Roberto Rodriguez

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The Tech Surge That's Putting Consumers in the Forefront

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I was at Pepsi-Cola in the early part of my career, producers were in control. In the late 1970s, this was the era of mass marketing when national network television could reach virtually every American household. Dominant companies …

How Competition Created an Industry That Changed the World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In 1926, David Sarnoff, a combative 36-year-old immigrant from Belarus, formed the National Broadcasting Company, later known as NBC. It was the world's first radio network, a chain of stations with strong ties to the mother organization, …

Business Is Eager to Embrace Bitcoin But Regulators Are Not

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Within the last year, thousands of businesses across the globe have started accepting Bitcoin. It is apparent that companies, large and small, recognize Bitcoin’s added value, however, the threat of unforeseen regulations looms over those …

What to Do When Your Employees Want to Start Their Own Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leaders, think of your smart, driven, innovative team members. Those few at the top who streamline systems and boost morale. Would you say they remind you of yourself? Would you say they are entrepreneurial? Guess what? Some of them are. …

32 Awesome Quotes to Inspire Positive Change

Change is constant, but that doesn't make it easy. Draw on these inspirational quotes to make it easier.<p>It's often said that change is the only constant in life. Yet humans are evolutionarily predisposed to resist change because of the risk associated with it. Despite this resistance to change, it …

Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded for Work on Regulation

Jean Tirole of France was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics for his research regarding the way policymakers should deal with companies that dominate industries.<p>French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers …

What I Would Tell My 21-Year-Old Self

If you could visit a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?<p>This past week, I was invited to speak on a panel for a conference on entrepreneurship. The topic was if I had the chance to go back in time, what I would tell myself when I was 21. When I was thinking about my response, …

9 Things to Do When Your Co-Founder Reaches the Boiling Point

Everyone hits a point where the stress is too much to bear. What should you do when that person is your co-founder?<p>In theory, when you have one (or multiple) co-founders, that means you're splitting both the responsibility and the stress down the middle--right?<p>In reality, however, as your company …

Banks Use Callers' Voiceprints to Fight Fraud

Computers with voice recognition are being used--sometimes discreetly--to add extra security during calls with customers.<p>The caller said her home had burned down and her husband had been badly hurt in the blaze. On the telephone with her bank, she pleaded for a replacement credit card at her new …

The One Question All Leaders Should Ask Themselves

Too much emotional exposure is often too much to handle in the workplace, but just enough will turn you into an exceptional leader.<p>For more than a decade, thought leader and leading scholar Brené Brown conducted research on the topic of vulnerability. With those insights, she has been able to …

Repeat Entrepreneurs Are More Successful

Are entrepreneurs born or made? New research by Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Kathryn Shaw adds to the evidence on the "made" side of the column.<p>The research, which examined records of 2.8 million small retailers in Texas, found that entrepreneurs were more likely to succeed the …

How to Get Your Quiet Employees Talking

Learn how to successfully encourage your team to share their thoughts about your company and how you're leading it.<p>Open, honest, and candid feedback is a necessity for any leader who wants to lead better and improve his or her company. But that candor is hard to come by. Employees have a lot to …