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Why Is The University Still Here?

Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis.<p>And yet after years of efforts, we …

Zopa CEO Giles Andrews Clarifies P2P Lending's Dramatic Growth, P2PFA's Importance & Alternative Finance's Relevance

Celebrating the tenth anniversary in finance, Zopa, world’s first peer to peer lender has made significant achievements since its founding “in a barn …

16 Blogging Platforms That Won't Distract From Your Writing

Blogging platforms can often be cluttered and complicated, featuring a multitude of widgets and plugins that we might never use. However new …

Why Successful People Define Their 'Circle Of Competence'

It's a simple concept: Each of us, through experience or study, has built up useful knowledge on certain areas of the world. Some areas are understood by most of us, while some areas require a lot more specialty to evaluate.<p>For example, most of us have a basic understanding of the economics of a …

4 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The greatest lessons you'll ever learn will most likely be from your own experience. But entrepreneurs can also learn a lot from the advice and experiences of others, as long as we allow ourselves to be teachable.<p>Perhaps you were in grade …

27 Business Leaders Name Their Favorite Books Ever

Many of them cite books — whether strategy guides or novels — that inspired them or changed the way they think.

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by anticipating the questions they will receive. The failure to have thoughtful and reasonable answers to VC questions will decrease the likelihood of the company getting funded. The following is a list of …

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain

6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions - Boiled Down to 1.5

I just read a really useful and accurate post by Glenn Llopis, a wonderful fellow contributor here on Forbes, focusing on why leaders make bad decisions. He offers six reasons, all of which I’ve seen in leaders with whom I’ve worked over the years. As I read, though, I realized that all six of …

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FORTUNE — Europe’s largest economies shouldn’t be able to skirt European Union debt ceilings rules just because it’s “too hard” or “unpopular.” To do so would not only be hypocritical, as they have insisted on crippling austerity measures in much smaller and more vulnerable EU member countries in …

When massive growth can be hazardous to founders

As a startup founder, even seemingly positive things like massive growth can be a curse. Or at least it seems that was the case for the co-founders …

Know Your Laws: Top 4 Legal Problems Your Business Could Face

The business world can be a tricky place when it comes to understanding and following business law. Many business owners think mostly about …

No Point in Doing Something That's Been Done

Richard Branson answers questions about the direction of the Virgin Group and how to launch a business.

Six Solid Marketing Ideas From Those Who Do It Best

I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning, trying to eliminate the clutter in my office.<p>In the process of putting some things, away, I looked through a book–<i>Marketing Masters</i>–that I wrote back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. (It was published 25 years ago this month. It’s out of print. So, believe …

How to Find New Customers | Inc.com

A few years ago I interviewed one of the greatest sales gurus of all time: Brian Tracy. You might remember that I named Tracy's <i>Psychology of Selling</i> as one of the Top 10 Sales Books of All Time.<p>To my vast frustration, I somehow managed <i>to lose my notes of that conversation.</i> Argh!!! But this morning …

Business Strategy

10 Questions Startups Use to Make Change Happen

Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it’s easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been …

Getting Credit to the Smallest Businesses | Inc.com

In a bid to get more loans to some of the neediest small-business owners, the Small Business Administration's budget for 2014 eliminates fees on some of its smallest loans, and the agency plans to shrink the piles of paperwork required from banks and borrowers.<p>The changes primarily impact the SBA's …

Finance

5 Steps to Rescue Your Productivity When Days Go Bad

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever had one of <i>those</i> days? You start off with big plans to be productive. Your calendar is filled with confirmed appointments. Then, nothing seems to go right. Your computer crashes. Your cell phone battery dies and your charger …

How to Build a Lean and Efficient Business Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The concept of the lean startup, developed by entrepreneur Eric Ries, looks at how product development cycles can be shortened and businesses can run more efficiently by continuously measuring progress and feedback. This philosophy is …

10 Ways to Better Brand Recognition

Whether you’re an Internet Marketer or a businesswoman promoting her business on the Internet, you want your brand to stand out from the crowd. The ultimate marketing goal is to have your target market think of you, and your company, when they are ready to buy.<p>Here are 10 ways you can make sure …

GRANTHAM: Capitalism Is Great, But It Assigns No Value To Your Grandchildren

Yesterday, I posted part one of the transcript from my Saturday Guardian interview with Jeremy Grantham, the environmental philanthropist and the legendary fund manager. Here's part two ...<p>This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

5 Secrets to Winning More Sales

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sales is king in the new economy. Your success will be determined by your ability to generate revenue and sell, not just your products and services, but also yourself.<p>Here are five signs you're well positioned to succeed at the art of …

SMART INVESTOR: Here's What Your Employer Won't Tell You About Taking Stock Options

Stock options are often used as a means of incentivizing employees to stick with a company and often sweeten the deal enough to placate them in place of, say, a cash bonus or a raise.<p>But before you scoop up those proffered shares, take a moment to consider a catch that many workers miss.<p>Investing …

When do investors know stocks are too costly?

<i>USA TODAY markets reporter Matt Krantz answers a different reader question every weekday. To submit a question, e-mail Matt at mkrantz@usatoday.com</i>.<p><b>Q: When do investors know stocks are too expensive?</b><p>A: Nobody wants to be the one to overpay for a stock. And that's why it's a good idea to be vigilant …

Here's How The World Actually Uses Gold

But that's a bit of an exaggeration.<p>In addition to its use in jewelery, gold has many practical real world uses too.<p>The folks at U.S. Global Investors put together this slideshow to illustrate some of the uses of gold.<p><i>Thanks to U.S. Global Investors for allowing us to feature this presentation.</i>

10 Questions to Ask Before Determining Your Target Market

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The better you understand your customer, the faster your business will grow. But new ventures often struggle to define their target market and set their sights too broadly.<p>"We often overestimate the market size, and in many cases there …

Starting A Business? Start A Blog First!

Start a blog before you start a business.<p>I know what you’re thinking, “Why would I start a blog when I should be focused on starting my business?” To …

What's Inside Successful Entrepreneurs' Arsenals?

People despise being told the areas they're lacking and how they can improve. But, for a few tools that make winning easier, it's worth swallowing …

BARRON'S: Bitcoin Is Why You Should Buy Gold

He sees the story as a reflection of skepticism towards fiat money as the world's central banks print away.<p>Forsythe thinks all of this makes for a bullish case for gold.<p>"[I]t is incongruous that gold—money that can't be printed, just minted—would enter a bear market Friday," he writes.<p>Indeed, gold …

How to Start an Online Business: Tips from the Front Line

As an entrepreneur, you have the great fortune of being able to get tons of information about how to start a business, build your brand and create a …