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Climate Hack? How Plastics Could Help Save Us From Greenhouse Gases

What's the fix for a warming planet? Just one word: Plastics.<p>As the world grapples with greenhouse gas emissions still rising despite years of political wrangling over how to combat global climate change, a technology to convert carbon dioxide and methane into plastic is emerging as one potential …

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11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

5 Lessons About Blogging You Can Learn From BuzzFeed

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Plenty of media professionals like to get down on BuzzFeed for providing what they see as "lowest common denominator" types of content. And with post titles like, "'Men in Black' is the Only Movie That Truly Understands Your Hangover …

Seven coffees with seven startups

What You Can Do Today to Make Tomorrow More Productive

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's in your nature to think bigger and as an entrepreneur you're designed to want to make more. But to experience the success you want to achieve, you must use your time, energy and focus wisely.<p>With 96 blocks of 15 minutes in a day, be …

Online Presentation Startup Prezi Zooms To 30M Users And 96M Prezis, Hires Apple, Google, Flip Video Execs For Global Growth

In a world where many eyes have glazed over at the thought of PowerPoint presentations, Prezi, a startup that lets you create presentations online with dynamic features like zooming and audio tracks, has made a splash. The company, started in Budapest, Hungary but now with offices also in San …

What You Need to Know About Managing Retail Inventory

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In the fifth edition of his book</i> Retail in Detail<i>, retail business owner and consultant Ronald L. Bond offers small-business owners an updated, no-nonsense guide to the world of retailing. In this edited excerpt, the author explains what</i> …

5 Tips for Hiring a Social Media Marketer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Once a week we hear the same question: what should I look for when hiring a social media marketer? It's an important question and one becoming more critical as companies build their online presences.<p>Social media marketers can seem like an …

How to Build Relationships and Stay in Touch with Professional Contacts

One of the most common networking challenges people have, myself included, is staying in touch with people. It’s not enough to just meet someone …

How One Startup Plans to Replace Every Card in Your Wallet

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneur Kanish Parashar has an ambitious goal: He wants to replace every credit card, gift card and loyalty card in your wallet.<p>To do that, Parashar has founded a company called Coin. Unlike other companies like Square and PayPal …

Is This the Future of Your Wallet? | Inc.com

On Demo Day at Y Combinator this summer, which is technically two days of presentations from graduating companies for potential investors and alumni, Kanishk Parashar didn't have the product his company was creating in hand. He just had an audacious, albeit slightly precarious, idea: Let me combine …

Why Growing Your Business Is All About Perspective

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have all heard the saying, "You can do anything if you set your mind to it." For entrepreneurs, this adage couldn't be truer.<p>Successful entrepreneurs tend to have what is referred to as a “growth mindset” as opposed to a “fixed …

5 Risks for a Growing Business, and How to Manage Them | Inc.com

Over the past 20 years, I have observed 10 recurring risks for growing business and have helped clients address them. Understanding how these risks apply to your business and proactively managing them will help you sustain growth.<p>These first five risks apply to growth businesses in varying degrees. …

Where To Always Find Innovation: Touchpoints

People buy from brands based on relationships. Those relationships are composed of touchpoints. Ipso facto, innovation. (Yeah, that’s right: This is important enough for Latin.)<p>As some very smart people have written before, our present social era is about so much more than social media–rather, the …

5 Steps to Great Meetings | Inc.com

You're not alone in thinking that most meetings are a waste of time. In a survey of businesses conducted a few years ago, Microsoft found that people spend 5.6 hours each week in meetings; 71 percent of American employees reported that these meetings "aren't very productive."<p>Meeting formats do, of …

'Entrepreneur' Has Become a Buzzword. Let's Reclaim It | Inc.com

Worthless. Impossible. Stupid. Safe to say those are three words aspiring entrepreneurs probably doesn't want to hear assigned to their idea, right?<p>Wrong, says Daniel Isenberg. The author of the aptly-titled book <i>Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid</i> argues that anything entrepreneurial--<i>truly</i> …

How to Make the Start-Up World a Better Place

Stanford professor and Singularity University vice president Vivek Wadhwa talks about immigration, discrimination and the exponential growth of technology.

How to Handle Negative Online Reviews

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q: How should small businesses respond to negative reviews through social media and on sites like Yelp?</b> <i><br>- Dara Khautisen<br>Chicago</i><p><b>A:</b> Negative social media reviews, especially those that are potentially malicious, are near the top of the list …

How To Make It By Not Faking It With The Power Of Brand Advocates

Does your brand have trust issues? The drawbacks of trying to deceive your audience far outweigh the short-term gains.<p>What is it about word of mouth that gets marketers excited? Your friend might not be an expert, but according to research by Nielson, “ninety-two percent of consumers around the …

Case Study: The L.A. Start-Up Scene | Inc.com

At the LA Tech Summit in Santa Monica Thursday, two threads dominated most of the conversation about the city's start-up ecosystem: Look how far it has come, and… man, there's still a long way to go.<p>Most of the entrepreneurs and VCs that took the stage throughout the day agreed that Los Angeles is …

You're the Boss: When Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Ask for Advice

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If only we had the good sense -- and courage -- to preface some of our statements with: "Ignore my opinion, please." Far too often, we offer up or are subjected to opinions on issues about which we are ignorant, ill informed, or simply …

3 Rules for Building a Billion-Dollar Business | Inc.com

Very few entrepreneurs wind up building a billion-dollar company like Twitter or Facebook. Those types of companies, that started with thin business models and experienced fast growth overnight, are the exception--not the rule. So you might want to look elsewhere for lessons on how to build your …

A Better Way to Set Your Marketing Budget for 2014 | Inc.com

Marketers’ least favorite time of year has arrived: budgeting season.<p>Every year, marketers across industries get push back on their budgeting plans from CEOs and CFOs. They scrutinize each component of marketing’s production and make marketing justify every dollar and headcount.<p>But consider this: …

4 Worst SEO Mistakes | Inc.com

Most business owners rely on traffic from search engines to drive sales. But whether you are an SEO guru or a novice looking to extract a few more leads from your search engine marketing efforts, chances are good that you are making at least one of these incredibly common--and potentially …

Engines

8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you're putting together a business plan for a mobile app or web-based software service, there are certain key elements you should work into your business plan.<p>Beyond the basics of a sales forecast, profits and losses, cash flow and a …

5 Questions Every Startup Should Ask Before Choosing an Incubator

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you're in the kitchen, you have a choice between cooking everything from scratch or using pre-mixed ingredients to make the process quicker and easier. Starting a business isn't all that different. The decision on which incubator, if …

Marc Ecko: Building Your Brand Is a Process | Inc.com

Video Transcript<p><b>00:10 Marc Ecko:</b> People struggle with what their first step for building their brand is and what they don't realize is that brand building is a pursuit. It's not a destination. There needs to be a tolerance to iterating what exactly it will become. And rather than having a failure …

Using Other People's Money to Slash Risk and Boost Growth | Inc.com

Business owners are always searching for ways to maximize return on investment and minimize risk. One often-overlooked way to position yourself to do just that is to sell a major portion of your business. It allows you to use other people’s money to grow your business in ways you could never …

The Secret to Selling Your Brand With One Sentence

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You believe in the importance of your vision, but how do you get others to stop and listen to you? There will be many instances when you don’t have a lot of time to grab someone’s attention, be it a potential investor or a licensee. …

What Google 'Hummingbird' Means for Your SEO Strategy

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>If the idea that SEO is dead crosses your mind or turns up in print, dismiss it. The fact is that nothing is really going to change in the way that we pursue the almighty ranking, with the possible exception of the resurgence of the long tail keyword, …