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Why You Should Keep Funding Kickstarter Projects That Don’t Deliver

Backing a crowdfunding project in 2017 is a terrible idea. You’re more likely to lose your money than receive the thing you pledged to buy. Remember …

Venture Capital

Global chat platform Kik to launch digital currency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services.<p>Kik is a free chat and messaging application founded in 2009 and built for …

Bitcoin

Amazon opens its first drive-through grocery store

Need to pick up some supplies but can't be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon's got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn't require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only have to "drive in... and drive out."<p>The service, …

Amazon

What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Today’s executives spend a lot of time managing the balance sheet, despite the fact that it doesn’t represent their company’s scarcest resource. Financial capital is relatively abundant and cheap. According to Bain’s Macro Trends Group, the global supply of capital stands at nearly 10 times global …

Human Resources

Warby Parker’s new app checks your vision and writes prescriptions without a trip to the doctor

Warby Parker, every American hipster’s favorite eyeglasses retailer, is unveiling a new mobile app that allows users to check their prescription at home, without visiting a doctor or an optician’s.<p>The new app, which rolled out yesterday (May 23), will surely please glasses wearers who dread getting …

Health Care

How I Became A 'Professional Entrepreneur' And How You Can Too

Entrepreneurism is a journey, or at least it has been for me. What my journey has revealed over the years is that, much like traditional professions, there is a learning curve that you must respect and allow for, to assure yourself some reasonable amount of success.<p><i>Born to be a Professional</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Today, Kids Need To Learn More Than Facts, But To Solve Problems And Innovate

We Need To Shift From Teaching How To Answer Ask Questions To Learning How To Ask Them<p>Traditionally, we went to school to attain knowledge. The smart kids knew that Columbus discovered America in 1492 and that the square root of 64 is eight. They studied diligently at home so that when the teacher …

Education

This Famous Quote Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Leadership

When you think about it, this quote makes perfect business sense. But it's so rare and hard to find.<p>Robert K. Greenleaf was the first to coin the term "servant leadership" in the modern corporate setting when he wrote these famous words in his legendary essay, <i>The Servant as Leader,</i> published in …

Leadership

If You Truly Want The Best Career Path, You Should Be Working At Startups and Small Businesses

There are better quality, better paying, more exciting jobs available outside of big companies.<p><i>What are a few unique pieces of career advice that nobody ever mentions? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand</i> …

Startups

So, you want a job in venture capital?

Until recently I worked as a VC investor, and I would often receive emails from recent college grads and others asking me what they need to do to get into venture capital.<p>I came up with a list of tips that I would respond with, and now that I am out of the industry I thought I would share that list …

Venture Capital

Charisma is a skill, not a gift — a Stanford psychologist shares 6 ways to build it

We think charisma is a gift, a special charm that some people have and others don't.<p>In researching my book "The Happiness Track," however, I found that charisma is not so much a gift as a learnable skill you can master.<p>What presence has to do with it<p>If you meet someone at a cocktail party whose …

Body Language

5 books that will make you more well-rounded

Flickr/Pedro Ribeiro Simões"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."<i><br>―Margaret Fuller</i><p>Want to know one of the "secrets" to becoming a better leader? Become a more voracious reader.<p>One of the best ways to "stand on the shoulders of giants" is to read. We hear it all the time--that the most successful …

Leadership

This Startup is the Airbnb of Warehouses and Has Amazon in Its Sights - Bloomberg

A Seattle startup has come out of nowhere to offer online merchants something even Amazon doesn’t: overnight ground delivery to nearly anyone in the …

Startups

Saving the world can be profitable, and a new tool is showing how

With their dollars and reach, entrepreneurs and investors have significant leverage to tackle the world's most pressing problems. A new tool shows them how — and that it's good for business, too.<p>The Global Opportunity Explorer details out 300 ways companies can engage in "sustainable innovation," …

Sustainability

Lighthouse home security camera uses AI to ID people and pets

Security cameras are getting more and more advanced these days, they might put a few security companies out of business. Take Lighthouse, for instance. The device, hailing from an accelerator created by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, can figure out who's at home or who entered the house, and …

Lighthouses

The Scientific Way to Raise Successful Kids (That Most Parents Won't Use)

Want to raise the next Mark Zuckerberg? It turns out there is a way you can help your kids get there.<p>Raising kids today means getting a competitive advantage wherever you can take it. Perfect GPA? Necessary. Extracurriculars? Check. Ability to stand on your head while performing jiu-jitsu? Well, …

Parenting

Jeff Bezos' Definition of Innovation Is One That Every Entrepreneur Should Learn From

Entrepreneurs need to focus on more than just creating change.<p>Innovators and entrepreneurs share a common trait: they are interested in change. Innovators want to create new products and services that respond to change or create change. Entrepreneurs are innovators who want to implement great ideas …

Innovation

Why Do So Many Managers Avoid Giving Praise?

