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How to Value Your Startup Before Presenting to Investors

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgedeeb and @RedRocketVC.</i><p>How to value a startup<p>One of the questions I get, more often than not, is what is the …

How To Orchestrate A National Media Push Without A PR Team

This week, Finish went freemium. The anti-procrastination to-do list app, built by teenagers Ryan Orbuch and Michael Hansen, saw more than 50,000 downloads in the first 48 hours of launching the free app.<p>Originally, Finish was priced at $.99.<p>So how did the startup, with absolutely no marketing …

Advice From 100 Successful Entrepreneurs On Starting Your Own Business

<i>100 Successful Entrepreneurs</i> where asked <i>“What do you wish you knew before you started a business?”</i><p><i>Here are there answers:</i><p>1. I wish I would have known …

Entrepreneurship

14 Powerful Social-Media Sharing Strategies You Aren't Using

Build a bigger and more engaged audience by working smarter, not harder.<p><i>We all want to be the go-to person with the latest news, the most intriguing viral content, or the hidden gems followers wouldn't have otherwise found.</i> <i>Easier said than done, though, right?</i><p><i>It actually might be easier than you</i> …

Social Media

Younger Startup Founders Pay Themselves Lower Salaries

Our report last week on the salaries that startup founders pay themselves stirred up a lot of discussion here on The Next Web, Hacker News, Twitter and beyond. Now startup benchmarking firm Compass, the source of the original data, has provided us with further information that helps answer some of …

Zenefits Adds $15M From Andreessen Horowitz To Become The All-In-One Solution For Startup HR

The thought of managing HR, benefits and payroll is enough to make most entrepreneurs grimace. However, time consuming and frustrating as it may be, it’s a part of the job description and something every startup and small business has to address sooner or later.<p>Having dealt with the paperwork and …

Before Wild Creativity, Get Grounded in Strategy First

Do you have a false sense of your own creativity?<p>I see a lot of business people who do, and they can easily cripple themselves and their …

Creativity

7 Ways To Keep Your Employees Happy (And Working Really Hard)

It doesn’t matter what you build, invent or sell; your organization can’t move forward without people. CEOs, company founders and managers the world over know that keeping the teams beneath them moving forward together in harmony means the difference between winning and dying.<p>Prof. Leonard J. …

How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are a curious bunch.<p>They come in all shapes, sizes, genders and backgrounds. They get up at dawn. They're the first ones to the office and the last ones to leave. They use productivity apps, network their tooshes …

Entrepreneurship

How Creative Thinking Gets Killed by Team Members - 8 Fatal Blows

A recent Brainzooming post on positive creative thinking skills from team members led to discussion about what the opposite behaviors are – team …

How I Changed My Environment So That I Could Reach Success

<b>Editors note:</b> <i>I received this great and inspiring story from Sheldon Scipio earlier today, and found that it embodies the truths of how most people</i> …

Building Your Brand from the Inside Out

Branding: Everyone’s doing it, but not everyone is doing it well. To be fair, it’s a little more complicated than it was in the “Mad Men” era, when …

Not Too Hard, Not Too Easy: Finding Flow In Your Work

You sit down to work and you lose yourself in the task at hand. You feel alive and engaged. The concerns of everyday life fall away as you immerse …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

Time Management

The #1 Quality of Top Employees

We asked Inc. readers to describe their best employee ever. Here's what they said.<p>When asked which qualities define their "Best Employee Ever," <i>Inc</i>. readers had plenty to say. And one word came up more than any other: <b>proactive</b>.<p>@Inc being proactive. If there is an issue come to your manager with …

employees

10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs SHOULD Enroll in College

It’s easy for <i>young entrepreneurs</i> struggling to break through to blame college for their delayed success. After all, they wouldn’t have this problem …

Andile Khumalo

<i>This article first appeared in the Business Times section of The Sunday Times on 22 May 2016. The Sunday Times is the biggest weekly newspaper in</i> …

57 Startup Lessons I've Learned The Hard Way

<b>Editors Note:</b> This is a guest post by Slava Akhmechet, founder of RethinkDB. You can follow him on Twitter here.<p>There are already very good lists of startup lessons written by really talented, experienced people (here and here). I’d like to add another one. I learned these lessons the hard way in …

Hearst Magazines

Creative Thinking and Idea Magnets - 11 Vital Creative Characteristics

Do you know people who seem to have an incredible ability to surround themselves with creative idea people? Not only are these individuals creative …

Creativity

The 5 Fastest Ways to Go Out of Business

Many entrepreneurs dream of starting their own business for a very long time. They plan and save their money for years and finally make it happen. …

Startup Founders Reveal 5 Ways to Build a Strong Culture

When you walk into SinglePlatform's office, you'll see customer testimonials lining the walls, inspirational quotes and artwork chalked onto a …

Why Future Business Leaders Need Philosophy

In the wake of the financial crisis, an era of severe turbulence, rapid changes and increasing complexity has emerged. A black cloud hangs over the …

Strategic Thinking - Creating Your Own Game with a Longevity Strategy

Despite the talk about the importance of disruptive strategies, a more subtle, longevity strategy can also serve a brand well. This is especially …

Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013

Nearly three hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to changing habits that has yet to be surpassed. A young adult seeking to straighten out his act, Franklin developed a list of thirteen virtues, jotting down a brief definition of each. These were character traits he took to …

You’re Getting In The Way Of Your Own Success – Here’s How You Can Fix It

I truly believe we can only reach our fullest potential when we’re challenged.<p>Challenges are often described as barriers or brick walls that get in …

Leadership

Lessons From a Diplomat on How to Build Business Relationships

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Successful businesses are built on strong relationships. Business leaders often need to step into the shoes of a diplomat, developing and managing complex relationships with many diverse groups.<p>"There is a lot of common ground …

Leadership

Organization 2.0: Why We’re Building a Culture Instead of a Company

When I worked as a consultant at Deloitte, I got to see a lot of different organizational structures under a microscope. The thing you learn pretty …

7 Brain Hacks to Keep Your Mind as Young as Your Body

The phrase “use it or lose it” applies to nothing quite as well as it applies to the human brain. Just like physical activity can fight off heart …

The Brain

Strategic Thinking - Exercises & Tools for Creative Thinking & Strategy

When the Brainzooming blog started, its focus was to be on strategy, creativity, and innovation. In fact, the first five Brainzooming posts in 2007 …

Management