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5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Their Ideas to Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs tend to work quite hard to nail down meetings with investors. It usually takes a combination of good targeting, persistence and finding a way in.<p>As an investor, what has astounded me over the years -- after listening to …

Entrepreneurship

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Mental Disorders

Is this Indiegogo Campaign Based on a Fake Viral Video?

One of December’s most heartwarming videos depicted a homeless man who, after being given $100, proceeds to spread holiday cheer throughout the …

This Indiegogo-funded drone startup just raised $10M from VCs before its campaign has even ended

The Ghost drone, which has raised more than six times its campaign goal on Indiegogo weeks before its deadline, has raised some even bigger funds.<p>Ehang, the company behind Ghost, is announcing it has raised $10 million in new funding to expand its teams in China and Silicon Valley and to help it …

20 Small Space Hacks to Make Your Studio Apt Seem HUGE

Whether you’ve just landed your first apartment (hoorah!) or are wrestling with what to do with all your stuff <i></i>now that you’re living in a smaller space, studio apartments present some unique challenges. With only one room to decorate and everything out on display, distinguishing the kitchen from …

50 Startup Founders You Need To Follow On Twitter

<b>Editor’s Note: This is not an official FORBES list.</b><p>If founding a startup was easy, then there would be a lot more people participating in the exciting and sometimes exhausting trip that entrepreneurs experience on a daily basis. That’s why we sometimes need some advice, inspiration and insights …

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

Entrepreneur's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As 2014 winds to a close, it seems the perfect time to stop and reflect on the stories that truly resonated with our audience this year. While individual topics ranged from tips on boosting daily productivity, to methods for delivering …

Entrepreneurship

Here's What Venture Capitalists Want To Fund In 2015 - And What They Don't

It’s a head-spinning time for venture capitalists. This year, they’re continuing to get disrupted by upstarts from angel investors to new giants like Andreessen Horowitz, yet they also enjoyed the most initial public offerings since 2000, including several this week. Then late this year, things …

Richard Branson on the 3 questions you need to ask yourself before launching a startup

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Richard Branson, …

The Spider Of Silicon Valley: Inside 'Zuck & Friends' Secret Billionaire Fund

<i>Not all financial advisors are created equal. Meet Divesh Makan, consigliere to Silicon Valley’s brightest billionaires.</i><p>In the hierarchy of the investment business, stockbrokers have long occupied a spot near the bottom of the food chain. They are the hunters and gatherers, knocking on doors to …

How the Department of Defense is using big data to combat sex trafficking

<b>(dem10 via iStock)</b><p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is giving law enforcement a leg up on catching perpetrators<p>Alex Pearlman<p>November 29, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>LONDON — It’s estimated that somewhere between 14,000 and 17,000 people are trafficked …

That Time I Went Out With Two Guys in One Night At the Same Bar

Spoiler: It was actually super-empowering.<p>Excuse me for the cliché here, but I'm allowed one <i>Sex & the City</i> reference, right? Remember that time Charlotte had back-to-back dates planned and it all blew up in her face? Well, that kind of happened to me accidentally a few weeks ago—but it wasn't a …

Opportunity Is About To Knock So Get Ready To Open Your Door

It has been said that the key to success is being ready to act when opportunity comes knocking at your door. Well hopefully you are ready, because opportunity is about to start knocking with a billion dollar vengeance!<p>This particular opportunity starts with one word – Genealogy. Now before you tune …

You Don't Need VC Money To Build A Great Product

You’re not going to make it as an entrepreneur. That’s what the math says, anyway.<p>A lack of funding early on is the reason why many companies are forced to fold, which is also why venture capitalists are as successful as they are: they offer a product of their own – financial support – in exchange …

7 Digital Marketing Solutions for Every Startup’s Needs

<i>Daniel Reed is the Digital Marketing Manager for Sinch. This post originally appeared on the Mention blog.</i><p>It’s tough being a startup — budgets, growth, and hustling everyday to make that change that you dream about.<p>As the Digital Marketing Manager, it’s my job to get Sinch — a cloud based …

In Pursuit of "Happiness," a Filmmaker Goes to Bhutan | Blog | Independent Lens | PBS

Filmmaker Thomas Balmès is no stranger to trotting the globe in search of human stories, in films including <i>Bosnia Hotel</i> and <i>The Gospel According to</i> …

Filmmaking

10 Must Reads for Improving Your Online Marketing - Small Business Trends

Having a good website and clear online marketing strategy is very important in today’s business world. But there’s a lot that goes into building an …

Examples of Three Successful Lifestyle Entrepreneurs

So you’ve heard the term ‘lifestyle entrepreneur’ and you’re intrigued. It sounds great, right? Location independence, financial independence and the …

Entrepreneurship

Check Out The Amazing Photo Tool From Google That You Should Start Using Right Now

That's where Google Stories comes in. Google will automatically choose your best photos from a trip or event and arrange them in a fun timeline that you can edit and add captions to. You can then share it through Google+.<p>Weaving together your photos, videos, and places you visited, it essentially …

Google Drive

Meet The 16 Year Old Entrepreneur Who Already Has 500 Clients

<i>Ben Towers began his business career at the age of 11, starting out as a young freelance web designer.</i><p><i>By the age of 12, he had already built a</i> …