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Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur Is as Likely as Becoming a Rock Star. Here's What It Really Takes, According to a Self-Made Millionaire | Inc.com

If you had asked me in my mid 20s if I thought I'd ever be successful or wealthy, I would have given a bold "Of course!" <i>-</i> but that would really just be my characteristic over-confident answer to hide what I really felt: that I was going to continue failing and be broke for the rest of my …

Entrepreneurship

Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

Venture capital is a hell of a drug, and it’s possible to overdose on VC, but for most founders that is a champagne problem. More often the question investors hear is “how do I get a VC to back my startup?” These founders aren’t worried about how overcapitalization will make their IPO prospects …

Startups

Want To Be More Creative And Successful? Fight The Urge To Focus

A wandering mind can be an asset if you learn how to use it.<p>In 1987, Mark Frauenfelder read an article in <i>Whole Earth Review</i> about the indie magazine revolution and thought to himself, “I’ve got to do a zine.” The next year, he and his wife started <i>Boing Boing</i>, a pop culture and technology …

Creativity

For Entrepreneurs, Venture Capital Is Not Always the Best Option

Entrepreneurs get creative about funding their businesses -- and maintaining control of their vision.<p>This story appears in the June 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>You want numbers? Peter Dering has numbers. Peak Design, the camera accessories company he bootstrapped in 2011 with $25,000 from …

Venture Capital

10 Success lessons from Marc Andreessen – “Legend of Silicon Valley” for entrepreneurs

Share24<p>Tweet<p>Share268<p>+14<p>Shares 296<p>Marc Andreessen is a legendary figure in Silicon Valley — and worldwide. After launching Netscape 20 years ago, Marc …

10 Success lessons from Eric Ries – “The Lean Startup” for entrepreneurs

Share35<p>Tweet<p>Share72<p>+13<p>Shares 110<p>Eric Ries is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology and the author of the popular entrepreneurship blog Startup …

The Secret to a Great Business Plan: Don't Write One | Inc.com

Conventional wisdom says that every great startup needs a formal business plan. According to Wikipedia (that great repository of predictably conventional wisdom), a business plan is:<p>"a formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for reaching them. It may also contain …

Small Business

Entrepreneur and investor Gary Vaynerchuk 'cannot wait' for the startup armageddon

“There’s nobody building a startup business anymore. Everybody’s creating a startup financial machine.”<p>Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur, and a relentlessly optimistic one at that. The son of an immigrant owner of a liquor store, he turned himself into an early YouTube celebrity with Wine …

Entrepreneurship

The 3 Curve Balls That Strike Out the Most Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So, you want to launch a startup. You have a product idea and some target customers in mind, and you’ve been looking for validation from colleagues, investors and analysts for a while. You also want to pursue the idea in your spare time, …

Entrepreneurship

How to build a successful start-up, according to Reid Hoffman

Oxford’s Said Business School is actually a rare place to be on a sunny Sunday at noon. But a talk by Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder, a successful …

Startups

I Finally Understand Why Most Small Businesses Don't Succeed

It finally occurred to me the other day why many small businesses don't succeed. It is so obvious, I have no idea why it took me so long to draw this conclusion.<p><b>The reason that small businesses fail is because running a successful business has nothing to do with what your business actually provides</b> …

How This Startup Founder Triumphed Over His Year of Hell

Any experienced entrepreneur can tell you that two keys to a successful startup are a solid business idea — especially one that solves a big problem …

Nova Scotia

5 Lifetime Habits of the World's Wealthiest People | Inc.com

Why do certain people become extraordinarily wealthy while others do not?<p>Great wealth, of the non-inherited kind, is not an accident. The extraordinarily successful people who make it have habits that set them apart from everyone else.<p>These habits can be incorporated into your daily life and if …

Self-improvement

Google’s newest tool could be especially helpful to start-ups

Companies looking for their first round of venture capital frequently put together what's called a "pitch deck," or a 10-15 slide presentation that convinces investors to commit money to the project.<p>But most companies — especially ones that are successful at raising venture capital — keep their …

