Startups & Entrepreneurs

By Ramesh Prabhu | News and inspirational pieces about startups and the entrepreneurial brains behind them...

Jeff Bezos is the smartest guy in business

Just when you think you know Amazon, the company goes and changes everything.<p>Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) shook the retail world Friday with news that it has agreed to buy Whole Foods (WFM) for $13.7 billion. The deal instantly upended the supermarket industry and transformed the e-commerce company into a …

Amazon

Data Says You Should Start a Business in Healthcare. Here's Why

Don't make an appointment. Just go in and disrupt the industry.<p>Healthcare is the next big thing in startups.<p>It's not just about insurance. Once the domain of big pharma and multinational conglomerates, healthcare is now a $3 trillion industry including innovative biotech startups, preventative …

Health Care

The 17 best tech email newsletters you need to subscribe to

Haven't you heard? Newsletters are cool again.<p>Once viewed as an anachronistic throwback to the pre-social web, email newsletters are in the middle of a glorious Renaissance.<p>At their best, they cut through the noise and provide incisive round-ups and analysis — wading through the muck of news so you …

Venture Capital

Forget Coding–Here’s The Skill You Need Most When You Start Your Career

Your technical chops may not give you the edge when you’re new to the workforce, but your network might.<p>It used to be that the only way to climb a career ladder was to pick up more skills. Learn how to do X, get paid more for it, and earn job-title Y. Up you went. Each new capability you mastered …

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The US is about to exclude the next generation of immigrant entrepreneurs

For skilled immigrants around the world, California’s Silicon Valley is the promised land. Over the last few decades, San Jose and San Francisco have become home to tens of thousands of people from around the world with degrees in science, engineering and math. Many have built crucial new …

Immigration

Entrepreneurs, Prepare For A Rough Ride In 2017

At the start of every year I write a post that attempts to predict what the new year will bring. I’m never 100% right, but thinking it through and laying out the assumptions is useful. 2017 has more moving pieces than any year I remember. The U.S. economy is near the top of its cycle, social …

United States

12 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Should Do In January

<i>Photo by Ruslan Burlaka, courtesy of Pexels.com</i><p>What a year 2016 has been. I hope this year has been a thriving one for your business. Regardless of whether this was a growth year or a stagnant year for you, I think it’s vital to an entrepreneur’s long-term success to spend intentional time …

Self-improvement

10 must-have apps to be more productive as an entrepreneur

Share33<p>Tweet<p>Share29<p>+14<p>Shares 66<p>A lot has been written about technology. Some call it a time –consuming distraction from life’s important tasks. But …

These NYC Startups Raised the 20 Largest Funding Rounds in 2016

You'll want to keep these 20 NYC startups on your radar for 2017...

Venture Capital

7 Best Startup Tools to Build a Strong Company from Beginning

Some of the top companies have used these desktop gadgets to get started. Heres 7 online tools that will help make your business startup a success.

5 Fintech Startups To Watch In 2017

After a glum 2016, look for startups tackling massive opportunities like insurance and real estate to reenergize the fintech sector.<p>For fintech, 2016 was a year of reckoning. Scandals and layoffs killed industry buzz, and deal activity took a mid-year nosedive. Regulatory uncertainty in the U.S. …

FinTech

12 rising startups in India – Dec 28, 2016

Photo credit: Pexels.This may be the end of a (relatively) tough year when it comes to fund flow for startups. According to venture capital …

Startups

6 Health Startups to Improve The Lives of Seniors in 2017

Millennials tend to get the lion's share of attention when startups become the topic of conversation. However, when it comes to healthcare consumption, much of the target market is actually Baby Boomers and even the few members of Generation X who have made it past the age 50 mark.<p>Because of this, …

The ugly, unethical underside of Silicon Valley

Vinod Khosla did not show up at TechCrunch Disrupt to be harangued by some smartass, know-nothing journalist. The venture capitalist came to talk about disruption and revolutions to an audience of 1,000 potential disrupters and revolutionaries, laptop glow illuminating their faces in a San …

