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How To Boost Confidence When Seeking Funding For Your Startup

These days, the option of seeking outside funding to grow a business makes a lot sense for entrepreneurs, especially when you consider the following statement published in a recent Statista.com report:<p>“According to Thomson Reuter data published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, venture capital funding in …

Venture Capital

Slice down that absurd cell-phone bill with these simple money-saving tips

The cost of owning and operating a smartphone is high, particularly in the United States, where monthly bills topping $80 are not unusual. If you …

Personal Finance

LG 34UC97 review

The LG 34UC97 is big, bold and easy on the eyes, but its extreme price and stubborn refusal to add important basics hold it back.<p>The LG 34UC97 is …

Gear & Gadgets

13 products from last year's Consumer Electronics Show that went nowhere

The Consumer Electronics Show is an entire week dedicated to the not-too-distant future. Companies are taking the covers off remarkable feats of technology that they’ve been working on for months or years with the promise that you’ll actually be able to buy them at some point in the course of the …

Gear & Gadgets

The Interview: Sony's Embrace Of Cloud Distribution A Metaphor For Enterprise Applications

Most movie fans and free speech advocates watched <i>The Interview</i> over the holiday weekend thanks to the power of cloud infrastructure. Yes, many independent theaters stepped up after the big chains caved to vague threats of violence, but the movie’s audience was much larger due to online distribution …

How much money managers put into their own funds

They handle your money, but do fund managers put their own wealth into the portfolios they offer? New research reveals who has 'skin in the game'<p>Does it bother you that fund managers get paid vast sums whether they make you money or not? Actually, there is a select band whose fortunes are very …

Investing

Read How Entrepreneurs Got Their First 3 Customers

Sure, you’ve finalized a great service or product, but how are you going to attract your first customers or users? For many startups, after the …

Customers

Seven must-have tools for entrepreneurs in 2015

BUZZSUMO<p>My marketing department at Boughtonlaw is a big fan of BuzzSumo, an application that they use to optimize their content marketing strategy. Buzzsumo shows the most shared articles, infographics and videos about a particular topic. You can see at first glance what content is working well in …

Project Management

16 Things You Didn't Know Your New iPhone Could Do

Take advantage of all the (literally) bigger and better features right at your fingertips.

5 'Can't Miss' Conferences For Entrepreneurs In 2015

Where will entrepreneurs spend their networking and learning time in 2015? With the help of Orange County friend Dave Phillipson, I’ve compiled a list of 5 can’t miss conferences in 2015 for entrepreneurs.<p>This is an unofficial list compiled on the basis of quality of attendees, avoidance of hard …

5 SEO Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Whether you think SEO is an acronym for “search engine optimization” or “screwing everyone over”, you don’t even need a website to learn valuable life lessons from SEO. It’s one of the most confusing, jargon-riddled, important, and lucrative IT fields in existence—and it’s not going anywhere.<p>Even …

Four PR tips every startup should employ

Some people think public relations is all about trying to convince journalists to write about your business, with the goal of course to persuade potential customers that they need your product or service. In this view, PR is a bit like trying to convince somebody to date you by persuading his or …

Small Business

The best iPhone apps of 2014

From SwiftKey and FireChat to Replay Video Editor and Silent Text 2: the best new iPhone apps that the App Store had to offer this year<p>• The best iPad apps of 2014 • The best iPhone and iPad games of 2014<p>1. SwiftKey Keyboard<p>The most popular keyboard-replacement app on Android made the leap to iOS …

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

The 4 Cs Of Success On YouTube: From The Pioneers Of Viral Video For Business

<i>(1st article in my YouTube series – Ken)</i><p>Half a million dollars … that’s what it would cost you to hire business renegades The Harmon Brothers to craft a viral video for your company on YouTube.<p>They may be the best in the business, and they are willing to share the 4 multimillion-dollar principles …

