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Assad-Putin meeting signals push to end Syria crisis

MOSCOW (AP) — Bashar Assad's surprise meeting with Vladimir Putin could signal that Russia ultimately seeks a political settlement after weeks of heavy airstrikes in Syria. But the terms of such an arrangement are uncertain, and questions remain about whether Moscow will seek the departure of its …

Middle East

Three Interview Questions Every Job-Seeker Should Know

Scripted interviews are the worst — the best job interviews are organic and follow their own direction. After all, what does a hiring manager most need to see in a job interview? S/he needs to see the job candidate’s brain working. You’re not going to see that by asking a person questions that …

Employment

4 Tips for Naming Your Business in a Mobile and Social World | Inc.com

What's in a business name?<p>In the not so distant past, a startup entrepreneur could slap together an adjective and a noun describing his or her business, do a trademark and business name search, and be ready to print business cards in no time.<p>These days, however, finding a name that differentiates …

Small Business

World's Coolest Offices 2014

Meet the workplaces of your dreams. Sun-splashed atriums, sprawling outdoor verandas, and cozy, color-saturated nooks are some of the hallmarks of the most remarkable offices in the world.<p>Beats Electronics: Vivid Hues Grow Up<p>Beats Electronics: Vivid Hues Grow Up<p>When setting out to design a fresh …

Architecture

Marc Ecko's No. 1 Branding Tip for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

If you ask Marc Ecko about the key to success, he'll say that authenticity is everything. Ecko, a graffiti-artist-slash-pharmacy-student-turned-fashion-designer, sat down with <i>Inc.'s</i> Scott Gerber to discuss branding, strategy, and his new book, <i>Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out</i>.<p>During the …

New Jersey

33 Tricks That Make Presentations Memorable | Inc.com

• Build your presentation around the decision you want made.<br>• Structure the presentation as a journey through a series of emotions.<br>• Keep it simple. Your audience doesn't want or need more complexity.<br>• Cut your intro down to a maximum of two sentences.<br>• Cut your presentations to half as long as you …

Public Speaking

Hinge: "Tinder Without the Creeps" Launches in Florida

We can all agree that you can find some weirdos on Tinder! Wouldn’t it be nice to swipe right without the fear that the person may be a …

The 7 Habits of Seriously Effective Communication Pros

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sometimes clients don’t fully understand, make full use of or give credit to the value added by communications pros. Yet, these individuals work under intense time or performance pressure, a reason why their positions are ranked as among …

Study Skills

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business--but there are many more time-suck websites. How can you tell the difference? By depending on a cheat sheet for the best websites for entrepreneurs.<p>Here, a cheat sheet of 50 to get you started:<p>The name says …

Entrepreneurship

Why You Shouldn't Write a Business Plan Before Your Launch | Inc.com

Sometimes traditional advice is very bad advice. "Write a business plan before launching your company" falls firmly into this category.<p>After all, battle plans don't survive the first five minutes of contact with the enemy, and business plans are a lot like battle plans. This is why I've run …

Small Business

With $28 Million in New Funding, Porch Is the 1-Year-Old Startup Looking to Remodel the Home Improvement Market

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Porch, an online network that links homeowners with reputable service professionals in surrounding neighborhoods, has just unwrapped a $27.6 million birthday present.<p>After going live exactly one year ago today, the Seattle-headquartered …

Home Improvement

Be Honest: Are You Really The Best Boss for Your Business? | Inc.com

I get that everyone wants to be the boss. But the truth is that very few people have the necessary set of emotional, technical, and intellectual talents, skills, and tools that it takes to succeed in building a new business. This becomes even more of an issue as your company starts to gain traction …

Leadership

This Invaluable Lesson Will Keep You From Making Catastrophic Hiring Mistakes | Inc.com

I was driving up First Street in San Jose, CA, last month and drove past the building of a client from long ago. At the time, I was a full-time recruiter, and the client was a fast-growing Internet hardware company. While the full-time recruiter is history, the story is as relevant today as it was …

