March 18, 2017
After almost two decades of decline, music industry revenues are finally starting to recover again and a lot of the credit goes to one guy: Spotify’s Daniel Ek. Ironically, Spotify was backed by the guy who helped enable all that piracy to begin with: Napster’s Sean Parker. Read more…
March 2, 2017
Inside the growing education movement that’s training kids to be entrepreneurs.
On a cloudless October morning in Austin, hundreds of people stroll the grassy aisles between a half-dozen rows of white tents, where entrepreneurs sell everything from iced coffee to pottery to handmade dog treats, pickles, and gluten-free baked goods. One booth sells security software, and one sells wooden virtual reality headsets. At another, Baker Bros Designs, which sells stationery and change jars printed with psychedelic paint swirls, a handsome young man introduces himself and gestures to his younger brother–“the artist.” He hands me a business card that lists their Etsy page in case we want to buy more. Read more…
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February 2, 2017
Close any negotiation, deal and more with these secrets from some of the world’s best entrepreneurs. Read more…
February 20, 2017
February 13, 2017
Kade Wise making debut on “Homeland” season 6, episode 4. For more info, contact Lisa Martel – firstname.lastname@example.org / Stefan Jacobs – email@example.com
February 14, 2017
When I first heard about DogVacay, it struck me as one of those “Airbnb of X” or “Uber of X” derivatives that swept through startup-dom over the last few years. I liked the founders, and I got the problem. There are millions of dogs and most owners leave them at some point. Current solutions to finding care for them is expensive, risky, and unsatisfying. But I wondered if this was one of those pitches that begins with a “This is a fill-in-the-blank billion dollar market…” but it’s a market so fragmented, so hyper-local, so hard to scale that there is a reason it’s so large and no one owns a meaningful percent of it. Read more…
February 13, 2017
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January 31, 2017
For many, the Super Bowl means epic shootouts, defensive shutdowns and last-minute, game-on-the-line Hail Marys. For others, it’s all about another skirmish: The Battle of the Brands.
Every year, companies spend millions of dollars for just a few seconds of airtime in hopes of getting consumers attention—and then, maybe, their money. Whether funny, sad, self-referential or downright weird, Super Bowl ads have become a spectacle and tradition in their own right. Read more..
January 25, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO — Cauliflower-based pizza dough. Chocolate-covered quinoa. Bagel balls stuffed with flavored cream cheese. Vegan, paleo, dairy-free frozen dessert that is a bit hard to describe other than to say it is not ice cream.
Nothing says American ingenuity like the eager food entrepreneurs who think their scrumptious concoctions can make it in a culinary landscape that favors big corporations. Earlier this week, 1,400 exhibitors set up shop at the Winter Fancy Food Show in the cavernous Moscone Center here, including some mom-and-pop operations determined to defy the odds. Read More…
January 11, 2017
“The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton as McDonald’s impresario Ray Kroc, is the latest film in a small but educational genre: Biopics about real-life entrepreneurs. Read more…
January 4, 2017
Top 10 business ideas & opportunities for 2017.. Read more…
December 12, 2016
Hosted by the NY Regional Chapters of the TAMID Group, TAMID Tank 2017 is the second annual event connecting student-run startups from across the country with investment opportunities from high-profile investors. Click the link below…
Nov. 17, 2016
Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, we’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab. Here’s which ones made this year’s unranked list. Read more…
November 10, 2016
Members of the 2016 list needed a minimum of $250 million in net worth to make the cut. To compile net worths, Forbes valued private companies by speaking with an array of outside experts and conservatively comparing the companies with public competitors. In cases in which women started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, Forbes assigned them half of that combined wealth. Forbes calculated the stakes in public companies using stock prices from May 13, 2016. For entertainers, they based estimates on net lifetime earnings. Real estate, art and other assets were also factored in where applicable.
To be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes and be U.S. citizens or longtime residents. Forbes attempted to vet these numbers with all list entrants.
The Top 10 Richest Self-Made Women are: Read more…
October 31, 2016
Our favorite iPhone and Android apps of the year
We’re increasingly reliant on the smartphones in our pockets to keep in touch with friends, watch movies and TV shows, and get work done. But the phones themselves would be meaningless without the software that, almost like magic, imbues them with new powers even their creators never thought possible. Read more…
October 25, 2016
For the Drybar cofounders Alli Webb and Michael Landau, who are also sister and brother, going into business together for the first time wasn’t as easy as they expected.
“We were both working for Nicole Miller, and we actually got the franchise rights to open stores in Boca Raton and Miami,” Landau told Fast Company. “And we nearly killed each other.” Read more…
October 25, 2016
Entrepreneurs have very little time to waste. Learn how to maximize the efficiency and productivity of every conversation you have.
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Selling on the streets is hard. It doesn’t matter if one is slinging handbags or doughnuts, shish kebab or art – vending is for those who are tough. The hours are long, the pay low and precarious. Competition is cutthroat, and cops drown you in tickets. Worse, the space legally available to vend keeps shrinking. Which is why, on a rainy summer afternoon, two dozen street vendors gathered in Times Square to demand their place in the city. Read more…
October 20, 2016
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but Sal shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. Created by Sal Khan. Read more…
October 11, 2016
Crain’s New York Business highlights the city’s 50 fastest-growing companies with its annual Fast 50 feature. The section recognizes the New York area’s best and most innovative companies, their winning business strategies, and most important, astronomical revenue growth. Read more…
October 11, 2016
The business landscape is rapidly evolving — and there’s a set of professionals, all 35 and under, urging on this transformation using a combination of skill, guts and perseverance. These are the inventors, strategists and entrepreneurs that make up the LinkedIn Next Wave 2016, a group of 120 individuals across a dozen different industries that are doing extraordinary work and transforming their fields. Read more…
February 4, 2016
Entrepreneurship is lower among Millennials than among prior generations. In 2014, less than 2 percent of Millennials reported self- employment, compared with 7.6 percent for Generation X and 8.3 percent for Baby Boomers. These differences largely reflect the youth of Millennials and the positive relationship between age and entrepreneurship among the relatively young. However, growth with age in the proportion of each generation reporting self-employment has been slower for Millennials than for prior generations. At age 30, less than 4 percent of Millennials reported self-employment in their primary job in the previous year, compared with 5.4 percent for Generation X and 6.7 percent for Baby Boomers. Trends among the age groups Millennials will join in future years suggest that entrepreneurship among Millennials will remain relatively low for decades. Read more…
July 17. 2019
The Millennial generation has often been described as one of self-starting wunderkinds with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Poll after poll, study after study, have suggested more Millennials might ditch the idea of a traditional job to work independently.
Mark Zuckerberg put a face on the idea that Millennials could do it all without ever punching a clock. At 32, the founder of Facebook reportedly is sitting on a fortune worth more than $50 billion. Dropping out of college and launching a start-up never looked so good.
But reality, so far anyway, is quite a bit different. Read more….
June 22, 2016
Many communities lack reliable electricity, which is why we’ve seen a number of projects that work without it, such as a portable medical sterilizer and an underground refrigerator. In Bangladesh, recycled, make-it-yourself air conditioning units called Eco-Coolers are helping thousands of people stay cool during the country’s scorching summers. Read more…
June 20, 2016
Since Bergman took Henry Schein public in 1995, the stock has returned more than twice as much as Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Photo: Rick Wenner for Barron’s
Henry Schein ’s name might not ring a bell, but the company’s products are ubiquitous. Your dentist probably pulls on a pair of Henry Schein gloves before poking around your molars, and your vet might use Henry Schein software to remind you to bring your dog in for a checkup. Led since 1989 by Stanley Bergman, a grandfatherly, South Africa–born accountant, the medical-products wholesaler has snarfed up market share and grown from a family-run enterprise into a flourishing multinational concern.
Schein’s success has made its stock (ticker: HSIC) one of the century’s best performers. Shares are up 22% a year, on average, since 2000, compared with a gain of 4% in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Since taking the company public in 1995, Bergman has produced a 1,400%-plus return for investors, more than double the performance of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A).
“He has set the tone and culture of a company that has become a model of execution in a competitive marketplace,” says David Francis, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets. “He has done a great job of keeping the company focused on the long term while knocking out the quarter.”
Barron’s caught up with Bergman, 66, at his apartment near the United Nations in Manhattan; it occupies half a floor in a high-rise building, with thrilling views of the city. Yet Bergman, who pads around in stocking feet, is down to earth, despite running a company with 19,000 employees. His home is filled with framed photos of his wife, a pulmonologist, his grown children, and young grandchildren. In the hallway are paintings of South African landscapes and market scenes. Bergman spends half the week in the city and the other half at his home in Long Island near Henry Schein’s Melville, N.Y., headquarters, a no-frills building off the Long Island Expressway.
In April, Bergman signed a three-year contract to extend his tenure as Schein’s CEO. Known for patience, persistence, and affability, he is upbeat about the business of distributing products for dentists, veterinarians, and doctors. “Each one of our businesses is a terrific opportunity,” he says. “The whole theory behind health-care reform and driving better quality care is [avoiding] the noncommunicable diseases through wellness and prevention. If we keep people healthier, they will live longer. All three relate to keeping procedures out of the hospital.”
Bergman’s connection with Schein began in 1978, when his then-employer was tapped to create the company’s information-technology system. Two years later, Jay Schein, a former Wall Street lawyer, became CEO of the dental mail-order supply firm that his parents, Henry and Esther, had founded as a corner drugstore in Queens, N.Y., during the Depression. Schein, who had become a mentor to Bergman, hired the young accountant, and eventually promoted him to chief financial officer.
At the time, the company had a generic-drug division, but the dental products it distributed were especially popular. Dental offices didn’t have lots of space to store supplies: Schein did, and delivered them quickly and reliably. By the late 1980s, it had about 10% of the dental-supply market. In 1989, when Jay Schein died of cancer, Bergman became CEO.
BERGMAN AND HIS TEAM, including Jim Breslawski, now president, swung into action. First, the company spun off its drug unit. Despite its popularity, the supply business was only minimally profitable, Bergman recalls, partly because other distributors had followed Schein’s low-cost, catalog model, and partly because a new IT system had caused distribution snafus the previous year. Schein decided to expand the product line, supplying equipment and service contracts to dentists, along with software to help them with billing and scheduling.
In 1989, Bergman attended a dental show in Germany and walked around handing out business cards. But the dentists already knew Schein because they often visited the U.S. for continuing education. Why not expand internationally? Schein was already in Canada, but in the 1990s an entry into the Netherlands gave the company a foothold in Europe. There, in the absence of a large competitor, Schein expanded rapidly. Next, it entered Australia and New Zealand.
Bergman also decided to reach out to other types of customers. Veterinarians were an easy target; like dentists, they had small offices and were already performing dental services for pets. Physicians were next. Says Bergman: “Our goal is to help practitioners operate a better business, so that they can provide better clinical care.”
In 1996, the year after its initial public offering, Schein earned $19 million on sales of $830 million. Last year, the company earned $501 million, or $5.96 a share, on sales of $10.6 billion; it is expected to earn $6.63 a share in 2016. About 50% of revenue comes from dental, 27% from animal health, 20% from medical, and 3% from technology and value-added services.
Schein has plenty of headroom, given an available market of about $45 billion. It also has many competitors, including Patterson Cos. (PDCO), McKesson (MCK), Idexx Laboratories (IDXX), AmerisourceBergen (ABC), and smaller rivals, but the market is growing fast. The Chinese dental-supplies market is $600 million, 15% of the world market. Schein has several partnerships in China and wants to be the country’s first national distributor of dental supplies.
Acquisitions have been crucial to Schein’s expansion. It has bought 200 companies since 1989, adding markets and new products to sell. The purchase of Dentrix Dental Systems in 1997 got Schein into software for dentists’ offices; a deal for Butler Animal Health in 2010 made the company the largest distributor of supplies for companion animals. This year, Schein acquired Vetstreet, which sends appointment and prescription-renewal reminders to pet owners.
