Jeff Spears

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Why Apple Always Wins By Copying aka MAYA.

Apple never releases a product into market before its competitors. If you didn’t know any better, you would think this is a deliberate strategy. And …

Tibergien: Lack of Talent Is Biggest Issue For Advisor Sector

Bloomberg Markets AM with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz.<p>Guest: Mark Tibergien, CEO of Pershing Advisor Solutions, on advisory trends, needs of high …

The Science of Creativity, Purpose, and Motivation

“Your interests and your passion develop over time. I want to disabuse people of this mythology of ‘it happens to you and if you’re lucky, you find …

Self-improvement

Why You Should Avoid Entrepreneurship

It is a ride many people dream about and most wish they had never gotten on.<p><i>This article was written for visionaries and masochists alike.</i><p>During a particularly tough business cycle, I asked my friend and mentor Rick Voirin about whether it was the right time for me to change the direction of one of …

Entrepreneurship

This Is The Most Fun Way To Improve Every Part Of Your Life

You don’t celebrate enough.I’m not talking about just having fun for the sake of having fun. Plenty of scientific research shows that celebrating is …

Happiness

11 Practical Things That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur Almost Instantly

Every entrepreneur I know wants to improve in some way. They want to create successful companies. They want to scale those companies. They want to enjoy life.<p>What’s does it take to achieve these admittedly vague objectives? The simple answer is <i>self improvement.</i><p>What are some practical things that …

27 Reasons People Aren't Reading Your Blog Posts

Do you ever look at prolific blogs and get frustrated by how easy they make it seem?<p>Thousands of people read, comment and share each new post on the …

Kitces: Selling Is Essential, Even For Planners

The first generation of financial planners rarely started out as planners; most were initially insurance agents or stockbrokers whose business was …

Why we need to rethink capitalism

Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism. It's a system that has done him very well over the last few decades. Nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and …

Making It Through The Startup 'Trough Of Sorrow'

<i>“The Struggle is where greatness comes from.”</i> - Ben Horowitz<p>Startups are hard, but they’re especially hard when things don’t go as planned. And that’s not a distant possibility, no matter how strong of a product/market fit you have. It’s a foregone conclusion that something will go wrong at some …

Peter Diamandis

The Ideal Length of Everything Online, Backed by Research

<b>UPDATE: See a newer, updated version of this post with a brand-new infographic.</b><p>Every so often when I’m tweeting or emailing, I’ll think: Should I …

On technology and faith

Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering …

Improving Startup Accelerators (Or Anything Helping Entrepreneurs)

<i>Most startup community things suck (incubators, accelerators, schools, government initiatives, hackathons, conferences, etc). All are well intended</i> …

This is What LinkedIn’s Editors Really Want

<b>More than 50,000 blog posts are published on LinkedIn every week.</b><p>What topics should you write about? How long should your posts be? How do you get …

Make Your Values Mean Something

Take a look at this list of corporate values: Communication. Respect. Integrity. Excellence. They sound pretty good, don’t they? Strong, concise, meaningful. Maybe they even resemble your own company’s values, the ones you spent so much time writing, debating, and revising. If so, you should be …

I put the following thoughts out on Twitter last Friday following the release of the employment numbers: I was a little shocked at the enormous …

Investing

The downside of starting up: Depression, anxiety, loneliness, even suicide — the entrepreneurship struggle is real

Mike Gozzo saw the end of his startup coming from a mile away.<p>When he and cousin Steve Panetta started Appifier — software that turned WordPress …

Startups

Less than a quarter of Wall Streeters are happy at work

That's according to a new study from TINYpulse, a company that collects data on employee satisfaction in the workplace. They collected 30,000 employee responses from 500 companies across the financial services and insurance industries.<p>Here's what they found:<p>Fully 80% of respondents said they felt …

6 ways mindfulness can make you a better entrepreneur

Guest post by Elise Bialylew<p>My path to becoming a social entrepreneur was an accidental one. I had spent many years as a doctor specialising in the …

Good and Bad Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur

<b>Update (Sept 2014): I gave a talk on this topic during lecture 1 of Stanford’s CS 183B course. Check out</b> <b>the video</b> <b>if you’d like to hear more about</b> …

When Going Cheap Is Actually More Expensive

Startup budgets are lean. But sometimes not hiring an expert can cause major problems for your business.<p>"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." --Red Adair<p>I recently received a call from a very bright guy--a complete A-lister in his area …

How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges And Crafted The Best Seed Portfolio Ever

Between the parade of wet suits and abundant seafood and yoga joints, Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, tries to cling fast to its surf town roots. It’s a tough battle. Strolling the boardwalk, I pass beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings practicing spikes close by glitzy …

How to Choose Bloggers as Brand Advocates

How much do bloggers influence your brand image? Can bloggers really be brand advocates? If you are on the brink of this decision, this post will set …

The Only 10 Slides Needed When Pitching Your Business (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Once you’ve come up with a business idea that you believe in, the next step is getting investors to believe in it, too. You need to pitch your idea in a way that’s interesting and informative -- and quick.<p>Renowned entrepreneur Guy …

Venture Capital

The Best Startup Accelerators Of 2015

Startup accelerators, now fixtures of the tech community, were hard to find just a few years ago.<p>When researchers Yael Hochberg and Susan Cohen began researching accelerators in 2010 and 2011, they could hardly find 10 true programs to rank. On Tuesday, Hochberg and Cohen released their latest …