02Jul

5 Crazy Simple Tips to Keep Customers Close

OWNER’S MANUAL | Jeff Haden Jul 2, 2013 It’s not rocket science: Check out what you can do to keep your customers by your side. Brian Guttman, designer for Jeremy Argyle, has built a $5 million business with an unbelievable following. Below he offers tips to keep customers coming back and dedicated […]

02Jul

Yahoo! Purchases Mobile Video App Qwiki

Kevin Smith, Business Insider Jul 2, 2013 Qwiki brings pictures and video together and has the potential to compete with Vine and Instagram Video. Flickr/ Yahoo! has bought New York-based start-up, Qwiki.  Qwiki is a video app that combines pictures and video to “tell a story”. Unlike other smaller acquisitions Yahoo! has […]

02Jul

Quiz: Guess What These Leaders Eat for Breakfast

Quiz: Guess What These Leaders Eat for Breakfast | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. OBAMACARE COUNTDOWN | Adam Bluestein Jul 2, 2013 A smoothie or a cigar? Ice cream or kippers? Can you guess what these leaders ate (or continue to eat) each morning to […]

02Jul

Storefront: The Airbnb of Retail

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jul 2, 2013 Ready for your pop-up? This San Francisco-based start-up is making physical retail dreams come true. Storefront Erik Eliason and Tristan Pollock When start-ups want skin in the bricks-and-mortar market, they turn to Storefront.  The San Francisco-based start-up helps small businesses find short-term retail spaces for […]

02Jul

9 Questions for Angie Hicks

Issie Lapowsky | Inc. magazine From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Yes, she’s the public face of Angie’s List, the $156 million review site she founded in 1995, but Angie Hicks still struggles to overcome her shyness. AJ Mast HITTING THE BRICKS In the early days of her company, Angie […]

02Jul

Lunch Meetings: 3 Ideas to Get the Check Faster

HOW WOULD YOU FIX IT? | Cal McAllister From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Cal McAllister of Wexley School for Girls names the winners of his latest challenge. John Keatly WAITING TABLES Those lost minutes Cal McAllister spent chasing down his check from the horribly inattentive (yet devilishly good-looking) waiter […]

02Jul

Entrepreneurial Life Shouldn't Be This Way–Should It?

Brad Feld From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Depression is a fact of life for some entrepreneurs. Janine/Flickr Earlier this year, two tech entrepreneurs, Aaron Swartz and Jody Sherman, committed suicide independently of each other. Both faced incredible pressures. And both suffered from depression. It’s not a topic […]

02Jul

How We Keep Instagram 'Instagram-y'

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger talk about keeping their identity after being bought by Facebook for $1 billion. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FInstagram-HWDI-Inc-Mag-fullscreen_27226.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Cody Pickens Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, Co-Founders of Instagram. The photo-sharing site was acquired by […]

02Jul

How We Became an International Incident

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Remember that Dennis Rodman/North Korea incident? Shane Smith, founder of Vice Media, owns the company that sent him overseas. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fdennis-rodman-and-vice-media-fullscreen_27197.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Jason Mojica/AP ODD COUPLE Freelance diplomat Dennis Rodman enjoys some hoops with North Korea’s Supreme Leader, […]

02Jul

How I Met Richard Branson and Didn't Die

Alexandra Starr From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Alexa von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest, is a huge fan of Richard Branson. So here’s what happened when she met him for the first time. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Falexa_mg_5117b-pop_27173.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Noah Kalina “> Noah Kalina This is the story of entrepreneur […]

02Jul

Is This the Hot New Domain Name?

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jul 2, 2013 The city of New York is betting that local businesses — and those looking to appeal to New Yorkers — will adopt a new domain name. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ffavorite-city-business-travel-pop_9206.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Getty “> Getty The city of New York is betting that the Big Apple’s […]

02Jul

Andrew Berlin: How I Saved the Silver Hawks

Leigh Buchanan | Inc. magazine From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Andrew Berlin, CEO of Berlin Packaging, bought the Single-A baseball team a few years back. Here’s how he turned around the organization. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FAndrew-Berlin-How-I-Saved-the-Silver-Hawks-fullscreen_27245.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Ryan Lowry “> Ryan Lowry This is the story of entrepreneur Andrew Berlin, […]

