Sam Jacoba

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Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking: Getting the Best Out of Both

How to create a customer-centric venture.<p><i>By Marina Krakovsky | Stanford Business contributor</i><p>In the world of entrepreneurial incubation, design thinking, a user-centered way to conceive and create a successful product, is often compared and contrasted with the lean startup approach, which is more …

9 Revolutionary Companies to Watch

Nine little-known companies are working hard to bring game-changing tech to market.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This year is off and running with some extraordinary companies starting to make a name for themselves.<p>I attend countless conferences and meetups. Over the …

5 Ways to Deal with Your Sociopath Boss or Co-Worker | Inc.com

Well, here are the five steps you should take if you feel like there's just a little something off about the person you work with.<p><b>1. Recognize the signs of a sociopath</b><p>In general, the most recognizable sign of a sociopath is the inability of him or her to feel empathy for others. In most obvious …

Sociopathy

Want to Be a Fearless Leader? Follow These 5 Steps | Inc.com

There is a balancing act that comes with the territory of being an entrepreneur, and I've found this especially true as a mom and Running a business and leading a team takes confidence, authority and ambition. Toss in managing a busy household or other family obligations, and your day is busy …

Leadership

How Fintech and Payments Innovations Will Disrupt Global Ecommerce

The safe movement of money across borders is having a revolutionary effect on how and where businesses operate.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The global payments landscape has significantly evolved over the past decade. The rapid rise and equally rapid evolution of …

The State of Digital Marketing in the Philippines (Infographic)

More than one billion online users.<p>That’s how many people access the Internet in the Asia-Pacific. That’s more than 46% of the total online users in …

Marketing

4 Tips for Maximizing Output From Freelancers

Establish a budget and a clear line of communication.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Simply hiring freelancers offers little value to your company. As with anything else in your business, you must be strategically proactive to maximize output. Working with freelancers …

Stop Blaming Managers for the Shortcomings of Workers

For a decade, I taught a variety of business and economics courses to MBA students. Central to classes such as entrepreneurship and innovation, …

Employee Engagement

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Consulting Firm

Finding the right consulting firm doesn't have to be a chore if you know what to look for.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are many reasons why businesses hire consultants to solve an issue within the company. Whether it’s because the company wants an unbiased …

Who wins the three-way cloud battle? Google vs. Azure vs. AWS

When choosing a cloud platform, newcomers may only look at the cost, but many different business needs should be taken care of before making the final call. We hope to help you get a clear perspective on three major cloud platforms.<p>Right now, there are three main players in the market: Google Cloud …

The Real Costs of Building a Mobile App for iOS and Android

Find out which type of app might be right for your business and learn about what goes into development.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In a world that has grown increasingly dependent on mobile technology, you should consider having a customized mobile application for …

Six Essentials for Good Storytelling—and Great Content Marketing

"Storytelling" is often used loosely as a term for good writing. Which makes me wonder: Do marketers actually understand storytelling in the context …

An Amazingly Simple Way to Predict Performance | Inc.com

You're probably familiar with fractals. According to Wikipedia a fractal is a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern displayed at every scale.<p>What you probably didn't realize is that people exhibit similar fractals on the job. If you look close enough you'll discover people do the same …

Accounting

Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees

A high-potential employee is usually in the top 5% of employees in an organization. These people are thought to be the organization’s most capable, most motivated, and most likely to ascend to positions of responsibility and power. To help these employees prepare for leadership roles in a …

Five Tips To Network Your Way Into A Startup | Inc.com

I'm a MBA student looking to get connected with people in the startup community in NYC. I'm graduating in May and looking for networking events or the opportunity to meet with people that are currently looking for talent.<p>Good networking question to ask in a city where there are around the clock …

How to Get 500 Supporters for Your Next Business Idea

Find an audience before you invest time, money and energy.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever had an idea you thought was brilliant, then spent weeks planning and working to bring it to life, only to share it with the world to find out no one cares?<p>It's a …

