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Meet the Norwegian tech entrepreneur on 'Forbes 30 under 30' list who wants to protect the world’s oceans with her new innovation

Blueye Robotics Press<p>28-year-old Christine Spiten from Norway is the co-founder of Blueye Robitics – a startup that develops and sells underwater drones. They are operated from a smartphone and can explore depths far below the ocean's surface.<p>The company was founded in 2015 and now has a staff of …

Entrepreneurship

Jeff Bezos Says Any Good Business Opportunity Has These 4 Qualities

Dreamy business offerings all have huge potential.<p><b>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said a "dreamy" business offering has at least four characteristics.</b>• <b><br>"Customers love it, it can grow to very large size, it has strong returns on capital, and it's durable in time," Bezos said in his 2014 letter to Amazon</b> …

Jeff Bezos

This life skill is more vital to your happiness than any other

Here’s a harsh life truth that you’ll never hear in your formative years — there is a very high probability you will not discover what you truly want …

Motivation

Steve Jobs Followed 7 Unbreakable Laws of Success That Apply to Any Business

Entrepreneurs should follow the Apple roadmap to set themselves apart.<p>When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the ABC News program <i>20/20</i> asked me to share some of the insights I gleaned from writing three books on Jobs and Apple. The seven rules I offered are still relevant today and helped to propel …

Apple Store

Not Enough Time in the Day? Ask Yourself These 50 Tough Questions to Find Out Why

Poor time management isn't about a lack of time. It's about how you think about time.<p>Hands down, one of the most common problems faced by entrepreneurs is a "lack of time." Yet, how is it that some people achieve so much more than others when we all share the same 24 hours? It's not because they …

Time Management

Steve Jobs Asked One Profound Question That Took Apple From Near Bankruptcy To $1 Trillion

It’s easy to forget that Apple’s path to its $1 trillion valuation was nearly derailed when the company was running out of cash. Steve Jobs asked one profound question that got it back on track.<p>In my keynotes about inspirational leadership, I often show a grainy video clip of Steve Jobs holding a …

Steve Jobs

Google Spent Years Studying Successful Teams. Here's the 1 Thing That Mattered Most

If you trust someone is looking after your best interests, you will do almost anything that person asks.<p><i>This column is an adapted excerpt from my new book,</i> EQ Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence.<p>A few years ago, a research team at Google set out on a quest to figure out what …

Self-improvement

How To Create A Business Plan

Business plans have long been a critical document for new businesses. Are they still relevant? If so, what best practices and data can help you create a winning document that will help your business get the funding you need and ensure your venture lasts?<p>Before digging into the best way to craft a …

Small Business

Three Ways Great Leaders Show They Care About Their Team

A few years ago, I worked with a large healthcare client with 74,000 employees. They have built an internal university and invite every clinic manager to attend a management development program for five days. Mid-week, the CEO stops by to do a “Town Hall” where he fields questions and shares …

Leadership

28 Successful Executives Share the Best Advice They Received From Their Dads

A father's example and advice can inexorably affect the lives of his children.<p>A father's example and advice can inexorably affect the lives of his children. Here's how more than two dozen successful leaders say their dads affected their trajectories.<p>1. Surround yourself with great people.<p>"The best …

I Tried Jeff Bezos's PowerPoint Replacement at My Company--and It Actually Worked

Getting your team literally on the same page increases meeting productivity, keeps everyone engaged and allows for meaningful dialogue.<p>A few months back, a friend whose new boss used to work for Jeff Bezos at Amazon told me that the company actually banned PowerPoint presentations in favor of memos.<p>…

The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017

Every year for the past three, Forbes has gone looking for 25 young U.S. companies with a strong shot at reaching a valuation of $1 billion or more. Last year’s list included hot companies like the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, online retailer Boxed and innovative home seller OpenDoor. This year, …

Startups

Italian car company Fiat goes big with sporty camper vans

There are 600 different configurations<p>Anyone who’s traveled to Europe is familiar with the Italian automobile company Fiat—their supermini cars and tiny four-doors have been zipping around cities there for over a century.<p>But while Fiat has made a name for itself with economical compact cars, the …

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Goal Setting

Here's the 4-question framework I used to make my 8-figure business a success

I created a simple four-question framework to help you.<p>It's what I've used to grow Sumo from $0 into an 8-figure business, and has been tested with thousands of customers in my Monthly1k program to start their own successful businesses.<p>Here are the four questions you should ask yourself.<p><b>1. What's</b> …