Employment

Key Insights on Charitable Giving

For many people and organizations, charitable giving is an afterthought. However, there are many strategic reasons to incorporate charitable giving into both your personal life and business model as an executive or entrepreneur.<p>For many people and organizations, charitable giving is an …

Entrepreneurship

5 Things Really Charismatic People Do | Inc.com

You feel charisma the moment it enters the room. It's not just that someone is likable. Charismatic people draw attention. They automatically energize you and motivate you to step up, to take action. What is it about them? All in all, they are certainly likable, but it's more than that. Are they …

Charisma

Self Lender Wants To Help People Build And Repair Their Credit

The credit system in America isn’t great. It’s hard for people to establish and rehabilitate their standing inside of it. Today at the Disrupt Startup Battlefield, Self Lender launched its consumer finance service to help people with limited credit history build credit, as well as assist people …

Why Google's Larry Page Only Buys Companies That Pass His Crazy Toothbrush Test | Inc.com

Acquiring other companies is a growth strategy used by businesses to bring new products or services, talent, and clients under their company umbrella-or to effectively shut down competitors.<p>Buying out companies can be a risky business, yet Google does it regularly and it seems only to feed its …

Startups

Be Gone, Junk: Austin Startup Touts “Reverse Amazon” Service

Amazon makes it easy to buy a lot of stuff. Gone wants to bring that ease to getting rid of it all.<p>Today, the Austin, TX-based startup has unveiled …

26 Ways to Bring Your Blog to Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all want more engagement on our blog posts. I mean traffic numbers are nice, but when no one comments or shares your posts, you just feel so alone. (Is anyone listening to me!?)<p>User interaction is the soul of a blog. Not only does it …

Infographics

Greenberg: Ackman's 'Anticappointment'

SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) -- If the 25% rise in <b>Herbalife's</b> (HLF) stock proves nothing else, it's that the market hates "anticappointment," as one friend …

Novartis, Google to Develop Contact Lenses to Monitor Blood Sugar

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Novartis officially has eyes for Google’s smart contact lenses.<p>The Swiss pharmaceutical giant announced today that its Alcon eye care division is joining forces with Google X, the search juggernaut’s top secret research lab, to develop …

Diabetes

Julia Hartz: How I Hire 'Make-It-Happen' Employees

Eventbrite co-founder Julia Hartz identifies the key attribute she seeks when hiring disparate employees.

Employment

How to Get the Same Amount Done in Half the Time | Inc.com

What if I told you there's a way to get exactly the same amount of work you're now accomplishing done in less than half the time? You'd probably respond that you have some amazing magic beans you'd like to sell me or ask for directions to the unicorn stable.<p>The idea that some miraculous wrinkle in …

Time Management

Search the World's Wealthiest Neighborhoods With Mansion Map

“Growing up my favorite hobby was driving through the rich neighborhoods with my brother,” says Greg Berry, founder of Mansion Map. “I’ve travelled …

Home Ownership

Aussie Startup Looks To Dominate Boring Task Market

SYDNEY — Aussie startup Airtasker, which allows people to outsource random tasks to an individual for a fee, is on track to make sure no Australian …

What Really Makes Employees Work Harder | Inc.com

Ever wonder what really makes employees work harder?<p>Let's start with what doesn't. Contrary to the instinct of micromanagers everywhere, watching over your employees' shoulders and dictating where and when they should work is perhaps the worst tactic for productivity.<p>New research from University of …

Employment

The 3 Commandments of Presenting and How to Obey Them | Inc.com

The three commandments of presenting are as easy as ABC.<p>1. Thou shalt not be <b>A</b>rrogant.<br>2. Thou shalt not be <b>B</b>oring.<br>3. Thou shalt not be <b>C</b>onfusing.<p>Let's take a look at how you can obey these sacred rules.<p>1. Thou shalt not be arrogant.<p>Once upon a time I had a colleague who thought he was the cat's …

Public Speaking

Overcoming Youngest Person in the Room Syndrome

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A recent news report on American Public Radio's <i>Marketplace</i> indicated a surge of interest in entrepreneurship among young people. While this is encouraging, it doesn't make being the youngest person in the room by a decade or more any …

Entrepreneurship