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The Coolest College Startups of 2015

Check out Inc.'s seventh class of remarkable student-run businesses.<p>Lemonade stands they are not. From an artisan pet-food maker to a designer of medical inventory systems for the developing world, this year's field of the coolest college startups showcases as much technical innovation as it does …

Startups

The 13 enterprise startups with the most VC funding

Just how big are their piles of money? Really, really big, with companies like Cloudera and Dropbox breaking the $1 billion mark in investment funding alone, according to a report compiled by Forbes, using data provided by VC-tracking startup Mattermark.<p>From Cloudera to Zuora, here are the 13 cloud …

Startups

How to Overcome Shyness | The Art of Manliness

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been exploring the subject of shyness. In our first post, we talked about the nature of shyness and its symptoms. …

24 Inspiring Quotes to Keep You Moving Toward Your Dream | Inc.com

Starting a new business is tough. According to the Small Business Administration, about 65 percent of all businesses fail within 10 years after they are launched. There are the challenges of time, leadership, and having enough financial resources to survive long enough to make a profit.<p>When times …

Motivation

How to Stay Motivated, Even in the Early, Most Difficult Stages of a Startup

Angela Benton, founder of NewME Accelerator, explains how she helps founders stay motivated and productive during the earliest periods of starting up.

Startups

17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur | Inc.com

You put everything on the line: your talent, your creativity, your ideas, your money, and yet you still do it, sometimes again and again.<p>That's why your friends often don't understand. (Sometimes even your family doesn't understand.)<p>"Why don't you just play it safe and get a job?" they ask. The …

Motivation

15 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation | Inc.com

I’ve been doing a lot of presenting recently, and I have no problem admitting that it’s tough. For those not born with natural eloquence, public speaking can be remarkably nerve-racking.<p>We can’t all deliver the next Gettysburg Address, but there are several small things you can do prior to your …

Self-help

3 Investor Tricks to Watch Out for When You're Raising Money | Inc.com

We love hearing about companies raising money. While big numbers are usually the only things we focus on, few people ask about details. How much of the company was given away? What were the terms? While these topics aren't as exciting as the amount of money the company received, they are …

Venture Capital

How To Do More In Your First Hour Of Work Than Most People Do All Day

Everyone wishes they could walk into work in the morning and own the day. Here’s six ways to make that daydream a reality.<p>There’s a simple way to get more done: You match your most important tasks to your most productive time. For many of us, mornings are it.<p>A recent survey done by Timeful, a …

Time Management

How To Achieve Success By Admitting You Suck

You’ll never be all things to all people. Accepting your shortcomings frees your energy for greater–albeit, more specific–endeavors.<p>Do you know what Peyton Manning is really good at? Playing football. Do you know what he’s probably not very good at? About 10,000 other things that aren’t …

Thought Leadership

How Startups Can Succeed by Celebrating Failure: The Colorado Experiment | Inc.com

<i>Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify Matt Reisman's role at Rachio.</i><p>Silicon Valley likes to boast it welcomes experimentation even when it leads to failure. In reality, however, most founders of failing startups rarely point the blame on their own decisions. This lack of transparency …

Startups

3 Ways to Tell If You're Burning Out | Inc.com

It's the question you never want to ask yourself: Are you starting to burn out? Being an entrepreneur is tough. There's always something going wrong, and there's always something more you could be doing. With all the work and stress, it's easy to start feeling tired or suffer from lack of energy. …

Entrepreneurship

How To Turn Monday Into A Day You Actually Enjoy

Ever wish the weekend had just one more day of rest? Rethinking Mondays gets us a little closer to that ideal schedule.<p>For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying an experiment with my Mondays. Rather than making Monday morning my big post-weekend return to work as it is for a lot of people, I’ve …

Productivity

Follow This Advice Before You Sell

Don't let go of the company until you've achieved everything you've wanted to do.

Fundraising Is Like Poker–How Startups Can Play The Game

As much as we’d like to believe that the best startups get funded, deep down, it’s all still a game combining skill and luck.<p>In high school Nikhil Kalghatgi, now a partner at early-stage venture fund Vast Ventures, and his friends taught themselves how to count cards in blackjack.<p>With enough …

Venture Capital

5 Signs You Need to Work on Your Leadership Skills | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs are visionaries. They see opportunity, design solutions, and stretch their minds to reach breakthrough innovations. But are they always great leaders?<p>It's actually rare that one innately possesses both the abilities of an entrepreneur and those of an outstanding leader. The …

Leadership
Infographics

4 Simple Pitch Tips that Will Attract Investors to Your Startup | Inc.com

Finding the right people to invest in your startup is kind of like trying to get a date with a great looking person at a bar. You've probably got a lot of competition, and your rivals might have "better" things to offer. They might have a clearer business plan or more experience. What they want to …

Investing

Startups Anonymous: My Startup Was Failing Because I Was Solving a Big Problem That No One Would Pay For

[<i>This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are</i> …

TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)

Today in an old music-hall-turned-arthouse-movie-theatre in the East End of London, TechStars presented its London DemoDay, three months after the group was announced. The startups presenting ran the gamut from B2B to consumer, education to e-commerce and social networking. Only three of the …

Data Crush: ProductHunt Is Quickly Becoming the Hot New Destination for Sourcing Startup Investment Opportunities

<i>Mattermark is now pulling in companies from ProductHunt on a daily basis, and in true Mattermark fashion we’d like to express our love for this</i> …

12 Things Successful People Do in the First Hour of the Workday | Inc.com

The first hour of the workday is critical, since it can impact your productivity level and mindset for the rest of the day.<p>"Successful people understand the importance of having control over their mornings, and know how to use that time wisely," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and …

Time Management

10 Insights on Building, Motivating and Managing an Exceptional Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is team building an art or a science?<p>When it comes to assembling, motivating and keeping a great team happy so that they can flourish in your business, the truth is that it’s a bit of both.<p>It cannot be understated how important a great …

Management

How to Systemize and Scale Your Startup

In the early days of a startup, you’re forced to do just about everything yourself, particularly if you’re bootstrapping. From wireframes to coding …