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How to stay semi-independent after selling your startup

Last December, my cofounder Todd and I sold our startup, Wallaby Financial, to Bankrate. We immediately went from being a team of nine, on the verge of going big or going broke, to being part of a 600-person company valued at more than $1 billion on the New York Stock Exchange.<p>Startups are acquired …

Design firm Ammunition takes top honors for innovation

San Francisco design firm Ammunition beat out Apple and others to be named Fast Company’s top “Innovative Company in Design.”<p>Co-founded by Robert Brunner, the former head of Apple’s industrial design studio who hired Jony Ive, Ammunition is most famous for designing the Beats Electronics …

Steve Jobs Knew How to Run a Meeting: Here's How He Did It

At 31 years of age, Steve Jobs left Apple and started NeXT. Here's an inside look at a company meeting, and what you can learn from it.<p>Brilliant. Passionate. Overbearing. Impatient.<p>Steve Jobs's management style has been described in many ways, both positive and negative. Love him or hate him, …

Entrepreneurship

Custom Analytics Company Keen IO Goes Open Source With Its Data Explorer

Keen IO announced today that it’s open-sourcing one of its key features.<p>The company allows customers to create their own analytics tools without having to develop the infrastructure from scratch. As you’d probably guess, it’s a fairly developer-centric product. The last time I spoke to co-founder …

Use These 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Nearly 23 percent of Americans worked from home in 2014, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. If you’re one of the lucky few that enjoys the ability to work from anywhere you like, the following tools will …

Social Media

How SaaS start-ups are going wrong with growth and on-boarding

<i>aka “How to increase customer LTV for only $5 and 15 minutes.”.</i><p>I am a big supporter of SaaS start-ups; in fact, I’ve paid for dozens of subscriptions …

Startups

6 Books That Will Definitely Increase Your Productivity Right Away

Even the most productive people would like to be more efficient. Here are 6 books that will help you get more done in less time with less effort.<p>Most of the time I feel like a productive person. I write three columns a week, am getting a master's degree, manage a small number of clients, and …

Time Management

Porcupine Cabin, Big Sky, Montana

<b>Let’s face it, if you’re looking for the quintessential</b> cabin experience, just go to Montana. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just put the pedal …

Real Estate

The Case For Letting Employees Choose Their Own Job Titles

The strategy did wonders at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Can it work elsewhere?<p>It’s not unusual these days to see people with unusual job titles. There’s a Director of Chaos at Berkshire Hathaway and a Director of First Impressions at the reception desk of many companies. Google has a Captain of …