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What Happens When Entrepreneurs Fall in Love With Their Creations

Spike Jonze's new movie, "Her," a Golden Globe nominee, is a reminder of how all of us--especially entrepreneurs--can fall in love with our technology.<p>Ever hear of the so-called "edifice complex"? It's adapted from the more famous Oedipus complex, in which sons fall in love with their mothers. In …

2 Ways to Know Young Leaders Are Ready to Step Up

Identifying potential leaders is one thing. Making sure they're ready to lead is quite another. Here are two tips for closing that gap.<p>If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times from the leaders of growth companies: When it comes to leadership talent, they prefer developing it in-house …

5 Common Marketing Mistakes CEOs Make

If you want to save money and stay in the good graces of customers and the media, avoid some of the blunders our columnist has witnessed.<p>Most entrepreneurs are experts in software, hardware, or the particular line of business they've chosen to pursue. Most are not, however, expert in the nuances of …

CEOs

How to Tap Into Your Own Willpower

In a recent TED blog post psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal gave advice for re-thinking long-term goals.<p>If you're already struggling to keep your New Year's resolution, consider this: you might have picked the wrong one. People tend to make resolutions that don't reflect what matters to them most, …

Will Power

What Makes for a Really Good Business Idea?

If you're thinking about starting a new business, you can test it out with this five-point checklist.<p>The prospect of starting a business can be frightening. It is a risk and a tremendous opportunity, equal parts challenging and, hopefully, rewarding. Given the enormous risk that's inherent in …

Real Estate

What Customers Really Hate

If there's any rule that's true in business, it's that nobody likes when companies try to pull this particular move.<p>Every few months, business magazines and newspapers publish lists of "companies people hate." These lists always consist of same companies: banks, airlines, cable/telcom providers, …

Customers

How We Signed Up 10,000 Customers in 6 Weeks

San Francisco startup PointsHound knows a thing or two about scaling a company fast. Here's how it made inroads in the competitive travel industry.<p>The U.S. travel industry is established, competitive, and noisy. So when a scrappy five-person San Francisco startup manages to make inroads, it's worth …

5 Tips for Successful Reinvention

Is it time to reinvent yourself? You'll want these five insights from incredibly successful people to help you do it right.<p>In late 2008, the financial crisis terminated my 25-year mortgage career and my <i>Inc.</i> 500 company.<p>I lost everything and was forced to reinvent myself. I began a 5-year journey of …