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What pirates, hackers, and gangsters can teach you about running a business

Suddenly he stood up and told her, "Look around this room — there are about 100 weapons in here. I could kick that sink in and I could make a razor out of the ceramic. I could melt the plastic on that chair and I could make a knife. The wiring in that speaker on the corner, I could make a weapon …

The real reason 65% of startups fail

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

5 Quick Ways to Set Goals for Your Small Business

I know what you’re thinking: I am tired of not moving things forward enough in my business. I’m here to tell you that the reason why this is …

The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

The Peek, or Portable Eye Examination Kit app, is a smartphone based system for diagnosing eye problems. It uses a 3D-printed add-on that can allow ophthalmologists to give detailed and complete eye exams in the field using an app and a small camera overlay. Created by British ophthalmologists, the …

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 …

How Much Does Human Capital Cost An Entrepreneur?

Many entrepreneurs begin a business by brainstorming an idea with their spouse or a professional colleague. In the idea stage, it is easy for the entrepreneur to continue working at a salaried job while developing the idea. Increasingly, a startup can begin with a few online applications, the …

Entrepreneurship

The 7 things nobody tells you about being an entrepreneur

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>entrepreneur.</i><i>com</i><i>.</i><p>By Sarah Vermunt, Entrepreneur<p>There’s no …

How I built a seven-figure business without employees

There is a lot to be said for those rare few that possess the ability to create huge companies with hundreds or thousands of employees that are all just ecstatic to be at work. It is exceptionally difficult and equally as impressive, which is why they end up taking up space on the front page of a …

5 Steps to Be Taken Seriously As a Young Entrepreneur

This is an article that truly hits close to home for me.<p>When I began <b>Chop Dawg</b>, I was only sixteen years old and hadn’t even begun my junior year of …

Business owners struggle to ease work-life imbalance

When Hannah Cook set up Mendip Accounting Solutions in 2005, the idea was to create a career for herself that would fit around her family plans. Since then she’s had three children – and taken no more than two weeks’ maternity leave with each baby’s arrival.<p>“I’d been going for about three years …

Mental Health

How to Solve a Problem In 3 Steps -- Define It, Redefine It, Repeat

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Businesses often follow a define-plan-execute method of problem solving: spend time up front rigorously defining a problem, develop a solution plan, and execute.<p>This sounds simple enough, but businesses large and small inevitably spend …

Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution

A Stanford engineering professor challenges our ideas on imagination and creativity with a new approach to problem solving.<p>Everything really comes down to solving problems. To be successful and a leader in your field, you not only have to come up with good solutions; you need to be innovative. And …

Start small: In search of the minimum viable product

If you’re starting out with an idea and nothing built yet, your first goal should be to prove the product you want to build solves a problem.<p>“‘Make something people want.’ That’s the fundamental problem. If you die, it’s probably because you didn’t make something people wanted.” – Paul Graham, …

Study finds 14% of Americans were entrepreneurs in 2014

Entrepreneurship in the United States is at its highest rate in at least 16 years, a new study reports.<p>According to a study released Wednesday by …

How Google’s logo has evolved through the years

Google launched a new logo yesterday, its first refresh in two years.<p>While the Google logo has evolved over its seventeen-year history, it has largely stayed faithful to the original concept. However, yesterday saw Google go sans-serif, though it kept the same “flat” look it took on back in …

Graphic Design

Planning a Fundraising Event? 5 Steps to Avoid Pitfalls

In the summertime, many of us who work with not-for-profits and their philanthropy efforts are gearing up for our fall fundraisers. Thanksgiving and …

The Top 9 Startups From Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1

Smart mattress covers, RNA diagnostics, and photosynthetic grow lights were among the big ideas that shone brightest on stage at Demo Day 1 for Y Combinator’s Summer 2015 batch. Fifty startups presented on the record, including a massive influx of hardware companies and biotech firms. You can read …

7 TED Talks you should watch if you want to be an entrepreneur

Four simple words that sum up the value of TED Talks.<p>We love these quick, easy-to-digest videos with just the right amount of important information to entertain and educate in just a few minutes.<p>It's free, high-quality wisdom from industry leaders — what's not to love?<p>Below are the top seven videos …

How to go about recruiting a star team for your start-up

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>As the saying goes, ‘An organization is only as good as its people.’ This adage is even more appropriate for a start-up, where the team can either make or …

7 Ways to Survive In Business

In 2009 a buddy and I took a stab at creating an online publishing startup called ProLong Magazine. Despite our best efforts after a couple of years it failed. I believe that you should learn from every failure, especially in business. Today, my wife and I own a small side business called TAP …

How to Handle Negative Feedback

There’s no shortage of advice about how to react to negative feedback. Whether the critic is a boss or a co-worker, the same familiar guidance is consistently presented: Listen carefully, don’t get defensive, ask for time.<p>There’s nothing wrong with these three suggestions, of course. But at the …

Three ways an accelerator can help your start-up

Accelerators and incubators have grown to play an important role in the start-up landscape. With venture capitalists starting to invest at a …

Machine learning algorithm to help VCs choose startups

Machine learning API company, BigML, and Telefónica Open Future, the telecom’s global entrepreneurship and innovation network, have partnered to …

Machine Learning

Three digital marketing mega trends for 2015

Arguably some of these are just buzzwords for things that already existed. But most did feel like shifts, or changes in focus, that were new in …

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

The best managers hire smart people to work for them. But what if your direct reports are smarter than you? How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Getting promoted to a job that …

5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Few companies get up and running without a bit of private capital giving them an extra boost, even in today’s era of free resources, digital communication and crowdfunding. Attaining that capital means impressing seasoned investors and …

What Angel Investors Value Most When Choosing What to Fund

Steven Moore<p>Despite all the media attention venture capital gets, it’s far from the most common source of startup funding. As Diane Mulcahy explained in a 2013 <i>Harvard Business Review</i> article: ”Angel investors — affluent individuals who invest smaller amounts of capital at an earlier stage than VCs …

The Benefits of Bootstrapping - Copyblogger

The average multi-millionaire has seven different sources of income. But that’s not what you hear about, is it? That’s not what gets the …

Content Marketing