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A startup founder worth $15 million explains why entrepreneurs should think like farmers, not suits

My path to becoming a tech startup founder with more than $15 million in funding hasn’t been conventional. My formative years were spent living and working on my family’s farm in Gladbrook, Iowa, a town with a population of around 1,000. I didn’t attend college on either coast, develop a knack for …

Entrepreneurship

All the Days You Can Visit National Parks for Free in 2017

National parks are great any time of year (yes, even in winter), but if you don’t want to shell out for the park pass, take advantage of the National …

The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017

From Africa and Asia's hottest beachfronts to the most underrated U.S. cities.<p>In 2017, you're going to need your passport—and your sense of adventure. Our top destinations to visit this year will have you heading out on safari, exploring historic Eastern Europe and South America, tapping into …

12 Of The Best Hiking Routes In Washington State, USA

Whenever I think of Washington, I think of lush green forests, the gorgeous city of Seattle, and, of course, snow-capped mountains that seem to go on …

10 Bucket-List Adventures in the U.S. National Parks

Paddling past giant glaciers, sand boarding down towering dunes and driving a sled-dog team through Alaskan wilderness are only a sampling of the …

National Parks

3 Travel Hacks Millennials Use and You Should Too | Inc.com

Travel planning can be nothing short of a hassle.<p>Luckily, the market is full of new tools to improve your experience. The problem is finding the products that really work.<p>As early adopters of technology, Millennials can help you sort through the hordes of new tools out there to make your travel …

Santa Barbara

Best national parks for spectacular sights but modest crowds

We’d never throw shade at Yosemite or Grand Canyon. But they are, well, kind of popular —Yosemite got 4 million visitors last year, Grand Canyon 5.5 million.<p>Want to strike out on your own? These five national parks will amaze you with their scenic grandeur and surprise you with their lack of crowds.

27 of the Most Beautiful Places In America

From sea to shining sea and everything in between.<p>Narrowing down the list of America's most scenic spots is clearly an impossible task, but these stunning places are totally worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list.

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You Must Have This Characteristic to Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The following excerpt is from Michael Glauser’s new book <i>Main Street Entrepreneur</i>. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes<p>Marti McMahon was one of the first entrepreneurs I interviewed nearly 20 years ago. As soon as I met her, I …

Here's Why the Drone Industry Just Had A Milestone Moment

Law and order could be coming to the skies for the commercial drone industry.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration finally revealed on Tuesday its …

8 Underrated National Parks That Will Leave You Speechless

National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon are rightfully some of the most famous destinations in the U.S. They're iconic and …

Asian stocks lower ahead of China trade data

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Wednesday after the World Bank cut its global growth forecast, as investors looked ahead to Chinese …

These 14 desert parks are the hottest destinations in the Southwest

The National Park Service oversees dozens of desert parks throughout the American Southwest.<p>Here are some you won't want to miss:<p>Grand Canyon National Park: Still the best view on Earth. The Grand Canyon offers rafting, long and short hikes and grueling adventures.<p>Saguaro National Park: An …

A Guide to Safety on the Appalachian Trail

The wilderness of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail can pose many risks to its visitors. Getting hopelessly lost or falling ill, wild animals and dangerous weather are all possibilities. But no risk is so ominous as the humble tick.<p>That is, at least, according to Matt Graves of the National Park …

OUT OF RANGE

Want to really get out of town this summer? Head to a place devoid of cell coverage – but full of adventure<p>On a recent trip to Ireland, I found myself driving through the wilds of Wicklow Mountains National Park. Even though I was only an hour south of Dublin, it felt like being transported to …

The debate about animal welfare has intensified<p>The year 2012 marked a leap forward for animal welfare in the European Union. Farmers were no longer allowed to keep egg-laying hens in barren battery cages smaller than an A4 sheet of paper. Instead, the minimum requirement now is that hens are kept …

Agriculture

7 Expert-Backed Tips For Staying Healthy On Your Next Big Trip

Call your travel clinic while planning your restaurant itineraries.<p>As spring approaches, you may be thinking about this year’s summer getaway. Or maybe you’re an Type A planner who is already booking a Thanksgiving or Christmas trip.<p>Whatever your travel style, here's something you probably haven't …

5 Tools You Need to Build Your Passive Income 'Empire'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Passive income -- money you make on the side with little effort -- is the hottest way to build wealth, and for good reason: Millionaires, entrepreneurs and the average Joe all understand that passive income makes it easier to compound …

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

This 32-year-old CEO shares the most common piece of advice she gives aspiring entrepreneurs

Cofounder Cassandra Stavrou, 32, came up with the idea for the company — which makes posh, healthy popcorn — while working at advertising agency BBH in London.<p>"3pm everyday people go and buy a snack," Stavrou told Business Insider. "Invariably they'd buy a chocolate bar and feel really guilty or …

The Top 30 Adventure Destinations for 2016

Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? Take a vacation full of adventures this year! Whether you need to get away for the weekend or knock something off your bucket list - the world has so much to offer. Assimilating into the different rhythms and ways of an unknown city is the best way to learn …

Earn Your Dinner at These 10 Mountain Restaurants

You won’t feel guilty eating a second helping of dessert at these mountaintop lodges and huts from Vermont to Colorado. You’ll earn your dinner with a guided, nighttime cross-country ski or snowshoe before sitting down to a multi-course meal.<p>The Chalet<p>Alpine Meadows, California<p>At dusk, you’ll …

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7 ways traveling makes you sexy AF

1. It creates confidence.<p>I don’t need to to tell anyone that confidence makes you sexy, so I’ll just skip to the creating confidence part that is …

Why Airbnb doesn't spell doom for the hotel business ... yet

But according to analysts at Deutsche Bank, the company isn't a threat to hotel chains — yet.<p>"Ultimately, Airbnb looks to be 'increasing the pie,' rather than necessarily reducing the share for others," said Iona Dent and Geof Collyer in a deep-dive research note Monday. "Currently when cities sell …

Prepare for the worst and make 2016 the year of the emergency fund

A guiding principle of personal finance is to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.<p>Accordingly, I'm labelling 2016 as the year of the emergency fund. If you don't have some readily accessible cash to help you cover a surprise expense or job interruption, start saving.<p>The best outcome for …

The Easiest Thing You Can Do to Be More Successful

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

10 global destinations that are on the rise, according to TripAdvisor

There's a certain appeal to visiting a city before it's a global destination that's constantly packed with tourists.<p>TripAdvisor recently released the winners of its Travelers' Choice Awards in several different categories, including the global destinations that are on the rise.<p>To create the list, …

The Best All-Inclusive Resorts In The World For 2015

They literally do it all.<p>Many savvy travelers will tell you that all-inclusive resorts are THE way to travel -- not only because all-inclusives handle the room, food, drinks and fun for one (typically) low price, but also because they're also located in some of the most stunning places on Earth.<p>As …