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Book excerpt: Former Yahoo chairman and eBay exec Maynard Webb shares advice for founders

From his early days as a security guard to launching startups and leading world-class tech giants, Maynard Webb has learned a lot about what it takes …

Book Excerpts

The 5 Best Website Builders for Entrepreneurs -- and Which Ones to Use, and When

Looking to create your online portfolio or build a landing page for your business? Here's where to start.<p>About 71 percent of small businesses had websites in 2017, suggests a survey by Clutch, a business-to-business research firm. If you’re part of the leftover three in 10, there's no time like the …

Customer Service

These 3 Email Templates Have Helped Entrepreneurs Raise Millions

Email is still one of the most effective tools for startup fundraising. The question most have is what to send? This series of email templates make it super easy to leverage this free method of communication to raise the money entrepreneurs need to launch and fuel new ventures.<p><b><br>The Power of …

Entrepreneurship

A new unicorn is born: Root Insurance raises $100 million for a $1 billion valuation

Root Insurance, an Ohio-based car insurance startup with a tech twist, said Wednesday it has raised $100 million in a Series D funding round led by Tiger Global Management, pushing the company’s valuation to $1 billion.<p>Redpoint Ventures, Ribbit Capital and Scale Venture Partners all participated as …

Venture Capital

Next Insurance, an insurtech targeting small businesses, scores $83M Series B led by Redpoint

Next Insurance, the Israeli digital insurance startup that helps small businesses get cover, has raised a significant new funding round, adding another $83 million to its balance sheet.<p>The Series B round is led by Silicon Valley’s Redpoint Ventures, and will be used by the company to continue …

4 Ways to Stay Motivated as You Build Your Business

It takes consistent motivation to push through the hard times.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re having an amazing month when things are flowing in your business. You’re signing new clients, your current customers are spreading the …

Y Combinator to give $10K to 100 grads of its online Startup School

Y Combinator wants to lure more companies into the funnel for its accelerator while democratizing free access to startup knowledge. It’s simultaneously moving up and down market to conquer the acceleration space, with both its recent Series A program for more mature startups and $1 million in …

Here's Exactly What You Need to Do to Launch a Mobile App

The future is mobile; isn't it time for your business to be part of it?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Recently, in <i>Entrepreneur,</i> I examined eight different ways your business could benefit from offering a mobile app. These included keeping up with your competitors, …

Are You Sitting on Top of a Million-Dollar Idea?

4 lessons you can learn from a successful entrepreneur about the business ideas that may be right under your nose.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following excerpt is from</i> <i>Scott Duffy</i><i>’s book</i> Breakthrough. <i>Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | …

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Programmers When Building Your First App

Make sure they know what they are doing. And don't just take their word for it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Taking your idea for an app and turning it into an actual app people can use is a beautiful thing.<p>Execution isn’t only crucial to success -- as in, you will …

12 of the Best Online Marketing Tools

The web offers countless tools to assist in your marketing efforts. Entrepreneurs from YEC shared their favorites.<p>There is a plethora of online tools …

Cutting out the middle-man, like Uber did, not always best for startups

Whether it’s shopping on Amazon or hailing a ride through Uber, the point of most e-commerce is the same – cutting out the middle-man.<p>Eliminating retail stores or taxi dispatchers, after all, allows service providers to reduce costs and reach more customers. Consumers usually benefit in the form of …

Startups

Best Pitch Decks: The Early Stage Pitch Decks Of The Hottest Funded Startups

What does it take to create a winning pitch deck that gets your startup funded?<p>Whether you are still at seed stage, or are preparing for a follow up series of funding, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides. Not long ago I covered the pitch deck template that was created by Silicon Valley …

Investing

Reid Hoffman to talk ‘blitzscaling’ at Disrupt SF 2018

When it comes to scaling startups, few people are as accomplished or consistently successful as Reid Hoffman .<p>While the rest of us consider scaling a startup to market domination a daunting task, Hoffman has continued to make it look easy.<p>In September, Hoffman will join us at TC Disrupt SF to share …

