John Fernsell

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7 Retail Trends That Will Shape How You Shop This Year

The pundits have consulted their crystal balls and have zeroed in on trends poised to shake up, redefine and drive the retail industry — and how we shop — in 2015.<p>Here’s what they foresee:<p><b>1. Amazon Will Finally Face Its Match/Matches</b><p>“While Amazon still clearly rules the digital shopping roost, …

eCommerce

The States People Are Fleeing

More people are moving out of New Jersey than are moving in. The same is true for New York and Illinois. Those three states top the “outbound” list compiled by United Van Lines, the big St. Louis-based moving company that has put together an annual survey of where Americans are moving for the last …

Demographics

Senate to vote on existence of manmade global warming, again

During the debate on a bill that would force the President to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Senate Democrats plan to offer an amendment that …

Tastier, Healthier, And Animal-Free: Can Ethan Brown Reinvent Meat?

Beyond Meat wants to change the world, one protein fiber at a time.<p>Imagine that you had to describe meat to someone who’s never encountered the stuff. It would be hard to do because meat is, you know, meat. You’d begin with where it comes from–the muscles and flesh of chickens, cows, pigs, etc. …

University of Maryland

A Month-by-Month Strategy to Reinvent Your Personal Brand

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As we start a new year, many of us are turning to our goals, from losing weight to reconnecting with long-lost friends. I enjoy motivational goals but appreciate an action plan to make them come to life. If building up your …

Public Relations

Why Hiring Exclusively for Experience Doesn't Make Sense

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Five-to-seven years of Python experience; 10-plus years of .net; minimum three years of Ruby. In the software development world, nearly every job post seems to include thresholds such as these -- prerequisites intended to narrow …

Employment

Inside Starbucks’s $35 Million Mission To Make Brand Evangelists Of Its Front-Line Workers

To Starbucks, baristas are not just baristas–they are ambassadors of brand, merchants of romance, disciples of delight. The company recently invested millions in a “Leadership Lab” designed to drill that message in for 9,600 store managers. So did it work?<p>“It makes me proud,” declares Fawnya …

Vinod Khosla: 70-80% Of VCs Add Negative Value To Startups

Vinod Khosla, one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems who later went on to create Khosla Ventures, says that the vast majority of VCs aren’t in a position to offer decent advice to startups.<p>In fact, most of them probably hurt startups, he argued.<p>TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington prodded …

What’s In, What’s Out For Digital Retail in 2014

This is the third installment in our series The New Brand Playbook. It is sponsored by Sociomantic, a market leader in driving incremental sales at …

eCommerce

Online shopping gaining traction while spending at retail stores declines

As retailers gear up for the final weekend of holiday selling – in the U.S. it's called Super Saturday – they're counting on shoppers turning out at stores despite forecasts of sleet, rain and snow in parts of Canada and tight-fisted spenders.<p>The tale of the 2013 holiday shopping season is playing …

The secrets of going sustainable: 'It's hard to go back to business as usual'

The deLeuze family of ZD Wines, located in California’s picturesque Napa Valley, has a history of eco-friendly practices that spans three generations. It all started, however, with bugs.<p>The winery’s late founder, Norman deLeuze, undertook organic farming in the early 80s, after an outbreak of …

Marissa Mayer and the New Breed of Product Manager CEOs

The Yahoo boss's combination of skills is vastly different from that of most traditional CEOs. She isn't a perfect executive, but she embodies the traits that companies need in a leader.<p>In the past year as Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer has been able to double the search engine's stock price, recharge …

Leadership

7 Easy Ways to Outshine the Competition

These technique ensure that your customers see you as head-and-shoulders above the crowd.<p>Want to win more business without dropping your price? Here are seven time-proven techniques to ensure that your customers alway think of you, before they even consider your competition.<p><b>1. Talk less about</b> …

Customers

9 Ways to Beat the Competition By Selling Less

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The male red-breasted robin has a highly predictable reaction when another male red-breasted robin enters his territory: He attacks. Interestingly, what puts the first bird into full attack mode isn't the other bird itself -- …

Selling

The Art of Public Speaking

• <b>Author:</b> Dale Carnegie<p><i>The Art of Public Speaking</i> by Dale Carnegie is an essential guide to learning public speaking. Written by expert Dale Carnegie, <i>The Art of Public Speaking</i> is perfect for business leaders, students, or anyone looking to improve their ability to communicate.

