Al Ramadhan

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The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, …

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Why 37signals Refocused on a Single Product: Basecamp

We're changing our name and changing our focus to just one product--and it's going to let us do even more for our customers.<p>A few months ago, I got into a heated debate with my business partner, David Heinemeier Hansson. We were discussing ambitious plans for new products and updates to existing …

Product Management

Live Chat!

Tim Ferriss, Alexis Ohanian, And Charles Best On Crowdfunding For Good<p>How do you harness the power of the crowd to make something positive happen? Join Fast Company editorial director Jill Bernstein for a live Q&A with Ferriss, Ohanian, and Best on Thursday, February 20th at noon (ET).<p><i>start</i> …

4 Ways to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills

In short, it's about learning to let go of the little things. Here's how to focus on what really matters when you need to make a big decision.<p>In starting a business, making smart decisions is as important as being willing to work hard. But making decisions is a lot tougher than it looks. People …

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The $0 Marketing Stack: 41 Free Options to Popular Paid Services and Tools

What tools do you use to get your online marketing work done?<p>Can you do all the same work of a digital marketer, and do it for <b>free</b>?<p>The list of tools …

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5 Signs a Job Candidate Isn't Everything the Resumé Says

They look great on paper, but in person, suddenly they don't.<p>You loved the resumé. You respect the referral. Skills, qualifications, experience--everything looks great.<p>Then the candidate blows the interview, sometimes within seconds.<p>Sure, interviewers make stupid mistakes. Sure, interviewers make …

Employment

6 Habits of Great Connectors

Entrepreneur Scott Dinsmore shares the traits that the best networkers he's met have in common.<p>The second part of the 1936 Dale Carnegie classic book, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>, is called "Six Ways to Make People Like You."<p>All these years later, connecting with new people remains a …

Selling

3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This story appears in the July 2013 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>You may have a great idea, but your company's fate depends in large part on the strength of your team. In fact, many venture capitalists say that the …

Entrepreneurship

The Only Interview Question That Matters

This single question provides the depth and breadth of insight needed to reach a fast, unanimous Hire/Don't Hire decision.<p>Last week, LinkedIn announced to the world that I've been in the recruiting industry for 36 years. During that time, I've written a number of books about talent challenges and …

Employment

7 Tips to Make Killer Sales Calls (Even if You Dread Them)

You can--and should--conquer your fear of pitching total strangers. This process will help you do it.<p>"Do you have sales-call reluctance?" Connie Kadansky asks me point-blank.<p>"Um..." I trail off. She's a sales coach at Sales Call Reluctance with 20 years' experience. <i>I'm</i> supposed to be interviewing</i> …

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7 Tips for Entrepreneurs Ready to Launch a Business

Perhaps nothing can prepare first-time business owners for the wild ride ahead. But you don't have to fly blind. Here's advice from a founder living it.<p>Entrepreneurship is the ultimate roller coaster. Having been through building a business twice now, I can attest to the fact that some days I'm …

Entrepreneurship

Why You Need A Sponsor — Not A Mentor — To Fast-Track Your Career

Mentors may offer an open door and helpful guidance, but little more. To win, you need a sponsor, says Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of think tank The Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and author of just released "Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career."<p>"A mentor gives …

9 CEOs Share Their Favorite Interview Question

As it turns out, many CEOs have one go-to interview question that they believe reveals everything they need to know about a candidate. Some swear by serious questions about a candidate's best accomplishment. Others believe that silly queries about holiday costumes and the zombie apocalypse best …

Five Questions Every Leader Should Ask About Organizational Design

A few years ago Dave Ulrich, a management thought leader from the University of Michigan, made a comment I found both insightful and profound: “<i>Every</i> leader needs to have a model of organization design.” Typically a graphic depiction of the organizational components to be addressed in a redesign …

Does Your Company Make You a Better Person?

When we hear people talk about struggling to maintain work-life balance, our hearts sink a little. As one executive in a high-performing company we have studied explained, “If work and life are separate things—if work is what keeps you from <i>living</i>—then we’ve got a serious problem.” In our research …

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

One Big Reason Why There Are So Many More Billion Dollar Start-ups

A billion dollar valuation is a huge milestone for a start-up, and not just because Justin Timberlake said so in <i>The Social Network</i>. The billion dollar mark gets thrown around by venture capitalists as shorthand for the level of success they’re looking for when they invest, since the typical outcome …

How to Build Brand Religion

On Thursday at 11 a.m., the Supreme store in Soho debuts a new sneaker design, and people wait around the block to be the first to purchase it. Roughly a mile away in Madison Square Park, a line snakes past manicured lawns as people wait an hour in line to buy a Shake Shack cheeseburger. Further …

Every Leader’s Real Audience

You deliver a big public speech to a group of potential investors who can make or break your results. You prepare it knowing that it could be a milestone in the turnaround of your institution. But who else is listening most intently? Your own team of implementers. They couldn’t care less about …

One of Uber's core crew said to launch on-demand doctors

With the US government's botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, it appears some techie types are thinking about how to startup-ify doctor visits for the country's upper class.<p>Oscar Salazar, one of Uber's core crew who helped build the early prototype, is reportedly creating a new company that will send …

50 startup lessons for 2014: AngelList, KISSmetrics founders help kick off Launch This Year

Entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs alike are learning how to start, build, and grow their startups in 2014 with 50 almost-weekly lessons from Launch This Year. And the teachers include AngelList’s Naval Ravikant and KISSmetrics founder Hiten Shah.<p>“This is going to add structure and be a compass as …

5 of the Most Famous Growth Hacks of All Time

<i>Jon Yongfook is a serial entrepreneur based in Asia. He started and sold a popular recipe portal, and now runs a virtual assistant software company. He mentors young startups at Singapore Management University and True Incube Thailand, a 500 Startups Partner.</i><p>Startups are a special breed of …

How to Kill a Great Idea!

Jonathan Abrams created the first online social network and enlisted Silicon Valley's best and brightest to run it. Yet Friendster flamed out spectacularly. What went wrong?<p><b>It's not easy being</b> the brains behind one of the biggest disappointments in Internet history. Sure, there are those who …

Startups

These 365 Quotes Will Inspire You Every Day This Year

Best-selling author and entrepreneur Dave Kerpen shares 365 powerful, inspirational quotes for leaders in 2015<p>With a new year nearly upon us, it's a great time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration I've …

Motivation

Kayak.com Co-Founder: 'I Wanted to Transfer Empathy Directly to the Engineers'

How Paul English motivates the programmers at his Kayak.com travel site to respond to customer complaints.<p>Video Transcript<p><b>00:07 Paul English:</b> I did that just as part of my obsession to say that, "If you're a customer, you should be able to talk to the company you're doing business with."<p><i>In 2004,</i> …

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Marketing 101: Make the Customer the Hero

If you want customers to buy from you, tell their story not your story.<p>The most consistent mistake companies make in sales and marketing is to position their company or product as the hero of the story. If you want customers to buy, you must tell a story where the customer is the hero--not you.<p>What …

Marketing

What To Learn From Snapchat’s Ugly Co-Founder Fight

As a lawyer who specializes in working with tech startups, I help young companies make strategic decisions and prepare for growth. Frequently, …

Social Media

How I Did It: Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

As told to Max Chafkin<p>Industry: Retail<p>2006 Inc. 500 Ranking: 79<p>Three-Year Growth: 948%<p><i>In 1998, 24-year-old Tony Hsieh sold his company, Internet advertiser LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million. A year later, he met an even younger entrepreneur, Nick Swinmurn, who had an idea no investor</i> …

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