Schein usually knows the company it acquires, often for years, as a competitor or through trade associations. In many cases, it buys a majority stake of 50.1% to 80%, and leaves current management in place. Nearly 20 years after Schein bought Sullivan Dental, Tim Sullivan, son of the firm’s founder, remains. He is now president of Schein’s North American dental group.
Once Schein makes an overture to a target company, the two companies’ leaders meet to ensure the right fit. Says Bergman: “Before we let a person on our team, we have to be sure they can be a DNA carrier or an ambassador of our culture.”
BERGMAN’S SUCCESS at Schein owes in part to his unusual upbringing. His parents fled Germany in 1936 and spoke no English when they arrived in Port Elizabeth, on the southeastern tip of South Africa. Nevertheless, they were warmly welcomed. Apartheid wouldn’t start for another 12 years, and their new neighborhood, South End, was integrated and multiethnic, with emigres from India, Pakistan, and Malaysia. Many families had lived in South End for centuries.
Bergman’s father, Arnold, had been a window dresser; his mother, Ruth, a chiropodist. Within a few years, they founded a small department store called Eric’s Store, named after their business partner. Arnold and Ruth were grateful for their welcome and anxious to give back. Eric’s soon became a center for the community. When a customer’s family lost its breadwinner, for example, Eric’s would ensure that the family had food and clothing.
Ruth was gregarious—she knew the 30 employees and the customers, and their families’ business. A photo of Eric’s hangs in Bergman’s son’s restaurant, E&E Grill House, in New York’s Times Square.
Bergman was born in 1950, a few years after apartheid began. South End remained mostly integrated in those early years. As a youth, Bergman hung out at Eric’s and worked at a summer camp. At Eric’s, he recalls, he learned the value of getting on with people of different backgrounds. At summer camp, he saw that the best leaders were those who got people to play together. Then, in 1968, the South African government forcibly relocated the nonwhite population. After that, says Bergman, the vibrant community of his youth “disintegrated.”
Bergman graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a degree in accounting, and emigrated to the U.S. with his wife, Marion. He got a job as an accountant at a consulting firm, and Marion completed her medical residency. When he met the Scheins, they reminded him of his mother, as they knew everyone at their company. Each month, the Scheins gave employees a gift—Smucker’s jelly, kosher hot dogs, a Thanksgiving turkey, a case of wine. Once, they gave people coats. This resonated with Bergman. “I saw the parallel [with Eric’s],” he says.
An inclusive culture and leadership remain important to Schein. Several of Bergman’s top lieutenants sit on Schein’s board. “If you have a CEO who allows executives to speak, it is obviously very helpful,” says Phil Laskawy, the retired CEO of Ernst & Young and Schein’s lead director. Executives are encouraged to copy one another on e-mails. The firm’s culture is closer to that of a law firm or accountancy.
Today, team-building, employee stock ownership, and other incentives have replaced gift-giving. Employees and managers are urged to identify coaches and mentors. Intensive training to upgrade skills is common. Bergman says he wants people to feel like entrepreneurs even if they work for a big company.
TO ENSURE that the DNA stays intact, potential hires interview with many Schein employees. When Bergman travels to a Schein site, he holds a roundtable discussion for employees. If they have questions he can’t answer, he circles back. Team-building also happens through employee-volunteering projects overseen by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Every year for the past five years, Schein has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute.
Like any successful CEO, Bergman is a hard worker who checks e-mail until well into the night. Like his mother, he combines an excellent memory with good people skills. He tries to meet two or three people every week who have nothing to do with his business. Recently, he met Congresswoman Grace Meng, representing Queens, and Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum.
To be sure, Schein has challenges. It recently settled federal charges that it had falsely advertised the level of encryption in dental software; it is also defending itself in actions against a group of dentists who claim that it fixed prices. Still, the future looks bright. Schein’s businesses are heavily regulated, and recalls can be difficult to execute, which might be why dentists rely on Schein so heavily.
The year before Jay Schein died, a new computer system was installed. It promptly went bust, and it was too late to restore the old software. For 90 days, Schein couldn’t receive or ship goods. It nearly went out of business. Bergman and the senior managers pitched in at the warehouse to fill orders. Eventually, the new system worked properly, and the company survived. “That brought our team together,” says Bergman.
It stuck together even when, a year later, Jay Schein died. “The biggest challenge we have is to make sure our culture adapts,” says Bergman. “I’m very optimistic about the company.”
June 12, 2016
“Hamilton,” an improbable hip-hop musical about America’s first Treasury secretary, completed its rapturous march across America’s awards landscape on Sunday, picking up Broadway’s highest honor: the Tony Award for best new musical. Read more….
June 1, 2016
IT’S OCT. 7, 2015, and the Cavs are hosting the Hawks in Cincinnati. It’s the NBA preseason, a nothing game, really — save for one detail: LeBron James is debuting his new, flashy signature sneaker, the LeBron 13. On this nothing night, the bright yellow shoe is a beacon beaming out to younger hoops fans around the world. It is also something of a dog whistle, visual noise that grandpa Cavs fan won’t notice as his grandson locks in on the sneaker’s flashy side panel, a quirk that looks vaguely like a funhouse mirror view of a propeller blade. Read more…
May 18 2016
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MAY 13, 2016
As brick-and-mortar retail giants struggle to keep their doors open, the root of their problems may lie with a company that isn’t even competing with them for customers at the mall: Amazon.
Retail giants have recently been feeling the heat of competition from the online retailer, which has recently made an aggressive push into apparel and fashion, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a research note Thursday, analysts from Morgan Stanley estimated that Amazon makes up about 7% of the U.S. apparel market, and that figure will increase to 19% by 2020. They also estimate that the online retailer sells more apparel than all U.S. retailers with the exception of Wal-Mart. Read more…
May 14, 2016
If you’ve always dreamed of being Mr. Wonderful from “Shark Tank,” now is your chance.
Starting Monday, new rules will permit anyone, not just the moneyed, to risk $2,000 a year or more investing in small companies in exchange for a stake in the business. Companies can raise up to $1 million a year this way. Read more…
May 4, 2016
The tech that forever changed the way we live, work, and play
Think of the gear you can’t live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV that serves as a portal to binge-watching and -gaming. Each owes its influence to one model that changed the course of technology for good.
It’s those devices we’re recognizing in this list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time.
April 15, 2016
In 2003, as a single mother with a young son, I sold my house to start JBK Associates International, a business that has since become a multimillion-dollar firm. On my path to success as a single working mother, I’ve made thousands of mistakes. Here are three principles that should make your path easier. Read more…
March 30, 2016
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March 25, 2016
You as a cartoon? That’s what Bitstrips Inc.’s app does, slapping customized avatars onto comical sketches designed to be shared on social media.
The messages convey greetings, compliments, inside jokes and Internet memes. They’re the kind of bright, silly items that catch the eye when they pop up on Facebook or in text messages — and they apparently captured the attention of Snapchat Inc. executives in Venice. Read more…
March 29, 2016
March 28, 2016
There’s something about New York that inspires people to come here—and motivates people from here—to pursue their dreams at breakneck speed. The swirling amalgam of energy, power, flavors and scents intersects with the building blocks of business that New York so readily offers: access to talented workers, capital and customers. That magic sauce has created a generation of New Yorkers who are changing the world right here at home. This year’s 40 Under 40 range from a theater producer and a real estate dealmaker to a scientist growing leather in test tubes and a psychiatrist with an app that can improve patient care. They work across every field imaginable, but they all have one thing in common: a burning desire to make things happen quickly. As the inimitable New Yorker Dorothy Parker once said: “New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” So, too, this year’s 40s.—Peter Green Read more…
March 24, 2016
According to a national study released earlier this month that examined the country-wide impact of women-led businesses, the number of women-owned companies grew four times as fast as male-owned businesses over the past five years.
The study also revealed that the number of women-owned companies in New York rose by a massive 65 percent between 2002 and 2012. That’s 45 new businesses every day.
New York’s startup scene is brimming with opportunity, and the city’s rising population of female entrepreneurs are taking note. Exponential increases in invested capital and jobs coupled with New York’s longstanding influence in the media, fashion, retail and beauty industries has created a perfect storm for women entrepreneurs on a local level. As veteran leaders in these fields, and in other industries such as health tech, hospitality tech, fintech and edtech, women are pushing the envelope in New York, and adding new entrepreneurs to the scene at a rapid pace. Read more…
March 23, 2016
In San Francisco, as in most cities, parking is an expensive daily grind that saps the soul. So a year and a half ago, when I discovered the valet-parking app Luxe, the heavens parted, choirs began singing and double rainbows colored the sky. This, I was convinced, could be the next big thing. Read more…
March 10, 2016
Jack Welch is executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute, an online MBA program at Strayer University that transforms the lives of its students by providing them with the tools to become better leaders, build great teams and help their organizations win. Read more…
March 8 2016
Women working in tech have seen their fair share of publicized, unequal treatment, starting with the gender pay gap and ending with a lack of promotions and workplace harassment — Ellen Pao, former Reddit CEO and Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO are only two examples of female Silicon Valley bosses who have been discriminated for their actions because of their gender.
But we are seeing small steps towards improvement, beginning with tech startups themselves. An example is Springwise-featured InHerSight, a crowdsourced website that lets employees contribute anonymous reviews of their company’s treatment of female staff, rating elements such as “wellness initiatives” and “management opportunities for women.” Read More…
March 2, 2016
Eight years ago, I discovered that my daughter was being bullied at her school. As a mum, you think it’s your job to make everything right, and I knew I needed to make this right for my daughter. So I told her, “You will not be going back to that school. I will find the best one ever.” Here in Cambridge, England, we’re lucky to have extraordinary schools, but most are private—and they’re not cheap. In order to send her to another school, I had to step up and find a way to pay for those fees. Read more…
March 4, 2016
I’ve made lots of mistakes. I’ve had a few successes. And all along the way I’ve tried to understand what is it about the sales challenge that is unique to entrepreneurs. And what skill and discipline do they need to bring that idea that they’ve, that passion that they have to the market and win those most difficult set of customers which are the first customers. That’s what I spend my time thinking about.
I’m Craig Wortmann. And I’m a serial entrepreneur and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. As an entrepreneur having sold software all the way to consulting services and run those businesses and then as a professional salesperson having sold multi‑million dollar consulting projects all the way down to $15 books and digital apps, I’ve seen this challenge from a bunch of angles early on in a business. The hardest customers you’re going to win are the first ones. When you don’t have a backstory to tell, you only have your backstory, your story. And how do you bring skill and discipline to the table such that you can succeed and replicate that enthusiasm and passion so it does good for people? That’s what’s exciting about it. Read more…
February 21, 2016
Eight restaurants. Two kitchens. One company. Zero storefronts.That’s the formula one food business has used to make and deliver 7,500 meals a week and generate millions of dollars in revenue.“We’re fulfilling a demand that’s not being filled,” said Peter Schatzberg, 39, a founder and partner of Green Summit Group. “Consumer preferences are changing faster than what others are willing to adapt to.”
The eight brands exist only online, delivering in midtown Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and are a part of a growing food takeout industry dominated by Grubhub. The delivery platform, which includes Seamless, served $2.4 billion of food in 2015 and helped Green Summit grow with a line of financial support. Read more…
February 27, 2016
Anyone who has ever taken to social media to announce a self-improvement project knows that your “friends” cannot be relied upon to hold you accountable. Almost as soon as you proclaim your intention to learn French or cut out carbs, the world moves on, leaving you with only your empty promises and scone crumbs on your shirt.
It’s not so easy to slack if you’re Mark Zuckerberg. Each year, Mr. Zuckerberg, the Facebook co-founder and C.E.O., who is now 31, has made public pledges to improve himself. His efforts have been closely tracked by the press and by users of his globe-spanning social network who seem never to forget his promises despite the Internet’s ability to reset itself every morning in the manner of “Groundhog Day.” Read more…
February 26, 2016
Two summers ago, Jack Bonneau started a lemonade stand to earn some cash. Instead of setting it up on a street corner in his Broomfield, Colo., neighborhood, he and his father, Steve, came up with a more ambitious plan. Jack, then 8, would peddle cups of lemonade at the local farmers’ market throughout the summer.
