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3 Reasons You Will Work for Your Dad

It's the undeniable appeal of a family business: One day you wake up and realize father really did know best.<p>You love your dad. But you never thought you would want to work with him.<p>He runs a catering business near where you grew up. You're the oldest of three children. You've already put in almost …

Using Data to Pick the Optimal Name for Your Startup

Don't choose a name that starts with the letter J or K or Q. So then what's left?<p>Naming your startup can be one of the hardest things to do when starting a company. Each founder must agree. The domain must be available to buy. Last and perhaps most importantly, investors need to like it. And the …

The Most Creative Product Ever

A noteworthy business author explains why it's not what you make, it's the way and the why you do what you do.<p><b>It's not what you make, it's the way you do the thing you do</b><p>I was recently asked to speak at a conference about the role of innovation in enduring great companies. My first impulse was to …

5 Common Startup Mistakes That WIll Sink You Later

Once you realize you've made a mistake, it's probably too late.<p>A friend of mine recently missed out on raising venture money because of a mistake he made in the early days of forming his business. He is far from alone: It reminded me of the common mistakes I see founders make at the start that …

Your Crowdfunding Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

If you are looking to raise money for your company -- or keep up at cocktail parties -- you should have a few facts about crowdfunding up your sleeve.<p>Crowdfunding is a way of raising money for a new venture by soliciting small donations from many people online. The biggest platforms in the industry …

Crowd Funding

Inspiring TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

TED Talks set the bar high when it comes to riveting presentations brimming with inspiring “ideas worth spreading.” They inform, engage and educate. Sometimes they even move us to reshape our careers, transform our businesses and change our lives for the better.<p>Busy entrepreneurs often don't have …

Work-life Balance

7 Business Lessons From the Sochi Olympics

The drama that's unfolding both inside and outside the Games offers plenty of takeaways for entrepreneurs.<p>There is something absolutely fascinating about the Sochi Olympics--in the I-just-can't-turn-away sense of the word.<p>In fact, I think the stories that are swirling around the Games themselves …