Maiko Sakai

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Glass Half Empty? Here's How To Flip Your Thinking

When things aren’t going according to plan, or life throws an unexpected curveball at you, it’s natural to feel a little downtrodden and discouraged. While everyone has moments of negativity and pessimism, there are some people who can’t view the proverbial glass as anything but half empty.<p>If you …

Happiness

Is “mindful entrepreneurship” a thing? Actually, yes

One entrepreneur explains that scale for scale’s sake was never her goal, and neither was raising venture capital. So she developed a different approach.<p>In 2012, I was working on a master’s degree in food studies with one goal in mind: I wanted to teach people to cook at home, with more pleasure …

Entrepreneurship

Equinox CEO: Men used to ignore me in meetings—here's the trick I use to get their attention

"Dude, don't you realize she's the boss?"<p>It's a scene that many female executives can relate to.<p>In the latest installment of my interview series "Two …

Leadership

Startup Grind founders raise $6.4M for community event platform Bevy

The founders of entrepreneurial community Startup Grind have a startup of their own — Bevy, which announced today that it has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding.<p>The funding comes from Upfront Ventures, author Steve Blank, Qualtrics founders Ryan Smith and Jared Smith, and Pluralsight CEO Aaron …

Startups

These are the 4 different work styles and how to work with each

Experts have figured out that everyone falls into one of these styles. Once you understand them, you can figure out how everyone can get along.<p>Ever wonder why you have great chemistry with some colleagues and butt heads with others? It comes down to your working style, says Kim Christfort, coauthor …

Leadership

When It Comes To Success In Business, EQ Eats IQ For Breakfast

When I was younger, I bought into the fallacy that the “smartest” person always won. I pushed myself to achieve the highest scores, earn the most recognition, and excel in every field.<p>I worked as hard as I could, but I almost always fell short of my goals.<p>Growing up, I often found myself surrounded …

Emotional Intelligence

Salesforce Chief Product Officer: Only 15% Of Companies Prepared For Fourth Industrial Revolution

In the beginning was steam. Then electricity, and most recently computing. But the fourth industrial revolution, Salesforce chief product officer Bret Taylor says, is characterized by the rise of intelligence.<p>And only 15% of companies are ready for the shift.<p>“We’re currently in the fourth …

Internet of Things

The Power Of Pre-Roll And How To Avoid Failing At It

There are over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube alone every minute, and there are over 30 million active users on the platform every single day. The massive popularity and engagement received by video content online has opened up the door for new forms of advertising, most notably— pre-roll …

Marketing

Your Salespeople Aren't Using Your CRM -- But What If It Did The Work For Them?

As entrepreneurs build companies, they find themselves running into the leadership paradox: They need to lead their growing teams, but they often have no idea how to do so. To help them learn from those who’ve been there, I’m profiling business owners in June who have found ways to grow their …

Artificial Intelligence

Want to Get Organized? Here Are 6 Simple But Remarkably Powerful Organizing Secrets

Getting organized isn't rocket science -- it just takes a system.<p>In business, you've always got to be on top of things. This requires being organized and ready to pursue opportunities -- and deal with problems -- the moment they arise.<p>That's an easy thing for me to say, but I do know it can be hard …

Productivity

When Writing Your Business Plan, Be Sure to Include This

A plan to outsource back office departments can save you time and money.<p>3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Since the inception of my company enBio, we have outsourced human resources and payroll. If you’re ready to start a business, I suggest you do the same and …

Small Business

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and Design - Balancing Risk to Gain Reward

The idea of the minimum viable product (MVP) has been around for some time. The term itself was coined by Frank Robinson but was made popular by two …

Product Management

Meet Atoms, the minimalist startup shoes you’ll actually wear

Step aside, Allbirds. Atoms come in quarter-sizes you can mix-and-match. Emerging from stealth today in a TechCrunch exclusive, this shoe startup’s obsession with satisfaction allowed it to replace my Nikes. I’ve spent the last two months wearing Atoms every day. They’re the first sneaker …

Shoes

Six Surprising Facts That Explain Trader Joe's Secrets To Success

The folks at Trader Joe’s decided to produce a five-part podcast series, Inside Trader Joe’s, to “provide some insights into what we think makes Trader Joe’s special.” Amid the banter, fun stories and reports of employees’ favorite items are valuable insights about how the company operates. Despite …