02Jul

Perhaps the Sequester Wasn't So Bad After All

D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jul 2, 2013 Four months into the sequester, have you noticed any impact? A new report says the answer might be no. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fshutterstock_113738845_27359.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> It was billed as the end of the world as we knew it — but most of us […]

02Jul

How I Took SXSW to a Whole New Place

OBAMACARE COUNTDOWN | Adam Bluestein From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Roland Swenson talks about scaling this signature event. wbeem via Flickr This is the story of entreprenuer Roland Swenson, as told to Inc.’s Adam Bluestein. This won’t be the first time that SXSW has done an event outside of Austin. […]

02Jul

How I Live With Myself After Firing a Third of My Employees

Liz Welch | Inc. magazine From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Ben Huh, founder of Cheezburger, talks about the most difficult week he’s ever experienced. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FBen-Huh-HWDI-IN0713FHW15-pop_27172.jpg" class="lightbox" title="John Keatley “I knew people would be angry. But I also knew there was nothing I could do about that.” “> […]

02Jul

3 Keys to a Better Customer Experience

RISE ABOVE IT | Jon Morris Jul 2, 2013 Guaranteed Rate may be the fastest-growing privately-held company in Chicago, largely because it pounced on customer experience as a differentiator. Flickr photo courtesy of Phil Dowsing Creative After being in the digital marketing industry for over 17 years, I know that one of […]

02Jul

How to Pitch a VC (and not piss one off)

J.B. From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Mark Suster explains what to do–and not to do–during your first meeting with a VC. Gregg Segal STRAIGHT TALKER Suster takes part in a live Wall Street Journal video chat about attracting the right investors. Don’t “tell and sell.” The most […]

02Jul

This Is What Augmented Reality Will Look Like Without Google Glasses

This Is What Augmented Reality Will Look Like Without Google Glasses | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Minda Zetlin is a business technology writer and speaker, co-author of “The Geek Gap,” and president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. @MindaZetlin Source: This […]

02Jul

Paul Graham: 'Founders Have the Upper Hand Now'

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jul 2, 2013 These days, it’s easier than ever to launch a start-up, says the Y Combinator founder. Here’s where the industry is headed and why the ball is (finally) in founders’ court. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ffeature-65-start-up2-pop_40.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> “When I graduated from college in 1986, there […]

02Jul

Small Business Borrowing Is on the Rise

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jul 2, 2013 As small companies take out loans to purchase new tools, factories, and equipment, experts are citing an era of growth. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fvault-full_24083.jpg" class="lightbox" title="brookward/Flickr “> brookward/Flickr It looks like FICO’s positive forecast for small business lending was spot-on after all.  For a second month […]

02Jul

Tough Love: Brought to You By the Notorious Mark Suster

Jessica Bruder From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Entrepreneur-turned-venture-capitalist Mark Suster is known for his blunt critiques. You might not always like what he has to say, but you’d be crazy not to listen. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FTough-Love_Launch_Inc-Mag-fullscreen_27244.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Gregg Segal THE TRUTH HURTS Arye Barnehama and Laura Michelle […]

02Jul

H1-B Visas: Clever Trick for Cheap Tech Talent?

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jul 2, 2013 It’s a highly unpopular view in Silicon Valley, where big tech companies are lobbying Congress to up the visa quota. So, is there anything to it? iStock It’s an unpopular position in Silicon Valley to question the value of the H1-B visa–the legal document […]

02Jul

Protect the Brand. Destroy the Enemy.

Burt Helm | Inc. magazine From the July/August 2013 issue of Inc. magazine Greg Glassman’s essential business outlook is this: he can do whatever the hell he wants to. What he wants to do right now is protect the brand of CrossFit, his extraordinary fitness company. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FCrossfit-lead-small-fullscreen_27256.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Andrew Hetherington […]

02Jul

How to Nudge an Unresponsive Customer

SALES SOURCE | Geoffrey James Jul 2, 2013 When a prospect suddenly won’t talk to you, there’s only one way to save the relationship. Getty Here’s a frustrating but common situation: you’re developing a relationship with a big client and you’re pretty certain that the opportunity is moving forward, but then, boom! […]