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WHEN you run out of land in a crowded city, the solution is obvious: build upwards. This simple trick makes it possible to pack huge numbers of homes …

Urban farmers are learning to grow food without soil or natural light

The potential to grow food in small spaces, under any environmental conditions, are offers big advantages.<p>Growing food in cities became popular in …

Hard Work? It's Not All It's Cracked up to Be. It May Even Be Irrelevant. Here's Why.

Ever hear of how Neflix let go of many of its hardest-working employees in favor of those who most greatly impacted the company's bottom line?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From a young age, we're raised to believe that we can accomplish pretty much anything so long as …

Employment

1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring for Apple | Inc.com

From the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs knew he wanted the build a successful company. At one point, Apple hired two "professional" managers from outside the company. Then Jobs promptly fired them.<p>"It didn't work at all," a young Steve Jobs says in a video making the rounds on YouTube. "Most of …

Steve Jobs

10 Incredible Uses for Cryptocurrency and Blockchain You Probably Haven't Thought of

Cryptocurrency to battle election fraud? De-corrupt charities? Make the world greener? Who knew?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Now, more than ever before is a time to be thinking about cryptocurrencies. Over the past few years, cryptocurrency has grown exponentially …

Cryptocurrency

Why farming oysters is sustainable and good for the environment

I gamely pick up an oyster, cup it in my left hand and hold the oyster knife in my right, ready for attack. Surely it can’t be that difficult to …

The High-Tech Vegetable Farms in New York City, Chicago

The challenge of providing fresh produce to consumers and restaurants in big cities has been an opportunity for Gotham Greens. Co-founder and CEO …

Aquaponics

The Future Is Green and Growing Fast

Demand for sustainable solutions at global scale is an enormous entrepreneurial opportunity.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even as President Donald Trump repeals environmental “job-killing” regulations and promises to double down on fossil fuels, jobs in …

Sustainability

Why you'll want to get your hands on this free gardening book

Those weed fabrics and barriers that you just spent the weekend putting down? They're great at cutting back on weeds in the short term.<p>In the long term? Not so much. Weeds will eventually work their way back into the garden, and then you have two messes to clean up — the weeds and the battered …

Retailers urged to drive greater British food self-sufficiency

Britain must become more self-sufficient in food production and build up a stronger local food sector in the face of global uncertainties, a report …

Why Some Startups Succeed (and Why Most Fail)

There is a consistent set of factors that lead to startup success and failure.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the last two decades of building and running businesses, and the last couple of years working full time with dozens of startup founders and CEOs on their …

Entrepreneurship

Is this spherical vertical garden the future of urban farming?

Space10's Growroom is a build-it-yourself farm pod for cities.<p>Space10, a self-described “future-living lab” located in Copenhagen’s trendy Kødbyen …

Urban Agriculture

25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read | Inc.com

Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.<p>1. <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> by Atul Gawande<p>…

Ford Motor Company

Five technologies that will change how we live

1. Biotech<p>Since the early 2000s, the cost of sequencing a human genome — determining the precise order of nucleotides within DNA molecules that …

Artificial Intelligence

Instagrammers Are Driving Britain's Food Waste Problem, Says Study

Millennials are in the firing line again, thanks to research which suggests that those aged 18 to 34 are driving the UK's food waste problem.7m …

Food Waste

How mobile technologies are helping small, rural farmers grow their businesses

Recent years have seen a proliferation of technology solutions geared towards addressing smallholder farmer challenges, from production to financial …

A startup founder worth $15 million explains why entrepreneurs should think like farmers, not suits

My path to becoming a tech startup founder with more than $15 million in funding hasn’t been conventional. My formative years were spent living and working on my family’s farm in Gladbrook, Iowa, a town with a population of around 1,000. I didn’t attend college on either coast, develop a knack for …

Entrepreneurship

Where Did Your Pitch Go Wrong? Experienced Entrepreneurs Share Their Mistakes | Inc.com

Amy Errett is CEO and Founder of Madison Reed, a startup revolutionizing every aspect of the home hair care experience. Amy founded Madison Reed with years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive, venture capitalist and social-mission visionary, under her …

Entrepreneurship

California's new pot economy valued at $7 billion

The future of California's legal<p>marijuanaindustry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising "USA Home Grown" dangles from a wall.<p>Here, in the outskirts of …

Dow Chemical Wants Farmers to Keep Using a Pesticide Linked to Autism and ADHD

On Mondays, Magda and Amilcar Galindo take their daughter Eva to self-defense class. Eva is 12 but her trusting smile and arching pigtails make her …

The 21 hottest women-founded startups to watch in 2017

There has never been a better time to be a woman in the startup world.<p>There's no denying we have a long way to go. After all, venture capital firms are made up of mostly men, and some continue to suggest that women aren't cut out for the tech world at all. And way more VC money is offered to male …

Startups

The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley

<b>By Erin Griffith</b><p>Illustration by Alconic for Fortune<p>December 28, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p>As the list of startup scandals grows, it’s time to ask whether …

Silicon Valley

How to Determine If Solar Panels Make Sense for You

Channel your inner Elon Musk.<p>Solar panels are quickly becoming one of the most popular options for green energy. Even Tesla, headed by Silicon Valley guru Elon Musk, has started marketing solar panels for the home. Musk has even gone so far as to power an entire island to show how efficient his new …

Solar Power

6 Tips for Managing Millennials | Inc.com

Millennials have been mystifying leadership for years. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers' inability to figure out this generation has spurred dozens of negative stereotypes about people born between 1980-1998. Millennials have been labeled as lazy, entitled, and narcissistic, with an innate distrust of …

The Workplace

18 Trends to Look for in 2017 | Inc.com

Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but identifying macro trends and developments can be done by paying close attention to what's happening in an industry. Here's what a handful of small businesses, startups and analysts are seeing in their crystal balls.<p>1. We will hear more about …

Construction Industry

8 predictions for the future of IoT in 2017

Every year IoT brings new things to biotechnology, manufacturing, home living and every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve seen it disrupt traditional industries, transform our cities and contribute to the autonomous transport of the future.<p>It sits in an ecosystem where machine learning, AI and data …

Internet of Things

Plant These Edibles Once and Eat Them Forever

Want to enjoy home-grown food year after year without having to start your garden from scratch each spring? Then, it's time to discover the perennial …

Why It’s Okay to Say ‘No’ to Your Boss

<i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Leadership

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

10 Definitive Reasons You Need More Houseplants in Your Life

You better believe we're going to try #2 this winter.<p>If you blame genetics for your lack of green thumb, it's time to teach yourself the powers of keeping a plant alive. It turns out these livings things can do even more for your physical and mental health than they can for your living room decor — …

Plants