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11 Questions For Richard Branson In A Place Called “The Shag Room”

Branson dishes on Virgin’s design philosophy, $12 bottles of water, and why catering hotels to women isn’t as silly as it sounds.<p>For the launch of the first Virgin Hotel that just opened in Chicago, I sat down with jetsetting billionaire Sir Richard Branson in what may have been the most Bransonian …

Is Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich a free speech martyr?

<b>On Thursday Mozilla's chief executive and co-founder Brendan Eich resigned after less than a month on the job.</b><p>The internet pioneer had come under heavy criticism for a $1,000 (£600) donation he made in 2008 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California, which sought to amend the state's constitution …

Same-sex Marriage

Start-ups: Before You Launch Your Product, Start With a Service

Raising funding for startups in Silicon Valley is a low probability game. Fewer than 1% who try actually succeed.<p>Outside the Valley, the startup eco-systems are mostly immature, and the probability gets even lower.<p>The bar to raise seed funding is getting higher and higher. Seed investors are mostly …

Focus on Passion, Not Labels

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the years I’ve worked alongside all sorts of fascinating entrepreneurs in the high-tech industry. Real founders of real companies – some even made it big. For a long time I had a big title and a big function. I even ran a well-funded …

Entrepreneurship

5 Unconventional Habits That'll Make You Successful

If you've received raised eyebrows for some of your unusual habits in the past, you're in good company. And by good company, we mean Steve Jobs, Seth …

Seth Godin

How to Make Your People Run Through Walls for You

Building a culture of positivity.<p>Keeping people fired up starts with having a really clear vision for what the company is aiming to do. Our mission is to make it easy for people to self-document and share meaningful life experiences. You’ll notice I didn’t say we make cameras and camera mounts. As …

Employment

The Kleenex Connection: 5 Mental Tricks To Jumpstart Creativity While Waiting In Line

Breathe, look around, eavesdrop. Your next big breakthrough could be one observation away.<p>You’re at the market. The airport. Or, heaven forbid, the DMV.<p>You mumble, you grumble. You check email and Facebook. You sigh, you shuffle. Then back to the mumbling and grumbling.<p>Hey, we’re right there with …

Don’t Trust Anyone Who Offers You the Answer

Two and a half thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Socrates was put on trial for corrupting the youth of Athens and failing to respect the gods; he was sentenced to death for those crimes.<p>The real motivation behind the charges, however, seems to have been that Socrates had exposed broad …

How Do You Know What You Think You Know?

Friedrich Nietzsche notoriously asserted: “There are no facts, only interpretations.” Understood one way — that there are no objective truths — his remark seems quite clearly false. However, if the statement is understood as a descriptive claim about human psychology, it’s not clear to me that it’s …

What My Corporate Internship Taught Me About Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My first corporate internship was as a summer analyst at Wells Fargo right before my senior year in college.<p>Confused about whether I was going to pursue the path of entrepreneurship or work for a company after graduation, I approached my …

Entrepreneurship

The Interview Question That Reveals a True Leader

Is that executive right for your start-up? Here's how to tell.<p>Building a great leadership team is one of your most important jobs as CEO. But it can also be one of the hardest.<p>What makes it so hard is that you not only have to find a domain expert but a strong leader who inspires results far beyond …

You Can’t Be a Wimp—Make the Tough Calls

Photography: Jared Leeds<p>As one of the world’s preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is …