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Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment

By now you’ve surely heard that moving forward, every company will be a software company, and that shift is happening now as companies large and small scramble to transform into digitally-driven organizations.<p>Wherever you turn, businesses are facing tremendous disruptive pressure. What’s …

It's More Likely You Will Survive A Plane Crash Or Win The Lottery Than Click A Banner Ad

This is stupid because people are very unlikely to click on banner ads. The people who <i>do</i> tend to be poorer and less educated.<p>A company called Solve Media - which places ads in CAPTCHAs - has put together showing just how rare clicks on banner ads actually are.

10 YouTube Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Want business advice from Warren Buffet? Inc.com compiled a list of videos that every entrepreneur should watch.<p><i>This post originally appeared at Inc.com. To read more, check out:</i><p><i>The Best Industries to Start and Grow a Business in 2011</i><p><i>
Jason Fried: Why I Run a Flat Company</i>

Don't Follow Your Passion: A Smarter Way to Find a Product to Sell

Follow Your Passion is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get. (Mark Cuban)<p><i>By Andrew Youderian</i><p>You've undoubtedly heard the mantra, “Just …

Business Strategy

12 tips for turning your big ideas into a memorable TEDx Talk

For entrepreneurs and startup leaders, delivering a killer TEDx Talk is an incredible way to build your brand and share what matters most. But …

Public Speaking

Here is BuzzFeed’s first pitch deck to investors in 2008

In 2008, BuzzFeed had just five employees working in an office in New York City’s Chinatown district, and its website was attracting just 700,000 unique visitors a month. Now the company has more than 900 employees, over 200 million monthly visitors, and seems poised to become the first major media …

Investing

What Marijuana Actually Does to Your Brain and Body

Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Whatever you call it, it’s the most popular illegal drug in the world, gaining support for legalization for both medicinal and …

Beyonce to Bill Gates, on Being an Entrepreneur

Being your own boss might sound like a dream come true, but starting your own business isn't an easy path. The reality is it takes a lot of sweat, …

Entrepreneurship

What to know before visiting your first pot shop

SEATTLE, Washington — Washington state has banked more than $120 million in sales since recreational marijuana first hit the market there in July …

Cannabis

The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the blandest bits of advice that I always hear for pitching to angel investors is to “stand out.”<p>I think I’ve rolled my eyes at that tip so many times that I’m beginning to worry about my vision. Of course, you want to make a …

You Can't Afford Any of These 4 Mobile App Design Mistakes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Mistakes made in the past can come back to haunt you in the present. This fact remains true for mobile app design as well. Designing errors can come back to impact the popularity of your app. They could be the difference between success …

Making Monetary Sense: How To Understand Your VC Term Sheet

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Money matters, and no one understands this more than cash-strapped startups. During the course of startup maturation, founders seek financing …

4 Inspiring Must-Watch TED Talks for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

Have you been to Boston lately?<p>I'm not sure if you've heard, but my very own stomping grounds have become one of the most innovative cities in America!<p>I'm fortunate to live in this place where the start-up community is massive and supportive. It's 100% true that living in a hotbed of creativity and …

Win an Investor's Money by Acing These 5 Questions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Investing in startups is a risky game with enormous potential payoffs for the lucky winners. Through sweat equity, entrepreneurs are investors in their ventures but as strategists and operators, they must also persuade capital providers …

How To Boost Confidence When Seeking Funding For Your Startup

These days, the option of seeking outside funding to grow a business makes a lot sense for entrepreneurs, especially when you consider the following statement published in a recent Statista.com report:<p>“According to Thomson Reuter data published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, venture capital funding in …

Small Business

How to Prioritize When Everything Is a Priority

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Greg McKeown, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>I recently was the keynote speaker at an event where the CEO had recently announced he had 107 goals or priorities for the year! I was not surprised to learn …

Watch Jony Ive and Elon Musk talk design and sci-fi transportation

Tired of hearing little more than soundbites from tech luminaries such as Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk? Today's your lucky day. <i>Vanity Fair</i> has posted its full video interviews with both Ive and Musk, giving you an insight into how the two executives work. Not surprisingly, Ive's chat …

How to Determine What You Should Charge Customers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>How much should I ask for</i>? Especially in the early days of your business, that’s the most stressful question. Demand too much and you might drive potential customers away. Ask too little and you’ll dig yourself into a hole with razor-thin …

Go Guerrilla! 5 Unorthodox Ways to Market Your Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Before a million pails of cold water brought the disease to global attention, many people had never heard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. But after a summer of ice bucket challenges, the devastating motor neuron disorder now has …

Want to Get a VC's Attention? Make Sure You Do These 6 Things.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Raising capital is perhaps the most difficult challenge any entrepreneur faces in starting a business. And for many, it’s unavoidable. Some resort to family and friends for quick cash. Others get it through loans, leases and …

How to Know When to Bring Software Development In House

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Cash-strapped startups often choose to outsource software development. However, these independent development firms interact with dozens of clients, which means that <i>your</i> business receives just a portion of their creativity. Innovation is …

9 Elements of an Irresistible Business Pitch

The standard business pitch has not changed in decades.<p>The process usually entails face-to-face interaction at the offices of one of the companies. The company that is seeking a partnership will create a presentation, a.k.a. "pitch deck,'' containing relevant and concise information about the …

10 Tips for Hosting a Wildly Successful Event on a Tame Budget

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you consider events, you might think “My business isn’t big enough to hold an event large enough to make a difference. Where am I going to find the budget?”<p>That is a mistake. Events, when done right, are a successful technique for …

How to Start a Tech Company Without a Techie Co-founder (or Any Money) | Inc.com

It seems impossible at first. When we have a great tech idea, most of us who are not developers never pursue our vision because we don't have a co-founder with a technical background. In reality, through hustle and a little creativity, you can get a company off the ground before you bring in your …

What You Can Learn About Marketing From an 'Icy' Phenomenon

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>How would you like to raise $168,000 in one week? All you need to do is create a phenomenon so compelling and appealing the market takes notice.<p>Here’s why I mention this. You’ve probably seen a friend or two dump a bucket of ice water …

Turns Out You've Been Brainstorming All Wrong

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Suppose you’re invited to participate in a brainstorming session. The facilitator says that “every idea counts” and invites you to propose as many ideas as you can in the next 15 minutes. You feel rushed. You suppress ideas you think …

The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Q: How do you suggest structuring a founders' agreement?</b> <i><br>-- Shine Reuben</i><p><b>A:</b> When getting a new enterprise off the ground, there is nothing more important than having a clear agreement amongst the founders around a handful of key issues that …

Tight Budget Launch Dilemma - Outsource or DIY?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As a self-funded entrepreneur, you start off as little more than a freelancer but, eventually, you are unable to do everything. You can’t design and manufacture a product from beginning to end while building a media company to promote …

Here's How to Create a Mesmerizing Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I attended a conference few years back that had some of the best scientists and scholars on board. As I sat there in the audience, listening to speakers, it is fair to say that I only remember two of the: One was extremely painful to …