Code Red

• <b>Author:</b> John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper<p><b>Wall Street Journal Bestseller</b><br>Valuable insights on monetary policies, their impact on your financial future, and how to protect against them<p>Written by the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author team of John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper, <i>Code Red</i> spills the beans on the …

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Swap Seats, Change Your Company? Why Where You Sit Matters

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Does it matter where your employees sit in the office? Actually, it matters quite a bit, says Ben Waber, president and CEO of Boston-based Sociometric Solutions, which studies workplace interaction using sensors and other …

Employee Engagement

Why Too Many Startups Run Out of Money Too Fast

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the last five years, my firm Red Rocket Ventures has consulted or mentored more than 500 startups -- nearly all of them suffering from the same problem. They are typically so focused on building their product, they don't …

Startups

Need's goal is to become a magazine-slash-marketplace that isn't boring

The lifestyle magazine-slash-marketplace launching today, Need, is many things. It's a place where artists can showcase their work. It's a place …

4 Easy Steps to Never Sitting Through Another Pointless Meeting

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When meetings are done wrong, they can become the biggest waste of time in your day-- disrupting your workflow and productivity or complicating the already hectic schedules and projects of your team.<p>To combat meeting fatigue and …

Productivity

Inside Pinterest’s Beautifully Spare New Headquarters

To match the uncertain nature of startups, company founder Evan Sharp steered away of sleek decadence in favor of clean spaces that foster creative collaboration.<p>When talking about workplace design, the buzzword “collaboration” flies around the tech world faster than a speeding foosball. From …

How To Create A Culture Of Giving Back At Any Company

How do you create a company with a culture of giving back? Denise Restauri, founder and CEO of GirlQuake, says it comes “when they align themselves with an effort that is true to their values and that they’re passionate about and has a return on investment for them–it doesn’t have to be a monetary …

The 10 Questions Every Brand Should Ask To Ensure It’s Simple Enough

How simple is your brand experience? (Note: That is not one of the questions!)<p>Growth is not something most executives will ever view negatively.<p>But there’s a price to pay for everything–as our companies grow, so does their complexity. More offices and employees require more communications. Added …

Customer Experience

Looking For An Internship? Intern Sushi Will Now Connect You To Business Moguls

How does an aspiring intern stand out in a sea of faceless applicants? Two years ago, film and TV production exec Shara Senderoff thought the answer was to do away with boring, paper résumés for good and replace them with Intern Sushi: a platform where interns could create video résumés that …

Employment

4 Contacts You Need In Your Network Now

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's impossible to do everything by yourself, especially when you’re self-employed and trying to grow your own business. That's why networking is absolutely essential to your success.<p>But networking isn’t about tacky events, …

Entrepreneurship

3 Scary Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

3 min read<p>You carefully check your Halloween candy before you open it, right? Any sweets that look weird or suspicious get chucked in the trash. Well, the trash is also where marketing emails that are poorly designed, targeted and timed often end up.<p>But your company's branded emails and …

Marketing

Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Here Are 3 Tips on Getting Started

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a student at the University of San Diego, I have been learning about the fundamentals of business in class. While useful, it wasn't until I started going door-to-door selling mobile apps for my real estate tech startup …

Entrepreneurship

4 Lessons in Success From Millionaire Entrepreneurs

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How great would it be to be a fly on the wall as some of the biggest companies are developed? Or to hear about the challenges entrepreneurs have faced on the road to their first million? Last week at the third annual Chicago …

Entrepreneurship

3 Ways Starbucks Is Innovating and Why You Should Care

3 min read<p>Starbucks has one of the strongest brands in the business, but that doesn't mean it can't become even stronger. The company has recently been on an innovation tear, putting its money and resources toward cloud-based coffee brewers and fine tea bars.<p>Check out these three ways Starbucks is …

Coffee