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30-Year-Old Who Sold His Startup For $170 Million Just Wrote 1,284 Slides On How To Win Life

Clocking in at an insane 1,284 slides, the presentation includes such gems as:<p>"Important people like opening FedEx packages."<p>And:<p>"Let your inner child come out daily and silly dance."<p>Valleywag's Nitasha Tiku posted and mocked the slidedeck Wednesday and we've spotted some problems with it, too, but …

Self-improvement

7 Steps to Becoming an Expert in Your Field

Whether you're a one-person consulting business or a 250-person manufacturing operation, you've spent years developing the knowledge that made your company a success. Why not maximize the return on your knowledge by leveraging it gain authority, or even celebrity status in your marketplace?<p>Once you …

7 Surprising Ways Procrastination Can Boost Productivity

If you put off to tomorrow what you could do now, you just might outsmart your eager-beaver peers.<p><i>Procrastination is opportunity's assassin.</i> - Victor Kiam<p>That's pretty heavy, right? Procrastination is literally the murderer of your opportunities.<p>Putting off to tomorrow what you could get done today …

Procrastination

30 Career Moves You Should Make By The Time You Are 30

Making these moves in your twenties will pay off in your thirties and beyond.<p>For many people, their twenties can be a rich time for personal self-discovery–a period when you’re more willing to take risks and maybe even make mistakes along the way.<p>But they can also be some of the most formative …

'The Internet's Own Boy': The Story of a Troubled, Inspiring Entrepreneur

The tragic but courageous life of Aaron Swartz is the subject of an engrossing documentary. Here's why you should watch it.<p>As an entrepreneur and Internet activist, Aaron Swartz accomplished more in his 26 years of life than most people do in an entire career.<p>His life and the months leading up to …

Creative Commons

How I Did It: Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com

As told to Max Chafkin<p>Industry: Retail<p>2006 Inc. 500 Ranking: 79<p>Three-Year Growth: 948%<p><i>In 1998, 24-year-old Tony Hsieh sold his company, Internet advertiser LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million. A year later, he met an even younger entrepreneur, Nick Swinmurn, who had an idea no investor</i> …

Team Building

Thrive15 aims to be the Khan Academy for small businesses, but can the middle-America site teach Valley-style methods?

If our Startups Anonymous series has taught us anything, it’s that nobody in Silicon Valley knows what the hell they’re doing. From raising funding …

Silicon Valley

5 Easy Daily Habits to Build a Healthier You

Forget massive changes to your diet, exercise, or lifestyle. Try simple, small changes you can definitely stick with.<p>How long do most New Year's resolutions last? A week? Maybe a month?<p>Makes sense if you think about it: no matter how much you may want to stick to your resolution, the pressures of …

Nutrition

The 5 Books Entrepreneurs Should Toss in Their Beach Bags

Adjunct Professor and Professor<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs work hard all year long to ensure their businesses become successful and stay successful, but <i>everyone</i> needs a break to relax and reflect. If you start feeling guilty about heading to the beach …

Entrepreneurship

21 Super Inspiring Quotes for Leaders

From Steve Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg to Sam Walton to Oprah, the thoughts of these great achievers will lift your mood--and elevate your game.<p>No one ever said that leading a business is easy--it's not. In fact, it can be frightening, exasperating, challenging, harrowing, and exhausting. When you feel …

Motivation

10 Things to Learn From This Year's Best Graduation Speech

Sure, you could have a politician, an entertainer, or some other big name give the graduation speech at your college. But can you beat the advice you'd get from the Navy SEAL who commanded the raid that got bin Laden?<p>There have been some interesting graduation speaker choices this year: President …

Extreme Sports

Science Says Overconfidence Key to Success

Average people think overconfidence is a character fault; entrepreneurs embrace it.<p>Most people assume overconfidence is a negative character trait that creates failure through hubris and overreach. Science, however, has long known that entrepreneurs are consistently overconfident. If they weren't, …

Self-improvement

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Procrastination

A raft of psychological studies have looked into why we put things off and how to stop. Here are the top takeaways.<p>Apparently, psychologists struggle with procrastination too.<p>At least that's one possible conclusion from a recent PsyBlog review of all the studies that have been done on putting …

Procrastination

9 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

So many books, so little time. Here's where to find the best advice for your business.<p>Some of the best content to be found about startups is locked in books. An entrepreneur asked me yesterday for a 140 character recommendation of one book for founders. Reducing my list to just one and condensing …

