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These are some of the cool things Airbnb is doing to learn more about you

More than 25 million people in 190-plus countries have used its service, helping it reach a massive $13 billion valuation.<p>One of the biggest reasons for its rapid growth is its strong data science technology. By collecting and analyzing its massive trove of data, Airbnb is able to make better …

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Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, and Eric Schmidt all just snubbed Obama

But he may be the only major tech CEO to attend. According to a report from Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt have all snubbed the summit, opting to send security execs in their place.<p>In recent months, tech companies have become increasingly at odds with US …

9 Reasons to Conquer Self-Doubt and Start Believing in Yourself | Inc.com

Getting lots of input on important issues is a good idea. It can help you be successful when, without expert help, you might fail. But it can turn into a problem if you're depending on other people's opinions because you have no confidence in your own.<p>There's a fine line between the two--I know …

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17 Essential SEO Strategies for E-Commerce Sites | Inc.com

Search engine optimization (SEO) may seem straightforward on the surface, but in practice, there are hundreds of interlocking pieces that must be monitored and adjusted in order to see positive results. The process is even more complicated for e-commerce sites, which operate under a unique set of …

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E-Commerce Guru: Here Are The Top 9 Ways To Be A Successful Startup

It has been eight years since he and six mates began CatchOfTheDay, now one of Australia's most recognised and respected deals sites.<p>"We started the site with the simple premise of offering just one unbeatable deal a day," he said, adding "Most people told us we were crazy."<p>"'How can you build a …

5 Ways to Know if Your Idea Could Become a Business

This story appears in the November 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Gregg Brockway has launched major brands that address chronic problems in the travel sector. But it was the pain of moving house that led the co-founder of Hotwire and TripIt to tackle his latest venture. “We moved several …

5 Best Ways for Funding a Startup | Inc.com

For many, the decision about whether or not now is the right time to start a business comes down to funding. There are quite a few different ways that you can go about funding a startup, but not all are created equal. You may have a wonderful business idea that you have perfected, but it won't mean …

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Finding Opportunities Others Don't See | Inc.com

Ian C. MacMillan of the Wharton School and I taught a lot of classes on ways entrepreneurs go about finding opportunities. The analogy we often used to describe the process is akin to how an expert art thief might go about stealing paintings in a heavily guarded museum. In the thieves' equipment …

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The One Secret You Need to Know to Increase Sales

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a belief in the marketing and sales industry that customers want to know the features of your products and services. And while this is true to a point, it is by no means the method or the driver of increasing sales.<p>For example, …

How to Tell Your Small-Business Story

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Perhaps best coined be TED speaker sensation Simon Sinek, “Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do.”<p>Indeed, while talking about storytelling for businesses, the question I get asked most often is: …

India's Modi takes political campaign to Kashmir separatist stronghold | Reuters

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took his political campaign to the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, promising jobs and water supplies to win support in a region at the heart of nearly seven decades of hostility with Pakistan.<p>India's Prime …

Why China stock gains may make sense

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — There has been much head scratching at China’s impressive end-of-the-year stock rally.<p>The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, …

Businesses reap windfall from cheaper gasoline

Many businesses are boosting hiring and investments with the money they're saving on fuel as slumping oil prices bolster a resurgent U.S. economy.<p>Airlines, freight haulers, repair services, farmers and manufacturers are among businesses that could save billions of dollars a year from tumbling fuel …