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The 5 Golden Traits That Guarantee Success

Accomplished people have common characteristics that help them stand above the rest. Here's a few you may have thought of--and others that aren't so obvious.<p>I've spent a lot of time with many successful entrepreneurs and CEOs and found that very successful people tend to have a pretty consistent …

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Make an Average Day Awesome

Forget efficiency. You want to become incredibly effective. Here's how.<p>Feel like you need to get more done each day and hour? Productivity tips are only a Google search away. Those are important, but what you need is quality, not quantity. This isn't about being merely efficient. You need to be …

Productivity

How to Make Money Online: The Basics

Let’s say you’re a newbie to the world of online sales and are looking to make money online, but you’re starting with a small startup budget. With the blinding wealth of information available for new business owners, knowing how to spend your limited funds can be a bit intimidating.<p>Here is a …

Marketing

6 Life Hacks Learned in Prison That Will Maximize Your Productivity

A life hack is defined as a strategy or technique to more efficiently manage one’s time and daily activities.<p>After I quickly shook off the shock of …

9 Business Books That Will Change Your Life Today

Knowledge is regarded as the only lasting competitive advantage. This is true for economies, countries, organizations and people. This is the reason, …

Anatomy of a VC Deal: How One Seattle Startup Raised $12.5 Million

This story appears in the July 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Kristen Hamilton knew she needed to raise capital to get her Seattle-based startup off the ground. She and co-founder Josh Jarrett spent half of 2013 developing Koru, an immersive business program that gives recent college grads …

Venture Capital

The Decline Of The COO

by Gary L. Neilson<p>In a world where succession planning is increasingly important, it’s good to be the COO — right? The chief operating officer has traditionally been the number two person in the C-suite — the senior executive charged with overseeing all of the company’s business operations. As …

Get Ready For The Internet For Things

Rough commute? What if someone offered you a private highway to take to work? There’d be no crush of cars, box trucks, taxis or minivans. Just you and the open road. Would you take it? Of course you would.<p>But what if there were a slight wrinkle to that deal? What if the only way you’d be allowed …

What Is Design Thinking?

Customer-centric design is about looking out from the inside—rather than outside in.<p>Today’s organizations face multifaceted problems that are part of increasingly complex business models. Continued expansion of global transactions, supported by partnerships that can span large ecosystems, create …

Google HR Boss: We Don't Care Where You Went To College

Companies pay too much attention to where job applicants went to college, what their name sounds like and how well they answer brain teasers, Google’s top human resources executive Laszlo Bock told a packed room of business leaders, academics and public servants at the Forbes Reinventing America …

Ten bootstrapping tips to help turn your idea into a reality

The majority of startups are started without capital injection from venture capitalists and angel investors. The real numbers are eye opening – VCs fund only 0.05 per cent of startups while angel investors are responsible for funding 0.91 per cent. Take a moment to really think about those …

20 Marissa Mayer Quotes on Making Smart Business Choices

Here are 20 choice quotes from the CEO of Yahoo on how to lead in business, make smart decisions, and gain success.<p>I had a front row seat for a Marissa Mayer speech once. It was a game-changer, because she speaks in a succinct, direct, and intelligent way. You take notes. When she is done, you feel …

Can The Banks Save Online Banking From Themselves? [Infographic]

It’s safe to say most people don’t find online banking to be a pleasurable experience. When comparing banking experiences, conversations often tend toward comparing whose bank’s services are the “least bad.” According to The Millennial Disruption Index, the industry currently most ripe for …

American Entrepreneurship Is Actually Vanishing. Here's Why

According to recent studies, the rate of startup creation has been decreasing for years. Are we witnessing the slow death of entrepreneurship?<p>Last fall, around the time Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a flurry of studies offered a startling revelation: The U.S. startup …

Entrepreneurship

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Do You Have The Stomach For A Job In Sales?

<i>“If you can’t do anything else, go into sales.”</i> (And other myths about the greatest career.)<p>My story’s pretty simple. I earned an engineering degree and an MBA to do one thing: <b>to go into sales</b>.<p>I knew I wanted a career in sales since I was a kid.<p>I saw my dad wake up at 4 am some days. He’d hit the …

15 Ways to Empower Others in 15 Minutes

<i>“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” – Lao …

5 Things A Startup Must Do To Raise A Venture Round

Venture capital is incredibly important for startups and their founders. Not only does a venture round provide important funds for sustainable growth, but it also comes with the added benefits of industry connections and expertise. However, despite what you may have heard over the years, there are …

7 Life Rules That Will Position You for Greater Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Finding success in business isn’t about luck. It requires a great deal of courage and big thinking, as well as the motivation to overcome those fears that can keep you stuck in accepting smaller parcels of reward.<p>To exponentially elevate …

Self-improvement

Why Microsoft Is Giving Away Windows 10 To Pirates

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free, automatic upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, it was an unusual move. The company has never been known for handing out its operating systems, but the running theory was that Windows 8 was generally so poorly received, they simply wanted to move on, …

Windows 10

The World's Worst Startup Jargon

From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley, mind-numbing startup jargon stops for no one. It winds up in TED Talks, pitch meetings and every tech journalist's inbox in between. At Forbes we're obsessed with all things entrepreneurs. So, for our third annual Jargon Madness -- an NCAA tournament-style …

Ola, Uber’s Big Rival In India, Introduces Food Ordering Service

Ola, the SoftBank-backed taxi-hailing service in India, is taking a leaf out of the Uber playbook after it launched a food ordering and delivery service.<p>‘Ola Cafe‘ is initially available in selected parts of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai — as Economic Times reported. Customers can place …

India

Tweet-Analysis Firm Dataminr Raises Funding

Deal values firm at about $700 million<p>Dataminr Inc., which analyzes tweets and other information streams to create alerts for traders, reporters and government agencies, has raised $130 million from banks and institutions in a new private round.<p>The deal values New York-based Dataminr at about $700 …

Google Ventures and the Search for Immortality

“If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes,” Bill Maris says one January afternoon in Mountain View, California. The …

Restaurant Tech Restocked For Tomorrow And Beyond

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>John Serrao is a UI engineer and product owner who specializes in technical consulting for the food and health industries (currently advising wellness startup Daocloud).</i><p>A recent article in TechCrunch characterized nascent upstarts in the restaurant industry as wide-eyed idealists with …

Apple Pay

The 'Alone Together' Customer Experience Trend: From Starbucks To Hotel Design To Retail Banking

If you want to create a successful customer experience today, learn to accommodate customers who want “alone together” time. Whether they’re millennials, Gen X, Boomers or Silent Generation, this concept has grown quickly in importance to today’s customers.<p>Including, at this very moment, a customer …

Andreessen Horowitz shares the 16 tech trends it’s most excited about

Most of us will never be in an Andreessen Horowitz meeting, and even fewer of us will get a chance to work with the famed VC firm. But today, we’re all equals when it comes to getting a peek at the 16 tech trends that a16z, as it’s known, is most excited about right now.<p>In a post this morning, …

Venture Capital

Marketing Copy Is Getting An Analytics Makeover

Over the last 20 years I’ve witnessed the massive impact technology has had on the marketing space, enabling it to evolve beyond a skill based largely on intuition and gut instinct (“It’ll work because it’s worked before….” “I’ve got a good feeling about this….”) into a precise, scientific, …

The Gates Foundation Is Bringing Venture Capital To The Developing World

Today, Bill and Melinda Gates released an ambitious 15-year plan for their eponymous foundation. The plan covers everything on the poverty-reduction spectrum, from wiping out diseases to giving the global poor access to mobile banking services. And to carry it out, they’re taking some inspiration …