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Vinod Khosla: You don’t need a CEO, You Need a Founder to Lead & Innovate

Written by Andrew Broadbent on Startup Grind<p>“No board,” with only a few hours of exposure to a company every 6 weeks, “is qualified to make any …

Startups

After analyzing 200 founders’ postmortems, researchers say these are the reasons startups fail

It’s a common adage in Silicon Valley that 90% of startups ultimately fail. To understand why that’s the case, a pair of researchers meticulously pored over 193 blog posts—startup postmortems, if you will—written by founders examining what went wrong.<p>It was a heartwrenching experience for Kerry …

Startups

Why So Many Doctors Are Advising Startups

It’s less about the money than trying to solve the right problems.<p>Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at UC San Francisco, spends long hours at the hospital treating patients. But between shifts, he takes calls with health-technology entrepreneurs to offer them advice and feedback.<p>As Weiss explains, it’s …

Sell stories, not tech: 8 steps for pitching a hard-to-describe startup

<i>This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital</i> …

Silicon Valley’s fastest growing companies succeed because they aren’t focused on selling

A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history—Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—is that they aren’t focused on selling products, they are building platforms. The ability to leverage the network effects of a platform is something that the technology industry …

4 personality types that make successful entrepreneurs

If you think entrepreneurs are a different breed, you're half right.<p>Myers-Briggs research reveals that ENTPs, ESTJs, ENTJs, INTJs, and ISTJs are more likely to have higher incomes and either be self-employed or manage more people than other personality types. Of course, these are far from the only …

10 Things That Abruptly Happen When Real Leadership Shows Up

<i>“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.”―</i>Jocko Willink<p>What does the environment around you look like?<p>Is it obvious to you and everyone else what …

8 Secrets Insanely Successful Entrepreneurs Know That You Don't

Success is an effect, not a causethe outward manifestation of an internal reality.<p><i>"Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself."</i>James Allen<p>Success is an effect, not a causethe outward manifestation of an internal reality. To be successful, you must see the world different from the …

Recommended Reading for Startup Founders, Part I

I frequently receive requests for recommendations on quality reading material for startup founders. Over the years I’ve put together a list of books …

How Business Planning and Reporting Can Kill Innovation

<b>Unless you are a fortune teller, long term business planning is a fantasy.</b><p><b>Why don’t we call plans what they really are: guesses.</b><p><b>Start referring to</b> …

Facebook Is Keeping You From Being Happy, Study Suggests

We don't like this.<p>Facebook is ruining all of our lives.<p>Okay, so that's not completely true, but a new study from the cheerily-named Happiness Research Institute suggests that staying off Facebook can actually make you happier.<p>Not that this isn't something we haven't already heard before. Many …

25 Things You Did Today That Ruined Your Metabolism

<i>by Grant Stoddard</i><p>Metabolism. It’s the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. It’s such a big concept …

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

Jane Charlton was not herself when she woke one day in April 2002, but it was more terrifying than any ordinary morning grogginess – and it did not shift for the best part of three years.<p>“It was a feeling of being fundamentally wrong in your own body,” Charlton says, attempting to describe what has …

Mental Health

23 BIG bucket list adventures

The rarest travel experiences. The toughest. The dearest. The ones that won’t be around for much longer. These are the real do-before-you-die …

Great entrepreneurs have these six skills

What skills do the founders of upstart companies like JetBlue, Chipotle, Tesla and LinkedIn have in common? That’s the question researcher Amy Wilkinson set out to answer by spending five years interviewing 200 of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, all of whom dreamed up companies within the past …

11 things successful people do right before bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.<p>That is why good bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them.<p>Here's what many successful people do right before bed:

Want to Change Your Employees' Behavior? Just Hack Their Brains | Inc.com

When it comes to influencing employee behavior, there's no need for evil, head-shrinking, black magic.<p>Simple things like getting your employees to put money into a 401(k) program can be accomplished with a simple brain hack. If you make the program opt-in, few employees will utilize it. But make …

Employment

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation …

7 Helpful Insights for Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Being an entrepreneur can be a truly amazing experience, because it provides you with the freedom and control that normal jobs don't usually allow. …

5 Consumer Trends that Change Work and Mobile

Consumerization of technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. After pondering the announcements at CES, Mobile World Congress and the Apple watch event, I’m even more convinced that consumer technology will continue to profoundly impact enterprise technology. In the plethora of recent consumer …

Virtual Reality

How Neuromarketing And The Science of Influence Will Change Marketing

Recent reports from Google expose the current state of internet advertising—56% of digital ads are not seen by humans, and only 50% of ads are viewable. Other reports have detailed bot fraud and URL masking, which no one anticipated ten years ago. Today’s 56% of digital ads not being seen isn’t any …

Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, or Destroy It

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs I meet are reluctant to disclose anything about their idea to investors before getting a signed confidential disclosure agreement (CDA). Professional investors and advisors, on the other hand, usually refuse to sign …

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes

In my new eBook, <i>365 Inspirational Quotes: Daily Motivation For Your Best Year Ever</i>, I share the quotations that have inspired me as I’ve launched my companies, written my books and raised my children. In the spirit of self motivation, here are my top 100 inspirational quotes.<p>1. Life is about making …

90% Of Startups Fail: Here's What You Need To Know About The 10%

As an entrepreneur, I know about failure. I’ve made mistakes, pretty stupid ones. At the same time, though, I’ve been fortunate enough to succeed a few times, too.<p>Along the way, I’ve been able to understand some of the lesser-known reasons that some startups fail, and more importantly why a few …

Entrepreneurship

The Formula To Better Problem Solving

The “Five Whys” process will help you get to the root of any problem, and make everyone feel understood and included.<p>Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Tools break, wires get crossed, the best-laid plans fall apart.<p>And on those occasions, it helps to know exactly what happened—so it …

The Startup Revolution Is About To Surge Again

in a new book, Coca-Cola’s VP of innovation discovers what’s needed for the next wave of entrepreneurial growth.<p>I grew up surfing. Even if the closest you’ve ever come to surfing is watching <i>The Endless Summer</i> or <i>Blue Crush</i> with a bag of popcorn, you probably understand that surfing is all about …

Overworked And Overwhelmed? Use These Mindfulness Secrets To Restore Balance In 2015

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, as quoted by Scott Eblin, author of “Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative“</i><p>Stress and burnout are an all-too-frequent condition for executives, and especially for entrepreneurs. But feeling …