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Spain's modern-day Robin Hood seeks to level the playing field

MARINALEDA, Spain — It was a sweltering summer day at the height of Spain's economic crisis when the longtime mayor of this hardscrabble village decided it was time to grab the nation's attention.<p>Most other politicians were on vacation, which looked a bit decadent to many, considering that the …

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

SEO is Dead. Now What?

Until now, search engine optimization has been tactical and reactive in nature. But that's all changing.<p>Search engine optimization has changed significantly since the earlier days when the term was first coined and industry leaders are beginning to hint at a fundamental philosophical shift that …

SEO

The Rise of Super Angels--and the Decline of Big Ideas

So-called "super angels" make a big impact on what entrepreneurs are able to accomplish--but not always in a good way.<p>The perennial criticism lobbed against Silicon Valley goes something like this: Entrepreneurs aren't thinking big enough, and too many of the new start-ups being launched are really …

Venture Capital

Why everything geeks think they know about Kickstarter is wrong

Kickstarter has been described as the Home Shopping Network for geeks—picture an online version of the Sharper Image catalog and an investment platform for tech startups having a baby. But this is the wrong way to think about Kickstarter, because the site’s founders have actually shied away from …

Crowd Funding

20 Startups That Mary Meeker Thinks Could Change Everything We Do

Mary Meeker, a former Wall Street analyst who's now a prominent Silicon Valley investor, highlighted a number of innovative companies in her recent presentation about the future of the Internet.<p>We pulled out the game-changing startups she mentioned and added few others. The following startups are …

EasyPost, A “Stripe For Shipping,” Raises $850K Seed Round, Sees Transactions Doubling Every Month

With more commerce moving online every day, the shipping industry is in need of innovation. And one of the bigger pain points developers face when trying to integrate postage and shipping into their applications involves the antiquated technology major carriers like FedEx, UPS and USPS provide – …

7 Weekly Must-Do's For Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs have a lot on their minds, from the daily task list, to the quarterly marketing plan, to annual financials, and everything in between. Of course, all of these items are important, but I’ve found it’s also important to take running my business one week at a time. Being mindful of …

SoFi gets an additional $41M to keep students from falling into debt

A San Francisco-based startup known as SoFi is building technology to help college and grad students avoid falling into crippling debt.<p>It’s an ambitious goal, but SoFi is growing and raising money at a rapid rate.<p>After raising a huge $77 million fund in September 2012, SoFi today received an …

Nobel Prize Winner: Your Business Should Help Others

To end world hunger, don't give away money. Just start a business, says Muhammad Yunus.<p>There's an old adage that goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."<p>It's a principle that can also be applied to solving unemployment, said Muhammad …

Nobel Prize

European Startups: Practical Tips for Raising Capital in the US

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brendan Gill is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSignal, a startup that crowdsources data on mobile networks from consumer smartphones. Prior to that he founded a California-based e-commerce company after retiring from a brief lifeguarding career. You can find him on Twitter as</i> …

Debating Europe

Can Marketing Your Social Impact Harm Your Social Impact?

<i>Daniela Papi (@danielapapi) on a classic dilemma in social entrepreneurship—is it wise to advertise your social impact?</i><p>When you walk into KeoK’jay, one of Rachel Faller’s clothing shops in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you know you are not in any old clothing store. The vibe is creative, the walls are …

How to Influence People with Your Ideas

One of my young clients, let’s call her Julie, is on a mission. Julie has an idea, one that has been gestating in her mind for quite some time, but now she realizes that for her idea to have any impact at all she will have to “go public” with it. Julie believes there are countless intelligent, …

How Long Will You Be Willing to Tweet for Free?

Seven years ago, Nicholas Carr and Yochai Benkler made a bet. They did this in the comments section of a blog post, there was no money at stake, they never followed up Benkler’s suggestion that they appoint “between one and three people” (I’d call that <i>two</i>) to determine the winner, and they never …

If MBAs are useless, we’re all in big trouble

<i>Quartz Debate: The author of this piece debated the merits of an MBA with Quartz contributor Jay Bhatti.</i><p>MBAs–both the degrees and the people who have them–are an obsolete waste of time and money. An irrelevant recipe for failure. At least that’s what all the cool entrepreneurs and venture …

Innovation

Will You Leave Your Comfort Zone? Ask Yourself This Question

Many new business owners rely on past experience to make decisions. How to break that pattern.<p>I live in Basel, Switzerland, which might have the best public transportation system in the world. It is clean, fast, on time, and can get you where you want to be. In fact, it's so fabulous that I've …

comfortzone

3 Games To Help You Generate Business Ideas

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Too many people say to themselves: "I'm just not creative." But creativity is a skill that can be developed with practice and dedication. It's about solving problems and refusing to take no for an answer. The most creative …

Entrepreneurship

Enabling the Natural Act of Entrepreneurship

I met Slovenian entrepreneur, Sandi Cesko, in 2007 when his Ljubljana-based multi-channel retail operation, Studio Moderna, had about $70 million in sales. Not bad. I met him again two months ago: six years later he had scaled up by a factor of ten — all the result of organic growth — and employs …

iTunes Store at 10: how Apple built a digital media juggernaut

<i>Additional reporting by Greg Sandoval</i><p>Ten years ago this month, a music sector ravaged by Napster and largely ignorant of digital distribution found a savior of sorts in what was then called the iTunes Music Store. With its 99-cent unbundled songs, the service quickly became the only significant …

When Not to Join the Family Business | Inc.com

<i>Dear Norm,</i><p><i>I grew up in a family business that I absolutely love. It's a butcher shop, and I'm the fourth generation. For many years, I tried to work with my dad, but we're both strong willed, and I decided to follow my own path and went for my M.B.A. Today, I work for a large financial institution.</i> …

The startup, the lawyer, the Quora question, and the $1.2M seed round

For Australian textbooks startup Zookal, the journey to a $1.2 million seed round started with a question on Quora. The young company's founders had …

Succession Planning: Advice for the Successor Entrepreneur | Inc.com

Kim Jong-un? I know how he feels. Really, I do.<p>The young ruler of North Korea has been getting a lot of bad press. Within the last few months, Jong-un has launched test missiles, re-positioned other missiles for a potential attack on his neighbors, threatened a nuclear war with the U.S., strained …

Flight Deals Platform GetGoing Takes On Kayak With Souped Up Search Engine For Cheaper Flights

The price of airfare is an ongoing point of frustration for travelers, especially considering that it feels like airlines find every conceivable opportunity to shake you down for a few more bucks. Many startups and businesses have come and gone trying to find a way to give leisure travelers access …

Rationalist

Improve Your Leadership Presence

Finding Your Place in the Competitive Jungle

<i>It’s a jungle out there.</i><p>While this simple phrase has been used time and time again to discuss the many obstacles people and companies face, an animal metaphor does describe required innovation actions rather effectively.<p>Imagine a 2×2 matrix with size on the y-axis and speed on the x-axis. Size can …

The “Sandwich Approach” Undermines Your Feedback

Have you ever used the “sandwich approach” to give negative feedback to your direct reports? You sandwich the negative feedback between two pieces of positive feedback. It’s a common method, but the sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationships with your direct …