The best coding courses for getting started

To quote the late, great Steve Jobs: “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” Here’s our …

6 Income Streams You Can Create in the Corporate Consulting Space

Corporations have billions budgeted for consultants.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, according to Bloomberg, corporations paid outside consultants $39.3 billion dollars. Corporate consulting is one of the highest margin business opportunities available. The …

How This 27-Year-Old Founder Wants to End the Reign of E-Commerce Giants--and You Can Too

Stripe co-founder John Collison shares advice on how small business can break into the e-commerce industry.<p>Going up against the likes of Amazon, eBay, and other e-commerce giants is daunting, but it's not impossible. In fact, John Collison did just that when he co-founded Stripe, a San …

GDPR

Want to Be Successful on Instagram? Here Are 13 Mistakes to Avoid

Like it or not, Instagram has become a legitimate tool for photographers, and incorporating it into your business toolkit can get your work in front …

Photo Sharing

Printify, a new marketplace for custom printing, raises $1 million seed

Printify, a startup all the way from Riga, Latvia, has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Google AdSense pioneer Gokul Rajaram as it looks to expand its services in the U.S. and build out its team in Latvia.<p>Today, roughly 50,000 e-commerce stores use Printify’s services for …

The formula behind San Francisco’s startup success

Why has San Francisco’s startup scene generated so many hugely valuable companies over the past decade?<p>That’s the question we asked over the past few weeks while analyzing San Francisco startup funding, exit, and unicorn creation data. After all, it’s not as if founders of Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, …

Facebook is dropping key advertising tools — here’s how you adapt

If you listen to headlines about Facebook recently you may be wondering if it’s still a good place to run ads for your business. The Facebook privacy scandal that brought a ton negative press over the last month (and justly so), has already forced Facebook to change the way they handle and collect …

Social Media

How To Build Your Own Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Advice From The Front Lines

Angie and Colin Raja, a married couple from Queens, N.Y., share a love of CrossFit and boxing. But Angie found that much of the gear available to her was drab. When Colin challenged her to come up with gloves that she would like to use, the Rajas found themselves working on an exciting project: …

Entrepreneurship

Meet 11 new startups launching out of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Today, 11 new companies launch out of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator based in NYC. This is the 14th cohort of startups to launch out of ERA, and each company has received $100,000 in seed funding from the accelerator.<p>These startups span a wide variety of industries, from hospitality to …

Fat Lama, the online marketplace for renting out things you own, raises $10M

Fat Lama, the startup that offers a fully insured peer-to-peer rental marketplace for almost anything, is getting a little fatter. The London-based company has raised $10 million in Series A funding in a round led by Ophelia Brown’s recently outed Blossom Capital, with participation from Niklas …

Learn Today's Top Job Skills With These 8 Online Courses

Competition in the job market is stiff, making it tough for new grads and seasoned professionals alike to climb the career ladder. While advanced …

Project Management

How this 34-year-old dad made $1 million off a simple Fiverr side hustle

A little over five years ago, Joel Young found himself in a situation many American families are facing: He was deeply in debt with an unpredictable …

Vacation rental management service Guesty raises $19.75M

As the vacation rental sector heats up — with Airbnb making even more moves to expand its portfolio of services to include multiple tiers of rentals — there’s going to be more and more of a need for people who manage a large number of properties.<p>Guesty is one service that aims to do that, and today …

MIT study shows the most successful entrepreneurs are in their forties

The tech world can sometimes feel like <i>Logan’s Run</i>. If you haven’t made your start by the end of your twenties, you’re officially past it. Daniel Ek founded Spotify when he was 23. Steve Jobs launched Apple when he was 21. And Mark Zuckerberg found the time to launch Facebook amidst a busy schedule …

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Want a High-Performing Team? Create an Atmosphere of 'Relaxed Intensity'--Here's How

The term 'relaxed intensity' may seem contradictory, but it sure as heck isn't counterproductive.<p>We're all looking for an edge to boost team performance or experience-based secrets to success. One thing's for sure, any formula for success requires an intense commitment.<p>But this is trickier than it …