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Cashflow isn't the Only Lifeline of Your Business

A lack of hope and not having something to aspire towards can make life very mundane<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>I think one of the biggest challenges for any entrepreneur is to stay 100% motivated every single day. Correction: I think one of …

Lessons From The Most Digitally Advanced Country In The World

Estonia is, perhaps, the most digitally advanced society in the world. This Baltic region country with less than 1.5 million citizens has been occupied frequently through its history, including by the Soviet Union between 1944 and 1991. In the aftermath of independence, particularly progressive …

Blockchain

Sam's Club and Walmart Face a PR Disaster Caused by Bad HR

One half of the company announces raises while the other announces layoffs, and who's in the middle? The HR department.<p>You hire PR people to make sure your good news is spread far and wide and that your bad news never sees the light of day (or at least it's spun in a way that is best for your …

10 Leadership Focus Areas That Build High Performing Teams

Shape the conditions that promote teamwork and results.<p>No one person is more important than the whole team.<p>The best teams win together, learn together, adapt together, lose together, and grow together. In high performing teams, their interactions and communications are fluid, relevant, and even …

Forget 'Type A' — if you want to be successful, look at people who are 'Type R'

When life throws you a curveball—a setback at work, a job loss, or a painful event in your personal life—how do you react?<p>If you use the experience as an opportunity to get smarter, stronger, and better prepared for your next move, you may already be what co-authors Ama Marston and Stephanie …

Employment

An early stage startup investor made its term sheet public to increase transparency in tech investment

Early stage startup investor Forward Partners has published its pre-seed term sheet, giving entrepreneurs a detailed look at what they can expect from a funding deal.<p>You can see the term sheet below.<p>A term sheet is a non-binding agreement between a startup founder and their investor, and covers …

Venture Capital

How Do You Hire Better Talent? The CEO of Absolut Says You Should Look For These 3 Things

You should hire more "diagonal thinkers."<p>Hiring the right talent for your organization is not an easy task.<p>It's a challenge every founder and CEO struggles with--because finding the right people takes more than just reading through a handful of resumes and cover letters. This is a topic I speak on …

Leadership

The CEO of Chevron Just Gave Some Brilliant Leadership Advice. Here It Is in a Few Words

John Watson, who is retiring next month, reflects back on his 37-year journey at Chevron.<p>After 37 years working at Chevron, CEO and Chairman John Watson, who took over the helm in 2010, is hanging up his cleats and headed for retirement.<p>In a moment of transparency while reflecting back on his …

The Hidden Steps To Startup Success

In 2010, I left Apple with ambitions to change the world by building an innovative new app. I failed so hard that I still laugh at myself for all the mistakes I made. Over the years since that failure, and especially over the past year of working at STRV, I’ve put together a framework for how I …

Product Management

How To Start An SEO Campaign With (Almost) No Money

If you’ve been thinking about starting a search engine optimization (SEO) campaign, you’ve likely run into a serious obstacle: money. Big-name agencies charge upwards of tens of thousands of dollars a month to manage a campaign, and hiring a new full-time manager and/or a suite of specialized …

Marketing

Almost 70% of US managers are scared to talk to their employees

Being a manager inevitably entails an uncomfortable talk with employees, be it a bad performance review, a delicate personal situation, or unpleasant news from higher-ups.<p>But an astounding number of managers report that the hardest part about talking to employees is talking to them at all.<p>In 2016, …

Employee Engagement

What 11 entrepreneurs and execs would tell their 24-year-old selves

In hindsight, some life lessons weren't obvious at the time.<p>Fortunately, you can glean wisdom from these 12 top entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles on your path to success.

