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How to Spread the Word About Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In her book</i> Cash From the Crowd<i>, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a</i> …

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert.

For entrepreneurs, it's not enough to have an amazing product or service: You need to get people to buy into your idea. One of the best ways is getting your name out there by snagging media attention and publicity.<p>But how do you standout in a sea of product launches? It isn't easy.<p>Fortunately, …

Elections

12 Cash Flow Tips for New Startups

Q.What’s one cash flow tip you’d give a new entrepreneur whose business is not yet profitable?<p>The following answers are provided by the Young …

Small Business

10 Ways To Improve Your Face-To-Face Sales Pitches

The dreaded sales pitch – like a job interview, only more terrifying. Whether you are just starting up, and your first time is on the horizon, or …

Website builder Wix raises $127M in largest-ever IPO for Israeli firm

Tel Aviv-based website builder Wix successfully debuted on the Nasdaq today, raising $127 million by selling 7.7 million shares at $16.50 each, the top end of its intended pricing range. The stock popped briefly above $17.50 before settling back down $16.46.<p>That price values the company at about …

SwayWhat wants to be the YouTube of facts 'n stats

Noah Blumenthal will never forget the school board meeting he attended at his kid's school in New York after the Sandy Hook elementary school …

Chobani's Secret to Making Customers Feel Like Family

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the second in the series "Live Your Brand" in which branding expert Melanie Spring takes us along on her three-week road trip across the country to meet innovative entrepreneurs whose experiences offer lessons learned to</i> …

Business Strategy

7 Marketing Truths Every Business Leader Should Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>"Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department."<br>– David Packard, co-founder, Hewlett-Packard</i><p>If you ask 20 business leaders to define marketing, you’ll probably get 20 different answers. Why is marketing so hard to pin …

Marketing

11 Disastrous Pitfalls to Avoid When Running Your Own Business

I believe that mistakes and failures are essential to eventual success. I also believe that there are some lessons that can’t easily be taught, and …

Management

A Glimpse Into the Future: What Sales Will Look Like 5 Years From Now

What will the future bring for sales professionals? Sales expert Tom Searcy looks into his crystal ball to share his predictions for what trends will dominate the market in 2018.<p>One of the responsibilities of leaders is to help their teams not only plan for the future, but anticipate it. I spend a …

One Key To Achieving Goals? Ditch Deadlines, And Make Your Mental Map

A deadline exists somewhere in the future, but a schedule is for now.<p>If you want to get better at, well, almost anything, it helps to turn to a team that’s made it their life’s work to break big dreams down into day-sized goals: Everest, the achievement app.<p>What Everest is brilliant at is taking …

3 Ways to Boost your Leadership Agility

Observe, read, ask, listen, and learn. Stretch your mind, and you'll learn new skills.<p>As a small business, your agility is a primary compeitive advantage. Here’s how you can build more--and an unbeatable team.<p>Being agile means being quick--responding to things quickly and acting quickly. Agility is …

Why You Should Brag (Just a Little More) About Your Accomplishments

<i>Herbert Lui is the author of a free guide to building credibility online. This post was originally published on his Medium blog.</i><p>Hate spammy ICOs and crappy cryptocurrencies?So do we.VISIT HARD FORK<p>You know people whose main gig appears to be self-promotion? The ones who talk a lot more than they …

Test Yourself: Is Your Inner House in Order?

Think your life might be lacking balance? Here's one way to find out: this two-minute test can tell you where things might be out of whack.<p>Like most good ideas, this one came far away from work.<p>Steve Mundahl, CEO of Goodwill Industries and author of "The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership," was on a …

The 80/20 Rule of Time Management: Stop Wasting Your Time

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Small-business owners waste their time on what I call $10 an hour work, like running to get office supplies. Meanwhile, they forgo the activities that earn $1,000 an hour, such as sending the right email to the right person, or …

Time Management

Why Collaborating Creatively With Your Customers Helps You Transcend Being Just Another Brand

If we’re going to size up Ethan Song, the CEO of online men’s clothing boutique Frank & Oak, we need to first get the seam right. Yeah, that’s sartorial metaphor, right there.<p><i>For only being a one-and-a-half year old, Frank & Oak is putting a fresh crease in men’s fashion: the site now boasts 1</i> …

3 Ingredients to Building a Digital Brand From Scratch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>All you need to create a digital brand from nothing is an Internet connection and the drive to make it happen. I can say this after taking an idea from birth to a respected local digital brand, which now reaches over 50,000 people per …

Marketing

Prefundia, A Platform For Crowdfunding Projects To Gain Backers Ahead Of Launch, Exits Beta

Prefundia wants to help crowdfunding projects get backers <i>before</i> they launch their campaigns. The startup, for startup it is — launching out of U.S. accelerator Boomstartup this summer — has been operating in beta for the past three months, and has just released some early performance data as it …

Archaeology app comes to Wales

The Archwilio app will show the hidden archaeological treasures of a country for the first time<p>Wales has become the first country to have its archaeological treasures accessible on an app.<p>The Archwilio app will allow tablet and smartphone users to access information about archaeological sites on …

Transporter Sync turns your external hard drive into a personal, secure cloud locker

The folks at Connected Data made a splash back in May with Transporter v2.0, and they've just announced their second foray into the wonderful world of cloud storage with the Transporter Sync. Like its slightly larger predecessor, Sync offers Dropbox-like functionality without users having to …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

Top ten hidden YouTube features

YouTube is used by millions of people to watch videos every day, but how many of us really put it through its paces? Here are a few of its hidden gems<p><b>1. Better linking</b><p>If you want to link to a specific point in a video, just right-click the video and select 'Copy video URL at current time'. When …

Taking the bump out of bumpers: Halfords affordable parking sensors - Pocket-lint

Rear parking sensors have been around for years, on higher-end cars. The tech is starting to filter down to more affordable motors but still isn't in …

Parking

Zoom! Enhance! Dropcam Pro Drops HD Surveillance Video Into Your Mobile Or Browser

I’ve had about a week to play with the new Dropcam Pro and I’m pleased to say I haven’t noticed it at all since I set it up. And that’s a good thing.<p>The Dropcam Pro is a wireless video surveillance camera with a lot of great features. It costs $199 and the DVR service costs $10 per month. This lets …

Swiftkey 4.3 Layouts for Living beta hands-on: Fighting the phablet finger problem - Pocket-lint

SwiftKey is one of the most popular apps around, delivering a clever keyboard for your Android device that will predict your next word, giving you …

Apps

Israeli Startup Maverick Wants To Be “WordPress Of Digital Marketing” To Help SMBs Compete With Major Brands

The early Dot Com promise was that the web puts small and large businesses on a level playing field. But as the platform has matured, that promise has turned out to be somewhat hollow, not least in the area of online marketing. Small businesses, let alone ‘mom and pup’ shops, often don’t have the …

PhoneHalo’s tracking tags are shrinking and getting embedded in luggage

Phone Halo has come a long way since it introduced its first personal tracking tag in 2011. The Cobra Tag, built by Cobra Electronics(s cobr) and …

Korg's KR Mini rhythm controller puts a backing band in your gig bag (video)

Sometimes a metronome just won't cut it when you're playing an instrument alone. That's where Korg's KR Mini comes in, providing the galloping metal beat that bridges into a poppy chorus for your bass, guitar or keyboard jam session. You can even chain the unit's nine presets -- 8-beat, 16-beat, …