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Activehours Raises Seed Financing To End Payday Lending

Payday lending services are among the worst of the bad actors in the financial services industry in the U.S. today, charging people who have the least means and greatest needs the most usurious fees for their services.<p>Regulators have been trying to rein in the industry since their explosion in the …

AT&T adds additional solar charging stations in New York

Engadget alerts us to AT&T doubling the number of Street Charge stations in New York City. Inspired by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which left many city residents and network providers without a power source, AT&T launched the street stations in June of 2013.<p>Now, AT&T is installing an additional 45 …

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Our favorite startups from the 500 Startups demo day

Over 25 startups demoed at today’s 500 Startups demo event on the Microsoft campus in Mountain View. The companies presented their ideas to an audience that included investors, larger companies, and the press.<p>It was a non-stop parade of ideas and disruptions. But within the flurry of buzzwords, …

Leadership Lessons From Kevin Durant's MVP Acceptance Speech | Inc.com

Kevin Durant, a forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday. When he accepted the award, Durant chose not focus on his accomplishments or all-star talent.<p>During his 25-minute speech, Durant fought back tears while expressing his gratitude toward …

How Good Meals and Goodwill Lead to Good Business

That's easier said than done, though. Inspiration isn’t something that can be just ordered up. But when leading a business founded on ideas and creativity, one can certainly find ways to cultivate it. Here are some ways:<p><b>1. Never underestimate the power of a great meal</b>. Conversations on topics that …

The 5 Habits for Social-Media Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While social media can be entertaining, educational and a network haven, it takes a great deal of work, flexibility and consistency to be successful on social media. If you aren't careful, you can easily burn out. So how can you juggle …

Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed …

Will LocoMobi Be The Uber Of Parking?

What if getting and paying for parking spaces could be as easy as the famed car-hailing app? A new merger of parking innovators could bring that about.<p>Two parking entrepreneurs are joining forces in an attempt to disrupt the world of parking. QuickPay, led by Barney Pell (whom Fast Company profiled …

This Deceptive Bird Imitates Animal Calls To Steal Food

"Hello, I'm a fellow meerkat, and I'll be happy to watch your lunch while you take a break."<p>The term "drongo" is sometimes used in Australia to mean dummy or halfwit. But the drongo is also a type of African bird that is certainly <i>not</i> dumb. A new study found that drongos can mimic the calls of 51 …

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2014 Hot 100 Excerpt

For almost 25 years SURFER’s Hot 100 has ranked, and predicted the fortunes of surfing’s next generation. Many of the Hot 100 alumni have gone on to …

You Think Food Tastes Better If It's Expensive

We’re pretty shallow when it comes to food.<p>I don’t just mean our predilections for organic food and fancy coconut water. A new study shows that …

Venture Capital: 5 Secrets About How Raising Money Really Works | Inc.com

After 10 years as a successful entrepreneur, I've recently become a venture capitalist. There's a lot of mystique and confusion around VCs. It turns out, now having been on both sides of the table, most entrepreneurs don't understand how VCs actually work and think.<p>Once you do, the odds can tilt …

Make Marketing Simpler With These 5 Tech-Savvy Tools

<b>2. Circulate.it.</b> Automating aspects of employees' participation on social media is another way to increase efficiency while saving staff time. Circulate.it lets members of a marketing team create a simple newsletter that can be delivered to other employees in an easy-to-share format with either an …

9 Surprisingly Good Reasons to Turn Off Your Smartphone | Inc.com

Yorgen Edholm is CEO of Accellion, which provides secure file sharing for mobile-device users. So his advice to turn off your smartphone for a minimum of 30 minutes a day--preferably more--may seem counterintuitive. Yet Edholm has learned from experience that sticking your phone and tablet in a …

5 Things Really Successful Learners Always Do | Inc.com

Many people claim to be a "lifetime learners," and with good reason. Scientists have warned that you need to keep your brain active if you want to avoid mental decay. But some people seem to learn easier and faster than others. These smart people often show creativity and innovation, and quickly …

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