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The 100 Rules for Being an Entrepreneur

James Altucher | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
James Altucher

I've advised probably another 50 private companies. Along the way I've compiled a list of rules that have helped me deal with every aspect of being an entrepreneur in business and some in life.

Latino Technology Conference to Precede SXSW

Kety Esquivel | Posted 11.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Kety Esquivel

My involvement with SXSW began in 2008, through the submission of a panel to SXSW interactive, "Can Social Media End Racism?" with Latoya Peterson, Jay Smooth and Phil Yu. The conference was phenomenal.

Billionaire's Failed Education Experiment Proves There's No Shortcut To Success

XPRIZE | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University. Frustrated that Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs "were not on foc...

Startup Founders Need More Than Just Good Ideas

Reuters | Sarah McBride | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When asked to name the most notable rags-to-riches entrepreneur that his firm has funded, ve...

Stop Being A One-Hit Wonder And Start Scaling Your Marketing Strategy

Jun Loayza | Posted 11.12.2013 | Small Business
Jun Loayza

Are you working overtime to generate leads for your business? Do you find yourself on a hamster wheel, going round and round but never quite catching up to your marketing goals?

Why Your Marketing Campaigns Are Destined To Fail

Jun Loayza | Posted 11.11.2013 | Small Business
Jun Loayza

You've put in a lot of hard work into that marketing campaign you're about to launch, right? I have bad news and some more bad news: you're going to fail, and you're going to fail hard.

Launch Baby @Launch!

Keith Powers | Posted 11.09.2013 | San Francisco
Keith Powers

The primary reason that I love attending Launch Conferences is to discover new companies and to meet amazing entrepreneurs -- and I haven't been disappointed. The talent is spectacular.

If You Like Books, You'll Like BookLikes

John Pavley | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

One way to really understand someone is to look at the books on their bookshelf. Here's a picture of mine and it's a picture of my soul. 2013-09-09-pavblogbooks.jpg

Startups - Think Like Serial Entrepreneurs

Chad Hagan | Posted 11.09.2013 | Small Business
Chad Hagan

Serial entrepreneurs are the types that start multiple businesses. They become accustomed to the topography of the markets they deal in, and launch businesses and ventures based on data, experience, timing and trends.

Ways to Earn Extra Income While Your Kids Are in School

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

With the kids back in school, your home is probably becoming an unfamiliar place of solitude. What are you going to do with the extra seven hours per day? Perhaps you can experiment with some of these ideas for generating extra income.

9 Points to Consider When Deciding on Impact Investments

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 11.05.2013 | Small Business
Tilman Ehrbeck

To think "a priori" about the likely market and business model characteristics will maximize the likelihood of success or, at least, make the challenges more explicit and therefore help manage expectations.

Why Real Learning is Outside the Building, Not Demo Day

Steve Blank | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business
Steve Blank

Over the last three years our Lean LaunchPad / NSF Innovation Corps classes have been teaching hundreds of entrepreneurial teams a year how to build t...

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Domain Name

Tom Lowery | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Tom Lowery

What's more important than the design of a new website? As someone said, words have meaning and names have power. This is becoming more and more important in the age of internet marketing and branding development.

Why I Don't Want You At My Startup

Gil Laroya | Posted 11.03.2013 | Small Business
Gil Laroya

Don't even consider working at a startup, unless you are ready to sweat, to suffer and struggle with little to no immediate reward, to work long hours, or to work as a team, many times doing work that is far from your title.

Your Inside Sales Demos Are Not Working

Sanjay J. Patel | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay J. Patel

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your inside sales demo stinks. It is dull, boring and isn't delivering your intended message to your target audience. Here's why...

Start-Up Hiring: Best Practices

Raaja Nemani | Posted 10.30.2013 | Small Business
Raaja Nemani

Like many things, it's usually best to learn on the job, practice, and get better at it after making a ton of mistakes along the way. The problem is, as a start-up, you can't afford to make a ton of mistakes when hiring, and you also can't afford to wait too long to hire when the business is scaling quickly.

Learn to Be Your Own Boss in Ten Steps (and Then Take Over the World)

Serena Guen | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Serena Guen

Do it your way, not the "right" way. Don't rest on anyone else's laurels. The very essence of being an entrepreneur is the ability to navigate a new route to success on unchartered waters.

Why Have Tech Companies Stopped Trying to Solve Big Problems?

Charlie Kim | Posted 10.29.2013 | Technology
Charlie Kim

Today, most tech companies try and solve problems in 12-14 months, boast their success, then try and exit. How did this happen?

Big Dreams for a New Kind of Education on a Campus in Chile

David D. Burstein | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
David D. Burstein

Unlike traditional higher education institutions which have to focus on rankings and faculty publication rates or start-up incubators which have to focus on exits and financing, Exosphere's only mandate is to focus on the whole student.

Why the F in Online Business Is So Important for Keeping Visitors Engaged

Don Dodds | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Don Dodds

Virtually every visitor to your site follows a similar reading pattern. They begin in the top left corner and skim quickly across the page to the right.

The Millennial Generation Is Doing Something

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

We've heard it all before. The Millennial generation is self-absorbed, narcissistic, uninformed, uncaring, lazy and self centered. These stereotypes are tragically overused and inaccurate. We are the generation of social responsibility.

Is a DIY Education Right for You?

Jacob Ruytenbeek | Posted 10.22.2013 | College
Jacob Ruytenbeek

A DIY education can provide the same level of knowledge as a formal education for a fraction of the price, if not entirely free. But you're giving up a lot in the process, which is why a DIY education isn't a sustainable solution to the exorbitant cost of a college education.

Coworking Taking Hold in New York City

Aron Susman | Posted 10.26.2013 | New York
Aron Susman

One of the main trends in real estate -- especially as it touches startups -- has been the proliferation of coworking spaces.

When Art and Business Collide: A Raw Interview with Freak'n Genius' Kyle Kesterson

Claire Topalian | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Claire Topalian

Kyle Kesterson: Startup junkie. Drop-out. Miracle worker. Brilliantly sarcastic. Kyle has been a lot of things, but it's been his dedication to never ...

What Agile Development Taught Me About Life

Michele Serro | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Michele Serro

The start-up world has made a religion of killing the sacred cow: anything that reeks of business-as-usual is frowned upon. Graduating from university? Unnecessary. Cubicles? Please. PowerPoint? Shame on you.