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16 startups that this year became worth billions

Amid the tech landscape, "unicorns" are few and far between. Last year, CB Insights tallied the odds of becoming a unicorn — a company valued at $1 billion or more — at under 1%.<p>But already, within the first few months of 2018, a total of 16 companies have overcome those odds and crossed the …

100 Inspirational Quotes from Successful Business Leaders

It’s funny…many of us have spent thousands of hours in business school. We’ve done internships. We go into great debt to fund educations we hope will …

How to Win With a Multisided Platform Business Model

What does it take to build a platform where many constituencies can do business?<p>Multisided platform (MSP) businesses are hot, no question.<p>An MSP is a …

10 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2017

Bill Gates recently released his favorite books of 2016. Claiming he averages about one book a week, the billionaire business magnate says reading is …

10 Success lessons from Brian Chesky – “Airbnb Founder and Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share37<p>Tweet<p>Share43<p>+11<p>Shares 81<p>Growing up, Brian Chesky never envisioned himself as an entrepreneur. Instead, the Airbnb co-founder came up with the …

The Biggest Secret to Success: Spend at Least 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking

Did you know that Warren Buffett has spent 80% of his career thinking?<p><i>What are the best-kept secrets of successful business people? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Brian Scudamore, Founder</b> …

Time Management

5 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Dog

Man's best friend might be your most important investment.<p>You're an entrepreneur. You're up to your eyeballs in work. Even when you're not working, you're thinking about tomorrow's tasks, next week's deadlines, customer development, marketing, new ideas, and sweet potato fries (that last one is …

reducingstress

7 New Year's Resolutions That Will Make You Creative in 2017

It's the time of year to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the new one. Here are 7 resolutions you can keep, and that will make you more creative in 2017.<p>1. Set the right goals.<p>The first business book I ever read was <i>Built to Last</i> by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. That book grabbed me. …

Creativity

Why Smart People Aren't Afraid to Fail at Work

Here are three reasons why failure may actually be linked to your future success.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p><b>What's your proudest failure?</b><p>Does that question surprise you? It's certainly not a common one in …

Self-improvement

Why Two Financial Targets Can Be Better than One

As consultants, we once helped a manufacturing plant director discover how we could save $20 million from his costs in the coming year. His response? “I don’t want $20 million. I only need $3 million to meet my objectives. Why would I contribute more than that?” The director contended that …

Management

18 Great Interview Questions From Top CEOs (Infographic)

The world's best CEOs use these 18 questions to reveal a candidate's true character.<p>Last month, I provided the essential interview questions to ask candidates for specific jobs. This infographic from the outsourcing firm FiveSquid.com shows the favorite job interview questions of some of the …

Employment

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi shares the most valuable management advice she's ever received

Since she became CEO in 2006, the company's global revenue has increased from $40 billion in 2007 to more than $63 billion last year.<p>Hallmarks of her management style include a tough-minded willingness to uproot a legacy culture and a laser-like focus on the customer experience.<p>In Nooyi's case, …

The 23 Best Motivational Speeches of All Time

It was halftime during one of my 7th-grade football games. And we were losing 14 - 0. With our knees planted in the grass, my team was quietly …

Non-Disclosure Agreements Can Be Powerful, but Only If You Know How to Use Them

Don't make the mistake of assuming you're automatically protected.<p>To protect your creativity, you need to act strategically. That's really what it comes down to. There are no silver bullets, no magical one-size-fits-all solutions. And that's okay. Because the good news is, there are a lot of tools …

Non Disclosure Agreement

How to Build a Strategic Narrative

It’s a common refrain in executive suites these days: “We need a new narrative.”<p>It’s not enough any more to say “we make widgets.” With changes happening so quickly from so many directions – competition, regulation, technology, talent, customer behavior – it’s easy for one’s story to become generic …

Howard Schultz

The economic essentials of digital strategy

A supply-and-demand guide to digital disruption.<p><b>In July 2015,</b> during the championship round of the World Surf League’s J-Bay Open, in South Africa, a …

Leading in the digital age

The automation of work and the digital disruption of business models place a premium on leaders who can create a vision of change and frame it …

Discussions on digital: The new world of marketing

Silicon Valley leaders discuss the challenge on every marketer’s mind: how much to spend on digital marketing—and where to spend it.<p><b>The leader of</b> …

Say These 15 Things To Succeed In Business

Are you an ambitious business professional looking to get ahead in the industry? Dazzle all the execs at your next business meeting.Saying these 15 …

Cisco's John Chambers on the digital era

How significant is the digital era? It’s the biggest technology transition in history, according to Cisco’s executive chairman—and requires a …

Innovation

99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time

Building the right relationships — networking — is critical in business. It may be an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, but not a huge one. The people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. As venture capitalist and entrepreneur Rich …

Networking

Management Skills in a Changing Work Environment

What are the competencies, skills and knowledge that managers are going to need to deal with the changing work environment of the future? Here is what it is that people managers will need to do, learn and embrace in order to be fit for the future.<p><b>1. Social intelligence</b><p>The world is becoming social. …

Success Begins When Your Image Matches Your Market

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is a serious mistake to run a side gig or a small business in an unprofessional way, even if you are just starting out. Success comes from looking and acting professional from the start. Some people do not return phone calls …

Small Business

This Googler Explains How To Design Your Time Rather Than Manage It

Breaking all your tasks into quadrants can help you become more strategic about how you work.<p>For many of us, work can feel like a never-ending cycle of long meetings, overflowing inboxes, and urgent demands. No matter how fast we go or how hard we work, there’s far more to do every day than there …

Time Management

The 'On-Demand Economy' Is Revolutionizing Consumer Behavior — Here's How

Supply is driven via an efficient, intuitive digital mesh layered on top of existing infrastructure networks.<p>The On-Demand Economy is revolutionizing commercial behavior in cities around the world.<p>The number of companies, the categories represented, and the growth of the industry is expanding at an …

Why frontline workers are disengaged

Executives generally overestimate their effectiveness as motivators and leaders.<p><b>Only three out of ten</b> American workers feel engaged by their job, …

Employee Engagement

Managing talent in a digital age

Online labor platforms make it easier to find—and harder to retain—talented people. They give companies a real opportunity to transform the way they …

Human Resources

Creating content around your business goals + Planning Template

Creating a content calendar is hard – or so the thousands of plugins and tools would have it seem. “We’ll simplify it for you,” and so on and so …

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

In my research and coaching work over the past two decades, I have met many people who feel unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or stagnant because they are forsaking performance in one or more aspects of their lives. They aren’t bringing their leadership abilities to bear in all of life’s domains—work, …

A Checklist for Making Faster, Better Decisions

Managers make about three billion decisions each year, and almost all of them can be made better. The stakes for doing so are real: decisions are the most powerful tool managers have for getting things done. Setting goals (another tool) is aspirational, but making decisions actually drives action. …

Management