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8 Things That Keep You From Becoming a Millionaire

Making money can often seem more difficult than ever before. Many people rely on pawn shops and Craigslist ads to get a little extra money when …

Personal Finance

Facebook Equips Business Pages With Mobile Storefronts For Shopping And Services

Likes ≠ Dollars. Facebook wants Pages to actually earn money for the 45 million small businesses that use them. So today Facebook is upgrading Pages with a tabbed mobile layout that lets them display storefront “Sections” where users can “Shop” for products or view a list of “Services” the business …

How to Stay Strong Through Uncertain Times

Dealing with uncertainty has a lot to do with how we run our personal lives, and less to do with how much we worry about our business.<p>In a startup, many times it feels like nothing is certain. Your company may seem like it's doing well, but studies show the odds of startups being successful are not …

21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don't have to be so awful.

Cleaning

A couple who have been working and traveling for 2 years explain how they afford it

Medina, 27, originally from the Philippines, and Howe, 31, originally from the UK, have been traveling together ever since.<p>"People are curious about how we fund our travels," says Medina. "If you're Asian traveling the world, it's not very common. If you go abroad, it's to work and not to travel — …

Costa Rica

React Demolishes Engineering Silos So Facebook Can Reuse Code For Web, iOS, And Android

It was supposed to take 18 months. But with React Native, Facebook built its iOS Ads Manager app in 5 months, and then ported it to Android in just 3 more months. That’s because React Native let Facebook’s engineers work faster and reuse the JavaScript backend.<p>Coders have dreamed of a system that …

Apps

Working Location Independent? Try These Coworking Spaces In Bangkok!

I admit it. I like sitting in beautiful cafés all day long! Especially if I am lucky enough to grab one of the comfy chairs with a big fluffy pillow. …

How Fitness22 is making 'millions of dollars a year' selling iPhone apps with no marketing

It's been raking in big bucks selling iPhone apps.<p>The company makes about a dozen (so far) fitness apps and charges $2 to $6 apiece for them, plus offers them in bundles for $9 to $25.<p>All told, Fitness22 — formerly known as ClearSkyApps— has wracked up 30 million downloads so far, all on iOS, and …

Venture Funded Business Shouldn't Be a Guide for Small Business Startups

Often times we see the glamour of venture capital backed, billion dollar (to be) companies and wistfully wonder if we should follow their routes. …

Why I Retired as an Entrepreneur When I Was 26 Years Old

Life as an entrepreneur can be extremely stressful. The trick to surviving is to retire early and often.<p>When I was 25 years old, my father and I purchased a bar-restaurant. At that age, it was a dream come true. I mean, what twentysomething doesn't want to own a bar?<p>At least, that's what I thought …

Top 10 Startup Hubs in the World

Silicon Valley has traditionally been the epicentre of startups, but rest of the world has also been catching up. Outside the Valley, other startup …

Our startup got rid of email, meetings, and managers — and thrived

Our company has just turned eight years old, has a presence in all of Latin America, and currently has 36 members on its team. Our biggest obsession: productivity.<p>Since 2007 we have analyzed in detail each one of the tasks we carry out with the goal of scaling our earnings exponentially while …

Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies

Hans Tung Contributor<p>Hans Tung is a managing partner at GGV Capital.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley<br>• Beyond Amazon and Alibaba: what’s next for e-commerce?<p>Many fast-growing companies in Silicon Valley have one thing in common: they …

In the Future, Employees Won’t Exist

Contract work is becoming the new normal. Consider Uber: The ride-sharing startup has 160,000 contractors, but just 2,000 employees. That’s an astonishing ratio of 80 to 1. And when it comes to a focus on contract labor, Uber isn’t alone. Handy, Eaze and Luxe are just a few of the latest entrants …

It doesn't get any worse than that on 'Game of Thrones'

<b>Warning: This article contains spoilers about the latest episode of Game of Thrones.</b><p>Season 5, episode 9 of <i>Game of Thrones</i> has to win the award for …

European Salon Booking Site Wahanda Buys Dutch Rival Treatwell For $38M

After a $46 million cash injection and a $171 million majority acquisition by Japan’s Recruit Holdings last month, Wahanda, the StyleSeat-esque European salon and beauty booking platform, is continuing with its strategy to scale up its business. It has acquired Treatwell — a competitor in The …

What Programming Language Should I Learn First

Programming Languages

Why do venture capitalists replace founders of startups?

