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These are the four questions Y Combinator uses to identify the next unicorn

Over 12 years, Silicon Valley accelerator-turned-seed-fund Y Combinator has invested in more than a thousand companies. Its success stories include Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe, and recipients of its investments are altogether worth an estimated $100 billion today.<p>Y Combinator accepts dozens of new …

Venture Capital

Why Startup Leaders Need to Use 'Third Space Thinking'

Tomorrow's jobs demand new ways of thinking, but the necessary skills to excel at them are in short supply.<p>In an era where digital upstarts are disrupting long-established companies out of business every day, and in which the jobs of tomorrow haven't even been invented yet, the traditional skills …

Entrepreneurship

Lessons from saying no to 1,983 startups

At Blackbird we’ve now seen 2,012 startups since we started in September 2012.<p>We’ve invested in 29 companies to date — so that’s a hit rate of 1.4%. …

The 27 fintech unicorns from around the world, ranked by value

Investment was on the slide even before Brexit, and now economic growth looks shaky in the wake of the shock vote.<p>Of those on the original unicorn list, some on have gone public, like LendingClub and Square. Others have seen spectacular declines in their value, such as Zenefits and Housing.com, …

Li Ka-shing

15 quotes that show the strange, relentless genius of billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma

He founded Alibaba in 1995, and back in the mid-2000s, reporters used to call him "Crazy Jack" because of his animated speeches and bold claims.<p>Today, his company has a market value of nearly $200 billion. Not bad for a man who failed his college entrance exams twice and started his career as a …

China

How to Avoid Burnout: 5 Ways Successful People Stay Sharp, Productive, and Healthy

Running your own business is an all-encompassing pursuit. You need to wear many hats, and it’s easy to end up working far more than you would as an …

Marissa Mayer

6 Ways to Recruit Superstar Talent to Your New Company

Recruiting in today’s ultra-competitive job market is tough and success can often hinge on the team that you already have in place. Some sources suggest that in the start-up world the team is second only to timing when it comes to recruiting. The team is more important than the idea, the business …

Blizzard cofounder Frank Pearce: 25 years of making games isn’t enough

Blizzard Entertainment is the division of Activision Blizzard that’s brought us games like StarCraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft, and it turned 25 this week. We ran an interview with Blizzard chief executive Mike Morhaime, who was one of the three original founders who started the company during …

World of Warcraft

16 Books That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur for 2016

Want to become a better entrepreneur leader next year? Time to start reading.<p>Finding the time to sit back and enjoy a book is almost impossible for entrepreneurs. But it's critical that you find the time to read. After all, reading can boost our brainpower, help us relax, and make us more …

We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution

Backers of startups worldwide are looking for the next “disruptive trend” that can overturn industries. Ironically, the venture capital industry has begun to resemble markets that investors themselves are looking to disrupt.<p>Speculation about the “next dot-com bubble” abounds weekly; …

7 Ways to Survive In Business

In 2009 a buddy and I took a stab at creating an online publishing startup called ProLong Magazine. Despite our best efforts after a couple of years it failed. I believe that you should learn from every failure, especially in business. Today, my wife and I own a small side business called TAP …

Build A Better Business: Seven Guidelines For Choosing, Launching And Growing Your Online Startup

You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>It has been almost two years since I started working on my startup pricena.com, a price comparison site in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt that allows consumers to compare prices of anything sold online, from …

6 money tips from billionaire Mark Cuban you can start using today

This self-made business mogul also has quite a bit to say about fiscal responsibility and money management. Cuban is known for being outspoken and often shares his thoughts on personal finance.<p>With a strong track record of self-driven financial success, it's certainly advice worth considering. Here …

Mark Cuban

A Guide to Winning Support for Your New Idea or Project

You’ve got an idea for something that will improve your company’s bottom line or make it a better place to work. Nice going. Now for the hard part: How do you get people on board? How do you get funding? And what should you do if your idea doesn’t catch on?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>In an ideal world, …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

Apps

B2B Salespeople Can Survive If They Reimagine Their Roles

“Death of a B2B Salesman,” a new report from Forrester Research, lends urgency to the need for companies to rethink and radically transform their sales models by incorporating digital media into their processes. The study found that by a factor of 3 to 1, B2B buyers want to self-educate themselves …

Is California's Hyperloop train closer to reality? Startup CEO has 'no doubt'

The 800mph train still sounds like the stuff of science fiction – Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes – but it’s found a new champion in crowdfunded engineer collective<p>The chief executive of a company attempting to deliver a transport system that could send commuters from Los Angeles to San …

Board Members Should Have to Take a Personality Test

In today’s global workplace, compatibility and chemistry can matter as much as competence and creativity. Hiring processes frequently turn into grueling marathons of test projects and psychometric profiling. As The Wall Street Journal recently noted, “The use of online personality tests by …

Thanks to the Luxembourg tax leaks, we know exactly what an international dodge looks like – and who's responsible

At best, the arrangements put in place by the ‘professional services industry’ are legal sophistry. At worst, they’re daylight robbery<p>Somewhere in the first couple of years of legal practice it dawned on me that I wasn’t primarily part of the legal profession, but a peculiar group called the …

How To Unleash The Power Of The Alpha Bear In Business

Ever been close to a bear? Felt the power of something that could rip you to shreds if it wanted to? It’s a similar feeling to being next to a great CEO or entrepreneur. The energy is intense. There is an animal vitality—one you can tap in yourself.<p>Hungry to lead your firm to dominance? Put down …

Where $60 a day on Facebook and Google ads gets you

The Brisbane couple bootstrapping Playdate, a service to help new mums find each other in their local area, has a marketing budget of just $60 a day …

How to Hang On to Your High Potentials

Artwork: Vincent Fournier, The Man Machine: ReemB #1, Pal, 2010, Barcelona<p>The war for talent shows no signs of letting up, even in sectors experiencing modest growth. According to a global study we conducted, only 15% of companies in North America and Asia believe that they have enough qualified …