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Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …

The Incubator Bringing Washington D.C.'s Entrepreneurs Together

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's note: Over the next few months, we'll be taking a virtual tour of U.S. cities to see how the 2008 financial crisis has changed the entrepreneurial landscape, for better or worse.</i><p>Most Americans recognize 1776 as the year that our …

How Much Traction Is Enough for Investors?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Almost every early-stage startup founder who has approached investors for funding has heard the innocuous sounding rejection “I love your idea, but come back when you have more traction.”<p>But what does traction really mean to investors, …

Zappos' Secrets to Building an Empowering Company Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many business owners talk about their company culture, but often can't define it. Zappos, the Henderson, Nev.-based online shoe and apparel retailer, is often held as an example of customer- and employee-centric company culture -- with …

10 Questions to Ask Before Selling Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re thinking about selling your business, think twice. Selling a business should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision, says Curtis Kroeker, group general manager for San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, …

How Today's Young Female Entrepreneurs Embrace Their Feminine Mystique

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Women are the new black.<p>With today’s 24-hour news cycle, there’s no shortage of powerful, female newsmakers -- from Sheryl Sandberg and her "lean in circles" to Arianna Huffington’s empire. And happily, the Paris Hilton portrayal of women …

4 Reasons Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Start Up

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You could probably tick off an infinite number of excuses for why starting up <i>now</i> isn’t ideal.<p>The U.S. unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, at nearly 8 percent. Moody’s recently downgraded the UK’s credit rating. U.S. businesses are …

How Brain Training Games Can Help You Build Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you struggle remembering directions? Putting a customer's name to a face? What about staying focused for long stretches of time? If you find yourself easily distracted by your inbox or social media feed, you may want to give brain …

SXSW Hopefuls: 3 Young Startups on Their Strategies for Getting Discovered

As a startup founder, getting noticed can be one of the toughest tasks you'll face.<p>Though there are many avenues in which to get discovered, unveiling your business at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas might just be your quickest route. Kicking off today, the country's premier startup …

Yammer's David Sacks Offers 3 Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs

Launching a technology startup is considerably easier than it used to be. Yammer founder and CEO David Sacks knows this better than a lot of people.<p>Sacks spoke Saturday during a SXSW Interactive (SXSWi) session called "Insights About Innovation." He recalled his reaction after catching an early …

Angel Investment Clubs Offer a Ray of Hope -- and Capital

This story originally appeared on Business on Main<p>If raising capital is on your list of New Year's resolutions, angel investment clubs may help you connect your company to startup and growth capital networks. Angel investment clubs join together individuals with high net worth who have an appetite …

Inside the 'Insane' Life of Entrepreneur Elon Musk

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Elon Musk has outrageous dreams. The PayPal co-founder and serial technology entrepreneur was interviewed in Austin, Texas, today at a packed SXSW Interactive keynote session by former longtime <i>Wired</i> magazine editor-in-chief Chris …

Indiegogo's Slava Rubin on the Myths of Entrepreneurship

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's shaping up to be a banner year for Slava Rubin, the co-founder and CEO of Indiegogo, one of the most popular crowdfunding sites on the web. One statistic backing up this claim: $3 million in funds crowdsourced through Indiegogo …

Don't Waste Another Networking Opportunity: 6 Tips for Following Up

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're lucky enough to be at this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, here are two words to the wise: follow up.<p>Too often, people leave networking events with a stack of business cards that end up in a drawer (or in …

The 3 Coolest Things I've Seen at SXSW Interactive 2013

During the Interactive portion of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, downtown Austin, Texas, becomes a hub of activity and excitement. Droves of entrepreneurs and investors gather to showcase innovation at the confluence of technology and creativity.<p>I've been here since the festival started on …

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a risky, often stressful move. "The biggest reason people don't end up quitting is the fear of uncertainty. They don't know what might happen and they don't want to …

Small Business

Networking Skills That Win You Referrals

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs rely on referral marketing, or the use of personal recommendations through networking, to spread the word about their business. When you've taken the time to build the right relationships, referral marketing can be a …

5 Startup Naming Rules From SXSW

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If SXSW Interactive is any indication, and it usually is, then this is the age of the startup. It also means this is the age of the unfortunately named startup. We've all come across a company's name that's missing all its vowels, has …

Health-Tech Incubators See Influx of Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When Seth Freedman co-founded IntelligentM in December 2011, he was confident of the appeal of his company's product -- an electronic bracelet that keeps track of hand washing among health workers so hospitals can improve hygiene and …

The Dominance of 'Angry Birds': From Startup to Animated Series

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Now that their namesake games are among the best-selling apps of all time, what's left for the Angry Birds to do? If you guessed starring in an animated series, then you're right.<p>Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, the company behind the …

'Veronica Mars' Secrets You Can Use in Your Kickstarter Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One reason Kickstarter has struck a chord with entrepreneurs is that it's disrupted the old way of doing business, allowing startups to prove real-world demand, even if real-world supply isn't quite there yet. Well, after a record-setting …

Opportunity Spotting: 4 Trends for Young Treps from SXSW 2013

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From sea to shining sea, the entrepreneurial spirit and vision upon which America was founded has come barreling back, in all of its post-economic meltdown and war-torn glory.<p>Austin-based SXSW is all the proof I need. What started as a …

13 Business Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Your smartphone isn't just for checking email and playing <i>Temple Run</i>.<p>Busines owners can perform a variety of tasks on those smartphones when they're away from the office -- far away, in fact, like on a beach or ski lift.<p>A recent infographic from Desk.com …

Not Your Traditional Incubator: Rokk3r Labs, a Hybrid Investor-Accelerator

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Frustration often leads to innovation. For Miami-based entrepreneurs Nabyl Charania and German Montoya, slow product launches proved to be their inspiration.<p>The problem stems from investors and developers speaking different languages, …

The Secrets of What Makes a Product Go Viral

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ten years ago, had you ever heard of the hand sanitizer Purell? It existed, but nobody really used it. Then one day, it was everywhere. Grocery stores placed dispensers at the door, nail salons gave it to clients, and people started …

Marketing

7 Steps for Planning a Kick-Ass Networking Event

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Lamenting the end of SXSW Interactive? Don’t. Instead, consider throwing your own conference.<p>I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out. As a young entrepreneur, you might run into the challenge of being taken seriously by more seasoned …

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching Investors (Infographic)

Like it or not, money is the lifeblood of a business. If you are on the hunt for capital and have landed a meeting with an investor, your first impression can either be a deal breaker or money in the bank.<p>According to Founder Institute, an early-stage startup accelerator in Mountain View, Calif., …

Why Startups Should Take a Big-Brand Approach to Marketing

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>The following is the first in the series "Marketing Like the Big Brands," running every other week in which marketing expert Jim Joseph shows entrepreneurs on a small-business budget how to apply marketing strategies used by big …

Raising Money Through Crowdfunding? Consider These Best Practices for Success

Fundraising by getting small donations of money from a large group of people, what’s called crowdfunding, is a very different animal than getting access to capital at a bank: your story matters more than your credit score. To be successful in a crowdfund, remember who your audience is and cater to …