Chuck Throwitinthebag Starks

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4 Tips for Preparing Your Business to Grow

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>Everyone wants their business to succeed. You want your business to be around next year and the following year, don’t you? The question is, how many customers do you need to be successful and, more importantly, sustainable?<p>Here are four tips for preparing …

Customers

4 Ways to Dominate a Pitch Competition

This story appears in the March 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>For Ash Kumra, winning a pitch competition yielded much more than the $30,000 in cash and professional services he received. "Contests offer instant validation," Kumra says. "That tells an investor or a sponsor that this business …

Entrepreneurship

To Be Results Focused, Stop Focusing On Results

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For many entrepreneurs, success is measured by profitability and achieved by increasing revenue and decreasing expenses. But just focusing on those desired outcomes is a mistake that will yield little change to the bottom line. The reason …

Employee Engagement

Introducing Open Equity: Buffer’s Equity Formula and Full Individual Breakdown

Ever since we established the Buffer values that are at the heart of our company culture, we’ve been continuously on the lookout for new ways to live …

My Mentor Is 30 Years Younger Than Me (and Taught Me 5 Incredible Lessons)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This month I acquired a new mentor and she’s not my usual type. She has very little traditional industry experience and limited hindsight I can leverage. She has never excelled at a formal education environment but perhaps that's because …

University of Glasgow

The Top 10 Audio Books That Every Entrepreneur Must Listen To

With a million and one things on an <i>entrepreneur’s agenda</i>, it is almost next to impossible to find the time to read a book from front to back. Well …

The 3 Hires I Wish I'd Made Sooner

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you are starting a business, you want to build a team of highly motivated, creative people who work well together. But there are also questions about which functions to fill positions for -- and when.<p>Much of the initial hiring effort …

Administrative Law

6 Changes Organizations Should Make Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In today's competitive landscape, companies need to be efficient or get left behind. That said, companies are often stuck in their ways, leaving opportunity for growth out cold. Here are some things I would do if I took over your business …

Management

Michael Sincere

MIAMI (MarketWatch) — This is how bear markets begin.<p>Two months ago, I pointed out that the U.S. stock market had topped out and was going through a …

Stock Markets

5 Emotional Intelligence Tips We Can Learn From One Of America’s Wisest Leaders

Sure, Abraham Lincoln was a great leader. But what can the 16th president teach us about emotional intelligence? A whole lot it turns out.<p>When asked to rank American Presidents, scholars consistently have ranked Abraham Lincoln amongst the top three, and when ranked on leadership, he is usually …

Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

No matter what the boss says about flextime, get to work early

Flex-time is not as flexible as you might think.<p>The belief that getting an early start to the day is virtuous is widely held. In fact, finds a forthcoming study, it’s so pervasive that managers rate workers who get an early start higher than those who get in and stay late, no matter how many hours …

The Workplace