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How Your Company Can Stay Connected to Customers in the Digital Age

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.27.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Connecting with customers is getting more and more challenging. Your consumers are getting smarter, refusing to listen to one more hard sell or pitch. And even though it seems like they're "connected" around the clock, all that technology they're hiding behind doubles as some excellent personal security.

Innovation at Its Finest

Ivo Lukas | Posted 03.25.2015 | Technology
Ivo Lukas

I'm so glad that mobile is on the forefront. Again, mobile isn't something brand new - it has been around for a while, from the StarTAC to pagers, to the first iPhone. Technology is everywhere today.

SaaS Companies Must Adapt to Capitalize on the Cloud

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.20.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

CES 2015 saw the debut of smart objects that we've never seen connected before, including "rings, pendants, jackets, handbags and so on." All of these devices that are part of the so-called Internet of Things, as well as devices like smartphones and tablets, will run cloud-based applications.

8 Top Tips for Mitigating a PR Disaster

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.18.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Marketing crises can -- and do -- happen to the best of us. To find out how best to handle even the toughest of situations, we asked eight entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) their top strategies.

3 Tips for Launching a New Venture in a Crowded Market

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.19.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Every great venture starts with a great idea. But unfortunately, many of those ideas never get any further when the thought of navigating a crowded market seems too daunting. Don't let that stop you. There's no market too crowded for the next great idea if you do it right.

5 Tips I Learned From Being a Student Entrepreneur

Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors | Posted 03.18.2015 | College
Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors

Here are my top five tips for any student entrepreneur looking to solve a problem that affects many people, or even just themselves.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 03.17.2015 | Small Business
Hank Hanna

Know what your cost of customer acquisition is and show investors how you can successfully grow you revenue regardless of raising capital. And don't use the term "conservatively" when estimating a value that is obviously and grossly overblown.

How to Get Hired in Tech, With ironSource's Dana Primo

Daniel Etcovitch | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Daniel Etcovitch

Joining the constantly evolving tech sector workforce can be scary, and many recent graduates are having trouble figuring out the best way to get noticed by the tech world or choose the best way to build a career in the industry.

4 Ways to Develop Awesome Relationships With Bloggers

Adam Greenwald | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Adam Greenwald

Looking for a way to promote your startup on a shoestring budget? Reaching out to bloggers and asking them to review your products, post your press re...

Don't Be an Entrepreneur

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Dhairya Pujara

I believe there are 10 million reasons to not start a company and only one to start it and that is -- "Because you want to and you have to."

Why It Makes Good Business Sense to Give Away Your Product for Free

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

In a world in which software-as-a-service tools and cloud-based apps are as plentiful as grains of sand at the beach, consumers have nearly limitless buying options. Why should they choose yours? How can you rise above the noise and break through to new prospects?

5 Nasty Entrepreneur Surprises to Watch Out for

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

No matter how much prepping, planning and meeting with mentors you do, there are some common nasty surprises in store for many entrepreneurs. It's all part of the learning experience, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Where Is All the Big Data We've Been Promised?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

When "Back to the Future 2" came out in 1989, Marty McFly's trip to 2015 got me pretty excited about the cool things we'd be doing by now. So it's pretty disappointing to arrive in 2015 and find out that I still can't commute to work in a flying car or cruise down the sidewalk on my hoverboard.

6 Qualities You Need As An Entrepreneur

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Building a company from the ground up can take its toll on you, but these six qualities will lead you to success.

How to Be an Entrepreneur Who Can See Around Corners

Marty Zwilling | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur realizes that change is now the norm, and they have to adapt their business quickly to survive and prosper. In fact, the best entrepreneurs seem to see breakthrough changes coming even before they really happen, and are able to turn them into huge new opportunities.

3 Habits Killing Your Productivity

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Lisa Abeyta

In our attempt to be better at our jobs, to be more accessible and more open to new opportunities which could be your next big break, you may actually be engaging in habits that are hindering you.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.16.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Millennials Don't Travel Like Other Generations, and It's Creating Major Business Opportunities

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.05.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The Internet, technology and social media has turned our generation upside down. No longer do we plan as far ahead for travel. If we see a deal, we jump on it. With more people booking travel through mobile phones, this spontaneity will only increase over the next few years.

The True Test of a Great Business Idea

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 03.05.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

People often ask me how I figured out what type of business I wanted to start. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that I didn't figure anything out. All of my previous endeavors have just sort of happened. However, that's not to say I didn't enable them in some ways.

Stop Being the Bottleneck in Your Own Business

Kelsey Recht | Posted 03.04.2015 | Small Business
Kelsey Recht

In the early days a founder needs to do everything and be a jack of all trades. Often the difference between success and failure is whether you complete the task yourself. However, as a founder, when do you become the exact obstacle to success?

Smart Glasses Will be the Internet's Portal to the Physical, Hands-On World

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 02.26.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Using smart glasses (like those manufactured by Vuzix, Google and others) as a portal, the Internet will reshape traditional industries by bringing information and expertise where it was previously not possible: into hands-on arenas.

Google Ventures Founder: 'The Future Will Be Awesome and Free... If Everyone Is Included'

John Rampton | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
John Rampton

On February 11th, 2015 Bill Maris, founding partner at Google Ventures gave a keynote address to the Startup Grind 2015 global conference in Redwood City about the future of health.

Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

3 Mental Exercises That Increase Productivity

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 02.24.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The cliché, "The mind is more powerful than the body," has proven to be a successful strategy. However, determining specific mental exercises that actually increase productivity is subject to the individual. As the COO of mHelpDesk, these are three strategies I have found useful.

4 Ways to Avoid Common Start-up Mistakes

Ian Mills | Posted 02.23.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Do not fall into the trap of thinking you can do it all. Running a business requires a variety of skills and experience, and a savvy entrepreneur will build their team to balance their own weaknesses. Make sure your core team includes people who bring something to the table.