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Why Some of the Most Groundbreaking Technologies Are a Bad Fit for the Silicon Valley Funding Model

Over the past few decades, Silicon Valley has been such a powerful engine for entrepreneurship in technology that, all too often, it is considered to be some kind of panacea. Corporate executives seek to inject “Silicon Valley DNA” into their cultures, and policy makers point to venture-funded …

Women Entrepreneurs Are More Likely to Get Funding If They Emphasize Their Social Mission

Over the last decade, new ventures across industries have framed their businesses in terms of social impact. We observed that a disproportionately high number of ventures that emphasize social impact seem to be founded by women. This could be because female founders are more likely to care about …

Is Your Startup Worth the Risk? 5 Questions You Need to Answer

Use these simple steps to assess the strength of a startup.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The art of predicting the potential of an early-stage business lies in identifying which internal and external factors will have the biggest impact on its future performance. To …

What Is a Virtual Power Plant, and Why Is Elon Musk Building One?

Tesla is installing solar-power and energy-storage systems in 50,000 South Australian homes, and linking them together to create the equivalent of …

Looking to Accelerate Growth? Try These 3 Strategies.

Research shows that strong customer engagement tactics for marketing, sales and customer service leads to rapid business growth. Here's how one tech company is putting that theory into action.<p>The growth of a small or midsize business (SMB) often depends on the success of its customer engagement …

Why Do Most Startups Fail? Because Founders Get Stuck Making This 1 Shameful Mistake

Startups don't fail because startups are risky. Startups fail because their founders often lack a sense of self awareness.<p>Startups are seen as risky.<p>People that quit their jobs to become founders are called "dreamers"--or <i>uncontrollable creative types</i>. People who choose to work for startups are seen …

Stressed About Turning Your Idea Into a Product? Read This

Meet entrepreneur Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy, as we talk startup sense, cold calls, product-centricity, oh, and the ups and downs of building a sock brand.<p>The toughest part of being an inventor or an entrepreneur is all of the unknowns. There are no guarantees and there is a lot of room for failure. …

Why the Most Successful Entrepreneurs Focus Obsessively on This 1 Thing | Inc.com

It was April 30th, 2013, one of the most exciting days of my life. I'm talking movie stardom excitement. With naïveté and wishful thinking, this is the day that we launched our startup at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York.<p>I wasn't a startup junkie. I didn't follow the industry trades at the time, so …

Startups

GoPro’s spectacular implosion reveals brutal reality facing tech hardware startups

While the recent earnings warning from GoPro was seen as a disaster, it’s quite possible that the situation for this briefly high-flying camera company is even worse than it appears. But GoPro’s fate is also an indicator of a larger problem that’s sweeping across independent hardware startups.<p>Just …

Startups

Is the circular economy an untapped business opportunity?

Experts and businesses at The Circulars explain how building enterprises around the sustainable model can improve both their environmental impact and competitiveness.<p>Robotics expert Matanya Horowitz did not need to be a genius to see the business potential of artificial intelligence (AI) during his …

Sustainability

Want To Be A More Confident Speaker? Tell A Story

You might get stage fright when you have to present, but chances are you’re already a natural storyteller.<p>Don’t like public speaking or giving presentations? You’re not alone–most people don’t. We’re fighting our primeval fear of ostracism whenever we stand up and begin to regale an audience. But …

This luggage cover rocks a giant photo of your face

Forget asking, "Is that my bag?" You will know for sure when your luggage is wearing a horrifyingly huge photo of your own mug.<p>You will never again have to worry about someone accidentally walking off with your suitcase from the baggage carousel if you invest in a Head Case luggage cover from UK …

Luggage

Ginger Caipirinhas Cocktail

Even though the U.S. is out of the World Cup, I hope you’re still willing to try a classic cocktail from Brazil – a caipirinha (kigh-puh-REEN-ya) …

Italy Is Giving Away Castles for Free

One hundred historic buildings across the country are up for grabs.<p>If you’ve ever dreamed of owning, say, a 13th-century castle or Venetian island, then now is your chance. In an attempt to lure tourists away from overcrowded—and often overwhelmed—city centers across the country, Italy is giving …

Italy

Your Business Is Going to Depend on Connected Spenders, So You’d Better Understand Who They Are

Consumer-facing companies are at a loss. The middle class, long the bread and butter of consumer companies of all kinds, is shrinking as a percentage of the population in mature markets. And in emerging markets, where many consumer companies have been laying their bets for the future, growth has …

A SEC filing reveals some uncomfortable truths about how stock trading works on Wall Street

A new filing from the Securities and Exchange Commission sheds light on a few uncomfortable aspects of the stock research and trading business.<p>The SEC on Wednesday charged a former Deutsche Bank research analyst with publishing a rating on a stock that was inconsistent with his own view.<p>Charles P. …

The top 10 charities changing the world in 2015

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work around the world through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Forty years ago …

Top 10

What Really Makes Customers Buy a Product

On a cold English autumn evening recently, we three found ourselves together in the bar of our business school, Cranfield School of Management, along with some clients. Emma, an Australian by upbringing, did something entirely unexpected: she ordered the quintessential summer drink of Wimbledon, a …

Believe It or Not, We Found a Replacement for Grilled Cheese

Dominique Ansel, the inventor of the Cronut, gave us the recipe to his favorite sandwich. We'll never look at grilled cheese the same way again.<p>Here's an important question that's always stumped me: <i>What is better than a grilled cheese sandwich?</i> Good news, it took me 30 years—a testament to Kraft …

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