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How to Value Your Startup Before Presenting to Investors

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgedeeb and @RedRocketVC.</i><p>How to value a startup<p>One of the questions I get, more often than not, is what is the …

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home

Working from home can be fantastic, or it can be fraught with peril. Here's how to make it work better for you.<p>I wrote the first draft of this column before 8 a.m. on a Sunday, working in my pajamas at the standing desk in my home office.<p>A new study says I have good company in that kind of work …

The 1 Work Hack That Will Save You 900 Hours a Year

A serial entrepreneur shares his best time saver: one simple habit that's easy for you--and your whole team--to adopt.<p>"I don't want to spend any time on my business today," my friend said to me over the phone recently as we began our weekly 15-minute coaching session. "I just want to know the …

Cultivate New Customers With Twitter: 4 Tips

Potential customers' Twitter profiles are full of clues that will help you figure out how to sell to them. Here's what to look for.<p>Most companies (and individuals) tend to think of Twitter as a way to push information. However, it's also possible to use Twitter as a sales tool, rather than a …

Customers

Yes, Old-School Marketing Can Be as Effective as Social Media

Don't forget to include some old-school marketing tactics in your new marketing strategy.<p>If you pine for the simpler days of old school marketing, then here's a welcome reminder. You can still use those tactics, <i>Inc.</i> contributor Andrew Griffiths says in a recent interview.<p>Griffiths is an …

Marketing

The Art Assignment: Learn About Art & the Creative Process in a New Web Series by John & Sarah Green

If you haven't seen the works of John Green, whose "Crash Course" series on world history and English literature we previously featured here, you've …

5 Really Irritating Ways to Use LinkedIn

Sure, there are more than five ways... but these are the worst.<p>LinkedIn is an extremely powerful networking tool. You know why: You can get more leads and referrals. You can find awesome groups. You can optimize your LinkedIn profile so other people can more easily find you. And you can, if you …

How to Read Any Business Book In an Hour or Less

Do you always wish you could get more reading done? Here's a simple guide to help you make a dent in that big pile of books you've been meaning to read.<p>I want to teach you a system for rapidly reading business books. It's something that has helped me a lot over the course of my career. I learned …

Now Anyone Can Publish Content on LinkedIn. Here's How

How the program works, and tips to create content that could gain a major audience.<p>The question I'm most often asked is, "How can I be a LinkedIn Influencer?"<p>For those unfamiliar, the Influencers program started about two years ago. LinkedIn recruited movers and shakers, and thinkers and …

How to Be Smarter Than Your Investors: Continuous Customer Discovery

One entrepreneur's experience developing a business that provides data to farmers shows the importance of building continuous customer discovery into your company DNA.<p>A while back I blogged about Ashwin, one of my ex-students, who wanted to raise a seed round to build unmanned aerial vehicles …

Using Data to Pick the Optimal Name for Your Startup

Don't choose a name that starts with the letter J or K or Q. So then what's left?<p>Naming your startup can be one of the hardest things to do when starting a company. Each founder must agree. The domain must be available to buy. Last and perhaps most importantly, investors need to like it. And the …

Startups

6 Things You Need to Know Today

A roundup of the day's news that can help you and your business succeed<p>1. IPO Watch<p>Spotify has a job listing for a U.S. financial-reporting specialist. The move suggests that the Swedish startup is eyeing a public offering, signaling its possible emergence as one of the winners in the hotly …

Startups

5 Fresh Ways to Spark Creativity

Check out some unusual strategies for jumpstarting your creative juices.<p>Sometimes you just need some fresh tips on how to think creatively. I know I do, anyway. So I went to ScrollMotion co-founder and chief creative officer Josh Koppel. It's Koppel's job to help big companies such as GE, …

Creativity

Why You Should Care More About Design

According to new research, if you're not prioritizing good design in your product strategy, you're missing a big business opportunity.<p>As the late, great Steve Jobs once said, "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." And yet, infusing products with exceptional …

Design

3 Networking Mistakes You Need to Avoid

The next time you're meeting bigwigs at an event, don't blow your opportunity by committing one of these common errors.<p>Networking is one of the most powerful tools you can use to grow your company and reputation. But if you do it the wrong way, your would-be professional contacts won't remember …

Abe's Market Puts Its Money Where Your Mouth Is

Attention, organic and natural products companies: there's a new investment fund in town--and it has $10 million to spend.<p>Organic product makers, here's your golden (or non-GMO laden) opportunity: Abe's Market, the natural and organic e-commerce marketplace, today announced the creation of a $10 …

Venture Capital

7 Things You Need to Know Today

A roundup of the day's news that can help you and your business succeed<p>1. Net Neutrality<p>It looks like President Barack Obama wants a neutral Internet, too. Obama positively responded to a White House petition aiming to restore the FCC's Net Neutrality rules: "Absent net neutrality, the Internet …

Net Neutrality

Think You Need Money? Your First Task: Soul Searching

Here are four questions to ask yourself before seeking capital.<p>Entrepreneurs in all industries should ask themselves these four vital questions before seeking funding for their businesses. The answers can provide some valuable insight into the core premise of your business, and if you actually need …

Small Business

9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do

Being more productive isn't just about what you do--it's also about what you don't.<p>If you want to be more productive, don't start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no--but most importantly, they know how to …

Outsourcing

How to Seamlessly Include Keywords in Your Web Content

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website<i>, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author offers</i> …

A Stellar Content Plan Can Lead to Business Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Long gone are the days when a company could rely solely on traditional advertising. Now, every company, whether it’s a multi-billion dollar corporation or a local small business, needs to start investing in content as well.<p>If your company …

Marketing

Free: F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise, the 1927 Masterpiece Voted the 5th Best Movie of All Time

German director F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece <i>Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans</i> (1927) is a rare example of a foreign auteur who managed to keep his …

How To Complete 101 Things in 1001 Days (and change your life in the process) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Do you wish you could tackle all those things you’d like to do “someday”? I just completed 101 things in 1001 days, and, aside from having a blast …

7 Ways To Become The Best Version Of Yourself This Year | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Make 2014 your year with these 7 simple steps to become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.<p><b>1. Love Your Morning Routine</b><p>Our mornings set …

Flip Your Script- How to Write a Better Life Story | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>Flip Your Script- How to Write a Better Life Story</b><p>Whether we recognize it or not, our lives are driven by a story; it follows a script that we have …

10 Important Habits To Develop In The New Year | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Almost all people on this planet think about the things they have accomplished throughout the past 12 months. Before you start being depressed about …

5 Practical Steps to Attract Prosperity

Prosperity is not all about hard physical efforts and long working hours. There are many people out there who despite working 10-20 hours a day, are …

Ready, Set, Grow: 3 Tweaks to Get You Out of the Rut | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

You’re in a rut. Maybe you don’t know it. But you are.<p>Maybe your life seems comfortable. You have your needs met. Perhaps you even have a decent job, …

11 Things Extremely Confident People Do Differently

I remember my younger days when I considered myself lacking in confidence in almost every area in my life. I doubted myself all the time and always …

10 Ways to Have Waaaaay More Fun Studying Foreign Languages | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

1.) Cry, Laugh and Compete with Italians Through Television<p>I agree with the typical advice to watch movies or shows from that country, but I want to …