Danis Iordanidis

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A 52-year-old tech journalist went to work for a startup. It did not go well.

"On the second floor there are shower rooms, which are intended for bike commuters and people who jog at lunchtime, but also have been used as sex cabins."<p>Dan Lyons accomplished a lot in his two-plus decades as a writer. He wrote two novels, he held jobs with publications like Newsweek and Forbes …

Startups

Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

The Uber model just doesn’t work for other industries. The price points always fail — and that’s a good thing<p>The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” …

Silicon Valley

How Instagram's First Investor Steve Anderson Struck Gold As A One-Man Deal Machine

After yet another 12-hour day of coding Kevin Systrom’s nerves were frayed. It was June 2010, and he had spent seven months working on a Foursquare-like social check-in app that was going absolutely nowhere. Desperate, he and his cofounder, Mike Krieger, decided to chuck the app and make a …

Venture Capital

How This Entrepreneur Went From Getting Rejected by 200 Investors to Getting Funded in 56 Days

Raising money for your company is one of the hardest things you'll do. Learn these tips to ensure success.<p>Every entrepreneur hates raising money. Raising money is like being stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel on a weeknight just after the St Paddy's Day parade. Yes, that happened to me last week. Raising …

Venture Capital

What It’s Like to Raise Tens of Millions of Dollars and Lose It All

<i>This piece originally appeared on The Hustle.co.</i><p>You start a company and raise $40 million. You have a strong team, a clear mission statement, and a …

Startups

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by …

Venture Capital

Here’s What You Should Consider Before Giving up on Your Startup

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Leadership

What's the best mobile card payment reader for your business?

Business is now transacted on the move. According to the latest figures from the UK Cards Association, total spending on payment cards in November …

FinTech
Real Estate

What Too Many Startup Founders Get Wrong About Success

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Here’s Your Best Chance at Impressing a Tough Investor

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Business Strategy

How Employee Stock Options Work In Startup Companies

Stock Option Plans are an extremely popular method of attracting, motivating, and retaining employees, especially when the company is unable to pay high salaries. A Stock Option Plan gives the company the flexibility to award stock options to employees, officers, directors, advisors, and …

Finance

10 British AI startups to look out for in 2016

Silicon Valley giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple are investing more of their time and resources into artificial intelligence (AI) research in the hope that it will improve their existing products and lead to new ones.<p>But they're far from the only ones aiming to create machines that …

Artificial Intelligence

The 3 stages of creating a badass home page

Creating a home page is momentous for any business. You spend weeks carefully crafting every line of copy, every image, every color, every icon.<p>Agencies are hired, opinions are gathered, and budgets are obliterated. This is your brand we’re talking about, right? Everything is on the line.<p><b>Except</b> …

Startups

15 Ways to Test Your Minimum Viable Product

<i>Chris Bank is the Growth Lead at UXPin, the UX Design App. He recently co-authored the Guide to UX Design & Process Documentation.</i><p>Though the MVP provides a means to test hypotheses as a starting point, it does not imply that it is easy to build. The idea behind this exercise is not to see if the …

"Somebody" Propped the Markets Up Again Yesterday

At this point the manipulations are getting ridiculous.“Someone” decided to step in a prop up stocks yesterday. How do we know it was a market prop …

Stock Markets

Lessons In Moving Your Startup Overseas To Silicon Valley

As a CEO and immigrant worker (take that, Trump!), I always get asked about moving my company to Silicon Valley. I usually answer that I believe you can build a world-changing organization anywhere, but the job is always easier at your industry’s center of gravity. For fashion, it’s Paris; for …

Silicon Valley

5 services to boost your social media engagement

If you run a business, you probably know that social media is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for growth. Use it well and you’ll see more customers and sales. The more connected on social media your business is, the more your brand could be worth.<p>Beyond platforms, there’s now a market that …

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business--but there are many more time-suck websites. How can you tell the difference? By depending on a cheat sheet for the best websites for entrepreneurs.<p>Here, a cheat sheet of 50 to get you started:<p>The name says …

Entrepreneurship

Five ugly truths about entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur isn't easy. If you decide to start an entrepreneurial journey, you aren't guaranteed anything, but then again, nothing worthwhile comes without some degree of risk and hard work.<p>I like what Theodore Roosevelt had to say on the subject:<p>So, along with avoiding common beginner …

Entrepreneurship

Here's how much money you make in the 'sexiest job of the 21st century'

"It isn't a big surprise," Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, told Business Insider. "It's one of the hottest and fastest growing jobs we're seeing right now."<p>According to Glassdoor, data scientists earn a base pay of <b>$116,840 a year</b>, on average.<p>Here's how much they rake in, on …

Big Data

The Top 5 Jobs Startups Are Hiring for in 2016 | Inc.com

The U.S. labor market is at a unique inflection point.<p>Unemployment remains low by historical standards, yet supply and demand remain stubbornly out of balance.<p>Job openings are near 10-year highs, yet candidates are struggling to find the right fit, both culturally and professionally.<p>I recently …

Employment

The 10 best pieces
 of advice I can give you about money

<i>Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Daniel Ally became a self-made millionaire at age 24. We are no longer confident in those assertions and have removed them.</i><p>I have a ton of rich friends who've wanted me to write this for a long time.<p>A while ago, I was chatting with …

Self-improvement

How to Avoid a Startup Failure

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Startups

How Venture Capitalists Value Startups

Below is a short excerpt from a book I am writing on breaking into venture capital. The passage covers — at a high level — how venture capitalists …

A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Startups

Lean Startup Lesson # 3: Work In Small Batches

The idea of working in small batches is to conduct short experiments and iterate quickly. In the Lean Startup book, this is illustrated by sending …

Lean Startups

A startup backed by a record-breaking fundraising round wants to become your finance, career, and lifestyle hub

In a wide-ranging interview, he told Business Insider about the firm's plans to take on the big banks. He said he's targeting a $30 billion valuation for the company.<p>And the key to achieving those goals will be adding services that aren't finance-based but value-based, Cagney said.<p>He added …

Startups