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5 Superstar Skills Every Leader Needs To Master

There are some things all leaders do regardless of their function, industry or location. These include relationship building, visioning and inspiring. These are core competencies that most great leaders possess. But technology and social changes have spawned a new set of skills that distinguish …

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re bootstrapping it or looking for outside funding.<p>The best sorts …

Small Business

10 Entrepreneurship Realities You'd Better Learn Early

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship has changed a lot in the past two decades. Access to information and resources is greater than ever thanks to the advances of the Internet, and a culture of startup favoritism has encouraged young creative thinkers to …

Entrepreneurship

18 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

Investing

5 Superpowers of the Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are superheroes. They strive to solve the world’s problems, inspire social change and improve quality of life. They perform heroic feats with scarce time, limited resources and against all odds. Yet, most entrepreneurs toil …

Entrepreneurship

10 Things That Stress Out Entrepreneurs More Than Anything

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is a stressful role for anybody. You’ll be in charge of leading people, making decisions, and determining the fate of your business with your actions -- and to top it all off, you'll probably have a significant chunk of …

Entrepreneurship

12 Marketing & Logistics tools every e-commerce entrepreneur needs (and can try for free)

I’m 21 and I have three friends who have an e-commerce store up and running, two who have one in the pipeline and at least five who sell online in …

How to bag early users rapidly when you’re cash-strapped

It’s not easy being an entrepreneur. There’s not much initial capital to speak of and there are few safety nets if failure looks imminent. In a lot …

Startups

He Left His Project Management Career To Start A Seven-Figure, One-Person Business

Laszlo Nadler, 35, stumbled into his million-dollar-plus, one-person business when he was trying to teach his daughter, now seven, the importance of doing what you love. “What if we do a business together?” he asked her.<p>At that time in 2012, Nadler, now 35, was an IT project manager who supported …

The 8 Key Rules of Starting the Business of Your Dreams on a Shoestring Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A few years ago, before the Internet was pervasive, before everyone carried a smartphone and before do-it-yourself software tools were available for free, it was difficult to reach a critical mass of new customers without spending a …

Small Business

The 7 things nobody tells you about being an entrepreneur

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By Sarah Vermunt, Entrepreneur<p>There’s no …

20 successful entrepreneurs share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s

Mistakes are unavoidable, but the truly successful learn from these setbacks and move on all the wiser.<p>We asked entrepreneurs, including a few "Shark Tank" investors and the cofounders of popular retailer Warby Parker, to share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s.<p>Here's what they …

Entrepreneurship

Jet, a buzzy startup that raised $225 million to take on Amazon, just officially launched

Jet.com, which has raised $225 million to take on Amazon, officially launched Tuesday after welcoming beta testers in April.<p>The site promises to offer prices that are 10-to-15% lower than anywhere else.<p>Products start at about 8% cheaper right-off-the-bat, but the site then offers additional …

eCommerce

'Don't Write Business Plans': Advice For Startups From One Of Silicon Valley's Top Seed Investors

“Don’t write business plans,” warns venture capitalist and angel investor, Dave McClure, of 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, McClure and many of his colleagues has a pedigree from Facebook and PayPal. His firm employs a “cast a wide net” approach, with a particular focus on emerging …

Startups

5 Things All Entrepreneurs Learn the Hard Way (But You Don't Have To)

As an entrepreneur, you’ll often head into uncharted territory. That is after all what keeps you going—making something from nothing, and the …

5 Basics for Building an Online Business That Actually Makes Money

<i>Photo: Flickr/ Daniel Foster</i><p>With the boom of the Internet and social media has arisen a new category of entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban, Elon Musk and Peter Thiel got their start with online businesses. An online business offers an unparalleled opportunity to run a …

Small Business

5 Secrets to Starting a Successful Company on a Shoestring

Maybe you don't need VC funding after all.<p>How much money do you need to start a successful company? It might be less than you think. Some smart entrepreneurs are bypassing the whole venture capital world with its alphabet rounds of funding, opting instead to get their companies going on a …

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having some wild experiences that you'll never forget.<p>From partying at the world's largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when …

National Parks

Why Programmers Need Code Share Agreements To Fly

Boston-based Mendix has an aPaaS to offer and it’s called Model Share. What this technology does is allow Rapid Application Development (RAD) programmers to share “live and fully functional” application models with one another via the web. You can think of this as a community sharing group for …

Worldview

“I’m skeptical of being an entrepreneur for the sake of being an entrepreneur,” says Geoff Lewis, a Principal on the Investment Team at Founders Fund. “It’s about worldview – we’re look for someone who has got a really contrarian view of the future,” he said pointing to SpaceX, the space …

7 Metrics All Entrepreneurs Must Track

These seven critical metrics will give you a pulse on the important issues facing your business<p>When you're running a startup, there's a seemingly-endless list of things you've got to keep track of. But while metrics are important to all founders, the challenge becomes separating out the numbers …

20 Things All Entrepreneurs Should Know About Angel Investors

Angel investors invest in early stage or start-up companies in exchange for an equity ownership interest. Angel investing in start-ups has been accelerating. High-profile success stories like Uber, WhatsApp, and Facebook have spurred angel investors to make multiple bets with the hopes of getting …

The Marketing Tools That Can Help Fuel Business Growth

It’s no secret that growth is the key to business success. Without growth, profits remain flat, which is why we’ve seen so much interest in the process of ‘growth hacking’ among startups of all kinds over the past few years. But when it comes down to it, growth happens through marketing, and the …

Why Persuasion is the #1 Skill for Entrepreneurs

Before we start, let’s agree on a working definition of persuasion.<p>“Persuasion is how we can make people change the way they think, feel or …

6 Crucial Tips for Building a Winning Startup Team

Nothing is more critical in the early days of your startup than getting the right people on the bus.<p><i>Douglas Baldasare is the founder and CEO of ChargeItSpot. ChargeItSpot saves consumers from their dying phone batteries while driving consumer into retail stores, increasing shopper dwell and driving</i> …

How to raise startup money: Focus on tapping ‘intellectual capital’ first

<i>Editor’s Note: GeekWire has partnered with UP Global and Chase to cover four Startup Week events around the country, starting with the Tampa Bay</i> …