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The Secret to Outpacing Your Rival? Competitive Insights.

Entrepreneurs live to innovate and to stay a step ahead. Here's how to use data to keep competitors in your rearview mirror and make it happen.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When United Airlines announced that early this year it would start offering a "basic economy" …

Entrepreneurship

11 tips for calming your nerves before a big presentation

She was presenting an oral book report on "Great Expectations" to Mrs. Weaver's tenth grade English class. She was nervous and could feel her hands shaking, heart racing, knees knocking, and palms sweating. As she reached the front of the room and turned to face her 33 classmates, she froze.<p>Moments …

Public Speaking

Young & Entrepreneurial: How This Student Entrepreneur Started 4 Businesses & Partnered with the FIFA World Cup

<i>This article is part of the Young & Entrepreneurial series that features young startup founders and entrepreneurs. You can see past features here. To stay up to date with future posts, sign-up here.</i><p>Named one of TIME Magazine's Top 25 International Leaders of Tomorrow (TOMORROW 25) and one of the …

Entrepreneurship

4 books every aspiring startup founder should read

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to juggle several hats at the same time. Identifying a problem and developing a scalable …

How to Invest Money When You Don't Have Any

My quest to learn about finance as an ignorant twentysomething.<p>For months after college, my job was to sit in a windowless warehouse with dozens of other schlubs and type summaries of meetings dictated to me over the phone. The shift went from midnight to 6 AM. I'd eat the free Dominos my employer …

How one entrepreneur is turning his forgetfulness into a business

SAN FRANCISCO — Teddy Winthrop is forgetful, a trait he inherited from his dad.<p>His father implored him to get a Day-Timer, an executive planner that was wildly popular in the ’80s. But the young entrepreneur dismissed the idea — his personal organizer was his iPhone. And that’s when it hit him: The …

10 Brilliant Business Books You Can Read To Find Your Shortcut To Success

The top rated business books to find your shortcut to success. How many of these 10 books have you read?

American retail as we know it is dying — and now these industries are taking over

But the tide is turning in retail.<p>Big apparel brands are grappling with shoppers who increasingly want deeply discounted clothes over classic logos and status.<p>Gap is closing one-quarter of its stores and laying off hundreds of workers after disappointing sales. J. Crew just fired 10% of the workers …

Real Estate

Five Entrepreneurial Places In Europe Where Hub Things Are Happening

From a major tech investor’s perspective, all eyes remain fixed on London and Berlin, but away from these high profile startup hubs, Europe is nurturing some less well known but fertile innovation hotspots for trailblazing entrepreneurs.<p><b>Eindhoven, Netherlands</b><p>It has been described as one of the …

Startups

Billion-dollar startups everywhere — but no billion-dollar entrepreneurs (yet)

Over the weekend Heidi Roizen wrote a post that was extensively shared across the tech industry: “How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch — and Walk Away with Nothing.” Go read it right now if you haven’t already, it’s well worth your time; I can wait for a moment… will make an espresso in the meantime.<p>…

Venture Capital

How to Stay Focused (on the Right Things) as an Entrepreneur

In a hyperactive, digital age it can be difficult to keep your eyes on the prize. Find out how to keep your focus off of Facebook and onto Forbes …

Digital Age

Walmart is developing a $50 Amazon Prime-like service

Walmart's apparently gearing up to challenge Amazon on its turf and has conjured up a Prime competitor that will begin testing as soon as this summer. According to sources, the company's unlimited two-to-three-day shipping service for online purchases will cost $50, almost half of what Prime costs …

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.<p>The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are …

Sir Richard Branson's Advice For Entrepreneurs: Don't Be Afraid Of Fear

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” Small businesses have a lot to thank legendary racing driver Mario Andretti for, as this should be the mantra of all budding entrepreneurs.<p>It is normal for entrepreneurs to feel out of control and worry that the rug could be pulled …

How Do You Know You Exist? A Mind-Bending Animated Homage to Descartes Exploring the Conundrum of Reality

“When you’re awake, you know you’re awake. But when you aren’t, you don’t know you aren’t.”<p><i>“We don’t need to credit an all-seeing God with the creation of life and matter,”</i> wrote Douglas Rushkoff, <i>“to suspect that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”</i> But what …

25 Works of Fiction Every Philosophy Student Should Read

<b>The Republic (380 BCE) by Plato:</b> All of Plato’s Socratic dialogues (which admittedly straddle the line between fact and fiction) could have easily …

These 10 Podcasts May Just Get You to Stop Listening to Music

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I used to listen to a lot of music, during my morning commute to work, again on the return home and at other times throughout the day. There is nothing wrong with listening to music, but it wasn’t helping me to become a better business …

Entrepreneurship

What I Learned From Interviewing 163 Entrepreneurs About Failure

<i>This post is co-authored by Dorie Clark and Matthew Turner.</i><p>We always hear about the success stories. Mark Zuckerberg launching in his dorm room. The WhatsApp guys selling for $19 billion. Uber disrupting the taxi industry, and pretty soon everything else. But along the way, even the most successful …

The Top 10 Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation

Weekend warriors have it easy. Clock out at five, stop by home to grab gear, hop into the car, and chase the world of adventures lying just beyond the dashboard. It's that simple.<p>But for many city-dwellers cars are not an option, or at least not a practical one, and their world of possibilities is …

Pope Francis: not having children is selfish

Pope Francis has chided couples who choose not to have children, saying the decision is a “selfish” act. The statement, made in his general audience in St Peter’s Square, will be seen as especially controversial in Italy, which has recorded a steady drop in its birth rate for decades.<p>“A society …

Pope Francis

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