Small Business

5 Reasons Even Billionaires Seek Out Mentors

In this age of the Internet, you can find advice on almost any business activity. How do you know when to trust it, or just ask your friends?<p>Advice is cheap. As a new business owner, you don't have to take any advice you hear, but failing to listen and learn from someone's prior experience can cost …

This Executive's Very Strange (but Brilliant) Way of Building Company Culture Is a Hit With Employees

Even his title and company name are, well, lets just say, not exactly conventional. That's why it works.<p>Imagine working for a company that feels like running your own business because, well, employees are allowed entrepreneurial rights.<p>Big Ass Solutions, located in the heart of Lexington, KY, is …

19 robber barons who built and ruled America

Many of these men gained their vast fortunes either at the expense of their factory workers or by methods that were considered unscrupulous even back then — a time when insider trading wasn't yet outlawed. But some of them also gave away their fortunes to build universities, hospitals, libraries, …

Why Do Employees Quit Their Managers? Here's the No. 1 Reason in a Short Sentence

Reversing this problem is so simple, and yet it's so hard to find in most managers.<p>If I were to sit down at a coffee shop with leadership gurus John C. Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, and Simon Sinek--who have collectively sold a gazillion best-selling leadership books--and ask them this question, do you …

This startup helps Uber drivers make extra cash by selling random stuff in their cars

Anyone who's been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in an Uber probably could have used a pair of headphones or an Altoid at some point.<p>Cargo is a …

Startup adds beds and Wi-Fi to buses to turn them into 'moving hotels'

Maybe you're reading this while slogging through soul-crushing traffic during the long holiday weekend. You might wish you could just curl up with …

Coding Is An Overrated Skill: Here's What You Really Need To Know

Essential lessons from the founders of WeWork, ClassPass, Hint and Quest<p>There's a myth floating around Silicon Valley that you need to be able to code to run a successful company. And it's duped us all. The companies we aspire to start are tech-based, overnight unicorns that fundamentally disrupt …

12 Fearless Founders on Where They Find Inspiration

Hint: It's not standing around a whiteboard.<p>The founders who made <i>Inc.'</i>s list of the 25 most disruptive startups of 2017 know a groundbreaking idea when they see one. They're working on everything from growing diamonds in a lab to transporting people from Chicago to Detroit in just 25 minutes. So …

8 Business Books Entrepreneurs Must Read to Dominate Their Industry

Whether you're a rising executive or someone just starting out, these great books can help you reach your goal.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every time you pick up a book -- or download one to a device -- opportunity knocks at your door. A good book represents a …

Self-improvement

America's Best Small Companies

This is our second annual list of Small Giants, 25 companies that value greatness over growth. They aren’t opposed to growth—just to growth at all costs. We picked 25 businesses that have sound models, strong balance sheets and steady profits—all privately owned and closely held. They contribute to …

Revenue Is Not a KPI, but These Six Measures Are

Most CEOs, CFOs, and financial analysts will tell you that revenue is a KPI (it's really not), second only to profit (which is also not a …

The 5 Things It Takes to Be Truly Charismatic

You know when you just feel totally captivated by someone special? Here is how to increase your own personal charisma.<p>I recently spent a few days attending and speaking at a powerful conference called Gathering of Titans. While there, I had the opportunity to watch several captivating speakers and …

What You Can Learn From This Angel Investor's 5 Rules of Investing

Whether you're an entrepreneur thinking about where to place your next investment or a passionate startup seeking capital funding, understanding these rules can make a big difference.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Throughout history, startup capital has driven the …

Venture Capital

The Time-Management Hack I Wish I Had Known When I Was 25

Doing everything about the fewest, most important priorities will put you on a path to success.<p>"Tell me the single most important piece of advice you have ever been given."<p>As a life-long learner, this is one of my favorite questions to ask some of my most influential and interesting clients. I once …

5 Simple Things the Most Incredibly Respected Bosses Do (Every. Single. Day.)

Often overlooked aspects of what it really takes to be a truly great boss.<p>We can all rattle off qualities we absolutely hated in our old bosses quicker than we can the good ones. Like it or not, those awful bosses brought us where we are now.<p>Whether you have three employees or 300 doesn't matter. …