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We May Have Just Uncovered Amazon’s Vision for a New Kind of Retail Store

The stores would be low on cashiers, but high on customer tracking.<p>Amazon perfected online shopping. It may now want to do the same with brick-and-mortar stores.<p>A recently filed patent application by Amazon reveals details about a new kind of retail establishment that would allow shoppers to pick …

Why Box is going after startups

If Box CEO Aaron Levie made one thing clear during the company's second annual developer conference Wednesday it's that startup developers should be …

Adopting The Lean Startup Approach

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Most startups fail to take off. The traditional method of starting a business has been to come up with a business plan, get investors to back it, …

Lean Startups

6 Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Conversion Rate Optimization

New to conversion rate optimization? Here are 6 facts to bring you up to speed.<p>I think that the main title is the clearest and most descriptive. If you think that one of the other titles works better, go for it.<p>Are you an entrepreneur? If so, then you need to know about conversion rate …

16 Entrepreneurial Books Successful CEOs Swear By

Browse through the business section at your local bookstore or favorite e-commerce site, and you’re sure to become inundated with a variety of …

BodyGuardz uses an aluminum bezel to tackle the iPhone 6 screen protector problem

The gently curved glass edges of the iPhone 6/Plus screens feel absolutely luxurious but are a nightmare for screen protector companies. Compounding this issue is the fact that rigid tempered glass is now the preferred material for iPhone screen protection.<p>Some companies have taken a stab at …

Screen Protector

Byron Wien Predicts A Huge Year For Stocks In His '10 Surprises For 2015'

Among the notable calls: the S&P 500 surges 15%, brent oil falls into the $40s, and junk bonds come back big time.<p>This is the 30th such list this Wall Street veteran has published.<p>His predictions for this year are in the press release below:<p><i>New York, NY, January 5, 2015.</i> Byron R. Wien, Vice …

Markets

Disney CEO Bob Iger's Empire of Tech

Even in a dress-down gray sweater, Bob Iger looks a bit mechanical. His mouth is almost geometrically straight, his face constructed of some cool …

Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchising Articles of 2014

From fast-food to ice vending machine franchises, 2014 was a crazy year in the world of franchising.<p>This year brought the franchise industry some impressive highs, like the increasing growth of new jobs, and some difficult lows, such as the ongoing fast-food worker strikes. 2014 ushered in the …

Denny's

How to Boost Your Business With Facebook's New Call-to-Action Buttons

The social network is trying to make it easier for businesses to sign up and sell products to customers.<p>Facebook has been getting a lot of flak from company frustrated by their increasing inability to reach customers on the social media platform. Now, though, it seems that Mark Zuckerberg's company …

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …

This Is the Simplest Company Logo Generator You'll Ever Use

If you’re somewhat lacking in design skills but really need a logo and a name to get your business up and running, there are a few tools out there that can help you. Last week, we brought you a surprisingly useful business name generator and this time around we’re looking at Withoomph’s logo …

Apple closes at record high with nearly $700B market cap

<i>Update: Apple crosses $700B market cap…</i><p>Apple’s stock today closed at a record high of $118.62 per share (post 7-1 split) with a market cap of nearly $700 billion at $695.7 billion.<p>Earlier this month, Apple reached its highest market capitalization in history reaching two-thirds of $1 trillion; the …

Yik Yak Is Close To Closing On Roughly $75 Million

Thank the kids in America for turning Yik Yak into the newest technology craze that’s a parental nightmare and an anonymous messaging juggernaut. Only a year after its launch, the app is now close to closing on roughly $75 million in new financing, according to several sources with knowledge of the …

These iOS apps will help you buy and sell a house

Looking for properties, getting your finances in order, and fixing up both the house you are looking to sell (as well as the one you just purchased) …

