27Jun

Need a Personal Assistant? Try These 4 Apps

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 27, 2013 Meet the cyber-secretaries vying to be your next personal assistant. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2F144176668_pop_20467.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Miguel Pereira/Getty “> Miguel Pereira/Getty Personal assistant’s are great; they keep track of everything from your contact list to favorite meals. And these days, your personal assistant fits in […]

27Jun

Are These Companies Crossing a Line With Customer Data?

TECH REPORT | John Brandon Jun 27, 2013 They’ve got loads of valuable info on online consumers–and they got it without asking. Shady tactic, or simply the way of online business? shutterstock images With so much data available online, it’s no wonder we live in an age of aggressive online marketing. Some […]

27Jun

6 Things Mozart Can Teach Entrepreneurs

LAUNCHED | Christina DesMarais Jun 27, 2013 The classical composer was actually a brilliant engineer, says one Silicon Valley veteran. all that improbable blue/Flickr Composing music isn’t all that different from coding a website. No, really. Mozart’s and Bach’s symphonies and classical sonatas, just like coding, have specific structures with rules that […]

27Jun

3 Meals to Boost Your Energy

3 Meals to Boost Your Energy | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Leadership and Managing >  Leadership >  Great Leaders >  OBAMACARE COUNTDOWN | Adam Bluestein Jun 27, 2013 This is a meal plan for leaders. Check out what you need to eat to keep you alert […]

27Jun

War Hero Rips Into Contractor for 'Gaming the System'

Christine Lagorio | Inc.com staff Jun 27, 2013 In a remarkable video, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth shames a man awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in IRS contracts. Braulio Castillo is the owner of Signet Computers (also known as Strong Castle), a Virginia-based technology business certified as a service-disabled, veteran-owned company, which makes […]

27Jun

It's True: You Are What You Eat

OBAMACARE COUNTDOWN | Adam Bluestein Jun 27, 2013 A healthy diet is an important part of being a good leader. Just how important, you might be surprised. shutterstock images For entrepreneurs, eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger. So say the growing ranks of nutrition experts who specialize in fine-tuning the metabolic performance […]

27Jun

Shopping for a Small Business? Avoid the Boca Raton Problem

Drew Greenblatt | Inc.com contributor Jun 27, 2013 The three red flags that should send a potential buyer running for the hills. Photo courtesy thinkpanama I’ve written frequently in this column about what to look out for when running a small business. What about what to look out for when buying the […]

27Jun

The Sabbatical That Changed My Life

FROM SCRATCH | Mayra Jimenez Jun 27, 2013 A former work addict finds that taking a little time off has transformative power. Flickr/tokyosucks As much as I’d like to boast about my ability to see the big picture, day-to-day details have long prevented me from fully observing what was happening around me. […]

27Jun

Interview Questions That Really Work

TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jun 27, 2013 Google recently learned that overly clever questions in job interviews don’t tell you much about applicants. So what does? Try a few of these ideas. shutterstock images Google recently made headlines–but not for the usual reasons. In case you missed it: The company is giving […]

27Jun

Mommy? Drill Sergeant? What Type of Boss Are You?

START ME UP | Minda Zetlin Jun 27, 2013 Bestselling author Christine Comaford explains why the best managers have multiple personalities. shutterstock images What’s your boss personality? All of us have one, and the personality that fits you best often dictates how you deal with challenges as a manager, according to Christine […]

27Jun

Or Maybe You Just Suck

START HERE | Chris Heivly Jun 27, 2013 What I’ve learned about the best, and the worst, start-up entrepreneurs. A lot has been written lately about the Series A crunch–the phenomenon of too many seed-stage companies chasing too few real investment possibilities. I know the data supports the thesis, but it also […]

27Jun

7 Deadly Sins of Top Sales Teams

7 Deadly Sins of Top Sales Teams | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Sales and Marketing  >  Sales  >  SALES SOURCE  |  Geoffrey James Jun 27, 2013 Complex sales opportunities require the entire company to work together. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fsin_950x555_21410.jpg" class="lightbox" title="shutterstock […]

