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The CEO of a $30 billion company explains why tech companies overwork their employees

But long before he came to EMC and then to VMware, he was a rising star at Intel, with Andy Grove as his mentor.<p>He came to media attention in those Intel days for preaching to other techies about the importance of work-life balance.<p>Literally preaching. He's a dedicated Christian that goes to church …

Employment

Prioritize Your Life Before Your Manager Does It for You

In their several years of working together, Jin-Yung had never really negotiated with her manager. She would simply say yes even if it threw her life into temporary turmoil, as it often did. She had given unknowable hours to executing every request and task, diligently delivering them in neat and …

Win an Investor's Money by Acing These 5 Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Investing in startups is a risky game with enormous potential payoffs for the lucky winners. Through sweat equity, entrepreneurs are investors in their ventures but as strategists and operators, they must also persuade capital providers …

Startups

Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation

Reading the headlines, you might think that the most urgent question about national success in innovation and growth is whether the U.S. or China should get the gold medal. The truth is: Germany wins hands down.<p>Germany does a better job on innovation in areas as diverse as sustainable energy …

The 5 Books Entrepreneurs Should Toss in Their Beach Bags

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs work hard all year long to ensure their businesses become successful and stay successful, but <i>everyone</i> needs a break to relax and reflect. If you start feeling guilty about heading to the beach this summer don’t.<p>Here is a …

Entrepreneurship

Bootstrapping Lessons From a Startup Disaster

What oDesk's VP learned about building a business in the backwoods of Mississippi.<p>In May 2002, I quit my investment banking job at JP Morgan in New York City. After years of 80-hour workweeks, I was ready for something else.<p>At first, I took a big detour. An uncle living in the backwoods of …

Startups

11 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Customers This Season

When was the last time you thought to say thank you to your customers or clients for their business? It’s nice to be reminded that someone …

The Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Killer Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most valuable skills an entrepreneur or a company executive can have is the ability to talk about their product in an effective and engaging way in front of an audience. But for founders of a startup, mastering public speaking …

Public Speaking

The Single Most Important Habit of Successful Entrepreneurs

Find out how the presence or absence of just one critical habit can determine your business success or failure.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps behind</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.<p>And for most of us, the …

Marathons

Step Away From the Foosball Table. Financials are Important, Too.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Andy Medley and Scott Hill have always been competitive. So much so, the cofounders of Indianapolis-based marketing technology and promotions company PERQ say their friends insist they play on the same team. “When you put up a score it’s …

Entrepreneurship