28Jun

My Phone Is My Lifeline

Ever since Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robins founded Vesta Preferred Realty, the two have been working nonstop. Finding balance and a strong support network has helped them keep growing their Chicago-based start-up. Full: Grind, Hustle, and Payoff7:44 For co-founders Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robbins, 80-hour workweeks are just a part of […]

28Jun

You Must Decompress

Ever since Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robins founded Vesta Preferred Realty, the two have been working nonstop. Finding balance and a strong support network has helped them keep growing their Chicago-based start-up. Full: Grind, Hustle, and Payoff7:44 For co-founders Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robbins, 80-hour workweeks are just a part of […]

28Jun

Making it in America

Ever since Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robins founded Vesta Preferred Realty, the two have been working nonstop. Finding balance and a strong support network has helped them keep growing their Chicago-based start-up. Full: Grind, Hustle, and Payoff7:44 For co-founders Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robbins, 80-hour workweeks are just a part of […]

28Jun

Find What Drives You

Ever since Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robins founded Vesta Preferred Realty, the two have been working nonstop. Finding balance and a strong support network has helped them keep growing their Chicago-based start-up. Full: Grind, Hustle, and Payoff7:44 For co-founders Greg Pekarsky and Brad Robbins, 80-hour workweeks are just a part of […]

28Jun

How Sean Parker Should Have Handled His Wedding Controversy

Christine Lagorio | Inc.com staff Jun 28, 2013 Things could have gone oh-so differently for the Silicon Valley mainstay, should he have followed these bits of expert advice. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FSean-Parker-and-Alexandra-Lenas-Getty-fullscreen_27229.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW “> Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW My own first response to […]

28Jun

Patagonia Invests $20 Million in Eco Start-ups

Liz Welch | Inc. magazine Jun 28, 2013 The outdoor-clothing company spreads the green. Mark Gamba/Gallery Stock AGAINST THE STREAM Patagonia’s salmon jerky business uses sustainable fishing methods. Now, Patagonia is funding other innovative food companies. The $575 million outdoor-clothing company Patagonia recently took on a new role: Investor.  In May, the […]

28Jun

No Guts, No Glory: Fail on Your Own Terms

GRIST | Leigh Buchanan | Inc. magazine Jun 28, 2013 You say you believe in your idea. In your people. In your plan. Then run your business that way, and you’ll have no regrets. shutterstock images The startup-childbirth analogy ranks among our most overworked business clichés. We talk less about the deathbed vigil that […]

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 […]