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The Single Biggest Reason Most Entrepreneurs Fail in 2014

Exactly two years ago today, I woke up at 5 in the morning. Yes, I was suffering from our generation’s new sleeping problem.<p>It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

When is software patentable? The Supreme Court is about to weigh in

Software patents have always been controversial, in large part because the dividing line between a patentable software-based invention and one that …

How to Set Up a Sales Compensation Plan | Inc.com

One of the biggest management challenges for a growing business is compensating salespeople effectively. You know you need an incentive compensation plan that encourages your sales force to land new accounts and continue to upsell existing customers, but where do you begin figuring out the best way …

Deciding How to Decide

Companies’ futures and executive careers are defined by key strategic decisions. How do you and your company make the most important decisions? What tools and processes do you use?<p>Most executives over-rely on basic tools and don’t match the tools to the situation. This is problematic because in …

So you want to be a venture capitalist?

<i>This is a guest post by Campus London chief Eze Vidra</i><p>You’ve always wanted to be a VC. Maybe it’s the diversity of deals and the industry that attracts you. Maybe it sounds sexy. You are probably armed with a freshly minted MBA and some experience in finance and/or technology.<p>However, with very few …

Aardvark Founder Max Ventilla Is Trying To Turn Education On Its Head With AltSchool

Alice, a single mom living in Daly City, was facing major roadblocks with her public school system. Her five-year-old son was advanced enough to enter first grade instead of kindergarten. And her older son, who was about to enter third grade and had been diagnosed with attention deficit …

10 hot ecommerce startups to watch

<i>Aunkur Arya is the general manager of mobile at Braintree.</i><p>At Braintree, we love working with companies of all sizes – from small garage developers to big ecommerce giants with billions in sales. But there’s nothing more exciting than seeing new ecommerce companies completely change the way people …

The Problem with the CEO’s Job Title

The title Chief Executive Officer is something of a misnomer. The task of a CEO — and for that matter of any manager — is not wholly or even primarily about execution. In fact, when the CEO starts to “do” things, and starts becoming more “active,” that is usually when a company gets into trouble. …

VC, Startup Survey Addresses Whether Patent Assertions Help Or Hurt, And What To Do If You Get Hit

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Colleen V. Chien is an associate professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law who researches and writes and has testified before Congress on patent and patent-reform issues, including how they impact startups. Follow her on</i> <i>Twitter.</i><p>You have an idea for a product that is …

All Great Entrepreneurs Have This

Management skills don't make an entrepreneur great. Neither does access to capital or innovative thinking. It's something much more simple.<p>What makes an entrepreneur successful?<p>Some people believe it's the ability to innovate. However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or …

25 Ways to Be More Creative

Feel like you lack imagination? Know this: Everyone can be more original--it just takes practice.<p>You might think of creativity as something clever marketers or copywriters whip out when they need to come up with a compelling ad, or a personal trait only certain people, such as successful serial …

RocketSpace CEO Duncan Logan Talks Expansion Plans And What ‘Office-As-A-Service’ Actually Means

RocketSpace, a San Francisco office company that has hosted companies like Uber, Zaarly, Podio, and Pocket Gems (though not always the main team), recently moved into a new, bigger space — two spaces, actually, one for early-stage startups and one for more mature companies.<p>The move seemed like a …

Stop Comparing Your Company to Others and Put the Laser-Focus on Yourself

Plan around your vision weekly and don't be such a hustler that you buy your own hype.<p>Too many entrepreneurs and their investors waste their time looking around at what everyone else is doing. But nobody around you understands what you're going through. Neither do you know what problems other …

How to Raise Money as a First Time Founder

<i>This week’s Startup Edition question: How did you raise money for your startup? Here’s everything I wish I knew the first time around.</i>In September of …

Venture Capital

10 reasons why taking early money from VCs is a worthwhile risk

Three years ago, I left the cushy big company worlds of Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! to embark on my startup journey. I accepted an entrepreneur-in-residence position at a prestigious venture capital firm, which felt like a great, safe way to build a company from scratch. They provided seed …

6 Secrets Of Super Productive To-Do Lists

While it may appear simple, the to-do list is a many-splendored thing. Here are half a dozen ways to make yours splendid.<p>Just as there’s a difference between typing and writing, convulsing and dancing, and noshing and tasting, there’s a difference between emailing yourself about every project …

How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome

We’ve all wanted to please the boss. And if that sometimes means that we do something we think is stupid or misguided so be it — is it worth spending our social or political capital on making a fuss about just one small thing? Better to shrug and accept it and maybe build up some goodwill for when …

11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Day

Do less and achieve more--starting today. Adopt some of these easy habits to make it happen.<p>Success tends to create clutter: more meetings, more projects, more decisions, more items on your to-do list. But often doing more can mean achieving less.<p>That's why subtraction can be the best addition, …

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IN A small school on the South Side of Chicago, 40 children between the ages of five and six sit quietly learning in a classroom. In front of each of …

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

Your speech should advance your leadership, not undermine it.<p>Effective leadership requires verbal discipline.<p>Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do. <br>Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder’s …

Six Reasons Your Best Employees Quit You

There’s a saying that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers – and today they are leaving more often than ever. According to recent Department of Labor statistics, the average tenure of an employee in the U.S. is now only 1.5 years. What do these numbers mean? Are managers doing that …

I'm Planning To Start My Own Business, Why Bother With A College Degree?

I’ve heard this question in a number of forms, and there are more than a few articles dedicated to the subject of how valuable a college degree is for someone planning to start their own business. In full disclosure, I have two degrees, a B.S. in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University and …

How to Get Employees to Think Like an Owner

If your business is going to grow, you need employees who can think like an owner. Here are a few techniques to make that happen.<p>One of the great challenges in running a fast-growth company is aligning your company's vision, mission, value, and culture with the daily activities of the business. It …

Employment

The Single Most Important Element for Business Success

If somebody asked you what is the most crucial aspect of business to focus on to ensure success, what would you say?<p>Some would choose Sales. Some would say Marketing. Many would claim it’s Leadership. Others believe it’s Systems. More than a few would be adamant that the most important element is …