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Don't Expect Anyone to Tell You About These 4 Rock Solid Innovation Principles, But They Are Absolutely Crucial | Inc.com

Every enterprise needs to innovate. It doesn't matter whether you are a profit-seeking business, a nonprofit organization or a government entity, the simple truth is that every business model fails eventually, because things change over time. We have to manage not for stability, but for disruption …

Innovation

Research: The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45

It’s widely believed that the most successful entrepreneurs are young. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg were in their early twenties when they launched what would become world-changing companies. Do these famous cases reflect a generalizable pattern? VC and media accounts seem to suggest …

Entrepreneurship

There’s no such thing as motivation

But you can still crush that to-do list.<p>I’m not highly motivated.<p>I don’t have amazing willpower or self-control.<p>I don’t get up at 6 am to read, …

Motivation

Traction Is What Investors Are Looking for When You Present Your Plan

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The first mistake we make when we pitch our "great idea" to stakeholders is that we lead with our solution. We spend a disproportionate amount of time talking about the uniqueness of our product’s features or its underlying …

Product Management

How Jeff Bezos makes the right decision 30 years in advance

Throughout the years, many people have doubted Jeff Bezos and Amazon.<p>He’s most famous today for being the richest person alive, and while his image in the media oscillates between both good and bad, one thing is for certain — no one doubts him anymore. Amazon is an absolute giant of a company.<p>That …

Jeff Bezos

What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

One of the hardest things to know when you’re new to fund raising is what you’re supposed to send to an investor, when and will they keep your …

Fundraising

Hypergrowth and The Law of Startup Physics

Reboot.io founder and professional coach Khalid Halim has guided the leadership at Coinbase, Lyft and Checkr through some of the steepest parts of …

Startups

How WeWork became the most hyped startup in the world

On a Thursday morning in March, a group of young professionals file through the security gates of a co-working space in Moorgate, tapping their …

WeWork

Here are 185 books Bill Gates has read and thinks you should too

Like many prolific business leaders, Bill Gates is a great reader. Gates reads about 50 books per year which means he is going through one per week. …

Books

Hunger will destroy your fear of failure

<i>Career & Business</i><p>Tony Robbins to new graduates: "If I were 22..." Posted by: <b>Tony Robbins</b><p>Dear 2018 Graduates,<p>You and I have certainly grown up in very …

The Key Difference That Really Makes an Entrepreneur a Great Innovator

Instead of ignoring or avoiding product or service failure, see the alternative solution.<p>I've been fortunate enough to be the chair of an annual innovation conference for 10 years, and in that time we've always had a student competition. One team's idea has always "stuck" with me, because it was so …

Innovation

The 3 Keys to Becoming Irresistible

What the people I adore all have in common.<p>T<b>here’s a routine question</b> asked in job interviews, first dates, table games and so on: What is the most …

New research shows successful founders are far older than the Valley stereotype

There is a classic stereotype of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur: often a computer science nerd, almost certainly male, ambitious and, most importantly, young — very young. Founders who have been covered extensively by the media, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, started their …

Silicon Valley

A new TV show will send a self-made billionaire 'undercover' to see if he can build a million-dollar company from nothing in 90 days

If you dropped a self-made billionaire off in a random city, with just a few dollars and the drive to build something, could they make a million-dollar business in a few months?<p>That's the question Discovery is trying to answer with its new show, "Undercover Billionaire," which is about to begin …

The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader

A young friend recently remarked that the worst boss he ever had would provide him with feedback that always consisted of “You’re doing a great job.” But they both knew it wasn’t true — the organization was in disarray, turnover was excessive, and customers were not happy. My friend was giving it …

Inside the dusty brains of the first Spotify investor – looking at how we were right and wrong…

What we were wrong about<p>Mobile (we had no idea of how important it would become)<p>Today mobile is driving Spotify’s growth, and in their F-1 the …

Radio Industry

Remixing music

So I reached out to learn more. He said that the company was called Spotify but he wasn’t the guy I should speak to, I should talk to a guy called …

Music Industry

13 Things That Will Happen When You “Level-Up” As A Person

Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio<p>According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. …

Self-improvement

Warren Buffett’s ‘20 Slot’ Rule: How to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Results

Charlie Munger settled into his seat in front of the crowd at the University of Southern California.<p>It was 1994 and Munger had spent the last 20 …

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.

On a cold February morning at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the skeleton of a modern 15-story building was rising from a muddy construction site along the East River. As long and as tall as a cruise ship, the sleek glass structure loomed above rusty, century-old dry docks, serving notice to the …

WeWork

I was fired as CEO from a company that I founded—a year later, I'm glad it happened

On October 18, 2016, I walked into a board room as the CEO of a multi-million dollar business with responsibility of over 200 employees.<p>The business was my first-born, grown from an idea hatched in 2008. Minutes later, I walked out of that board room no longer a business owner nor a CEO. It was on …

I've Heard 20,000 Elevator Pitches. Here's What They've Taught Me About Getting Funded

Elevator pitches have evolved a lot in the past three decades of startups.<p>I first wrote about elevator pitches more than a decade ago. It was 2006. At that time, I'd heard more than 2,000 elevator pitches and I wanted to share the ins and outs of how entrepreneurs initially capture investor …

Venture Capital

Why the Best Decisions Are Never Perfect

The shift from ‘right’ to ‘safe-to-try’ decisions<p>“In business, if you realize you’ve made a bad decision, you change it.”<p>— Richard Branson<p>Making …

Self-improvement

The Leadership Model Used By Steve Jobs, Henry Ford And Thomas Edison

If you’re an individual contributor who also manages the work of other employees, you’re what is called a Player-Coach. It’s a very different kind of leadership model than what usually gets talked about, although ironically, Player-Coach is one of the most commonly employed leadership …

Henry Ford

The Role of the Founder/CEO: You Have One Job

Most people have a certain image in their minds when they think of a founder/CEO.<p>They picture the boss in the corner office, standing behind her …

Employment

Holly Holm's UFC 219 walkout should be a reminder to us all of how terrifying it is to step into the Octagon

On December 30th, as I watched Holly Holm skip to the Octagon, a ball of nervous energy, the words of CT Fletcher, the ‘strongest man that (up until …

McGregor

Tim Ferriss Says That Goal-Setting is Important, but Fear-Setting is Critical to Success

Tim Ferriss developed this exercise in fear-setting to help him make the hardest decisions of his life.<p>We know that Tim Ferriss is a New York Times best-selling author. We know that he's an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur, and an investor. What many don't know about Tim Ferriss is that he …

Goal Setting

Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity

Most people will never become truly successful.<p>“It’s lonely at the top. 99% of people are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so …

5 Questions You Absolutely Must Answer When You Pitch to Investors

Investors care about your idea and your vision, but they need to know more in order to invest.<p>I've said it before, and I will say it again: an investor presentation is not a presentation about your product, its features and how amazing it is. Yes, investors care about what you do, your big idea, …

Investing