Maury Patterson

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5 things VC firms wish entrepreneurs knew about that first meeting

Over the course of 30 years as a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, I’ve had the privilege of attending more than 5,000 introductory meetings with startups. Based on that experience, here are five tips to help founding teams prepare for their first big meeting with venture capital …

Venture Capital

The Next Big Thing For Apple Stock Won't Be Another iPhone

Apple’s next big revenue source won’t be another iPhone. It will be the monetization of the ID Apple assigns to its customers.<p>This can be accomplished with the adoption of an Apple as a Service subscription model, which will bring a steady revenue and earnings stream to the company — and help …

Wall Street

Most Job Candidates Fail My Simple Interview Test Right Away. Here's How.

Here are five things you can do to make your job hunt easier.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every single time I interview a candidate for a position at work, I always start out by saying, “Tell me about yourself.”<p>Of course, I start with a little small talk here and …

Employment

18 Things To Take Off Your Résumé And LinkedIn Profile Today To Succeed Tomorrow

During my 20-plus years of recruiting, I have reviewed roughly over 480,000 résumés and LinkedIn profiles. I’m not too handy with numbers (which is why I’m a recruiter rather than an accountant), but making an educated guess based on my meager math skills, I have searched—at the very least—50 …

Employment

How to structure your day better

Most workdays start with the right intentions. You begin the day energized, with an ambitious list of tasks and a manageable inbox. But things quickly unravel as meetings, email, and colleagues’ fire drills take over. Before you know it, your deliberate organization comes crashing down like an …

Time Management

There Is No Debate, IBM Is Pushing Through A New Frontier Of Artificial Intelligence | Inc.com

In 2011, IBM's Watson system squared off against two human champions, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, on the game show <i>Jeopardy!</i> It beat them both so handily that for his final response Jennings simply wrote, "I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords." It was an awesome display, unlike anything …

Artificial Intelligence

The best-selling wireless headphones on Amazon are somehow back down to $28

Beats makes some truly fantastic wireless over-ear headphones, but do you really want to spend between $200 and $300 when you can get headphones that …

Tech Trends

The Stock Market Is Shrinking. That’s a Problem for Everyone.

The American stock market has been shrinking. It’s been happening in slow motion — so slow you may not even have noticed. But by now the change is unmistakable: The market is half the size of its mid-1990s peak, and 25 percent smaller than it was in 1976.<p>“This is troubling for the economy, for …

Stock Markets

The Confidence takes time: Six steps towards a more social and confident you, etc.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) The media keeps throwing articles and TV shows at us, telling us we all should strive to be confident and youthful. Shy people are …

The Power of a Positive Mindset

Develop your ability to keep the good thoughts in, and the initiative-killing bad thoughts out.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you allow negative thoughts to cloud your judgment? Do you sometimes feel you get stuck on challenges from the past?<p>Entrepreneur Network …

Thought Leadership

4 Ways to Bounce Back From a Startup Failure -- Even When the Outlook Looks Grim

Failure for an entrepreneur is heartbreaking. So is the threat of it. But if Elon Musk survived that threat, you can, too.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” -- Bill Gates</i><p>Research by …

Entrepreneurship

10 Top Stock Picks From Wall Street’s Best Analysts

The word on Wall Street – from the mouths of several top analysts – is that the market still has some serious room to run. And quality stock picks …

When It Comes To Success In Business, EQ Eats IQ For Breakfast

When I was younger, I bought into the fallacy that the “smartest” person always won. I pushed myself to achieve the highest scores, earn the most recognition, and excel in every field.<p>I worked as hard as I could, but I almost always fell short of my goals.<p>Growing up, I often found myself surrounded …

Self-improvement

6 Things Successful People do Before 9 a.m.

Doing something useful when you feel least like doing anything almost guarantees a productive day.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do successful people do differently? For one thing, they typically wake up very early. Long before they hit the office, they’ve been up …

Success

How to Read a Balance Sheet

While a company's income statement presents the current results of a company's operation, there are other financial statements that can present how a …

Investing

The best advice for entrepreneurs, from 16 real people who started their own companies

1/<p>Jacquelyn Ward and Ana Maes: 'Test, test, test'<p>Courtesy of Our Story Bridal<p><i>Our Story Bridal is New York City's only bridal consignment boutique.</i> …

How to Invest -- in Stocks, Bonds, Retirement Accounts, and More

Investing in stocks and bonds is easier than you might think. Here's how to get started and some investment strategies to consider.<p>If your retirement …

9 Ways to Focus a Wandering Mind (Infographic)

Staying focused isn't always easy. Here are some tricks to help.<p>Whether you’re daydreaming about a tropical beach or envisioning yourself getting a promotion, the mind has a tendency to wander. While at times it might feel difficult to reel it back into reality, it’s important to be able to control …

University College London

90 Percent of Interviewers Would Disqualify a Job Candidate for This 1 Reason

Not sending a thank you note, however, surprisingly won't lose you any points.<p>With so many job interview how-to guides out there, you'd think we'd all be nailing them by now. A new survey from recruiting solutions company JazzHR, however, shows that candidates still are making employers all over …

How to immediately change your life for the better

There’s an old joke where a man says, “I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years–and I’ll be 50 in seven years!” A …

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Homework

17 Simple Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day No Matter What

The things you repeatedly do define your quality of life.<p>Whether they're for your physical condition, emotional outlook, or level of productivity, the things you repeatedly do every day define your quality of life. Here are the daily habits several executives credit for the success they have …

The Secret to Success in 2018? Start Doing This 1 Thing

Entrepreneurs are busy, but the most successful people know how to stop doing activities that don't add value and stay focused on their top priorities.<p>As entrepreneurs, we're notoriously busy--but I've found that the most successful people know how to <i>stop</i> <i>doing</i> activities that don't add value. …

6 Habits That Are Guaranteed to Put You in a Good Mood

Wake up. Get the kids ready. Go to work. Come home. Eat. Go to bed. Do it all again. Sometimes it feels like we’re running on the hamster wheel of …

New Research Says You Will Need This 1 Rare Management Skill to Be Successful

As the new poster boy for "Managing Compassionately," LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has just raised the bar for leaders everywhere.<p>Conventional management thinking demands that standard work traits that drive results -- things like persistence, sacrifice, grit, resilience -- are what most bottom-line …

Five Characteristics That Make An Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>How many of you are tired of being employees, tired of working 9 to 5, struggling financially, being dependant and unable to afford credit cards …

Entrepreneurship

Jeff Bezos Just Shared His 3-Step Formula for Success--and It's Absolutely Brilliant

Bezos is at it again, this time announcing his intention to shake up the American health care industry. His strategy for doing so teaches some valuable lessons.<p>Shockwaves were sent through the health care industry yesterday when three corporate powerhouses--Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan …

Jeff Bezos

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – what digital money really means for our future

<b>What is a cryptocurrency? Is it like bitcoin?</b><br>In a word, yes. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and is still the biggest, but in the eight years since it was created pretenders to the throne have come along.<p>All of them have the same basic underpinnings: they use a “blockchain”, a shared public …

Bitcoin

Why the Best Salespeople Are Masters of These 3 Skills (It's Not Just About Listening)

True sales professionals have the desire and ability to help others, these are the skills needed to make that happen.<p>All the experts agree, the number one sales skill every professional needs is the ability to listen. Listening is the starting point for all learning, for understanding, and for …

13 Successful People on the Books That Changed Their Lives

Get these on your shelf now.<p>Need a book recommendation for a young, out-of-work, or fledgling wild-card on your Christmas list? Or some words of …