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This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million by Ignoring Some Popular Startup Advice | Inc.com

In 2007, Allen Lau stepped into a coffee shop in his hometown of Toronto to meet with his business partner, Ivan Yuen. The topic of discussion that day: Decide what to do with Wattpad, their struggling business. When Lau sat down, he pushed his coffee to the center of the table and said to Yuen, "I …

Startups

20 Smart Apps For Enterpreneurs To Use

A list of great apps for entrepreneurs to increase productivity, manage projects effectively and expand your business with ease!

Apps
Productivity

10 Things Your Employees Aren't Telling You | Inc.com

There is almost an implied stand off between most executives and employees. Don't tell me what I don't want to hear and things will move along just fine. The problem for leadership is they need to hear real feedback or they begin to believe their own perspective on the needs and tone of their …

Leadership

10 Ways to Tick Off Your Boss Without Even Knowing It | Inc.com

Smacking gum, co-workers interrupting conversations, your cube mate always having the last word; everyone has his or her own office pet peeves. But some behaviors and work habits can have a truly negative effect on your relationship with your boss.<p>As a CEO, I offer the following 10 Don't Do's:<p><b>Say</b> …

Project Management

11 Powerful Ways to Fix Bad Body Language | Inc.com

What we say and how we say it is incredibly important for communicating with others. But while most of us think of the more obvious, verbal component of what we say when communicating with others, it's easy to forget the 60 percent to 90 percent of our communication that is nonverbal. This is a …

Public Speaking

8 Bad Tech Habits You Need to Break Today | Inc.com

I know a bad tech habit when I see one. After working so many years as a knowledge worker (you know--someone who processes email, types up documents, and rarely goes outside to see the real world), I've developed a few routines during my workday. They can be hard to break, but they are also …

Productivity

5 Tips to Stay Healthy If You Sit at a Computer All Day

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Silicon Valley

5 Best Morning Rituals for a Super Productive Day

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Time Management

10 of the Most Hated Types of Employees

We have all met them, haven’t we? The slackers, the workaholics, the time wasters, the slow workers, the overambitious ones and the brown nosers. In …

6 Workplace Time-Sinks You Need To Eliminate Immediately

Whether you’re working a dream job, or even a “meh, it’s fine” job, rocking your career feels great. How good does it feel to strut into a meeting, knowing you are fully prepared? Or stand in your boss’ office for a performance review, and hear him or her shower you with praise? Answer: It feels …

Productivity
Productivity

15 Secrets to a Better Work-Life Balance

With every gadget available to keep employees plugged in 24/7, work-life balance can seem like the stuff of fairy tales. Though they may have a hard …

How To Have The Perfect Work Day

How can we make our work days more effective? The specific details will like vary depending on your industry and responsibilities, but there are …

8 Ways to Increase Your Value As an Employee

<i>This is part of the "Increased Productivity" series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without. An interview with Efe Cakinberk, CEO of SmartDNSProxy , made parts of this article possible.</i><p>One of the best ways to make …

12 Best Online Courses for Learning Practical Business Skills

<b>Question:</b> What is your favorite online course (or site) to learn practical business skills and why?<p>Mixergy<p><i>“I’ve always loved the interviews on</i> …

Entrepreneurship

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

Productivity

What Are the Top Workplace Time-Wasters?

Time flies when you’re wasting time!<p>And wasting time at work means the working day flies by too, leaving work unfinished or to a poor standard. A …

The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding

When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.<p>In the first nine months of the year, venture capitalists poured $24 billion into …

Brand Storytelling 101: The Essential Elements | SEJ

Branding. It’s not a new term by a long shot, but what branding means today is very different from what it once meant. There once was a day when a …

10 Essential Skills a Social Media Manager Needs on Their Resume

Only 10 years ago the social media manager role was not even a job or a career. It didn’t exist. Facebook was barely a year old and was still just a …

Time Management

9 things successful people do right before bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their mental and physical health, which is almost entirely dependent upon their getting enough sleep.<p>That is why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them — and why the very last thing most successful people do before …

Success

Four things your startup should know before launching a PR campaign

Having worked with many Canadian startups looking for press coverage across North America, I've seen it all, textbook mistakes and huge wins in creating buzz globally.<p>It's important to know when to start, the right questions to ask your PR partner and how to come up with a plan that sticks. Here …

Public Relations

Why Startups Should Tread Carefully When Hiring A Growth Hacker

I’m the first person to admit that marketers need to reshape how they approach their craft. We are building businesses in a climate that relies heavily on the malleable ability to disrupt the norm. What “always worked” has become outdated and new ideas are needed.<p>“Growth hacking”—the process of …

Marketing

Slack, the Startup Looking to Kill Email, Is Now Reportedly Worth $2 Billion

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Slack, an internal communication app designed to allow businesses to chat and collaborate at work, is in in the process of raising a new funding round that values the company at $2 billion, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports<i>.</i><p>If accurate, this means Slack's …

Startups

It's Your Passion. Now, Here's How to Make It Your Business.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Can you create a meaningful life out of something you love? Yes. Is it possible to make money from your passion? Absolutely. A lot of people are making a living from something they deeply care about. And you can too. While the income from …

Entrepreneurship

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 …

Infographics

How To Tell If Your Startup Is Burning An Irresponsible Amount Of Cash

<i>Scroll to the bottom to see a list of self-reported startup burn rates.</i><p>In a post last week I mentioned that my company is burning $150 — 200K a month and sent some Twitter DMs to a founder I deeply respect, Katelyn Gleason of Eligible to explain our reasoning after she raised some questions.<p>She …

Startups