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The Goal Board Is A Calendar For Your Ambition

We all have goals beyond getting our job done. Here’s a tool to help reach them.<p>Emails. Phone calls. Deliverables. There’s always work to do. And somewhere, buried beneath all that logistical rubble, sit our careers, and beneath those, our grander dreams. But you know what? Dreams don’t show up in …

4 Reasons Why SEM Is Better Than SEO

Is SEO relevant for next-gen marketing? Consider the alternative.<p>What SEO is justifiably famous for is its ability to convince the search engines–the algorithms that index your website–that your webpage is the most relevant one for the keywords being searched. For years, strong SEO has been every …

Starting a Business: 4 Ways to Be Intentional About Growth | Inc.com

In the early days of a startup, you should have a one-track mind: Everything you do is helping to build your company.<p>"Honestly, everything is selling. Everything is marketing, everything is support when you're at an early stage," Toutapp CEO Tawheed Kader said at a Senator Club Meetup Thursday …

Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.</i><p>Building stuff does not …

4 Steps to Launching a Data-Driven Startup | Inc.com

The Lean startup methodology popularized by Eric Reis and Steve Blank leans heavily on making product decisions using customer feedback. To most, this appears to be obvious. Gather copious amounts of relevant data from your perfect, targeted customer segment and they will, without much work, …

PressFriendly Launches To Teach Startups How To Stop Sending Me Stupid Pitches

Today in software eating the world: Software eating PR!<p>As you might expect, I receive a ginormous number of stupid PR pitches each day, most of which come from people who are specifically paid to send me those pitches. But some of them are from well-meaning entrepreneurs who want coverage but just …

Want a Perfect Elevator Pitch? Just Fill in the Blanks | Inc.com

You've heard the phrase "value proposition" a million times, but do you know what one is? Just as important, do you know what yours is? And can you articulate it quickly? Even if you can, we suggest you try this exercise, which pricing expert Stephan Liozu recently posted to the Innovation …

Elevator Pitches

A Startup Vision for American Cities | Inc.com

<i>This column is part of an ongoing series, originally published by McKinsey & Company, about how entrepreneurs are making a societal impact around the world.</i><p>Earlier this year, I asked an audience in San Francisco to think about what would happen if everyone in Silicon Valley moved to Detroit. After …

K-12 schools are missing out on this edtech trend

A study by market research organization Ambient Insight says that edtech games are by and large not making their way into K-12 schools. The lead …

5 Low-Cost Apps to Make Your Computer Run Super Fast

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sluggish computers can be a real drag on productivity. What's more frustrating than watching a computer struggle to complete what used to be an easy task when then machine was new?<p>Most computers run slowly not because the hardware has …

7 Skills for Successful Internet Entrepreneurship

There is no doubt that more and more entrepreneurs are scaling the Internet for opportunities that will make them rich in the shortest amount of time …

Daddy fintech helps baby fintech find a home

Yodlee Interactive, which runs an incubator-esque program for financial technology startups, is expanding its offerings. It's adding acceleration and …

Close A Round With New “Inbound” Tools And Techniques On AngelList

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Antony Brydon, an entrepreneur who has raised ten seed, debt, and venture rounds for four startups in the last decade and is currently a co-founder at Directly. Follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@abrydon.</i><p>Last week, my company Directly closed a $1.75 million seed round using an “inbound” approach …

Dear VCs — Join The CrunchBase Venture Program And Get Better Startup Data

Back in April we announced the CrunchBase Venture Program for the free CrunchBase startup database. We announced the firms that helped shape the CrunchBase Venture Program including Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ, SV Angel, 500-startups, Betaworks, Softtech VC, …

5 Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Learn

No matter your education, founding a company is going to school you. Take these lessons to heart before you get hit with the books.<p>Your idea is probably not new<p>There are very few new ideas. Whatever idea you have come up with, someone else is already working on it, because most ideas and companies …

Startup drugs

Startups can be a vice grip of stress. At first you don’t have money, and so when you finally do, it’s feels like a victory. You are funded at last. …

Is Wall Street the Best Start-Up Incubator? | Inc.com

It used to be that if you were young and ambitious, you headed to Wall Street. These days, those folks are running in the opposite direction.<p>In the wake of the financial crisis, loads of young financiers are leaving Wall Street--to strike out as entrepreneurs. Some are seeking more meaningful work; …

Yves Behar’s August Smart Lock Lets Users Open Doors With A Mobile App

The smart home has grown in importance over the years, with new technologies being used to connect users with what used to be dumb objects. Products like the Nest thermostat show how wireless technology and mobile apps to better manage the temperature of your home. Now similar technology is being …