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Why Startups Fail and What Experts Have to Say About It (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just as there is no one path that guarantees success, there is not one single mistake that will doom a startup to failure -- there’s more than 50, actually.<p>These reasons fall under nine umbrella categories, including business ideas, …

17 Predictions About The Future Of Big Data Everyone Should Read

Almost everyone can agree that big data has taken the business world by storm, but what’s next? Will data continue to grow? What technologies will develop around it? Or will big data become a relic as quickly as the next trend — cognitive technology? fast data? — appears on the horizon.<p>Let’s look …

Big Data

How a Startup Got Millions in Funding without Losing Control

Follow this example to see how funding doesn't have to mean turning over your company to someone else.<p>Funding a startup is a tricky business. For every story of a Facebook or Zynga where the founders got the cash and kept full control of the company you can hear scores in which investors become the …

25 books that every entrepreneur should read

We spoke with wildly successful entrepreneurs and VCs like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel and pored over years of interviews with star founders to find the books that every aspiring entrepreneur should read.<p>Here are their top recommendations.<p><i>Bianca Male, Aimee Groth, Richard Feloni, Natalie Walters,</i> …

This tech CEO has been given $200 million to invest in 'garage' start-ups

CEO CP Gurnani told Business Insider he has a remit from his board to find some of the world's most exciting startups in artificial intelligence, automation and computing to invest in.<p>"The board has said I can spend up to $200 million in startups from across the world. In tandem, the board has also …

The 25 Essential Books for Every Entrepreneur’s Library

No matter what stage you’re at in the entrepreneur journey, whether you just launched your first startup or have started several successful …

Entrepreneurship

The Important Question Every Employee Should Be Able to Answer

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

The 10 Best TED Talks of 2015 | Inc.com

If you follow my column, you know I'm a huge fan of TED. Billed as the nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading," TED's short presentations can teach you a lot about the current state of business and technology and where we're heading as a society. They also inspire continued …

Public Speaking

2016 Software Industry Predictions... And Anti-Predictions

The tech community’s annually observed somewhat self-indulgent penchant for predictions is often its own worst enemy. Prophecies are all too often tied to vendors’ road maps and when they’re not, they tell us what we already know. So you say 2016 will be hot for commercially adopted open source, …

Internet of Things

2016 predictions for IoT and smart homes

Every day, various aspects of our lives are becoming easier — and more connected — through the Internet of Things and smart home technology.<p>We are constantly generating data, receiving information, and in real-time communication with our devices and each other – from anywhere, at any time. And this …

Internet of Things

4 unconventional tips on starting a business from Peter Thiel

Certainly, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and now a prominent venture capitalist. He was the first outsider to invest in Facebook, and he manages Founders Fund's $2 billion in assets.<p>We read Thiel's bestselling book, "Zero to One," and …

11 Fantastic Gifts From Cool Hardware Startups

It’s no secret, we love startups. And yet, finding the perfect gift for a startup lover is challenging.<p>The great thing is that some of our favorite startups are now making cool hardware products. This year, instead of buying yet another Apple gadget, look no further, we’ve rounded up 11 gifts. …

What to Do with All the Business Cards from Your Last Conference

Business travel should be about relationship building, but so often the stress of dealing with logistics and the anxiety of meeting a whole whack of new people keep it from being an effective way to connect, especially at conferences. Using social tools can focus your on-the-road time on the people …

Smart buildings are boring, but these startups aren’t

Motion sensors driving light switches used to be state of the art in office buildings, but now startups and big companies are bringing connected …

Why More M&As Is a Sign That Scale Is No Longer an Advantage

We’re living through an era of remarkable U.S. corporate consolidation. A recent USC study shows that across multiple and diverse markets, industries are 25% more likely to be “highly concentrated” than they were 20 years ago. From banking to computing to beer, mergers and acquisitions are …

The End of Expertise

What if what you know didn’t matter anymore? What if knowledge became a commodity? What if everyone could be an expert?<p>Far-fetched, you think? Well, in fact, the “what if” is no longer speculative; it is here already. Talk to people in such professional service industries as private banking, …

How to know the right time to leave your job for starting up

I have been sharing my startup experience with people and how I became successful after failing at my first startup. Entrepreneurship is not an easy …

5 Ways to Make Conference Networking Easier

Networking at a conference typically means rushing into a teeming crowd for coffee breaks and trying to make small talk. As an introvert, that scene isn’t for me. While I enjoy getting to know people one-on-one or in small groups, shouting to be heard by strangers and engaging in speed dating-style …

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

Internet of Things? Stock You've Never Heard of Just Rose 500%

A little-known stock listed in London has become a trade of choice for investors looking to profit from the technological megatrend known as the …

Gartner identifies the top 10 strategic IT technology trends for 2016

Top 10 strategic trends 2016 (credit: Gartner, Inc.)At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo today (Oct. 8), Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top 10 technology …

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These are the 65 hottest startups in New York City

But which are the coolest?<p>Pulled from our recently published Silicon Alley 100 list, meet the coolest startups.<p>All the companies on this list are private tech companies based in New York City that have raised venture-capital funding.

Startups

How Uber Uses Spark and Hadoop to Optimize Customer Experience

If you’ve ever used Uber, you’re aware of how ridiculously simple the process is. You press a button, a car shows up, you go for a ride, and you …

9 stupid mistakes entrepreneurs make, according to a guy who started 20 businesses and failed at 17 of them

<b>A) IGNORING THE "SIX MONTH RULE"</b><p>I was on the board of a business where we all got the financials for that month and realized that the company had six months of cash in the bank.<p>I called the CEO. He said, "no problem. We have six months. I'll raise money a long time before then and we have some big …

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Companies

The evolution of products into intelligent, connected devices—which are increasingly embedded in broader systems—is radically reshaping companies and competition.<p>Smart thermostats control a growing array of home devices, transmitting data about their use back to manufacturers. Intelligent, …

Internet of Things

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems. Companies such as Juniper and Adobe stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the …

Mapping the Internet of Things

You would think that in this day and age of infographics that finding a map laying out the ecosystem of the Internet of Things would exist. …

Internet of Things

How The Digital Economy Can Help End Extreme Poverty

Ann Mei Chang Contributor<p>Ann Mei Chang is the executive director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development.<p>When I was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recently as part of the U.S. government’s delegation to the Third International Conference on Financing for …