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The best books for entrepreneurs beginning their journey

Five founders share the tomes that inspired them to business success.<p>Emma Sinclair, co-founder, Enterprise Alumni<p>One of my favourite books is <i>The Man Who Planted Trees</i> by Jean Giono, which recounts the proverb of an old shepherd who spent his life pushing acorns into the soil of the hills that …

Entrepreneurship

12 books that every leader should read

I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating — a list of “Books That Every Leader Should Read” on my old <i>Work Matters</i> blog since 2011. These …

Books

5 Quotes From Greek Philosophers for When You Need a Productivity Pick-Me-Up

These ancient words of wisdom can apply to your business.<p>Everyone loves a good inspirational quote to get us into the frame of my mind that we want to be in throughout the day. You see them everywhere on social media, I post many of my favorites here throughout the week.<p>I pick the ones for me based …

Greek Philosophy

'Superconnectors': 3 Steps to Becoming a Networking Genius

The ability to form significant professional relationships is paramount to all entrepreneurs. The question, though, is, how?<p>Founder of FE International<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>“Social capital is the most important currency in the world"</i> is the core message of an …

Entrepreneurship

Science Says This Is the Simplest Way to Remember More of What You Read

Hit pause. Reflect on the content. Excel. Repeat.<p>Whether it's Facebook content, Bill Gates' favorite book or the latest critical business report, most of us enjoy reading or have to do quite a bit of it through the day. But in the rush to do everything in less time, you might be missing a crazily …

Productivity

Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

Thirty-nine million Americans now own a smart speaker device, but the voice app ecosystem is still developing. While Alexa today has over 25,000 skills available, a number of companies haven’t yet built a skill for the platform, or offer only a very basic skill that doesn’t work that well. That’s …

Amazon Alexa

These 5 Fundraising Mistakes Can Kill Your Startup’s Seed Round

Hint: If you don’t have a secure, shareable folder in the cloud containing six key documents, you probably aren’t ready to pitch seed investors.<p>First, some bad news: Early-stage funding is harder to come by than it used to be. The seed-funding market has collapsed, with seed deals dropping by …

Venture Capital

Use These Five Tricks To Never Forget Something Important Again

“We all have a good memory; the problem is no one taught us how to use it,” says four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis.<p>Forget to send that email? Return a call? Meet a deadline? If you chalk up memory mishaps to having too much to think about, you might be making excuses. “We all have a good …

The Brain

Y Combinator Launches Free Online Course To Train New Startup Investors

Y Combinator wants more startup investors in the market. And with a new online training course, the accelerator plans to train them itself.<p>Called Startup Investor School, the new program from Y Combinator will purport to train new investors over four days, with attendees joining at Y Combinator’s …

YCombinator

Eighteen Unique Places to Go in the Bay Area in 2018

If your New Year’s resolution is to try new things and you’ve already fallen back into your work/Netflix/sleep routine, then get off your ass and …

Festivals

Everyone Hates Setting Goals. Here's How Google Makes It Easier for Their Employees

If a goal doesn't challenge you, then it won't change you.<p>It's that time of year -- leaders everywhere are charging employees with the task of establishing goals for 2018. If you've never been through a structured process, this exercise can be daunting and frankly, feel like a big waste of time. I …

Employment

9 Project Management Tools the World's Top Startups Actually Use

Want your teams to be more productive? Consider using a project management tool top startups use.<p>We all want to be more productive. And we definitely want our teams to be more productive. That's why so many productivity tools exist.<p>But which tools are right for you? One way to answer that question …

Project Management

How banks are going to be using blockchain in 2018

Whilst some may have written off blockchain technology as a bit of a novelty or a buzzword, its ever increasing use within the financial sector …

Blockchain

How Design Thinking and Lean Startup Approaches Are Fostering Agtech Innovation

Editor’s Note: Rob Trice is a veteran venture capital investor currently leveraging his background in telecom, mobile and internet investing to fund …

Lean Startups

Supermarkets are now using blockchain to keep food fresh

Tracking down contaminated food has historically been a messy affair, sometimes taking retailers and food companies weeks to learn exactly what products they need to pull from store shelves.<p>“Imagine if we could pinpoint with certainty within minutes, not days,” mused Frank Yiannas, one of Walmart’s …

