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Social media presence makes retailers appear less trustworthy

Consumers are less likely to trust retailers with a social media presence, according to new research from YouGov<p>Consumers do not trust retailers with a social media presence, with other half of those surveyed by YouGov claiming presence on a social networking site makes them trust the retailer less.<p>…

7 Leadership Lessons From the SEALs Commander Who Got bin Laden

You're probably not leading troops on a special forces raid. But the principles espoused by elite military units can help you become a better leader.<p>Three years ago, U.S. Navy SEALs staged a daring raid into Pakistan, where they caught and killed the world's most-wanted terrorist. The mission to …

Leadership

If You Want to Be Happier, Become a More Grateful Entrepreneur

You’d think the CEO of a company called Happier would be a naturally bubbly person. But Nataly Kogan puts herself squarely in the category of regular …

7 Personal Things You Might Not Know about Jeff Clavier

Besides offering advice on funding and entrepreneurship, Jeff Clavier shared a few personal things with our TCWEEK audience this Wednesday in …

How Are The Negotiating Dynamics Changing Between Netflix And The Movie / TV Studios?

<i>Answer by Mark Rogowsky, Entrepreneur, raconteur, Forbes blogger, @maxrogo, on Quora,</i><p><b>It’s safe to say that Neflix now brings enough cash to the table that if you walk away without some of it, that hurts.</b><p><b>Streaming now partly determines what even get produced in the first place.</b><p>When Netflix …

A Virginia Court Slams Phony Yelp Reviews

A judge rules that anonymous reviews aren't protected First Amendment opinions if the writer was never a customer.<p>Small businesses may no longer have to worry about negative Yelp reviews, provided that the reviewer was never actually a customer.<p>That's according to a decision from the Virginia Court …

How Silicon Valley Became The Man

Silicon Valley has been taking a lot of heat lately for its power and elitism. That’s only natural for a region that has rapidly gained enormous economic and cultural clout. But it seems especially ironic that this is happening in the San Francisco Bay area, that one-time headquarters of flower …

Why Exercise Is The Key To Work-Life Balance

Getting enough exercise doesn’t just make your butt look good; it also can save it in the office or at home.<p>Maybe you should be asking your boss for midday workouts.<p>Interesting research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> shows that exercise isn’t a selfish indulgence (how dare you care about …

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES 2014

The launch this week of our Big Bang Disruption book added significant urgency to our annual search for the biggest disruptors at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>After all, the book’s principal argument is that continued exponential improvements in price and performance of …

Brazil's Newest Billionaire Has Gisele To Thank As He Joins Forbes List Of The World's Richest

For many Brazilians, the name Grendene means footwear. Brazil’s largest shoemaker was named after its founders, twin brothers Alexandre and Pedro Grendene Bartelle, who set up the company in 1971 in the southern Brazilian city of Farroupilha, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Today publicly-traded …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

A Comprehensive Guide to Web Application Testing

Web applications<p>We’re now living in a time where users expect as much functionality, reliability and flexibility from Web apps as desktop programs. All our data is slowly but surely moving into the cloud, and businesses are looking to the Web for software to easily implement and deploy across the …

These 3 trends will drive enterprise software development in 2014

<i>Himanshu Sareen is CEO of Icreon Tech, a global software development firm.</i><p>It’s hard to believe it, but 2013 is on its last legs. The year has been eventful to say the least in the world of enterprise technology. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, from mid-sized corporations to Fortune 1000 …

Two Unrealistic Ways To Arrive At A $3 Billion Plus Valuation Of Snapchat

Snapchat rejected a $3 billion offer from Facebook (disclosure – I own Facebook and Groupon stock), but now its team needs to figure out a revenue model to justify an even higher valuation. Two most likely revenue models are advertising and digital goods/coupons.<p>Due to the ephemeral nature of a …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