The strategy was a success. Read more…
February 27, 2016
Before Nathalie Miller decided to walk away from Instacart, the grocery delivery start-up now worth more than $2 billion, she made a spreadsheet to analyze how much money she was leaving on the table.
She had been Instacart’s 20th employee, managing operations during a period of extremely rapid growth, and the sum could have been huge. She quit anyway. Like many strivers in Silicon Valley, she had a bigger plan: to start her own company that could not only make millions, but also fulfill a mission she believed in. Read more…
February 18, 2016
Don’t let Josh Bruno’s charming smile and young age fool you. He may only be 29 years old, but Bruno is a fierce disruptor with a mission to overhaul the senior in-home care industry. Read more…
February 14, 2016
Some New Yorkers squeeze an eighth of a lime into a chilled Corona for a blast of Mexico. Others salivate at the slow cascade of foam on a perfect pint of Guinness or bask in the simplicity of a Miller High Life, no glass.
Pop open any of these—or a Coors Light, Heineken, or Blue Moon, among others—and you’re unwittingly toasting the town’s king of beers, Simon Bergson. Read more…
February 5, 2016
If you do the math, becoming an entrepreneur is insane. The odds of success are tiny; failure is almost guaranteed. To make the leap, you have to be fearless.
Or so I thought. Read more…
February 3, 2016
The cheese grows in Brooklyn.
We mean Junior’s, baker of the velvety, melt-in-your mouth local legend that is its signature cheesecake. Under big-cheese Alan Rosen—the third-generation owner of the family business that has been serving this quintessential New York confection at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues since 1950—Junior’s cheesecake is going national, and beyond. Read more…
February 4, 2016
Imagine if you could become a millionaire. How great would it be to have the money you need to live the lifestyle you have always wanted? Now imagine if you could do this in your 20s?
Even if you think it sounds like a stretch, it is possible to become a millionaire at a young age. I became a millionaire by age 21. My second millionaire student who followed my program became a millionaire by the age of 23. The most impressive part? He did it all by trading penny stocks. It didn’t require years of school or training, just hard work and the right approach. He proved that it is possible. Also please note that these rules can be followed at any age. When followed properly, they can help you become a millionaire sooner than you ever imagined. Here are some steps to follow in order to start your journey towards becoming a millionaire. Read more…
February 5, 2016
Join us in a city near you at Entrepreneur’s Accelerate Your Business event series kicking off Feb 23. View cities and dates »
The longer I’m involved with Codeship, the company I co-founded, and the more entrepreneurs I mentor, the more I’m convinced that people and a great team are the lifeblood of a fast-growing startup. I would even go so far as to say that people are the foundation of every organization, big or small, high-tech startup or huge corporate juggernaut. Read more…
January 22, 2016
Finance is about more than just money and numbers. Bill builds a strategic “Finance Pyramid” to help you understand how finance underpins your goals and strategies. Through eight critical lessons Bill provides you with the tools of finance you’ll need to monitor and understand your company’s operating metrics, and, ultimately, help you turn your vision into reality. Read more…
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December 1, 2015
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby name, Saint, isn’t all that original — someone else already came up with it, and owns it on the Internet … but is willing to strike a deal with mom and dad.
Saint West Filmworks is based out of San Diego and, of course, owns the domain SaintWest.com and ALL multimedia rights to the name as well. Read more…
December 1, 2015
Photo Illustration by Josh Raab for TIME
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November 30, 2015
A handful of Silicon Valley-backed startups are looking to revolutionize lending in the developing world, where banks are scarce and many would-be borrowers have no credit history.
Their strategy: Show me your smartphone, and my app will find out how creditworthy you are.
Smartphones can dramatically reduce the cost of lending, experts say, because the apps they run generate huge amounts of data—texts, emails, GPS coordinates, social-media posts, retail receipts, and so on—indicating thousands of subtle patterns of behavior that correlate with repayment or default.
Even obscure variables such as how frequently a user recharges the phone’s battery, how many incoming text messages they receive, how many miles they travel in a given day or how they enter contacts into their phone—the decision to add last name correlates with creditworthiness—can bear on a decision to extend credit. Read more…
November 27, 2015
New York’s millennials hardly lack entrepreneurial energy. Crain’s inaugural 20 Under 20 celebrates the city’s youngest business brains who are taking full advantage of their parent-subsidized living arrangements and the technology that has made it easier than ever to raise capital, find customers and form a company, or simply launch a career. These young New Yorkers have overcome skeptics by mastering skills, networking on Facebook and LinkedIn, raising money on Kickstarter, giving TED talks and appearing on Shark Tank. Read more….
November 23, 2015
10. Light L16
Even as smartphones largely replace point-and-shoot cameras, there’s plenty of interesting experimentation happening in photography. One example is the Light L16 camera, a futuristic-looking shooter that’s really 16 separate cameras in one. For each image, the L16 uses up to 10 of its lenses at once, then blends those shots into a high-quality amalgamation. Shooters can also adjust the depth of field of their image after it was taken, impossible with most cameras. Read more….
November 17, 2015
In a sign that landlords and food cart operators really can coexist, Manhattan real estate firm Fisher Brothers has joined an investment round for food-cart startup Move Systems. In addition, Partner Winston Fisher has joined the startup’s board.
Long Island City-based Move declined to give a dollar-figure for the financing round, which will be announced Tuesday, except to say that it was in the seven-figures. The money will allow Move to speed up deployment of the carts it has developed, which use natural gas in addition to solar power and can be plugged into the grid by way of a “pedestal” device that the company also provides. The carts feature a restaurant-grade kitchen, a uniform, and streamlined design, and they are safer than traditional food carts, which use propane for cooking. Read more…
November 19, 2015
Every year, TIME picks the 25 best inventions of the year. Here are five of our favorites.
To see the full list of the 25 Best Inventions of 2015, click below…
November 19, 2015
Herzliya, Israel – Entrepreneurship wasn’t invented here, but it is flourishing in a nation with fewer people than the state of Michigan.
Israeli universities teach it. The news media covers it. The government supports it. And venture capital and private equity firms in Israel and abroad want to invest in it, hoping to score the next big hit in an entrepreneurial eco-system that is unique and fairly common at the same time. Read more…
November 19, 2015
With a new study showing women entrepreneurs struggling compared with their male counterparts, the city will launch a program Thursday to give female small-business owners a boost from the city.
The $2 million effort will offer free money-management courses, mentorship, networking events and a website for resources available to women who own businesses. Most services will launch in the spring. Read more…
November 11, 2015
Celebrity chefs and other food maestros who oversee four- and five-star restaurants are a discerning and confident lot who typically don’t like anyone outside interfering with — let alone offering advice on — how they buy ingredients for their menus.
So when two entrepreneurs from the upstart Dine Market approached some of them with a new technology they said could save restaurants tens of thousands, or even millions, of dollars a year, the chefs were more than a little skeptical. Read more..
November 2, 2015
These days, meetups and networking events pop up on every street corner in every city. This is great for entrepreneurs who are encouraged to get out there, meet people and find new customers and fans. But how do you actually close a deal at one of these events?
How do you make sure you’re not wasting your time? Read more…
October 30, 2015
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October 28, 2015
When Payam Tabibian, who is known as Peter, sketched his idea for a hamburger restaurant name and logo on a napkin a decade ago, he never thought that his distinctive Z-Burger trademark would be at the center of a legal fight.
He registered the 1950s-style red, white and yellow logo in 2007, before he even opened his first fast-food restaurant the next year in a reviving Washington neighborhood. Mr. Tabibian, 42, who immigrated to the United States from Iran as a fifth grader in 1982, had operated a vending-machine business and sold neckties from the trunk of his car, but he was always passionate about marketing hamburgers. Read more…
October 30, 2015
Entrepreneurs raising money through crowdfunding campaigns have typically rewarded their backers with early access to products and with tchotchkes like T-shirts and coffee mugs.
But under new rules adopted Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, they will be able to offer a prize that could be more lucrative: an equity stake in their business. Read more…
October 20, 2015
For many New Yorkers, the Bronx still conjures images of mayhem and poverty. But the entrepreneurs who operate out of the borough want the world to know that times have changed, even if attitudes haven’t. “I’ve been in the Bronx 40 years,” said John Mullane, president of art handler Transcon International. “I’ve seen it burned down and I’ve seen it come back up.”
He said the borough is undervalued and undersold, and that an upside awaits those who work or invest there—if only more would work and invest there. That concern was echoed by two dozen other Bronx entrepreneurs during a recent visit to Boricua College for an on-the-record discussion with Crain’s reporters and editors. Read more…
October 12, 2015
Amazon stepped into the handcrafted-goods ring on Thursday, opening an arts-and-crafts bazaar online that squarely takes aim at a niche but growing market dominated by the Brooklyn-based Etsy. Read more…
October 12, 2015
To arrive at our annual ranking of the fastest growing New York businesses, we looked at companies with $10 million or more in revenue and measured their three-year annualized growth rate. We partnered with the accounting firm Anchin Block & Anchin to verify the financial documents submitted by companies. This year’s results show how advertising tech firms are fueling the economy. Read more…
September 19, 2015
Entrepreneurs who have built companies that touch multiple generations share what they have learned along the way.
1. Behind every successful leader is a skilled management team.
The founder of the bow-tie line Mo’s Bows is a charismatic salesman with an intuitive eye for fashion. He’s also 13.
“He does have a C.E.O. of Mo, and that’s mama,” says Tramica Morris. “Mama makes the decisions.” Read more…
September 1, 2015
Heartfelt, the Special Reindeer is a holiday book for kids young enough to still believe in Santa. Heartfelt is not only a “special” reindeer with the magical ability to look into people’s hearts and know what their most heartfelt wish is, she is also a “special needs” reindeer, whose two very short rear legs make her back slope very badly. But, for it all, she’s a very strong flyer.
Heartfelt is one of Santa’s “backup reindeer”—kinda like a spare tire, a substitute in case one of the regulars is unable to make the trip. Her own most heartfelt wish is be one of the team who fly Santa’s sleigh across the world on Christmas Eve.
Santa is very unhappy this year. Not a single “Ho-ho-ho.” What’s upsetting him? It all has to do with a little boy named James, who hasn’t sent Santa his Christmas list.
Can Heartfelt help? Can she solve Santa’s problem, help James get his most heartfelt wish…and what about her own most heartfelt wish? Will she ever get to join Santa’s team?
Heartfelt, the Special Reindeer is a wonderful story for all who still believe in the magic of Christmas…and in happy endings.
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July 20, 2015
Zhou Qunfei is the world’s richest self-made woman. Ms. Zhou, the founder of Lens Technology, owns a $27 million estate in Hong Kong. She jets off to Silicon Valley and Seoul, South Korea, to court executives at Apple and Samsung, her two biggest customers. She has played host to President Xi Jinping of China, when he visited her company’s headquarters.
But she seems most at home pacing the floor of her state-of-the-art factory, tinkering. Read more…
May 13, 2015
I had the privilege of being asked to serve as a judge for this year’s Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
Two thousand undergraduate students from 38 countries competed for a $20,000 cash prize and access to the EO’s global network of 10,000+ business owners worldwide, narrowed down to six finalists. In addition to being full-time students, they pursued their entrepreneurial ventures full-time as well, traveling around the world to refine their pitches and raise funding for their products and services. Read more…
May 12, 2015
The climb to the top can be tough going — for anyone.
But as women, there are particular hurdles that can make the journey upward toward positions of power and influence — in myriad spheres — especially challenging.
Here, in 50 inspiring quotes, businesswomen, role models, activists, entertainers, authors, politicians and more share their thoughts on leadership and success — and what exactly those mean to them. Read more…
May 11, 2015
Entrepreneurship is, in many ways, about achieving independence. You won’t have a boss anymore. You won’t have a network of supervisors and coworkers to set your schedule or monitor your success. Instead, you’ll become a master of your own destiny, and you’ll become accountable only to yourself for your ongoing actions.
