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A Walmart executive who sold his startup for $550 million had a really weird reaction the moment he got rich — here's why

• <b>Marc Lore is the CEO and president of Walmart eCommerce in the US. He sold his startup Quidsi to Amazon in 2010, for $550 million.</b>• <b><br>Afterward, he felt depressed and somewhat disempowered.</b> <b>Even the huge amount of money he made didn't help.</b>• <b><br>Many startup founders go through a similar experience and say</b> …

Startups

Science Says, If You Want People To Respond, Tell A Good Story

A slight creaking sound could be heard as the room sat silent, waiting for the door to open. No one knew what to expect. Would lives be changed forever? Anxiety amongst the group continued to grow.<p>We’ve all found ourselves in this circumstance at some point in our life. As children a teacher would …

Storytelling

China Unicorns Lead Venture Capital Tilt To Asia From U.S.

It’s perhaps no surprise that Asia is gaining on the U.S. as the largest source of venture capital, more than doubling to $70.8 billion in 2017 compared with the U.S. at a 17% gain to $71.9 billion.<br>Globally, investment surged 50% to $164 billion, to a post-2000 record, driven largely by Asia’s …

Venture Capital

Cryptocurrency mining spurs high-end graphics card sales & causing GPU shortages

If you’ve been shopping around for a new graphics card over the last few weeks, you’ve likely had a very hard time finding any in stock. And if you …

Cryptocurrency

Boeing Co.'s Dreamliner Profitability Is Set to Soar

An improving production mix, lower supplier pricing, and a looming increase in output will all drive the 787 Dreamliner program's profitability …

Stocks

Trick Your Brain Into Making You Richer

Our brains are often working against us, leading us to make dumb financial moves -- or to not do anything at all. Here's how to fight back.<p>We all …

Retirement

Think Your Startup Idea Is a Winner? Prove It In This Incredible Competition

If you win this, you truly have what it takes.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Everyone thinks they can create a startup and make billions.<p>I blame Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake for fostering this illusion.<p>Still, most …

Jesse Eisenberg

Resilience Is A Key Trait For Startup CEOs, But How Do You Develop Even More Of It?

Serial entrepreneur and writer/teacher Steve Blank has said he believes many of the great entrepreneurs came from families where there was a lot of adversity.<p>“These are people who grew up in an environment where nothing was the same from day to day, where the only predictable thing was …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Entrepreneur Conferences to Check Out in 2018

Attending one or more of these events is a great way to get your creative juices -- and maybe even VC funds -- flowing.<p>It may sound a little nerdy, but one of my favorite parts of gearing up for the new year is deciding which conferences will be the best use of my time. With a seemingly infinite …

Networking

GE missed the stock market boom -- by a mile

<b>1. GE's downfall:</b> Almost everything is going up on Wall Street these days. But not General Electric.<p>It's stunning to see GE (GE), one of America's most storied companies, left far behind the roaring stock market.<p>While the Dow was cruising past 26,000 last week, GE was suffering through its worst …

Markets

If Your Employees Aren't Learning, You're Not Leading

There’s a strong positive relationship between how much people learn on the job and how much they love their job. Employees who score high on survey questions like “I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year” have higher scores on questions such as:<p>“I consider myself …

Leadership

This Productivity Hack From The Toyota Production System Can Help Solve Education -- And Everything Else

It usually takes 5 "whys" to get to a root cause<p>Today's problems can sometimes seem almost insurmountable. Although we've made strong progress over the last decade in many areas such as violence, extreme poverty and global health, issues like climate change, income inequality and a rise in populist …

Root Cause Analysis

How Chinese innovations have changed the world

As China's popular social media app WeChat celebrates its 7th birthday on Sunday, join us to remember the world-altering changes China has created …

China

Is Bitcoin Crashing?...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 — Bitcoin jolted by regulation worries, tumbles 11% on extended sell-off</b><p>Bitcoin plummeted below $10,000 this week, half what it was worth at its peak, because investors are afraid …

