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Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind

The visionary filmmaker opens up about his sci-fi epic, the biggest threats to humanity, and why he’d be too terrified to direct a ‘Star Wars’ …

How to Convince a Big Brand to Partner With You

It's easier than you think, as long as you're willing to lay a whole lot of groundwork.<p>Your business idea is solid. You've done the necessary market research, tested the concept, and built out your product or service. The only thing you need is a big brand to notice you, realize the brilliance of …

Virgin America

You Don't Get What You Don't Ask For

How simply asking for things in the right way can get you almost anything you want in life.<p>90% of people are afraid to ask for things. Is that a real statistic? Nope. But I believe it to be a true statistic, if not higher than that.<p>We, as humans, are afraid to ask for things. We're afraid to ask …

Motivation

You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely.

A few years back after one of my more impassioned lectures, a young buck in the back row raised his hand. “Mr. Victore,” he said, “I understand what …

Creativity

Ikea Gives Us an Adjustable Standing Desk We Can Actually Afford

Pampered Silicon Valley employees at Facebook and Google think they spearheaded the standing desk revolution. This is revisionist history. The real …

Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing

There’s an old puzzle that philosophers like to ponder: how could you ever be certain that anyone else has a mind at all? The truth is that you …

Maya Angelou

10 Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling

While identifying a calling is a personal, unique endeavor, there are recognizable signs that you have managed to find it<p>Do you know what your calling is? Does it sound appealing to you? As Oprah Winfrey once said, "We're all called. If you're here breathing, you have a contribution to make to our …

Oprah Winfrey

10 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Start Your Business

If you've wanted to run your own business, this is a great time to do it.<p>You've considered running a business but keep wondering whether conditions are right to support your winning idea. Or perhaps you have been dabbling with something on the side and can't yet convince yourself that it's the …

Samuel Beckett

How To Keep Your Startup Alive Through Its First 3 Years

The early years of a startup's life are grueling, but there are ways to ensure your company makes it through its growing pains.<p><i>Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of personal finance website LearnVest, set out on a mission in 2008: She wanted to create</i> <i>an inexpensive platform that would</i> <i>connect the 99</i> …

Entrepreneurship

5 Steps to Build a Creative Business from Scratch

Any economist will tell you that the creative sector is a leading component of worldwide economic growth, employment and trade. Over the last decade, there has been a significant shift from individuals choosing to work in traditional vocations such as health care to investing in the creative sector.<p>…

Funding Your Business on Your Own? Learn From These 7 Entrepreneurs

Business owners don’t know what they don’t know. The beauty of mistakes, however, is that they make you infinitely wiser. Smart business leaders won’t flinch when they lose a client, customer or potential revenue source -- they’ll reinvest that mistake into their own learning.<p>What new business …

6 Ways to Make People Love Your Brand

"People don't buy things for logical reasons," Zig Ziglar once famously said. "They buy for emotional reasons."<p>Which means: In order to gain …

11 Ways To Create More Time To Think

It could be just a coincidence, but I don’t think so.<p>In the course of the last 10 days or so, I’ve had three in-depth conversations with businesspeople (two of them entrepreneurs) that I truly respect. The theme: Carving out more time to think.<p>All three people–two men and a woman–had been searching …

10 Scientific Insights That Could Make You A Better Designer

Insights from fields such as behavioral economics and cognitive psychology can help designers build better products. Here, Nikki Pfarr of Artefact shows how.<p>In the design world, the term “persuasive design” tends to be met with a mix of intrigue, skepticism, and occasionally repugnance. (Doesn’t …

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Advertising

These companies illustrate what the future of the business looks like.<p>1. GoPro<p><b>For letting everyone in on the extreme-sports video action.</b> Few companies have built their brand identity on the back of content as completely and entertainingly as the San Mateo, California–based camera maker. It’s no …

How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too

Chief Strategy Officer for AirPR<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are a curious bunch.<p>They come in all shapes, sizes, genders and backgrounds. They get up at dawn. They're the first ones to the office and the last ones to leave. They use productivity apps, …

Entrepreneurship

10 Simple Techniques For Photoshop Beginners

Adobe's Creative Cloud has opened Photoshop up to more beginners than ever thanks to its $10 per month price tag. Here are ten super useful things to …

How to Assemble a Creative Team That Clicks

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>From graphic designers, copywriters, and website developers to media buyers, public relations professionals, and social media staff, a company's creative team usually comprises an array of people with differing personalities and perspectives.<p>Whether the …

Creativity

A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App

Why do you want to build a mobile app? Do you want to ride the wave of other entrepreneurs, or did you come across a problem that you feel you can resolve? The answer to this question will determine whether your app will be successful or not.<p>Here is a guide to get you started, but note it may not …

Introducing Fast Company’s Most Creative People In Business 1000

They’re an innovative community, a well of creative inspiration, and the source of breaking news across the quickly changing industries Fast Company covers. Get to know the MCP 1000 here.<p>Today <i>Fast Company</i> launches the Most Creative People in Business 1000, a new resource that defines an …

What Are You Willing to Do for the Business You Hate?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I was <i>doing</i> it. I was building a company with a great reputation that was growing almost faster than I could keep up. Before I knew it, the adrenaline that propelled me through these first three years slackened into three weeks of …

Entrepreneurship

8 Ways Negative Feedback Can Lead To Greater Success At Work

Most employees loathe negative feedback. Being told that you’ve failed to meet expectations or that you’ve done something wrong at work can be a serious blow to the ego–especially if you’re used to the boss singing your praises. But criticism is an inevitable part of life in the office and you …

The Best Super Bowl Spots Ever, By Genre

Kids, celebrities, groin kicks. They’re all part of the time-tested Super Bowl recipe. Here’s a breakdown of the 10 most common ad genres of the big game and the best spots in each.<p>As we’ve already learned, the Super Bowl may be the last bastion of massive collective viewing on live television. To …

NFL

5 Reasons to Make Time for Yourself Right Now

It's instinctive for driven professionals, especially entrepreneurs, to work 'round the clock, making little time for themselves. These ambitious types swear off the New Age folks who spew rhetoric about work-life balance, insisting there are only 24 hours in a day and not a minute can be wasted on …

What Filmmakers Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Making a film, like running a business, is a collaborative process. The greats have vision but also the smarts and the guts to get those around them to help improve it. In this new book, <i>The Filmmaker Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013)</i>, writer Jamie …

Quentin Tarantino

15 Entrepreneurs on What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started Up

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Building a successful business is typically done by trial and error, with many hurdles along the way. And when it's your first company, every day involves making mistakes and learning something new.<p>We asked small-business owners around America to …

Entrepreneurship
Employee Engagement

Oscars Q&A: Sandra Bullock and Director Alfonso Cuaron (VIDEO)

The first official trailer for Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” has been released showing the heroes on the run. “I do some dumb things and the people …

Paul Rudd

12 Tools For More Mindful Living

Living a more mindful life is worth the effort, but remembering to focus and keep your mind in the moment is difficult. Here is a toolset designed to help you achieve your goals.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our 11 New Years resolutions you can actually keep in 2014. For the full list,</i> …