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When Employees Live a Company's Core Philosophies, Profits Follow

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sustaining a high level of success in a company as it matures can be the most challenging part of building a business.<p>Whether starting a company from the ground up, stepping in to revive an existing brand or managing a department inside …

Blablacar drives into Turkey, Hostel Rocket launches apps, Tinker revs up, and more startup news

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel STARTUPS in tourism and hospitality for September 2014.<p><b>Thursday 23 September …

How to Brand Your Side Gig While Working a Full-Time Job

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I recently heard from an entrepreneur who is starting a company on the side. “My current job doesn’t prohibit me from starting a business on my own time, but I also don’t want to look like I’ve checked out at work and am only focused on …

Building a Business Plan: 5 Things Every Startup Needs to Succeed | Inc.com

Your business plan is going to be the first thing that potential investors look at when you solicit them for money or if they are looking for another business to add to their portfolio. Therefore, your business plan is going to be one of your biggest keys to success as a startup. There are going to …

Small Business

The 8 Secret Places to Find the Best Stock Images

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Buying and searching for stock images can be a tedious and expensive task, especially if you stick to the standard sites. But there are other sites out there, and many of them are better than the status quo. Here are eight sites with great stock …

Pointing Out Flaws in Competitors Won't Win You Points With Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs spend far too much time thinking negatively about competitors, and can’t resist making derogatory statements about them to their own team, investors and even to customers. This approach only makes these important …

5 Things to Look For in a Startup Adviser | Inc.com

All smart startup owners know for a business to succeed it has to be nurtured by a great community. When you need advisers for your startup, you need to look for people that have industry clout and can get you the best for marketing, PR, and sales. However, someone who's willing to be an adviser …

Startups

How To Build a Successful Core Startup Team | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on Women2.com.</i><p>Success begins with a great idea, but you need to build a winning team in order to make that idea a reality, and that's no small feat.<p>Hiring a core team requires making a solid recruiting plan. Recruiting strategy will vary depending on the goals of the …

Recruitment

Want to Make Equity Crowdfunding Legal? 3 Experts Sound Off.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The JOBS Act became law on April 5, 2012, with the promise to open a new world of funding for startup businesses through equity crowdfunding. Entrepreneurs were excited that Congress passed a law creating a Kickstarter-like tool to raise …

Steve Blank: Why Founders Should Learn How To Code | Inc.com

As he was learning from potential customers and providers he would ask, "What if we could have an app that allowed you to schedule low cost moves?" And when he'd get a positive response he'd show them his first minimal viable product--the mockup he had created of the User Interface in …

Product Management

How to Reel Them In with a Boffo Opening Line | Inc.com

Ask a new entrepreneur to describe his business and his eyes light up. His features grow animated. And then out of his mouth comes this: <i>“Um, yeah, so we have this company where we…. well, it’s a digital platform for people who are busy, but it’s not like all the other stuff out there. We are really</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Want to Be a Better Leader? Listen to These Podcasts

These shows are a great source of advice and inspiration for anyone in business.

So You've Validated Your Startup Idea. What Next?

<i>Ariel Rosenthal is a co-founder at</i> <i>Xprt</i><i>, a new startup looking to provide instant technical support and shopping advice from reliable and vetted experts.</i><p>Working on startups for the last 10 years, I had some successes and some failures. Six months ago, I pulled the curtains on a startup I had …

Why the U.S. depends on Europe for building massive, 'multi-local' marketplaces

Whenever startup ecosystem commentators discuss how to create European technology businesses of global scale they tend to name one company as a shining example: Skype. Headquartered in Luxembourg and developed in Estonia, Skype is a revolutionary product and, rightly, a European success story. It …

8 Musts to Start Your Business With Little to No Capital

Founder, Market Domination Media®<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs will often have amazing business ideas, but they put them on hold due to a lack of capital. They assume that their idea will never get far off the ground unless they have major funding behind …

Should You Quit Your Day Job? Study Says No | Inc.com

To succeed in the wild world of entrepreneurship, founders need to be all-in types--brave, determined, confident and risk tolerant, right?<p>That's the prevailing image anyway, and many aspiring business owners who feel they lack these qualities simply sit on the sidelines thinking they don't have …

Entrepreneurship

The Scientific Method for Entrepreneurs: 6 Steps to Long-Term Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is an art. It’s also a science. The reason there are so few successful entrepreneurs is because there’s no single factor for success -- it takes a great idea, a network of resources and a ton of hard work and time to …

How many websites and devices does a consumer use to research travel?

As devices proliferate, the number of touchpoints for travel research increases. Brands such as Expedia are focusing on the cross-device experience, …

Startup pitch: Trekeffect attempts to tie travel planning threads together

Trekeffect is a new travel startup tackling a classic area of travel startup-ery: travel planning.<p>The idea is to deliver a more cohesive planning …

Five Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Success | Inc.com

In the ocean of potential customers, social media is a charter fishing trip. With the popular communities of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn--and others--you can get to where the fish are with the tools and advice to land a big catch.<p>But what if you're trying to catch the fishermen instead of the …

Selling

Filtering out the good, the bad and the ugly startup mentors

<b>STARTUPS:</b> Travel is just like many other industries in that there seems to be an influx of folk wanting to position themselves as “mentors” to …

Starting Up Is Hard. Here Are 8 Ideas to Make It Easier | Inc.com

This post is going to be all about you, but to get there I have to spend about 42 seconds talking about me.<p>I'm in the midst of an 18-month experiment in which I will try to reinvent my career. (The details why are boring.)<p>I knew going in the reinvention process was going to be difficult. And I also …

Time I

The guessing game that surrounds online travel

These are tough but exciting times for the online travel industry but do you have what it takes to forecast the future?<p><b>NB:</b> This is a report by Pamela …

China Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition

China Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition presents market sizing and projections for China’s total and online leisure and unmanaged business …

Tourism

5 Ways for Bootstrapped Startups to Get Through the First Year

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the eyes of an investor, a bootstrapped startup that has proven stable and successful within the first year is powerful. It not only raises confidence in the product and the leadership behind it, but also indicates that any invested …

Video Killed the Radio Star | Inc.com

When MTV launched back in 1981, the first music video aired was, aptly, <i>Video Killed the Radio Star</i> by the Buggles. The song, and the concept, made history as a new format of musical entertainment that rose to prominence.<p>The underlying message is one of transformation. Technological advances, global …

Innovation

Why Most Startups Fail | Inc.com

<i>This article originally appeared on Business Insider and has been republished with permission.</i><p>An estimated 90 per cent of startups fail, and after four hours on the StartupBus hackathon today, I think I know why.<p>Somewhere past Goulburn, rumbling down the highway from Sydney towards Melbourne, 23 …

Startups