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The 25 best restaurants in Napa

Headed to Napa? You're going to need to plan your meals.<p>There are a LOT of Napa restaurants and a lot of small towns that make up Napa Valley and Sonoma as a whole, and it can be hard to make decisions - especially when you only have two or three opportunities to eat well in between all that wine …

Napa Valley

Top CEOs Reveal What It Takes to Start a Business (Infographic) | Inc.com

If you turned down venture capital, why?<p><i>No. 468:</i> "Often, [VCs] have no idea what really drives your customers and your business, but they think they do or want you to think they do. So they flex their muscles, exert pressure or push for short-term profits, and [make] bad business decisions."</i> …

CEOs

When First Movers Are Rewarded, and When They’re Not

When it comes to launching new products, should your company be a pioneer or a follower? This question presents a constant dilemma for some businesses. Product pioneers face more risk, but can reap big rewards when an innovation proves successful. Second-movers, on the other hand, are assured more …

The Best Product Management Tools

How does your product team work?<p>No matter what type of product team you work with, Aha! is a tool for driving product strategy, sharing your roadmap, …

Product Management

Does It Really Take Money to Make Money? | Inc.com

It's a saying older than our grandparents. And as an entrepreneur, you've likely heard it over and over <i>and over</i> again. But is it really true that it takes money to make money?<p>In a word: Yes. I believe it does take <i>some</i> money to launch any business venture.<p>Most of the time, though, the upfront costs …

Small Business

Business Competition Has Not Gotten Fiercer

It’s become part of the conventional wisdom. The internet and globalization have combined to render almost every company vulnerable to greater competition than ever. Barriers to entry are withering, innovations are easily copied, and disruption is everywhere. To take an extreme example, Rita …

10 Things Lean Startup Didn’t Tell You

Just to name a few. This isn’t all quite new, especially after the introduction of the Lean Startup by Eric Ries, which addressed most of these …

Product Management

Don't Let Outlandish Success Stories Discourage Your Business

The age of information is great for a lot of things—we can make a last minute dinner reservation without talking to anyone or easily stream a soccer game halfway around the world. But with all of that accessibility comes some inevitable media saturation.<p>I’m referring mostly to the flashy business …

Entrepreneurship

A Wharton professor discovered a psychological trick that will help you stop procrastinating

But each day she left her job as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania feeling exhausted and drained.<p>By the time she made it home, all she wanted to do was curl up on the couch and read a book or turn on her favorite TV show. On this particular day, she wanted to read <i>The Hunger Games</i>.<p>That's …

Procrastination

5 Secrets to Starting a Successful Company on a Shoestring | Inc.com

How much money do you need to start a successful company? It might be less than you think. Some smart entrepreneurs are bypassing the whole venture capital world with its alphabet rounds of funding, opting instead to get their companies going on a relatively small investment and remain masters of …

Startups

Why Not to Outsource your Startup (Even If You Can’t Code)

One of my favorite things to do is to help others who are at an earlier stage of the startup journey. I had a lot of false starts before Buffer. I …

5 lessons you can learn from my failed startup

It suddenly dawned on us that our product would not sell. And unless we did something about it, the startup was doomed. This was December 2014.<p>Dreamy eyed noobs that we were, we made tons of mistakes. I hope this post helps you avoid some of those mistakes because as much as we glorify failure in …

20 biggest reasons why startup companies fail

Startup companies seem to have all the fun. They create new markets, disrupt old ones, get ridiculous amounts of money from venture capital firms, …

Startups

5 Weird Habits of successful people

Success

What Work Will Look Like In 2025

The experts weigh in on the future of work a decade from now.<p>Anyone who grew up with the notion that we’d all have jet packs and robot housekeepers by 2015 knows that predicting the future is a risky business. But as technology continues to develop and various trends, demographic shifts, and other …

Amazon and Microsoft Take Public Cloud Storage To The Next Level

Last week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Premium Storage, the choice of storage for demanding workloads. A week before that, at the AWS Summit, Amazon has launched a new storage type on the public cloud called Elastic File System. Both these announcements have a positive …

Cloud Computing

The seven habits of highly confident people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. It influences your success in leadership, how you engage with your team, and at work in general. It influences how you build your business, how you are in your family life, …

Self-improvement

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in Is You | Inc.com

My first response was, "Of course!" But then I realized I didn't even need to answer the question. I had invested in myself for years. I quit a very well paid job at Accenture with very little time remaining before making partner, and I took a risk of having no job security at all.<p>We had raised a …

Employment

Forget Business Plans; Here’s How to Really Size Up a Startup

If you want to really understand a firm’s strategy—whether it’s a start up or Fortune 500 firm–you need only two documents: the compensation plan and the pricing plan.<p>Forget about business plans, PowerPoint presentations, executive speeches, media interviews, strategy memos, or org charts. Forget …

Is Your Startup Idea a Killer, or Should It Be Killed?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Startups are the result of a solved problem or an unmet need that someone has figured out how to fulfill. The reality is, we’re inundated with problems that need solving, most just don’t realize it. If you are indeed interested in …

13 must-read lessons from Y Combinator's startup school

On October 11, famed accelerator Y Combinator hosted 1,700 entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs (such as high school and college students) at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif. for Startup School.<p>During the day-long event, a collection of well-known investors and founders spoke to the crowd, …

How to Invest for Equity in a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When making an equity investment in a startup, there are many issues to consider.<p>The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to release its final JOBS Act equity crowdfunding rules, and entrepreneurs will be allowed to sell …

The Illusion of Instant Startup Success

“Did you hear about XYZ.com? I just read about them yesterday. They raised a $5 million round from a top tier venture firm at a crazy valuation. It’s like they popped up overnight!”<p>Ah, the familiar refrain of “instant success”. The press loves you, investors love you, everyone wants to high five …

Free Things to Do in Seattle

At once grungy and gourmet, lush and mod, the Emerald City has revitalized its best attractions while offering plenty for penny-pinchers. Pound the pavement through historic Pioneer Square, lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's compact downtown, and to its scenic waterfront—reveling in free gems …

Travel

Y Combinator Wants You (To Solve Big Problems)

In its last Demo Day, Y Combinator showcased startups that are seeking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. As in, nuclear energy, health, and quantum computing–all things that are (arguably) more important than how to get food delivered to your piehole using the most direct route …

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, …

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 …

5 Top Industries For Starting A Business

<i>(Another, more recent list of new-business ideas is published here.)</i><p>Have an independent streak? If you’re an American, chances are you do.<p>The U.S. consistently leads developed countries around the world in the rate of entrepreneurship, and 25 million people were in the process of starting or …

News

Zinc and GE Digital Announce Integrated Solution for Contextual, Real-Time Communication in the Field<p>3<p>4 min read<p>Press Release

How Nest Is Already Using All That Data From Its Army of Smoke Alarms

The big news from Nest today is that Protect is back on the shelves. But lost in the shuffle is a more interesting tidbit from the company: Its first …