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Do It. Do It Right. Hedgehogging Your Startup. | Inc.com

If you're not familiar with it, generally, the 'hedgehog principle' is the idea that your company should narrow down what you're really good at and do that. Only that. Do it better than anyone else can and stay focused on it. Make sure that whatever that thing is, it drives your decision-making.<p>In …

How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business? The Answer May Surprise You. (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Yes, Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook at 19. But Charles Flint launched IBM at 61.<p>While Hollywood may love the story of the college kid who starts a billion-dollar business out of his dorm room, that’s only one story. For many, life as an …

The Most Useless Job Interview Question There Is And Why It Should Be Permanently Banished

Regardless of the field you’re in, it seems as if some clichéd job interview questions just refuse to die. If you haven’t been asked to discuss your greatest strength or weakness or what sets you apart from other candidates, you’re either self-employed or a poor listener. There’s one question, …

How to go from $0 to $75,000/mo. without taking on an investor or hiring a single employee

In case you didn’t know, we (Talkroute) declined our acceptance into a well-known accelerator, and a lot of people thought we were stupid. Even after I published a ridiculously long blog post explaining why we said “no thanks,” the skeptics remained, well, skeptical.<p>But today, right here on …

5 Steps for Developing Winning Moves (for Athletes and Entrepreneurs)

In my Tedx Talk, Embracing Your Awkward Moves, I shared how I went from a Division III athlete to an Olympic Silver medalist in fencing by developing unconventional moves.<p>At the time, I didn't realize I was engaging in the same process that designers at IDEO and other world-renowned technology …

How LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman taught Stanford students to build billion-dollar businesses through personal networks (in 4 quotes)

The founder of LinkedIn visited Stanford University’s super-popular tech startup class and dispensed some advice on how to lead a business to Internet fame. The course is curated by noted investor Sam Altman, who has opened up his Rolodex of tech celebrities and asked them to teach the next …

How to Hire the Right Web Designer

Hiring a web designer or design company can seem like a daunting task. Too many speak in nerd and the good ones never seem available to take on new work.<p>I realize that maybe your cousin is a web designer who builds websites on the side. Or that your friend's brother in college once updated your …

Apple's secret weapon: Leverage

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technologies it’s that Apple under Tim Cook bargains just as hard as it did …

The CEO Of A Billion-Dollar Startup Uses A Simple System To Nail Work-Life Balance Every Week

The deal, and the amount of money it would net his family, was a lot to process. But after just 30 minutes of driving south, the couple decided to turn it down.<p>They felt earning so much money at once could negatively impact the way they were raising their children. And although Smith had been …

Here's How Mark Zuckerberg Poached PayPal's President To Run Facebook Messenger

But that's exactly what Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg gave David Marcus — then PayPal's CEO — when he invited him over for dinner last May, according to Wired's Jessi Hempel.<p>Zuckerberg was looking for someone to lead Facebook Messenger — and its team of less than 100 — which had already lost …

How can startups attract women? Hire a head of HR

It’s no secret that human resource divisions are dominated by women. In the U.S., a reported 74% of HR managers are female. That’s a large …

Is joining a tech startup like buying a lottery ticket?

<b>Dear Annie:</b> I don’t usually meddle in my kids’ career decisions, but I think my son is about to do something he’ll regret. He’s been working in IT at …

Work, Eat, Sleep: How These Products Are Trying to Improve Your Daily Grind

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Time is constantly ticking away from us. No matter how long our to-do lists grow, we’re only allotted 24 hours a day, which can make balancing work and family obligations while maintaining a healthy lifestyle feel like a cruel puzzle …

A Refresher on Price Elasticity

Setting the right price for your product or service is hard. In fact, determining price is one of the toughest things a marketer has to do, in large part because it has such a big impact on the company’s bottom line. One of the critical elements of pricing is understanding what economists call <i>price</i> …

Japan still can't generate inflation

Japan is still struggling to generate inflation three years into its extraordinary policy assault on low growth and deflation.<p>Consumer prices remained flat in February, while annual inflation rose by 0.3pc - still a far cry from the Bank of Japan's official 2pc inflation target . Core inflation - …

Photographs reveal the destruction left behind by ISIS in the ancient city of Palmyra

ISIS fighters seized Palmyra in May 2015, immediately raising concerns that the group would destroy the city's antiquities and artifacts that date back to the first century.<p>The group is known to loot and destroy ancient sites for both religious and financial purposes, and soon after the capture of …

What the Valeant saga tells us about the modern hedge fund

The one topic that dominated conversations in the bars and steakhouses of mid-town New York in the past week was the spectacular events that unfolded …

Dubai's Dodsal finds $8B natural gas deposit in Tanzania

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based Dodsal Group says it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas deposits in Tanzania's Ruvu Basin …

China bank profits flat-line as bad debts continue to soar | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Big Four state-run banks this week are set to report annual earnings growth that likely flat-lined after around a decade of terrific profitability, as a surge in soured loans continued unabated while economic expansion weakened.<p>An employee speaks on the phone in the …

The huge Chinese insurer trying to buy Starwood Hotels has made a new offer

Anbang made a proposal for $81 per share in cash on Saturday, according to a statement from Starwood on Monday. And in discussions over the weekend, Anbang and its group of bidders made an even higher cash offer of $82.75 for each share of Starwood stock, or $14 billion.<p>"... a revised, non-binding …

Dow Industrials Edge Higher

Data-heavy week includes reading on manufacturing production and culminates with the March jobs report<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average moved in its narrowest range this year and U.S. stock-trading volumes hit a new low for 2016 on Monday.<p>Traders attributed the light trading activity in part to …

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