Trader Joe's

The Best Conference I Attend Every Year

Like many of you, I attend three, four, and sometimes more conferences a year. They may have an industry-wide or specialty focus.<p>The best conference I’ve attended for the last five or six years is the Small Giants Summit. The Small Giants community is comprised of companies that put people before …

Entrepreneurship

4 Steps to Quintuple Your Business in the Next 12 Months

Here's how you can scale from $20,000 to $100,000.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to scale from $20,000 per month to $100,000, there's a four-step process you need to take.<p>Which may sound too simple, because the thought of quintupling business …

Business Strategy

How Arianna Huffington, Ryan Holiday, Marie Kondo, and Other Successful Leaders Start Their Day

Meet Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired.<p>Successful people start their mornings with routines. Routines make difficult habits doable. You don't have yours? Time to start.<p>Need help? I loved finding MyMorningRoutine.com, which posts a …

Self-improvement

Mental Illness May Plague Entrepreneurs More Than Other People. Here's Why (and How to Get Help).

One entrepreneur walks us through her struggle with the anxiety and depression that affects so many, as has come to light after the tragic deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In seven years of running a startup, I …

Mental Health

Stitch Fix Proves Again That Data Is The New Hit Fashion

In an industry that’s all about fashion, it turns out the geeky algorithm is proving to be what’s separating winners from losers.<p>Online personal styling clothing service Stitch Fix saw its shares surge more than 26% to close at $25 on Friday, up more than 60% from its November IPO price, when the …

Stitch Fix

Which Is Better For Content Marketing: Deep Or Wide Content?

You have hundreds of variables to consider when writing content. Who is your audience? What is your end goal? What kind of length and topic are you targeting? Will you include any additional types of media?<p>But one of the most important questions is a high-level one, and one that’s often overlooked: …

Marketing

The Next Stage: How to Grow a Successful Retail Company

My conversation with Mack Weldon co-founder Brian Berger about growing the thriving menswear company: Expanding the product line and team, shifting marketing strategy... all while staying true to the initial vision.<p>There are countless stories (including a bunch I've written) about startup launches: …

eCommerce

Does Your Workplace Fuel Courage Or Fear? 6 Ways To Create Psychological Safety

“Don’t mess this up.”<p>If you’ve ever had a boss who was more worried about protecting their position and avoiding all risk than in supporting new ideas or forging new ground, you’ll know how demoralizing it can be.<p>Most of us have had a boss at some point in our career whose fear rubbed off on those …

Cirque du Soleil

How Success Makes It Harder to Ask for Help

This week's tragic news is a sobering wake-up call that our pursuit of success can derail if we ignore our well-being.<p>This past year has been one of the worst years of my life.<p>I haven't talked a lot about what made this previous year so awful, but after waking up this morning to the news of chef …

Time I

8 Ways Women Entrepreneurs Can Use Crowdfunding Successfully

It takes money to make money, as the saying goes. For female entrepreneurs, that money can be elusive when starting a business or trying to grow one. As Linda Abraham — a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and start-up board member — told me a few months ago when I asked her to name the biggest …

Crowd Funding

Infographic: Design Thinking Is Improving Customer Experience and Getting Results for Brands

Designers are increasingly being offered seats in the boardroom, helping brands tell compelling stories and reshaping their business models. …

Customer Experience

Employers, your idea about employee happiness is all wrong

Rather than investing in a “happiness” culture, companies should think about career opportunities and fostering trust between management and employees.<p>When Google promoted a software engineer named Chade-Meng Tan to the role of “Jolly Good Fellow,” his career–and the entire culture of Silicon …

The Workplace

The Critical Role Of Leadership Development During Organizational Change

Most business leaders today would agree on two things: (1) organizational change is constant, and (2) leading change is one of the most difficult burdens of a leader’s command. In last week’s article I focused on the seven mindsets necessary for successful leadership development. In this article, I …

Leadership

This Is the Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make in Their Finances

Only considering short-term consequences is not the way to build a business.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to making financial decisions in your business, there's a right way and a wrong way.<p>The problem is, most entrepreneurs go about it all …

Entrepreneurship

9 Plants You Can Get Away with Watering Just Once a Month — Shopping

Water is essential to plants, but overwatering is also one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Many plants need a lot less than you think, and some …

Plants

Nine Questions Every Leader Must Ask Before Letting Someone Go

If you have worked in the professional world as a leader for any length of time you have undoubtedly found yourself managing a team member who was failing to live up to expectations. While it might be tempting to cut someone loose if their performance is sub-par, the turnover may cost more than you …

Leadership