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How I Successfully Pitched Investors As A 22-Year-Old Startup Founder

If you can tell a story that makes sense, it doesn’t matter how old you are.<p>My cofounders and I were 21 and 22 when we started Next Big Sound, and by far the biggest challenge we faced was in convincing investors they should trust us with their money. That was in 2009, and around that time Mark …

Startups

Listen to Rentify founder talk property tech, scaling a startup, and why tech press sucks

Yesterday I caught up with George Spencer, the 29 year-old CEO and founder of London property tech startup Rentify.<p>Prior to Rentify, he worked as a software engineer, in brand marketing, and in strategy, where, in his own words, he “tried in vain to motivate the British public to buy a lot more of …

Startups

How Apple's culture of secrecy wears down its top developers

People leave their jobs for all kinds of reasons, especially when they are offered exciting new jobs at important, on-the-rise companies.<p>But someone in Lattner's circle of developer friends shared some insight at to why Lattner may have been calling it quits at Apple now, even as one of his major …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 29 other successful people ask job candidates during interviews

They're not in the habit of wasting time with dumb or irrelevant queries.<p>In fact, they often have one favorite go-to question they like to ask. This typically reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.<p>Here are 31 of those questions.<p><i>Jacquelyn Smith, Alison Griswold, and Vivian Giang</i> …

Employment

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Venture Capital

7 money moves to make now that will pay off later

You tell yourself that you could have been much better off, if only you had taken other actions with regard to your finances.<p>But why wait until it's too late? Rather than suffer regret later in life, take steps now to set yourself up for financial success.<p>If you make these seven smart money moves …

Personal Finance

Lessons I’d share with my 23-year-old self before I founded a startup.

<b>95% of startups will fail. Less than 0.1% will see billion dollar success.</b><p>If your startup fails, you’re left with something intangible as its …

These Videos Will Give You the Summary of Big Business Books in Just 4 Minutes

That Elon Musk biography and Peter Thiel's book on startups have been on your reading list for a while. Will you ever get to them?<p>For all you procrastinators, or for those who need a refresher, New York-based Board Studios has created a series of videos that summarize business books in four …

Entrepreneurship

Technology Convergence Is Driving Startups Move To These Top Accounting Packages

There are few topics more gross to an entrepreneur than accounting. While everyone loves to talk about raising capital and growing revenue, the accounting of it just isn’t that sexy.<p>Not so. When you’re considering investors or an exit strategy, handing over a beautiful set of financials can be one …

Small Business

The price is right. How much should you charge for your product or service?

Pricing can make or break a small business. Focus on the value you are delivering and don’t offer regular discounts<p>Choosing the right pricing strategy can make or break your business. Pitch your price right and you’ve got a decent profit margin, but get it wrong and your brand could suffer …

Small Business

Here’s What You Need to Do in Order to Be a Great Leader

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Leadership

9 Tips for Creating an Awesome Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When creating your brand, it’s imperative that you think about everything from your logo to color scheme to to the tag line. You also have to have a memorable brand name, strong message, support system, and all of the necessary …

Marketing

The Most Important Lesson I've Learned as an Entrepreneur

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

Business Strategy

I left Silicon Valley to start up in India. Here are my lessons learned the hard way

I had a cushy job in the US for over a decade. I was working in the Silicon Valley, helping startups as well as Fortune 500 companies roll out …

Entrepreneurship

4 Common Legal Blunders Many Entrepreneurs Make

As an Entrepreneur , ensuring your business or startup is legally sound and protected is vital to your overall success.<p>At the risk of sounding bleak, thousands of startups are tried every year and the majority of them fail. While a lot of those failures have to do with offering goods or services …

Small Business

100 noteworthy young startups — and what they tell us about tech this year

Looking at what early-stage startups are working on is not only entertaining — and sometimes concerning — it can also be a good indicator of where tech is headed.<p>Since we have data on these young ventures at my company, Startup Tracker, we have the opportunity to glimpse emergent product trends in …

How to start a side business without quitting your current job

Not all entrepreneurs started out their businesses fresh from college – or quit halfway through.<p>Most entrepreneurs already had careers before they decided to go it alone. But making the jump can be terrifying, especially if you have overheads to pay. That’s why a growing number of people are …

Small Business

14 difficult questions companies like Google and SpaceX have asked job candidates during an interview

Some companies are asking far more challenging — an in many cases, oddball — questions of job candidates, like "How many basketballs would fit in this room?" and "How would you sell hot chocolate in Florida?"<p>Job site Glassdoor recently combed through its tens of thousands of interview questions …

Employment

Can you answer these 10 Google job interview questions?

Google was ranked as the most attractive employer in South Africa in Universum’s recent 2016 Most Attractive Employer Awards.<p>To get a job at Google …

5 Classics Every Entrepreneur Should Make Time to Read | Inc.com

There are a few books out there that have stood the test of time in the business world. They helped shape the industry years ago, and they continue to remain true to this day. If you have high aspirations for yourself and haven't read these five books, you are doing yourself a disservice. They are …

Self-improvement

The Parade of Horribles: 39 Simple Things That Can Destroy Any Company | Inc.com

There is really only one way to get rich if you weren't lucky enough to be born into money. You can't work for someone else. You have to launch your own business.<p>Yet, the vast majority of new businesses ultimately fail. Fortunately, they generally fail for the same reasons.<p>The folks at Technorian, …

Business Strategy

The career advice no one tells you

Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this.<p>But some people perform at a totally different level. They’re the people who land executive level …

Employment

Entrepreneurs: Here Is How to Really Calculate Your Net Worth

Credit<p>Entrepreneurship offers a myriad of opportunities and benefits, including the chance to enjoy complete financial freedom. Financial incentives are often what drive many entrepreneurs. As such, many business founders have a tendency to bet everything they own on their business, all in an …

Entrepreneurship

Your New Business Name Should Be Memorable, Spell-able and Available

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>During the crazy journey of launching a business, no decision is more agonizing than finding the right business name. In most cases, business owners have a firm grasp of the brand message they want to convey. However, trying to distill …

Small Business

Everything you should know before creating your website

Are you looking to get a new website up and running? If you’ve been doing any research on what it takes to get a website launched these days, you’re likely finding various options and ways to go about it. Anything from hiring a designer and developer to develop a website for you, to buying a …

The One Thing You Should Never Discuss During a Pitch Meeting

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Entrepreneurship

How he got from surviving on half a dollar a day to getting his startup acquired

He was just 21 when his first startup shut down; 23 when his second startup had to shut down. He had just turned 24 when he spent a night in an …

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