That independence can also be a curse, however. The fact of the matter is that even though entrepreneurship is an independent act, the most successful entrepreneurs in the world only got to where they are because of the help they received from the people around them. You’ll be making your own decisions and carving your own path, but if you want to be as effective and as impactful as possible, you’ll have to rely on a few types of people to help get you there. Read more…
May 12, 2015
Creativity may be in more demand than ever. With the rapid rise of the internet economy, creatives have begun to make unique work opportunities for themselves. Online entrepreneurs are making things up as they go because the commerce and industry we experience today is still a new frontier.
U.S. jobs and contract positions are now easily outsourced to overseas locations where the cost of living is less. The low wages paid to virtual workers edge out the chance of Westerners competing with those prices. These overseas workers are highly skilled and educated, and often don’t possess the entitled attitude that many of us do in the U.S., so they are appreciated and sought after.
May 4, 2015
You know forming meaningful relationships with the right people has a direct impact on the success of your business. And that’s great news — if you were born with an outgoing personality.
But what if you consider yourself to be more of an introvert? Is your business doomed? Read more…
May 4, 2015
With every tweet, Instagram photo and Facebook post, the digital world is becoming a far more cluttered space. In turn, customers are cutting to the chase and going straight to trusted sources to get to the bottom of things: new trends, innovative ideas and trusted advice on what to buy. The power of influencer marketing is strong and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But the question remains – how can you, as a business, cut through this digital clutter and straight into the arms of the right influencer partnerships?
In line with this, here are five tips to cut through the clutter and kick off your influencer marketing efforts – PRONTO! Read more…
April 28, 2015
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Simon Stephens
Producers: Stuart Thompson, Tim Levy for NT America, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Nick Starr & Chris Harper for NT Productions, Bob Boyett, Roger Berlind, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Glass Half Full Productions, Ruth Hendel, Jon B. Platt, Prime Number Group, Scott Rudin, Triple Play Broadway, The Shubert Organization, The National Theatre
Author: Ayad Akhtar
Producers: The Araca Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Jenifer Evans, Amanda Watkins, Richard Winkler, Rodger Hess, Stephanie P. McClelland, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Jessica Genick, Jonathan Reinis, Carl Levin/Ashley De Simone/TNTDynaMite Productions, Alden Bergson/Rachel Weinstein, Greenleaf Productions, Darren DeVerna/Jere Harris, The Shubert Organization, The David Merrick Arts Foundation
Hand to God
Author: Robert Askins
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Broadway Global Ventures, CMC, Morris Berchard, Mariano V. Tolentino, Jr., Stephanie Kramer, LAMS Productions, DeSimone/Winkler, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Timothy Laczynski, Lily Fan, Ayal Miodovnik, Jam Theatricals, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Co-Authors: Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis & Nick Salmon for Playfull Productions UK, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Jam Theatricals, Ron Kastner, Kyodo Tokyo, Inc., Tulchin Bartner Productions, WLE MSG, Jane Bergère, Scott M. Delman, Rebecca Gold, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Kit Seidel, Triple Play Productions, Gabrielle Palitz, Georgia Gatti, Jessica Genick, Will Trice, The Shubert Organization, The Royal Shakespeare Company
An American in Paris
Producers: Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Stephanie McClelland, Darren Bagert, Carole L. Haber, James Nederlander, Five Cent Productions, Michael Leavitt, Apples and Oranges Studios/Dominion Pictures, Roger Berlind/Arch Road, Simone Genatt Haft/Marc Routh, Triptyk Studios/Spencer Ross, Ed Walson/Peter May, Adam Zotovich/Celia Atkin, Eugene Beard/Julie Boardman/Kalish-Weinstein, Stuart Ditsky/Jim Herbert/Sandy Robertson, Suzanne Friedman/Independent Presenters Network/Wonderful Productions, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust/Jenkins-Taylor/Proctors, Harriet Newman Leve/Jane Dubin/Sarabeth Grossman, Caiola Productions/Jennifer Isaacson/Raise the Curtain, Elephant Eye Theatrical & Pittsburgh CLO, Théâtre du Châtelet
Producers: Fox Theatricals, Barbara Whitman, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Tom Casserly, Paula Marie Black, Latitude Link, Terry Schnuck/Jack Lane, The Forstalls, Nathan Vernon, Mint Theatrical, Elizabeth Armstrong, Jam Theatricals, Delman Whitney, Kristin Caskey & Mike Isaacson, The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Patrick Willingham
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Broadway Global Ventures, CMC, Mastro/Goodman, Jerry & Ronald Frankel, Morris Berchard, Kyodo Tokyo Inc., Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag, LAMS Productions, Winkler/DeSimone, Timothy Laczynski, Dan Markley, Harris/Karmazin, Jam Theatricals, Robert Greenblatt, Jujamcyn Theaters
Producers: Tom Kirdahy, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes, Peter Stern, Judith Ann Abrams, Rich Affannato, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Bharat Mitra & Bhavani Lev, Peter May, Ted Snowdon, Bruno Wang Productions, Taylor Cleghorn, Sandi Moran, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Blodgett Calvin Family, Gabrielle Palitz/Weatherby & Fishman LLC, Marguerite Hoffman/Jeremy Youett, Carlos Arana, Veenerick & Katherine Vos Van Liempt, 42nd.Club/Silva Theatrical, Kate Cannova/Terry Loftis, The Shubert Organization, Williamstown Theatre Festival
Best Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man
Producers: James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Roger Berlind, Caiola Productions, Patrick Catullo, Roy Furman, Larry Hirschhorn, Jeffrey Finn Productions, Van Kaplan, Edward M. Kaufmann, Hal Luftig, Arielle Tepper Madover, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, The Shubert Organization, Douglas Smith, Jonathan M. Tisch, WLE MSG, LLC., Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Williamstown Theatre Festival
Producers: Robert Fox, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Roy Furman, Jon B. Platt, The Shubert Organization, Stephanie P. McClelland, Catherine Adler, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Heni Koenigsberg, Spring Sirkin, Stuart Thompson, True Love Productions, The Araca Group, Carlos Arana, David Mirvish, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson
This Is Our Youth
Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Jon B. Platt, Roy Furman, The Shubert Organization, Ruth Hendel, Scott M. Delman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sonia Friedman, Tulchin Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Catherine & Fred Adler, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
You Can’t Take It with You
Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Dominion Pictures, Gutterman & Winkler, Daryl Roth, Terry Schnuck, Jane Bergère, Caiola Productions, Rebecca Gold, Laruffa & Hinderliter, Larry Magid, Gabrielle Palitz, Spisto & Kierstead, SunnySpot Productions, Venuworks Theatricals, Jessica Genick, Will Trice, Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers
Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Adam Siegel, Hattie K. Jutagir, Ambassador Theatre Group
On the Town
Producers: Howard and Janet Kagan, Severn Partners Entertainment, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, Paula Marie Black, Nigel Lythgoe, Michael J. Moritz,, Jr., Mahoney/Alden/Badway, Ambassador Theatre Group, Margie and Bryan Weingarten, Kim Schall, Michael Rubenstein, Terry/Louise/Chris Lingner, Brunish & Trinchero, Stephanie Rosenberg, Laruffa & Hinderliter, Rubinstein/Handleman, Lizbeth Bintz, Riki Kane Larimer, 24 Hour Adventure Production, A&A Gordon, Matt Ross/Ben Feldman/Pamela Cooper, Barrington Stage Company
On the Twentieth Century
Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers
Best Book of a Musical
An American in Paris
Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Music: Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics: Lisa Kron
The Last Ship
Music & Lyrics: Sting
Music & Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It with You
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home
Best Costume Design of a Play
Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It with You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit
Best Direction of a Play
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship
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Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
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Tony Nominations by Production
An American in Paris – 12
Fun Home – 12
Something Rotten! – 10
The King and I – 9
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two – 8
Skylight – 7
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 6
Hand to God – 5
On the Twentieth Century – 5
The Visit – 5
You Can’t Take It with You – 5
Airline Highway – 4
The Elephant Man – 4
On the Town – 4
The Audience – 3
The Last Ship – 2
Constellations – 1
Disgraced – 1
Gigi – 1
The Heidi Chronicles – 1
It’s Only a Play – 1
This Is Our Youth – 1
April 28, 2015
Fund summer research and creativity
The Binghamton University Undergraduate Research Center offers the Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship to support undergraduates in special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer. Read more…
April 25, 2015
New York Business Plan Competition The Premier Collegiate Contest The SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), University at Albany’s School of Business, and Syracuse University will host the sixth annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) on April 24, 2015 in Albany, NY. Read more…
April 25, 2015
Kauffman Founders School
Close The Deal: Ask These Three QuestionsClose Deals Quicker: 3 Strategies to Make the Most of Your Conversations
Entrepreneurs have very little time to waste. Learn how to maximize the productivity of every conversation you have. In this video, Craig Wortmann highlights three strategies to have “impact conversations”. His third strategy will help you qualify properly in order to seal a deal with efficiency. Read more….
April 20, 2015
Let me know if this story sounds familiar.
You just came up with a business idea. You spent four hours thinking about a catchy business name. You spent two hours coming up with a tag line.
You spent $500 to have four logos made. You spent three hours asking your friends to choose their favorite. You spent two hours figuring out why none of your friends liked the same logo as you. Read more…
April 15, 2015
Here’s a secret for budding entrepreneurs using crowdfunding platforms to finance their projects: It pays to go back for seconds.
Consider the success rates on Kickstarter, the New York-based online platform where users make contributions on projects in exchange for rewards, like an early version of the product. Read more…
April 16, 2015
King of comedy
When I called Lorne Michaels to talk about writing this piece, he mentioned that he’d been in the TIME 100 once before, in 2008. And I wondered, Who could TIME have chosen in between as having more influence in comedy? Read more…
April 14, 2015
While society innovates, our K-12 schools have remained stagnant. As a result, they are not graduating the doers, makers and cutting-edge thinkers the world needs. Certainly, some public and private schools are modernizing — having students work in groups to solve problems, learn online and integrate science with the arts. But most institutions do not teach what should be the centerpiece of a contemporary education: entrepreneurship, the capacity to not only start companies but also to think creatively and ambitiously. Read more…
April 15, 2015
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April 13, 2015
Creating a strong brand in the eyes of your audience can be the difference between building your business to unimaginable heights, or sinking your ship before you even get started. Read more…
April 13, 2015
In his upcoming series on Founders School, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Jeff Bussgang offers advice on how to stand out to an investor and how to negotiate a deal once you’ve sparked interest. See more…
April 12, 2015
The Kauffman Foundation, in collaboration with the founders of Strategyzer – the makers of the best-selling book Business Model Generation and the inventors of the breakthrough Business Model Canvas methodology – developed the animated, short videos to boost executives’ and entrepreneurs’ chances of success in their search for a scalable and profitable business model. Read more..
April 1, 2015
When a young Boston entrepreneur sought half-a-million dollars to launch his startup last fall, he turned his back on today’s usual tactics, such as selling equity stakes or issuing convertible notes.
Instead, Vinayak Ranade opted to use a largely untested way for entrepreneurs to raise funds known as a Simple Agreement for Future Equity. Read more…
April 3, 2015
In order to achieve success, you need to adopt the habits that will drive you to the top. Successful people strongly believe in something and are driven to manifest it. Their path is so strong that it keeps them true to their ideas and principles, despite the inevitable times of adversity and disagreements. Read more…
March 13, 2015
Every entrepreneur knows that the success of their business ultimately rests on their shoulders. Yes, the product you build and the team you hire are important, but your ability to lead is what carries your company.
With that kind of pressure, it’s easy to feel stressed, lonely and overwhelmed at times. Every great leader has faced a challenge that defined their greatness, which is why we often turn to their advice when needed. Read more….
March 4, 2015
Restaurateur Danny Meyer has been reinventing foods Americans know and love for more than 30 years.
He recently went public with an IPO for his burger joint, Shake Shack, and now has turned his attention toward pizza, taking the humble pie to a whole new level, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Axlerod.