10 Simple Tips on How to Turn Amateur-Looking Photos Into Pro-Quality Images (VIDEO)

Do you ever wonder how to take your photography to the next level? The helpful folks at Mango Street Labs are back with another great video that will …

10 Marketing Conferences Entrepreneurs Must Attend in 2017

Here are events where you will get the most bang for your buck.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m often underwhelmed by the conferences I attend. Many of the sessions I’ve sat in on over the past couple of years have regurgitated the same basic knowledge time and time …

Be the Best Leader You Can Be by Learning This One Crucial Skill | Inc.com

The act of listening is pretty simple.<p>Ok, technically it's not that simple, but I don't want to get into the actual logistics of sound waves and how you detect them. I just mean when you listen to someone speaking, all you need to do is give them your attention and hear what they're saying, …

Self-help

5 Important Business Lessons You Can Learn From Billionaire Oprah Winfrey

Oprah isn't just a T.V. personality -- she's a businesswoman who grew her brand and worth over decades.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s no doubt that Oprah Winfrey is one of the most inspirational figures in business, and, while not everyone can have Oprah's …

Are You Over-Leveraged or Under-Leveraged | Inc.com

There are a lot of important variables and tools that go into building a business: people, product, service levels, marketing messaging, culture, financing - just to name a few.<p>In the middle of the ever-flowing puzzle is another question that can often be the key to a lot of issues: are you …

Investing

"Super Agers" Have Brains That Look Young

As we get older, we start to think a little bit more slowly, we are less able to multitask and our ability to remember things gets a little wobblier. …

6 Power Plays to Becoming a Brand Ambassador | Inc.com

Becoming a Brand Ambassador for a well-known company can have many benefits beyond any financial incentives associated with the position. The opportunity to grow your personal brand is significant. Brand Ambassadors stand to gain valuable skills and experience that they may not be getting in their …

The One Thing Sales Organizations Should Do To Increase Revenue In 2017

If you believe the research, only 55% of salespeople make quota. That means 45% of sales people don’t make their quota, and the reason is we’re flying blind. For years sales organizations have had to use quantitative metrics to determine if a sales person was effective. We’ve measured the number of …

Customer Service

How this Entrepreneur is Winning the Hearts of Millennials | Inc.com

If you're paying attention, you'll have noticed there is a recent trend in many business industries. This trend is what some are calling "Conscious Capitalism." What this means is that business owners are focusing on more than day-to-day business and profitability. Rather, they are focused more on …

In a Difficult Conversation, Listen More Than You Talk

When Jared walked into a meeting to discuss a new marketing approach for a product, the conversation didn’t play out well. Five minutes into the dialogue, the product manager, Françoise, started interrupting him with questions he was planning to address later in the pitch. As the conversation ran …

Mobile data will skyrocket 700% by 2021

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>The proliferation of smartphone ownership, expansion of cell infrastructure, and vast adoption of mobile video will drive up mobile data consumption seven-fold by …

5 Outdated Marketing Strategies (and What to Do Instead) | Inc.com

What I found most fascinating about <i>Mad Men</i> were Don Draper's "hot" ad concepts, which, in retrospect, seem nostalgic and laughably retro. In the real world, marketing evolves parallel to technology. What worked a decade ago often won't cut it today.<p>Here are five time-honored marketing strategies …

Marketing

8 Things the Successful Elite Do Quietly

Humility is often rewarded with loyalty while boastfulness more often generates resentment.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have the potential to be as successful as we dream of being, so what separates those who actually live out their potential from those who …

14 Brilliant Ways to Get People to Take You More Seriously | Inc.com

Are you having trouble with people not taking you seriously? There are lots of irrational reasons people may have for being dismissive--your age (too young or too old), race, sex, voice, height. It may even be that you did something to earn their attitude by making an inappropriate comment or …