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3 Ways Managers Start Off On the Wrong Foot

When you take your first leadership role, or find yourself at the helm of a new team, first impressions are essential to get right. (Sorry to have to add even more pressure to what is already a challenging situation, but the reality is that thanks to the way human brains are wired, impressions are …

Self Control

10 New Fall Books That Should Be On Your Nightstand

I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books! From the soul-soothing words of Brene Brown to the historical observations of Margo Jefferson, there's something here for everyone.<p><i>Rising Strong</i> by Brene' Brown -- Getting back up after failing is the theme of Brown's newest book of inspiration. …

Books

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

Intuit’s CEO on Building a Design-Driven Company

Timothy Archibald<p>When Scott Cook cofounded Intuit, in 1983, many other companies were already offering software to help people track their finances. In fact, at least 46 similar products launched before Quicken, the product Cook created, which is why we sometimes joke about how instead of having …

Design

Student-run startup lands $1.5M to help advertisers find bloggers who'll promote them (exclusive)

A startup that automates the selling of “influencer” links for use by bloggers — headed by a 19-year-old Stanford student — has scored a $1.5 million seed round.<p>The 14-person company, NeoReach, has developed a platform that rewards people on a pay-per-click (PPC) basis for sharing links through …

Retiring Boomers Should Consider Selling Their Companies to Millennials

Four million privately-held businesses stand to change hands over the next two decades as baby boomers, the largest group of owners of these companies, continue to retire. For a reported 75% of these owners, an exit plan is not in place.<p>There’s one ownership transition few of these companies have …

2 Secrets to Steve Jobs’s Success That Can Help Your Startup Grow | Inc.com

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 after it acquired NeXT, he brought with him two essential concepts without which Apple would never have achieved its mind-boggling success.<p>While few of us will have a fraction of Jobs's talent, we all can learn these concepts and apply them to our</b> …

App Store

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, …

Motivation

The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York City's Startup Scene

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When tech culture’s easy vibe combines with New York City’s 24/7 work culture, it's inevitable that the local industry creates a lively social scene -- minus the socialites and underachieving trustfund babies. Instead, such industry …

Startups

5 Things Really Charismatic People Do | Inc.com

You feel charisma the moment it enters the room. It's not just that someone is likable. Charismatic people draw attention. They automatically energize you and motivate you to step up, to take action. What is it about them? All in all, they are certainly likable, but it's more than that. Are they …

Charisma

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast | Inc.com

If it has to happen, then it has to happen first, writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast."<p>Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside …

Time Management

Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

The same strategies used to create a business plan can tell you if you’re on the right track in your career and personal life.<p>We’d all love to say we wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated–joyful even–and move through the day with purpose and intention, but the reality is most of us spend the …

Career Development

9 Qualities of Remarkably Confident People | Inc.com

I'm not particularly confident. Scratch that. I'm situationally confident: sometimes, very much so; other times, not at all. So I spend a lot of time thinking about how to gain confidence.<p>And that makes me wonder. In a world of "fake it till you make it," how can you tell when someone is truly …

Self-improvement

Millennials Casting for Careers Should Consider Franchises

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Franchising is not often considered by the 86 million MIllenials surging into the U.S. workforce but, with so many qualified and eager people looking to start their careers, every job option merits consideration. Here some important …

Small Business

Peter Thiel: The US as we know it depends on us rediscovering our innovation

[<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution by Niv Dror, analyst at</i> <i>DataFox</i><i>. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr. Dror was</i> …

75 reasons to come to DataBeat on Monday & Tuesday

VentureBeat’s DataBeat event is coming up on Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco, and we’ve got the strongest lineup of data-focused execs, analysts, investors, entrepreneurs, and data scientists ever assembled in one room.<p>What’s more, they’re all bringing new case studies, insights, and strategies …

A 10-Second Method for Testing the Vitality of Your Startup Idea | Inc.com

In 1998, <i>Inc.</i> magazine had a recurring section devoted to startup trends called "Upstarts."<p>At the time, a red-hot field was corporate concierce services--startups whose whole raison d'être was running errands for large companies (or those companies' employees) on short notice. My erstwhile colleague …

Startups

The Quantified Other: Nest And Fitbit Chase A Lucrative Side Business

Last year Karl Dalal walked more than 1.5 million steps around Houston, each step tracked by the Fitbit Zip that was clipped to his clothes. “I wear it religiously,” he says. “And so does my wife.” A big reason he cared enough to keep it on was that someone else was tracking those steps, too: his …

Here's Why Elder Care May Be The Next Billion Dollar Technology Opportunity

I was asked recently which industries will be most disrupted by the the Internet of Things. While no doubt all industries will be impacted long-term, I said some of the biggest changes will be in the elder care market.<p>Here’s why:<p><b>The cost of elder care is enormous</b><p>Elder care is projected to be …

Social-Media Marketing on Pinterest: 8 Ideas to Get Started | Inc.com

No time or resources to create or enhance your presence on Pinterest? I have a few stats that might just change your mind.<p>According to Sprout Insights, Pinterest's share of social-media referrals soared from .68 percent to a whopping 26 percent in just one year, generating more than 400 percent …

Infographics

Ted Leonsis: 4 Traits Every Entrepreneur Needs | Inc.com

What does every company founder need to be successful? Ted Leonsis, founder of Redgate Communications, former AOL executive, and the owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics sports teams, has some some uncommon insight into the answer. He's seen countless pitches as co-founder of …

Bill Gates

8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking | Inc.com

Once in a while you meet a leader who stands out--even in a room filled with skilled, experienced, successful people. She isn't just remarkably charismatic. He isn't just remarkably likeable.<p>You can tell, in an instant, they simply think and act and lead differently than most people.<p>But those rare …

Leadership

14 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in '14

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether they're battle-tested veterans or fresh-faced newbies, entrepreneurs undergo an intense learning process when establishing and launching a business. Even those who've been through it before typically face a certain amount of …

Entrepreneurship

5 Tips For Fast And Focused Meetings

No more crowded rooms or rambling opinions–meetings can be speedy and productive with these five tips.<p>If you slowly feel your soul draining and your mind turning to mush right now–and if you’re reading this on your smartphone–there’s a very good chance you’re currently sitting in on a truly …

Whiteboards