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In Off-Grid Regions, Cheap Solar Kits Could Spread As Quickly As Mobile Phones

East Africa is exploding with pay-as-you-go solar electricity that takes advantage of the country’s mobile payments infrastructure.<p>It’s easy to get a cheap solar panel in Uganda. You just pay a small deposit via a mobile phone and you can take home the equipment immediately. You install the system …

23 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks you should read

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a single mission: to connect people around the world.<p>It's one reason why he decided to launch a Facebook-based book …

Mark Cuban says we’re in a new bubble — but it’s a problem of inexperienced angels

Mark Cuban wrote a blog post Wednesday explaining why this tech bubble is worse than the bubble experienced in 2000. He says that investors today are investing in early-stage tech deals in the hopes of finding the next Twitter, Uber, or Facebook. That in itself isn’t the problem. The difference is …

Venture Capital

Forget the Strategy PowerPoint

I have for decades watched CEOs and other executives try to explain a corporate strategy to a small group of senior managers or to a much larger group of staff. For the most part, it has not been a pretty sight. In the case of senior managers, I usually hear 3 or 4 different interpretations of what …

Are the poorest being reached?

At the launch of the Millennium Goals Report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that:<p>“The poorest of the world are being left behind. We need to …

Why Chile and Colombia lead the world for entrepreneurship

Fernando Fischmann once had a dream of building a holiday resort around an artificial lagoon that many international experts considered “practically …

World Economic Forum

Elon Musk uses this ancient critical-thinking strategy to outsmart everybody else

Before he was a world-changing entrepreneur, Elon Musk was on track to become a physicist — even starting an applied physics Ph.D. at Stanford University.<p>But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it …

Top Crowdfunding Predictions 2015

<b>Austin, Texas – Front Page PR</b> predicts the top 15 crowdfunding trends that will emerge by the end of 2015 for the United States crowdfunding industry:<p>…

Entrepreneurship

10 Ways to Say 'No' That Won't Damage Business or Relationships

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur I know can’t find enough hours in a day to do the good things they want, and yet they often find themselves saying yes to new requests. Perhaps because they are optimists by nature, or they just hate to disappoint …

Entrepreneurship

A Better Way to Think About Risk

Few people would question the value of risk assessment. Without it, we would plunge thoughtlessly into situations that could lead to considerable harm. But upon closer inspection, risk assessment is itself a dangerous double-edged sword.<p>There are numerous counterexamples where, at least in …

Random Acts of Coffee

American franchises should embrace the caffe sospeso, a classic way for customers to pay it forward.<p>The Italian custom of a “suspended coffee” is being revived, according to this piece in <i>The New York Times.</i><p>A <i>caffe sospeso</i> is a random act of kindness whose origins remain murky. The practice was …

6 Cash Flow Essentials for Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Managing cash collections probably wasn’t what drew you to entrepreneurship in the first place, but it’s a crucial part of running a business. At the end of the day, no business can sustain itself without cash -- this is especially true …

Small Business

Banks As Commodity Utilities In A New Payment World

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Christoffer O. Hernæs is vice president of strategy, innovation and analysis at Sparebank 1 Group, Norway’s second-largest financial institution.</i><p>With the recent launch of Apple Pay and leaked screenshots of Facebook integrating payments with Facebook Messenger fintech companies, there …

Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Brian Bordainick remembers when he snapped.<p>He was in the process of building what is now a $16 million trendy data-driven dining startup called Dinner Lab. Many would have loved to trade spots with him. Things were happening fast.<p>But he …

New Orleans

Science Proves That Nice Bosses Are More Effective | Inc.com

In Hebrew, there's a concept called "distance" that refers to keeping a distance between a subordinate and the person in charge. So, for example, a lieutenant in the army treats his soldiers with "distance," refraining from getting too friendly with them.<p>That concept often carries over into the …

The Workplace

5 Best Ways for Funding a Startup | Inc.com

For many, the decision about whether or not now is the right time to start a business comes down to funding. There are quite a few different ways that you can go about funding a startup, but not all are created equal. You may have a wonderful business idea that you have perfected, but it won't mean …

Small Business

Why Seth Godin Scares Me: The Final Three Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

Final Chapter of Godin Almighty.<p>Yes — Seth Godin shared nine powerful tips with me. Six of which I’ve already share with you here and here on Forbes.<p>If you’re just tuning in, I’ll reset the stage: As I sat 24 inches from this legend in a dimly lit room backstage, just the two of us alone in our own …

5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right | Inc.com

Business may be 24-7 and your tech may never get tired, but human beings are cyclical animals. Our creativity and energy levels wax and wane throughout the day, week, and year. When it comes to productivity, you can take a couple of approaches to this reality.<p>Some would-be superheroes simply try to …

Productivity

What Happens to a Pill After You Pop It?

Patients prefer to swallow drugs in little balls, but their ability to actually deliver drugs has a spotty history.<p>In early October, MIT announced that its researchers, along with those at Massachusetts General Hospital, had created a new type of drug delivery system. This "novel drug capsule" does …