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Designed to Sell : Turn Your Creativity Into a Career

The "kitchen sink" of all creative business-building resources for those that want creative freedom now. Includes all the basics plus elite access to …

Sales techniques for people who hate selling

Can I ask you a couple of questions? Great! Here goes:

How many of you get most of your projects via word-of-mouth?
• How many of you target your ideal …


How To Jumpstart Your Creative Career in a Bad Economy

Times are tough all over. Maybe you were laid off by a company you devoted years of your life to. Maybe your best clients are canceling projects …

Startups Are Rebuilding The Healthcare User Experience

The big healthcare incumbents struggle to become consumer-centric: it is now top-of-mind, but they have a long way to go. Start-ups and entrepreneurs are filling the gap.

UX Design

Building a Strong Startup

The Future of Entrepreneurship Panel

Today, entrepreneurship activity are at its historical highest, scrambling to meet a wide range of needs in the market and respond to yet undiscovered demands. Rapidly increasing globalization continues to shift equilibriums, such that a constant supply of …


CP029: Impress your boss with Excel charts - 6 step road map for you

CP029: Impress your boss with Excel charts – 6 step road map for you

Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Podcast Sessions , Charts and Graphs …

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The Crowdfunding Campaign Checklist

A crowdfunding campaign is nothing more and nothing less than a full-time job. Ideation, preparation, strategy, execution and follow-up are as …

8 ways negative people affect your workplace

Oddly enough, the obviously terrible employees don’t cause the real problems.

Why? Whether clearly incompetent or unbelievably easy, they’re easy to …

Advice From 14 Experts for Getting Online Traction for Your Startup

As an early-stage startup, building brand awareness is one of the most important parts of your business. To succeed you must get the word out about your brand, cultivate an audience and expand the reach of your company. Generating online traction is a top of priority, second only to getting …

4 Tests to Tell If You're Ready to Be an Entrepreneur

There are plenty of reasons for not starting a company. Odds are good that starting a company will not make you rich or famous. Only 1 in 10,000 funded startups become worth more than $1 billion, venture capitalist Mike Maples Jr. told me in a recent interview.

I am not sure how scientific that …

The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech

Women are still vastly underrepresented in tech.

This summer, major tech companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Apple released their own diversity reports. At many of these companies, the ratio was 70% male, 30% women.

It's a shame because women are doing incredible work, and bring a different view …

Here are the tasks startup CEOs should always outsource

“There isn’t enough time.”

It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it swells to a more-or-less deafening roar in Silicon Valley.

It’s “go, go, go” in startup land. And whether you’re just beginning to bootstrap or hustling to get …

3 ways to Boost your startup

Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and …


World Startup Events is a guide to key networking and tech events across the globe

The folks from behind the World Startup Wiki have released a neat new project that shines a light on startup events and networking opportunities worldwide. World Startup Events is a map that features three notable events for a range of cities worldwide — favorite event of the local community; its …


The 14 Steps Needed to Recruit Your Early Startup Team

By far the hardest and most exasperating part of launching a successful startup is recruiting an all-star team. At first, it will seem near impossible, as there is a limited number of truly exceptional people out there. Of those people, only a small percentage will have the skills, experience, …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Entrepreneurship can be a minefield of new and hard-to-navigate experiences, from managing employees to defining a vision for the company.

And it doesn't come with a manual.

Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.

Here's a collection …

How can you unleash your creativity? "Successful innovation is rarely only created by innovation departments. Often, innovation departments provide an excuse for others in the organization to let their innovation muscle shrink, precisely where it matters most," writes BT Group managing director, Jean-Marc Frangos.

Don't Just Start a Business, Solve A Problem

As long as consumers have problems, they will always search for solutions. People will always look for better, faster and smarter ways to accomplish everyday tasks. And fortunately for entrepreneurs, there are still lots of rooms for improvements in existing products. That said, the biggest issue …

Wired Magazine's Cofounder Shares 3 Books That Can Change Your Life

Wired magazine cofounder, entrepreneur, and prolific writer Kevin Kelly has a two-story personal library in his home and says that he's read thousands of books.

In an episode of writer and speaker Tim Ferriss' podcast, he talks about the three that he recommends the most.

We've taken these selections …

5 Ways Writing a Book Can Help Your Business

With self-publishing becoming easier, more and more entrepreneurs are able to reap the rewards of writing about their business. Putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – can instantly give you credibility, position you as an expert in your field and draw attention to your company.

Three …

How to Build Skills That Are Valuable: Lessons Learned From Selling Matches

In the early 1940s, a young boy was growing up in the small county of Almhult in southern Sweden. Within a few years, he would impact millions of people. At the time, however, nobody knew his name.

The boy was occupied with a small and relatively simple project. He had recently discovered that it …

100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

Whether you're seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading.


5 Rookie Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid, But Most Make

We all know there is no one right way to start your business -- certainly no failsafe blueprint to success. However, there are several common pitfalls that unnecessarily trip up many entrepreneurs on their road to success, a few of which I fell victim to myself while founding Educents.

Now, there is …

3 Tools Ecommerce Retailers Can Use to Boost Efficiency

As creatures of a mobile world, people today rely on the smartphones plastered to their sides and use tablets at work as well as at home. Computers are more often used for more complex tasks but people are no longer tethered to a desktop.

Data from eMarketer indicates that mobile ecommerce sales …

What Makes a Great Boss?

I was not a great boss. There, I said it. Do I feel badly about that? Not really. After all, nobody’s perfect. Besides, I don’t think I was a terrible boss; it just wasn’t what I excelled at.

Just so we’re clear, when I say ‘boss’ I mean managing people.

Don’t get me wrong. The executive management …

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Sometimes Entrepreneurs Just Need to Move the Moon

Occasionally art really does imitate life, especially where entrepreneurs are concerned.

In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the planet Bre’el IV is in danger when a moon’s orbit deteriorates and threatens to smash into the planet. Members of the crew try to use brute force to shove the …

"Excluding My Children Was Not an Option"

Late July founder Nicole Dawes explains why an entrepreneur's best day care may be her own office.

Nicole Dawes practically grew up in the office of her father, Stephen Bernard, founder of Cape Cod Potato Chips. So it seemed only natural that when her own children were born they would spend their …


3 Mistakes To Avoid When Someone Offers To Buy Your Business

Flub an acquisition offer and you could end up regretting it for life.

According to our latest research over at, the proportion of business owners getting an unsolicited offer to buy their business is up to 16 percent for the quarter ending June 30, 2014. That's a 37 percent …