Marie Florestal

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Online bank Simple acquired by Spain’s BBVA for $117M — will focus on international growth

Nobody expected this Spanish banking acquisition.<p>Simple, the online bank devoted to offering a more humane alternative to traditional banking, announced today that it’s being acquired by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Spain’s second-largest bank.<p>The $117 million all-cash deal puts Simple …

The Most Creative Product Ever

A noteworthy business author explains why it's not what you make, it's the way and the why you do what you do.<p><b>It's not what you make, it's the way you do the thing you do</b><p>I was recently asked to speak at a conference about the role of innovation in enduring great companies. My first impulse was to …

Innovation

How to Make an Amazing Mobile App

One expert explains what it really takes to create an app that stands out.<p>Try searching for an app for either an Android or iOS device and you'll quickly find yourself wading through an absolute glut of apps. It's tough to stand out these days if you're app maker.<p>Some, of course, make their app …

Apps

Richard Branson: 3 Ways to Be More Audacious in Business

First, eliminate your fear of failure--and think bigger.<p>Richard Branson is pretty much audacity in human form. The billionaire English business magnate started out as a fresh-faced teenager who was frustrated with the high price of records in his hometown. By making bold choices and never settling …

Richard Branson

15 best eBook reader apps for Android

Finding the right eBook reader apps (also called eReaders) can be difficult. There are a variety of eBook types, plenty of file formats to deal with, and then there are different kinds of books (novels, comics, etc) that make the whole experience a little complicated. However, with the right app, …

Apple's Biggest Compromise With The iPhone 5c Over The iPhone 5s Is Life Expectancy

Having reviewed both of Apple’s latest smartphones here on Forbes (read the reviews of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s here) the dividing line between the two handsets is far more than the $100 difference in price. Both the 5s and the 5c are competent today, but over the life of a two-year contract …

1 In 9 Girls Marries Before Age 15, And Here's What Happens To Them

December 10 marks the anniversary of the presentation of the United Nations' <i>Universal Declaration of Human Rights</i>, which recognizes that there are "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family." But, because of the widespread practice of child marriage, 14 million girls under 18 …

How to Combat Your Fear of Rejection

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Our fear of rejection is so powerful, it’s stops most of us in our tracks -- whether we realize it or not. It prevents us from moving forward in our professional and personal lives. As a result, we’re afraid to set goals. We’re …

Entrepreneurship

Top 10 Apps for Instant Messaging (Infographic)

1 min read<p>If you are still using text messages, you are officially old school.<p>In the brave new smartphone-obsessed world that we live in, more and more people are sending messages through web-based applications like WeChat, WhatsApp and Snapchat. These apps allow consumers to send messages from …

Social Media

The Do's and Don'ts of Giving a Killer Presentation

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most valuable skills an entrepreneur or a company executive can have is the ability to talk about their product in an effective and engaging way in front of an audience. But for founders of a startup, mastering public …

Public Speaking

The Single Most Important Habit of Successful Entrepreneurs

Find out how the presence or absence of just one critical habit can determine your business success or failure.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps behind</i> …

Self-improvement

Read The "Respect Effect" to Build Leadership and Profitability

My stomach still gets tied up in knots when I think about that meeting. We were off-site for a strategy-business planning session. The tables were in …

10 Tips for Using a Blog to Increase Email List Signups

Email marketing is still one of the most powerful online marketing strategies around. With a healthy and growing subscriber list, you can generate …

Why I Linked Out on LinkedIn

Yesterday, I disconnected from two people who had recently asked me to connect on LinkedIn. And this will be my policy moving forward. There seems to …

Are You Guilty of These 15 Social Media Mistakes in Business?

Every small business knows that they need to utilize social media as part of their marketing plan. But in the process, they are making a lot of …

10 Online Tools for Creating Infographics and Charts

Consumers today are incredibly visual. Most would rather look at an image or chart than read an entire article or report. Luckily, there are now ways …

4 Essential Tools for Small Businesses (That Are Growing)

I’ve been in a tools and apps frame of mind lately. After all, if there’s something that can make my work as a business owner easier, I’m all for …

17-Year-Old Heads $24 Million Business Started at Age 14 - Small Business Trends

If your son or daughter asks for money to buy a car, tell him or her to start a business instead. That’s what parents Chrissy and Warren Weems told …

Apple Now Accepts Water-Damaged iPhones for Its Trade-In Program

Apple updated its Reuse and Recycle Program to allow water-damaged iPhones to be traded in.<p>Previously, iPhones that have been damaged by water or …