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Steve Blank On Why Most Startups Fail, And It's Got Nothing To Do With Technology

When well-known entrepreneur Steve Blank took the stage at Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters last week, it felt a little like a rock star was in the house. The audience was chock full of current and aspiring startup founders, many of them engineers (this was Qualcomm’s stage, after all….).<p>Blank is …

Startups

The Best Destinations for Solo Travelers

Our picks of the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.<p>As great as traveling with companions can be, sometimes it's even better to get out there and discover yourself. If you're plotting your next adventure stag, here are our picks of the best spots for a little one-on-one time with you.

The Top 4 Reasons SEO Is Dead

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For years Google has dominated the internet and more or less held a monopoly on consumer searches. Nobody ever says, “Yahoo those song lyrics.” However, with rapid changes in social media and new trends in consumer behavior online, the …

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center Led By Former Apple Engineer

Ford is ready to get a little cozier with the tech industry. In an event today, Ford took the wraps off its brand new research center located in the Stanford Research Park.<p>At the 25,000-square-foot facility today, Ford CEO Mark Fields was there to made it clear the car maker was hunting for the …

Silicon Valley

5 Ways for Online Entrepreneurs to Stand Out

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyday, there are 2.5 billion people logging onto the Internet. If you’re looking to build your business, or expand an offline business, the Internet offers you an unlimited customer base. The opportunity to start from scratch, and …

It's a New Age of SEO: Your Approach Needs to Change | Inc.com

SEO best practices are going to change whether we like it or not. It's easy to get set in your ways and feel comfortable with your current strategy, but this isn't going to be sustainable in this industry. It's important that marketers focus on getting out of their old way of thinking and evolve …

Engines

Top 5 Challenges Facing Businesses Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Regardless of size, most businesses face many of the same challenges every day. Maximizing profits, minimizing expenses and finding talented staff to keep things moving seem to be top challenges for both SMBs and large corporations.<p>Yet as …

How to Get People to Do What You Want

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Colin Shaw, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>My mum always told me, “You can catch more flies with honey than you can vinegar.” In other words, people respond better to rewards than punishments. As a leader …

Try This Life-Changing Stress Hack for a More Relaxed 2015

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever looked at a picture of Atlas, the mythological Greek figure carrying the weight of the planet on his shoulders and thought, Yeah, I can relate?<p>As an entrepreneur, it often feels like you have the weight of the world on your …

3 Takeaways From Lori Greiner's Invent It, Sell It, Bank It.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Myth and misunderstanding have led most people to shun taking their product concept from idea to reality. Creating wealth by developing a product that solves a common problem faced by millions sounds great, but the prospect of enduring …

5 Secrets to Making Your Startup Go Viral

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When Facebook paid around $16 billion for mobile messaging service WhatsApp, people were stunned by the sky-high valuation. But what’s even more remarkable about WhatsApp is that it reached 450 million monthly users “without investing a …

How to Find the Next Big Startup Idea | Inc.com

This is a really great period for starting your business. The startup ecosystem is bubbling with innovation, and even customers are more receptive to adopting newer technologies and products.<p>If you've already started a business, bless you. You're on the path to entrepreneurial success. And for …

Startups

How Successful People Build Exceptional Professional Relationships

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Jeff Haden, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>Professional success is important to everyone, but still, success can and does (and definitely should) mean different things to different people.<p>But one fact is …

6 Surprisingly Effective Networking Tactics They Won't Teach You in Business School

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about networking you probably think about networking events, business card swapping and LinkedIn connection requests. Pretty boring and unproductive, right? Networking doesn’t have to be the dry, time-wasting activity you …

Legendary designer Oscar de la Renta has died

One of the world's most legendary fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta, died Monday. He was 82.<p>De la Renta's health was described earlier this month by the <i>New York Times</i> as "precarious." He had cancer in 2006, and at his women's wear show in September looked "frail."<p>Known for dressing celebrities, …

Homer's Last Theorem

Along with high school friends David Schiminovich and David Borden, he formed a teenage gang of computer programmers called the Glitchmasters, and …

The 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Private Companies in America | Inc.com

There are millions of small businesses in the United States. Yet only a small percentage of these companies have earned a spot on the <i>Inc. 5000,</i> an annual listing of the fastest-growing private companies in America. A fraction of these firms are led by women.<p>The annual list is compiled by looking at …

Startups

15 Late Bloomers Who Found Massive Success (Infographic) | Inc.com

There are plenty of reasons entrepreneurs find their true calling after they're well into their careers. Some simply spend a lot of time focused on a non-dream job. For example, Martha Stewart once made her living as a stockbroker, and Julia Child worked a stable government job. Neither of their …

Career Development

Oh, the Irony: 3 Apps to Help You Put Down Your Phone | Inc.com

How often has a first-date, a happy hour, or a family outing been ruined by companions who are glued to their phones? At least one New York City restaurant claims that, because of smartphones, the time an average group of diners spends at a table has doubled in the last decade.<p>Technology, for all …

Apps

How Unsexy Companies Can Attract Top Tech Talent | Inc.com

Nearly every large corporation is becoming a technology company, including those with brands that are not associated with technology--and software developers, digital and social media experts, and data scientists, don't want to work there. Does this describe your company?<p>If so, admit it: your …

Human Resources

Freelancers, break free from billing by the hour

I spent the first few years of my freelance career earning an income the way most freelancers do: working project-to-project and billing by the …

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague | Inc.com

Toxic people are everywhere, and most of us know at least one or two. We may live with them, work with them, lead them, or know them socially. And if you've ever spent time with truly toxic people, you already know how destructive and exhausting they can be.<p>Just as with any kind of toxin, you need …

Emotional Intelligence

How a Startup Made It During Its First Two Years Without Relying on Investors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Startups are tough, especially in the early stages. The company is fragile and you are being pulled in a thousand different directions.<p>One of your biggest concerns as a founder is capital. Some entrepreneurs have the luxury of raising …

The 7 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

This story appears in the January 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Enter "entrepreneurial traits" into Google, and the menu of frequent searches will complete the query with "... of Steve Jobs" and "... of Bill Gates," among others. These are the forces of nature that spring to mind for most …

The 3 Decisions That Will Change Your Financial Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s nothing worse than a rich person who’s chronically angry or unhappy. There’s really no excuse for it, yet I see this phenomenon every day. It results from an extremely unbalanced life, one with too much expectation and not enough …

The Three Types of Entrepreneurs -- Which One Are You? | Inc.com

There are three types of entrepreneurs--Misfits, Celebrities and Naivetes.<p><b>Misfits cannot work for any company.</b> Fundamentally not hire-able. They're smart, opinionated, no-BS, adament, sometimes arrogant. They'll bootstrap. They'll wash cars to sustain while they build their business. They see …

Business Strategy

Why I Left the 'Coolest Job in America' for a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A year ago this week, after close to eight years, I left Microsoft and jumped headfirst into the world of startups and joined Porch.com, a home-improvement network.<p>I was very fortunate to have built my career at Microsoft. From Windows to …

The 3 Entrepreneurial Traits Kids Should Learn for a Successful Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It was the entrepreneurial skills instilled in me by my grandfather at an early age that not only shaped my future path to success as an entrepreneur, but also built the parameters for my mindset and my life. When I became a father I knew …

Microsoft Unveils a PowerPoint Replacement | Inc.com

We didn't see anything in the demo that made us say, "Wow! No one's ever done that before!"<p>But first things first. Prezi says more than 50 million people use it, including 80% of the Fortune 500. That's an awful lot of people who have had their heads turned from PowerPoint.<p>Microsoft needs an …

Software