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The New Entrepreneur's Bible

It’s been more than ten years since Guy Kawasaki wrote his classic guide to entrepreneurship, <i>The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything</i>, and a lot has changed. We’re in an era dominated by mobile devices, Big Data, and social media. Great ideas no …

Entrepreneurship

No one wants to buy from startups

I spend most days (and way too many nights and weekends) thinking about, evaluating, visiting, and coaching startups. It’s a never-ending series of pitches from people telling me they are about to take over the world to become the next Salesforce/Splunk/EMC, etc. But rarely, as part of their …

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start …

Driving Innovation – Think Big, Start Small and Move Fast

January 30, 2015 by Dr. Jon Warner in Creativity and Innovation<p>Clayton Christensen’s disruption theory, first introduced in 1995, suggested that …

Innovation

7 Habits of Remarkably Successful Startup Entrepreneurs

All successful entrepreneurs may be different from one another--but not in certain key ways.<p>On the surface, successful entrepreneurs seem to be the same as everyone else.<p>But look closely and you'll see that in a few ways they are very, very different--and so is how they start and run their …

Entrepreneurship

How We Redesigned Our Product in Less Than a Week

<i>Bastiaan Janmaat and Mike Dorsey are co-founders of DataFox, a predictive intelligence company reinventing the way investors, analysts, and business development professionals research and track technology companies.</i><p>Time is often the scarcest resource for a startup. When you’re building a complex …

150 Patents Later, What One Female Inventor Learned About Innovation

Software engineer. Inventor. Mother of toddler twins. Nerd puller of late night coding jags. And, at 32, the most prolific female inventor at IBM with more than 150 patents in areas such as mobile, data, and cloud, to my name.<p>I’m one of the faces of innovation at IBM. One of my patents is U.S. …

How to Build Credibility as a Young Entrepreneur

Any entrepreneur will tell you that startup life is not for the easily daunted. Rejection, product failures, and isolation are just a few of the tests that many entrepreneurs are put through on a routine basis. Add youth and inexperience to the list of things working against you—and you can see how …

How Smart Startups Survive Investor Due Diligence

For the elite startups and entrepreneurs who manage to attract the investor they dream of, and survive the term sheet negotiation, there is still one …

Management

The 14 Principles Of The Future Organization

Over the past few months I’ve been sharing a series of posts on the 7 Principles of the Future Employee and the Evolution of the Employee. This was followed by the 10 Principles of the Future Manager followed by the Evolution of the Manager. Today I want to introduce the 14 Principles of the Future …

The Workplace

How to raise $200M (or at least try)

I wasn’t able to attend LeWeb last month, but I managed to watch a panel called “great rides” that reminded me how challenging fundraising can be for startups. In this panel Loic Le Meur talks to Peter Pham, cofounder and partner at Science, and Jeff Bonforte, SVP of communication products at Yahoo …

3 Ways To Start Your Business Without Going Into Debt

Starting a business can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to put you into massive debt or require you to take on investors (which is really just another word for debt!). Yes, there may be venture capital available, but I’m a firm believer in bootstrapping if at all possible.<p>Why? For one thing, I …

Entrepreneurship

Here's the Advice I Give All of Our First Time Founders

Aaron Patzer had come to a crossroads. He knew he was onto something with Mint — but he realized he couldn’t be a successful CEO and also run product …

4 Ways to Market Your Business for Free

Guest Writer<p>CEO and Founder of Tack<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ask any entrepreneur that’s just starting out what the most difficult aspect of their business is and they’ll likely point you to the challenge of reaching and retaining customers. Yes, marketing a new …

Small Business

8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

Guest Writer<p>Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Author, Speaker<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My dad always used to tell me that the difference between the “you” now and the “you” 20 years from now will be the places you visit and the people you meet. I would also add …

Entrepreneurship

Practical Tips for Web and Mobile Usability Tests

Damian Rees, Co-founder of Experience Solutions, helps explain how he adapted website usability testing for the most optimized experience. Because anyone can use the Internet, one of his core principles is setting criteria and expectations up front so that your tests proceed with the right level of …

UX Design

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Taking Any Outside Investment

If you are going to build a company with outside capital, one of the most critical decisions you will make is who will be your investor.<p>Whether you want to build a lean startup by bootstrapping or a fat startup with millions of dollars from VCs or institutional funding, you need some level of …

Venture Capital

11 Tips for Succeeding as an Entrepreneur

You don't know everything. Take some sage advice from a CEO who's spent decades launching companies.<p>If you want to succeed in running your own company but don't have all the answers, a serial entrepreneur is one of the best people to ask for advice. One such fount of knowledge you might consider is …

Entrepreneurship

10 Free Web Tools Every Entrepreneur Must Use

When you are running your own business, you know how important it is to use every tool at your disposal--especially those that are free.<p>When you are running your own business, you know how important it is to use every tool at your disposal--especially those that are free. With more and more …

Small Business

How Do Shark Tank Entrepreneurs Build Their Websites? (Infographic)

2 min read<p>Ever watch <i>Shark Tank</i> and start fantasizing about the business you are going to build?<p>If you are going to build a business, you are going to have to build a website. So, where do you start? How do you even begin?<p>If you aren’t going to build your own website one line of code at a time -- …

Entrepreneurship

Here's What Venture Capitalists Want To Fund In 2015 - And What They Don't

It’s a head-spinning time for venture capitalists. This year, they’re continuing to get disrupted by upstarts from angel investors to new giants like Andreessen Horowitz, yet they also enjoyed the most initial public offerings since 2000, including several this week. Then late this year, things …

How to Find the Next Big Startup Idea

Strategies to help you overcome entrepreneur's block.<p>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 …

Startups

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Posted by Guest Author on Dec 9, 2014<p>by Hagan Major<p>Let me guess. You’re reading this at your desk. You’re between phone calls and looking for …

The 5 Best Strategies for Learning on the Job

How do you make yourself high-impact as quickly as possible?<p>It's day one at a new job. You've done the requisite pacing, overnight tossing-and-turning, morning caffeine-overloading, and countless other forms of shaking-off the same "First Day of School" nerves that have been embedded in your muscle …

Employment

5 Tech Tools Entrepreneurs Need

It doesn't matter if your startup is all about dishing up gourmet doggie treats or if you design websites for a niche market--there are a few key tech tools entrepreneurs need (or need to know).<p>Don't worry, you need to become a jack of all trades and learn these skills yourself. However, …

Small Business

Equity Funding vs. Crowdfunding: What's Right For Your Business?

Equity Funding vs. Crowdfunding, which is the best option for your business?<p>Crowd and equity funding are on the rise, so much so that in the past five years the industry has expanded by 1000%. FlashFunders, the first no-fee equity-funding platform, launched last month and is already announcing …

Crowd Funding

What Every Startup CEO Should Know About VCs

<b>Social Proof Is The Stat You Didn’t Know You Needed</b><p>Most venture capitalists are reluctant to back a CEO who was previously a venture capitalist. This may seem ironic, but the reality is building a company and investing in one are two very different prospects. A VC background does not necessarily …

The Evolution Of Managers

This concept and the visual was taken from my new book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.<p>A few months ago I introduced the concept of the 7 Principles of the Future Employee which was followed by The Evolution of the Employee. I’m …

The Basics of Branding

In a free market world where companies fight for market share and recognition, your brand can be your most valuable asset. It helps you stand out from competition, gives your company a clear sense of place and purpose and it’s an important element of customer loyalty.<p>There are millions of …

15 Collaboration Tools for Web Designers & Developers

If you’re in charge of a small creative agency, don’t make the mistake of thinking that there is no need for careful project management. You wouldn’t …