The New GoPro Cameras: Everything You Need to Know

Three ways of looking at the newer GoPro action cameras.<p>Last month GoPro, the best-known maker of “Look at me!” action cameras, introduced a new lineup of products. This includes two new top-of-the-line GoPros and the company’s first entry-level camera.<p>Your <b>Re/code</b> reviews team has been testing all …

13 must-own apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

The best utility apps are designed to make your hectic life a little bit easier, and maybe even more enjoyable.<p>From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it’s going to rain, there’s something for every lifestyle.<p>We’ve collected the best of the best in this …

Building the best security camera

We've reviewed quite a few stand-alone security cameras as well as security systems with camera accessories. Although some have impressed us favorably with their image quality and range of features, none of them has been good enough to merit an Editors' Choice award.<p>What <i>is</i> the ideal security …

What's Really the Difference Between Facebook Pages, Groups and Profiles?

With several overlapping features, Facebook's Pages, groups and profiles leave many users confused.<p>Together, these three functions help us stay …

Meet The PayPal Mafia, The Richest Group Of Men In Silicon Valley

The company founded by Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and Max Levchin has spawned three billionaires, many, many millionaires, and generation-defining companies. Here, we break down the key players from the most notorious group in Silicon Valley.<p>The picture above features some of the most poorly dressed …

Silicon Valley

The Delivery Drone That Could Make Amazon’s Vision A Reality

The new HorseFly octocopter–a small drone with eight rotors–is designed to live on the back of a electric delivery truck. As the truck makes its rounds, the HorseFly splits off to make more deliveries in the area.<p>Delivery companies obsess about finding the perfect route to drive through town, since …

Meet The Startup That's Happily Taking On $350 Million In Debt

Three years, $6 million in funding and almost $400 million in debt commitments: that’s the ledger at a Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup called Privlo. Not exactly the typical financial situation for a young startup, at least one that isn’t lighting wads of dollar bills on fire.<p>For Privlo founder …

Amazon: 5 bold predictions for 2014

Amazon spent 2013 attempting to wow us and, for the most part, succeeded.<p>This year saw the debut of Amazon's Mayday customer service button -- the marquee feature for its newest line of Kindle Fire tablets -- the revival of the US Postal Service through Sunday delivery, and, of course, the frenzy …

Amazon’s holiday success and UPS’ holiday fail highlight the internet economy’s problems

Shipping giant UPS failed millions of customers this holiday season, missing the delivery of “a small percentage of its packages” on the Christmas …

Freelance Marketplace DesignCrowd Raises $3M To Fuel Its International Growth

DesignCrowd, a crowdsourcing marketplace for freelance designers, has raised $3 million in new funding from investors led by Starfish Ventures. This brings the Sydney, Australia based company’s total raised to date to $6.3 million. DesignCrowd will use the proceeds to open a U.S. office and scale …

DesignCrowd Takes On 99Designs In The US

DesignCrowd, the Australia-headquartered crowdsourcing service for designers, has big plans: it wants to grow its business from $10 million to $100 million as quickly as possible — and its first step is to conquer the US.<p>With this goal in mind, it is taking on 99Designs — which has been based in …

Online retailers move into bricks and mortar stores

<b>With the inexorable rise of online shopping, there have been gloomy predictions about the future of the bricks and mortar, High Street store.</b><p>Yet it seems that reports of its imminent demise may have been exaggerated.<p>In a new twist, established e-commerce businesses are increasingly opening physical …

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Apple’s New Consumer Experience Chief, Angela Ahrendts, On The Future Of Retail

The Burberry CEO’s recent interviews with Fast Company‘s Jeff Chu reveal significant insight into what she may have planned for rejuvenating Apple.<p>This summer, <i>Fast Company</i> asked Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts about her company’s greatest challenge. “The greatest challenge? I don’t think it’s just our …

First Data Acquires Cardless Customer Loyalty Startup Perka

Global payments and e-commerce solutions giant First Data said it has bought Perka, the cardless loyalty mobile app and program.<p>Perka — based in both …

Loyalty