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11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation …

Why Booking Hotels Through Websites like Kayak, Expedia Isn't Always Smart

Whether you are a jetsetting business person who travels constantly or the average American who is only able to take a vacation once a year, the myriad of choices for booking travel can be exhaustive. From online travel websites that promise the lowest possible rate to hotel websites that might try …

Hospitality

How to Really Listen to Your Employees

Let’s face it: strong leaders tend to be characterized by their strong opinions, decisive action, and take-no-prisoners attitude. These are important traits, but it’s equally important for managers to stand down and listen up. Yet many leaders struggle to do this, in part because they’ve become …

At some start-ups, Friday is so casual that it’s not even a workday

Employees of the teaching venture based in Portland, Ore., have a short work week meant to promote health and family life.<p>Employees of the teaching venture based in Portland, Ore., have a short work week meant to promote health and family life.<p>PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s Friday afternoon, and the funky, …

Startups

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Steve Jobs about Business

Before writing this blog post I decided to apply one of Steve Jobs’ ideas: <b>“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.” [1997]</b> …

Jack Ma's Journey to Build Alibaba Was Full of Crazy

“Crocodile in the Yangtze” starts off with a shot of Alibaba founder Jack Ma dressed up in an outlandishly outrageous rock star outfit and performing on stage in front of thousands of people.<p>It wouldn’t be surprising if the first word that popped into your mind was “crazy.”<p>“75% of European digital …

Pinterest Raises A $200 Million Warchest To Do Battle With Google

Pinterest has raised $200 million from investors in a deal that values the company at $5 billion, a source close to the company told ReadWrite. (<b>Update:</b> The company is now confirming its financing.)<p>This is becoming a pattern for Pinterest, a visual search engine where people share and search for …