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Here's How To Launch A Startup In 30 Days

We had persuaded a host of trusty people to pre-order our product, Bees Knees Spicy Honey, despite the fact that it didn't yet exist. Now, intent on sticking with our promise to deliver a kick-ass product within 30 days, I was feeling the pressure.<p>We had not yet scaled our recipe. We hadn't …

Entrepreneurship

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With so much attention paid to innovations and disruptive business models in the venture capital and startup world, it can be easy to overlook the vital importance of great people.<p>I keep a quote from legendary venture capitalist Arthur …

Leadership

5 Stern Truths You Need to Know Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Expressing your desire for entrepreneurship 15 years ago would have created laughter and an assumption that you’re crazy. The tables have turned. Entrepreneurship has become one of the most respected and intelligent paths to take. It’s …

Entrepreneurship

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Where the Real Deals Are Ignited at Conferences -- the Bar

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I travel the world and speak at conferences in my work as an entrepreneurial advisor and coach, delivering keynotes for groups ranging from the Global Entrepreneurship Congress to Dell Networks.<p>After seeing many cultures and market …

Entrepreneurship

How to Stay Focused: Train Your Brain

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and …

Time Management

Rory McIlroy's Dad Just Won $171,000 On A Bet He Made 10 Years Ago That His Son Would Win The British Open By Age 26

His dad may tell him to keep the change.<p>The Guardian reports that Gerry McIlroy has won £100,000, about $171,000, on a £200 bet he placed 10 years ago that his son would win the British Open before his 26th birthday. McIlroy turned 25 in May.<p>The paper explains that Gerry McIlroy, then a Belfast …

Golf

Why You Need a Marketing Plan

On the way to success, a comprehensive strategy is key, and one of the first things on a savvy CEO's list is building a marketing plan.<p>The plan should focus on the coming year and the specific campaigns you hope to roll out. Be aware that things can change quickly, but remember, having a plan that …

Marketing

Marissa Explains It All: 5 Motivating Quotes From Yahoo's CEO

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Marissa Mayer has been both scrutinized and praised over her past two years as the CEO of Yahoo. At just 39 years old she has the technical expertise to understand the computer science behind the Yahoo matrix, (after all, she was the …

Advertising

5 Things You Never Should Say to a Client

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The world of business can be tricky to navigate. Sure, you have a great product, but now you must procure and retain clients. And that can be like navigating a minefield. Each customer brings a different personality and expectations to …

Las Vegas

5 Warning Signs a Startup Is a Bad Investment

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A company that’s not growing is dying. This is an unpleasant reality that comes with the capitalist system, and it’s especially harsh for smaller or newer companies. Between concerns over debt, resource acquisition and client maintenance, …

Small Business

Jump on an Idea Quickly With These 5 Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have a great idea? Why aren’t you already on it? Great entrepreneurs don’t catch lightning in a bottle and leave it on the table.<p>If I’m going to partner with you, I want to see you roll -- now. Don’t tell me you’re waiting for a …

Entrepreneurship

This Is Why You Shouldn't Launch Your Startup In Silicon Valley

While the obvious locale for startups these days is often Silicon Valley, an infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.com makes a good case for why you may want to look elsewhere.<p>They suggest looking at places like Bangalore, India, for its entrepreneurial culture and diverse workforce, and Boston, …

Silicon Valley

Your Personal Brand Lives at Night, Too

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the eighth article in the series, "Living Your Personal Brand," in which marketing master Jim Joseph discusses practical ways to build your brand daily and use it to advance your personal and professional lives.</i><p>You may …

Nightlife

Delivering World-Class Service on a Startup Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The late Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This is as true in business as it is in life: Outstanding service …

Customer Experience

The Secret to Recovering From a Negative Customer Review

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Businesses aren’t perfect.<p>A slipup from a vendor, a shipment gone awry and an inevitable technical error all damage a brand’s reputation. In these situations, customers have the right to be brutal and unforgiving. Consequently, a negative …

Customers

7 Tips to Stay Afloat When Times Get Tough

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many small business owners struggle with cash-flow issues. They may not be paying themselves, at least not a fair market wage for the type of work they do and the hours they put in. They may be putting money into the business to …

Small Business

How Successful People Make Their Own Luck

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m usually sort of a forward-looking guy – always in search of the next great adventure or big opportunity. But I do occasionally look back at how I got here. And when I do, it’s hard to believe things turned out so well … in spite of …

Stock Markets

3 Strategies for Raising Your Prices

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Of the 28 million small businesses in America, 21 million lose money. Why do so many people lose at the game of business? The number one reason businesses fail is, simply, their prices are too low. They don’t sell their products at prices …

Customers

Apple Partners With the Company Formerly Known as Big Brother

Throughout its 38 year history, Apple has been the king of incongruous partnerships. In 1997 there was the deal with arch-rival Microsoft, in which …

Microsoft Shares Rise To New 14-Year High After Massive Layoffs Announcement

And after today's massive layoff announcement, in which the company said that it would cut 18,000 jobs, the stock is only going higher.<p>In pre-market trading, MSFT is up 2.4%.<p>"We will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year," said CEO Satya Nadella in …

Profit

5 Unusual Ways to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder. Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep, exercise and recreation time so that our time spent working is as productive as it can be.<p>Working harder can be …

Productivity

5 Ways Creativity Leads to Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business leaders tirelessly chase productivity. Everything we do -- every hiring decision, every software purchase, every reorganization -- all boils down to wringing out just a little bit more. Productivity is the turning of the gears, …

Creativity

Don't Let Your Brain Commit This Crime Against You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.<p>For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called “The War of …

Cambridge University

Crowdfunding Can Be Really Effective -- If You Know What You're Doing

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most people do not understand crowdfunding. "I built it, but they did not come" is a common complaint. Some people are shocked and unable to understand why nobody donated to their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo or …

Startups

10 Ways to Keep Your Company's Cash Flow Alive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most people who have never had businesses of their own think that owning a business automatically means you have dough.<p>"Sure, you can get the check because you can just write it off." Seriously?<p>Do these people understand that having a …

Small Business

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Ex-Hulu CEO Raises Funding From Benchmark and Bezos for Startup

Jason Kilar stepped down from his position as CEO of Hulu in early 2013 after helping to build up the video streaming service from its launch in 2007.<p>…

6 Tips For Accepting Failure and Moving On

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I have started multiple companies. I believed in every single one of them. Put my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into each and every one of them. 90 percent of them have failed. Being around hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have learned …

Entrepreneurship

The Joy of Constraints in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Early in my career, I had a fairly shortsighted view of what it meant to be creative or innovative. I thought visionaries spent their time filling up blank pieces of paper with amazing, never-before-seen ideas that magically poured out of …

Business Strategy