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A 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Summed Up Perfectly What So Many Companies Just Don't Get

He may be young, but this is wise advice.<p>Connor Blakley is an entrepreneur, a Fortune 500 consultant, and popular speaker who's delivered presentations on a range of topics including youth marketing, personal branding, and social media.<p>He's also 17 years old.<p>I met Connor about a year ago, after …

Airbnb, Uber, and Others Used 'Time Collapsing' to Skyrocket From Zero to Millions

Fast-growth companies speed up success by incorporating digital tools and breakthrough innovation into the core of their business.<p>In 2007, Airbnb appeared on the scene and completely changed the world of travel and hospitality. But unbeknownst to its three, 30-something founders, they forged a new …

Business Strategy

Family-photo-sharing platform Togethera shutters after low growth numbers

London-based Togethera, a startup that allowed families to share photo albums privately, is to shutter after failing to raise beyond its initial £250,000 seed round from 2014. The startup managed to garner 65,000 users for its web/mobile platform for private photos. But it would appear the audience …

Will the rich get richer with Apple’s new app store ads

Oren Kaniel Contributor<p>Oren Kaniel is a co-founder and CEO of mobile attribution analytics platform AppsFlyer.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why You Should Advertise Your App On Television<p>Apple’s reveal of sponsored search ads on the App Store was overshadowed by its simultaneous opening up and …

How Startups with Little Funding Can Get Top Notch Developers | Inc.com

Startups typically lack funding and promises of investments, which can create an issue when it comes to paying for top notch developers and crucial staff. You can still attract top developers with a small budget. Be creative and transparent in your approach. Discuss the immediate and long-term …

This Startup Makes It Easy For Entrepreneurs To Raise Capital, Pitching Data To Attract Investors

In 2015, startups generated $98.4 billion in venture capital funding, increasing from $88.7 billion in 2014. Last year, funding rounds exceeding $100 million rose 125% from 2014, with a staggering 23 companies achieving a $1 billion valuation by the third quarter.<p>These growing statistics, coupled …

Venture Capital

How to Make a Great Pitch for Your Startup

<i>Co-written by Tyrone Howard and Steven Bussard</i><p>Stanford studies on design quality and entrepreneurial risk show that the sweet spot for startups is right in the middle of Market and Technology Risk.<p>This entails:<p>1. Taking new technology and applying it<p>2. Meeting needs that have already been …

These Are the Types Of Startups that Turn off Angel Investors

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The strongest leaders use this powerful 3-word phrase

It plugs into our need to tell stories, whether we are the heroes in our own personal lives or the saviors for our deserving customers.<p>More than almost anything else in the animal kingdom, storytelling is in our DNA.<p>In fact, we can be so eager to create a narrative, we often begin telling ourselves …

How Mark Zuckerberg Kept So Much Power at Facebook

Facebook doesn't want to be a founder-controlled company in the event it's no longer a founder-led company.<p>Mark Zuckerberg has a lot of power over Facebook's board, and under the company's current rules will retain control even if he leaves the company. Now the board of directors wants to change …

3 things you’ll need if you want to become the next startup billionaire

If you’re a gamer, or a passionate follower of all things start-ups, you’ve probably heard about Microsoft’s acquisition of the popular …

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Snapchat‘s Leaked Pitch Deck

I was very lucky to come across this pitch deck used by Snapchat back in 2014. To provide some background, Snapchat is a photo messaging app that …

You Can't Find Investors Without Doing This

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Seven Brands That Have Killer Mobile App Strategies (And How You Can Replicate Them)

Mobile apps are a difficult art to master, but when done right can offer your customers a way to interact with your brand on the go, furthering your value and seamless integration with their busy lifestyles.<p>When determining a mobile app strategy, it’s best to look at how some of the world’s biggest …

United Airlines

Easy Tips On How To Create A Brand Position For Your Product Or Service

<i>How to create a lasting perception about your brand that makes you stand out from the competition.</i><p>There’s a lot of wisdom behind the phrase, “Out of mind, out of business.”<p>Marketing experts Al Ries and Jack Trout penned it in their classic book, “Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind.”<p>If your …

Marketing

One entrepreneur's lesson from Travis Kalanick: Investors only respect you if you treat them like assholes

Yesterday, I saw a link on Twitter to a “must read” interview transcript between VC Evan Nisselson and entrepreneur Lane Becker.<p>Neither are household …

How to Get Your Employees to Stop Wasting Time

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14. Parallels

The interests of genre fiction move in cycles. On year everybody is into zombies, then ninjas, then pirates, then robots, then space operas, then …

What My Three Years At Netflix Taught Me About Scaling A Startup

Ariel Tseitlin began working on Netflix’s cloud platform in 2011. Here’s what it taught him about culture and high-speed innovation.<p>I joined Netflix at the beginning of 2011, just as the company was making the transition from operating in the data center to the public cloud. My job was to help …

A clever trick to find out what users really think of your app

When Ami Ben David wanted to find out what users liked and disliked about his ‘WhatsApp for businesses‘ app Xros, he used a smart trick – he pretended to be a bot.<p>In a world where many people are used to engaging with Slack’s automated ‘Slackbot,’ he created ‘Xrosbot’ – a ‘personal assistant’ that …

Apps

Never Meet an Investor Without Doing This First

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

These Types of Emails Make the Best Pitches

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

A CEO shares the success habit he wishes he knew years ago

They work on stuff until someone distracts them.<p>Then they react to what the other person needs. That's true at home and in the office. And it's the easiest way to keep spinning your wheels for months or even years on end.<p>Look at the calendar of most people, and you'll find a good assortment of the …

How Your Startup Can Execute a Solid Digital Marketing Strategy

<i>Phil Laboon is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Phil has founded several companies both in his hometown and his homes away from home, Florida and Costa Rica. His proudest achievement, Eyeflow Internet Marketing, has grown from a one-man operation in his basement to</i> …

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

The 53 startups that will be huge in 2016, according to venture capitalists

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch them, guide them, hear their pitches, and fund them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which of their young or growth-stage startups did they think were going to boom in 2016.<p>We also asked them which startups …

How we flew to Silicon Valley nearly bankrupt and returned with $1.2m

The dream was nearly over. The adrenaline and hype from spontaneously jumping on a plane and flying from Sydney to Silicon Valley to pitch potential …

A famous Silicon Valley investor has launched a new UK venture capital fund

In 1985, Draper founded the firm that would become Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), which has invested in companies like Skype, Twitter, Tesla, and Box.<p>The new "Draper Oakwood" fund will lead "royalty round" investments in predominantly UK and European growth companies in exchange for a share in …

These are the 5 investors giving the most startups seed money

The average number of "seed round" deals has jumped from 484 in 2010 to 1,943 last year, according to data shared with Business Insider from Pitchbook. It's worth noting that there has been a slight downtrend in the number of deals this year, though the actual capital invested has not …

Pinterest And The Process Of Designing A Multi-Billion Dollar Startup

Some startups recognize that design is an investment rather than a cost, and one that yields better results in the long run if incorporated into a business from inception.<p>At a recent Kleiner Perkins CEO Workshop, I interviewed Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann to discuss how he came up …