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After Listening to 25,000 Pitches, Richard Branson Has 1 Simple Tip for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

The spark that created one of the fastest growing companies in Richard Branson's Virgin empire came courtesy of a beer coaster.<p>In his new autobiography, <i>Finding My Virginity</i>, the billionaire entrepreneur recalls the story of the "the beer mat pitch."<p>At the time of the pitch, Brett Godfrey was the …

Entrepreneurship

This Bakery Owner Refused to Give Away Freebies. She's Wrong.

Everybody from Fortune 500 clients to the charity down the block will ask for discounts and donations. Say yes, and build the cost into your prices.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If the producers of a popular TV show asked you to provide free product in exchange for …

3 Things the Best Business Ideas Have in Common | Inc.com

Investor Michele Romanow has heard thousands of business pitches, mostly from her time scouting the next big idea on "Dragon's Den," Canada's version of "Shark Tank." This experience has honed her ability to detect the common threads inherent in the most successful ideas. It's a valuable talent, …

Business Strategy

5 Secrets to Launching a Great Entrepreneurial Product (While You're Still Employed) | Inc.com

<i>By Kirill Bensonoff, founder and CEO of Unigma and ComputerSupport.com.</i><p>It's tough to launch a great product. I have successfully launched multiple IT-related products and tech-enabled services, but I have also made many mistakes along the way. However, I've learned that by sticking to these five …

Product Management

Coding Is An Overrated Skill: Here's What You Really Need To Know | Inc.com

There's a myth floating around Silicon Valley that you need to be able to code to run a successful company. And it's duped us all. The companies we aspire to start are tech-based, overnight unicorns that fundamentally disrupt the industry they are entering. But there are other ways to do it. At …

Business Strategy

Why Do Employees Quit on Their Bosses? Because They Never Get Asked These Important Questions | Inc.com

For nearly five decades now, ever since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay "The Servant as Leader," leadership thinkers have attempted to replicate, rehash, and reinterpret the concepts of great leadership.<p>Stripped down to its basic and most practical form, leadership has always been and …

Employee Engagement

People Who Start Companies Are Crazy | Inc.com

I think people who start companies are, without a doubt, just a little bit crazy.<p>Myself included.<p>And people who start <i>more</i> than one company? Deranged lunatics - all of them!<p>Why? Because it's insanely hard!<p>You're signing up for a ridiculous amount of work.<p>But I also think you <i>have</i> to be crazy to start …

Motivation

How to Grow a Small Startup Business From 0 to 5 Figure Months in 100 Days

Being a CEO for over 10 years and managing couple different companies after getting my MBA definitely taught me a thing or two about the business world, but putting the so called safety of the corporate world and biweekly paycheck behind me and taking on the competitive business arena as an …

Desperate Niches

When doing niche selecting the best advice I ever got was to “find a crowd of starving hungry buyers”.<p>Ensuring you are targeting a hungry and …

Marketing

How to Get a Raise Without Asking for One

Even when it seems you're doing everything right, promotions can be few and far between.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all want to get ahead. Still, even when it seems you’re doing everything right -- you’re never late to work, rarely take a sick day and always meet …

10 Inspiring Quotes From the Fearless Jeff Bezos

Here's some wisdom from the super human.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From Amazon to Blue Origin to <i>The Washington Post</i>, Jeff Bezos is considered by many, one of the most successful and influential leaders today. And we think he is just getting started.<p>Worth $72.8 …

Pay your respects to dead tech companies at the Startup Graveyard

An innovative idea. Funding. Hype. Positive press. Kick-ass leadership, and a talented technical team. All of these things are vital for startup success. But they don’t guarantee it.<p>There are lots of companies that looked promising, but ultimately collapsed under the weight of their own …

Startups

5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days.<p>To make it even more difficult, it was a random …