The dishes on offer at Meyer’s new venture, “Marta,” are not your father’s pizza, and certainly not your grandmother’s. Read more…
April 3, 2015
Showrooming—the practice of shoppers using retail stores to discover products they’d like to buy, then completing their purchases online where they can find better deals—is often cited as a concern of physical retailers. With an enticing mix of low prices, breadth of selection, and convenience, online retailers attract shoppers in ways that brick-and-mortar stores struggle to compete with. Read more…
March 25, 2015
From his spot in the control room at Tono Studios, Jaime Zapata has a window into the growing influence, and nuance, of the Hispanic market. In the last month, his Santa Monica, Calif., commercial audio company has brought sound to advertisements for such organizations as Alaska Airlines, Acura, the Humane Society and Universal Studios. All of these spots are in Spanish. Read more…
March 20, 2015
Arguments aren’t logical. To win them, you have to understand people.
We’ve scoured the research and compiled the following science-backed tactics that will help you win any argument. Read more…
March 11, 2015
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March 11, 2015
What is needed to successfully start a new business? Most people think it’s all about the initial idea or the founding team. And while those don’t hurt, few great companies grew simply because of those elements.
There is one attribute, however, that is present in all successful new ventures and the entrepreneurs who launch them: Persistence. Read more..
March 10, 2015
In his book No B.S. Marketing to the Affluent, business coach and consultant Dan S. Kennedy shows you how to re-position your business, practice, or sales career so you can learn how to attract customers for whom price is not a determining factor. In this edited excerpt, guest authors Nick Nanton and J.W. Dicks explain the why and hows of using a good story to sell your products and services to your affluent target market. Read more…
March 9, 2015
Daymond John, the founder of fashion brand FUBU and an investor on reality television show Shark Tank, sits down with Behind the Brand host Bryan Elliott to discuss his background and business philosophy. Raised in Queens, N.Y., John became frustrated in the 1980s that designers weren’t making clothes for the inner-city kids who loved rap music. He made 10 FUBU T-shirts and persuaded hip-hop artists such as LL Cool J to wear them in their music videos. After showcasing them in 40 videos, “people thought I was this huge company, when I was a waiter at Red Lobster with 10 T-shirts in my basement,”
John says. Click below to view video….
March 9, 2015
In this series, Anita Newton develops the Quad Marketing Framework. This approach to building a marketing strategy ensures that you begin from a strong foundation that consists of customer understanding and your own value proposition, and walks you through the steps you need to take to develop, execute, and evaluate your own sound marketing strategy. Click below to view…
March 9, 2015
Marty Gindi found the job market unwelcoming to a man his age. David Klein was looking for a little career reinvention. Michael Isaacman was fed up with an industry obsessed by “how cheap you can make it.”
These are just three of the many who have taken what may seem like an especially treacherous leap—starting a business after turning 50. They, and others like them, are defying accepted wisdom that founders, especially those in tech, need to be barely old enough to drink. Or that, as the then-56-year-old venture capitalist Vinod Khosla famously told an audience a few years ago, people under 35 “make change happen” while those over 45 “basically die in terms of new ideas.” Read more…
March 5, 2015
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March 4, 2015
Internet companies have been trying desperately for years to court people like Isaac Gonzalez to use their services.
He is 34 years old, married, a father and a well-regarded leader of his neighborhood association in Sacramento. Local government officials and business owners know who he is. When Mr. Gonzalez weighs in on local issues, his neighbors listen.
And Mr. Gonzalez’s opinions and recommendations are exactly what Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based social networking start-up, believes will be the key to expanding its network’s reach and opening a trove of revenue from local businesses and service providers. Read more…
March 4, 2015
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March 4, 2015
They say there’s no better investment than New York City real estate. While Douglas Elliman chairman Howard Lorber probably agrees with that, he’d add something to that list: hot dogs.
Lorber, who is also the executive chairman of Nathan’s Famous, is earning $25 million from a special dividend, being issued after the hot dog company’s shares more than doubled over the last two years, according to Crain’s. Read more…
March 2, 2015
Incubators are often thought of by public officials as a helpful way to encourage startups and emerging entrepreneurs. But are they effective? After examining more than 35 academic articles, including a review paper that systematically examined 38 studies, I found some key takeaways from the literature that show incubators might not prove more effective at creating successful businesses than unincubated businesses. Read more…
March 2, 2015
Even before ever starting my own business, I knew I wasn’t going to make it working for someone else. Did you ever have that feeling?
Of course you did.
More than anything, I wanted the freedom to determine the parameters of my working life, and not to have it dictated from a “boss.”
Whether you’re an entrepreneur already or still getting there, nothing should stop you from going after your vision. It took a lot of work to figure out mine — inspiring 100 million people to make a living doing what they love full time. Read more…
February 27, 2015
Investors are sweet on Nasty Gal Inc., with the fashion company raising another $16 million to bankroll its continued growth.
Known for its edgy style picks–crochet rompers and sheer mesh heels are among its best sellers–the startup has grown into something of a millennial sensation since Sophia Amoruso founded it in 2006. Read more…
February 27, 2015
This week, when it looked like the deep freeze would never end, fashion boutique owner Jessie Goldenberg made a brilliant move: She drove her entire business to Tampa.
When your store is on wheels, you can do that. Read more…
February 22, 2015
When Melissa Ben-Ishay was fired from her New York City advertising job in June 2008—amid the recession—she went home and baked some cupcakes.
It was the best decision she ever made, she says.
Within a week, and with some help from her brother, she had a new job: president and chief product officer of Baked by Melissa, her own cupcake business. Read more…
February 23, 2015
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February 20, 2015
Ever since he was a child, Rodney Foster has coveted all things Bentley.
He bought a Continental Flying Spur seven years ago, in cypress green with honey-colored leather seats. And then, last year, he acquired another Bentley item with hints of wood and leather.
That last purchase wasn’t a car. Mr. Foster bought 3.4 ounces of Bentley cologne online for $89, to perfume his vehicle as well as himself. Read more…
As recognition of entrepreneurship as a key economic driver grows, so does interest in understanding the field from a research perspective. For journalists, researchers, policy experts and others interested in entrepreneurship, however, finding the most current research on the topic is no easy task.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today launched StateoftheField.org to provide easy access to potentially massive amounts of information related to all aspects of entrepreneurship research. This custom-built tool provides an up-to-date single resource for anyone seeking the most current data on entrepreneurship topics. Read more…
In the late 1990s, Ty Warner, creator of the wildly popular Beanie Babies series of plush toys, had a 370,000-square-foot warehouse filled with his beloved collectible animals for kids. All told, the merchandise there represented “more than $100 million worth of product.” Read more…
February 18, 2015
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February 18, 2015
Imagine conducting your business entirely with handwritten communication. (Now shudder.) Digital is much more convenient, but print media can be essential in running a company that solely exists online.
Wait, isn’t print marketing largely on its deathbed? Wouldn’t the likely clientele of a digital company be most responsive to digital advertising channels? Read more…
February 18, 2015
LOS ANGELES — How many smartwatches could Apple sell this year?
A new research report Tuesday pegged as many as 20 million in the first year. CCS Insight says this will make the Apple Watch, out in April, “the most successful smartwatch ever. Read more…
February 17, 2015
In their book Write Your Business Plan, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors explain how to use the projections in your business plan as guideposts as you move forward. Read more…
February 16, 2015
Less than one-third of businesses worldwide are owned or managed by women, a new study by the International Labor Organization (ILO) found. In addition, from the nearly 200 countries in the world, only three countries’ businesses have a majority of women managers: Jamaica (60 percent), Colombia (53 percent), and Saint Lucia (52 percent). This is despite the fact that more and more women are entering the workplace and seeking higher education globally. Read more…
February 11, 2015
As the largest generation in American history transitions toward traditional retirement ages, what effect will it have on entrepreneurship?
Will Baby Boomers continue to start businesses into their 70s and 80s?
Will Boomer entrepreneurs transition their businesses to the next generation?
Where and how will they deploy their wealth in support of new entrepreneurship? Read more…
February 11, 2015
If you start a crowdfunding campaign, don’t be surprised when you start getting solicited by email from people who want to help you crowdfund successfully. Are these potential donors? Fans of your project who want to help you spread the word because they love what you are doing? Writers or bloggers who could take your campaign to viral status through their vast readership? Read more…
February 11, 2015
Activity trackers. Calorie counters. Phones with heart monitors.
Technology companies are clearly fascinated with fitness and health these days.
As technology starts pushing us to be healthier and fitter, some apps are even trying to replace the personal trainer or the gym entirely. Read more…
February 10, 2015
Uber is the most valuable private tech company in the world right now.
In January, the company worked out a $1.6 billion convertible-debt round with Goldman Sachs, bringing the total amount of money Uber has raised since its 2010 launch to more than $4 billion and valuing the company at more than $41 billion.
But Uber isn’t infallible. The company has competitors, it’s working through regulatory battles, and it relies on independent contractors. So we decided to look at some of the nightmare scenarios Uber could potentially find itself facing in the future. Read more…
February 1, 2015
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January 28, 2015
Nearly as long as there have been coffee shops and carwashes, all manner of businesses have handed out buy-10-get-one-free punch cards and hoped to reap the rewards of this simplest of loyalty marketing campaigns. But a new day is dawning.
Smartphones and loyalty apps have begun offering small businesses enhanced program features and automated administration capabilities once affordable only to large companies like airlines and hotel chains. These capabilities also offer the equivalent of a real-world psychology lab for easily evaluating the effects of offerings and incentives on customer loyalty. Read more…
February 3 2015
Valentine’s Day Sales Lower Than Last Year
People are planning to lavish attention on their loved ones this Valentine’s Day, although they won’t be spending much more than last year. In 2014, Valentine’s Day is estimated to contribute around $17.3 billion to the economy, according to the National Retail Federation. This is lower than the $18.6 billion estimate for last year, and even lower than the $17.6 billion they spent on Valentine’s Day 2012. That’s because only 54% of Americans are even bothering to celebrate it this year, compared to 60% last year. Read more…
February 3, 2015
The odds were stacked against Donnie Wahlberg from the start.
The eighth of nine children, he came up hard and poor on the streets of Dorchester, a gritty, working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Boston. Alcoholism and a bent for self-destruction plagued his tight-knit family. They scraped by on food stamps and the leftover milk and cereal Wahlberg’s Teamster trucker father delivered daily to Boston public schools. When they got sick, they sucked it up. Doctor visits were a luxury they couldn’t often afford.
Fast forward to today and the New Kids founder has come a hell of a long way from the block. Read more…
February 1, 2015
When John Hofford, a 27-year-old digital media specialist, wanted to straighten his teeth, he wanted invisible plastic aligners that would correct his crowding, instead of conspicuous metal braces. But he couldn’t afford the clear aligners sold at his local orthodontist in Atlanta.
So in September, he paid $124.95 for a kit to take his dental impressions at home. After watching a how-to video, he mixed putty, put it in mouth-guard-type trays and took impressions of his upper and lower teeth, which he mailed back to be turned into a three-dimensional model. Read more…
January 31, 2015
The Super Bowl isn’t until Sunday night, but you don’t have to wait to watch one of the most enjoyable part of the event, a.k.a. the ads. Companies including Budweiser and T-Mobile have released their spots ahead of the game—and whether they star adorable puppies or Kim Kardashian, they are pretty entertaining. TIME has compiled a list of the Super Bowl ads and teasers that you can watch ahead of the game. Companies spent upwards of $4.5 million for a 30-second slot. Watch here…
January 30, 2015
MADRID — When Jordan Casey took to the stage to present his technology business, he jumped onto the platform rather than walking up the access ramp.
Entrepreneurial energy? Yes, but also adolescent enthusiasm.
Mr. Casey, keynote speaker at a conference here this past week on European youth in business, turned 15 in November. He has often been reported to be Europe’s youngest chief executive, a status that among other honors has won him invitations to meet European Union economic officials in Brussels. Read more…
January 29, 2015
You’d be hard pressed to find an entrepreneur who wakes up every morning, heads to the office, sits at his or her desk and contemplates how they can disappear from the insanity, go around unnoticed and ultimately create forgetful products and services.