Agriculture

How Adoption Of Blockchain Technology Will Disrupt Agriculture

The rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum has taken the financial industry by storm. However, irrespective of what the future holds for …

Blockchain

Disrupting Banking: The Fintech Startups That Are Unbundling Wells Fargo, Citi and Bank of America

Traditional banks are under attack from a number of emerging specialist startups. Here are the fintech startups unbundling banking.<p>Check out even …

Wells Fargo

17 Smart Tips for People Who Work From Home

More than 400 people shared their top work-from-home tips. Here are some of the best.<p>We've heard this advice over and over again--from everyone from Richard Branson, to a Stanford professor, to--well, everyone. If you want to be more successful and happier, work from home.<p>With that in mind, I asked …

Productivity

An early stage startup investor made its term sheet public to increase transparency in tech investment

Early stage startup investor Forward Partners has published its pre-seed term sheet, giving entrepreneurs a detailed look at what they can expect from a funding deal.<p>You can see the term sheet below.<p>A term sheet is a non-binding agreement between a startup founder and their investor, and covers …

Venture Capital

Just how will PSD2 unleash an open banking revolution in Europe?

Banks’ monopoly over customer account information is about to cease. And it could be great news for consumers and entrepreneurs.<p>Tomorrow (Saturday 13 …

Advancements in Sensor Technology for Agriculture

By Benedette Cuffari<p><b>The United Nations’ food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is an international entity with three key goals involving the</b> …

How Big Data And Tech Will Improve Agriculture, From Farm To Table

There’s nothing more important than our food supply. America is a country synonymous with wheat farms and orange trees. But according to McKinsey & Company, about a third of food produced is lost or wasted every year. Globally, that’s a $940 billion economic hit. Inefficiencies in planting, …

Farming

10 Pieces of Ridiculously Comfortable Clothing You Can Actually Wear to Work

Dress shoes that feel like running shoes? Check<p>If you wake up every morning wishing you could go to work in your sweatpants, you're definitely not alone. But what if we told you that you didn't have to wear stiff, uncomfortable clothing to work? Yep, you heard us—office-friendly attire doesn't have …

6 Non-Coding Digital Skills To Boost Your Resume

Do you fear the thought of writing a line of code, but are dying to get a foot into the ever-growing tech industry? Fear not.<p>There are many technical …

This CEO Reviewed Thousands of LinkedIn Profiles -- Here Are the 5 Updates You Should Make to Yours Now

Treat your LinkedIn profile differently than your resume to make a powerful impression.<p>Think about the attention to detail you put into your resume. You know that it needs to inform and impress. It must radiate competence and respectability. The question is -- should you treat your LinkedIn profile …

Why this seemingly expensive credit card is worth its annual fee — especially for anyone who travels

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network.</i><p>The Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong (via: American Express/Getty)Amex via PR firm<p><b>The Platinum Card from American Express comes with a much higher annual fee</b> …

Platinum Card

From farm to robot to fork: How IoT is moving us towards ‘agriculture 4.0’

IoT promises to make big advancements in many fields, but none more so – literally – than in agriculture, according to John Deere’s Richard …

Jeff Bezos: Ask Yourself 1 Question to Make Truly Important Decisions (and Avoid Lifelong Regrets)

The Amazon founder asked himself one question before he quit a good job and started an Internet bookstore.<p>Regret is a funny thing.<p>When we think about something major we want to do -- start a business, change careers, move, etc. -- we think about how much we'll regret making that decision if it …

8 apps that can help you wow your boss, manage your time, and get that promotion

If you're <i>not</i> looking forward to trying to participate in Sober January or having your performance review in January, how about making some mini career-changing resolutions for next year instead? And how about if I make that incredibly easy by providing you with some app suggestions that take a lot …

Apps

7 Workouts That Will Boost Your Sex Life

If exercise makes its way into your daily or weekly routine, good for you. It’s seriously one of the best ways to increase your health in all areas—physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. But one area that it can also unsuspectingly benefit is your sex life. That’s right—a little sweat sesh and …