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This founder was one of the first investors in Uber and Salesforce — now he's using his earnings and his eye for hits to fund a wave of new Ubers

Mike Walsh is a member of the Uber rich, meaning he's über rich off the ride-hailing service.<p>In 2010, a mutual friend introduced him to Ryan Graves, who worked an IT specialist job and was considering a move to San Francisco to help build something called UberApp. After Graves explained the …

Venture Capital

How a 34-year-old turned $200 into a company he sold for over $10 million in a matter of months

Thirteen years ago as a broke college student, Trevor Chapman took a job selling pest control door-to-door to make extra money. Eventually, he …

eCommerce

Quintacorn Robinhood’s free crypto trading rolls out in Cali, 3 more states

Robinhood is rolling out its Coinbase-killer that’s already helped the fintech startup’s valuation grow 4X in a year. Zero-fee trading of Bitcoin and Ethereum is now available to all investors in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Montana. Everyone else is still on the waitlist. Robinhood …

I’ve applied for many jobs without getting a single interview. What am I doing wrong?

My guess is you’re making the same mistake most people do: you’re making your resume about you instead of about the reader!<p>Shock is the reaction I …

Machine learning won’t kill lawyers, but blockchain will

I fear for the professions.<p>Those which have enjoyed a monopoly for so long due to their protection by Royal Societies and Official registries. Those which require accreditation and continued professional development.<p>I’m not saying they never provided a quality professional service, I’m saying they …

Blockchain

Steve Jobs was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

This engineer created a fool-proof plan to overcome shyness — and it led her to jobs at Apple, Google, and now Microsoft

A couple of months ago, Sophia Velastegui was approached with an exciting job offer: To become the general manager of Microsoft's artificial intelligence product unit.<p>She began the job in December. It was another pinnacle career move for the star engineer, named to Business Insider's list of the …

Georgia Tech

Innovation Isn't About What You Know, But What You Don't

An idea can never be validated backwards, only forwards<p>When Steve Jobs first came up with the idea for the iPod, it wasn't actually a machine he had in mind, but "a thousand songs in my pocket." It was, at the time, an impossible idea, because hard drives of that capacity and size just didn't …

How to Build a Million-Dollar Company in 1 Year--With No Funding | Inc.com

In August 2015 a popular virtual assistant (VA) company, Zirtual, announced it was shutting down--leaving behind nearly 2,500 clients and 400 employees. At the time, I was already deeply ingrained in the productivity space and figured the news offered a big opportunity to try to fix the existing …

Small Business

35 Amazing Real World Examples Of How Blockchain Is Changing Our World

It’s quickly becoming apparent that blockchain technology is about far more than just Bitcoin. Across finance, healthcare, media, government and other sectors, innovative uses are appearing every day.<p>Here is a list of 35 which I have come across. While some may fail to live up to their promises, …

Blockchain

23 startups that became unicorns in 2017, scoring valuations of $1 billion or more

A year ago, the venture capital industry looked like it was going to tighten its belt and bring valuations back to earth. But in 2017, venture investment continued to flow heavily and is on track to match or exceed dollars deployed in 2016, says PitchBook, a database that tracks such deals.<p>Mega …

With 1 Christmas Tweet, Elon Musk Gave a Masterful Lesson in Leadership (and Customer Relations) | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>I confess to finding more than a few Tesla owners a little hard to stomach.<p>It's the license plates, you see.<p>They waft around my local freeways parading their emissions-saving puns for all to …

Tesla

Uber's food-delivery company is outgrowing the taxi business in some cities

Uber's fast-growing food-delivery business is now bigger and more important than Uber's conventional taxi business in numerous cities across the world.<p>Uber told Business Insider that UberEats was bigger than Uber's transportation app in 19 European cities, and Toussaint Wattinne, a general manager …

Bridging the gap between innovators and early adopters

<b>Innovators and early adopters – a marketing perspective</b><p>More than half a century after communications professor Everett Rogers popularized the <i>Diffusion of Innovations</i> theory, little has changed when it comes to how new ideas are communicated and adopted.<p>The key characteristic of innovators has …

The 8 Best Interview Questions You Could Ever Ask | Inc.com

I've interviewed a lot of people in my career for all kinds of positions and from many backgrounds. Most people have favorite interview questions to ask and some believe certain questions can quickly reveal what they need to know about a candidate's cultural and positional fit.<p>The leaders with the …

