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Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure). This offer is part of Google’s Cloud Platform for Startups initiative, a new program the company’s senior vice …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

Eric Schmidt: The Next Google Is Out There In A Garage Somewhere

“The next Google won’t do what Google does, just as Google didn’t do what AOL did.”<p>On Monday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt stopped to give a talk in front of a bunch of hardware engineers at Native Instruments in Berlin, a company that specializes in software and hardware for computer-based audio …

CloudCannon Raises $500K To Make Designing Static Websites Simpler

CloudCannon, a simple CMS for web designers and their clients aimed at offering simple visual editing without the need for an advanced technical skillset, is today launching globally from TechCrunch Disrupt: London’s Startup Alley. The company is also announcing $500,000 in new funding, and a …

Bill Gross, the guy who invented Google’s business model, tries again with IdeaMarket

Bill Gross is far from being a household name — at least not in the sense that Mark Zuckerberg is, or Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates — but he came up with …

18 Tools for Picking the Perfect Domain Name

Choosing a domain name for your product, service or business can be one of the most challenging steps in establishing your online identity. While …

Write a Winning Business Plan With These 8 Key Elements

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For everything in life, you need a plan, right?<p>The same can be said for business. Every business, whether a startup or a full-fledged, profitable organization, needs a business plan. To know where you are going, you have to know where you …

Small Business

12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Of the infiniteresources available on the Internet, there is still nothing better than <i>free</i>. So in light of Independence Day and the sense of freedom it exudes, below are 12 (mostly) free tools that can help build your business:<p>1. <b>1M/1M</b> …

Entrepreneurship

How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic)

You have a powerful idea for the next big thing, but before you sell it to anyone, you have to get it all down on paper. It’s time to make a business plan.<p>How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Washington State University created an infographic that provides 10 guidelines to help …

Small Business

TechStars' David Tisch: How to Launch a Great Start-up | Inc.com

17 Must-Have Features on Your LinkedIn Profile (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily <br>Being active on LinkedIn can help you gain new business, find job opportunities or attract potential customers.<p>But you only have a shot at those things if your profile provides people with a complete set of information about you, including your contact …

Infographics

5 PR lessons from Viber’s rise from zero users to a $900M exit

Anyone reading VentureBeat has probably dreamt at some point of becoming the next big startup success story. In fact, a handful of VentureBeat readers may have already achieved this dream. But for most, the dream to build a successful tech company will remain just that — a dream. So it’s a special …

3 Types of Interview Questions You Should Never Ask

When I was a job-seeker, I dreaded interviews. I hated the trick questions, the brainteasers and, most of all, the questions I expected but couldn't …

Want to Rent an M.B.A.?

A new crop of startups is offering companies the opportunity to hire M.B.A.'s and business school students on a temporary basis at relatively low cost.<p>Need a little extra brainpower for high-level work but don’t have the funds to hire someone full time? Don't worry.<p>A new breed of startups is …

The Only Interview Question That Matters

This single question provides the depth and breadth of insight needed to reach a fast, unanimous Hire/Don't Hire decision.<p>Last week, LinkedIn announced to the world that I've been in the recruiting industry for 36 years. During that time, I've written a number of books about talent challenges and …

One Startup's Way to Move Up Launch: Live Together

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>WorldLister just launched in early December, but it's been two years in the making -- a feat that would have taken much longer if we abided by standard nine to five office hours. With all of the algorithms, trial and error, new features …

Entrepreneurship

10 Ways to Generate More Leads and Referrals on LinkedIn

It's not hard--and may be the best 20 minutes you spend every day.<p>Everyone seems to be on LinkedIn. So you are too. But are you actually generating leads and referrals?<p>Here's a blueprint for using LinkedIn to prospect more effectively from Sandler Training, a leading sales, management, and …

3 Super-Cheap Marketing Tactics

There's no longer any excuse for letting your marketing slide.<p>As an entrepreneur running a bootstrapped company, marketing is not likely at the top of your to-do list. Bootstrapped companies are by definition lean, so founders don’t usually spend much on formal marketing. After all, great products …

Marketing

10 Startups to Watch in 2014

If you only focus on the multi-billion dollar valuations of young companies like Pinterest, Uber and Snapchat, you might assume 2013 has been a very …

10 Top Crowdfunding Websites

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In her book</i> Cash From the Crowd<i>, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a</i> …

Crowd Funding

8 Rules for a Successful Ecommerce Website

Successful e-commerce website design starts with applying the basics of retail success. To run a successful e-commerce website, you need to do what …

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Peter Buckland

Launching a startup is a roller coaster of a ride: The achievement highs and the failure lows can make an entrepreneur's head spin. Pile on the necessary paperwork to keep a business in good standing, and an endeavor may seem impossible.<p>Not only can legal issues bog down your day-to-day activities …

Silicon Valley