Entrepreneurship

How Hollywood techniques and VR are changing the field of neuroscience

We’re all familiar with the CGI used in big-budget Hollywood movies. When used properly, this technology can help bring even the most fantastical of …

Neuroscience

7 metrics for monitoring your chatbot’s performance

Researchers estimate that by 2020 we will speak to chatbots more than we speak to our spouses. Obviously, companies that implement chatbots are doing something right. But while there are plenty of effective chatbots on the market, there are also many that don’t quite meet consumers’ needs. So how …

Chatbots

Why Diversity Is a Prevalent Factor in American Businesses That Outperform

Feeling stifled? Open up your doors for greater innovation.<p>Entrepreneurs have been at the center of the American experience for centuries. Indeed, the American Dream itself is built on the belief that anyone from anywhere can bring the next big idea to life. No telling of the American story would …

Startups

How to nail a winning pitch in 5 minutes

Your first meeting with an investor is akin to your first date with a prospective romantic partner – filled with anxiety, anticipation, and …

Venture Capital

The company behind Amy Ingram, the realistic AI personal assistant, is launching an enterprise edition

To use the virtual PA — which also comes in an "Andrew Ingram" version and has been available to individuals since 2015 — users link their calendars to the service and then CC amy@x.ai or andrew@x.ai whenever they are setting up a meeting. Amy or Andrew then take over and chat to the contact like a …

Java

Designing for the Future Self:From Enduring Procrastination to Cultivating Self-Improvement

January 18, 2016As I found myself procrastinating while writing this article, I began rationalizing this behavior: for all the hours spent postponing …

Web Design

The New Science of Building Great Teams

Artwork: Andy Gilmore, Chromatic, 2010, digital drawing<p>If you were looking for teams to rig for success, a call center would be a good place to start. The skills required for call center work are easy to identify and hire for. The tasks involved are clear-cut and easy to monitor. Just about every …

How To Retain 90% Of Everything You Learn

Imagine if you had a bucket of water. And every time you attempted to fill the bucket, 90% of the water would leak out instantly. Every time, all …

How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity

Want to challenge assumptions? Follow the lead of Microsoft, MIT, and others, and ask more questions, writes author Warren Berger.<p>Brainstorming has developed a fraught reputation, perhaps deservedly so. When groups of people are thrown together and expected to come up with original ideas, there is …

How IDEO Designers Persuade Companies to Accept Change

HBR STAFF<p>Every design project extends beyond the brief. No matter how straightforward and discrete a project seems at first, it will unfold in the context of a complicated, networked, and messily human organization. That means that part of a designer’s job must be to design tools, conversations, …

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial era<p>When the East Wind train rumbles into east London this week, it will be full of socks, bags and wallets for London’s tourist souvenir shops, as well as the dust and grime accumulated through eight …

The male business leaders at Davos who committed to gender equality

Davos, Switzerland<p>Ten big-shot men took up the fight to reach gender parity in Davos today.<p>Top executives from Barclays, McKinsey, Twitter, and Unilever, among others, released the inaugural HeForShe Parity Report (pdf), a product of a UN Women initiative that aims to mobilize men and boys in the …

Schneider Electric

I've owned an Amazon Echo for over a year now — here are my 19 favorite features

Mark Lennihan/AP I activated my Amazon Echo for the first time in December 2015. It's since become one of my favorite tech gadgets ever.<p>Amazon's family of Echo speakers are some of the most popular gifts right now, so many people are activating their Echo units for the first time.<p>Here's what you …

Smart Homes

The real deal about women pitching in a man’s world

Women are good for workspaces because they are good at multitasking, because they are good at balancing home and office, because women are …

Startups

The Chatbot Will See You Now

In March of 2016, a twenty-seven-year-old Syrian refugee named Rakan Ghebar began discussing his mental health with a counsellor. Ghebar, who has lived in Beirut since 2014, lost a number of family members to the civil war in Syria and struggles with persistent nervous anxiety. Before he fled his …

Report: Snap Inc. spent millions to get better at augmented reality

The creators of Snapchat are running toward an IPO at full speed, but it seems to have nabbed itself a neat holiday gift along the way. According to a report from <i>The Calcalist</i> (as interpreted by <i>The Times of Israel</i>), Snap Inc. recently acquired an Israeli augmented reality firm called Cimagine for …

Experts predict human-robot marriage will be legal by 2050

In the face of AI exerts repeatedly predicting the rise of sex robots, it’s increasingly difficult to insist that such machines strictly belong to a far-off, dystopian future. But some robotics experts predict we’ll soon be doing far more than having sexual intercourse with machines. Instead, we’ll …

The Future