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The Main Reason Startups Don't Last

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a child I used to go to the local video store to rent movies to watch on the weekend. The store, part of the Potomac Video chain, was one of the last video stores in Washington, D.C. But after 33 years, the business suddenly shut its …

Entrepreneurship

Want Your Kid to Be Successful? Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran Says You Should Do This.

Back off, helicopter parents. If you want your kid to grow up to be a successful entrepreneur -- or to realize her career dreams at all, whatever they are -- the best thing you can do is “take the pressure off,” <i>Shark Tank</i> star Barbara Corcoran says.<p>“Ignore what they don’t do well,” the millionaire …

Entrepreneurship

Leadership Lessons From Alexander the Great

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To prepare for my company's off-site meeting in Greece, I decided to reread one of my favorite books, <i>The Virtues of War</i>. It’s a historical novel told from Alexander the Great’s point of view.<p>Readers first meet Alexander when he was ruling …

Leadership

The 4 Habits You Need to Be Successful

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The most successful people in this world maintain and master good habits. They realize what they do on a daily basis and where they direct their energy deeply matters when it comes to reaching their goals.<p>The habits you have picked up …

Self-improvement

Best Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Just Kiss the Girl

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I do not understand women.<p>They are complicated, complex, highly intelligent and clever sentient beings that never seem to follow the laws of nature, all of which makes it incredibly difficult for even moderately uncomplicated guys like me …

Entrepreneurship

Surviving the worst at work

You’ve been there — embarrassing yourself at the office, facing down a redundancy and wondering how, exactly you’ll survive and keep progressing in your career.<p>These are the dilemmas of professional life and they are never easy to navigate. They’re also topics a number of LinkedIn Influencers …

Why the rich stay rich: they don’t invest like the rest

28 Stocks That Could Double In Two Years, No Matter What The Market Does

Business-focused social network LinkedIn, retailer Lumber Liquidators, growing ETF power WisdomTree Investments, cloud-based enterprise software company Workday and 3D-printing outfit 3D Systems don’t have much in common. Except for the fact that analysts from Jefferies think all five could see …

If You Want To Get Rich At A Startup, You'd Better Ask These Questions Before Accepting The Job

"Some people's reactions were like, 'Oh my God, this is more [money] than I ever could have imagined,'" Goldberg previously told Business Insider in an interview about the sale. "Some people were like, 'That's it?!' You never knew what it was going to be."<p>If you're an employee at a startup — not a …

The Science of Failure: Why Highly Successful People Crave Mistakes

“I’m delighted to admit that I’ve failed at more challenges than anyone I know.” — Scott Adams<p>A friend told me recently about a colleague who is …

What Facebook can learn from tech’s one-time acquisition champion

One of the biggest questions following an acquisition is how the acquired company will operate in relation to its new owner. After buying WhatsApp, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly emphasized that the startup would remain autonomous. But, as the history of technology dealmaking shows, that …

Digital Health Update: The Google Contact Lens

Today, Google told the world about their experimental contact lens. The story in the official Google blog and can be read here. It’s another part of the expansion of Google into health and wellness.<p>We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny …

A 200-Year Look At Automation And How It Has Improved Our Lives

<i>The following guest post is by Seth Turin, president of Seth Turin Media, who created UBot Studio.</i><p>When Nikola Tesla introduced the first humanoid, people had concerns that robots would threaten people’s livelihoods. Now, over a hundred years later, everything from social media networks to Netflix …

Which Brands Will Triumph In 2014?

<i>The following guest post is by Thomas Mueller, Chief Experience Officer for strategic branding firm Siegel+Gale.</i><p>Though the definition is often hotly debated, most can agree that brand experience means ensuring you walk the talk. It’s that moment of truth when a customer has the right experience …

UPDATED - IBM Goes All In On Cloud - Announces A $1.2B Global Service Investment

When Bob Dylan famously crooned that the times they are a-changing he was unlikely to be thinking about the technology marketplace. But his lyrics are apt as I sit and reflect on some news that IBM just announced. The company, after spending $2B on cloud infrastructure vendor Softlayer last year is …

How Big Is Twitch's Audience? Huge.