27Jun

The Cat-Herding-est Job on the Planet

GRIST | Leigh Buchanan | Inc. magazine Jun 27, 2013 Imagine every decision you make is up for discussion–among thousands of people. That’s the normal state of things for Gayle Karen Young of the Wikimedia Foundation. Gayle Karen Young may have the cat-herding-est job on the planet. Young is chief talent and culture officer […]

26Jun

4 Expert Tips for a Productive Meeting

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Meetings can be a drag–literally. Here are four tips to save time and sanity while planning your next group session. Flickr/Stephen Brashear Meetings are terrible. Aside from the logistical difficulties of getting your core team members in the same place at the same […]

26Jun

Supreme Court Ruling This Week Favors You, But Beware

Jeremy Quittner | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 For workers to have legal standing to sue, a supervisor must be involved in harassment or discrimination. iStock The current Supreme Court has made no secret of its pro-business leanings. In 2010, its Citizen’s United ruling opened the door to unlimited corporate donations to […]

26Jun

When Selling a Business, Confidentiality Is Key

BIZBUYSELL.COM | Curtis Kroeker Jun 26, 2013 Sure you’re excited about the sale. But revealing too much too soon can put the deal–and your company itself–in jeopardy shutterstock images When the time comes to sell your business, it’s easy to get excited about the hustle and bustle of the selling process–and the […]

26Jun

Study: Most U.S. Entrepreneurs Start Their Business at Home

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 When it comes to launching a small business, American entrepreneurs don’t go very far. In fact, sixty-nine percent get started at home, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fworkfromhome-full_24343.jpg" class="lightbox" title="coffeegeek/Flickr “> coffeegeek/Flickr When we think of entrepreneurs, we think […]

26Jun

What the Rulings on Gay Marriage Mean for Entrepreneurs

D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jun 26, 2013 In two big-impact decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court broadly expanded gay marriage rights in the United States. What will these decisions mean for business opportunities? In a ruling at least 17 years in the making, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the […]

26Jun

Why I Won't Be Writing About Your Company

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 It’s nothing personal, I assure you. You’re just going about getting press all wrong. Here’s the best way to approach it. iStock As a reporter who covers entrepreneurship and start-ups for a well-known business publication, it’s not unusual for me to receive several hundred […]

26Jun

Fight Like Fab: 7 Steps to Dealing With Bad Press

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 When a big-time outlet published unflattering reports about Fab.com, the company fought back. And you can too. Here’s what you can learn. leweb3/Flickr You may have seen Bloomberg’s rather unflattering story about the company culture of online retailer Fab.com. The article outlined reports of […]

26Jun

Four Months After Sequester, the Economy Continues to Improve

UNDER THE WIRE | Gene Marks Jun 26, 2013 Despite all the dire predictions and gloomy forecasts, the sequester has helped the economy. Here’s why. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ffile1411259633979_27150.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> Ask any business owner how the economy is doing and you’ll probably hear, “not bad.” Especially over the past few months. […]

26Jun

The Art of Content Curation

MODERN RELATIONSHIP MARKETING | Jon Miller | Inc.com contributor Jun 26, 2013 Here’s how to create better content. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fwriter-typewriter-dark-room_pop_14053.jpg" class="lightbox" title="iStock “> iStock By now, many marketers are convinced of the value of lead nurturing–but they remain flummoxed by the task of creating content to fuel their programs. In this post, I’d like […]

26Jun

Hit the Dimmer Switch for a Creative Boost

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Research shows a dimmer room can enhance feelings of security, thus freeing your mind up to wander. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Flight-full_22999.jpg" class="lightbox" title="shutterstock images “> shutterstock images A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds dark rooms may improve creativity.  When someone […]

26Jun

A Proven 8-Step New-Hire Training Program

IN THE TRENCHES | Vanessa Merit Nornberg Jun 26, 2013 Your company–and your recruits–deserve the best preparation possible. shutterstock images In my last Inc. article, I wrote about the 10-step hiring process I use to find new employees. But I should tell you: My recruitment effort doesn’t end with the offer letter. […]