Why Choosing A VC Is Like Choosing A Spouse

<b>What to consider before you put a ring on it</b><p>Committing to a relationship with a VC is committing to the long-term. In romantic terms, it’s a marriage, not a casual drink or weekend getaway. In fact, venture capital/startup relationships last just as long as most marriages — around 7 or 8 years — …

How 5 Individual Investors Beat The Best Wall Street Has To Offer

Forbes has been interviewing some of the nearly 1,000 Marketocracy members who have outperformed the top mutual fund manager for the past decade. How can individual investors beat the best Wall Street has to offer? Let me introduce you to 5 of them and let them tell you in their own words.<p><b>Tony</b> …

5 Biggest Retirement Planning Changes for 2015

Retirement planning can be extremely difficult as individuals are tasked with planning for an uncertain time period. In many ways, retirement planning is like trying to shoot a moving target in the wind. Each and every year new legislation, court cases, and market conditions impact retirement …

25 Amazing Business Books From 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you're planning a much-needed vacation or gearing up to visit the family during the upcoming holidays, now is the perfect time to find a book to help you kill the time during your travels. But why not get something more out of …

Entrepreneurship

7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs

Starting a business to make the world a better place is a worthy and even fashionable idea. But what does creating a social enterprise really entail, …

Bolstr Lets Founders Crowdfund New Investment--Without Giving Up Equity | Inc.com

Fans of the CNBC show The Profit know how CampingWorld CEO Marcus Lemonis helps struggling small businesses by writing a check in exchange for a big chunk (often half) of a company. But solid fundamentals don't necessarily preclude investment. Many small companies seek capital to fuel growth via …

Small Business

TrustedReviews - The Why Before You Buy

Sony Xperia XZ2 Review: Does Sony’s fresh design run more than just skin deep?<p>Samsung QE65Q9FN Review: Quite possibly the best TV we’ve seen all …

IPhone 8

Photoshop Free PSD Files for Designers | Freebies

New Free PSD Files released by professional graphic designers. All PSD files are highest quality and free download for commercial purpose. Freebies …

Exploring VMware's New OnDemand Private Cloud (Part 1) | Blue Shift

<b>UPDATE:</b> vCloud Air OnDemand is out of beta and has now entered an Early Access Program for which you can sign up here.<p>Recently I’ve had the …

Tech Startup Valuations Explained – It All Comes Down to Willingness | Inc.com

<i>Answer by Patrick Mathieson, VC at Toba Capital, on Quora,</i><p>Valuation is merely what buyers and sellers agree that a company is worth. Pick any publicly traded stock and look at its market capitalization--that's the equilibrium point, at least for the moment. Think of it as a negotiation that occurs …

Venture Capital

7 Rules For Winning At Startup Pitch Events

Presenting at a startup pitch event can make an entrepreneur feel like a rock star, or an utter failure. One of the first times I pitched at an event as an entrepreneur I was feeling great about our presentation. It had music, animation, and on top of providing some of a rock concert atmosphere, …

The Navy SEAL's 10-Step Approach for Creating the Ultimate Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Planning a mission in special operations can take anywhere from five minutes to five days depending on the target’s complexity. Decision-making criteria span a broad scope of considerations, ranging from the weather and terrain, enemy …

Regulation

The best cheatsheets web designers will need

Despite of years of practice and coding, it’s impossible for any designers to remember and know absolutely everything required for their work. The …

What Makes A Killer Business Pitch For Branson And Other Top Investors

Business angels and venture capitalists and business angels play a vital role in new business creation, providing capital and access to a powerful resource network and enabling thousands of entrepreneurs to realise their dreams of creating and growing new ventures.<p>But they don’t make investment …

Negotiating Restricted Stock Agreements in Preparation of Venture Capital Series A

Negotiating Restricted Stock Agreements - Preparing for Series A<p>Authored by Bryan Springmeyer<br>Bryan Springmeyer is a California corporate attorney who …