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How to Know When You've Met the One -- Co-Founder, That Is

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a company with a friend or colleague can oftentimes be more intimate than marriage. You both will surely eat, sleep and breath your work -- especially while your company is in its infancy -- and you and your co-founder will be …

Entrepreneurship

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

The best salespeople and leaders have a high EQ. Daniel Goleman, the man who coined the term, pulls apart the aspects of emotional intelligence.<p>Let’s say you work at a place that’s saturated with smarts. If all of your colleagues were always the brightest person in the room growing up, then what …

Emotional Intelligence

Why Flexibility Is Your Key to Personal Branding Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the ninth in the series "Personal Branding For A Better Life," in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>If there’s one thing that marketers …

Public Relations

A Simple Road Map For Your Personal Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the eighth in the series "Personal Branding For A Better Life," in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>A marketer’s job is never done. …

Marketing

Why You're Branding Even When You Think You're Not

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the seventh in the series "Personal Branding For A Better Life," in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>Think of someone in your life who has …

Marketing

Why Every Personal Brand Needs a Target Audience

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the fifth in the series "Personal Branding For A Better Life," in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>One of the fundamentals of good …

Marketing

How to Be the Brand You Always Wanted to Be

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the fourth in the series "</i>Personal Branding For A Better Life<i>," in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>Brand managers are daily decision …

Marketing

How to Position Your Personal Brand In Two Minutes Or Less

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the third in the series</i> "Personal Branding For A Better Life," <i>in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>Once you define your brand, as I …

Marketing

How To Brand Yourself To Live a Happier Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the second in the series</i> "Personal Branding For A Better Life," <i>in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>You may never have considered going …

Marketing

What It Really Means to Have a Personal Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the first in the series</i> "Personal Branding For A Better Life," <i>in which marketing expert Jim Joseph applies big brand marketing lessons to help you build a successful personal brand.</i><p>I was writing my first book about big …

Marketing

Be Grateful More Often

Although I didn’t move to the United States until I was an adult, every year I look forward to one of the most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. Turkey, pumpkin pie, long hours of cooking and relaxing with family and friends make the day a particularly fun one. I also look forward to Thanksgiving …

5 Do's and 5 Dont's To Ace Your Interview

The job-hunting process can be long and drawn out. Many people battle their way through CV-writing and application forms, only to fall at the final …

What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The other day I read an interesting book called <i>Entrepreneurial DNA</i>, by Joe Abraham, the founder of BOSI Global, an operating partner to venture-backed and owner-operated companies. The book is based on Joe’s study of over 1,000 …

Entrepreneurship

On the Job: Use the right words to get results

At work, communicating effectively is critical to success, columnist Anita Bruzzese says.<p>How many times have you said something at work and then wished later that you had never said it?<p>While politicians and celebrities may seem so skilled at communications and finding the right words with ease, …

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 …

How to avoid legal pitfalls when setting up a company

<i>All you need to found a startup is a great idea and a great team, right? Wrong, says UK-based lawyer Tina Baker, founding partner at new startup-focused law firm JAG Shaw Baker. Caught up in the dizzy rush of launch, many founders fail to put in place the right legal provisions to protect their</i> …

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work …

Entrepreneurship

13 Pieces of Startup Advice You Never Thought Of

<b>QUESTION:</b> WHAT’S YOUR MOST UNORTHODOX/FUNNY/STRANGE-BUT-GOOD ADVICE TO OTHER STARTUP FOUNDERS?<p>1. GET A VACUUMING ROBOT<p><i>“When you’re in startup mode,</i> …

How to Sell Your Idea in Less Than 3 Minutes | Inc.com

One thing I have learned over the last few decades of listening to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas is this: it takes me less than three minutes to either tune out or want to know much more. In general, if you can’t win over a potential investor in those critical three minutes, you will need to keep …

Business Strategy

You Don’t Have to Be in Silicon Valley to Build the Next Great Internet Company

“There’s no question that there are two Americas,” Steve Case, AOL founder turned VC and entrepreneurship advocate, told me in an interview last week. “There’s the America where entrepreneurship is celebrated and supported. Places like Silicon Valley and Boston. And there’s the rest of the country …

5 Ways to Build Momentum For Your Business Idea

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is en vogue. You cannot walk more than a few blocks in a major city without stumbling upon a startup accelerator. But while startups are central to this new economic age, making it as an entrepreneur is still tough. It …

Entrepreneurship

6 Ways To Create More Harmonious Work And Love Relationships

Seek to understand rather than be understood. And other lessons from Nate Bagley and Melissa Joy Kong’s love-documenting journey across America.<p>What happens when two near-strangers from completely different backgrounds and parts of the country decide to road trip across the nation, capturing 100 of …

Relationships

Do You Have The Courage To Survive And Thrive As An Entrepreneur?

Because you’re going to need a lot of it. And that’s just the beginning.<p>To be an entrepreneur you have to be willing to jump into the deep end. And that takes courage.<p>But courage is just the beginning. At a fundamental level, most entrepreneurs need to repeatedly overcome adversity and pursue …

Bill Gates

6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started My Company

My company is approaching its tenth anniversary. This important milestone has prompted me to look back at my decade as an entrepreneur. Founding and …

5 Startup Mistakes I’ll Never Make Again

Don’t partner up too fast, but do fire quickly. And “good enough” is usually not good enough.<p>Have you ever felt discouraged by the stat that 75% of startups fail?<p>I have.<p>Are you more interested in hearing about startup mistakes (versus success) so you can apply those lessons to your business?<p>Me, too.<p>…

Startups

How to survive co-founding a company with a friend

<i>This is the second in a PandoDaily weekly series that chronicles the experiences of a young entrepreneur as he bootstraps his startup. Read part 1,</i> …