company that under Buffett’s guidance has seen …

15 US Cities with the Most Startup Activity

Austin beat out Silicon Valley’s San Jose and San Francisco as the US city with the most startup activity, in 2015 Kauffman Index data released last …

The 5 Basics for Building an Online Business That Actually Makes Money

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With the boom of the Internet and social media has arisen a new category of entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, and Peter Thiel got their start with online businesses. An online business offers an …

Small Business

Square CEO Jack Dorsey Says If You’re Making Decisions, You’re Not Leading

It's counter-logical, but leaders rarely make decisions for others. Managers make decisions for others (and dehumanize them in the process). Most people who think they are leading are only managing. Great leaders know the difference.<p><b>The Manager--How Not to Do It</b><p>Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, is …

Leadership

7 Leaders on the “Best Advice I Ever Got”

There are lessons you learn the hard way and then there are those someone is willing to teach you. Be grateful for the latter.<p>Getting advice from people who've climbed their way to positions of achievement and influence can be a great way to learn. One of the intriguing things you can find out is …

What Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, and Mark Zuckerberg Have in Common

If you're constantly obsessing over the lives of the business elite, it's hard to become the leader you're meant to be.<p>I'm sure these three leaders share many things in common, but I've noticed that when these names appear in a headline, readership increases substantially. This made me rethink the …

The Revolution of Mobile Innovation in Africa

Not so long ago, the entire continent of Africa was written off by the business world as a place too risky to invest in. However, mobile technology …

Introduction to a Venture Capitalist? There's an App for That

Warm introductions are still the best way to meet an investor, however, scrappy venture capitalists know that ideas can come from anywhere - including from outside of their network.<p>The venture capital industry exists because of entrepreneurs but it you're an entrepreneur you'd hardly think you …

Small Businesses Can Compete With Big Brands On Pay-Per-Click Advertising

For most businesses advertising online, the success of your pay-per-click (PPC) ad campaign is related to the size of your advertising budget. The more money you have to place bids, the more keywords you can target and the more ad displays you’ll receive. Big brands have big PPC budgets and …

AdWords

Smart Lock Passwords is cool, but Google Project Abacus puts us closer to a password-free world

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has been on a tear at I/O these past two days, demoing lots of new and interesting innovations that may one day hit production and make all of our lives much, much better. One of such projects is Project Abacus, which is seeking to all but …

Identity Theft

How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do. Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation, …

3 Helpful Tips for Dealing With Vexing Chinese Negotiating Tactics

As a film producer and consultant who works extensively in China, I am often confronted with the vexing challenge of making deals with savvy Chinese negotiators. I have found the advice offered by Steven Dickinson, an attorney with the Seattle-based law firm Harris Moure, to be extremely helpful in …

China

3 fundamental lessons Warren Buffett learned from his mentor Ben Graham

It was a guide to "value investing," a system Graham began developing with his fellow Columbia Business School professor David Dodd in 1928. It advocated investing in stocks that were trading below their value as a safeguard against unpredictable future developments.<p>"The Intelligent Investor" was a …

Investing

10 Eye-Opening Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

These books reveal the truth of how organizations really work, and it's not pretty.<p>As anyone who reads this column knows, I'm a huge proponent of positive thinking. However, positive thinking is delusional unless it's based upon a clear understanding of how the business world really works.<p>Put …

Tool Set For Web Development: From Mockup To App in 7 steps

You’re an avid web designer or developer. It’s your thing; you love it, you breath it, you live it. If someone asked you what your passion was, you’d …

Web Development

Don't Make These 6 Business Plan Mistakes

Your business plan is a roadmap. Use it to steer your business away from the inevitable potholes and dead-ends.<p><b>1.</b> <b>You are only thinking of the present.</b> Get as detailed as you can with your forecasting. For instance, by looking ahead, you might find that your margins will shrink to a level with which …

Small Business

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Developing a Mobile App? 3 Frameworks You Should Know

A developer can create mobile apps with games and productivity software by using any framework; however, some of the software programs have more APIs …

Here’s how to launch a start-up when you only have 99 dollars

When it was first invented, I can imagine that the press release was an incredibly powerful tool. Write a single document, fire it off to the largest media outlets, and boom—instant press coverage.<p>If you listen to the voices that say, “If you build it, they will come,” your startup is more likely …

Social Media