Automation

10 Inspiring Quotes From Billionaire, Philanthropist and Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen

Move over Bill Gates, Paul Allen's got some words of wisdom to share.<p>Online Editorial Assistant<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about Microsoft, Bill Gates typically comes to mind. However, there's another hero to this story. While Microsoft co-founder and …

Success

How to Win Founders and Influence Everybody

In May 2015, <i>The New Yorker</i> published a profile of the Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen. In it, writer Tad Friend joined Andreessen in his …

Andreessen Horowitz

Organizing for the age of urgency

To compete at the speed of digital, you need to unleash your strategy, your structure, and your people.<p><b>Congratulations!</b> Your organization is …

Management

MIPS Is Back, With An Eye on AI

MIPS has returned to Santa Clara as an independent company, fresh with VC gold, and - it says - ready to hire.

Raspberry Pi

Forget the Millennials, The Connected Consumer is Who You Should Be Chasing

One of my top requested keynotes in the last couple of years has been on the topic of millennials. How to market to them, manage them, engage them, retain them,them. And, while there are certainly valid generational preferences, and knowing them can indeed help boost revenue and retention, there is …

Customer Experience

The Basic Social Media Mistakes Companies Still Make

Over 90% of medium and large businesses have used social media in their marketing for five years or longer. Yet the CMO Survey reveals that nearly half of marketers are unable to show the impact of their social media investments. That’s why, no matter what your social media strategy is, it’s always …

Social Media Marketing

What Makes Going To A Conference Worth It For A Start-Up Founder?

This month, many of us are making plans for the year ahead and are considering which industry events we are going to attend. Choosing and making the most of conferences is an effort for everyone, but it is especially challenging for those working in start-ups because increasing your company’s burn …

Networking

The world’s 50 most innovative companies

With a GDP of nearly $19 trillion and a population in excess of 323 million, the United States is the largest consumer market in the world.<p>As such, global corporations make doing business in the U.S. a priority. To take full advantage of this market, American and foreign companies must protect …

Patents

The neuroscience of creativity: How the brains of innovators are wired differently

We've all heard the simplistic adage that left-brain thinking is logical and analytical while right-brain thinking is creative and innovative. It's …

The Brain

What Apple's Cash Repatriation Means for Microsoft's Investors

If a company is going to follow a leader, Apple Inc. (AAPL) isn't a bad pick.<p>The iPhone maker announced plans on Wednesday to pay a tax bill of about …

Stocks

6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Applying for a Patent

When applying for a patent, expect the unexpected. Here's what they don't tell you on the patent office's website.<p>In 2013, I pored over the U.S. patent office's website and read countless articles filled with tips. I wanted to know everything there was to know about the patent application …

Employment

4 Reasons Your Startup Is Going To Fail, But You Should Do It Anyway

Even if your company is a total loss, being an entrepreneur has its benefits.<p>Culturally, entrepreneurs have reached celebrity status. Everyone wants to be a successful founder with a lucrative business, but in reality, there is a 90 percent chance your startup will fail.<p>However, just because the …

Due

China Reports Its Fastest Economic Growth In 7 Years

China is reporting its fastest economic growth in seven years, saying its gross domestic product grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.<p>In releasing the number Thursday, the National Bureau of Statistics …

Economy

Amazon Has a Plan to Become Profitable. It’s Called Advertising

For more than two decades, Jeff Bezos has famously sacrificed profit for growth, persuading Wall Street that Amazon.com Inc. was best served pouring …

Advertising

How to Build a Million-Dollar Company in 1 Year--With No Funding

There's no set recipe--but there are a few rules of thumb to follow.<p>In August 2015 a popular virtual assistant (VA) company, Zirtual, announced it was shutting down--leaving behind nearly 2,500 clients and 400 employees. At the time, I was already deeply ingrained in the productivity space and …

Startups