On the contrary, the most successful entrepreneurs have an insatiable appetite for doing and saying things that place them at the center of a conversation (dare I say “attention”), and they thrive on the ups and downs of starting and growing a business. What’s more, they live and breathe to create companies and experiences that people — customers, media and the general public — will remember. Read more…
January 27, 2015
When Daniel Sullivan, founder of beverage line TumericAlive, needed a $35,000 loan for an automatic filling machine at his Long Island City, Queens, bottling plant, he didn’t turn to a bank. Instead, he borrowed the money from Whole Foods, which carries his drinks, made with organic turmeric root, throughout stores in the Northeast. The supermarket chain lends small vendors money through its fast-growing Local Producer Loan Program, or LPLP, which was launched in 2007 and has recently seen rapid growth.
TumericAlive, a Manhattan-based firm with 20 employees, is now a national vendor to Whole Foods. Sales in 2014 were triple what they were in 2013, according to Mr. Sullivan, who declined to share the firm’s revenue. The loan, which he secured three years ago, was key, he said. “It was important, not just because of the cash but because it created a strong partnership with Whole Foods.” Read more..,
January 26, 2015
How much should company founders pay themselves?
It’s a thorny question that touches on many aspects of the startup experience, such as doing right by investors and throwing everything you have into a fledgling business with the promise of a big payoff down the road.
For insights into the question of salary, we turned to The Accelerators, the startup mentors who discuss launching businesses at blogs.wsj.com/accelerators. Below are edited excerpts of their essays. You can read their full answers, and more responses, online. Read more…
January 21, 2015
There are no shortcuts in business. In order to be successful there are some things that you must know. These are not all of them by a long shot, but in my humble opinion, they are six of the most important: Read more…
January 21, 2015
Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners.
Most successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and share similar basic characteristics. Hundreds of online articles and published books claim to know the secret of success in business, but for the most part, they boil down to the same major points. Read more…
January 16, 2015
Think you need an MBA in order to be a successful entrepreneur? Think again. There are many aspects to founding a successful business, and a foundation based on “business” (which is highly subjective) is just one of them. In fact, almost any degree you can imagine can bolster small business success if you look at it from the right angle. Read more…
January 12, 2015
Whether it’s saving more money, eating healthier or spending more time with family, now is a time for making changes to improve upon our happiness. This applies to businesses too.
As we settle into 2015, it’s the perfect time for small-business owners to reevalute old processes and implement new ideas for a happier and more productive year ahead. Here are four goals that every small business owner should set this year: Read more…
January 8, 2015
LOS ANGELES—A couple of days each week, after dropping off her two toddlers at day care, Leah Ferrazzani hauls a commercial-grade extruder into her kitchen and gets to work shaping and cutting organic pasta. She then carefully dries it on racks in what used to be the family’s laundry room. Read more..
January 2, 2015
Every entrepreneur I know can’t find enough hours in a day to do the good things they want, and yet they often find themselves saying yes to new requests. Perhaps because they are optimists by nature, or they just hate to disappoint others, they end up hurting their health, credibility and effectiveness by not being able to deliver on everything they promise. Read more…
January 3, 2015
Across the U.S., business schools are ramping up entrepreneurship programming, as students pursue dreams of lucrative innovation, and startup glory.
(Poets&Quants) — On their Kickstarter video, Columbia Business School MBA candidates Connor Wilson and Nolan Walsh stand in a room where a group of male and female models cavorts around a pile of boots and shoes as they shower dollar bills upon it. “Welcome to the world of fast fashion,” Walsh says. “Models, celebrities, and huge advertising budgets, all designed to sell us inferior products that wear out quickly.” Read more…
December 24, 2014
Desperate to save his family’s business during the recession in 2008, Steve Goedeker decided to try selling online. A traditional brick-and-mortar appliance retailer in St. Louis, Goedeker’s was having a hard time surviving with local sales, so Mr. Goedeker had his son and daughter build a website during summer vacation. At the same time, he began taking online courses and borrowing library books on online marketing and search engine optimization. Read more…
December 18, 2014
Anne Dowling is not running a high-growth start-up. She doesn’t live in a major metropolitan area. She’s not chasing investors or working 80 hours a week. She raises her 7-year-old son and often skis or hikes in the morning. Read more…
December 15, 2014
As startups grow, the initial employees who helped to build the company can get lost in the shuffle. Some may be generalists who suddenly find themselves without a role. Others were once promising employees who got promoted too soon and then failed.
Sound familiar? Here’s how to reduce the risk that a startup’s first 20 hires will flame out: Read more…
December 5, 2014
If you’ve ever attended a pitch contest or heard another entrepreneur discuss their plans for a new business, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the phrase “value proposition” — it’s one of those often overused entrepreneurial keywords.
Our friends at Wikipedia define a value proposition as “a promise of value to be delivered and acknowledged and a belief from the customer that value will be delivered and experienced.” Read more…
December 15, 2014
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December 15, 2014
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December 10, 2014
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December 6, 2014
If you never start, you’ll never have a chance to fail. But you’ll never have a chance to succeed, either.
So stop pretending you haven’t failed by not trying. Stop procrastinating and go for it. Your dilly-dallying around, your excuses, your poking, playing, puttering and loafing about aren’t fooling anyone. Procrastination is fear cloaked in nonchalance. Read More…
November 18, 2014
Police raided and shut down a bar popular among Brown University students, but Walker Williams and his friend did what a lot of college students do when trying to rally people around a cause: they designed a t-shirt.
The pair didn’t have enough money to actually order a batch of the shirts for those intent on protesting the bar’s closing, so they put up a one-page website promising they’d print the shirts if they got enough pre-orders. They did, and three years later, the two don’t have to worry so much about not having enough money.
Apparently, the bar they tried to save remains closed, but Williams and his friend, Evan Stites-Clayton, were inspired enough by their protest t-shirt to create Teespring, a t-shirt design and sales service that just landed $35 million in venture capital funding—and that’s on top of the more than $21 million in financing the company has already received. Read more…
November 24, 2014
We often think about things management can do to improve morale and inspire more innovative thinking, when we talk about productivity. But, here’s something else to consider: employee interactions.
According to new findings from Sociometric Solutions’s study on employee behavioral analytics, the number of lunchtime interactions affect employee productivity. Employees who sat at larger lunch tables were 36 percent more productive throughout the week and had 30 percent lower stress levels than those who sat at smaller tables. Read more…
October 1, 2014
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City has unveiled a website it hopes will be one-stop-shopping for Internet startup companies and potential employees.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Digital.NYC website Wednesday in Brooklyn, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported.
The site was created in a public-private partnership. De Blasio said it will “help turn ideas into business.” Read more…
November 14, 2014
I was an early member of a start-up team that ended up being acquired by a big company. One by one, the original team collected their retention bonuses and left, or were let go. I am the last man standing.
My current boss (whom I admire) is based on the other side of the country. But my site leader has made it clear whom she likes and doesn’t like. I am among those she doesn’t like. Her reports to my boss about me are negative. I defend myself and still feel beat up. I’m busy solving complex problems and don’t want to play politics. Read more…
November 12, 2014
Americans say they are deeply concerned about privacy on the web and their cellphones. They say they do not trust Internet companies or the government to protect it. Yet they keep using the services and handing over their personal information.
That paradox is captured in a new survey by Pew Research Center. It found that there is no communications channel, including email, cellphones or landlines, that the majority of Americans feel very secure using when sharing personal information. Of all the forms of communication, they trust landlines the most, and fewer and fewer people are using them. Read more…
November 3, 2014
How do you use college to learn how to be an entrepreneur?
For the student looking to launch a company after graduation, the answers to the typical questions—where do you go to school, what do you study, what clubs do you join and so on—aren’t necessarily the usual ones. Aspiring entrepreneurs should view college as a unique chance to build up a set of diverse skills, create a network of potential investors and partners, and soak up life experiences that will help them fly solo. Read more…
Week of November 5, 2014
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November 4, 2014
One of the biggest challenges companies are facing is the skills gap. While the job market still hasn’t fully recovered, there are millions of jobs that aren’t being filled. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 4.8 million job openings in America — the highest level since January 2001.
The skills gap is bad for employers, but it’s especially bad for millennials, who are graduating college without jobs. Those who focused on non-technical majors and courses are struggling to find work while companies looking to hire technical talent are under pressure to deliver value with fewer resources. In addition, the lucky few who have jobs are actually doing multiple jobs at once because of our country’s skills gap.
The good news is that the millennial generation — as it becomes the largest generation in the workforce in 2015 — has the power to help close this gap. Read more…
Novermber 3, 2014
In 2007, Julie Pickens and Mindee Doney found a $16 million business hiding in their children’s stuffy noses.
The Oregon moms were trying to figure out the best way to get their children’s nostrils clean when they got congested. Their pediatricians advised using saline drops, but getting toddlers to stand still while they administered the treatment was next to impossible, says Ms. Pickens. Read more…
October 28, 2014
Every entrepreneur feels lost sometimes. Where are you going to find another client? Is your marketing actually working – or not? How are you going to meet payroll? Entrepreneurship is all about trying new things and innovating, rather than simply following a checklist someone else developed. But that means we often hit brick walls, and it’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t know what to do or where to turn. Here are three things to do when you have no idea what to do. Read more…
October 28, 2014
Entrepreneurs are critically important to the development of economic growth and job creation. At Goldman Sachs, we are dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and helping them expand and grow their businesses. Read more…
October 20, 2014
It’s happened to me quite a few times in my life, and maybe it’s happened to you. I am in a high stakes situation (interviewing a prime minister, leading an important meeting, giving a speech in front of many people) and I have a strange out-of-body moment, mentally drifting away, looking down on myself and questioning why the heck anyone has entrusted me to my role. I don’t belong here, I think. Read more…
October 1, 2014
ADDITION makes 24 varieties of liquid spices for cocktails and a line of hot sauces for beer. The spices come in flavors like curry, cardamom, Thai green chili and clove and are packaged in small bottles with eyedropper tops so bartenders and party hosts can use them in specialty drinks. Based in Seattle, the company was founded by Matt Hemeyer, a sales director, and Eric Salenski, an aerospace procurement manager, both of whom still have day jobs. Read more…
October 18, 2014
Earlier this year, rap sensation Iggy Azalea became the first artist since the Beatles to secure the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously with her first two charting singles. That was no surprise to Next Big Sound, which had Azalea on its end-of-2013 list of artists most likely to hit the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Read more…
October 17, 2014
Entrepreneurs and established companies alike continually search for the next “big idea” to turbo-charge their marketing. But what makes an idea “big” and separates it from its “not-so-big” peers?
Before we go there, let’s start with a definition. This one from British brand consultancy Millward Brown is a good place to begin: “. . . a big idea is the driving, unifying force behind a brand’s marketing efforts.” That’s a good starting place, but there is much more. Read More…
October 18, 2014
Neil Young has played a number of different roles: science-fiction writer, painter, tech entrepreneur and, of course, musician over the past year. Relaxing in one of his tour buses before a show in Philadelphia, Mr. Young, 68, says that lately he is seeing the world differently. Read article…
We all relish the optimistic curiosity and energy of young people testing ideas and exploring better ways of doing things. However, successful new ventures are invariably formed by teams that bring together not just disruptive thinkers, but experienced people with unique knowledge of their industry. In honor of my mother having turned 80 this year, I look today at the wise “third age” or “encore” entrepreneurs and how they are shifting the paradigm of “retirement” in our society. Read more…
October 6, 2014
Earlier this summer, PDE checked in on the issue of gender and entrepreneurship when the media debate about female representation on Silicon Valley boards was heating up. The issue is still getting plenty of ink — note this weekend’s editorial in the New York Times calling on the tech industry to take action now — and a couple of new reports start to look a bit deeper.
Last week, the SBA Office of Advocacy released a study on the issue of women involved in entrepreneurial activity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. It found that across all STEM fields, female PhDs have lower rates of patenting and entrepreneurship than do male PhDs (5.4 percent versus 7 percent and 15 percent versus 28 percent, respectively) — with the widest gaps in in physics, astronomy and computer science. Read more…
October 6, 2014
An increasing number of startup-savvy policymakers throughout the United States and around the world are racing to build better entrepreneurial ecosystems to create jobs and generate real economic growth — but real results don’t happen overnight. Serial entrepreneur, investor and startup community builder Brad Feld talks about startup community development being something that takes 20 years and requires a long-term commitment from community leaders. This presents a challenge for policymakers trying to sustain public support for measures they implement that have long-term horizons.
