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Edward Snowden Doesn’t Have a BA–Why That’s the Future of the Tech Industry

Half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and math workforce doesn’t have a college degree.<p><i>This post branches off our NSA surveillance tracker, for ongoing coverage of the NSA leaks.</i><p>NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s formal education stopped with a GED, a fact that the <i>New York Times</i>‘ David …

Get Those Government Contracts Now

Entrepreneur Sharon Virts-Mozer says federal contracts can be your biggest source of business, or they can be a good add-on to your commercial work.<p>The U.S. government is the biggest purchaser of goods and services in the world, spending more than $600 billion annually. How can you get a piece of …

How to be you while raising money fast

<i>Miki Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur and the author of “Do Cool Shit,” an upcoming book focused on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design.</i><p>I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of raising money.<p>I found out recently that a few people I know are having a real hard time getting funds for their …

Bumped Off a Flight? Here's What the Airlines Should Do for You

Increasingly, airlines are overbooking flights to ensure full planes and eliminate unnecessary costs. But what happens when you get bumped from a flight? Here's what you need to know.<p>This may be a familiar airport scene: You arrive early for a flight, but the plane has been overbooked. An airline …

9 Beautiful Tree House Hotels That You Can Sleep In

Well, these nine gorgeous hotels can turn your childish tree house fantasies into grown-up realities. These rustic-luxe (or just luxe) tree-house-style bungalows will let you live among the birds (and, in some cases, monkeys). Who says you have to give up on your childhood dreams?

4 Extreme Habits of Highly Successful Remote Teams

To make a virtual office function well, you may need to take some extreme measures. These companies did--and they're better off for it.<p><i>Do you have employees in multiple locations? Do you have employees working from home?</i><p><i>Great--but how do you ensure a distributed workforce comes together to create</i> …

The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Fail--Frequently. Are You Making Enough Mistakes?

We have argued throughout that the best way to deal with uncertainty is to act.<p>More specifically you should:<p>Take a small step toward your goal.<p>Learn from that action and<p>Build off that learning and act again.<p>You go through this Act. Learn. Build. Repeat model until you succeed; know you are you not …

How Frank McCourt Made $2 Billion From The Los Angeles Dodgers And Team Remains Saddled With Debt

Here’s a step-by-step by-the-numbers on how Frank McCourt made a roughly $2 billion pretax profit (before attorney fees and paying former wife Jamie a $131 million settlement) from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and why the MLB team’s balance sheet carries just as much risk today as it did when McCourt …

10 Extreme Bootstrapping Ideas

Putting every dollar you make back into your company, and not your pocket, can be brutal. These cost-saving tips can help.<p>You're building your business with your own money, which means you get to keep control of it, not hand it over to some investor. But bootstrapping is tough, especially if it …

Big Marketing On A Small Budget?

<i>A View From The Trenches</i><p>Four or five times a year, we get calls from entrepreneurs, inventors mainly, looking for marketing help. As far as I can tell, that’s about average for a small marketing agency.<p>Recently, we heard from a vibrating shoe man, a couple with a terrific new home-schooling program …

Why Everyone Is an Entrepreneur Now

Job-hopping might ruffle a corporation's feathers, but employers must accept it's a way of life.<p>Millennials have disrupted the labor market, making it acceptable to job hop and complete "tours of duty" until a better offer comes along.<p>In the process, company loyalty has become a thing of the past, …

Labor Economics

How Real People Make It Big

Forget shiny objects and distractions. How people who grew up with nothing, people like you and me, build big-time success.<p>There's way too much focus on amorphous concepts like leadership and entrepreneurship these days. If you spend enough time around successful executives and entrepreneurs, you …

What a Flexible Workplace Has to Do With Trust and Creativity

Marissa Mayer wants everyone at the office. Other companies don't even have offices. Where do you fit?<p>Chegg, a Silicon Valley online textbook rental service, introduced unlimited paid vacation; so far, no one has abused the privilege. When I was running software companies, women on maternity leave …

New Start-ups: Here's Your Digital To-Do List

You already know you need a robust Web presence for your business. What other tech steps do you need to take to get established? Read this handy list.<p>I asked a number of entrepreneurs and experts for the essential things every new start-up must do to establish its Web presence. Here's the digital …

Funded: Inside AOL's New Web Show

Baratunde Thurston's series of short online episodes about crowdfunding explores a new breed of entrepreneurship. But a celebrity show, this is not. "The main point is hearing people and their story," says co-writer Brian Janosch.<p>Utter the word "crowdfunding" to most people, and <i>Garden State 2</i> comes …

Startups

Want to Succeed? Get Used to Failure

Stop thinking so much--you're just procrastinating, says Jessica Herrin, founder of WeddingChannel.com and Stella and Dot.<p>You have to fail your way to success. In entrepreneurship, "there is no easy. There is no shortcut. Never," said Jessica Herrin, founder of jewelry company Stella and Dot, …

How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million …

Venture Capital

Getting On The Right Line Of Thinking – Think Like an Entrepreneur

How does one learn to think? If you get lost, here is a line of thinking map.“Forget everything you learned,” they told me on the first day of law …

Ripoff

The History of Creating Value - How Humans Made Money [Infographic]

At this point in history, startup entrepreneurship has become the fastest way of creating value, and thus the fastest way to move upward in life. But …

Why We Live – Counting The People Your Life Impacts

If you were to have your last party, ever – how many people would be there? If this question itself is unsettling it is because you want your life to …

Startups

Why Some Videos Go Viral: 6 Reasons

The basic elements of highly successful online videos are really just fundamental principles of human interaction.<p>The basic elements of highly successful online videos are really just fundamental principles of human interaction, and you can apply to nearly any form of communication (especially …

Marketing

De-Stress at Work in 15 Minutes

You don't need much time to relax--and lower your blood pressure. Here are five easy tactics to try.<p>You probably think of stress as a normal part of your work day--most of us do. And while a small amount of stress is part of every job, if you're getting seriously stressed out you should stop and …

5 Foolproof Ways to Get Through a Tough Task

Still staring at that blinking cursor on your blank screen? Here's how to get past it.<p>Few things are as daunting as a blank page, a report you need to write, or a pitch you need to create. It's all too easy to find yourself staring at the large white window on your computer screen. Pausing to check …

SoulScarf: Combining Fashion and Philanthropy

Celeste Currie's SoulScarf appeals to young women who have both a budget consciousness and a social consciousness.<p>Celeste Currie, now a junior at Syracuse University, never imagined herself as an entrepreneur, much less an entrepreneur involved in retail. And as an information technology student …

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Have A Daily Writing Practice

We all know that our well-being plan should include eating right, sleeping well, drinking plenty of water, and making time for your nearest and dearest. But word has it there’s a new kid in town when it comes to increasing our happiness and well-being, a key component to being successful and …

9 Ways to Create an Amazing Blog

The competition for clicks in the blogosphere is enormous. Here's how to capture an audience and create a following.<p><b>If Apple is correct</b> that 88 percent of Fortune 500 companies have tested or deployed its iPad tablet in some fashion then there's a hungrier appetite for tablets in the business world …

Start-ups: 80% of Your Growth Depends on This

At Inc.'s GrowCo conference, serial entrepreneur Les McKeown talks about the tensions that can propel -- or derail -- a company's growth.<p>Most businesses fail within a few years of starting up. Often, it's because they haven’t successfully identified a market or crafted a good enough plan to capture …