Employment

Tesla's Elon Musk Takes a Page from Steve Jobs' Presentation Playbook, And So Should You | Inc.com

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk pulled more than a few surprises in a recent presentation, and a few pages from the Steve Jobs playbook.<p>Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was the master of surprise. His keynotes became famous for the "one more thing" he added when it looked as though the product launch …

Tesla

9 Obstacles You Must Overcome to Make Your First Million

Our own doubts are often the biggest barrier to success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all aim for some sort financial success. It makes sense. Having a significant amount of money eliminates a major worry and enables you to do more with your life. Money and …

How a guy who sold phones at a Sprint store landed his dream job in venture capital with just 1 tweet

On March 13, 2017, still tired from working on my schoolwork the night before, I was waiting for customers to stroll through the door of our Detroit Sprint store.<p>My least favorite part about my job as a bilingual sales consultant was helping customers with billing issues — those were never fun, …

'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss reveals what he's learned after a difficult year of introspection, and how he built a passionate fanbase of millions

.<p>Tim Ferriss first found fame with his 2007 book "The 4-Hour Workweek." After taking a break from writing, in 2012, he became an accidental podcast star with "The Tim Ferriss Show," which has surpassed 200 million downloads. He's an investor and self-described human guinea pig. He sat down for an …

Self-improvement

What Not to Do When Talking to Investors (And What You Should Do Instead) | Inc.com

I continue to be shocked by the number of so-called investor presentations that I get that are really repurposed customer presentations that focus primarily on a detailed technical description of the product and they give a detailed product features-benefits analysis. These presentations then …

Investing

3 Ways to Test Your Next Business Idea | Inc.com

An app to help hospital patients navigate treatment options. Spent coffee grounds repurposed as body scrubs. A peer-to-peer toilet marketplace. Glucagon-injection kits for diabetics. Bluetooth-shoe inserts for foot pain.<p>Since launching a Facebook Live series for young entrepreneurs, I've gotten …

Entrepreneurship

Is blockchain tech the missing link for the success of IoT?

Blockchains use a decentralized network to support online transactions, a notion that was proven with the rising popularity of Bitcoin – the technology’s first true application. With a distributed nature, it is basically a self-powered ledger that meticulously maintains the same immutable record of …

Blockchain

How Will Augmented Reality Transform These 5 Industries?

This column is authored by Jyoti Bharwani, Content Manager at Space-O TechnologiesThe post How Will Augmented Reality Transform These 5 Industries? …

Augmented Reality

Hong Kong's Richest Man Expands Investments in Electric Vehicles

Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing agreed to buy an indirect stake in a Japanese maker of electric cars, expanding his investments in an area that’s …

Virtual Reality Is A Growing Reality In Health Care

Back to reality … sort of. Recently, I attended the Games for Change Festival at the Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City. The 14th installment of this annual event that brings together people who make video games to help society, people, and health also included a one-day …

Virtual Reality

I Am Blown Away By How This Genius CEO Is Growing Her Business | Inc.com

Liz Maida -- who I interviewed this month after being contacted by her company -- is a brilliant solver of technical problems. Is she as great at solving business problems? I am blown away by how she hopes to grow her 10-person Manhattan-based company -- because it's a simple idea that ought to …

Startups

Apple’s new software is a game changer for augmented reality, experts say

One of Apple's new announcements has tech experts excited for augmented reality. One chief executive calls it a "game-changer."<p>Apple unveiled its new …

Augmented Reality

HoloLens to launch in China at the end of this month

Microsoft HoloLens — the company’s advanced “mixed reality” headset — will finally launch in China at the end of this month, by May 24.<p>The headset started shipping to developers in the United States and Canada in March 2016, it has gradually expanded its markets to different countries like …

What Types of Retirement Plans Can I Roll Over?

There are a lot of rules to consider in moving your retirement money from place to place.<p>If you're fortunate enough to have an employer-sponsored …

So, you want a job in venture capital?

Until recently I worked as a VC investor, and I would often receive emails from recent college grads and others asking me what they need to do to get into venture capital.<p>I came up with a list of tips that I would respond with, and now that I am out of the industry I thought I would share that list …

Employment