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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 Excel tricks everyone should know

Lifehacker AU is never one to shy away from doling out handy Microsoft Excel spreadsheet tips.<p>Chances are you’ve had to deal in spreadsheets for as …

Infographics

This Innovation Expert's Research Shows How Anyone Can Be Like Elon Musk or Steve Jobs

Use these three strategies to nurture your own breakthrough innovation potential.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Elon Musk has famously said, "I think ordinary people can choose to be extraordinary." Of course, Musk is not ordinary. He is exceptionally intelligent. As …

Innovation Isn't About What You Know, But What You Don't

An idea can never be validated backwards, only forwards<p>When Steve Jobs first came up with the idea for the iPod, it wasn't actually a machine he had in mind, but "a thousand songs in my pocket." It was, at the time, an impossible idea, because hard drives of that capacity and size just didn't …

Why Brainstorming Groups Kill Breakthrough Ideas (and What to Do Instead)

In a nutshell, they simply don't work.<p>Over a half a century ago, Alex Osborne wrote an influential book called <i>Applied Imagination</i> that opined that "the average person can think up twice as many ideas when working with a group than when working alone." Managers must have been convinced because …

Want To Build A Culture Of Innovation? Master The Design Critique

Fifteen years as a design educator has taught Jon Kolko the right–and wrong–way to critique design work. He shares his process here.<p>The ability to give and take criticism effectively is a crucial part of the design process. And as companies increasingly embrace design, not just as a feature, but, …

Why Every Company Needs an Innovation Dashboard | Inc.com

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Netflix's Silicon Valley office and interview one of their top executives. I asked about how they manage their innovation process. The surprising answer I received blew me away: "We don't have an innovation process. We <i>are</i> innovation," was the …

Innovation

Design thinking, explained

Solve any business problem with this approach.<p>By Rebecca Linke | September 14, 2017<p>Graphic design by Mimi Phan<p>Why It Matters<p>Coming up with an idea is …

What is design thinking and how can businesses use it?

Design thinking requires a cultural shift in your organisation.<p>Despite its name, “design thinking” is not a principle exclusively used by designers. Although rooted in creativity, it's a technique that businesses use to solve particular problems.<p>John Oswald, the former business design director at …

Design

Managing Your Schedule Like a Boss: Tips the Experts Never Tell You

Time management is at the top of the short list of reasons why some people succeed and most don't.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Lou Gerstner, the former CEO of IBM, once said, “Never let anyone own your schedule.”<p>I don’t know about you, but I <i>love</i> that quote. It’s so …

Amazon innovation chief: 'We are failing and will continue to fail'

Amazon's vice president for global innovation policy and communications, Paul Misener, gave the keynote speech at Retail Week's tech conference in London this week, telling the assembled retailers what they can learn from the ecommerce giant's growth.<p>Misener, who has been with Amazon for over 15 …

4 Strategies For Staying Innovative In a Regulated Industry | Inc.com

Except for a brief period of deregulation in the 1980s, the number of regulations on the books has been steadily increasing for decades.<p>According to statisticians at George Washington University, regulation reached its highest level ever in 2016, topping out at nearly 100,000 total pages of Federal …

Innovation

The Innovation Blind Spot: Why Venture Capital Process Misses Big Ideas

For most people, “innovation” means what we invest in: Where’s the next Uber or Lyft? But there’s been very little innovation in how we find ideas. …

America's Top 7 Startup Accelerators and What Makes Each Unique

No two accelerators is the same. Finding the right one for your company is among your first important decisions.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Startup accelerators have been a critical component in the creation of thousands of startups, including such familiar names as …

Startups

Uber Just Released Their First Pitch Deck From 2008, and It Shows What You'll Need to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup | Inc.com

Despite its high-profile public relations meltdown over the past few months, the story of Uber's rise is still a fairy tale in the startup world.<p>In less than a decade, the ridesharing platform has become the most valuable startup in the US, with a market cap of $68 billion. But, like every great …

Startups

We Went up Against a Highly Regulated, Entrenched Industry. Here Are 4 Tips for Getting Your Foot in the Door.

Focus on creating value, not disruption.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Multibillion-dollar legacy industries don’t make it easy for entrepreneurs to step in and create value. There are huge barriers to entry -- licensing, pricing, regulations, and cultural/brand …

Amplifying Processes Amidst A Digital Transformation

While we witness digital transformation becoming the next big enterprise trend that will see businesses amplifying their IT strategies, the Internet …

Innovation

The 50+ best features in iOS 11

Apple’s upcoming iOS 11, already in public beta and due out this fall in its final form, delivers numerous improvements and changes for iPad and …

Beta Testing

The Good Thing About an Antiquated Industry? Lots of Room to Innovate.

Fresh thinking is never more needed than when your business has existed for generations.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In case you haven’t noticed, we’re living in a time where a profitless, disappearing message app is worth $20 billion and White House staffers …

How I Established a Culture of Virtual Innovation

Even with physical distance, it's still possible to build an innovative culture.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In the new podcast</i> Masters of Scale<i>, LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy on how to scale a business</i> …

How You Define the Problem Determines Whether You Solve It

Typical stories of creativity and invention focus on finding novel ways to solve problems. James Dyson found a way to adapt the industrial cyclone to eliminate the bag in a vacuum cleaner. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed cubism as a technique for including several views of a scene in the …

Y Combinator will accept 10,000 startups to prove there’s nothing magical about Silicon Valley

Y Combinator was a heretic among venture capitalists when it backed its first eight companies in 2005. Co-founder Paul Graham later wrote that his philosophy was that “investors should be making more, smaller investments, they should be funding hackers instead of suits, and they should be willing …

Startups

Businesses Disrupting Industries With Their Brilliant Ideas -- And What You Can Learn From Them

In our 'Brilliant Ideas' series in the June issue of Entrepreneur, we asked entrepreneurs how they are turning their business idea into a reality.<p>This story appears in the June 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>A major challenge facing entrepreneurs today is figuring out how their company or …

When Pivoting Becomes a Pitfall

Whatever your problem was, a pivot done badly has big potential for making it worse.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To survive, we entrepreneurs have to be flexible. We have to respond to customer feedback, competitor movement, changing market conditions, new …

How to Sync Notifications Between Windows 10 and Your Phone

Appointments and notifications you set up in Windows 10 can also pop up on your smartphone.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

User-Centered Design: An Introduction

We live in a world where everything changes extremely fast; new products, new degrees, new careers, new methodologies. It is somewhat scary to …

Usability

How to customize your Chrome startup screen

Chrome is the Google browser that so many of us use to wander the internet. Setting up your startup page is a small bit of customization that could …

Google

This One Unexpected Feature In Google Gboard Makes Me Love It Even More

If you followed my advice last week, you’ve been spending the past few days wondering how you ever got by without Gboard, Google’s superior iOS keyboard that comes packed in with the Google app. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your newest, favoritest text entry enabler.<p><b>Tap if You</b> …

Gboard

How you can use the 5-hour rule to achieve your goals and improve your life

You try hard ever day, but never see any long-term improvement. You feel trapped where you are, unable to move forward or progress. You see other …

Simple Geek’s Guide to Productivity

You know you’ve been working from home too long when you sing songs to the fridge about how delicious its contents are, and you have to ask yourself …