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The newest public-speaking world champion beat 30,000 other competitors by using a body-language trick she learned from a past winner

Last month, a high-school teacher from Houston named Ramona Smith was crowned the Toastmasters world champion of public speaking.<p>Smith outlasted 30,000 other competitors over six months and seven rounds of competition before being named the winner at the Toastmasters annual convention in Chicago. …

Public Speaking

The End Of 15% Agency Commission?

Way back when the advertising industry started, N.W. Ayer and Son opened an ad agency in Philadelphia. The year was 1869 (or 1868 — even Wikipedia on …

Media Industry

The 7 Toughest Hiking Boots for Your Outdoor Treks

It’s finally getting to the time of year when we can take a long walk outside without turning our clothes into soaking messes of human sweat. Let’s …

Boots

How Adidas and Carbon are changing the sneaker supply chain

While the Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoes are cool looking sneakers, the story behind those shoes is even more interesting. The sportswear company has partnered with Carbon to design a new kind of sneakers.<p>Behind the Futurecraft 4D, you can find a process that is not that new — 3D printing. Many …

The alumni of these universities raised the most VC in the past year

Whatever criteria we look at, whether it’s schools with the highest number of well-capitalized founders, highest funding totals or even where startup investors went to college, the same names top the list. The only surprise factor, it seems, is whether Harvard or Stanford will be in first …

Venture Capital

One Medical may be in talks to raise more than $200 million

One Medical, the company hoping to disrupt the doctor’s office with concierge services, virtual visits and same-day appointments, is rumored to be in late-stage talks with the Carlyle Group for $200 million in funding, according to CNBC.<p>The firm is also looking to buy an additional $100 million …

Goodly looks to give companies student loan payments as an employee benefit

As employers duke it out over hiring the best possible candidates, especially ones coming out of school, they are starting to get a little bit more creative with their incentive packages — and that includes offering an option for paying down student debt.<p>Goodly is a new startup that’s looking to …

The greedy ways Apple got to $1 trillion

For being the richest company ever with $243 billion in cash, Apple sure cuts corners in the stingiest ways. The hardware giant became the first trillion-dollar company this week. Yet it’s tough to reconcile Apple earning $11 billion in profit per quarter with it still screwing us over on cords and …

The 15 Best Branded Stunts and Activations of 2018 (So Far)

This year’s abundance of branded stunts and activations may make it feel like a recent trend, but the tactic has been a marketing staple since the …

Research Says This Type of Video Closes More B2B Sales

Here's how getting creative with your approach to case studies can cut out the high-pressure sell.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Recently, business-to-business (B2B) buyers have begun to resemble consumers when it comes to watching videos.<p>According to Google, 70 …

12 B2B Marketing Techniques for Lead Generation

<b>61% of marketers say that generating quality business leads is their biggest challenge</b><b>. This shows that all businesses need to spend a lot of energy</b> …

9 Things Every Father Should Pass Down To His Son

You might not have a son yet, but there’s a decent chance you will some day. Along with the life lessons and skills you’ll want to teach him, there …

The 10 Best Quotes About Being a Dad

It’s hard to truly appreciate dear old dad until you become a dear old dad yourself. Becoming a father is like wandering the forest without a map or …

27 Senior Agency Leaders Who Are Charting a New Course for the Creative Industry

Yesterday’s upstarts have become today’s top-level talent, ushering in a new, digitally native generation of leadership. While many of them first …

Billionaire Ray Dalio says these 3 books have 'had the biggest impact' on his life

Billionaire hedge fund magnate Ray Dalio has been fascinated with finance since he was 12, when he bought his first stock.<p>He graduated from Harvard …

Charting the adoption of direct startup investments by family offices

There’s money, and then there’s <i>wealth</i>. In all likelihood, money is what most of us have (or don’t have). It’s what we use to buy lunch, pay rent or put a down payment on a house. Wealth, on the other hand, is what buys yachts. But more than superficial material things, wealth also buys financial …

Equity crowdfunding is eroding the best returns VC funds used to enjoy

There’s been a sea change in Series A investment rounds that has been gradually – but persistently – eating away at venture capital (VC) funds’ highest-ROI category investments, and the reason it’s happening may surprise you.<p>According to Cooley’s VC trends, the median Series A valuation has moved …

Ogilvy Rebrands Itself After 70 Years With New Visual Identity, Logo and Organizational Design

One classic agency showed its new face to the world today following nearly two years’ worth of restructuring moves, staffing changes and new …

HP pushed ad agencies to do better on diversity—and saw a change in ad performance

Two years ago, HP got serious about diversity. After getting its own house in order and adding more women and people of color to its leadership ranks, it pressured other firms seeking HP’s business to do the same.<p>This included a challenge to ad agencies: set and achieve targets to increase the …

Race & Ethnicity

Here is where CEOs of heavily funded startups went to school

CEOs of funded startups tend to be a well-educated bunch, at least when it comes to university degrees.<p>Yes, it’s true college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates can still do well. But Crunchbase data shows that most startup chief executives have an advanced degree, commonly from a …

CEOs

6 things I learned marketing for startups (and early stage companies)

The other day as I was putting new strings on my guitar, something interesting happened. As the sixth and final string slid up into tune, the other strings came alive; it’s a fairly normal occurrence called sympathetic resonance, and it made me think of the successful marketing teams that I’ve led …

Marketing

Infographic: Why ‘Transformists’ Are the Demographic Brands Should Be Targeting

While millennials may be the hottest demographic for marketers to target, research by Insider Inc. and Digitas says they’re not the most powerful …

Marketing

7 Jaw-Dropping Marijuana Statistics You Have to See to Believe

The marijuana industry is growing like a weed, and investors can't seem to get enough of pot stocks. Over the trailing-two-year period, the vast …

Cannabis Industry

Hollywood producer plans to incentivize content viewers with tokens

With so much controversy swirling around the advertising-driven business models typified by Facebook and Google, and the increasing rigors of regulations like GDPR, it’s no wonder the blockchain world is starting to whet its appetite at the prospect of paying users for attention with crypto …

Blockchain

WhistlePig Crowdsourced Its Latest Rye

Often, the people creating something for the public insulate themselves from those they are trying to impress. This can lead to unexpectedly poor …

The Campout Cookbook

Starry nights fueled by canned beans and charred hot dogs are now a thing of the past. Keep the nights in the wild but start whipping up next-level …

In the Consumer-Driven Society, Direct-Brand Economy and OTT Lead to Innovation

It started for me with a new television. When I set up my new smart TV, I noticed that there, right next to the traditional networks, were upstart …

Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

Establishing ethical guidelines for marketing cryptocurrencies

The marketing of cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) is currently operating like the Wild West. From Ethereum to Litecoin to Neo, there are over 1,300 offerings in the burgeoning crypto market, and people like James Altucher are here to profit off the confusion.<p>However, change is …

Cryptocurrency

Storytelling for B2B startups: Avoiding ‘buzzword bingo’ to make your wonky enterprise company worth talking about

If there’s one thing I learned from my time as both a journalist at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes <i></i>and, now, advising a global venture capital firm on communications, it’s that storytelling can make or break a company.<p>This is especially true the more complicated and arcane a company’s technology …