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Price Points: Six Steps To Valuing A Tech Startup

In truth, we care about valuation, but we care more about execution. We love backing entrepreneurs that can demonstrate real passion, desire, ambition, experience and domain expertise that give us the belief that they can build large and successful ventures.

Startups

7 Simple Ways to Start Your Dream Business Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I have a family member that has been talking about quitting her job for the past five years. I have a friend that has been talking about starting a business for the past 10 years. I see these two scenarios every day, with different …

Entrepreneurship

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Relieve Stress

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Stress. We're all prone to it. But especially time-strapped, overworked entrepreneurs. Whether it’s making changes to the product, finding new customers or having to let an employee go, the experience can become overwhelming. It's …

Entrepreneurship

VC 100: The Top Investors in Early-Stage Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Welcome to the <b>Entrepreneur VC 100</b> list of top early-stage venture capital firms -- a platform highlighting the who’s who of the U.S. startup ecosystem.<p>The ranking is based on data from PitchBook, a Seattle-based data and tech provider for …

Venture Capital

Will These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Replace Angel and VC Investors?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. According to articles on Entrepreneur last year, there are now almost …

Startups

5 Secrets to Achieving and Maintaining Work-Life Balance

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In a world where more and more people find themselves working in roles that could be considered “always on” jobs, how do people achieve and maintain work-life balance and how do companies and leaders promote this way of life? It is a …

Work-life Balance

7 Surprising Truths About Mentors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I can tell you that everything happens for a reason. That all good things in your career are the result of your own actions. That you’re in complete control. But none of those things are true. Over the years I’ve made lots of good calls, …

Leadership

The Best Body Hacks to Boost Your Productivity at Work

The human body is marvelous. If you know how to harness its built-in superpowers, you can do so much more than you are right now. Use these small …

Investors Will Show Love to Entrepreneurs Who Do Their Homework

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs are so enamored with their product vision that they believe their own hype, and are convinced that the market for their solution is so huge that no one will ask them for independent market-research data. They don’t …

Small Business

7 Tips for Naming (or Re-Naming) Your Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I joined the company formerly known as YouSendIt as CMO in 2012, we had a major marketing challenge in front of us: stay with a name that the company had already outgrown or re-name and cast aside nine years of brand equity. We chose …

Internet Marketing

Should That Employee Be Fired? Ask These 5 Questions First.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Making the decision to terminate an employee for poor performance can be gut wrenching. Most business owners want to give their people every chance to succeed, but you can’t continue to invest in poor performers indefinitely. Still, it’s …

Leadership

Conviene más alquilar que adquirir una vivienda a crédito • Forbes México

<i>Realizar una planeación financiera que aproveche el diferencial entre el pago de alquiler y el pago de una propiedad para la adquisición de una</i> …

How Startups Can Capitalize on Global Sports Events Like the World Cup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Well before the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off last month, major companies were strategizing about how to capitalize on the soccer championship games. Event sponsor Coca-Cola prepared a full kit of sports-related and branded products. …

Entrepreneurship

How to Name Your Startup

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>Choosing a name is one of the parts of a startup I find the most difficult. It’s also something you can easily get hung up on. We all know that the key thing is to move on to actually building something we can put in front of users.<p>Here are three steps I …

Startups

How to Evaluate Your Startup Like a VC

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you build a startup, the most important thing to understand is how venture capital firms evaluate companies. That is the litmus test for any business. After all, they're the pros. They’ve been doing this for decades. And they know …

Venture Capital

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Daily as You Roll Out of Bed

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The morning is a powerful time to frame your mindset for the day ahead.<p>One of the best lifestyle practices you can get into as an entrepreneur is to start the day with some bold and optimistic questions to set the tone for how you’re …

Brainstorming

7 Tips for Feeding Your Website's Need for Speed

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Statistics say the average internet user gives a web page around five seconds to open before ditching it. You are a web user first-of-all, too. How tolerant are you of web pages that seem to take delight in holding back the content and …

Web Design

Build Your Email List With Distraction-Free Landing Pages and 3 Other Techniques

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Are you generating more email subscribers from your blog?<p>Email is 40 times more effective than Facebook and Twitter combined for customer acquisition, according to a study by McKinsey & Company. The number of email users is expected to …

Marketing

Public Speaking Secrets From the Top Stars of TED

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>You’re in the middle of a room with 5,000 people staring at you waiting for you to speak.<p>What’s coming up for you?<p>Are you shaky, nervous and unsure of yourself?<p>Are you prepared, alive and ready to leave the audience inspired?<p>Everyone starts out in life …

Public Speaking

5 People You Should Regularly Talk Shop With for a Better Career

The right advice can dramatically change your career. But to get that insight, you need to talk to the right people. Build a network of people with …

Leadership

Who Is the Right Investor for You? That Depends on Where You Are Now.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Luckily, not all investors are looking for the same thing, so it pays to know what type of investors are most interested in what your startup …

Venture Capital

My Spouse, My Business Partner

We would not have made it for so many years as a couple working together without discovering the following practices that might be useful to other married entrepreneurs:<p><b>1. Respect each other.</b> We each know what we are good at and let the other person to excel in his or her particular area. We …

Entrepreneurship

10 Steps To Becoming A Millionaire By 30

Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy. It shouldn’t be taboo and it <i>is</i> …

Personal Finance

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills

Effective communication is one of the most important life skills we can learn—yet one we don’t usually put a lot of effort into. Whether you want to …

Crack the Price Tag Codes for Major Retailers with This Cheat Sheet

The “secret” price codes used by popular retailers signal whether the price is as low as it’ll get or if it might go even lower. We’ve rounded up …

10 Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No one ever said being an entrepreneur would be easy. A million obstacles seem to stand in the way each and every day. The naysayers and budget woes can be enough for the average person to start waving the white flag.<p>But you are not an …

Entrepreneurship

Questions to Ask Before Saying, 'Honey, I Think We're Ready to Franchise'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While I am not making sandwiches every day now, I’m building a brand and helping others to be successful. If that’s not in your DNA, you have no business franchising.<p>As a three-time franchisor, I get a lot of calls from clients and …

Entrepreneurship