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17 Essential Tools for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the biggest challenges we face as entrepreneurs is staying on top of everything. You have to respond to emails, make sure your website works perfectly, organize projects, keep in touch with your network, and avoid getting …

Productivity

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Self-improvement

Charles Bukowski’s Top 10 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Bukowski was in no way a “self-help” guru but you can’t deny that he’s a bad ass who lived his life exactly the way he wanted and didn’t give a s*&t …

Meet the 26-year-old entrepreneurs using Instagram to build an art empire from scratch

Three years on, they've developed an online network of young, international buyers from Hong Kong, the Middle East and the US and they have a 4,000-square-foot gallery in Soho, London. They now have plans to expand internationally and turn Unit London into the first major art gallery …

Social Media

Twenty Cognitive Biases That Could Be Helping You Make Bad Decisions

The human mind is a beautiful thing. Our ability to perceive, manage and express our individual experiences has been a huge reason for our success as …

Best startup accelerator programs in Europe

It can be a tricky task for startups to raise funding.<p><b>Editor’s note:</b> Make sure to bookmark this page to follow the latest startup accelerator …

This 10 Minute TED Talk by Bill Gates Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting

How do you give a great presentation? Here are 10 tips from Bill Gates in action.<p>With a net worth of $80 billion, Bill Gates happens to be the richest man on the planet. More than that, though, many are drawn to Gates and his ideas due to his everyday demeanor and down-to-earth presentation …

NDAs, Confidentiality Provisions And How To Make Sure Your IP Stays Yours

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ariel Soiffer practices law at WilmerHale</i> <i>where he advises technology companies on a wide range of</i> <i>licensing, contract</i> <i>and</i> <i>corporate</i> <i>matters.</i><p>Non-disclosure agreements are some of the most common contracts in the business world, and many other agreements have confidentiality provisions with …

Privacy

The Hidden Psychology Of Why Customers Come Back

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Nir Eyal is the author of the national bestseller,</i> <i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products</i> <i>and blogs about the psychology of products at</i> <i>NirAndFar.com</i><i>.</i><p>Psychological factors affect the decisions we make every day. Of course, most of us are blissfully unaware of the tendencies that …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

How to get a link on the front page of Reddit

No place on the user-generated Web is more coveted than the front page of Reddit. The digital home away from home for tens of millions of people each …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Northern Europe

How to Write Emails Like a Powerful Person

How do people project power in their writing? Tons of data say it all comes down to how you use this one little word.<p>Professor James Pennebaker of the University of Texas, Austin, has an unusual interest-- those little words like "I" and "the" that most of us totally ignore. To study them, he and …

How to Write Better Emails (Infographic)

Emails are your window to the world these days, and so if your emails aren’t getting attention, then that probably means you aren’t, either.<p>Some of your first interactions with potential customers will start online, so be sure to have a respectable email address. It may seem like a no brainer, but …

Marketing

15 Free Online Learning Sites Every Entrepreneur Should Visit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a successful entrepreneur means you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don’t have enough employees to cover all the areas you need.<p>Learning the new skills necessary to start a new …

Entrepreneurship

5 Signs From Childhood That You Were Destined to Be an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Some entrepreneurs are made, while others are born. If you have innate skills driving you down the entrepreneurial path, there were probably signs even when you were a kid. Were you the teacher’s pet who always turned in assignments ahead …

Entrepreneurship

Proven Strategies for Attracting High-end Customers

One of the fastest ways to grow sales and improve the profitability of your business is to go after high-end customers. High-end customers can afford to purchase more of your products and services at higher prices. Their strong purchasing power and frequency can make them more profitable for your …

The 'Boring' Trait Google Looks For In Its Leaders

<i>This post originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog.</i><p>The prototypical leader is a hero: gives the rousing speech, inspires the troops and shows up at the last minute to save the day. At least that’s how leaders are portrayed. but that’s not at all what Google discovered as their most important …

5 Must-Read Books for Every Entrepreneur This Summer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re on a plane traveling to your next meeting, taking vacation on the beach, or out on the prairie, there are five must-read books you need to bring with you. It’s a list of new bestsellers and old classics and, no matter the …

Social Media

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

No one said building a company is easy. But it's time to be honest about how brutal it really is -- and the price so many founders secretly pay.<p><i>Editor's Note: This article won an award in the Magazine Personal Service category in the 2014 Annual Awards Contest of the Deadline Club, the New York</i> …

After $2.3 Billion Sale, Entrepreneur Shares the Secret to Growing His Business

Billionaire pet-food entrepreneur Clay Mathile says to really grow your business, you've got to learn how to let go at some point. He learned that lesson the hard way.<p>Mathile, an Ohio farm boy turned business magnate, came on board to manage pet-food company Iams in 1970 when it was doing $500,000 …

Entrepreneurship

7 Steps To Curing Your Empty Promise Disease

Time is precious, but being busy is no excuse to ignore the people you work with. Here are a few tips to help you distill your messages, and follow through.<p>Busy people often don’t do what they say they will. It’s just so easy to ignore an email, leave a phone call unreturned, delete a text message. …

UX Design

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How Funding Works – Splitting The Equity Pie With Investors

A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million …

Venture Capital