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Toronto startup lets you buy food for half the price

Every day, Toronto restaurants and grocery stores throw out a whole lot of food. You can see the city's ubiquitous yellow garbage bags pile up in …

Toronto

Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines

<i>(An alternate version of this article was originally published in</i> <i>the Boston Globe)</i><p>On December 2nd, 1942, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi …

Why Mark Cuban Thinks 'Player Hacking' Could Energize the Basketball Business | Inc.com

According to Mark Cuban, all is fair in basketball and data. And that's why he's very much in favor of "player-hacking" in the sport.<p>The term refers to the intentional fouling of poor free-throw shooters in the NBA. It has become an increasingly popular strategy recently, thanks in part to the …

Profit

Your Life Will Be Better if You Give Up Your Phone

I believe in the power of technology and my understanding of culture is rooted in the internet, yet by not having an iPhone, I feel exempt from everyone else's bullshit.<p>It feels like a cliché to even ask, but has any piece of technology since the television transformed our lives more quickly and …

Living Rooms

The Reason Twitter’s Losing Active Users

HBR STAFF<p>What happened to Twitter? Once, it was glorified as a digital town square, where thinkers and activists could come together to discuss and organize. And yet this week, they finally admitted that their growth has stalled – and their stock quickly followed suit.<p>Twitter and its analysts …

Social Media

How are all those screens changing kids' behavior?

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, businessman and author Tony Schwartz offered an honest yet troubling account of what he calls his "addiction" to technology.<p>The medical and research fields have not yet come to a clear consensus on what constitutes technology "addiction" and which factors …

Turner Broadcasting

Design Thinking Can Help Improve Care for the Elderly

By 2050, the number of Americans over age 65 will more than double. Our current health care system is ill equipped to accommodate their growing needs. The challenge for health providers, payers, business, and government is to redesign services to address those needs.<p>In response, the tech community …

Medical Technology

This Bucket Is a Simple Solution for Cleaner Marinas

Australian boat builder and sailor Andrew Turton was disgusted by the pollution he saw collecting in the marinas he called home. So he teamed up with …

Pollution

TOMS Founder and Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns on How to Be a Social Entrepreneur Now | Inc.com

Donating to charities has never been easier: these days, you can go to your favorite store and buy a pair of rain boots, coffee, glasses, or even condoms and your purchase triggers a donation to someone in need.<p>But back when TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie launched what was then just a shoe company in …

Entrepreneurship

Canadians say yes to checkout charity (Survey)

Most Canadians have opened their wallets for charity when they’re at the checkout, according to a new survey.<p>The survey by <b>Ipsos Reid</b> in collaboration …

eCommerce

The Holy Grail of Startup Marketing: Search, Social and Content

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Where do you start, with marketing, when you’re about to launch your product or service? This is possibly the most asked question when it comes to startup marketing, and one Guy Kawasaki once famously weighed in on, saying, “Sales fixes …

Marketing

Trader Joe's Ex-CEO on Solving Social Needs While Succeeding in the Marketplace | Inc.com

For Doug Raunch, Trader Joe's ex-CEO, a successful business isn't just about Hawaiian shirts and kitschy names (though they do help create a culture that customers and employees love). After 31 years at the grocery store chain, he's creating another kind of socially conscious business.<p>In June, …

Trader Joe's

Six website engagement metrics that are more revealing than clicks

Marketers love counting clicks to measure user engagement, and understandably so. It's a metric that, in theory, tells us whether target audiences are reading our emails, interested in our headlines, and open to engaging with our sales teams. Clicks reaffirm our confidence in our marketing …

How to Start Marketing as a Startup

Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint.com and Fountain, describes how you can spread the message of your product most effectively.

Startups

The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding | Inc.com

Last December, Nur-E Farhana Rahman sat in an Uber car in New York City, tears streaming down her face. Her months-long project to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter, to expand production at her jewelry company, was about to end in failure.<p>Rahman had thought she was prepared to crowdfund: After she and …

Startups

These Are the Best Times to Tweet for Maximum Engagement

If you’re looking to expand your follower base and get more retweets, favorites, and clicks, it all comes down to timing. According to a massive …

Marketing

Operating on a shoestring? Twenty inexpensive ways to market your business

The prospect of marketing your business can be overwhelming, especially when you are a small business with an even smaller budget. The good news is that marketing doesn't have to cost thousands or even hundreds of dollars.<p>Here are 20 ways you can market your small business on a shoestring budget – …

Small Business

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others -- and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered …

Marketing

High-tech Dutch trend of 'city farming' grows food faster without sunlight

comments<p>Dutch companies eager to show off high-tech products as 'vertical farming' begins to take root in …

Aquaponics

Most People Will Pay More Money For Products From Socially Responsible Companies

Across the world, people are willing to pay extra for products and services that they believe come from companies committed to making positive social and environmental change.<p>The Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility, a survey of 30,000 people in 60 countries, found that 55% of …

Sustainability

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2017 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can …

Customer Service

The 80/20 Rule Is True for What's Holding You Back, Too

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>By now most of you are probably familiar with the Pareto Principle, more commonly referred to as the 80/20 Rule. Richard Koch’s approach to this principle, captured in a series of books, promises to teach you how to build businesses, …

Customers

How Startups Valued At $1 Billion Or More Put Design First

Since 2014, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and Dow Jones VentureSource have been tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more. Now, they’ve turned their findings into an interactive infographic that visualizes the value of 73 companies in the billion dollar startup club. Perhaps …

Venture Capital

Seven startup metrics all entrepreneurs must track

Do you know what your numbers are telling you about your sales, customer retention and cash flow?<p>Not spending enough time gauging your business's progress can be just as harmful as wasting your time with needless emails or Excel sheets. You may be so focused on getting your business to the next …

Small Business

Why It's Crucial for Your Company to Give Back | Inc.com

If you polled every entrepreneur in the U.S., nearly 100 percent would say that giving back is important. But if you asked how many of them have philanthropy programs in place, you'd encounter a much lower number. Most would hold that their focus is building the core business and that they don't …

Nonprofits

Engaging with Empathy | Inc.com

One evening, after visiting a client on the West Coast, I was sitting in the airport waiting for my late flight home on a particularly rainy night. After a three hour delay, it was no surprise when I heard the announcement that they were cancelling the flight. I groaned and, like everyone else, …

Customer Service

The Sharing Economy, Through a Broader Lens

By April RinneThe sharing economy is making the news daily: New startups launch and grow quickly, incumbents protest (or opt to join the innovation), …

Innovation

Offset your carbon footprint when you swipe your credit card

Would you feel less guilty about whipping out your credit card if you knew buying stuff could actually help save the planet from climate change? …