Gaming-centric video web site Twitch ended 2013 with more than 45 million unique monthly viewers who watched, on average, 106 minutes of video a day, according to an end-of-year report from the company.<p>Those are massive numbers for a privately-owned, two-year-old startup that serves what has …

Huawei’s ‘phablet’ takes off globally, doesn’t seem so crazy after all

China’s emergence as a global tech player is a continuing trend in consumer electronics, and the rise of China’s Huawei is a prime example.<p>The company wants to be a global brand in tech products and will continue to expand its presence in the U.S. market, Colin Giles, executive vice president at …

10 Takeaways From CES: iPhone Stun Guns, Iris Scanners, A Camera-Shy Movie Director And Crazy Party-Crashing CEO

With more than 20,000 new products expected and 300 presentations delivered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, putting together a definitive list of noteworthy products, trends and happenings is no mean feat.<p>Which is why I’m not even going to try.<p>Instead, let me confirm what …

14 Things To Do On A Slow Day At Work

Downtime is a rare thing in most workplaces — but there’s a good chance you’ll experience a slow day every once in a while. (If you’re reading this at work, you might be having one today.)<p>“These quiet periods can be game changers if you use them to check to see if you’re strategically meeting job …

How To Show You Get The Company Culture In Your Cover Letter

It’s 1 AM, and you’ve come to the last part of your job application—the dreaded cover letter. Suddenly, that English degree doesn’t seem helpful, that latte not strong enough, and that confidence filling out the first half of the application all but lost. <i>How in the world do I convince them that I’m</i> …

14 Chinese Companies Going Global In 2014

Over the course of 2013, an American pork producer, a British luxury boat manufacturer, and a Canadian oil and gas firm all found new owners from China. These are only the most recent examples of major cross-border mergers and acquisitions — one important path Chinese firms are taking to expand …

The Music Industry Moves Kicking and Screaming Into A Streaming World

One thing about the music industry is that it likes to be comfortable. Life was so easy for about 50 years as the way business was conducted hardly ever changed. The label found an act, made a record, sold it to retail and promoted it through radio. Publishers and songwriters went to the mailbox …

How Netflix And AMC Are Spurring A TV Arms Race In 2014

Get ready for more great TV.<p>No one would argue that this is a Golden Age for television. With shows like <i>Breaking Bad</i>, <i>Orange is the New Black,</i> <i>The Walking Dead</i> and <i>Scandal</i>, there’s more good stuff to watch than ever before.<p>But all of that quality TV is coming at a price for major media companies. …

Will London Become The World's Favorite Technology Hub?

The idea of London becoming a technology center to rival other parts of the world has gained a lot of momentum in the last 12 months. From around 200 firms in early 2010 the city now boasts around 1500 new technology businesses and new business growth across the board has increased by roughly 20% …

Toxic Leaders And The Social Environments That Breed Them

A National Public Radio news investigation aired this week covers the topic of toxic leadership in the military. It focuses on an anthropology professor named David Matsuda who was working with the army in Iraq to help understand local cultures. A general asked him to investigate the high suicide …

The Most Important Thing About Buying Annuities

Annuities come in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins ice cream with all the add-on features (called “riders”) and varieties of ways to earn interest within the annuity contract. Because of all the customizable options, annuities have been fiercely criticized for being too complex for the average …

There's Nothing New About AT&T's Sponsored Data (And Why the FCC Won't Ban It)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has been urged to investigate AT&T's new Sponsored Data offering, whereby customers can use certain internet services without dipping into their monthly data plan.<p>The plan would see content developers and app creators paying for users’ …

Before You Quit Your Day Job, Read This

You may know me as an entrepreneur, author, or TV host, but I also serve another role in life: I’m a long-distance runner. I won’t ever win a marathon, but that’s fine. Winning to me now is finishing my <i>own</i> race, and the challenges (and pain) I have faced running long distance have influenced the …

Which Personal IRA Is Right For You?

Saving enough for retirement can be a struggle. Many people work hard only to find they have too much month and not enough money.<p>If you qualify for a workplace 401(k) or 403(b), that’s the place to start. Often, companies match savings into those accounts, and you get the extra incentive of tax …

China: Looming iPhone Price War To Boost Apple

Chinese media are buzzing with anticipation as dominant mobile carrier <b>China Mobile</b> (HKEx: 941; NYSE: CHL) prepares to finally offer the latest iPhones for its network next week, after becoming the last of the country’s 3 telcos to sign a deal with <b>Apple</b> (Nasdaq: AAPL). The move will almost certainly …