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9 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Warren Buffett

When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read 600, 750, or 1,000 <i>pages a day.</i><p>Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day …

What Salespeople Need to Know About the New B2B Landscape

Selling has always been more about the buyer than the seller. So any effective sales model must adapt to changing buying protocols, not ignore or resist them. This is a big transition for firms whose marketing, sales-training and enablement tools, and wider organizational processes reflect outdated …

How To Plate Food Like A 3-Star Michelin Chef

Tracey Torres has cooked in some of the best kitchens in the world. Now she shares trade secrets on how to plate food like a pro.<p>Take a trip to Daniel or Eleven Madison Park, and you won’t just be blown away by the flavors of the food. The plating itself is an abstract work of art. Now that the …

A Reverse-Innovation Playbook

When a multinational corporation learns to generate successful innovations in emerging markets and then exports that knowledge and those innovations to the developed world, new business possibilities suddenly burst forth. The limits imposed by its traditional operations become surmountable, and the …

8 things you need to know about raising venture capital

If your startup is growing, at some point you will likely be seeking Venture Capital. Unlike angel investors, who typically write checks between 10K …

7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers

Emotional Intelligence plays a big role in innovative thinking. Here are traits that these people have in common.<p>Many people believe that creativity and innovative thinking are traits that we are born with—we either have them or not. However, we have found that people who are highly innovative are …

What Apple, Lending Club, and AirBnB Know About Collaborating with Customers

The idea of “co-creating” with customers has been circulating for years, but until recently few companies effectively exploited its power or understood its contribution to the bottom line. True, customers can customize their M&Ms, build their own bikes with Trek Project One, create unique doors for …

The Best Conditions For Building A Unicorn

If you were looking to build a company, and you were looking to build a unicorn, what conditions should be present for the best chance of success?<p>Based on current unicorns, your best chance is to start a business that is revenue-growth based, rather than user-growth based. It has to move money from …

The Real Silicon Valley

Greg Sands Contributor<p>Greg Sands is founder and managing partner at Costanoa Venture Capital.<p>Every time I hear people talking about unicorns, I think “all hat, no cattle” or “another person living in the land of style over substance.” I’ve found myself blurting out, “F$&@ Unicorns!”* twice …

What Airbnb, Uber, and Alibaba Have in Common

When Facebook acquired the messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in the spring of 2014, the question on everyone’s mind was, <i>does the service really merit a valuation of almost 20 times projected revenues?</i><p>WhatApp’s valuation may be extreme, but huge gaps between revenues and valuation are …

A massive wave of startups is coming to crush the big banks

The banks know it. A recent Goldman Sachs report suggested that $4.7 trillion of the financial-services industry's business is jeopardized smaller competitors.<p>Online brokerages threaten banks' broker-dealer businesses. Wealth management apps have sprung up to claim millennials that are distrustful …

A VC’s Formula For Picking Winners Like Birchbox, Warby Parker, And Other Brands You Love

With Forerunner Ventures, her all-women VC firm, Kirsten Green has helped build stellar consumer brands in a digital world.<p>Five years ago, Kirsten Green had a feeling that change was afoot in the world of digital commerce. At the time, the Internet was rapidly transforming shopping: Amazon and eBay …

How Jessica Alba Built A $1 Billion Company, And $200 Million Fortune, Selling Parents Peace Of Mind

It’s Kombucha Thursday at the Santa Monica headquarters of The Honest Company, which means that groups of young, stylish workers gather at communal tables in a converted toy factory to slurp fashionable fermented tea. Jessica Alba, Hollywood star and company cofounder, sits in the adjacent room. …

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The Unbundling Of Finance

Scott Walchek Contributor<p>Scott Walchek is the founder and CEO of Trov<p>In a world where everything is being unbundled, allowing consumers to pick and choose from things like television shows and college courses, financial services are becoming à la carte, as well. People, particularly millennials, …

You Need an Innovation Strategy

Despite massive investments of management time and money, innovation remains a frustrating pursuit in many companies. Innovation initiatives frequently fail, and successful innovators have a hard time sustaining their performance—as Polaroid, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and …

Conquering Digital Distraction

Sinan Koçaslan/iStockphoto<p>Digital overload may be the defining problem of today’s workplace. All day and night, on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones, we’re bombarded with so many messages and alerts that even when we want to focus, it’s nearly impossible. And when we’re tempted to …

The Feds Have $2.5B Available to Fund Innovative Small Companies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The SBIR Road Tour is currently traveling across eighteen states with a goal of educating innovators on the $2.5 billion available from 11 federal agencies for early stage innovation support. The Road Tour is sponsored by the Small …

Bill Gates: 'The Idea That Innovation Is Slowing Down Is ... Stupid'

New ideas are coming at "a scarily fast pace," he says.<p>Bill Gates is aware that there's a lot of gridlock in Washington. He's just not sure it matters all that much for innovation.<p>"There's a lot of innovation that isn't dependent on Washington doing anything," the billionaire philanthropist and …

What Investors Look For When Evaluating Your Pitch: Flat6Labs CEO Ramez M. El-Serafy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>At Flat6Labs, we mainly select the startups based on three main criteria:<p><b>1. THE TEAM.</b> This is, by far, the most important element in our decision …

Inside Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's radical management experiment that prompted 14% of employees to quit

On March 24, Zappos' 1,500 or so employees got a memo from CEO Tony Hsieh.<p>"This is a long email," it began. "Please take 30 minutes to read through the email in its entirety."<p>It concerned the retailer's transition to "Holacracy," a manager-free operating structure that is composed, in theory, of …

An SEC lockdown almost killed this startup right after it launched — now it's worth more than $6.5 billion

But founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche isn't the type of leader who likes to go around telling the world about his success.<p>He's more reserved and humble, merely calling his accomplishment, "A big honor for sure…but outside of that particular [IPO] week, it's really business as usual."<p>But one thing …

Be Kind

I almost got fired once.<p>My friend, and CTO at the time, Dustin Moskovitz pulled me into a room one morning. He told me I would no longer be working …

Who Will Be Hurt Most When The Tech Bubble Bursts? Not VCs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Manish Goyal is the senior manager and Bharat Ramnani is head of business of valuation and advisory services at Aranca.</i><p>Do we have a ticking time bomb on hand? The debate over whether Silicon Valley is sitting on another tech bubble rages on. It is being fueled by many celebrated …

The Enterprise Transformation Conundrum

Everywhere you turn these days, companies are being challenged to transform, innovate and think like a designer.<p>The problem is it’s not an easy undertaking to change the way a large organization operates. Real initiative gets bogged down in politics, hierarchical thinking and institutional inertia. …

Secret’s collapse shows the traditional VC funding model is broken

The monumental failure of anonymous social app Secret and the closing of the company’s doors after a mere 16 months in business has fueled serious discussion among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.<p>Concerned parties on both sides of the funding table are asking hard questions about what this …

What if all companies were innovative?

Imagine if business could solve the world’s biggest problems. If more companies had innovation in their DNA, they’d have the power to do just …

Change the World – Step One

Do you want to change the world? Even just one tiny corner of your own world? Change often feels overwhelming, scary even, and frequently we don’t …

These startups from around the globe are innovating their way to a better world

The week-long startup competition focused on four areas of public innovation: education, energy & sustainability, health, and transportation.<p>Unlike other well-known incubators and seed funds, 1776 solely funds startups that are focused on making a major impact in heavily regulated industries.<p>At the …