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Extraordinary Design Lessons From 4 Companies That Changed the World

These companies have made billions through great design. What lessons can we learn?<p>Mankind has valued design for as long as we can remember. Just think about the Seven Wonders of the World or the creative genius of Michelangelo.<p>Great form, which refuses to sacrifice great function, is hotter than …

5 Reasons Why You Must Learn The Basics Before Launching Your Startup

You’ve probably heard millions of times that one of the key things to launch a startup and succeed is to jump into the pool and just start doing …

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The best places to eat tapas in Barcelona

Not quite a snack, not quite a meal, the tapa is all about sociability, whether that involves ordering a parade of little dishes to share over a bottle of wine and a long chat or whether your objective is a much more civilised version of the bar crawl.<p>Catalans have never really embraced the …

3 Things To Ask Before Getting Mad At A Teammate

Most of the problems caused in startups happen not because of bad people, but because of bad processes.<p>It's always easier to blame others. When something goes wrong, it is natural for us to try and find a scapegoat. While this may help us feel at ease in the short-term, it's things like this that …

The Difference Between Small Businesses and Startups: Crazy Thinking

A startup entrepreneur who fails in an idea is akin to a chemist who builds an experiment that doesn't bring the result - it is part of the process.<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What is the difference between a startup and a small business?</i><p><i>Answer by Balaji Viswanathan, Product Manager</i> …

Warren Buffett's 23 Most Brilliant Insights About Investing

Buffett is undoubtedly the most successful investor in history. His investment philosophy is no secret, and he has repeatedly shared bits and pieces of it through a lifetime of quips and memorable quotes.<p>His brilliance is timeless, and we find ourselves referring back to them over and over again.<p>We …

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The UK’s big supermarkets sowed the seeds of their own decline

If Britain’s big supermarkets fondly imagined that they’d come roaring back to health once the recession ended, then they’ve been sorely disappointed. Instead, as the new Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, put it: “The reality is that the market has changed more rapidly in the last three to …

Seven ways supermarkets are evolving with the times

<b>Discounters</b><p>Customers are shopping around more to save money. German chains Aldi and Lidl – which are substantially cheaper than the main chains on many basic items – now control 8.3% of the £175bn UK grocery market, up from 6.7% a year ago, with sales growing at up to 30% a year. Major supermarkets …

How To Lead In The Moment Without Losing Your Mind

These days, strong leaders need to learn how to balance the chaos of a fast-moving business. Here’s how to do it.<p>We talk a lot about leadership and the future. Here are some valid questions to ask, and worthy issues to address:<p>Where will you take your company?<br>• How will you plan for succession?<br>• What …

Coach Yourself to Success With These 6 Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have a great idea for a product or service that you can’t stop thinking about. You know this is your time. You want to get started <i>now</i>. You’re tired of working for someone else. Deep down, you feel that becoming an entrepreneur is your …

Change Your Habits and You Change Everything

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Much of what happens to us in a day is the result of old behavior patterns that worked for us in the past -- of habit versus choice; of reaction versus conscious thought; of intuition versus intention. Think of the thousands of choices …

Don't Wage a Price War. Win Sales by Eliminating Your Competition.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Let me propose a new sales strategy for your company:<p>“We are the high-price leader. That’s right, no one charges more than us. In fact, if you can find a higher price from a competitor, we will gladly raise our price and add an additional …

Today's Most Satisfied Employees Demand These 4 Things

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The employee landscape is changing, and with it has come new needs, desires and areas of importance for employees. This means employee development is no longer just about career development, but also goal alignment, non-monetary …

How to Recruit and Hire the Team You Need at Each Phase of Startup Growth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Around the end of 2010, I decided take a bit of a career gamble. After working in investment banking and private equity for five years then going on to get my MBA, I took a job as one of the first 10 hires at a mobile gaming startup …

What to Do When the Customer Is Wrong

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every business owner has heard the mantra “the customer is always right.” While that’s true to the extent that customers usually know what they want, it doesn’t mean that you’re always going to be able to give them what they want.<p>If a …

6 Reasons You Should Quit The Job You Love

If you love your job and you’re successful at it, why would you ever want to jump ship? Turns out, there are a few good reasons.<p>I recently left my job at a major technology company to go elsewhere, and I’m often asked why.<p>It certainly wasn’t because I didn’t like my previous role. For the last …

No C Players in Leadership Positions, Please

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most great CEOs are constantly looking for talent, not to mention developing and retaining it. It is not at all unusual for CEOs to spend 65 percent to 75 percent of their time on these critical people-related issues.<p>Great CEOs interview …

10 Secrets to Building Trust and Credibility With Your Customers

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>If you want to build trust and credibility with your customers and hold on to them for life, follow these 10 important tips:<p><b>1. Avoid selling a solution that isn’t in the customer’s best interest.</b> Sometimes you just don’t have the right solution at the …

5 Tough Lessons Learned From Embracing Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Brutal. That’s how you might describe the story of Plancast founder Mark Hendrickson.<p>The social network he founded in 2009 around planning and attending events attracted major interest early on, especially among tech influencers, but …

False Assumptions That Perpetuate the Overtime Epidemic in Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are naturally hard workers. It’s what makes them successful in the first place. But founders have a tendency to overextend themselves, and when they model this behavior for their employees, they create a perfect storm of …

Overcoming Youngest Person in the Room Syndrome

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A recent news report on American Public Radio's <i>Marketplace</i> indicated a surge of interest in entrepreneurship among young people. While this is encouraging, it doesn't make being the youngest person in the room by a decade or more any …

3 Steps to Creating an Inspiring Workplace

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is your workplace environment lifeless and dreary or engaging and inspiring?<p>Your workplace might fall somewhere in between those extremes. And, if your workplace isn't consistently engaging and inspiring for employees, you're leaving …

Employee Engagement

There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve been asked many times to lay out my magic formula for building a successful small or medium-sized business. I usually respond by saying there's no magic, only hard work and experience.<p>While this is certainly true, the success of a …