Ryan Niccolls

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How This Small Team Turned a $200 Marketing Budget Into $202,000 in Annual Revenue

Amazing what a community can do.<p>The term "growth hacking" is somewhat ethereal. To anyone outside the world of digital marketing, the word "hacking" implies some level of black magic, a twisting of the curtain resembling a magic trick that turns nothing into something. But for those who devote …

Marketing

Meet Headspace, The App That Made Meditation A $250 Million Business

In 2008, 27-year-old Londoner Richard Pierson was burned out from his career marketing Axe deodorant at a major agency. He switched to freelance, but felt so much anxiety he struggled to go out in public.<p>A friend knew just the cure: an energetic, amiable “Jeeves” for taking care of your brain. It …

Meditation

Adding this 10-minute exercise to your morning routine can help you focus for the rest of the day

"It's the first thing I do when I get up," Bryant told the Huffington Post. "I find that to be the best way to start the day. It gets me in balance before the busyness and hecticness of the day kicks off."<p>He's not the only one. Jerry Seinfeld gets up at 6:15 a.m. to meditate because it helps him …

Don't Be a Miserable Success: 5 Ways to Build a Great Business and a Great Life

If we have both financial success and personal joy in our lives, we can be unstoppable as entrepreneurs. But the fact is, there are far too many business owners out there who are hugely successful but extremely miserable. I've been there myself.<p>Ask yourself: Is my business helping me lead a deeply …

Startup sues former employees who launched similar company; CEO warns, 'If we're wrong, we'll win'

Smule, a maker of popular apps like Sing!Karaoke, AutoRap, and I am T-Pain, has sued two former employees who quit to build their own startup.<p>Smule is claiming that Shred Video's founders, Mike Allen and Mark Godfrey, used Smule's intellectual property when building their new startup.<p>Smule's …

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 …

How to Increase Your Sales Using Instagram

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers. Here are some ways to market to different segments of consumers on Instagram.<p>Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers on Facebook, …

Social Media

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The Top 5 Mistakes Made by Every New Entrepreneur

Don't let these common errors tank your new business.<p>Many entrepreneurs are self-taught, so it's no surprise they take a wrong turn from time to time.<p>While you can't predict every error you'll make, there are some errors that happen more often than others. Read on to learn five of the most common …

Small Business

Want To Be More Productive? Listen To The Sounds Of Nature

Redesigning your office soundtrack with the great outdoors in mind could make you happier and more productive.<p>Everyone should probably spend more time appreciating nature during the workday. Mounting evidence suggests that walking in the park during lunch or even just having a plant on your desk …

Research

18 Houseplants That Help Purify Your Home's Air

One NASA study might change how you approach the garden store.<p>You don't need to give us the hard sell on houseplants. Placing some leafy greens onto a coffee table or shelf is a great way to add some texture and breathe a little life into a room. But that's not the only reason to keep them around; …

Plants

Thanks to IBM, a hot startup called Databricks is poised to dominate a vital new market

IBM called Spark "the most significant open source project of the next decade."<p>This was very good news for a two-year-old startup called Databricks, founded by the people that invented Spark, and who, today, officially launched their commercial version of Spark.<p>Spark is a free and open source …

A Living Room For The Masses

The clever communal living room, by Dutch architects MVRDV, appears like a traditional cottage inside a larger building.<p>Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV have unveiled a winning design for a new culture center in downtown Zaanstad in the Netherlands. The 80,729-square-foot building has a giant …

Living Rooms

Apple Inc. is hiring journalists who want to work 40 hours a week

Journalists tired of long hours glued to their keyboards might want to send out their resumes directly to Cupertino, California.<p>A recent job posting from Apple says that the company is seeking several “News Editors” to join the team for its upcoming News app. The hours? A cushy 40 a week.<p>“These …

Apps

This Is What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy

<i>This story was first published by Yale Environment 360.</i><p>Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs, and Teslas are the Silicon Valley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is transforming the Golden …

Why Startups Fail, According to 13 Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Are you sabotaging your entrepreneurial efforts? See what these millionaire founders have to say.<p>Launching your startup may well be the most exhilarating, rewarding, and terrifying experience of your lifetime. I remember that roller coaster well--there were a lot of sleepless nights in WordStream's …

startupsfail

This Is How The Schedules Of Successful People Look Like

How do you spend your working day? Many people work the same amount of hours - but successful people will spend the time more productively.

Seven Ways That Even the Smartest Companies Kill Great Ideas

These seven behaviors threaten to stop innovation dead in its tracks.<p>You can't live without innovation. It's why you're in business. But as you grow, innovation also becomes a threat. It threatens to disrupt your existing business model, products, and services. It threatens to upset your customers, …

Innovation

50+ incredible freebies for web designers, April 2015

Amazing designers and developers release new projects every day, that make us excited, inspired, and often more than a little impressed.<p>Today we’re …

How To Solve 6 Common Facebook Frustrations

If you're a Facebook user, you know that Facebook updates their software to introduce new features that claim to improve your experience -- and they do it without warning.<p>It's hard to find the time to study the details of the latest update, which leaves many of us perplexed when using Facebook. …

A 10-Minute Meditation to Help You Solve Conflicts at Work

There are few things at work as stressful as feeling that you can’t communicate with someone who has an impact on how well you do your job and on the quality of your experience at work. How many times have you thought carefully about something you want to communicate to your boss, a colleague, or …

Marvel's new films: everything you need to know

Avengers: Age of Ultron was <b>released in the UK last week</b> – meaning that, if you're a Marvel fan, you're likely already in a state of hyperventilating, heart-racing frenzy.<p>But, just in case you haven't quite reached peak excitement, here's a reminder of some of the other treats in store across the …

Easier than ever to have private conversations

Direct Messages are the best way to take your public Twitter conversations private. Today, we’re changing how direct messaging works so that it’s …

Why a Billion Dollar Startup Just Sold for $15 Million (and What Founders Can Learn From It) | Inc.com

Under the leadership of charismatic Jason Goldberg, Fab was on a meteoric rise to the top. When the then-two-year-old e-commerce brand raised $150 million in funding mid-2013, it was valued at $1 billion. In February, the sale of Fab to PCH was announced. The deal closed in early March for $7 …

Startups