7 Ways to Get Bloggers Buzzing About Your Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s no secret that customers trust word-of-mouth above corporate advertising. According to Nielsen, 92 percent of consumers trust peer recommendations while only 53 percent trust content that you create and post on your website.<p>If you …

Marketing

3 Things You Need to Know About Launching a Product Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is a golden-age for innovation with companies revamping the business of invention and democratizing the way we monetize new ideas. Think Kickstarter, Quirky and -- shameless plug of my own business -- Trident Design.<p>If you have an idea …

Entrepreneurship

Bosslessness: What It Is and Why It's All the Rage in Silicon Valley

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Talented people don’t like to be bossed around.<p>Innovative startups are taking note and doing away with bosses in order to engage the best and brightest. From larger, more established startups like Valve to newer ones like Treehouse, …

Startups

How to Create a Successful Local SEO Strategy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When planning a local SEO strategy it is important to fully understand the different components that are all instrumental in delivering high local rankings in the search engines. When done correctly, local SEO can deliver the most highly …

Mobile Devices

Twitter keeps its IPO shares safely locked up

When people send Twitter messages it's all rush, rush, rush. But when it comes to executives cashing out following the company's IPO, it's going to be slow, slow, slow.<p>Unlike in other recent initial public offerings such as Facebook, where some early investors sold shares right away and officers …

Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won

Apple's maps have turned out to be a hit with iPhone and iPad users in the US - despite the roasting that they were given when they first appeared in September 2012.<p>But Google - which was kicked off the iPhone after it refused to give Apple access to its voice-driven turn-by-turn map navigation - …

Evernote for Android nabs Skitch-inspired PDF annotation, customizable home screen

Evernote for Android just got a sizable update infused with a fresh batch of features and improvements. These changes promise to make the app easier to use, starting with listing recently made notebooks above older ones and giving users the ability to hide Business notebooks. Premium users can now …

5 Key Attributes to Look For in the Perfect Startup Hire

<i>Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.</i><p>Hiring for a startup is much different than hiring for a large company or a …

6 Apps To Help You De-Stress In Minutes

There's no doubt that technology can be stressful. While 24/7 connectivity certainly makes some things more convenient, a plugged-in life can take a toll on our well-being. Scientists have linked heavy tech use with decreased focus and productivity, increased stress, disrupted sleep and stunted …

Social Lifeblood: Twitter's Postmaster On How Email Is The Pulse of Social

One of the tech industry’s biggest companies is expected to make its public debut this week: Twitter. But while it looks to raise $1 billion in capital from its offering, questions remain from some about the service’s ability to grow, opening up discussions about just what can you do on Twitter …

Forrester Slams Facebook Marketing, But Is It Really A Failure?

A damning report issued by respected market research group Forrester has concluded that “Facebook is failing marketers.”<p>In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Forrester vice president and principal analyst Nate Elliott says that “while lots of marketers spend lots of money on Facebook today, …

As the underlying tech becomes a commodity, design emerges as the answer

The technology industry is undergoing a creative transformation. A large amount of value is shifting from the development of underlying technologies …

The Right Way to Interval Train

In case you haven't noticed, high intensity exercise is in. These days, the focus is on interval training—how the truly elite athletes get in peak shape. And the news couldn’t be more positive. But it’s also incredibly confusing. It seems like a new study comes out every other week claiming to have …

Bitcoin Is Biggest Loser In Silk Road Meltdown---IRS Wins Big

The biggest loser in the Silk Road arrest? Probably Bitcoin. The biggest winner may be the IRS, although right now the FBI must be feeling pretty good too. For the last two years, an alleged drug kingpin who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts could do what he wanted in secret. Now he is in …

How to write a winning Y Combinator application

<i>Travis Deyle is a cofounder of fashion auction site Lollipuff.com</i><p>Y Combinator (aka, YC) is the world’s preeminent startup accelerator. Led by Paul Graham, YC is well known in entrepreneurship circles for its startup community and household-name alumni such as Reddit, DropBox, AirBnB, Heroku, and …