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Research: Writing a Business Plan Makes Your Startup More Likely to Succeed

When asked about an opponent’s plan for their impending fight, former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once said: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”<p>It is a school of thought now fashionable in entrepreneurship circles. Advocates of “learning by doing” approaches such as …

Entrepreneurship
Small Business

10 Things You Must Do Before Quitting Your Job to Start Your Company

You have a dream but you need a checklist to achieve it.<p>So you've decided you're ready to take the plunge, quit your job, and get your own company up and running. You have an amazing ">business idea you are ready to launch. You're probably excited and nervous at the same time, which is perfectly …

Small Business

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design Thinking

Why This Leadership Model Simply Cannot Be Argued With

Image credit: Founding Farmers<p>Heart. People. Hard work. That’s the model of the Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG) and it’s paid dividends–but not just monetarily.<p>Consumers are directing their dollars toward businesses with a purpose, whether that purpose is to create a better environment or to grow …

Leadership

What Makes A Good Data Visualization? — Information is Beautiful

Hi there. I’m David McCandless, creator of this site and author of two infographic mega-tomes, Information is Beautiful (2009) and Knowledge is …

The beauty of data visualization: David McCandless on TED.com

<b>David McCandless</b> turns complex data sets like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates and more into beautiful yet simple …

Data Visualization

How To Curate Content Better In Less Time

Learning how to curate content is an essential task for social media managers. And time is short! Content is an essential part of your social media …

Social Media Marketing

Fruit as meat? Boulder entrepreneur's foray into jackfruit proving fruitful

Chances are, you don't know jackfruit. The giant, green fruit grows primarily in tropical regions of Asia, so it's not a common sight in Colorado.

Boulder

Every Company Needs An Innovation Tool Kit

Here’s why, and how to build the right one for your company.<p>It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. We hear it all the time from the executive suite–take more risks, embrace uncertainty, learn from failure.<p>The problem is that …

The Surprising Skill Differences Between Customer-Centric And Traditional Marketers

Korn Ferry, the global, leading organizational and people advisory firm, recently completed a study where they evaluated the skill differences between what they call customer-centric and traditional marketing leaders. To better understand the results, I talked with James Patteson, Head of Strategy, …

Customer Experience

From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?

With startup growth up 61% since 2014 and more investment programs emerging, it can be overwhelming for founders to know just where to jump in. As …

Startups

5 Ways To Increase Sales Using The Psychology Of Pricing

Understanding <i>how</i> and <i>why</i> people buy something matters. Many business owners focus exclusively on how they can make the biggest margins on a product, while still remaining competitive. What they fail to consider, however, are the very real factors that influence consumers during their purchase …

Behavior

The Dumbest Legal Mistakes Early Startups Make

Legal issues are often at the back of an entrepreneur's mind in the excitement of launching a startup<p>Legal issues are often at the back of an entrepreneur's mind in the excitement of launching a startup. But just because you are small doesn't mean that people are going to let things slide when you …

You Have a Great Business Idea? Hold On. Ask These 15 Questions First

We have all heard it, "I have an amazing business idea!" Wait, do you? Better ask yourself these 15 questions first.<p>How do you know if you've got a great business idea?<p>Before you proceed with your venture, it's a great idea to do some market research and assess the potential for success.<p>Here are 15 …

Entrepreneurship

When Venture Capitalists Meet You, This is What They’re Looking For

Defensive founders, I've found, always fail.<p><i>What are the key attributes you look for in a startup when funding it? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Ben Parr, author of Captivology, venture</b> …

How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money

You’re excited to start a business. Maybe you have an idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching and growing your own enterprise. You’re willing to take some risks, like leaving your current job or going without personal revenue for a while. But there’s one logistical hurdle …

Small Business

Read Accelerator Reviews on Accelerat.io

In case you missed it, at the end of 2014 we published our <b>City Accelerator Report</b>, which looked at how certain accelerators have impacted the growth …

The Best Startup Accelerators Of 2015

Startup accelerators, now fixtures of the tech community, were hard to find just a few years ago.<p>When researchers Yael Hochberg and Susan Cohen began researching accelerators in 2010 and 2011, they could hardly find 10 true programs to rank. On Tuesday, Hochberg and Cohen released their latest …

Startups

Here’s Why Even the Greatest Business Ideas End up Failing

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

What Makes A Startup Thrive? 100 Lessons Learned The Hard Way

When you go out to raise capital there are many things that you need to know in order to have your company at a stage in which it is thriving in …

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Launching a Startup

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

The Limits of the Lean Startup Method

Advocates of the lean startup method for creating a business advise entrepreneurs, as well as corporate intrapreneurs, to document, test, and refine their assumptions about a new venture’s business model via customer conversations and experiments. My recent research on 250 teams that participated …

Google’s newest tool could be especially helpful to start-ups

Google added a host of slick new templates to its online office suite on Wednesday, but one in particular will be of interest to budding startup founders: the new "pitch" template for Google Slides.<p>Companies looking for their first round of venture capital frequently put together what's called a …

How to Write a Compelling Elevator Pitch That Sticks (Plus 3 Templates You Can Steal)

<i></i><i>Tell me about yourself.</i><i>What do you do?</i><i>What makes your product different?</i>If these questions force you to pause, or you don’t feel confident about your …

Entrepreneurship

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up Equity in Your Company

There aren’t many certainties when you’re building a company from the ground up. But one thing nearly all entrepreneurs face is the need to raise …

Sketching with Data Opens the Mind’s Eye

When does drawing become design? When does design become a story?<p><i>(An edited version of this article appeared on the</i> <i>Data Points blog</i><i>, National</i> …

Building a business: Why you should get married to your problem, not your solution

<i>This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.</i><p>It's easy to get caught up in building the perfect solution. Many entrepreneurs want to be responsible for putting the newest, shiniest …