Monir Parikh

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Infecting An Audience: Why Great Stories Spread

In the second of a two-part series, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the unique power stories have to change minds, and the key to their effectiveness.<p>In his 1897 book <i>What is Art?</i> the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy defined art as “an infection.” Good art, Tolstoy wrote, infects the audience with …

The Brain

How Much Does it Cost to Build the World's Hottest Startups?

Could $100,000 and the right developer skills make you an overnight billionaire? How much does it really take to build a product like Twitter or Instagram? With mobile development agencies and product incubators on the rise and more corporate “labs” spinning out each day, there’s no shortage of …

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Guest Writer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering …

Entrepreneurship

6 Things Really Thoughtful Leaders Do

Thoughtful leaders are truly respected. Here are six traits that make them so admired.<p>The last month of the year is a great time for introspection, enhancing relationships and setting a course for the year ahead. This is the time when it's easy to notice those people who are thoughtful. They are …

Leadership

The Top 7 Content Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014

Whether you realize it or not, chances are your business is already using content marketing as part of your overall marketing strategy.<p>With content marketing being arguably the most critical piece of an inbound marketing strategy, and with an estimated 60% of businesses employing some form of …

Five content marketing lessons from the Communists

<b>Carrying the welfare of the peasantry on your shoulders? Concerned that your next five-year plan is going to be your last?</b><p>20th century Communist …

Go Now: 5 Spectacular Fall Drives

(photo: Blue Ridge Parkway by NCBrian/Flickr Creative Commons)<p>America has so many breathtakingly scenic highways, it's no wonder that the family road trip is a national obsession. But summer isn't the only season to pack up the family and hit the pavement. With cooler weather comes the brilliance …

How to Finance a Startup Today

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve got an awesome idea, a slick name in mind and the garage space to start your dream business -- but not the cash. I'm not surprised.<p>Financing a small business -- especially a startup -- is an uphill battle in a crowded …

Finance

Why VCs aren’t insanely rich

<i>Arie Shpanya is the CEO of WisePricer</i><p>I’ll start with a spoiler, or more precisely the bottom line: VC’s are not that insanely rich, or at least the vast majority of them.<p>Jason Lemkin, a managing director at Storm Ventures, recently mentioned in his post on Quora that venture capitalists end up with …

7 Ways to Improve Your First Impression

Many forget the importance of a first impression. Here are 7 tips to help you get off on the right foot.<p>I am amazed how little most people care about the initial impression they make. Are they unaware or just simply uninterested? Recently, I have been helping a few clients with business development …

Body Language

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9°C? Adjust your thermostat, then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Happiness is so interesting, because we all have …

Risky Business? Not So Much, It Turns Out | Inc.com

Indulge us in a quick risk-assessment quiz. You are faced with two corporate investment options with equal chances of success: Invest $20 million with an expected return of $30 over three years, or invest $40 million with an expected return of $100 million over five years (and an early dip in …

13 Pieces of Startup Advice You Never Thought Of

<b>QUESTION:</b> WHAT’S YOUR MOST UNORTHODOX/FUNNY/STRANGE-BUT-GOOD ADVICE TO OTHER STARTUP FOUNDERS?<p>1. GET A VACUUMING ROBOT<p><i>“When you’re in startup mode,</i> …

5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today

Your intelligence isn’t fixed; it’s fluid. Here’s a handful of ways to improve your brain flow.<p>So it turns out that, contrary to what your SAT scores told you, we can actually get smarter day by day–depending on what we do with our days. As Annie Murphy Paul reports, intelligence isn’t set in …

Successful Founders Share 4 Must-Have Skills To Bolster Any Career

Every career is different. But some skills cut across all of them. Here are four.<p>Some skills may be awesome but not in demand: While a sonnet might take your breath away, iambic pentameter doesn’t have a high market demand. But some skills by any industry are wanted just as sweetly–and as founders …

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