28Jun

What You Should Know Before You Sign Your Next Contract

Jeremy Quittner | Inc.com staff Jun 28, 2013 Last week the Supreme Court came to a decision that will make it harder for you to file a class action with other owners. You’ll have to arbitrate alone. Clarissa Peterson via Flickr Contracts asking you to sign away your rights to a trial […]

28Jun

GE Sparks High-Tech Crowdsourcing Ideas

April Dykman Jun 28, 2013 The megacorp partners with Quirky. shutterstock images To squeeze more value out of its many patents, General Electric recently began sharing hundreds of them with Quircky, a New York City-based crowdsourcing site that has raised more than $90 million in venture capital. With an online […]

28Jun

7 Ways to Make the Rest of 2013 Amazing

ROARING OR BORING | Kevin Daum Jun 28, 2013 The year is halfway done. Are you on track to meet your year end goals? Here are some ways to make sure you blow through the finish line by December 31st. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ftodolist-full_22150.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Rob Warde/Flickr “> Rob Warde/Flickr The older I […]

28Jun

5 Fascinating Questions on Quora

Ryan Underwood Jun 28, 2013 Here’s a round up of some interesting (and maybe odd) questions and answers on Quora. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FApollo-8-photo-of-Earth-from-the-Moon-pop_27193.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Science & Society Picture Library/Contributor This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the lunar […]

28Jun

Dear Congress: Immigration Is Not a Partisan Issue

Ryan Gambrill Jun 28, 2013 A Republican start-up founder from Ohio weighs in on why the House of Representatives vote should be a no-brainer. shutterstock images Editor’s note: This post is part of a series on immigration policy from Engine, a Silicon Valley based advocacy organization for tech start-ups. See below […]

28Jun

Be Honest: Do You Completely Unplug on Your Vacation?

BASEMENT TO BOARDROOM | Janine Popick Jun 28, 2013 Do you lug your laptop, smartphone and other technology halfway around the world to keep up with what you are supposed to be getting away from? Getty I got “away” a few weeks ago, but seems like getting “away” just might mean being […]

28Jun

3 Secrets for Mastering the Art of the Freemium

EMERGENCE CAPITAL | Sean Jacobsohn Jun 28, 2013 Companies like LinkedIn and YouSendIt have turned freemium into a hugely successful model. What do they know that you don’t? shutterstock images Freemium: Entrepreneurs love it. And they hate it. (Or, to borrow a word-mashup like freemium itself, they lovate it.) But love freemium […]

28Jun

SAP CEO Bill McDermott on Entrepreneurship

SALES SOURCE | Geoffrey James Jun 28, 2013 SAP CEO Bill McDermott describes how he built a successful small business when he was just a teenager. SAP CEO Bill McDermott is undoubtedly one of high tech’s most successful CEOs, but he didn’t get his career start in a big company. McDermott first […]

27Jun

Forget Big Money. You Want 'Smart' Money

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jun 27, 2013 A brand name VC offering a fat check may be exactly what your start-up needs–or the farthest thing from it. Here’s how to tell the difference. shutterstock images For entrepreneurs, cash is a tool. In a basic sense, taking a VC’s money is a […]

27Jun

Sean Parker Defends Himself in 10,000 Words, Twitter Explodes

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 27, 2013 The billionaire took to the Internet to try to set the record straight on his lavish wedding–and the Internet was all too pleased to skewer the attempt. Sean Parker, president of Facebook, holds forth on start-up funding Sean Parker, billionaire co-founder of Napster […]

27Jun

Business Etiquette: Who Should Pick Up the Check?

LAST WORD | Steve Tobak Jun 27, 2013 No matter who you are or what you do for a living, this is one dilemma you’re going to face again and again. shutterstock images It happens all the time. You’re having dinner or lunch with people you work with. Everything’s fine until the […]

27Jun

Entrepreneur Gets Goliath to Back Down–and Pay $50K

TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jun 27, 2013 When Adecco stole his brand for an ad campaign, this entrepreneur hunkered down and made demands. Here’s how he got what he wanted. How to compete with a giant and win Often entrepreneurs are convinced that large corporations are watching what they do, trying to […]

27Jun

4 Global Innovations You Can't Miss

April Dykman Jun 27, 2013 Mind-reading headphones, a scooter in a suitcase, and more. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fneurowear-IN0713ITR02-pop_27192.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Courtesy Company MICO HEADPHONES A forehead sensor on the headphones measures the electrical activity in your prefrontal cortex. “> Courtesy Company MICO HEADPHONES A forehead sensor on the headphones measures the electrical […]

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 […]