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9 things you should never say during a salary negotiation

You're 96% sure that you are ready to schedule a meeting with your boss to ask for a raise. Or perhaps you're nearing the end of the job interview process and an offer is in sight. However, if you're like me, you have definitely put your foot in your mouth a time or two saying the wrong thing at …

An Unusually Candid VC Explains Why VCs Are a Bad Idea | Inc.com

You start a company. You pitch it to a partner at a big-name venture capital firm. The partner decides your company has huge potential, gives it a unicorn valuation, and gives you tens of millions of funding, or maybe even more.<p>Time to celebrate, right? Maybe not, according to Eric Paley, managing …

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U.S. venture capital's digital coin quandary: cash-rich startups | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. venture capital firms lining up for a slice of the burgeoning digital currency market are grappling with a novel challenge - some of the hottest tech startups that sell the coins just don’t need their money.<p>Only a few years ago, digital currency entrepreneurs, like other …

Why SAFE notes are not safe for entrepreneurs

Pascal Levensohn Contributor<p>Pascal Levensohn is a San Francisco-based venture capitalist with over 22 years of VC experience through Levensohn Venture Partners and Dolby Family Ventures. He is a former director of the National Venture Capital Association.<p>Andrew Krowne Contributor<p>Andrew Krowne is a …

4 Brutal Fundraising Lessons I Learned the Hard Way | Inc.com

"Fundraising is fun," said no entrepreneur ever. But there are tricks to make it much less painful.<p>After raising over $100 million of venture capital cash for a few businesses (which has taken hundreds of investors meetings) combined with hearing war stories and advising countless other …

Startups

The Top 10 Books Every Leader Must Read

Being a leader requires a strong drive to learn, something these 10 authors dwell on.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Were you to ask any great leader in the world for his or her secret to success, the answer would be simple: listening. That's because the best leaders …

Why This Entrepreneur Raised Millions More Than He Originally Planned

Despite being a well-known investor in Canada and one of the stars of the French-Canadian version of 'Shark Tank,' this entrepreneur got his funding needs wrong twice.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In the new podcast Masters of Scale, LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy on</i> …

Apps | The Next Web

All stories in Apps<p>Your WhatsApp buddies might be spying on you with this invasive new app (Update)<p>Chatwatch uses WhatsApp’s public online/offline status feature to tell users how often their friends check the app, and ...<p>Abhimanyu Ghoshal<p>How to make the most out of secure messaging app Signal<p>It …

10 Steps Everyone Must Take to Get Rich

These moves will be your foundation for establishing positive financial habits that will move you closer toward your goal.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The millennial generation is at the point now where they’re starting to think hard about how to build long-term …

4 Behavioral Interview Questions That Reveal What a Job Candidate Is Really Like | Inc.com

Conduct enough job interviews and it feels like some of the candidates have tried to "hack" the most common interview questions. Their answers seem a little too polished, a little too rehearsed, and a lot insincere.<p>That's the problem with only asking opinion-based job interview questions. (Is there …

Employment

4 Reasons Earn-outs Blow Up (And How To Protect Yourself)

An “earn-out” is a tool acquirers use to reduce the risk of buying your business. An earn-out is usually used when there is a big gap between what you want to sell your business for and what the buyer is prepared to pay. An earn-out offers a way for an acquirer to reduce their risk in buying your …

7 Tools That Startups Should Know About Right Now | Inc.com

Being an entrepreneur is no easy task, and while patience and perseverance are desirable qualities, having a few tools of the trade puts the odds of success in your favor. Startups run on lean budgets and small teams, and rely on software and applications to lighten the load. These tools are more …

Project Management

5 Ways Ultra-Competitive People Overcome Procrastination

It's more than just time management.<p>We've all been there--sitting at our desks scrolling through Facebook as we avoid the task in front of us. It's called procrastination and it can take many forms, from frequent coffee breaks to small talk with co-workers.<p>Procrastination is often chalked up to …

14 Signs That You're Emotionally Intelligent

It’s all too easy to lose control of our emotions.<p>That’s why emotional intelligence (known as EI or EQ) is so important.<p>The ability to identify …

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Do You Have a High IQ? 17 Signs That Say You Do

You should be thankful to your parents for instilling you with many of the attributes of an intelligent person--including those insufferable piano lessons.<p>Stupid people tend to overestimate their competence, while smart people tend to sell themselves short. As Shakespeare put it in <i>As You Like It</i>: …

How Aydin Senkut Helped 11 Different Companies Grow to $1 Billion Each

Over the past 10 years, Aydin and the Felicis Ventures team have helped 11 companies grow to over $1 billion each. They also assisted 36 portfolio companies surpass the $100 million mark. Out of their 180 investments, 60 have turned into notable exits. That would be considered quite a great track …

10 Must-have business tools to be a more productive entrepreneur

Share26<p>Tweet<p>Share27<p>+13<p>Shares 56<p>As a modern online entrepreneur, you have access to some amazing resources. Entrepreneurs love to save money, but at …

10 Simple Habits of Insanely Productive People

Surround yourself with inspiring, sharp, and positive people.<p><i>What are some uncommon ways to work smarter instead of harder? originally appeared on Quora --the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of</b> …

18 Mistakes that kill startups

How To Start a Startup<p>Share206<p>Tweet<p>Share174<p>+14<p>Shares 384<p><i>This column is by Paul Graham, Co-Founder of Y Combinator.</i><p>In the Q & A period after a recent …

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Tech Titan Shares Pitch Deck Template For Entrepreneurs

I was very fortunate to come across the pitch deck template that is shared in this blog post during the early days of my entrepreneurial journey. The …

10 Shockingly Simple Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Ever wondered why some people seem to have it all - success, happiness, money, love - and other people seem to lean into the struggle every single day? It's not just luck. They have habits that are different from everyone else, and they put those habits into regular practice.<p>The best part is, these …

Meet An Entrepreneur Who Doesn't Believe In Venture Capital

Entrepreneur Brian Pallas doesn’t believe in venture capital. His startup, Opportunity Network is funded entirely from private investors and business partners. The 28-year old hasn’t taken a penny of venture capital. Last year, when I first reported about Pallas’ success, ON was valued at $100m …

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