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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 …

Entrepreneurship

7 Sins of Newbie Entrepreneurs

President of Professionalism Matters<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 …

Small Business
Self-help

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

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 going to work for them, as well.<p><b>1. Don't start a company unless</b> it's an …

105 Service Businesses to Start Today

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 some inspiration for aspiring service providers -- from …

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 …

Self-improvement

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
Abercrombie & Fitch

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> …

Entrepreneurship

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
Marketing

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

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

Here's what it takes to launch a business, from those who have been there before.

Startups

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, …

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 …

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>Why do you want a business plan? You already know the obvious reasons, but there are so many other good reasons to create a business plan that …

10 Twitter Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Be Following

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 spring cleaning …

Tim Ferriss

5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Manufacturer in China

Entrepreneur, Phone Halo CEO and Co-founder of TrackR<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 …

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