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Why PR is your best marketing weapon — and how to use it

Our corporate motto should have been, “We’ve never heard of you either.” At least, that is how we joked at my first startup, Seer Technologies, which we founded in 1990.<p>We had broken records by growing a nascent software company into a $118 million-per-year revenue machine. And we had pulled off a …

Love Powerball? Try Crowdfunding

Regulators are extremely nervous about equity crowdfunding. But crowdfunding compares quite favorably to something another arm of government loves: the lottery.<p>Entrepreneurs like the idea of equity crowdfunding. Once it’s up and running, equity crowdfunding should allow business owners to easily …

Raise Your Conversational IQ

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Too many conversations miss the mark. We talk past each other, over each other and make up things that suit our motivations and needs. We can connect 24/7 from anywhere in the world at any time, but it’s not enough to have the tools to …

Pencils of Promise Is Giving Nonprofits a Hard-Nosed Entrepreneurial Facelift

Adam Braun remembers a night a few years back when he was at a fancy, New York City rooftop soiree having an extended chat with a venture capitalist. About 20 minutes into the conversation, the investor asked Braun about his profession. Braun told him he ran a nonprofit organization.<p>“Immediately, …

3 Reasons It's the Perfect Time to Be an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Never in our collective lifetimes has it been better to be a startup. Coming out of the economic disaster a few years ago, it became clear that recovery would be on the shoulders of small business. Entrepreneurs are truly the backbone of …

Report: Dropbox Eyeing $8 Billion Valuation

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>New reports are circulating that Dropbox wants to be worth $8 billion as part of a new round of funding.<p>Reports Ashlee Vance in Businessweek:<p>Dropbox will look to raise $250 million more in the next few weeks, according to two people with knowledge …

How a Wounded Warrior's Start-Up Fuels 'Post-Traumatic Growth'

An outdoor sports nonprofit helps people with disabilities use their challenges as a springboard for growth.<p><i>This is the third in a series of columns on nonprofit ventures founded by veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can find the previous entries on Team Rubicon and Team RWB on …

What SnapChat, Twitter, and Instagram Have in Common

I'm not talking about billion-dollar-plus valuations.<p>One of the first lessons I learned as an entrepreneur is that 99 percent of people will try to talk you out of your business idea.<p>They will say you are not the first to think of the idea (likely true), that there are strong competitors in your …

Get Those Government Contracts Now

Entrepreneur Sharon Virts-Mozer says federal contracts can be your biggest source of business, or they can be a good add-on to your commercial work.<p>The U.S. government is the biggest purchaser of goods and services in the world, spending more than $600 billion annually. How can you get a piece of …

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

1. Google Ngram Viewer<p>2. Google Correlate<p>3. Google Trends<p>4. Google Think Insights<p>5. Google Public Data Explorer<p>6. Full Value of Mobile<p>7. Get Your …