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10 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Want to Have an Amazing Year | Inc.com

According to science, if you want to actually keep your New Year's resolution, it's better to start it February first. Why? Because the hubbub of celebrations and back-to-work chaos in January often gets in the way of thoughtful commitment to our goals.<p>Whether you take that advice or not, it points …

Positive Thinking

These truly wireless earbuds are like AirPods, but they cost $40 instead of $159

Apple’s AirPods weren’t the first truly wireless earbuds to hit the market, but they created a tidal wave of followers that now offer similar …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

I-DEAS

6 podcasts for people who love to travel

The coming of the new year means that for many of us, our paid time off (PTO) allocation resets. This lets us dream of how we'll spend that vacation time, and where we'll travel. If you're not sure which sights to see, a travel podcast might be just what you need. These six travel podcasts will …

I'm 29 and Manage $100 Million — Here Are the 7 Best Pieces of Advice I Can Give You About Investing

No. 6: Do not fall in love with your investments.<p>At 29 years old, I manage $100 million in assets.<p>Some may think I’m on the young side to be managing …

Subscription Businesses Are Booming. Here’s How to Value Them

The subscription business model is booming. Previously dominated by the likes of newspapers, magazines, gyms, utilities, and telecommunications firms, more products and services are being offered to more people through subscriptions than ever before. Business-to-consumer subscription businesses …

12 Ways to Elevate Your Personal Brand in 2018

Tips you can use next year to build your brand.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you aren't fully committed to building your personal brand yet, it's time to go all-in. I'm a huge advocate when it comes to personal branding -- it's how I built my first marketing …

Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street

How tech is breaking the bank<p>Thirty years ago last Monday, the <b>Dow Jones Industrial Average</b> fell by 508 points.<p>The 22.6% drop, known as <b>Black Monday</b>, was the biggest decline ever recorded on Wall Street. The culprit was an algorithm run amok: software automatically started selling off futures when …

Silicon Valley

Arriving Now: Your Self-Driving Car

In technology, big breakthroughs always seem to take longer than we assume. There’s an amusing recursive “law” that describes this phenomenon, <b>Hofstadter’s Law</b>, which states: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” <b>**</b><p>Hofstadter’s Law is a wry way of …

Autonomous Cars

Whiteboard Session: How Does Blockchain Work?

Venmo continues to test its physical debit card

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>PayPal-owned peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app Venmo is testing its first physical debit card, which enables consumers to pay in-store, online, or via mobile by using their Venmo …

FinTech

Raise lands PayPal investment in $60M round, shifts away from gift card resale

Raise has received $60 million in new funding from investors including PayPal, the Chicago-based company announced Tuesday. It’s a batch of money the company is using to shift from an online marketplace for unwanted gift cards to a mobile payments platform working directly with retailers.<p>“We want …

These 5 Financial Apps Will Help You Save Thousands Of Dollars Every Year

Being from the 21st century and a part of the millennial era, virtually everything is going mobile. Whether it’s getting a lift on the countless ride sharing apps like Uber, making a late night dinner reservation or ordering lunch to be delivered straight to your door, and even booking a last …

Personal Finance

How to Sell an Idea to Your Boss (Infographic)

Check out these tips and tricks for pitching up the chain of command.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Convincing someone to give your idea a shot is no easy task, especially when it’s your boss. While it may sound like a daunting task, pitching new ideas can come easy …

Here's the 4-question framework I used to make my 8-figure business a success

I created a simple four-question framework to help you.<p>It's what I've used to grow Sumo from $0 into an 8-figure business, and has been tested with thousands of customers in my Monthly1k program to start their own successful businesses.<p>Here are the four questions you should ask yourself.<p><b>1. What's</b> …

Small Business

Can you get rich by investing in a startup? How to do it — and the pros and cons of crowdfunding.

In May 2016, a law took effect that allows anyone to invest at least some of their cash in startup companies. Until then, buying a stake in a small …

10 Mortgage Rules You Should Know by Heart

Here are 10 essential pieces of information for anyone who plans to get a mortgage.<p>If you plan to buy a home and obtain a mortgage, either now or in …

These 197 Tech Companies Are The World's Most Valuable Unicorns

What are the world’s most valuable private technology companies?<p>A new map released by CB Insights identifies the 197 companies globally that are considered “unicorns,” meaning that they have a valuation of at least $1 billion.<p>Collectively, these companies are valued at approximately $679 billion …

Venture Capital

5 VC Clauses Entrepreneurs Should Never Ever Accept

Most venture capitalists love presenting astonishingly complex term sheets. They’re in the business of making money and negotiate term sheets for a living. They’re well versed with the potential outcomes of the entrepreneur–venture capitalist relationship and minimise their downside risk as much as …

Venture Capital

10 Dumb Money Mistakes People Make in Their 30s

Don't use your credit card to buy a designer baby stroller.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re like many 30-year-old Americans, you probably spent your 20s finishing up college, finding your first real job, taking some risks, making connections and hopefully …

First-Time Founder? 3 Rules to Raise Money Like a Pro

Raising capital is an endurance sport: brotherly-but-bloody investor meetings by day, painstaking number-crunching by night. Deal fatigue is real, …

6 Money Hacks To Trim The Fat From Your Budget

Winter. The season when hibernating becomes routine, exercise lessens and somehow, extra weight tips the scales in the wrong direction. The same is true when it comes to your spending. We set positive goals to improve our personal financial lives in shape, but somehow it all gets lost in the cold. …

Personal Finance

The 1 Startup School Every Founder Should Consider | Inc.com

YCombinator just open-sourced its accelerator program.<p>"Our goal is to replicate much of the YC experience," said Sam Altman, managing director. Anyone with a startup that wants to have the YCombinator experience without the jetlag can apply. The new program is taking applications through April …

Startups

I've been a financial planner for nearly 20 years, and here are the 10 best pieces of advice I can give you about money

I know I have. I recently turned 40 and thought it was a good time to reflect on my own investing mistakes and lessons learned from my 17-plus years of experience.<p>1. Don't follow the herd<p>I started investing in June 1999, right near the top of the technology bubble, and made the same mistakes as …

5 Tips On How To Take Your Idea From Seed to Scale

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Many entrepreneurs don’t know how to take an idea from inception to fruition. That’s the reason why more than 90 per cent of all businesses fails. Even if …

The pitfalls of venture funding

As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path.<p>As a veteran in the startup space, I’ve done and seen a lot. As a result, I’ve become educated about the pros and cons of …

Product Management

7 Indispensable Time-Management Tips For Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur who finds that they aren’t getting enough done in a single work day? It’s not unusual to find yourself behind the eight ball …

Time Management

7 key insights I learned from earning over $150,000 in one month

Those words describe exactly how I feel when I see the number above.<p>Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could build multiple businesses that would allow me to generate that much money in a single month.<p><i>Never.</i><p>Heck, when I graduated college, I'm not sure if I ever truly believed I could …

Comment on How To Get A Job In Venture Capital: 45 VCs Offer Advice On Getting Into The Game by SaaS Evaluator

Great article. How about a similar one from a slightly different perspective? What would these guys say convinces them most in people who want them …

Venture Capital

Achieving Growth In Unexpected Places

<b>By Aquila Leon-Soon</b><p>Sometimes you have to be willing to experiment to find the growth you want.<p>According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there were close to 10 million women-owned business in 2012, of which 89.5% had only one employee: the owner. From industries such as education services to …