I spent this past weekend in Italy with representatives of the Ministries of Education, Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, speaking at startup conferences and a Maker Faire, and discussing plans for Italy’s upcoming hosting of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2015. It provided me with some insights into this issue. Read more…
October 7, 2014
In his new book, Zero to One, the entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel talks about the importance of new companies to economic and social progress. Such progress depends on more people starting companies; more people looking for a better way to do things. Unfortunately, the latest data on this score are not encouraging.
The Census Bureau’s Business Dynamics Statistics only go through 2012, which frustrates any real-time comparisons, but they offer a look at what has traditionally been the most dynamic part of the economy: new businesses and the jobs they. Read more…
The relative explosion of MOOCs (massive open online courses) may not have ended the university experience as we know it, but it has certainly put virtual education on the radar of policymakers throughout the country. However, there is another trend starting that is bringing education back to a more personal and physical environment – the makerspace.
The Maker Movement has taken the pursuit of creative technologies from the realm of hobbyists and has made it more accessible – seeding innovative new industries in cities and communities around the U.S.
October 9, 2014
Fortune’s 40 Under 40 is an annual list celebrating the young superstars rocking the business world across sectors from travel to energy to social media. This year’s 40 Under 40 was announced Thursday morning, and it’s jam-packed with young notables from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer. Read more…
I’m a huge fan of having a business mentor. Just as the best athletes practice harder than everyone else, they also seek top coaches to take their game to the next level. I was pretty ignorant about business when I started out, and it’s mostly due to having zero experience in the business world. Finding a coach and mentor allowed me to learn quicker than I could have alone, and avoid some common mistakes. Read more…
Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced a group of advisors focused on global entrepreneurship. Last week, the focus from the Commerce Department turned back toward the U.S. as Pritzker announced the 27 individuals who have been selected to serve on the latest National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Read more…
October 8, 2014
GrowBizCorp was looking to hire a new chief financial officer, and after sifting through hundreds of resumes, the company narrowed the search down to Jane Smith. With years of experience as a CFO in various capacities, Smith seemed like the perfect fit. The company’s executives met with her, liked her and extended her an offer.Read More…
October 9, 2014
For Kristine Jones, winning corporate contracts has been game-changing.
In 2008, on a whim, the former preschool teacher started New England Flagger Services in Windham, Conn., providing certified “flaggers” to manage traffic at work sites throughout the state. “I didn’t have a lot of experience,” she said. “I had to fly by the seat of my pants and learn.” Read more…
October 8, 2014
The trouble with intellectual property is that it’s tricky to hide. At the same time, the stakes for keeping your ideas secret can be high.
For many entrepreneurs, the life or death of a business can hinge on whether their intellectual property is protected, and how. Intellectual property can mean everything from the engineering behind a machine to a production process to a design, color or particular phrase of words. Read more…
September 29, 2014
I’m sure that most entrepreneurs and business leaders would confess to having been in a situation of feeling overwhelmed and in over their head.
In such circumstances, leaders might rely on the “say yes to everything now and figure it out later” approach, which can trigger angst, frustration and some sleepless nights along the way. Read more…
September 29, 2014
Home Depot’s in-store payment system was hacked in what may have been the largest data breach of a retail company’s computer network earlier this year. It is unlikely to be the last. Read more…
September 22, 2014
Q: In school, I excelled in most subjects. I am good at picking things up quickly, and I’ve worked in various industries and mastered many skills. My problem is that I get bored easily. I know that working for a boss will not get me where I want to go in life, so I want to branch out and work independently. But how do I know what I will be great at? I feel pulled in many different directions, but I don’t have the capital to try several things. How do I find the passion that will help me succeed? — Sheree Buchholz Read more…
September 12, 2014
Employees of small businesses wear many hats. And while entrepreneurs might recognize the importance of a content marketing strategy, developing one can be overwhelming with free time and free hands in short supply. However, you don’t need to let the size of your team prevent you from developing a plan that works for your business. An effective strategy that draws visitors and potential customers can be managed without a huge investment in time or resources. Read more…
September 3, 2014
Marge Magner ’69, is nearly brought to tears when she is told that her vision, represented through the Magner Career Center, is directly responsible for positively impacting the professional lives of thousands of Brooklyn College students. The depth of their gratitude is bottomless, matched only by Magner’s commitment to their success. Students often ask her how they might repay her for her boundless generosity and everything that the center’s staff has done to help them. She makes only one request. Read more…
Septmeber 10, 2014
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September 8, 2014
We all follow our own paths as entrepreneurs. For some, the rise to financial success is a long, slow, painful process. For others, things just seem to magically fall into place. I believe that the latter isn’t a result of magic, however, but is the sure sign of an entrepreneur who understands the importance of learning from, adapting to and growing with their business.
Being fascinated by the topic of how do business leaders spend their time, I collaborated with Chris Stowell, vice president of the International Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness in Sandy, Utah, to survey 267 C-level executives (all at the vice president level or higher) at Fortune 500 companies. Read more…
September 5, 2014
The engine of this great nation is Entrepreneurship. It starts with a good idea and grows when you add the right ingredients. Then, it’s about tinkering with the recipe to make it just right. While entrepreneurship is not expressly listed on a Papa John’s menu, it is something we, like most small businesses, serve up every day. Read more…
September 4, 2014
With Groupon’s new feature, timing is everything.
The daily deals site announced on Wednesday it would begin offering deals that could only be redeemed by businesses at specific times. Using the new platform, customers would need to make a reservation through Groupon after buying the deal, instead of redeeming the deal at any time. Read more…
September 3, 2014
One of the most under-recognized keys to achieving success in your small business is having your personal finances in order. Just one significant money oversight or mistake can derail your entrepreneurial plans. Read more…
August 27, 2014
The Ice Bucket Challenge: Feeds from across the country are chock-full of videos and photos of celebrities, inventors, CEOs, athletes and politicians all taking part in the most recent viral sensation .. Read more…
August 26, 2014
Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive in a Growing Company
August 27, 2014
Weekly new business ideas from around the world…Read more
July 17, 2014
You may think that only big, established companies need to worry about patent trolls but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Startups also run the risk of being a target of these trolls, or more politely known as non-practicing entities (NPEs). Read more….
July 14, 2014
Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column.
Q: Is it sensible or practical to work on several different ideas at once, or is it better to perfect one at a time? — Qurat, Islamabad, Pakistan Read more…
July 16, 2014
This week Springwise features some great entrepreneurial businesses. Highlights for this week include Homeys Speech enables home automation,
A tool that fixes a flat bike tire in 60 seconds and an App that tracks price drops of hard to find items. check them all out here: Read more…
July 6, 2014
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. AMC +0.11% has a new strategy to fill more seats: take a bunch of them out.
The nation’s second-largest movie theater chain is spending hundreds of millions of dollars outfitting a number of theaters with La-Z-Boy-type seats that fully recline—a conversion that removes up to two-thirds of a given auditorium’s seating capacity. It’s a less-is-more approach to a business that has long thought bigger was better. Read more…
July 8, 2014
Last summer I tried the start-up dream. I moved into a trendy co-working space in Manhattan with a few members of my team. We’d just moved to New York, and we wanted to be in the hub of the tech community. A co-working space seemed like a great place to meet other entrepreneurs and investors and it looked like fun. Read more…
July 7, 2014
While it is great to hear about successful entrepreneurs, the truth is that we can all learn something from anyone that is running a business.
I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago when I traveled up north for a long weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. While sitting on the beach I saw all of the kids suddenly rush to the docks with their parents not too far behind. I quickly discovered that they were all chasing the ice cream boat. It was a very small boat with a large ice chest in the middle and a huge “Ice Cream” flag. Read more…
July 7, 2014
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
-John Maynard Keynes
Our common and traditional approach to leadership hasn’t significantly evolved since the dawn of the industrial age. When it comes to managing people in a work environment, we’ve always treated workers like any other input: squeeze as much as much out of them as possible and pay them as little as possible. Read more…
July 4, 2014
Today, on Independence Day, many are thinking of summer BBQs, water sports and beer drinking in celebration of our national holiday. However, there’s much to remember about the Fourth of July for entrepreneurs. As the founding fathers came together to write the Declaration of Independence, and consequently started the American Revolutionary War, there was something very entrepreneurial about their actions. Read more…
July 2, 2014
Amazon.com Inc. is bucking a request from the Federal Trade Commission that it tighten its policies for purchases made by children while using mobile applications.
In a letter to the FTC Tuesday, Amazon said it was prepared to “defend our approach in court,” rather than agree to fines and additional record-keeping and disclosure requirements over the next 20 years, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street… Read more…
July 1, 2014
The reality is, things are always changing and the only way to evolve is to live beyond your comfort zone. Being courageous is not about the absence of fear but rather doing things in spite of fear. Read more…
May 30, 2014
The words you use are more powerful than you imagine. Most people greet each other with words that have no power. Think of the last time you heard someone else (or even yourself) respond to a greeting of “How are you?” with “Oh, I am doing so-so,” “Hanging in there,” “I’m surviving” or “Not too bad.” It probably wasn’t much past yesterday. Read more…
June 26, 2014
One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder. Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep, exercise and recreation time so that our time spent working is as productive as it can be. Read more…
June 29, 2014
Faced with cracked nest eggs and a lackluster job market, older Americans are becoming entrepreneurs. If you’re a baby boomer with a business plan, you should know about a growing number of free and low-cost resources, some specifically geared for your generation.
According to the nonprofit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 represented 23.4% of the entrepreneurs who launched businesses in 2013—up from 14.3% in 1996. In recent years, the foundation says, this age group has created new businesses at a higher rate than any other. The data, writes Kauffman research director Dane Stangler, indicate “the United States might be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom—not in spite of an aging population but because of it.” Read more…
June 30, 2014
The sweaty palms, the shaky hands, the dry throat – for many people, a big presentation can bring on a slew of confidence-destroying conditions.
While there’s no universal strategy for calming down, one simple piece of advice is to take a few deep breaths and get a good look at your audience before you launch into your presentation. Read more…
June 17, 2014
Chances are, you’ve heard the word lien a few times, but do you really know what it means and the effect it can have on your business?
A lien is a legal claim attached to a loan that acts as a security interest for a debt owed. The lender files a lien for the debt so that in the event the borrower cannot meet the obligations of the loan, the lender has the ability to sell the borrower’s collateral, or assets, in order to recoup the loan funds. Read more…
June 23, 2014
I have started multiple companies. I believed in every single one of them. Put my heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into each and every one of them. 90 percent of them have failed. Being around hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have learned something very important. It’s NORMAL. Accepting failure as a lesson is one of the most important things I have ever learned. Read more…
June 23, 2014
In January, we published an interview with a social media marketer, Jeff Gibbard, asking him to assess Facebook’s revamped ad platform. While Mr. Gibbard questioned the value of advertising on Facebook, a reader went even further, commenting: “Until Facebook allows independent third-party auditing of its ads and takes the necessary technical procedures to block ‘ad bots,’ the Facebook platform is valueless and we are staying away from it.” Read more…
If you are engaging in content marketing for your business, you obviously know how important it is. As marketers, we are hardwired to be great content producers and also understand the tools and channels available. However, good content marketing is a whole lot more than just that. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned veteran or a rookie, your marketing content must be produced with a multi-purpose objective and strategy. Read more…
JUNE 18, 2014
When you attempt to envision a “writer,” I’d posit most of you see a quirky recluse, hunched over a desk in some cabin, crumpled paper strewn about as they obsessively work on the next great American novel. Read more…
June 11, 2014
In 2002, Sherry Stewart Deutschmann quit her six-figure sales job at a Nashville company, cashed in her 401(k) and started a competing business.
It was a daring move for a single mother with no college education or background in business. Yet Ms. Deutschmann believed she could build a better company by building a better company culture. If employees had more reason to care, she believed, it would translate to better performance. Read more…
May 24, 2014
Local commercials can come across as cheap, amateurish and downright goofy.But those are their good points.
