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Lessons From The Early Pitch Decks Of Airbnb, BuzzFeed, And YouTube

We got a VC’s take on the pitch decks of five now-billion-dollar tech companies. Here’s what they got right (and wrong) from the start.<p>Is it impossible now to imagine life without an Airbnb, LinkedIn, or YouTube?<p>Yet at the start, they were just like any other small business. They had founders with …

The Secret to Getting Noticed on LinkedIn

This underused field can get you more clicks.<p>Click on Profile on your LinkedIn site and you'll see a list of your experiences, schools, and contacts. Most people focus on developing these lists to make connections at places they've worked and where they have gone to school. LinkedIn, after all, is …

Employment

Zuckerberg: Why I Stayed Facebook CEO Even Though Many Thought I Should Quit

Most entrepreneurs eventually step down and hand their companies over to professional CEOs, often at the insistence of their investors.<p>Mark Zuckerberg, who didn't have any executive experience, or any traditional work experience for that matter, decided to stay on as a CEO of Facebook, despite the …

Mark Zuckerberg

6 Types of Recurring Revenue: Find Out Which Is the Best

Why consistent income streams are the key to building and selling your business.<p>To John Warrillow, the founder of the Sellability Score and author of the book <i>Built to Sell</i>, there are few things more important than recurring revenue for a business owner who is prepping to sell a company. Recurring …

Bloomberg Terminal

10 Things to Do Every Workday

This list will help you get stuff done in and out of the office.<p>Ever feel as if, in the quest to get <i>everything</i> done, you're not quite doing enough?<p>For example, you've heard on various occasions (including once or twice from us) how important it is to keep in touch with former colleagues, whether …

Time Management

Woman Explains How The Real 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Ruined Her Life

They were also the family members of the firms' employees, who sucked them into their world.<p>For Christina McDowell, the daughter of a former colleague of Belfort's who was also convicted of fraud, the "Wolf of Wall Street's" leading players, director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, are …

Martin Scorsese

7 Ways To Give Presentations That People Actually Care About

No one will be looking at their phones–unless they’re tweeting about how awesome your talk is. Really.<p>When NYU leadership lecturer Helio Fred Garcia wants to gather an audience’s attention, he enlists the most fearsome of allies: The Black Eyed Peas.<p>“At precisely 9 a.m. I touch a button on my …

Amazon Constantly Audits its Business Model

Amazon.com is in the headlines again because it started Sunday package deliveries in several large cities. This offering follows the company’s recent strategic decision to offer same day delivery to most US addresses. As a part of this strategy, the company is drastically increasing the number of …

Startups

Don’t click ‘like’ unless you’re paid to

As if our Facebook news feeds weren’t already polluted enough.<p>In my Facebook news feed at this very moment, I have a “Trending Now” post from a news organization I did not like or follow, a “Suggested Post” from a career college selling me a diploma to teach English in foreign countries, then after …

Why All Leaders Should Read Lord of the Flies

William Golding's novel deftly illustrates the one true test of a leader.<p>All entrepreneurs have moments when they feel like young Ralph in William Golding’s classic novel <i>Lord of the Flies</i>.<p>Ralph is left deserted on a tropical island with a group of his peers. He is appointed leader, yet he finds it …

Literature

Your Great Idea Doesn't Matter: This Guy Just Doubled His Business Thanks To A Product Built By Accident

Sometimes, though, you have an idea, build a company around it - and then stumble upon another, much better idea.<p>Sometimes it's that accidental idea that turns a startup into a success.<p>One example of this phenomenon is New York-based start Yext. Yext was going to be a pay-per-call online ad …

Small Business

Explaining China’s mobile app ecosystem: the potential, players, and pain points

<i>Masanari Arai is founder and CEO of Kii.</i><p>When the press talks about China’s smartphone app ecosystem, it focuses mostly on big successes among gaming apps and locally developed apps such as WeChat.<p>What you don’t hear about is whether there is any potential growth for non-gaming mobile apps in China, …

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