10Jul

Finally: SEC Lifts Ban on Advertising Fundraising Rounds

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jul 10, 2013 The Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision is going to be a game-changer for entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking cash. In a 4-1 decision today, the five commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to lift the ban on general solicitation and general advertising of fundraising […]

10Jul

Leadership Challenge: How Lovable Are You?

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jul 10, 2013 If you want to be an exceptional leader, warmth and approachability matter far more than competence. Here’s why. Flickr/Rusty Russ Most leaders emphasize strength, competence, and credentials at work, but, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article, that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. […]

10Jul

How Humans of New York Went Viral on Facebook

D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jul 10, 2013 In the last year, Brandon Stanton’s amazingly simple project, Humans of New York, attracted nearly 1 million Facebook fans. Here’s what you can learn from his experience. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fhony-moe-died_27549.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Brendan Stanton, Humans of New York “When my husband was dying, I […]

10Jul

Getting Peter Thiel's Attention–and His Money

Christine Lagorio | Inc.com staff Jul 10, 2013 Sometimes the best pitch…looks and feels nothing like a pitch. Here’s how one young founder hooked a prominent VC. shutterstock images Some CEOs love chess; others…not so much.  Seth Bannon, the founder of Amicus, a start-up that helps non-profits spread awareness–and raise money–by tapping […]

10Jul

Wait, They're Making That Much a Day?

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jul 10, 2013 The newest mobile game craze? Candy Crush Saga. Here’s how Candy Crush, and it’s developer King, stack up against competitors and predecessors. flickr/faseextra Every year there’s the new game: BubbleSpinner, Words with Friends, Robot Unicorn. Each rises and fall, accepting the fate of gaming […]

10Jul

When and When Not to Outsource

When and When Not to Outsource | Inc. 5000 Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Inc. 5000 >  Zalmi Duchman grew The Fresh Diet, his healthy meal delivery company, 400 percent when he hired a caterer to prepare food, but then had to change course. […]

10Jul

Take These Leadership Skills From the Boxing Ring

THE CLIMBER | Steve Cody Jul 10, 2013 In five years of boxing, I’ve discovered benefits beyond the physical ones from my trainer, Eric Daniels. Here’s what to take back to the boardroom from the gym. shutterstock images I was more than a little intrigued to read Christine Lagorio’s June feature in […]

10Jul

A Start-Up's Secret Weapon (on a Shoestring Budget)

SEO HEROES | Aaron Aders Jul 10, 2013 Here’s a secret weapon that scrappy start-ups have used to effectively market themselves without breaking the bank. shutterstock images “If you don’t have a lot of money, and a big brain, this is good marketing.” –Brian Halligan, CEO, HubSpot Outside of well-funded start-ups, marketing […]

10Jul

Want to Grow Your Business? Get to Know Your 'Vital Few'

CUSTOMER CONNECTIONS | Victor Ho Jul 10, 2013 For most businesses, 20 percent of customers drive 80 percent of sales. The key is to find your 20 percent and keep them happy. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FRetail-transactions_16729.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Flickr “> Flickr In the 1940s, Joseph M. Juran coined the “80-20 rule,” which posits that […]

10Jul

Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters

The Build Network staff Jul 10, 2013 Using Charles Dickens and George Eliot to study Marissa Mayer and Clayton Christensen. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FLiberalArts_27506.jpg" class="lightbox" title="photo by flickr user RachelH_ “> photo by flickr user RachelH_ During graduation season, it’s fashionable to lampoon liberal arts majors. The insult usually goes something […]

10Jul

9 Biggest Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make

DECODED | Ilya Pozin Jul 10, 2013 Screwing up from time to time is part of the entrepreneurial process–but not all mistakes are created equal. shutterstock images Entrepreneurship, at its best, is synonymous with learning. Don’t let the overnight success stories fool you. The more common story looks like this: test a […]

10Jul

How Latinos Have Changed U.S. Business Culture

START ME UP | Minda Zetlin Jul 10, 2013 In ways big and small, argues one author, Latino culture is leaving its mark on the way people do business in the U.S. Getty There are 52 million Latinos in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. And they’re making their presence […]

