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12 books you should read before starting a business

1/<p>1. 'The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything,' by Guy Kawasaki<p>Courtesy of Amazon<p>Entrepreneur …

Entrepreneurship

3 Ways to Run Your Business Like a Military Special Operator

Stay on the offensive, implement redundancies and keep it simple.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a former Navy SEAL, I am often blown away at how much of my military training and experience translates perfectly into the business world. I remind people all …

Entrepreneurship

8 Tips on Succeeding in Business and Life, According to a Serial Entrepreneur

Life is better when you excel in thought, word and deed.<p>Life is better when you are at the top of your game. And when you excel in thought, word and deed, it rubs off on the people around you, whether it's your mate, kids, friends or coworkers. That's according to Ido Leffler, a serial entrepreneur …

Entrepreneurship

Everything you need to know before selling on Amazon

Before the days of Amazon, eBay was the premier online marketplace for anyone looking to sell their vast collection of Beanie Babies and vintage …

Selling

The Psychology Of Brand Experience: Creating Brand Personality

Why Would A Brand Have A Personality?<p>It’s a basic question but one which we at agencies that help create brands rarely start by asking. So it is an …

Psychology

I’ve Raised A Billion In VC Funding—Let Me Help You With That Pitch

LegalZoom CEO John Suh’s secret formula: three compelling points, delivered in 60 seconds or less.<p>I’ve raised around a billion dollars in funding from venture capitalists and have been an angel investor in dozens of companies, so I’m not surprised when founders ask me for pitching advice. Having …

Venture Capital

Tim Cook on Donald Trump, the HomePod, and the Legacy of Steve Jobs

The head of the most valuable company in the world talks to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy.<p><i>Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., was</i> …

#9 - Sam Altman And Reid Hoffman - From Startup To Scaleup - ycombinator

Sam Altman and Reid Hoffman discuss the key changes founders should think about as they scale their company. The conversation was recorded at The …

YCombinator

Connect the Dots to Find That Next Creative Breakthrough

Sometimes we all need a little help finding the path toward that great idea. New tools now let your most creative colleagues map minds together.<p>We've all been there. We have an idea in our head, but what comes out looks nothing like it. Figuring out what is causing that difference to occur takes …

Creativity

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

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>6 min read<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 …

Self-improvement

The Crazy, Labor-Intensive Technique We Used to Get Our First Clients

Networking and coffee meetings didn't work for us. We needed a different way to sell our services.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In the new podcast</i> Masters of Scale<i>, LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy</i> …

Entrepreneurship

If You Want to Be Successful at Work, Polish Your Communication Skills First

Most of us spend the majority of our day communicating with people at work, but we rarely stop and think about whether or not we’re actually <i>good</i> at …

These Entrepreneurs Won't Mind If You Copy Their Best Growth Strategies

Behind every high-growth business, there is a stroke of a genius kind of idea that put the wheels in motion.<p>If you talk to any entrepreneur, they’ll tell you that a great business idea without a tangible growth plan is worth as much as a car with an empty gas tank. You won’t get far. In fact, you …

Selling Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook CEO’s likability blitz isn’t a presidential campaign, it’s a focus group for his 1.8 billion constituents — and part of a high stakes campaign to win your likes.

Is Story-Making the Next Evolution of Brand Storytelling?

People love stories. It’s practically embedded in our DNA. Stories mean the difference between passion and disinterest, between moving an audience to …

Content Marketing

Tell Your Startup's Story and Captivate Your Audience. Here's How.

All entrepreneurs have, or should have, an elevator pitch. That pitch is their market hook, their story. What's yours?<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When successful brands record their core values, those values transcend the paper they're written on: They …

Entrepreneurship

16 Things Entrepreneurs Should Stop Doing (to Avoid Looking Like Amateurs)

You look ridiculous<p>Entrepreneurs are the rock stars of the modern era.<p>Pioneering new business ventures and building tech start-ups is the contemporary equivalent of tight leather pants, big hair, and sold-out concerts of the 1980s. Even if you disagree with the idea that Gary Vaynerchuk shouting …

Entrepreneurship

The 17 best tech email newsletters you need to subscribe to

Once viewed as an anachronistic throwback to the pre-social web, email newsletters are in the middle of a glorious Renaissance.<p>At their best, they cut through the noise and provide incisive round-ups and analysis — wading through the muck of news so you don't have to.<p>Perhaps predictably, the tech …

Hillary Clinton

How I Came Up With a Million-Dollar Ecommerce Idea in 20 Minutes

If people are lining up for a product, figure out how to make the line shorter and they'll buy from you.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Several years ago I started a hip-hop jewelry ecommerce store. My most popular products were “grillz.” For the unfamiliar, …

Business Strategy

The Eight Essential Skills Of The Future CMO

What poses the greatest threat to brands today? The future. The future is un-knowable. We can look at trends and imagine what the future will hold, but we cannot see the future. This is a scary proposition for brands that try and manage risk while innovating — at a time when their survival depends …

14 Things You Better Love Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

Imagine somebody asked you to write on a piece of paper the things you love doing. If what came to mind was “partying, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, meeting new people, traveling,” you might ready to go on vacation or spring break.<p>If on the other hand, you wrote “learning, making …

Building a Brand, Part II: Creating a Branding Style Guide

In Part I: What Is A Brand?, we discussed the basic elements of branding and some beginning steps towards building it. Now, to keep you (and all your …

Graphic Design

Here Are Pantone's Color Trend Predictions for 2018

We're only a few months into 2017, but that hasn't stopped Pantone from looking inside their colorful crystal ball. At the International Home & …

I’m the Founder of a Multimillion-Dollar Business: Here’s Why I Owe It All to a Decision I Made at 25.

"Ten years ago when I was a 25-year-old founder, I felt this intense pressure to focus on what was right in front of me. Instead, I made a decision …

Jeff Bezos

This Is the Single Most Important Leadership Trait, According to Hundreds of Founders

Do you possess this crucial leadership quality? If not, here's how to get it.<p>Transparency. Passion. Communication.<p>You know that they're all important traits of effective leaders. But are they the <i>most</i> important qualities?<p>Not according to a recent study conducted by The Alternative Board, which …

Employment

Emma Watson, Rebel Belle

Since her years as Hermione ended, Emma Watson has fought to assert her own identity. Now that she has found her voice—most notably as a U.N. ambassador—she’s revamping a classic stereotype, the Disney princess, in Beauty and the Beast, the live-action musical coming out in March. Watson talks to …

Feminism

17 ways to become a more interesting person

You don't have to be a billionaire, or a CEO, or an astronaut to hold people's attention — you can just be you.<p>It's a question of knowing how to highlight the traits that make you different from the person next to you.<p>Over on Quora, dozens of people have answered the question, "How do I become a …

The 10 Traits of Mentally Tough People

And four things they do to make themselves even tougher.<p><i>"How do I become mentally strong?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Dean Yeong, entrepreneur and writer on DeanYeong.com, on</b> …

Self-improvement

Build a Stronger Brand by Answering These 3 Questions

Understand the essential characteristics of your brand.<p>It's easy to get caught up in your business's cool ideas. You've invested countless hours (not to mention money) into everything from naming your company to getting a business credit card. If you're just starting out, you're probably …

Marketing