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UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet

<b>Summary:</b> Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they …

UX Design

How to grow your app

The app ecosystem is strong and growing. By 2020, App Store consumer spend is supposed to exceed 100 billion dollars (App Annie). Mobile now represents 65 percent of digital media time (Marketing Land); 86 percent of this time on phones is spent in apps (AdWeek).<p>Building a mobile app is building …

10 Success lessons from Evan Spiegel – “Snapchat Founder and Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share13<p>Tweet<p>Share2<p>+11<p>Shares 16<p>If Silicon Valley had a bad boy icon, it would be Evan Spiegel. The CEO and co-founder of Snapchat shot to the …

Entrepreneurship

10 Practices that will increase your productivity as entrepreneur

Share33<p>Tweet<p>Share71<p>+16<p>Shares 110<p>Far too many entrepreneurs focus on finding their brilliant idea rather than on becoming a more effective …

What Startups Should Keep in Mind When Trying to Go Global

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Shark Daymond John Shares 5 Keys to Business Success

You can never guarantee the success of a new business but there are essentials that, done right, make success likely.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to building a successful business (and an inspiring personal brand), there are few case studies as …

Entrepreneurship

The Only 3 Things That Matter if You Want to Be an Entrepreneur

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

How a Digital Tool for Grandma Turned Into a Startup

Entrepreneurs transformed an idea to help with passwords into a consumer product<p>Three years ago, Priscilla Elora Sharuk was trying to help her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, deal with an everyday task that had become frustratingly difficult: remembering passwords for websites and …

Alzheimer's Disease

Why You Should Never Try to Build a Company Without a Partner

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Five Signs You're Ready To Start Your Own Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Let’s get started.<p>It’s that simple. If you want to launch your own business, the first thing you need is to start that process. In the words of one …

Entrepreneurship

5 Things the Most Successful Entrepreneurs All Have in Common

Ernst & Young asked nearly 500 entrepreneurs what it takes to rise above and beyond in business.<p>What do Spanx founder Sara Blakely, AOL co-founder Steve Case, and Dell's founder Michael Dell all have in common? Besides running their own powerhouse companies, they were also all winners of the Ernst …

4 Common Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make (And How To Fix Them)

Of all the companies founded each year, only a fraction survive. Even a smaller percentage of those make it five years. Clearly, building a company …

How to launch your startup

Everyone in Silicon Valley has their own theory about how to launch a startup. There’s the “Soft Launch,” the “Rolling Launch,” the “Steady Drumbeat Launch.” You get the idea.<p>Then there’s the founder who brags that he didn’t spend a dime on marketing and sold his company for a gazillion dollars …

Startups

10 Reasons Why Your Startup Idea Is Terrible And Won't Get Funded

As a venture capital and angel investor, I get bombarded with proposals to invest in startups. Many of them are terrible and just not fundable by angel investors or venture capital funds. Here are 10 common mistakes I have seen startups make that have resulted in their inability to raise</b> …

Startups

13 Red Flags That Will Get Your Pitch Rejected Every Time

Investors are people too. A positive first impression can quickly turn negative if you innocently seem to violate business basics while profiling your new venture.<p>After listening to hundreds of startup pitches, and reading even more business plans, most new venture investors develop their own …

3 Secrets of the Most Successful Tech Products

Why do some companies scale to millions of users while others wallow in obscurity?<p>If you've started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you're bad at math--or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost …

How to Build an Amazing Startup Team

It's one of the most valuable parts of starting a business, but how do you do it?<p>One of the most difficult challenges I've encountered in starting a new business is building an amazing team. I am lucky to have some amazing advisers, mentors and friends who have coached me through issues and …

Entrepreneurship

Why Your Startup’s Founding Team Needs A Designer

Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck learned that design is a data-gathering process, not just making things look nice.<p>I’m not a designer. Neither is my company’s cofounder, Charlie Kroll, but when he suggested hiring a chief design officer for Ellevest, the digital investment platform for women that we …

Here is Why Entrepreneurs Struggle To Scale Their Businesses

Although there are famous examples of company founders who were able to switch gears as their startups expanded - Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Michael Dell are often cited - there are many more examples where founders start to quickly flounder as a company takes off.<p>Sometimes they decide to sell, …

Entrepreneurship

How Scalable Is Your Business Model?

Is your company more like a job shop or a production facility? Both business models can make sense, but it’s important to know where you sit on the scalability continuum. There’s one question you can ask that will reveal how scalable your company is. That question is: <i>What percentage of future</i> …

The Lean Startup Is Doing More Than Transforming Business, It’s Changing The World

Just because you’ve created a great solution, doesn’t mean you have found the right problem. Related posts: How Lean Startup Techniques Can Work Even …

Innovation

5 essential keys to building a multi-million dollar company

What does it take to build a company valued at over a hundred million dollars?<p>A while back, I had asked this question to Ambarish Gupta, CEO and Founder at Knowlarity, a major cloud telephony company.<p>Incorporated in 2009, Knowlarity has 15,000 customers in more than 65 companies across the world. …

Entrepreneurship

6 Tips for Successfully Marketing Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s all about the money. When it comes to getting a new product off the ground, raising money for a cause, exploring growth opportunities for your small business and building your brand, crowdfunding offers a nontraditional way to reach …

Marketing

Lean Startup Best Practices: Write hypotheses you can learn from.

If you practice Lean Startup methodologies, you’re likely familiar with Build-Measure-Learn. It <i>seems</i> like the directive here is to first build …

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Want to Change the World? Start a Business

Originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.<p>At the turn of the nineteenth century, approximately eighty percent of the …

Bill Gates

The Art Of The Pivot: 5 Strategies For Adjusting Your Business Plan

Venture capital, the “smart-money” of early-stage investing, is mainly received after Aha because Aha is when your potential to grow and dominate your industry becomes obvious. 96 to 98 percent of VC is provided after Aha. This means that VCs do not come in when your growth strategy is still murky. …

This New Silicon Valley VC Firm Wants To Fund Solutions To The World’s Biggest Problems

By Adele Peters4 minute Read<p>Like any venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, Fifty Years backs startups that it thinks will make massive amounts of …

35 Killer Quotes From the Stars of Shark Tank

Need some inspiration? These lessons from the sharks will motivate you.<p>Over the past seven years, the savvy moguls at the helm of ABC's <i>Shark Tank</i> -- Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary -- have heard countless pitches and offered more than $66 …

Entrepreneurship

5 Important things to consider when finding the perfect co-founder

Share7<p>Tweet<p>Share13<p>+12<p>Shares 22<p>Most of the time, a startup entrepreneur has a good business idea, but doesn’t know how to build the product. Or, the …

Entrepreneurship