Praveen Rajasekaran

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A top VC firm just put together a striking presentation on what it was like for startups in 2016

Given all of the fear and loathing startups were feeling in 2015, top venture capital firm, First Round, did another poll of its network of more than 700 founders and CEOs to see what it's like to have a startup in 2016. Times have certainly changed, and we've published with First Round's …

Venture Capital

There are just SIX plots in every film, book and TV show ever made: Researchers reveal the 'building blocks' of storytelling

• <b>Prior to this study it was believed there was 3 to more than 30 plots</b>• <b><br>Used fictional stories that have been downloaded over 150 times</b>• <b><br>Most popular</b> …

15 Free Ways to Increase Your Facebook Page Likes | Inc.com

Facebook is one of the hottest social networks for business owners. There are over 20,000 people on Facebook and as of Q1 of 2015, over 1.44 billion active monthly users.<p>Who wouldn't you want <i>that</i> kind of reach?<p>But most business owners wonder if I have a limited marketing budget, how can I increase …

Marketing

The 5 Most Innovative Marketing Campaigns of 2015

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This year has been saturated in outlandish political statement, heated sports controversies and some of the most innovative marketing campaigns to date. Mixing next-gen technology with tried-and-true marketing methodologies, 2015 ads …

World Trade Center

9 affordable video marketing strategies for startups in 2016

Launching a startup is a great feeling. You get an idea and then you rear it like your own baby and nurture it into reality through hard work and …

Marketing

The 53 startups that will be huge in 2016, according to venture capitalists

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch them, guide them, hear their pitches, and fund them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which of their young or growth-stage startups did they think were going to boom in 2016.<p>We also asked them which startups …

Venture Capital
Emotional Intelligence

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>We all aspire to work better together. Technology is making some of that effort easier. But digital tools are only part of the answer. It’s people who ultimately make the difference.<p>The problem is that technologies for collaboration are improving faster than people’s ability to learn to …

Management

17 Ways to Increase Website Traffic by 419.16% in 90 days Without Paid Marketing [Case Study]

One of the most asked question from new website owners. Yet if you ask it to ‘marketing gurus’ out there, the answer is often misleading.<p>They’d say …

The Science Behind Creating Buyer Personas

The Science Behind Creating Buyer Personas infographic from WSI does a good job explaining why personas are way more than just demographic …

Infographics

5 Steps to Creating an Extraordinary Content Marketing Strategy

Content marketing is hot--93% of all marketers say their organizations are investing heavily in it. Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to stand out from the pack.<p>While the amount of available web-based content is doubling every 9 to 24 months, our customer's ability to consume that …

Marketing

8 Storytelling Secrets Every Business Leader Should Know

"Mum, can we watch The Lion King?"<p>Disney movies are interesting. Their stories make you laugh, cry, and laugh again. They teach you important lessons.<p>Many people love stories, but few people tell good stories.<p>To succeed in business, we need to tell good stories so people will listen and take action.<p>…

Public Speaking

Why Startups Succeed

Hint: It’s rarely pegged to funding.<p>Back in the spring, I digested a study entitled “<i>The Single Biggest Reason Startups Succeed</i>” conducted by …

Dog Food

7 Books That Will Train Your Brain to Overachieve | Inc.com

The human brain is the most powerful tool you can possibly possess. Are you training and using your brain to its full potential? These seven books will help you achieve the peak performance you’ll need to compete, today and in the future.<p>1. Curious<p><b>Subtitle:</b> The Desire to Know and Why Your Future …

The Brain

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• Social Media for Business<br>• Social Marketing<br>• Social Business Ideas<br>• Buy Dolls at Discounted Price<br>• Rich Mullins<br>• Find Me<br>• Deliver<p>Related Links: Social Media for …

The 5 questions you need to understand if you want to reach millennials

<i>This sponsored post is produced by TrialPay.</i><p>The millennial. A generation that has become a buzzword. Born into technology and hyper-connectivity, they are one of the most talked about and researched groups of consumers.<p>As an extremely diverse group, roughly 80 million in number, driving $200 …

5 Subtle Ways Advertisers Use Psychology (and What You Can Learn From Them) | Inc.com

Social proof, prices ending in 9 or 7, and happy, smiling people that we all want to be like. We think we know every advertising trick in the book right now.<p>But we are not even close.<p>Advertisers are masters of applied psychology, always on the look out for new ways to capture your interest and get …

Selling

How to start an interesting conversation with anyone

Stop making people think and start making them feel.Gvahim/Flickr<i>How can I start an interesting conversation?​ originally appeared as a question on Quora. Below we are republishing an answer from Julian Reisinger, founder of Love Life Solved.</i><p>The most interesting conversations aren't about news, or …

Horseback

29 Website Layouts using Spectacular Animation Effects

CSS3 has paved the way for clean website animation without any reliance on JavaScript. Unfortunately it can’t handle every task but it’s got a …

Animation

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose was faced with a problem that animators had never solved — how to make the hand of an old man look lifelike. It …

Teaching

5 mistakes standing between you and your first million

The total number of millionaire households reached 9.6 million in 2013, but has topped 10.2 million already in 2015.<p>With the technology, resources, mentorship, research, and information available, it's becoming easier than it has in the past. Sadly, most still won't reach the seven-figure annual …

Self-improvement
Marketing

6 Convincing Reasons Why You Need a Content Strategy

Your business’ marketing plan (you have one, right?) must include a content strategy. The days of ‘just’ posting on social media are over. The days …

Content Strategy

The 5 Elements of a Strong Inbound Marketing Strategy

Are you a huge fan of cold calls? What about the marketing emails – that you never signed up for – invading your inbox? TV commercials in the middle …

Marketing

Here's How Startups Actually Start Up

There’s a sucker born every day — or so they say. But the way startup fever has been spreading across the land, it almost feels more like there’s a …

The Hunger Games

How to Transition into a Relationship When You’re Used to Being Single

It seems like people are always looking for love, but single life can be pretty great. You’re independent, you don’t have to compromise, and you get …

7 Marketing Techniques That Will Make Your Business More Approachable | Inc.com

What does it mean to have an approachable business? Think of it in terms of being an approachable <i>person.</i><p>Businesses, much like people, have characteristics and personalities. A leader who is unapproachable is seen as distant, cold, and ineffective. Few people want to follow a leader who refuses to …

Marketing

Nike Marketing Strategy – How Nike Does it

Total Shares 1.3K<p><b>How Nike is always ahead of its competitors?</b><p>Since its beginnings in 1964, Nike (originally Blue Ribbon Sports) has become one of the …

51 free online resources for starting a business

Being an entrepreneur means sticking your neck — and wallet — on the line for a product you believe in.<p>It won't be cheap.<p>There will be plenty of costs, some you've never expected.<p>Thankfully, there are free tools to start a business available online.<p>We've compiled this list of free tools to start a …

Small Business