Christine Lagorio | Inc.com staff Jun 24, 2013 Les Gold, the entrepreneurial star of the cable series Hardcore Pawn, on what his pawn emporium has taught him about business, succession, and economic forecasting. shutterstock images Courtesy Company GOLD’S STANDARD: Les Gold says he’s turned his grandfather’s small pawnshop into a million-dollar business. […]
TRADE SECRETS | Michael AlterJun 24, 2013 When you’re ready to build your team, make sure you heed this recruiting check list. “> krystiano/Flickr As I wrote recently, building a great team is essential to having a great business. Your team starts with your first hire, and many new entrepreneurs bring that person on […]
News Brief 27 minutes ago Subscribe to Online Media Daily The CNBC Digital Workshop, which develops and produces original video programming for CNBC Digital products and its content partners, will debut three new video projects on CNBC.com: “NetNet TV,” offers a fast-paced look at the hot financial and business topics, “It’s […]
IDEA ACCELERATOR | Jeff Hoffman Jun 24, 2013 The next generation of entrepreneurs literally have the world at their fingertips. Here’s why you want to employ them. Shutterstock After years of launching companies, I’ve often wondered how today’s entrepreneurs create, structure, and grow a small business. Finally, I took a 16-month tour […]
My1login Raises Further $500K To Help Businesses Get Security-Savvy With Its Cloud-Based Password Manager
Most of us employ weak passwords and should know better. Blah blah blah. But actually, as boring as the topic of password security is, get found wanting and the repercussions can be anything but dull (and extremely costly). Just ask the Associated Press. Aiming to help users double-down on their […]
THE SUCCESSFUL SOLOIST | Marla Tabaka Jun 24, 2013 Truly great entrepreneurs aren’t satisfied with comfort. Pushing their own limits is how they get to greatness. Brook Pifer/Getty Everyone has a so-called “comfort zone.” You know what I’m talking about: that mental space you live in where there are boundaries and you […]
SALES SOURCE | Geoffrey James Jun 24, 2013 These words really raise your customer’s hackles. shutterstock images Over the two years, I’ve read hundreds of sales messages and heard dozens of sales presentations. Probably 90 percent of them are full of words that are both trite and ineffective. Here are the worst […]
Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 21, 2013 Need a few good business partners? Sometimes the best team is the one you’ve already played with. Shutterstock Launching a business is hard, so it’s no wonder the majority of entrepreneurs refuse to go it alone. Some find their partner at school or at […]
START IT UP | Jessica Stillman Jun 21, 2013 Got innovation-phobic team members? Use this handy guide to classify and overcome their objections. shutterstock images In business, just about everybody claims to be for creativity and finding new and better ways to do business. Not only does innovation sound exciting, it also […]
D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jun 21, 2013 A lot has changed since the mid-1990s when Google and email were barely in use. Here, the service rating site founder explains what sets her small business apart.
TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jun 21, 2013 It started with a simple idea: a portable loo for dogs. But building it into a $10 million company nearly sunk founder Tobi Skovron. PKMousie/Flickr Tobi Skovron has lived what many would see as the entrepreneurial dream. He came up with an idea, started it […]
BASEMENT TO BOARDROOM | Janine Popick Jun 24, 2013 And what about LinkedIn? Social media has become a fact of life– but where are the lines drawn between employer and employee?
OWNER’S MANUAL | Jeff Haden Jun 24, 2013 Secret No. 1: Always be looking. You’re missing prime opportunities if you wait to recruit until you need someone–anyone!–to fill a position.
DIRECTING HAPPINESS | Shelley Prevost Jun 24, 2013 What can you learn about managing people from peasant farmers in Okinawa, Japan? Plenty, it turns out. shutterstock images Okinawans have a remarkable tradition called `moai` (mo-eye). Made popular by Dan Buettner’s book Blue Zones, moai are described as informal groups created by people who […]
START IT UP | Jessica Stillman Jun 24, 2013 A hard-charging professional flames out and discovers a better way of working based on the wisdom of long-lived Japanese islanders. Ojo de Cineasta/Flickr Sakae-machi Market in Naha, Okinawa Who’s your business role model? Whether you go for high tech gurus like Steve Jobs […]
MODERN RELATIONSHIP MARKETING | Jon Miller | Inc.com contributor Jun 21, 2013 On the Internet, your prospects and customers are telling you all about themselves, and they’re expecting you to pay attention. melstampz/Flickr There’s a famous New Yorker cartoon from 1993 with two dogs, one sitting at a computer telling the other, “On the […]
Free Perks Might Actually Embarrass Customers | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 21, 2013 Everybody likes free stuff, right? Not necessarily, researchers say. Customer reactions depend heavily on the context. shutterstock images Customers may not enjoy free goodies […]
Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jun 21, 2013 The new video product is smart, but the backlash is in full swing. And no wonder: The tech hype cycle can overshadow just about anything. At a press conference Thursday in Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom unveiled what had […]
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE | Mark Suster Jun 21, 2013 Why should anyone buy anything from you? A good answer to that question is crucial to your success. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fbigstock_Middle_Eastern__Western_Busin_3914746_15365.jpg" class="lightbox" title="BigStock “> BigStock Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster’s blog Both Sides of the Table. In […]
The Centro platform is set up to ensure ads are always placed on high-quality sites, which can help ad awareness; according to Trust Metrics most (95%) of Centro Brand Exchange ad placements rank as ‘ideal’. “The Centro Brand Exchange connects quality advertisers with great content. This unique appreciation for premium […]
From transportation to education, today’s startup landscape is more diverse and competitive than ever. In 2013, the startup world is competitive, fragmented and fast moving Internet-enabled devices, wearable tech are hot trends Motion control and other new ways of interacting with computers also emerging With CNN 10: Startups, CNN Tech […]
In 2012, IBM published a white paper that stated “90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years.” That was more than year ago. Information increases at a rate of 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day. This surge of data we’ve created via social platforms, credit […]
Few acts seem to show brand affinity more than someone sifting through his or her spam folder for a marketing email. Across a sample of more than 1 billion messages sent to spam folders in the first quarter of the year, less than 1% (0.17%) were willingly “rescued” by consumers. […]