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Why You Need to Be a Software Company

Even if you're not in the business of software<p><i>No matter what you make, no matter what you provide, if you want to succeed, you also need to be a software company.</i> <i>Here's another in my series of interviews in which I pick a topic and connect with someone a lot smarter than me. This time I talked to</i> …

Business Strategy

How One App Maker Got 8 Million Users and Mark Cuban's Money

Bruno Francois's appearance on Shark Tank didn't go exactly as he'd planned, but the creator of Cycloramic Studio 360 Panorama still walked home with $500,000.<p>Bruno Francois walked onto the set of <i>Shark Tank</i> last June with a mission. He wanted Mark Cuban's app expertise and Lori Greiner's strengths …

App Store

7 Sins of Newbie Entrepreneurs

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the ridiculously high percentage of small businesses that will fail in the first couple years. The business owners who survived the odds will tell you that they didn’t achieve success on …

Small Business

7 Smart Ways to (Literally) Play Dumb... and Save Almost Any Relationship

"Playing dumb" can sound like it might be stupid. But it's the single best way to rescue an uncomfortable conversation.<p>It happens all too often. You're in a meeting with a client, a potential client, or a would-be investor, and he or she says something so inappropriate, so out of line, so …

Self-help

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Guest Writer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering …

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500: The Fastest-Growing Companies

2 min read<p>This story appears in the February 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Franchising trends come and go, and rate of expansion is a simple way to gauge what types of businesses are popular at any moment. That's why we've created this list of the fastest-growing companies, based on number …

Small Business

105 Service Businesses to Start Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>At your service: Convenience-craving consumers are always looking for a way to do things better, faster and cheaper. Often, that means turning to a specialty-services entrepreneur who knows how to get the job done right. Here, we provide …

Small Business

6 Mental Habits for More Success

New year, new attitude. Achieve more in 2014 by making a few adjustments to your thinking.<p>During the holidays, I reviewed the hundreds of conversations I'd had over the years with highly successful people. While there were a few exceptions, almost all of them exhibited the following ways of …

thinkers

Why You're Failing to Adopt the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 25-year-old business book is still supremely relevant--but the number of distractions fighting for your attention might make you work a little harder.<p>I remember meeting Dr. Stephen R. Covey during my days as a corporate manager. It was at a training conference that ran for about two days …

Time Management

Debunked: 5 Startup Myths

It's crucial to set yourself up for success at the beginning of a new venture. Start by letting go of overly optimistic myths that don't jibe with reality.<p>Even though there isn't a formula for success--otherwise there would be a lot more of it--you want every edge you can get. Knowing what works, …

startups

The Art of Following Up (Without Being Annoying)

How many times should you follow up after a pitch goes unanswered? Chances are, more than you do now. Here's how to redouble your efforts--tactfully.<p>I once sent a pitch to a former client. I hadn't worked for this client in several months, but she paid well and I was eager to get another piece of …

Business Strategy

So Much Potential, So Little Investment: Why Great Talent Languishes

If talent is so important, why aren't more companies investing in leadership development?<p>Here's an interesting contradiction: According to a survey from executive team consultancy Gap International, executives overwhelmingly agree that talent can make or break a company; yet only a minority …

Leadership

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> …

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Vision is Greater Than Sight

Your vision should be much bigger than what you can actually see. After all, what you envision is what you get. Look beyond your eyes to see the possibilities.<p>About 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year, they established a town site. The …

How to Find Your Passion: The Benefits of Business Experiments

<i>Richard Price is the founder and CEO of Academia.edu.</i><p>My philosophy is that the best way to find your passion is to experiment until you get there.<p>I began my career selling banana bread and started several businesses before I finally decided to found Academia.edu, a startup that has raised $18M in …

These 365 Quotes Will Inspire You Every Day This Year

Best-selling author and entrepreneur Dave Kerpen shares 365 powerful, inspirational quotes for leaders in 2015<p>With a new year nearly upon us, it's a great time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration I've …

Motivation

The Fascinating Psychology Behind Word-of-Mouth Marketing

At SXSW, Wharton professor and author Jonah Berger shared what 10 years of research taught him about word of mouth.<p>On the second day of South by Southwest Interactive hoards of hungover techies and early birds streamed into the Hilton Austin to hear marketing expert and Wharton School professor …

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Instantly Improve Your Mood Any Time. Here's How

As a leader, highs and lows are inevitable. But you can put the lows in perspective.<p><i>"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."</i> --Ian Maclaren, Scottish author and theologian<p>Last week was a tough one for me as a leader.<p>One of my companies had an extremely toxic employee I had to let …

Leadership

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Startups

5 Essential Lessons From Entrepreneurs

There’s a lot to be learned from entrepreneurs, — the men and women who lead, who change, who empower business, the economy and communities alike. Our team has spent the past few months speaking with entrepreneurs and sharing their insights with you through EYVoice. While they’re among the most …

Inside The Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, The Secret Meetings, The $19 Billion Poker Game

“Get together?”<p>The subject line of the e-mail was like every other come-on that hit Jan Koum’s in-box in the spring of 2012. He was pounded daily by investors who wanted a piece of his company, WhatsApp. Hatched on his birthday, Feb. 24, 2009, WhatsApp was emerging as a global phenomenon. Some 90 …

At These Companies, Interns Make More Than The U.S. Median Household Income

It’s time to do some serious life evaluation. Glassdoor has compiled a list of the top 25 companies with the best-paid internships, and annualized, interns at all of these organizations make more than the median household income in the U.S., which sits at around $53,000. With that kind of money, …

Demographics

The World's Youngest Billionaires 2014: 31 Under 40

Getting to the $1 billion mark isn’t a race, but some just get there faster.<p>Of the 1,645 members of the Forbes Billionaires list, 31 are under the age of 40.That elite group no longer includes the Google guys, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both of whom have crossed into their 40′s. One unexpected …

Feeling Burned Out? The One Change That Could Fix Everything

What do Steve Jobs, Bob Dylan, and Plato all have in common? Apart from being some of the most influential people in history, all of them thought of work as a game.<p>Within a matter of months, I quit two amazing jobs.<p>The first was director of special projects for Tim Ferriss, the bestselling author …

Motivation

The Billionaire Winners Of The 2014 Academy Awards

“Dumb money” used to be a big joke in Hollywood. Rich folks who wanted to rub shoulders with glamorous stars would throw money at Hollywood and for some reason, their films never made any profit. Blame “creative accounting.” Eventually, they would slink back to the safer waters of Wall …

15 Reasons You Need a Business Plan

Whether you're just starting out, growing your business or seeking outside help, a well-thought-out business plan is the vehicle you need to get you there.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do you want a business plan? You already know the obvious reasons, …

Small Business

10 Twitter Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Be Following

Contributor<p>Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Looking for the latest in tech? Or perhaps some inspiration to get your day jump-started? With the start of a new year comes a great opportunity to do some …

Social Media

5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Manufacturer in China

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Establishing a successful product-centric business requires creativity, time, money -- and a thorough knowledge of Chinese culture. Like many other entrepreneurs, we had to learn that last one the hard way.<p>In 2008 at the …

Chinese New Year

14 Early Startup Execs Who Missed Out on Making Millions

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Everyone loves a Silicon Valley success story: A handful of smart, driven young entrepreneurs gets together to work on a passion project, find an idea with real legs, and are rewarded with an lucrative "exit" of making it big or being purchased by …

Startups