Melvin Banzon

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Forget About Bitcoin, Consider Investing in This Instead

These companies are tapping into the resources that are solving a massive global problem.<p>Cryptocurrencies like <b>bitcoin</b> (BTC-USD) are all the rage …

How This Founder Went From Zero to $100 Million by Thinking Like a Kid

To succeed in business and in life there's magic in discovering your inner kid.<p>What is it that enables entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson to persevere through seemingly insurmountable challenges that at first seem to exceed their limits? Make a list of people you …

Entrepreneurship

Passive income: 15 ways to let the money flow in

It's hard to beat passive income. Instead of toiling for it, you can sit back and let the money flow in. Here are 15 examples of how you might collect passive income streams.<p>For many people, toiling for a living isn't fun.<p>There can be lengthy commutes, dress codes, annoying coworkers, unreasonable …

Investing

Forget Bitcoin. These Startups Will Help Your Company Make Its Own Digital Currency

Don't fully understand how cryptocurrencies work? Don't worry! Quick, inexpensive services are now available to help your company use blockchain technology and create a digital coin.<p>Creating a new cryptocurrency is remarkably--or perhaps disturbingly--easy these days.<p>Last year, startups raised a …

Afraid Your New Boss Will Overwork You? Ask This 1 Question in the Interview to Find Out

This behavioral question will reveal what it really takes to succeed at a company.<p>While it's very important to prepare for an interview so you can sound confident and clear in your answers, one part of interview preparation that's often overlooked is what questions the job seeker should ask the …

Where the super rich store their money, and where everybody else does

Last month, President Donald Trump reportedly floated a potential new campaign slogan: “How’s your 401(k) doing?”<p>Fair enough... the stock market has …

Stock Markets

4 Nighttime Habits That Will Keep You More Rested, Motivated, and Productive (and They Only Take 5 Minutes)

Neglecting your nighttime habits leaves a lot of success and growth on the table.<p>You've had a long and hopefully productive day. You're ready to unwind and relax until you fall asleep at some point.<p>However, doing that is leaving a lot of potential growth on the table, along with quality sleep. …

I Cofounded a Company and Led It to an IPO and a $2.5 Billion Acquisition. Here Are 5 Things I'd Do Differently

If you are a CEO or founder, or thinking of becoming one, don't ignore these lessons as you build your company.<p>From the outside-in, Trulia's path to its IPO and later acquisition was a smashing success. In reality, the road was fun but not without its share of major bumps along the way.<p>Now three …

Facebook News Feed Armageddon Survival Guide: 6 Loopholes to Stay Alive

It's time for companies to re-think their Facebook marketing strategies.<p>Last week Facebook declared organic post reach dead for pages. Publishers and brands who used to connect to people via their Facebook pages need to re-think how to engage with people on the platform going forward.<p>Of course, you …

A Guide to Understanding How Shorting Stock Works

Shorting stock has long been a popular trading technique for speculators, gamblers, arbitragers, hedge funds, and individual investors willing to …

Steve Jobs Practiced 1 Habit That Turned Good Presentations Into Great Ones

The best CEO presenters follow one rule that made Steve Jobs a master showman.<p>Steve Jobs was a master showman. In my opinion, Jobs was the best business storyteller of our time. Every product launch was brilliantly performed. Every move, demo, image and slide was in sync and beautifully …

How I Increased My LinkedIn Views By 10x Almost Immediately

And the numbers keep climbing<p>For almost as long as I've been writing on the internet, I've been sharing my posts on LinkedIn. To be honest, I did so because it was easy. I just clicked on the little button above and that was that. I never expected many people to see what I wrote, because each …

How Will You Increase Your Impact In 2018?

Frankly, I put this question, “How will you increase your impact in 2018?” to dozens of social entrepreneurs and others in the impact space to help me figure out how to increase my own. I hope you’ll read their answers with the same idea in mind.<p>The responses came in two general varieties. The …

Lyft Creates An Ingenious Point-Of-Purchase Display, Beer Cans

Not all great marketing ideas need to be big and flashy. They don’t need to be TV spots, they don’t need to have headlines, they don’t need to be expertly crafted. Sometimes the biggest marketing idea is small. Like Lyft’s ingenious idea to put its logo on Baderbräu Five Star Lager cans in</b> …

Beer

3 Easy Ways to Build a Killer Investment Portfolio

Follow these examples.<p>MONEY has just released its expanded 2018 list of the 50 best mutual funds and 50 best ETFs to own.<p>What makes these funds great …

