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What Is Your Best Job Interview Question?

(133) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Congratulations, graduates! All those early-morning classes and late-night cramming sessions and what's your reward? A lousy job market. Sure, we've seen a steady, albeit modest, drop in the unemployment rate over the past several months, but the job market remains anything but robust. Just ask the millions who...

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What Does The Future Hold For Facebook?

(12) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 6:00 PM

It's finally here. One of the most talked-about companies of the past decade makes one of the most talked-about IPOs in history on Friday, as Facebook finally friends Wall Street. (We're sick of the puns too.)

The chatter, from both supporters and critics, has been endless, but when it involves...

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Virgin America: 6 Lessons For Entrepreneurs

(24) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 9:30 PM

Dating back to his days as the teenage publisher of Student magazine, Sir Richard Branson has always done things a little differently in the business world. Whether it was his London record shops that invited customers to lounge around and listen to music or his upstart transatlantic airline...

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Billy Leroy, Billy's Antiques & Props: A 'Funeral' For The Old New York

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 10:30 AM

The streets of New York are an ever-changing canvas, with new people and places jockeying to paint over the old. This Jackson Pollock of an urban metropolis is in a constant state of revision, which makes it such a fascinating place to live -- and makes those who call it...

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Method: Clean Happy

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 9:15 AM

No one has ever accused the Method guys of taking themselves too seriously. Sure, the San Francisco-based company has become a household name (literally) and major player in the consumer products industry, but co-founders and "proud brainparents" Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry have kept the same...

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Richard Branson's Virgin Volcanic: To The Center Of The Earth!

(226) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Sir Richard Branson is at it again. The globetrotting billionaire has announced his latest exploration venture -- Virgin Volcanic, which plans to charter trips into active volcanoes, the first such travel of its kind.

On April 1, Virgin Volcanic will officially unveil VVS1, a state-of-the-art submersible that uses...

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Branson Centre Jamaica Summit: 'An Outstanding Experience'

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 11:30 AM

During a TV interview a few years back, I was asked why I like entrepreneurs. My response was something to the effect of, "Well, how can you not? They're the rock stars of the business world." The producers ended up using that as the tagline for the series. And it's...

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Billy Leroy, Billy's Antiques & Props: The End Of An Era

(8) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 10:15 AM

It's the end of an era at Houston and Bowery.

For nearly three decades, an unassuming tent full of antiques has sat at this unofficial crossroads of downtown Manhattan, luring in passersby from New York's former skid row. And on Friday night, its current caretaker, Billy Leroy, will pull the...

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How To Beat The Competition And Turn Your Idea Into A Business (Ask Rod, Episode 40)

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 3:00 PM

No matter your industry, you'll eventually find yourself going head-to-head with a bigger competitor. So what's the best way to take them on?

And we've all got great ideas, but how do you actually turn one into a viable business?

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz offers his advice on...

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Follow Our Entrepreneur Summit On Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 11:37 AM

We're joining forces with Virgin Unite for a first-of-its-kind summit at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship! Twelve members of our Board of Directors are headed to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to help mentor the inaugural class of entrepreneurs working at the Branson Centre.

Want to track their...

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What Advice Do You Have For Job Searchers?

(26) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Despite a slight dip in the unemployment rate recently, the hiring picture in the United States remains shaky at best -- with millions still out of work and many of them all but giving up their searches. But with a new year comes renewed optimism, and even the most cynical...

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What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 1:00 PM

What do you get the entrepreneur who has everything? After all, the freedom to start and grow your own business sits at the top of many people's wish lists, so these guys already have it made, right?

Sure, entrepreneurs may be living out their American Dreams, but they also clock...

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How To Outsource Manufacturing And Increase Sales (Ask Rod, Episode 39)

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 11:30 PM

Moving your company's manufacturing overseas can be a tempting way to trim your budget. But what about the hidden costs?

And attracting customers to your website is only half the battle. How do you convince them to be once they're there?

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz -- along with...

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Richard Branson, 'Screw Business As Usual': 'Everybody Within A Business Can Make A Difference'

(11) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 1:45 PM

Richard Branson is the world's consummate entrepreneur for good reason. Sure, he represents the pinnacle of self-made success and the accompanying joie de vivre that most entrepreneurs daydream about, yet he somehow stays surprisingly relatable. Despite his private island, balloon races across the globe and ongoing quest to explore outer...

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How To Set Up A Twitter Account And Acquire New Customers (Ask Rod, Episode 38)

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:45 PM

With tens of millions of users, Twitter has become fertile ground for finding new customers. But how do you get started?

And adding new customers is the goal for any business. Can your existing customers help you land new ones?

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz offers tips on setting up a...

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How To Get A Product Into Stores And In The Hands Of Customers (Ask Rod, Episode 37)

(40) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 3:15 PM

Every designer or inventor dreams of seeing their products on store shelves. But how do you get them there?

And what can you do get customers to actually pick them up, online or off?

Executive Editor Rod Kurtz has tips on reaching both stores and customers directly.

Got a question...

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Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer's SHFT: Saving The Planet, One Shift At A Time

(116) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 7:30 AM

Peter Glatzer and Adrian Grenier have a simple goal -- to help save the planet, one "shift" at a time. That's the founding principal of SHFT, their digital media platform that allows users to read, watch, shop and share all things sustainable.

Now, before you chalk it up...

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How To Take On Big-Box Retailers And Turn Customers Into Fans (Ask Rod, Episode 36)

(32) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM

A small business is never going to beat Walmart, Target and other big-box retailers on price. So how can they convince customers to stick with independent retailers instead?

And your best customers can also be your best marketers. What does it take to have them spread the word?

Executive Editor...

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How Is The European Debt Crisis Affecting Your Business?

(10) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 6:00 PM

Main Street can feel pretty far away from, say, the piazzas of Rome and the platias of Athens. But the recent political and economic turmoil in Italy, Greece and elsewhere across Europe has shaken global markets -- and the aftershocks are eventually felt right back here at home.

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How To Make Money On Twitter (Ask Rod, Episode 35)

(21) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 10:30 AM

With all the responsibilities a business owner has, who's get time for social media? As it turns out, Facebook and Twitter can be a cheap and easy way to connect with customers -- if you know what you're doing.

And when it comes to advertising, a prominent billboard may not...

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