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As Startups Mature, Debt Markets Beckon

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Malte Susen and Ariadna Masó are both working as debt investment professionals at international corporate and investment banks.</i><p>As debt financing professionals, we have witnessed hundreds of challenging loan and bond financings for larger businesses. A company’s financing can be …

Venture Capital

Software And Data Are Disrupting Venture Capital Firms

<b>Editor’</b><b>s note:</b> <i>Aaron Holiday is co-founder of</i> 645 Ventures <i>and Managing Entrepreneurial Officer at</i> Cornell Tech<i>.</i><p>Over the last decade, the estimated number of new tech startups formed in the U.S. each year ranged from 16,000 to 20,000, and the total amount of venture funding per year for software …

Venture Capital

The Top 25 Most Innovative Companies 2014

The Quirks of Smallness

What is it about modestly-sized companies, corporate boards, and teams that enables them to thrive?<p>Herb Hyman, the owner of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a chain of coffee shops local to Los Angeles, was worried about the future of his business. It was the early 1990s, and Starbucks was beginning to …

How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work

Here’s what happened when we challenged ourselves to step away from our desks and get out for a while.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>If you’re like most Americans, you suffer from the physical, emotional, and mental …

Street Photography

The Value of Customer Experience, Quantified

Intuitively, most people recognize the value of a great customer experience. Brands that deliver them are ones that we want to interact with as customers — that we become loyal to, and that we recommend to our friends and family. But as executives leading businesses, the value of delivering such an …

The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

I’m often asked by people what investment areas interest me.<p>It’s true that I have a functional focus on three areas: Performance-based marketing, …

How many of Twitter’s active users are actually human?

Twitter’s user growth isn’t as strong as it seems.<p>Investors have decided, for better or worse, that the best measure of Twitter’s potential is how many users it adds every three months. The stock jumped more than 20% after the company reported it had 271 million monthly active users (MAUs) at the …

Social Media

Enterprise Mobile Apps Pay The Most Yet Attract Few Developers

A recent survey by Vision Mobile found that just 16% of worldwide developers are building mobile apps for enterprises, despite this market being the most lucrative of all to serve. Their recent global study of 10,000 developers across over 130 nations is the basis of the free downloadable report, …

Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alan Mamedi is the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller. He is based in Stockholm.</i><p>One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of …

Here's how to find out if your cloud startup has product-market fit

When I talk to entrepreneurs who are developing cloud solutions for business, I am regularly asked about how to define product-market fit for business cloud companies. The ability to identify if you have product-market fit is imperative to the success of your company, and the sooner you can …

Average Internet of Things device has 25 security flaws

In a study of ten devices including home thermostats, remote power outlets and door locks, HP found 250 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) has connected everything from smoke alarms to fridges and cars, making life easier and safer – but it has also given …

Top 5 Reasons e-Businesses Fail

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own e-Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Rich</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Managing People Is an Art: 32 Ways to Do it Right.

9 min read<p>Managing a staff of employees – with their diverse personalities, responsibilities, ambitions and pet peeves – can sometimes feel a bit like nailing Jell-O to the wall. And at small companies, where every single employee needs to pull their weight to move the business along, it can feel …

Entrepreneurship

5 Elements of an Irresistible Call to Action

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having the right sales piece is crucial to the success of your direct mail campaign. And one of the most critical aspects of any sales piece is the offer, or call to action. This is the part of the copy that lets readers know …

Marketing

Adding Personality and Trust to Your Landing Pages Can Maximize Conversion Rates

15 min read<p>This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>We’re constantly testing and tweaking our landing pages to maximize our conversion rates.<p>We know a page that converts at 15% instead of 10% can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in increased revenue for our business.<p>This article will …

Marketing

Why Doing Good for Others Does Good for Your Business

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When Monica Royer decided to launch her online baby clothing boutique, Monica + Andy, last November, she immediately sought to align the company with organizations that benefit infants and children. For her first fashion show, …

Employee Engagement

6 Reasons to Make Your Business Human on Social Media

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Good content is created for people first, search engines second, so to get the best content, showcase the human side of your business. Here are the whys and wherefores of audience engagement at a human level for your business.<p><b>1.</b> …

Social Media

Accepting Credit Cards and PayPal on Your eCommerce Site

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own e-Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Rich</i> …

FinTech

7 Life Lessons From My Entrepreneurship Journey

Starting a business is tough and challenging on all fronts. Here's some wisdom that may ease your load as you navigate new terrain.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship can be a tough and long journey for many people. Some get lucky and succeed the …

Entrepreneurship

Synergize Marketing Efforts to Gain New Customers

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s no secret that the mobile app marketplace is highly competitive and saturated. Apple’s App Store sales topped $10 billion in 2013, and customers downloaded nearly 3 billion apps in December alone.<p>It can be hard to stand out …

Marketing

Recognizing Opportunity is the First Step to an Entrepreneurial Mindset

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For more than 25 years, the organization I run has been teaching young people -- mostly high-school-age students -- how to think like entrepreneurs. In that time, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has exposed more …

Entrepreneurship

3 Keys to Providing Great Customer Service

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I launched my first company, at age 19, I had a dedicated phone next to my bed for customer calls. It often started ringing before dawn. Many of our customers were in other time zones. This second time, with my company …

Customer Service

4 Lessons From the Worst Business Meeting Ever

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I started Sageworks back in 1998, our goal was to develop an expert system technology that would convert hard-to-understand financial-statement numbers into plain language. It was a simple idea, but we struggled mightily for the …

Entrepreneurship

10 Insights from 10 Years Running a Business

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's easy to focus on the glamor of entrepreneurship, as startup worship is turning a growing number of once Average Janes and Joes into global celebrities. But, the truth is, starting a business is incredibly hard work. Even …

Entrepreneurship

9 Clever Business Cards You'd Want In Your Wallet

2 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Because of the omnipresence of smartphones and how easy it is to exchange digital contact info these days, business cards aren't quite as essential as they used to be.<p>However, a unique business card that helps you stand out could still …

Tech Industry

3 Things You Must Do Before Becoming Your Own Boss

6 min read<p>This story originally appeared on The Franchise King<p>If you’ve recently been downsized from your corporate job<p>Or<p>If you’ve been downsized <i>several</i> times during the past few years<p>Or<p>If you have a job, but it’s a lousy one<p>Or,<p>If you work for a jerk<p>Know this:<p>If you really <b>want to be your own …

Small Business

Could Entrepreneurship Be the Great Equalizer?

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On a recent visit to the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University in New York City, my friend Jim Duffy and I watched a presentation by a student describing the business he was seeking to launch. The budding entrepreneur figured …

Economics

The 6 Best Ways to Build Website Traffic

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own e-Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Rich</i> …

Marketing

Know Thy Customer: 3 Tips for Success From a $285M Company

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For entrepreneurs, few issues are as important -- or as challenging -- as connecting with the right customers. Reaching target consumers is key to gaining traction for any business, but startup companies face a unique hurdle: …

Small Business