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The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better -- Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Product/Market fit now has its own book. Alexander Osterwalder wrote it. Read it. The Lean Startup process builds new ventures more efficiently. It h...

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business (Part 1 of 6)

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 10.22.2014 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Last winter, while talking to one of our designers, Isobel Schofield of Bryr Clogs, it hit me how many of us still sit at our corporate desk jobs dream of creating a life that gives us more freedom and control.

6 Surprising Ways Having Bad Credit Hurts

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 10.21.2014 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

It's been said many times that having a low credit score can hurt your finances. In addition to the recognizable consequences, there are a few lesser known, but still hazardous, effects bad credit can have on you.

6 Things To Do When Starting a Business with Your Sibling

Lauren Jessen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Jessen

Having the opportunity to start a business with a sibling is pretty special. Make a concerted effort to be great business partners and siblings, and enjoy the process.

The Daily Lives of Entrepreneurs

Jamil Bouchareb | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Jamil Bouchareb

Co-owning a young catering supply company, Restaurantware in Chicago that's appeared in the Inc 500 for the first time this year, has been one hell of...

Take the Quiz: Are You Ready for Your Own Business?

Greg J. Stone | Posted 10.07.2014 | Small Business
Greg J. Stone

I believe that passion and persistence trump brains and talent any day. Genius and fancy degrees may help, but I'd bet on a person of average intelligence with deep commitment and superior drive.

Watching My Students Grow

Steve Blank | Posted 10.03.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo Galilei One of the great things about teaching is that while...

The Woodstock of K-12 Education

Steve Blank | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Steve Blank

Describing something as the "Woodstock of..." has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators cam...

10 Game-Changing Ideas on Entrepreneurship from Peter Thiel

Kiyan Rajabi | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Kiyan Rajabi

Thiel's talk heavily focused on the concept of zero-to-one innovations -- revolutionary inventions like the first airplane or home computer, which require "intensive, vertical, zero-to-one progress" -- and how to get there.

Dream, Girl: How One Film Is Inspiring Girls to Go for Their Dreams

Erin McKelle | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Meet Erin Bagwell: She's the director and creator of Dream Girl, a film that is encouraging girls everywhere to become leaders and realize their entrepreneurial dreams. This documentary is redefining what it means to be a businesswoman.

Why HR, PR, and IT Are Worthy Startup Investments

Julia Neumer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Small Business
Julia Neumer

Money is tight, especially as you continue to build your startup. We know as well as the next entrepreneur that the bottom line is always top of mind. However, there are a few particular areas in which you should focus on early to secure future success.

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur -- The Inventure Cycle

Steve Blank | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

The Lean Startup is a process for turning ideas into commercial ventures. Its premise is that startups begin with a series of untested hypotheses. The...

4 Reasons Older Entrepreneurs Hold All The Cards

Margaret Manning | Posted 09.04.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

When I told my friends and family that I was quitting my marketing job at a well-respected global company to start Sixty and Me, I was greeted with confused looks. After all, at age 64, I was supposed to be 'winding down' and preparing for retirement.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank | Posted 09.03.2014 | Small Business
Steve Blank

A startup is not just about the idea, it's about testing and then implementing the idea. A founding team without these skills is likely dead on arrival.

10 Signs You Were Born To Be An Entrepreneur

| Murray Newlands | Posted 09.02.2014 | Small Business

Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, but almost all of them share similar personality traits. From confidence to curiosity, there are certain at...

What the Startup Ideas Behind Product Hunt, Uber, the iPad, and Google All Have in Common

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

Some of the of the most successful companies in history started by "doing what's working." "Do what's working" means supplying something (or a variati...

5 Ways to Spot Monkey Mind

Dean Soukeras | Posted 10.18.2014 | Business
Dean Soukeras

Everyone reading this knows what it's like to worry or fret or fixate on something. In business and our personal lives we face problems everyday.

The American Dream

Diane Gilman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Diane Gilman

It didn't come early in my career (understatement, as 59 years old is a dinosaur in the youth-obsessed fashion industry), but maybe the best should be saved for last... My prophecy at the age of 4 took a bit longer to come true than imagined, but it's all about the journey.

I Want To Quit!

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Taking your foot off the accelerator and coasting in neutral for a bit can go a long way to knowing whether to proceed and how to do so or whether to redirect your energies to something else altogether.

The Journey of a Chocolatier

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

Oscar Baile immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines in the 1970s with just $500 in his pocket. He is now president of Landru Chocolates, which he runs with the help of his wife and son.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit. Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle, a successful recruiter, a wor...

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

6 Scary Questions You'll Have to Face When You Start Your Own Business

Jose Vasquez | Posted 09.27.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Before you start building your dream company, you'll need to face these six difficult questions.

How An Apple Cake Saved This Woman's Home

Posted 07.21.2014 | OWN

By Stephanie Krikorian In 2009, Angela Logan, a model and actress who had appeared on "Law and Order: SVU," was in a bind. Her talent agency ha...