Silicon Valley

5 Hottest FinTech Startups to Keep Your Eye On in 2017

The future of the financial sector inevitably lies at the intersection of technology and business. FinTech companies are the vehicles bringing us closer and closer to that future, and they are doing that by leveraging modern tech to help consumers save money and automate inefficiencies.<p>Here are 5 …

FinTech

38 enterprise startups that will boom in 2017, according to VC investors

2017 is almost here and it's once again time to predict which startups will take the tech industry by storm.<p>Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked …

Big Data

How This Entrepreneur Makes $150,000 a Month by Helping You Sell Online

Chase Bowers' Shopified App has become a go-to resource for online sellers. Here's how to replicate his success.<p>At first glance, Chase Bowers' success story might seem like an anomaly. In just a few months, he went from $0 in revenue to making more than $150,000 a month--all without leaving his …

Entrepreneurship

How Instagram and Snapchat Are Distorting Your View of Entrepreneurship

Your biggest misconceptions on entrepreneurship might be coming from social media. Here's how to avoid them.<p>Working with entrepreneurs has been one of the most interesting things I've done in my career. Particularly because I've been working in this space for nearly 10 years, before it was cool and …

Entrepreneurship

6 Books Entrepreneurs Should Read Every Year

Essential reading for entrepreneurs on strategy and execution<p>While speaking to students at USC's Greif Center of Entrepreneurial Studies this week, I was asked for a list of books that have been most beneficial to me in business. You'll find those titles below, but I wanted to quickly preface why …

Clayton Christensen

13 Mental Models Every Founder Should Know

Mental models are to your brain as apps are to your smartphone. Just like apps, there are a ton of mental models. They help you make decisions, solve …

Top Venture Investors Pick Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

We asked some of the more thoughtful and outspoken members of the 2015 Forbes Midas List for their recommendations of books they’d like to see their entrepreneurs reading (and they suggest you do make time to read). Fire these up on your e-readers now.<p><b>Chris Sacca</b><br>Lowercase Capital <i><br>Not Fade Away: A</i> …

Venture Capital

Startups Scrape Your Financial Data for Good. (No, Really!)

If you’re willing to give a startup access to your financial transactions, there might be some nice side benefits for you, and possibly your …

Startups

10 online classes every entrepreneur should take

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>WaveBreakMedia/ShutterStock</i><p>Anyone possessing a good idea can become an entrepreneur. But launching a company that joins the ranks of …

Entrepreneurship

How a startup burned through $700,000 in 10 months then lied about back pay, former employees say

Penny Kim, a marketing professional with a one-month career at a Silicon Valley startup, shared a detailed account of one of the ugliest startup stories we've ever heard.<p>Her tale started with a job offer in July of $135,000 a year plus equity and a $10,000 signing bonus for relocation expenses. …

Startups

The 11 Tools You Need to Run Your Business From Anywhere

Want to get away from the office and still be able to run your business? Use these 11 tools.<p>Remote working is a trend that's here to stay. In fact, the latest report from Global Workplace Analytics indicates a 103% growth in employees working from home since 2005. It's a trend that positively and …

Small Business

The CEO of $3.8 billion Slack has a smart idea to help people get off work early

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield doesn't believe in long working hours.<p>It's why one of Slack's internal mantras is "work hard, go home."<p>"The most productive employees from my experience are those who go home at 5:30 p.m. but are hyperfocused at work," Butterfield said at a press gathering on Friday. …

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This woman founded three startups and learned her most valuable trait: being naive

Rachel Blumenthal didn't set out to start three companies in a row, but now, she can't imagine doing anything else.<p>Along the way she learned one really valuable lesson about founding your own company: being naïve is not only OK, it's one of the best qualities in a founder.<p>"Naïveté is a strength …

Startups

Understand fintech - Amazon's next possible frontier - with this report

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Industry Insider" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>The arrival of the age of fintech is about to shake up the financial services world as we know it.<p>Traditional powerhouses are already trying to figure out ways to …

FinTech

How 2 'high-functioning weirdos' built an investing business that's changing Wall Street

"We went through a time where no one was paying attention, and now it feels very real."<p>That's according to Amy Nauiokas, cofounder and president of venture capital firm Anthemis Group, who just got back from the firm's fifth annual "Hacking Finance Retreat" in the French Alps.<p>Over 100 startup …

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