Venture Capital

Meet An Entrepreneur Who Doesn't Believe In Venture Capital

Entrepreneur Brian Pallas doesn’t believe in venture capital. His startup, Opportunity Network is funded entirely from private investors and business partners. The 28-year old hasn’t taken a penny of venture capital. Last year, when I first reported about Pallas’ success, ON was valued at $100m …

Venture Capital

After The Gold Rush

The startup gold rush of the last ten years is over. Sorry. Those hordes of ambitious entrepreneurs still stampeding to the Bay Area in the hopes of building their Minimum Viable Product, getting into Y Combinator, and growing their app into the Next Big Thing–they’re already too late. That era is …

Innovation

Here’s how Silicon Valley’s startup guru can instantly tell if you should start a company

With four IPOs and eight startups under his belt, students and budding entrepreneurs frequently seek him out for advice, including what to do with their careers.<p>But one thing Blank has learned from working in Silicon Valley since 1978 : building a startup or becoming a consultant isn't a hard …

Silicon Valley

Jonathan Aberman: Many entrepreneurs think they need venture capital. They’re wrong.

I have provided capital for many start-up businesses, and raised money for a few of my own. I am often asked for advice on how or whether an entrepreneur should seek venture capital. My initial advice is simple: Don’t.<p>Entrepreneurs usually start businesses because they need autonomy and …

Venture Capital

Peter Thiel's top business tips

Peter Thiel.Reuters<p>This might be a brave new world of enterprise, but traditional business smarts still matter. This is why it is worth listening to advice from successful founders and entrepreneurs.<p>Certainly, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of …

Peter Thiel

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Virtually all leaders believe that to stay competitive, their enterprises must learn and improve every day. But even companies revered for their dedication to continuous learning find it difficult to always practice what they preach.<p>Consider Toyota: Continuous improvement is one of the pillars of …

Management

Startups are complaining that they're 'only' able to raise $1 million seed rounds

If you're just starting your startup, you don't need a ton of money to do it.<p>That's the advice Y Combinator president Sam Altman gave today in a mini-tweetstorm.<p>Today, founders don't get excited if they can "only" raise a million-dollar seed round of funding, but Altman says that you should be …

Startups

Is the dotcom bubble about to burst (again)?

In Silicon Valley, millions of dollars change hands every day as investors hunt the next big thing – the ‘unicorn’, or billion-dollar tech firm. There are now almost 150, but can they all succeed? • ‘We need a presence in Silicon Valley, that’s the way it is’ – meet the TechCrunch startups looking …

Silicon Valley

How Visual Systems Make It Easier to Track Knowledge Work

Walk into any fitness center, health club, or gym in the country and you’ll see yourself. Or rather, reflections of yourself. It doesn’t matter whether the gym is one step up from a cave or a posh Park Avenue fitness emporium — you’ll see mirrors, and lots of them. The mirrors aren’t a …

Project Management

The Road to Entrepreneurship Is a 10-Year Journey: CEO Success Stories From Silicon Valley

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a panel session on Technology, Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Brightedge Share15 conference in San Francisco.<p>Roger Lee, general partner at Silicon Valley VC firm Battery Ventures, moderated …

Entrepreneurship

How should you tap into Silicon Valley?

Not by sticking a toe in the water. Get your management team aligned and then commit.<p><b>The roughly 1,800-square-mile area</b> commonly known as Silicon …

Innovation

The 5 Biggest Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Always Make

There are reasons why so many entrepreneurs fail. Here are five of the most surprisingly common.<p>Entrepreneurship is fun, exciting, frustrating, challenging, satisfying, and energizing. Sometimes its even financially rewarding. Many would-be entrepreneurs think they have achieved success the moment …

Entrepreneurship

The one skill that made Amazon’s CEO wildly successful

As a child, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos spent his summers fixing windmills and repairing equipment on his grandparents’ ranch in Texas. Though …

Innovation

Ben Horowitz’s Best Startup Advice

Ben Horowitz is undoubtedly one of the most well-respected and successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. He’s known for being both …

How I built a seven-figure business without employees

There is a lot to be said for those rare few that possess the ability to create huge companies with hundreds or thousands of employees that are all just ecstatic to be at work. It is exceptionally difficult and equally as impressive, which is why they end up taking up space on the front page of a …

Small Business