Al Gore

How to Know You Have a Good Startup Idea: 5 Questions

A design expert talks about the very first steps of his product design process.<p>You've thought up this hazy, partially-defined, intangible thing, that might or might not be a real product one day. So how do you know if you're onto something?<p>"Fundamentally, we are in that business of working …

Product Management

6 Ways Supersmart People Succeed

Facing tough competition? Supersmart people know how to gain advantage. Here are their secrets.<p>So much of business is competitive. Your market competitors are not the only people you will go up against to be successful. Sometimes your colleagues, employees, and partners will compete with you daily …

Self-improvement

17 Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day

Want to achieve extraordinary goals? Take these easy, proven steps every day.<p>Some people seem to get ahead, no matter what. They aren't necessarily smarter, more creative or harder working than many others. Still, they achieve much more than their peers. Why is that?<p>The philosopher Aristotle …

Self-improvement

13 Types of Job Applicants You Should Never Hire

Beware of candidates like the Chatterbox, the Chameleon, and the Mobile Device Maven, whose behavior during the hiring process portend the disastrous effect they could have on your company.<p>There are some clichés that, though old and somewhat tired, still ring true in the workplace. A company’s …

Employment

9 Ways to Make Gobs of Money - Seriously

It's a safe bet that more ink and paper have been expended in the name of how to make money than just about any topic. In case you're wondering why, here's a hint: Do you know how the dollar sign originated? Try overlapping the letters U and S, as in United States.<p>Capitalism and the American Dream …

10 Interesting Investments to Make in Your 20s

Your 20s is a time to set yourself up for debt-free 30s. The money you save now will pave the way for real estate and college funds. In the throes of student debt and low pay, here are 10 ways for a 20-something to start investing in their futures, a few dollars at a time.<p><b>1. Gym membership</b>. The …

The 1 Work Hack That Will Save You 900 Hours a Year

A serial entrepreneur shares his best time saver: one simple habit that's easy for you--and your whole team--to adopt.<p>"I don't want to spend any time on my business today," my friend said to me over the phone recently as we began our weekly 15-minute coaching session. "I just want to know the …

Productivity

The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use To Get The Job Done

If physical energy is a car, emotional energy is the gas. Are you smart about how you’re staying fueled for endurance entrepreneurism?<p>Katia Verresen’s new client had a big problem: He needed to find three to four extra hours in his day. This, of course, seemed like an impossible feat for an …

Self-help

10 Things to Do Every Workday

This list will help you get stuff done in and out of the office.<p>Ever feel as if, in the quest to get <i>everything</i> done, you're not quite doing enough?<p>For example, you've heard on various occasions (including once or twice from us) how important it is to keep in touch with former colleagues, whether …

Time Management

Asia's Economic Prospects Are Improving

The Economist Intelligence Unit's forecasts remain broadly in line with those issued three months ago, but downside risks have eased-particularly in India and Indonesia.<p>Little has changed in the global outlook in the past three months. Of the three major developed markets, only the EU has seen any …

Economy

Last week in fear mongering: No, the state isn't shutting down coding bootcamps

Last week VentureBeat broke the news that the California Department of Consumer Affairs "seeks to shut down ‘learn to code’ bootcamps" which are now …

Marc Andreessen

Chinese mobile payment services grew 707% in 2013 to $200B

The total transaction volume by Chinese independent mobile payments services reached 1219.74 billion yuan (roughly $200 billion) in 2013, a 707 percent year-over-year increase, according to the latest report by online tracking and data analysis service iResearch.<p>The independent services iResearch …

Stop Procrastinating: 5 Tips From Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin--author, printer, politician, postmaster, satirist, inventor, musician, and diplomat--clearly knew how to get things done.<p>After scanning the long list of Benjamin Franklin’s accomplishments, one can only come to one conclusion: The American Renaissance Man probably never had an …

Motivation

7 Things Successful People Do Every Day

I have been interviewing over 30 multimillionaires, 5 billionaires, world-class athletes, NYT bestselling authors, and billionaires. Moreover, having …

Self-improvement

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial 'X Factor?'

There's a mysterious "X factor" shared by entrepreneurs around the world. Fledgling entrepreneurs reach for it, while the successful seem to wear it effortlessly. But what is this elusive entrepreneurial element? Is it a learned skill, or is it genetic? Can entrepreneurship be taught, or is it …

5 Patterns Behind Billion-Dollar Consumer Web Companies

<i>This post originally appeared on Geektime.</i><p>There are five strategies, or patterns, that set apart leading internet startups – or the billion-dollar club companies – from all the rest.<p>For the past several years I have been intrigued by what constitutes a successful habit. I’ve poured over myriads of …