One of the most difficult parts of a manager’s job is giving feedback. In a survey of 7,631 people, we asked whether they believed that giving negative feedback was stressful or difficult, and 44% agreed. When talking with managers about giving feedback we often hear comments such as, “I did not …

Employment

If This Is How You're Doing Authenticity You're Doing It Wrong

Trying to be an authentic version of somebody else isn't going to cut it.<p>Authenticity -- a word that is becoming more and more important to business people. And a word that is constantly being thrown around by anyone with a blog, podcast or voice to share. Including me.<p>The premise of …

Leadership

Your Soul, Success and Money. The Connection Might Surprise You

Bestselling author Lynne Twist sits down on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday to discuss how money makes the soul go round.<p>Ask any businessperson worth their salt to define "success," and one of the most common answers will most certainly be "making money." All enterprises strive to be profitable as part …

Money

The 1 Book Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Say You Should Read to Succeed

Wondering what one thing could be the key to helping you succeed in business? Well, you might be in luck.<p>Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett--two of the most successful businessmen of our time--have said that <i>Business Adventures</i> by finance journalist John Brooks is the read that brought them …

Success

The 5 Levels of Entrepreneurship: Which Level Are You On?

Are you a professional or is your side hustle just a hobby for now?<p>In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Patrick Bet-David explains the five different levels of entrepreneurship, from having an interest in something to becoming a mogul. Which level best describes your current status, and what …

Entrepreneurship

In his TED talk, Pope Francis had some choice words for the world’s egotistical leaders

Pope Francis delivered an 18-minute TED talk tonight before an audience of 1,800 high-powered attendees gathered in Vancouver, Canada. His idea worth sharing: Openness.<p>Pope Francis was a surprise addition to a speaker line-up that includes World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, tennis champion Serena …

Pope Francis

Why Leaders Think They're Evolving When They're Not

My previous article about why employees live in fear started with two lines from a negative performance review of an employee whose supervisor wrote: “You challenge my direction too much. You do more than I ask you to do.” The punch line was that the person being reviewed had been hired <b>because</b> she …

Leadership

34 Metrics That Startup Founders Need to Track [ Infographic ]

Success as a startup is measured in a lot of different ways. Some people think a high valuation is the key to turning heads in the business world, …

Startups

Do You Want to Be Good or Great?

How much we achieve begins with what we set out to do.<p>Do you want to be more motivated in life? Quit settling for good. All of us have the potential for greatness. Every day I strive for how can I be greater. How can I be great, not good? How can I have a great marriage, not a good marriage? How …

Muhammad Ali

10 Signs You're a Follower Instead of a Leader

Leaders don't create more followers they create more leaders.<p>Anyone is capable of becoming a leader, but not everyone is cut out for leadership. That doesn't mean they're less capable of making an important contribution, just that they bring a different set of skills to the table.<p>There's nothing …

Leadership

Philanthropies Need A Better Way To Measure If Their Fundraising Is Successful

Charitable organizations’ finances are often judged by just one metric. A new proposal offers a more holistic way of determining how effectively they’re using their money.<p>Charitable groups have developed lots of ways to ask for money. That ranges from broad, impersonal salvos like telemarketing and …

Philanthropy

What 21st Century Leaders Need to Know

<i>By Ayelet Baron, @ayeletb</i><p>Our traditional models and systems are breaking all around us, and, as a result, there is increasing confusion about what true leadership is about. Some of us believe that there is a magic bullet guaranteed to instantly solve all of our problems. But 21st century leaders …

21st Century

How to Spark Creativity When You’re in a Rut

Remember your first day at work? You were excited. There were new people to meet, new skills to be learned, new processes or products to understand.<p>If you are like most people, something else was different then — you. When you weren’t sure or didn’t understand, you asked questions, persistently. …

Creativity