Big national brands can spend a lot of money on commercials that are almost as entertaining as the shows they interrupt—big casts, continuing story lines and stellar production values. Read more…
Mobile apps are becoming a legitimate revenue driver for brands. In fact, some of the leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in the world are building entire fleets of mobile apps. These apps are not only built for customers as a branding tool, but they are also used as efficiency drivers for employees. Read more…
Rules related to small businesses are complicated and can be scary. Deductions, and credits and other tax benefits — OH MY. Where do you start?
First, you must choose which type of business structure or entity you will be. Then, you can worry learn about the tax considerations based on the entity you chose. In this blog, we will discuss what your entity options are related to how you are taxed. Next week, we will cover some of the tax considerations available to you.
Jun 10, 2014
While many startups hope that louder marketing will generate customer enthusiasm that matches their own, it rarely works. That’s because being “heard” is not the same thing as being “listened to.” Think of marketing as a radio with two knobs: frequency and volume. Read more…
Jun 9, 2014
British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has invested in a London-based startup that offers to send money overseas for less than the cost charged by traditional banks.
TransferWise, started in 2011 by two Estonians, said Tuesday it raised $25 million from Branson and others, adding to $6 million previously invested by firms Index Ventures and Valar Ventures. Read more….
June 4, 2014
4 Jun 2014
There are countless initiatives designed to get the public fitter and healthier, but (perhaps unsurprisingly), it’s often those that offer a financial incentive that prove the most effective. We’ve already seen gym classes which become cheaper the more the user works out, and Nike’s Facebook app which enables runners to pay for products with kilometers they have run. Taking the link between financial savings and health benefits to an even more literal level, we’ve now come across a Russian bank offering a new account which rewards customers for every step they take. Read more…
April 28, 2014
April 28, 2014. Mr. Tom Perkins, Co-Founder of Kleiner-Perkins and father of modern venture capital. Mr. Perkins discusses his career and gives lessons to students about starting companies, venture capital, and business. Q&A Begins at: 00’52’20″. Read more…
Paul Bennett, chief executive of Context Travel, was concerned that his 400 highly qualified tour guides — including professors and architects — were spending too much time on scheduling logistics. He wanted them focused instead on making customers happy, offering erudite tours in 24 countries.
In my last column, I stressed the importance of producing quality content, but a website packed with amazing content and top search-engine rankings won’t do your business any good if your visitors don’t stick around long enough to read it. Read more…
Keeping a good attitude will help you weather the storms of entrepreneurship. The daily life and grind of entrepreneurship can be filled with big highs and lows, but staying focused on the end goal and seeing the opportunity in your challenges will take you far. Read more…
Managing a staff of employees – with their diverse personalities, responsibilities, ambitions and pet peeves – can sometimes feel a bit like nailing Jell-O to the wall. And at small companies, where every single employee needs to pull their weight to move the business along, it can feel like nailing Jell-O to a wall and then trying to balance a cat on it. Read more…
Like her or not, if Kim Kardashian Tweets about a product, sales jump a lot. But you don’t need to pay Mrs. Kimye $20,000 to push your product. Read more…
May 7, 2014
Noah Ready-Campbell and Calvin Young had an idea for a business. What they didn’t have was merchandise. They needed at least 10,000 items of “lightly used women’s clothing” to launch online marketplace Twice. Read more…
It turns out that if you’re not identifying risk in the places you would never think to look, then your business is missing out on some of the hard lessons learned by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. The six months of biblical flooding in Thailand that followed during that same year would seem to make 2011 an annus miserabilis best forgotten—but instead, those events continue to inform more nuanced thinking around, and response to, disruptions that have followed in their wake, such as last year’s massive flooding in the U.K. and Germany. Read more…
MAY 21, 2014
TIPP CITY, Ohio — On a Wednesday morning here in March, the owner of a California business explained that his company had enjoyed years of success selling products directly to consumers through TV — until the formula stopped working. “People aren’t watching TV the way they used to,” he said. “We’re Blockbuster.” Read more…
May 19, 2014
What if Galileo, Newton, Einstein or any of the other great thinkers of the past had lived in today’s interruption culture? Would hastily called departmental meetings have discouraged Newton from discovering why what goes up must come down? Would society still be wondering what E equals if Einstein had to endure “reply all”? Read more…
May 15, 2014
The social media landscape has evolved. Conversations have become transactions. Businesses require a carefully crafted strategy to initiate dialogue with potential clients while maintaining relationships with current clients. There are three major questions every company must answer as they implement a successful social media sales and servicing strategy. Read more…
MAY 15, 2014
In recent posts, I have written about my attempts to get better at pitching for investment capital in general and closing deals in particular. A related issue that I’d like to address is my body language and what it says about me. Read me…
May 16, 2014
For some, it’s their family. For others, it’s saving the world. When it comes down to it, every entrepreneur has a driving inspiration.Entrepreneurship may be oh-so-trendy right now, but owning your own business is hard work with long hours, unpredictable pay, countless naysayers, and almost always, fumbles along the way. So why do entrepreneurs do it? What drives them? Read more…
May 13, 2014
When it comes to creating a website that people will want to read, and when optimizing said site for search, arguably the most important element is having great content. Google, of course, is constantly changing and improving its algorithm to provide searchers with the most relevant links to the highest quality information. Read more…
May 13, 2014
Looking for a traditional Brazilian dish of rice and beans while in town for the World Cup? Try McDonald’s. Read more…
May 12, 2014
Success is largely determined by an ability to play to your strengths. If you happen to be shy or introverted, don’t limit your dreams or count yourself out just because you don’t fit the traditional image of an entrepreneur. There is more than one path to success. Read more…
May 9, 2014
If the rumors are true that Apple has indeed offered to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, then co-founder Dr. Dre has reason to celebrate. And in a video posted to Facebook last night, the famous rapper and entrepreneur seemingly confirms the acquisition news. Read more…
Think back to your early teenage years. What did your parents or guardians do to teach you about managing money? Maybe they set you up with an allowance. Maybe they sat you down and gave you the “money talk.” Or maybe they invited you to sit in on family financial discussions. Read more…
May 7, 2014
Noah Ready-Campbell and Calvin Young had an idea for a business. What they didn’t have was merchandise. They needed at least 10,000 items of “lightly used women’s clothing” to launch online marketplace Twice. Read more…
May 5, 2014
The only major personality trait that consistently leads to success is conscientiousness. Read more…
May 8, 2014
Honoring America’s Entrepreneurs….Read more…
May 5, 2014
Some people are hardwired with an entrepreneurial spirit, while others cultivate it over time. We all work diligently to nurture the skills and passion necessary to shoulder the risks of reimagining existing processes or bringing some brand-new idea to life. Read more…
May 5, 2014
Union Pacific Corp. (UNP), the railroad created with a stroke of Abraham Lincoln’s pen, is now tinkering with the next wave of transportation technology: drones. Read more…
May 7, 2014
When you think of success you think of building a company from the ground up. You think of happiness. Freedom. You think about making tons of money. You don’t think about waking up under your desk lying in a pool of your own blood. Read more…
MAY 7, 2014
Hobby Lobby International makes and sells radio-controlled toys, tools and accessories. What started in 1964 as a shop in a building lobby in Brentwood, Tenn., grew into a thriving mail-order business and, later, an online retailer with $9 million in annual sales. Read more…
MAY 6, 2014
Before Anastasia Leng left Google in August 2012 to co-found the startup Hatch, she told female colleagues of her plans. “They said, ‘When you’re ready, come to me for investment,’ ” said Ms. Leng. Read more….
April 21, 2014
It’s a good day for Brooklyn College senior Kelly Harry. She’s wearing a bright yellow dress, in tune with the sun’s decision to cast one of its first dazzling days this spring on New York City, yet at the Columbus Circle office of her internship at CNN Money, she can’t stop herself from tearing up. Read more…
APRIL 14, 2014
Amy Hamley of Redraven Studios makes jewelry and delicate home décor items out of porcelain, like hanging planter sets and necklaces in the shape of arrow heads. For three years, she worked out of her basement and tried to break into the wholesale market. Read more….
May 1, 2014 8:30 AM
There are people in life that you can really count on. It’s nice to have that family member who always answers the phone or the friend who will listen to your problems with no judgment. Then there are the people who are good to have in life to help you financially, directly with advice or indirectly by example. Read more…
May 2, 2014
“Even though LeBron James may be the best basketball player in the world, he keeps training to stay on top and to achieve an even better game. Corporate leaders should be mental athletes, too.” – Silverstein Read more….
APRIL 30, 2014
Trying to become even bigger — and make more money — Facebook will allow users to reveal a little less. Read more…
May 1, 2014
Upon raising a round of financing, entrepreneurs are flesh with cash and another important resource: Their board of directors. This group is a valuable asset as these people provide experience, insight and a network.Consequently, it is essential for entrepreneurs to maximize the impact of these individuals through relationship management and strategic communication. Read more…
APRIL 30, 2014
In the mid-1990s, Drew Greenblatt started dialing his way down a list of 800 brokers, lawyers and accountants, looking for a business to buy. He had sold a security alarm installation company, and he was looking for four qualities in his next venture: an honest seller, a viable market, a rational purchase price, and a business that sold to other businesses. He was through with coddling consumers. Read more…
April 24, 2014
At first blush, Peloton’s spinning classes appear little different from those at better-known outfits like SoulCycle: enthusiastic exercise buffs pedaling under pounding loud music and energetic instructor exhortations. But a session last Friday revealed something different: video cameras recording the instructor, Marion Roaman, for the benefit of customers following along at home on their Peloton bikes. Read more…
APRIL 23, 2014
We’ve just published an article that recounts the experiences of several companies that have sought to attract attention by giving themselves outrageous names. In fact, several of the companies aren’t sure they would exist if not for their creative names. Read more…
April 21, 2014
“Never leave that til tomorrow which you can do today,” said Benjamin Franklin.
Pretty good advice, especially considering it comes from a guy who was an absolute whiz at productivity (Franklin was somehow an author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat). Read more…
MARCH 12, 2014
Lauren Cannon was clearly nervous as she started a carefully prepared presentation about her start-up, PackSack, which makes a reusable grocery bag that folds into itself for storing. Read more…
JAN. 29, 2014
Perhaps fittingly for a onetime director of guest relations at an amusement park, Donna Speigel has turned the Snooty Fox chain of shops — consignment shops, no less — into Cincinnati destinations. Read more…
APRIL 15, 2014
The borough’s first native-born sneaker brand, Greats, is capitalizing on the borough to the tune of $1.5 million in new investment. Read more…
April 9, 2014
When Yahoo partnered with review site Yelp, small businesses are finding that years of good reviews on their Yahoo pages have disappeared. Read more…
April 8, 2014
The incredible popularity of the TED Talks series makes sense. In an age where your marketing plan needs to include multimedia to be successful, why should you be any different when it comes to consuming inspiration? Read more….
Do you find yourself in the thick of competition, with everyone scrambling to be the front runner?
While you may wish your competition would just go away already, having them is actually good for business. Read more…
April 21, 2014
It seems harder for small business owners today than ever to find young employees with a solid work ethic who know how to deal with customers.
I hear from many companies that the employees they hire are frequently unmotivated or incapable. Business owners have told me on several occasions, “Teenagers don’t want to work” — or, better yet, if they do, they want to start in management. Read more…
APRIL 23, 2014
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Forbes Five Package, measuring the wealthiest Hip-Hop Moguls in the world. Read more…
Entrepreneurs tend to exaggerate. They exaggerate the success of their business when talking to startup investors. They exaggerate the market potential of their products to find distribution partners. They exaggerate the soundness of their strategy to recruit employees. Funding your business without exaggerating isn’t easy, but there’s a clear line between optimistic exaggeration and outright fabrication. Here are some guidelines to help you get your startup off the ground without selling your soul or spinning a web of lies. Read more…
It took Selena Einwechter 10 years, but when her Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill finally opened, her intensive preparations proved worth the effort.Read more…
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