'Shark Tank' Judge Daymond John Points Out One of the Most Common Mistakes an Entrepreneur Can Make

"Because you had that money, that’s why you made the mistakes," John said during the most recent episode of the show.<p>Money isn't everything, even on <i>Shark Tank</i>. That's what entrepreneur Pier Paolo Visconti learned when he presented his Elliptical Stroller to the celebrity investors.<p>After a holiday …

5 Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make Throughout Their Startup Journeys

The best of us are guilty of the silliest startup blunders.<p><i>By Ruben Vardanyan, founder and CEO of Joomag</i><p>You'll make dozens (maybe even hundreds) of mistakes when running a startup, especially if it's your first one. Managing your own business may very well be one of the hardest jobs on the planet, …

Business Strategy

7 rising startups in Japan

The tap of money flow into Japanese startups seems to be wide open as 2017 winds down. Get the lowdown on earlier-stage Japanese startups that …

4 Must-Have Qualities of a Reliable Startup Co-founder

A mirror image of yourself won't work.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>These days, more startups are going the route of launching with multiple co-founders and building traction on the side before eliminating the team’s full-time income. While bringing on a co-founder …

Entrepreneurship

Meet the 10 Asian Startups in Google's Launchpad Accelerator Program

Partnerships between big companies and growing startups have become a staple of the global ecosystem. While they used to stay in their lanes, the …

From Seed Stage to the Last Mile: All You Need To Know About Fund Raising For Startups

Know what each stage depicts and why they are important<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Capital raising has always been a challenging task for entrepreneurs, more so when it comes from …

Venture Capital

Need a Startup Idea? Y Combinator Alums Just Shared 13 They Don't Have Time to Build

So many unexplored business opportunities, so little time.<p>"Great execution is at least 10 times more important and a 100 times harder than a good idea," Y Combinator President Sam Altman has said.<p>Apparently he - and the famed incubator he leads - really believes it. Recently ex-entrepreneur turned …

A look through TransferWise’s early pitch deck

Nearly seven years ago, TransferWise was readying the launch of its international money transfer service with bated breath. Co-founder Taavet Hinrikus would later tell me that he wasn’t entirely sure at the time if anyone would use the product. It certainly put the minimal in MVP.<p>The startup’s …

Media Industry

20 critical startup truths no one will tell you

Some knowledge is so important, everyone assumes everyone already knows it. But they don’t, especially in the tech world where things move so fast that most people are faking. But Stripe’s Patrick McKenzie spends his time helping the payment platform’s startup customers survive, and now he’s laid …

Bootstrapped Farmgirl Flowers Is Taking On The Flower Industry And A Host Of Venture-Backed Rivals

Christina Stembel, 39, grew up on an Indiana corn and soybean farm and didn’t go to college. Now she’s building Farmgirl Flowers in San Francisco, which will clock $15 million in revenue this year. When she launched the company in 2010, the $18 billion U.S. flower industry was dominated by four big …

San Francisco

Researchers Studied the Goodbye Letters of 101 Failed Startups. Here's What They Found About Why Businesses Fail

Everyone has their reasons for folding, but don't let these be yours.<p>You've done it. You've left that stiff corporate job for something you actually believe in. In fact, you still remember the exact cross streets you were driving by when you realized that it was time to follow your dreams. But now, …

Startups

Can You Really Handle the Entrepreneurial Life? Check These 5 Signs.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't. -- Anonymous<p>Do you have the bug? You know, that pervasive itch that you just can't ignore? No, I'm …

Entrepreneurship

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting an Online Business

You’re talented, you have great ideas and you’re hard working, but you’re often unrecognized, misunderstood and taken for granted.<p>Whether it’s in …

Self-help

A 29-year-old startup founder who built an ecommerce empire shares her advice for entrepreneurs

The recent inductee to Forbes 30 under 30 list for retail and ecommerce told Business Insider that she started her own business in middle school selling jean skirts.<p>"This was back when jean skirts were a big thing," Box said."I figured out how to stress denim using old jeans, bleach, and …

Entrepreneurship

4 Things You Need to Do Before You Launch a New Product

Product launches can be hectic, and can easily go haywire if you don't plan them properly.<p>You're going to launch a new product, but you're not sure how to get started. Product launches can be hectic, and can easily go haywire if you don't plan them properly.<p>Remember the Fire Phone? Amazon's …