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How To Effectively Determine Your Market Size

One of the most crucial tasks an entrepreneur has is to calculate the size of their market, and the potential value that market has for their startup business. Without this data you can’t create a viable business plan, or be taken seriously when approaching potential investors.<p>As described in my …

Investing

Beware of Early Venture Capital Term Sheets: No Due Diligence Means No Guarantee

If you’re an entrepreneur like me, you dream of building the next Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple or [insert name of high-growth, game-changing company here]. You have read all the stories of the founders and their struggles in the early days. You’ve also heard about their investors—visionary …

Investing

Why CEOs Should Share Their Long-Term Plans with Investors

Many people have suggested moving away from quarterly earnings reporting as a way to reduce short-termism. But such a change would probably not change how resources are allocated or businesses operate. Rather than requiring less short-term information, we believe the key to combating short-termism …

CEOs

What happens when you let employees pick how much they want to be paid? This company decided to find out.

• Smarkets, a betting startup based in London, lets employees pick how much they want to get paid.<br>• The system works through social consensus, and each employee's salary information is published in the company's internal wiki.<br>• There are pros and cons to the process, but ultimately it works, Smarkets CEO …

Employment

Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods

<i>The following resources are recommended in order to assist you to better understand Design Thinking. These resources, videos, and tools should be</i> …

Human-Centered Design

A New University for Entrepreneurs is here, and it’s Disrupting Traditional Education

• <b>Global School of Entrepreneurship (GSE) offers a new way of entrepreneurial education</b>• <b><br>75% of teachers are entrepreneurs</b>• <b><br>Students will gain a degree and</b> …

Entrepreneurship

7 Great, Tried and Tested UX Research Techniques

Thinking about conducting some user research? Wondering which techniques are most likely to provide useful results? Then look no further. We’ve …

Usability Testing

How to Impress the Robot Reading Your Résumé

While you’re perfecting your résumé and cover letter with the hiring manager of your dream company in mind, you may be interested to know that they …

Résumés

Apple Is Obsessed With the Magical Number 3. It Will Transform Your Presentations, Too

Apple shoppers now have three new iPhone models to choose from. The phones come in three sizes and three colors--silver, space gray, and gold.<p>Apple follows the rule of three in product marketing, presentations and branding. It does so because neuroscience shows that it works.<p>In his book <i>Insanely</i> …

Apple Watch

How Data Allows You To Create Tailor-Made Customer Experiences

Imagine walking into a store that contained exactly and exclusively the items that you needed to buy: groceries, new socks, a lawnmower, a birthday present for your niece and guitar strings. Creating such a store in the physical world — never mind creating similar stores for every person on the …

Customer Experience

Why Fighting With Your Co-Worker Might Actually Be Good for Your Company's Culture | Inc.com

Trust is a critical component of effective teams. I personally believe that trust is the number one, most important criteria of effective teams.<p>Yet, the path to building trust among co-workers is misunderstood.<p>When a team is formed, it goes through natural stages of formation. According to Bruce …

The critical slide missing from your B2B startup’s deck

It’s incredibly tough to build a B2B startup. Founders applying novel technologies to improve traditional industries deserve nothing but our respect.<p>Sales cycles can be slow, early stage investors can be skittish to invest without more validation, and incumbents’ intentions to compete in your space …

Startups

Why Design Thinking Works

Occasionally, a new way of organizing work leads to extraordinary improvements. Total quality management did that in manufacturing in the 1980s by combining a set of tools—kanban cards, quality circles, and so on—with the insight that people on the shop floor could do much higher level work than …

Design Thinking

How Zappos Delivers Wow Customer Service On Each And Every Call

I define <b></b>wow customer service as “service that goes beyond fulfilling basic customer expectations and does so in a creative, unexpected way.” These “wow connections” can be achieved by an employee taking special action: action that is customized for that particular customer and goes beyond the …

Entrepreneurship

What emotional barriers are keeping you from delegating?

How you came into this garden we are commanded to keep<p>Plants have fascinating methods for moving their seeds.<p>Wind dispersal is my personal favorite. …

Plants

Leading by Delegating

How many times have you had the following thought? “I need to clone myself. I will never to able to create a life that includes everything that …

Why $128 Billion Adobe Is Running Scared

Adobe Systems is king of its hill in content creation software. No one comes close to offering all that it has—Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator. Its net profit margin this year will be 28.7%, predicts Value Line, better than the margin at Microsoft. Its shares are up 1,000% over the past seven …

Customers

How To Prepare The Perfect Elevator Pitch

The ability to create an effective elevator pitch can make all the difference as a startup entrepreneur. What’s the formula for crafting a quick pitch that can take you to the next level?<p>Having heard dozens, if not thousands of pitches by entrepreneurs over the past few years, I can tell you that …

Elevator Pitches

You Can't Get VC Funding for Your Startup. Now, What?

Take heart, because there are other paths to take to launch a company -- some very popular, and others virtually unknown.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>First, there was the initial idea. Then you ran it past multiple family members and friends. You decided that the …

Startups

Ineffective Leaders

Does your organization lack quality leadership? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, <i>Dear HBR:</i>, cohosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Peter Bregman, the CEO of Bregman Partners and author of the book <i>Leading with Emotional Courage</i>. They talk through what to do …

Leadership

8 Real Challenges Data Scientists Face

Data is a lucrative field to pursue, and there’s plenty of demand for people with related skills. However, no career is without its challenges, and data science is not an exception. In this article, I want to explore the real challenges of data science, based on perspectives from those in the field …

Data Science

7 Telltale Signs You're Way More Productive Than Your Peers

As a productivity nerd, I’ve spent hours reading books, testing apps and obsessing over what the perfect To Do list looks like.<p>(Pro tip: It’s perfect if you use it).<p>I’ve dove deeper into the world of productivity than I care to admit, and I’ve discovered seven telltale signs that productivity …

Productivity Apps

Physician Solves Mystery of Mona Lisa's Smile While Waiting in Louvre Line

"I don’t know how to appreciate art. But I sure do know how to make a clinical diagnosis."<p>The “Mona Lisa” has her own room in the Louvre, where she …

Mona Lisa

Working Remotely Can Be the Best Thing You've Ever Done for Your Health--If You Follow These 5 Tips | Inc.com

Working from home, from a health perspective, can be the biggest blessing or a total curse. On one hand, it creates tremendous potential for healthier meals, more exercise, and a better work-life balance. On the other hand, many remote workers feel chained to their home offices. Instead of using …

Productivity

Concurrency and Automatic Conflict Resolution

Modern software applications are often required to be reliable and scalable. By combining multiple unreliable components into one bigger, distributed …

Databases

The Role Leadership Has In Company Culture

Every employee impacts an organization’s direction, but leadership has by far the largest and most direct effect on company culture, which revolves around employee engagement, environment, atmosphere and the success of the company and its clients.<p>Leadership affects the confidence of the staff and …

Employment

Sadiq Khan turns to London startups to combat the capital’s problems

The mayor of London shortlists entrepreneurs to help address challenges in the capital<p>London may be one of the best places in the world for tech …

Entrepreneurship

5 ways body language impacts leadership results

Effective leadership depends on the ability to inspire and positively impact people. In preparing for an important meeting – with your staff, …

How to find – and make the most of – a recruiter or headhunter

You probably know someone who knows someone who landed a great gig by working with a recruiting agency or professional headhunter.<p>Maybe you’ve picked …

Employment

10 Best Free Transactional Email Services - Complete Review [2018]

Is it inconvenient when your emails of password reset or email address confirmations cannot go to your users because it went to their Spam folder? …

Performance Testing