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To Succeed, 'Solve a Real Problem' | Inc.com

TED speaker and CEO of Ecovative Eben Bayer told Business Insider that his Mushroom Tiny House is finally generating conversation in the world of construction and furniture, but it took a while for the Ecovative team to understand how to build momentum around their idea.<p>"I think early on ... we …

Bayer

What Messy Desks Say About Your Business | Inc.com

Jeff Bezos. Tony Hsieh. Steve Jobs. All the owners of famously messy desks. Bill Gates and Elon Musk on the other hand? The kings of office clean.<p>Before you choose which set of entrepreneurs to emulate, you may want to consider this.<p>The cleanliness of your office space may actually influence the …

University of Michigan

A Powerful New Way to Think About Your Company's Growth | Inc.com

It's been a banner week for disruption.<p>In the airline industry, a self-avowed novice launched an "All-You-Can-Fly" fixed-price subscription model. In the broadcast versus cable TV wars, CBS and Time Warner fought each other to a standstill, all the while handing fledgling start-up Aereo a …

Time Warner

Ten Ways for Bootstrapped Students to Finance Their Business Ideas

You’ve learned it the hard way: <i>college is your wallet’s biggest nightmare.</i><p>You juggle student loans, housing payments, meal plans, textbooks, and all …

Weekend Watching: 3 Videos on How to Grow Your Startup

What does it mean to “grow” a startup, anyway? Add more features? Write more code so your software can handle more people? Hire new employees and get …

7 Reasons to Network Like a Dog | Inc.com

Most business people regularly do some form of networking. You meet people; you pass out a few business cards; and you maybe follow up here or there. But often networking is a sideline, an afterthought. Like any marketing technique, networking is most effective when done with intention and …

Pets

6 Habits To Help You Ride The (Inevitable) Waves Of Work Stress

Working really hard inevitably means stress. But it shouldn’t go unaddressed. Instead, use these six habits to help manage it.<p>While it’s obvious that negative life changes lead to stress, psychologists have found the positive changes load up our stress levels as well. According to one well-known …

Entrepreneurship

Here’s How To Kill Employee Turnover Before It Kills You

You’re only as good as your people. Your people will treat you as good as you treat them.<p>Customer churn–where users engage, disengage, and quickly flee–can kill a company. And as William Tincup argues at OpenView, churning through your team will kill you just as dead.<p>“Employee turnover can be just …

Employee Engagement

Why Your CFO Needs a Curriculum | Inc.com

When he coined the term "open-book management," former Inc. writer John Case called it the "coming business revolution." Nearly 20 years later, we're still waiting for the uprising.<p>Though Case asserts that open-book companies enjoy faster revenue growth and higher employee productivity, most …

Personal Finance

5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips

<i>This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and</i> …

The Most Annoying Start-Up Myths | Inc.com

Remember the "What People Think I Do" meme that went around a while back? The meme highlighted the yawning gaps between our professional self-image, society’s ideas about our jobs (not to mention our mom’s) and reality. Entries covered everything from IT support to film director, and entrepreneurs …

Startups

5 Metrics Every Marketer Needs to Keep an Eye On | Inc.com

Every Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., you'll find me in our recurring marketing team meeting we fondly refer to as "Triple S," which stands for "Sell Some Stuff." This is one of my favorite meetings of the week. I swear, I actually look forward to it (and I'm not a huge fan of meetings to begin with). …

Marketing

Why I gave up a cushy career as an investment banker to launch a startup

<i>This is the sixth in a PandoDaily weekly series that chronicles the experiences of a young entrepreneur as he bootstraps his startup. Read Part 1,</i> …

My 32-year-old co-founder has a brain tumor — seriously?

<i>This is a guest post by</i> <i>Matt Ehrlichman, chief executive of Porch.</i><p>My 32-year-old co-founder has a brain tumor. And it’s cancer.<p>It’s been a tough few months, to say the least. Not only is Ronnie Castro one of my greatest friends, but he’s also a business partner. Neither school nor work prepare you …