Jason M. Lemkin<br>To improve returns.<br>Let's back up a minute. There are basically 3 types of VCs here:• <b><br>Have no ability to replace founders</b>. Very small …

Office space is so scarce in San Francisco that startups are fighting to work at the mall

For a fledgling startup, finding an office in San Francisco can be a real nightmare. Rents are now climbing past $60 a square foot, second only to Manhattan in the US, and occupancy rates are the lowest in the country, according to brokerage firm CBRE.<p>This means young startups have to get creative …

Your Office Space Should Be Basic, Functional And Shared

"I see this a lot more in Miami than Silicon Valley but you shouldn’t be spending money on an office that screams ‘Look at my nice office! Look at the view!’" says 500 Startups adviser Navid Zolfaghari, one of the original employees at social media startup, Wildfire which sold to Google. You’d be …

SaaStr on Founderline (Video) | SaaStr

We ended up having a terrific 60 minute+ discussion about All Things SaaS on Founderline.<p>The video is below, we dug in deep on what “counts” as …

A startup shares how it made €20,000 revenue in 90 days

When I build startups I like to share as much information as possible. I find that it helps others but more than anything it helps me understand the business myself.<p>We launched Ruby & Duke on 15th February and in less than 90 days we have hit €20,000 in monthly recurring revenue so I thought it …

The Man Who Sold His Startup For $4.3 Billion Just Raised $233 Million For His New Venture

On the heels of its latest funding round, Keith Krach's startup DocuSign could be worth $3 billion.<p>Keith Krach, the 57-year old CEO of DocuSign, technically doesn't have to work anymore.<p>At age 26, he was General Motors' youngest-ever vice president. In 1995, he sold his first startup, Rasna …

Our Four Favorite Companies At The 500 Startups Batch 12 Demo Day

Oh look, it’s already that time of the year again — we’re down in Mountain View for another demo day from the 500 Startups accelerator.<p>Thirty companies pitched their products and business models to investors and the press today, and they all had impressive stats for revenue, addressable markets, …

Mobile Stock-Trading App Robinhood Raises $50 Million

The no-commission mobile stock-trading app Robinhood, which only launched widely to the public in December, is making a trade of its own. The company has raised $50 million, bringing on a new investor, New Enterprise Associates, along with existing investors Index Ventures, Social Leverage, and …

Trading

How To Make The Most Of Your Startup Accelerator Program Experience

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Lyle Stevens is the CEO and co-founder of</i> <i>Mavrck.</i><p>Seed accelerators have been around for 10 years now and their popularity doesn’t appear to be waning any time soon. Sure, criticism for the programs themselves and the proliferation of different programs around the world have taken some …

CEOs

Australia is a mature market for startups, but significant challenges remain

With an overall population of 23.8 million people and average GDP per capita of US$67,463, Australia ranks comfortably as a high-income country. And …

Zenefits Just Raised $500 Million At A $4.5 Billion Valuation

Zenefits today said it has raised $500 million in a round led by Fidelity and TPG at a whopping $4.5 billion valuation.<p>The company, which allows small- and medium-sized businesses to manage human resources services in a much simpler fashion, is one of the fastest-growing SaaS businesses ever, and …

Small Biz Ahead

Felicia Sullivan<p>We get it. You don't have time to survey every customer who walks through the door or visits your online shop. Getting through your …

Small Business