Isaiah Foster

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How would you break down the process of raising an angel round of investment in 5-10 steps?

David S. Rose<br>1. <b>Understand your business.</b> It sounds obvious, but the majority of entrepreneurs who pitch me have obviously never thought through many …

3 Ways to Maintain a Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset

Starting a business definitely comes with its fair share of difficulties. The process often feels like a roller coaster. Some days, weeks, and even …

Entrepreneurship

5 Pivotal Rules of Starting a Business

Building a startup company is something that one can not understand until trying to do it. It is painful, arduous and at times seems absolutely …

How to Grow an Awesome Community to Fuel Your Social Startup

<i>Nadia Hussain is the Community Director at Polyvore.</i><p>When you’re starting a social company, building a loyal and engaged community is paramount. But that can also be one of the most nuanced and challenging elements of launching your startup.<p>As employee #6 and community director at Polyvore, I’ve had …

The Single Biggest Reason Most Entrepreneurs Fail in 2014

It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was useless to try sleeping any further, so I decided to get up and start working.<p>After checking my emails, I found myself on …

Data Gathering Habits For Epic Business Growth

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping your team organize itself using simple #hashtags.</i><p>A business whose true north is growth will know that collecting quantitative and qualitative data is critical. Organizing your company’s data and knowledge from the beginning is not …

Scared Someone Will Laugh at Your Ideas?

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of</i> <i>Arkenea Technologies</i> <i>and a mobile strategy advisor. He can be contacted via Twitter</i> <i>@rahulvarshneya</i><i>.</i><p>Ever noticed that whenever Facebook implements a new design change on their website, just how many people crib and rant about the change?<p>Most people are habituated …

Trim the Fat From Your Startup

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This story appears in the February 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>The lean movement, the concept that businesses should eliminate waste in order to use less capital and fewer resources, is often associated with major …

Entrepreneurship

What's the Right Path for Startups Entering the 'Internet of Things'?

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The future of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has been discussed and debated so much over the past two years that you might think that the door has already closed for entrepreneurs thinking about getting into the market. General …

Internet of Things

8 Apps to Turn Your Pipe Dreams Into Prototypes

Depending on who you listen to, ideas are either bulletproof, cheap, and powerful or like an unmentionable part of your body. Everyone has ideas. …

How to Get Big Rewards For Your Brilliant New Product Idea

First of all, when genius strikes, decide that you’re going to do <i>something!</i> Almost nobody does. Most folks will get a product idea or notion at one …

Do You Really Need a Business Plan to Start Your Own Business?

Some people argue that, before you start your own business, you need to have a solid business plan. You need to have a mission, a strategy and …

How One Mobile Game Developer Automated Success, And You Can Too

These tips will help your team use structure to add more creativity without taking anything away.<p>It’s a fairly common misconception that unleashing creativity requires getting rid of processes and requirements. People often think that the more process you involve in a goal, the more holes you poke …

And now we have a Tinder for home-buying

These days the startup pitch trend is to say you offer either the "Uber of" or "Tinder of" something. For the former that means your business is …

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

Paul Graham, Jim Collins, Tony Hsieh, and other business leaders share the questions you should be asking if you want to improve your company.<p>There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would …

Leadership

What Can Young Entrepreneurs Learn from the Game of Basketball?

Many people say that basketball is more than just a sport. For the most part, that is true; in fact, it is often known to be a metaphor to just about …

I Had Been Fired and Evicted, and Still Retired at 27

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Cynics will always do what they do best.I recently wrote a piece on Entrepreneur.com to explain how and why I decided to retire at the ripe old age of 27 years old. I knew the response to my approach and attitude to work and …

Real Estate

Why Millennials Should Become Entrepreneurs Now

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I was fresh out of college and ready to start my career, launching a business -- let alone making it successful -- required overcoming serious logistical and financial hurdles. You needed office space, staff and equipment. …

Entrepreneurship

Can't Code? 4 Tips for the Non-Techie Young ‘Trep

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether during lunch time conversation in the dining hall or late night talks with my roommates, it seems that everyone has a big idea for a tech startup. Unfortunately, few people possess the technical chops required to bring …

Entrepreneurship

Inspired or Insane: This 28-Year-Old Vows to Launch a New Business Every Week for One Year

4 min read<p>For most aspiring business minds, conceiving a viable enterprise is the project of a lifetime. For 28-year-old Colin Grussing, it’s about to become a weekly routine.<p>With a seemingly time-bending initiative entitled 52businesses that is sure to intrigue dreamers and skeptics alike, …

Entrepreneurship

Inventing Can Be Fun, and Profitable. Here's How to Get Started.

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Companies are looking for your ideas. Smart businessmen understand and respect that great ideas can come from anywhere -- and anyone. Open innovation makes sense!<p>By seeking out and being willing to accept product ideas submitted …

Business Strategy

Bootstrapping Your Way to Success With These 9 Tips

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if you want to start a company, but don’t yet have funding or aren’t sure you want to share ownership. Is it possible to start a successful company without investors -- no angel, venture capitalist or seed funding? Of …

Small Business

Need a Business Idea? This Is Where You Should Be Looking

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of</i> <i>Arkenea Technologies</i> <i>and a mobile strategy advisor. He can be contacted via Twitter</i> <i>@rahulvarshneya</i><i>.</i><p>If you’re looking for a startup idea, most entrepreneurs will advise you to look at problems – ones that you can solve creatively and most effectively. A problem so …

Dream On: Here Are the Real Reasons You Should Build an App

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just because it is fairly easy to hire a freelance developer at a low cost to develop your app, it doesn’t mean anyone will want to use it and it will be downloaded thousands of times. It also doesn’t mean that you’re an …

Business Strategy

5 Ways to Harness Hashtags to Drive Business Value

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since debuting on Twitter in 2007, hashtags have rapidly spread across social media. Today they are used on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Vine and seen in print, TV and elsewhere on the web. But while social media …

Social Media

How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic)

2 min read<p>You have a powerful idea for the next big thing, but before you sell it to anyone, you have to get it all down on paper. It’s time to make a business plan.<p>How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Washington State University created an infographic that provides 10 …

Small Business

105 Service Businesses to Start Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>At your service: Convenience-craving consumers are always looking for a way to do things better, faster and cheaper. Often, that means turning to a specialty-services entrepreneur who knows how to get the job done right. Here, we provide …

Small Business

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Guest Writer<p>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 …

Entrepreneurship

How Quitting Your Job or Getting Laid Off Can Help Finding Your Life’s Purpose: New Beginnings

In my last article I explained how a transition in life is an opportunity to being intentional about our next step to truly understand what we are …