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33 Questions to Help You Overcome Shyness--So You Can Be Awesome at Networking, Speed-Dating, Mingling or Schmoozing

All it takes is a little courage and a couple of really good questions<p>I've got a confession to make: Inside this seemingly confident, frequent-public-speaking, supposedly outgoing CEO exterior is a very shy introvert.<p>As long as I've got a job to do (facilitate a planning session, advise a client), …

Networking

10 Tips for Being Innovative in Marketing and Business

Innovative businesses find creative ways to solve problems and bring unique products and services to their customers. But there are so many different …

Marketing

10 Tips for Creating an Online Marketing Strategy to Consistently Bring in Customers - Small Business Trends

Creating an online marketing strategy to get more customers can be a great step for your business. But creating an online marketing strategy that …

Marketing

Startups want to change what you insure and how you insure it

Joanna Glasner Contributor<p>Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items<br>• The state of the unicorn<p>In an insurer’s ideal world, there’d be a profitable policy for every conceivable risk. Click once, …

Startups

Influencer Marketing Secrets Revealed: Can it Boost Conversions? - Small Business Trends

Every marketer has their little tricks up their sleeves when it comes to promoting their brands. Usually they follow by the same general model, …

Marketing

7 Business Ideas That Are No Longer New and Fresh | Inc.com

As an angel investor, I sometimes worry that all the viable unique ideas must already be taken.<p>Entrepreneurs keep talking to me about the Internet of Things (IOT), autonomous vehicles, inter-planetary travel, and other exciting opportunities, but the majority of real plans I get seem to be "me too" …

EnergySolutions

The Top 15 Blogs All Startup Managers Should be Reading | Inc.com

Being a manager within a startup often means feeling unappreciated. CEOs are the idea guys - you're the glue holding everything together while translating their visions into executable actions.<p>These blogs have your back, and they're packed full of great advice on everything from running an …

Startups

How to Write a Business Plan Online

For an entrepreneur developing a new business concept, the business plan serves as the map of what the company does, who it serves and how it …

25 book recommendations from some of the smartest people in tech

Our goal has always been to give you rare, unprecedented access to the people shaping the tech industry— specifically, the advice that they've gained through experience, or used to get where they are today.<p>So when we sat down earlier this year to double down on this mission, we wondered who these …

Books

Silicon Valley Legend Creates Pitch Deck Template For Entrepreneurs

Peter Thiel cofounded Paypal with Elon Musk and Max Levchin in 1998. They sold this company to eBay in a deal worth over $1B. He then founded several …

Venture Capital

Follow these 7 steps if you’re talking to a possible acquirer

A few weeks ago I wrote about what startup founders should do when they get a call from a bigger company’s Corporate Development group. A call from a CorpDev team can signal they’re interested in acquiring you, but, as I explained, taking that call can also lead to costly dead-ends. If you do …

9 Parenting Responsibilities You Can Start Outsourcing Tomorrow

My friend Matt recently faced a disconcerting dilemma millions of parents face every day: the need to be in more than one place at one time. His wife was out of town and he had to get his two sons (ages 8 and 14) to school. The older boy usually rides his bike to school, but it was 10 degrees …

Parenting

Visualizing Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

Jessica Hagy is a professional writer and illustrator well-known for her minimalist ink-on-index-card illustrations, which are found at her site Indexed. Hagy’s typical card is a venn diagram or x-y plot of a deceptively simple idea with a punchline. Like this:<p>One day, when Hagy was cleaning out …

National Security

How to Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt.com. His new book, Creativity For Sale, is an in-depth look at how to turn passion into profit.</i><p>The American dream used to be getting a secure job, working from 9-5, and retiring. For most of us, especially people born in the 80s and 90s, this is the …

7 Tips for an Investment Pitch That Excites and Inspires

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have a great idea. Maybe you have a great business. You might think, Why wouldn’t everyone want to invest in my company?<p>But the often untold secret of raising money is that it’s a lot like a interviewing for a job. Investors will ask …

Venture Capital

How to measure success as a SaaS startup: 5 metrics

As a startup founder, it can be difficult to measure how your company is progressing. Here are the baseline metrics to use as a health check for a …

How Facebook and Candy Crush Got You Hooked

<b>Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.</b> <i>World of Warcraft. Angry Birds</i>. The most successful tech products have one thing in common: They're addictive. And users …

Raising Venture Capital – Mark Suster – Medium

Below you will find an outline for the posts I’ve done on how to raise VC.<p>The initial section covers what to do before you approach a VC (or if you …

Business Forms and Templates | Free Business Forms

Business Forms & Templates<p>Get instant access to hundreds of business forms, templates, and contracts online today. Find documents for almost every kind of business such as purchase orders, partnership agreements, loan agreements, applications, and bill of sale. You can also browse our list by …

Small Business

How to Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Social Network

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>You’re taking the dive into a new social network, or you’re itching to grow your existing profile. You’ve got a social media strategy in place and a plan in mind. You’re raring to go.<p>What would be one of the most encouraging signs when you’re first …

Now You Can Take a Free Y Combinator Startup Course Online

Tech accelerator Y Combinator has given birth to so many of the country’s most successful startups—reddit, Dropbox, and Airbnb, to name a few—that …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

GE to Startups: Write Apps for our Industrial Internet Platform

General Electric’s Silicon Valley lab may be making a key operating platform for the next generation of computing.<p>Next year, the industrial giant …

Entrepreneurship

The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Documents play an essential role in protecting the interests of the business and business owners over the course of a company’s lifetime. Here is a list of the 10 most common legal documents to help you determine what your business</b> …

Small Business

How to Design the Most Effective Investor Presentation

<i>Daniel Glickman is the CMO at</i> <i>emaze</i><i>, an online presentation platform used for content marketing.</i><p>Presenting your product to investors isn’t your average walk in presentation park. Not only is there huge pressure to deliver effectively, investors are a different breed. You’ve got to know what they are …

A Yoga Franchise for Kids Stretches Bodies and Minds

This story appears in the September 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>A group of explorers is sailing down a river when suddenly they plunge over a waterfall and, emerging from the water, find themselves face to face with a family of warthogs. These intrepid adventurers are actually a classroom …

Yoga

The Top 5 Errors Made by Money-Losing Ecommerce Sites

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Setting up an ecommerce site is easy. There are ecommerce solutions that can create a snazzy store for you in minutes. However, running an ecommerce business is a totally different ball game. Attracting traffic and generating revenue in …

eCommerce