10Jul

Facebook Graph Search: Identify Customers You Don't Want

TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jul 10, 2013 Those customers who take but never give anything in return? Find them–so you can stop wasting time and money on them. shutterstock images Facebook Graph Search, the highly anticipated search tool within the social network, is rolling out over the next few weeks. There are […]

10Jul

5 Dumb Myths About Start-Ups

SALES SOURCE | Geoffrey James Jul 10, 2013 Contrary to popular belief, start-ups are not at a disadvantage when they compete with huge firms. shutterstock images Even experienced entrepreneurs sometimes cleave to broken beliefs about how the business world works.  If you’re not careful, it’s easy to absorb the myths that small […]

09Jul

Chobani: It's Hard Out There for a Yogurt-Maker

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jul 9, 2013 Though Chobani is the quintessential fast-growing American company, it still faces challenges in the global market. Here, the CFO explains. Caitlin Berens Chobani‘s CFO James McConeghy testified before a small business subcommittee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday during a hearing about America’s competitiveness in […]

09Jul

Board Seats: Don't Just Give Them Away

THE LEAN LAUNCHPAD | Steve Blank Jul 9, 2013 Your board members become your bosses. So think carefully about who you put in the top seats. Editor’s note: This post first appeared on Steve Blank’s blog. I had a group of ex-students out to the ranch who were puzzling over a dilemma–they’ve […]

09Jul

Yelp Launches Food Delivery Service

Megan Rose Dickey, Business Insider Jul 9, 2013 Up next on the agenda: booking reservations. Courtesy Yelp Yelp is rolling out a new feature today for ordering food and booking reservations, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman writes on the company’s blog. The Yelp Platform will roll out category by category. The first […]

09Jul

How Silicon Valley Is Transforming the Immigration Debate

Jeremy Quittner | Inc.com staff Jul 9, 2013 Tech entrepreneurs are more actively lobbying for immigration reform–and skilled foreign-born workers–than ever before. Vishal Sankhla, 33, co-founder and chief technology officer of Viralheat, a social media analytics firm. Shortly after launching Viralheat, a social media analytics company in Santa Clara, California, Vishal Sankhla raised […]

09Jul

Starting a Company? 5 Videos You Must Watch First

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jul 9, 2013 Starting a business is no walk in the park. Here are five videos to watch before you launch. As any seasoned entrepreneur can tell you, starting a business is not always easy. From leadership to fundraising to recruiting, there are plenty of potholes […]

09Jul

Care.com's Founder Waited Five Years to Launch

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jul 9, 2013 Founders must be prepared to lead a start-up and I wasn’t ready, says Care.com founder Sheila Lirio Marcelo. Here’s why the wait was worth it. Flickr/BlissDom Some founders launch their start-up as soon as they get the idea. But Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and […]

09Jul

Best Advice I Ever Got: Panos Panay

NEXT GENERATION | Young Entrepreneur Council Jul 9, 2013 The founder and CEO of Sonicbids explains the best pointers he’s ever received, including taking passionate people over big ideas any day. Panos Panay left a well-paying job as a talent agent to start Sonicbids, which he recently sold to the actor’s job-board, […]

09Jul

Why Working From Home Still Works People Up

Christina Couch, The Fiscal Times Jul 9, 2013 For many, working from home is a crucial part of their work-life balance. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fhome-full_24029.jpg" class="lightbox" title="jeremyhiebert/Flickr “> jeremyhiebert/Flickr Yahoo banned it. Best Buy and Bank of America modified it. But working from home is not going away any time soon. […]

09Jul

'The Time Might Come When You Have to Let Go of Your First Big Dog'

‘The Time Might Come When You Have to Let Go of Your First Big Dog’ | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Grow >  Fast Growth >  THE SYNERGIST | Les McKeown Jul 9, 2013 Les McKeown, a growth-strategy advisor, explains when it could be time to […]

09Jul

Obama Calls on Entrepreneurs in New Agenda

The private sector must step up to create the government we want, the president said Monday. Official White House Photo/Pete Souza The President answered a series of questions at the first Twitter Town Hall at the White House on July 6, 2011. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey served as the moderator. […]