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Facebook's New Push Into Apps Is Genius Because It Exploits The Secrecy Of Apple And Google

Facebook announced a bunch of new tools for app developers last week at its F8 conference, and when you step back and take a look at what they all …

Apps

3 Apps That Stand Out in Crowded Categories

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are just a limited number of categories in the app stores, but each holds millions of apps.<p>Here are three examples of apps from across categories that launched in a crowded space, yet became extremely successful. Each had its …

$30 Million Disaster: What Went Wrong at Clinkle

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>The week after Thanksgiving, 40 Clinkle employees gathered in the kitchen of their San Francisco office. It was the second time in two days they’d been called together for an all-hands meeting.<p>At the front of the room stood 22-year-old Clinkle CEO …

The 4 Gutsy Trade Secrets to Increase App Downloads

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Building your app is just 30 percent of the entire lifecycle of your startup. It is, getting customers to use your app consistently that is the toughest part.<p>Three years back, if you had launched an app on the App Store, you would have …

The Formula Startups Use to Make Billions (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From thousands of miles away, Silicon Valley can feel like a magic box: normal people enter and out pop billionaires. But the startup ecosystem is much like the Wizard of Oz, where, when you pull back the green curtain, there stands a man.<p>…

A Primer on Patents: Who's Getting Them, Where and How Long It's Taking (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, getting a patent to protect your innovation may be one of the most critical steps in your business plan. It can also be a lengthy, drawn-out process.<p>On average, it takes 2-1/2 years to complete the application process …

The Best Sales Hire Interview Questions | Inc.com

Shortly after I was first promoted into sales management, I was told by a VP that the most important element of my job was my ability to hire. And attracting the best candidates requires real strategy. It made perfect sense, for as my revenue targets continued to skyrocket, it became increasingly …

Steer Your Online Business to Profitability

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A time-tested marketing adage is that gaining new customers is way more expensive than retaining old ones. With ecommerce, more conversions of site visitors into paying ones means better customer retention.<p>Using data and understanding …

How to Build a Brand That Attracts Die-Hard Followers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>They are the envy of every brand strategist: brands who have a community of die-hard cult followers -- you know, the people who go out of their way to evangelize and share the brand with everyone they know.<p>How did these brands build this …

Smartphone and Social Media Usage: Men vs. Women (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The old adage -- “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” – absolutely holds water when it comes to how consumers use mobile technology.<p>Men turn to social media for business reasons more than women do, according to data compiled in the …

What Your Logo’s Color Says About Your Company (Infographic)

Understanding the science behind color could increase the effectiveness of your company’s branding methods.<p>When it comes to identifying your brand, your logo is probably the first thing your customers will think of.<p>While honing the narrative and message behind your logo should of course be your …

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home | Inc.com

I wrote the first draft of this column before 8 a.m. on a Sunday, working in my pajamas at the standing desk in my home office.<p>A new study says I have good company in that kind of work flexibility, and not just among entrepreneurs and those who work for themselves. Nearly one-third of full-time …

Time Management

7 Myths of Developing Mobile Apps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The entire mobile ecosystem is very new compared to web-based startups, and many first-time app developers have misbeliefs about the entire journey.<p>These myth-busters will help the first-time mobile entrepreneur set out on the right path …

A reminder to founders: When you sell your company, you don't own it any more

I've been involved in three acquisitions in my life -- varying from tens of millions of dollars down to, well, not tens of millions of dollars. I've …

Crafting a Mission Statement That You'll Remember

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over nearly three decades in business, I’ve created a mission statement that work well and others that have not. To craft a strong mission statement that's effective, follow these basic rules that I’ve learned along the way.<p>If you want to …

This Firm Offers Startups Mentorship For a Fee, Not an Equity Stake

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>An unlimited, nourishing drip of high-level expert insider business advice, without having to hand over chunk of equity. That’s what the mentorship and data analysis powerhouse Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) is now offering new companies in a …

Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later …

JFDI Accelerator Raises $2.1M To Help Singapore Become Southeast Asia’s Startup Hub

Singapore’s Joyful Frog Digital Incubator has raised $2.1 million from investors led by Infocomm Investments to pursue the city state’s ambitions of becoming the startup hub for all of South East Asia.<p>Russia’s SpinUp Partners and the Silicon Valley-based Fenox are among other investors …

Brand Like Your Company Really Matters

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every company worth starting begins with roughly the same basic ingredients: a great product, a big vision, and a belief that both can add something meaningful to the world. Now it just comes down to getting people to buy into your …

To Win at Marketing, Scrap Your Marketing Department and Hire a Data Geek (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your next marketing hire should be a data-analytics professional.<p>The way we all live on screens connected to the Internet means that companies have access to more data about their consumers than ever before. The future of marketing is …

7 Tips to Help You Remember Names Better

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>There’s no easy way to admit this, but I am horrible with names.<p>I shake hands with someone I’ve just met, the person says his or her name, and within 10 seconds I’ve forgotten the name. And since I’ve just started a new job, I am beyond frustrated with my …

The Ramen Noodle Startup Menu

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When we think of what it means to be a CEO, we often think of the big corner office, glitzy company dinners and a sky’s-the-limit corporate credit card. In reality, that’s not the case for most CEOs in America, especially for startup …

Switched On: Birth of a platform

<i>Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.</i><p>Regardless of what one may think about the potential for smartwatches, one of the most exciting things about a new device category is that there is so much experimentation with form factors and capabilities. We've …

4 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try | Inc.com

If simply hearing the phrase "public speaking" makes you cringe, Zach Holman, a prominent developer at GitHub, the software-development network, feels your pain. That's why this week he launched speaking.io, the ultimate site for the legions of people who dread public speaking more than …

Public Speaking

Inventing Can Be Fun, and Profitable. Here's How to Get Started.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Companies are looking for your ideas. Smart businessmen understand and respect that great ideas can come from anywhere -- and anyone. Open innovation makes sense!<p>By seeking out and being willing to accept product ideas submitted from …

An Almost Foolproof Way to Achieve Every Goal You Set | Inc.com

I love setting goals.<p>Unfortunately, my goals don't always love me back.<p>I've tried using silence to accomplish a goal, and I've tried to sneak up on big goals, and although those strategies work, they're hardly foolproof.<p>Fortunately James Clear, an entrepreneur and guy who thinks a lot about goals, …

Motivation

3 Cool Ways to Print Your Instagram Photos

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Instagram is the best social media photography app out there. But what if you want your pictures off the app and on your nightstand? There are several companies out there who saw the need in the marketplace and offered up a solution. Each …

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the typical startup environment, small teams with a broad and complementary skill set come together to build a company. There are dozens of skills an entrepreneur must possess -- from accounting and managing a profit and loss statement …

10 Questions to Ask When Optimizing Your Website for Mobile Users

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Americans can’t get enough of their smartphones. Most of us compulsively check them countless times a day, then stash them by our bedsides at night, according to the Pew Research Center. We’re hooked on them because they make our lives …