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34 Business Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

<i>This article originally ran in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter about deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here.</i><p>Alright, here it is: the book list to end all …

Success

The Trick Tim Ferris Knows About Naming Products That You Don't

The secret to creating a breakthrough name for your business or product is almost too easy.<p>Recently, my wife and I decided that it was time to refinish our deck. So off I went to the home improvement store to check out my options. There were a lot of solvents to choose from. Too many. Finally, I …

Marketing

The Recipes For Crowdfunding Success On Kickstarter -- And What To Avoid

What are the keys to some of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns like Coolest Cooler or Oculus Rift? Conversely, how should we analyze the crowdfunding flops like the Cuppress, a coffee capsule sealing machine which is both economical and user-friendly?<p>Too little is known about the recipes for …

Innovation

How Set Someone Up for Successful Entrepreneurship with These Hacks

If someone wants to be a successful entrepreneur, or adopt that mindset, adopting four of these traits seems sensible.<p>Entrepreneurship is hard work. You need to show up daily and put in a lot of time, efforts and resources to start and build a business for the long term.<p>According to a 2006 study, …

Personality

‘Essential startup advice’ from top Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator

The folks at Y Combinator have seen a lot startups succeed and fail, so it’s probably worth listening to their advice if you’re launching your own …

Startups

Google's secret formula for start-up success just got blown wide open, and it's free.

Every start-up wants the formula for success. Google just provided it for free.<p>Starting a start-up isn't easy. Most start-up founders struggle with juggling the myriad of success factors required to get things off the ground. Many new ventures fail.<p>It all just got a lot easier with Startup with …

Design thinking, explained

Solve any business problem with this approach.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 14, 2017<p>Graphic design by Mimi Phan<p>Why It Matters<p>Coming up with an idea is …

Fresh Guacamole by PES | Oscar Nominated Short

Animation

The Shortest Film Ever Nominated for an Oscar

<i>Fresh Guacamole</i> is a 2012 animated short film written and directed by PES. With a running time of 100 seconds it is the shortest film ever nominated …

Animated Movies

Steve Blank When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check

I remind my students that I’m teaching them a methodology they can use the rest of their careers, not running an incubator.<p>Every once in awhile a …

Startups

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

<b>Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps.</b><p>I first met Mike Del Ponte two …

How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

<b>This story is about the launch of Harry’s, a new men’s grooming brand.</b>Specifically, it will explain how they gathered nearly 100,000 email addresses …

Marketing

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 …

Should Your Business Be an LLC or an S Corp?

Here's how to decide whether to incorporate your business as a limited liability corporation or an S corporation.<p>You've finally decided to start a business of your own. Or maybe you have been running one as a sole proprietor, even moonlighting on the side, and have decided you need to protect your …

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

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 employees into a better version …

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 …

Data Visualization

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 …

TED Talks

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