Julian Lee

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How to maximise value when selling your business

An exit plan should be part of any successful entrepreneur’s strategy. Here are 5 top tips to help you build this strategy and sell your business at …

Selling

12 Successful Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Ever Got

The difference, for many, between giving up and persisting through the toughest times can be getting advice from people who have done it before — and being smart enough to listen.<p>From investor Mark Cuban's dad telling him that there are no shortcuts to Lululemon founder Chip Wilson's realization …

How This Entrepreneur Went From Internet Illiterate To E-Commerce Billionaire

Although his parents wanted him to go to college, Rubin dropped out after six weeks to focus on his business, which eventually merged with then publicly traded athletic shoe company Ryka to form what would later be known as GSI Commerce, writes Catherine Clifford at Entrepreneur.com.<p>It was the late …

There's Only One Way To Make Your Company Really Grow

"All companies that grow really big do so in only one way: people recommend the product or service to other people," says Sam Altman, who founded and sold Loopt, a mobile startup.<p>Altman currently spends part of his time working at Green Dot, which bought Loopt, and part of his time at Y-Combinator, …

You'll Be Surprised At How Responsible These 4 Huge Corporations Are Trying To Be

Why would a corporation want to make itself more sustainable? Because it's good business.<p>It takes real effort (and a lot of moving parts) to change a big company, but those with serious sustainability goals can become more efficient, improve their reputations, and find new business …

Guitar Center Is Proof That Big Box Retail Is Ending

Standard & Poor's cut Guitar Center's debt rating to junk status because it doesn't expect falling sales and disappointing profits to improve anytime soon, retail analyst Eric Garland writes on his blog.<p>Guitar Center is indicative of all of the problems with traditional big box retail, Garland …

Why Polyvore Employees Give Away Their Bonuses

At online shopping site Polyvore, that's not a hypothetical. To cultivate company culture, CEO Jess Lee instituted a simple and clever twist on employee performance prizes. Instead of giving top performers cash to spend on themselves, Polyvore awards winners $500 to buy anything they choose for …

Malcolm Gladwell Explains Why He Never Roots For The Underdog

He starts the book by dissecting the classic tale of David and Goliath, challenging our beliefs about what the story tells us regarding underdogs and giants, and ultimately, our fundamental assumptions about power.<p>Wharton management professor Adam M. Grant recently interviewed Gladwell about his …

10 Competitive Jobs That Everyone Wants But Hardly Anyone Gets

Rather than focusing on your own work, highly competitive fields force you to be constantly aware of what everyone else is doing.<p>Competition is particularly acute in visible, hard-to-break-into industries like entertainment and sports, jobs that offer lucrative payouts to top performers, and …

French Student Makes A Big Profit Selling Tins Of Air From His Village

"Air de Montcuq" is the brainchild of 22-year-old student Antoine Deblay, who first had the idea to sell his hometown's air over the summer. He put his idea up on the French crowdfunding site, where he was surprised to raise more than 800 euros ($1,000) in just a few weeks — enough to set up a …

This hoodie is so insanely popular you have to wait months to get it

The zip-up hoodie, made by San Francisco startup American Giant, costs $89. It had been on the market for 10 months when a December 2012 Slate article declared it "the greatest hoodie ever made" and suddenly sales exploded.<p>The pace of growth was so rapid that back-order waits grew to as long as …

The 'Circle Of Competence' Theory Will Help You Make Vastly Smarter Decisions

<i>"I'm no genius. I'm smart in spots—but I stay around those spots."</i><i><br>— Tom Watson Sr., Founder of IBM</i><p>The concept of the "Circle of Competence" has been used over the years by Warren Buffett as a way to focus investors on only operating in areas they knew best. The bones of the concept appear in his …

Self-improvement

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Survive The Future Robot Economy

In his new book, "Average Is Over," George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen discusses what a future economy dominated by intelligent machines and increasing income inequality is going to look like.<p>We've broken out a few of the most important lessons that will help business owners figure out …

How The CEO Of HubSpot Attracts And Retains Millennial Talent

That business grew to around 400 employees incredibly fast, Halligan tells Adam Bryant at The New York Times.<p>His own early success is exactly the reason why Halligan, now the CEO of marketing software firm HubSpot, has so much faith in young people and believes they have the ability to do more than …

7 Holiday Party Conversation Starters

Unlike other work events, the holiday party is one that most people actually attend. It's an opportunity to meet new people, and gives you face-time with pretty much everyone in the company, from the CEO to the most recent hire. That means you'd be smart to show up prepared.<p>We talked to Nicole …

15 Bizarre Things That Candidates Have Done In Job Interviews

It may be more difficult, however, to know what not to do.<p>To know just how outrageous people can get on job interviews, we turned to staffing firm Robert Half, which for decades has asked its offices about the most extreme interview antics.<p>Here are some of the highlights:<p>"After answering the first …

Millennials Are Threatening The World's Most Powerful Brands

Iconic brands like Tide, Levi's, Coca-Cola, Ralph Lauren, Gap, and more "are going to suffer a precipitous decline in relevance, in sales, and share of market; or drop dead, at the very least," retail expert Robin Lewis writes on his blog.<p>The advent of the Internet and e-commerce has taken price …