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Fail on Your Own Terms

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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. The startup-childbirth analogy ranks among our most overworked business clichés. We talk less about the deathbed vigil that accompanies failure. But as this recent Tumblr post attests, that metaphor is just as apt. Founders watch helplessly as their companies expire, comforting themselves with memories of early promise. uiteindelik, though, they descend into recriminations (directed at themselves and others); regret over opportunities squandered; resolutions to do right by survivors; and--above all--personal desolation. Post-mortem, their grieving traces the [...]

How to Tell If Your Employees Are Bored

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You know bored employees often quit, so why aren't your pausing every once in awhile to assess your top performers' boredom levels? Sometimes your best employee leaves because he wants to move somewhere sunny or because his wife got a new gig on the other side of the country. Sometimes that uber productive engineer can’t resist the lure of her own startup or your communications ace has decided he wants to be a yoga instructor instead. When it comes to reasons like these, there’s very little you can do to keep the team you’ve sweated to put together intact. But [...]

Good News: Your Budget Is Probably Too Pessimistic

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Did you create your budget in gloomier days? Be aware there's new reason for optimism -- and for making mid-year tweaks to your budget. A few phantom green shoots a couple of years back aside, it’s been a long time since entrepreneurs had much in the way of positive economic news to celebrate. But while it’s still not exactly boom times, author and business expert Ram Charan may have finally located a reason to feel cheery. What is it? Turns out many businessesbudgets for this year are too pessimistic, he writes on the HBR Blog Network. "There are plenty [...]

Inside Story: Inc.’s ‘How I Did It

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Inc.'s Editor in Chief Eric Schurenberg reveals why the longtime series is always compelling and dramatic read. I had coffee on a recent morning with an entrepreneur, as I often do. What struck me about this founder, an enthusiastic Ohioan named Austin Allison, was how unremarkable his remarkable story was. He is CEO of dotloop, a maker of cloud-based software that streamlines the maddeningly slow dance of documentation that accompanies any home sale. Agents, real estate brokerages, and homeowners seem to find real value in dotloop's service: According to Allison, in four years the payroll has gone from two to [...]

Lesson From Zynga: Not All Founders Make Good CEOs

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It's official: Mark Pincus is stepping aside as CEO of Zynga. It's hardly surprising: Founders rarely make good public-company CEOs. Mark Pincus has left the building. Wel, sort of. In a statement issued earlier today, Pincus, the founder and CEO of Zynga, the troubled gaming start-up that's been struggling to maintain its relevance ever since its IPO in December 2011, announced he's fired himself, and hired another industry veteran--Don Mattrick, a former head of Microsoft's Xbox division--as his replacement. "As I reflect on the past six years, I realize that I’ve had the greatest impact working as an entrepreneur with [...]

5 Signs You’re Ready to Start a Company

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Think you're ready to start up? Put yourself to the test. Check out the five crucial keys to knowing it's time. Andy Palmer has started at least five companies by my count--and I’d guess he has invested in dozens of others. Based on that experience, I’d consider him an expert when it comes to deciding whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. After graduating from Bowdoin with a major in English, History, and Computer Science, the passionate Rugby player was injured and decided to become serious about a career. So he got an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck [...]

U.S. companies react cautiously to Trump victory

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By Noel Randewich | SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO U.S. companies reacted on Wednesday with caution to businessman Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election and pointed to uncertainty over his lack of clear policy proposals. A smattering of analyst conference calls held by companies reporting their quarterly results offered a glimpse of how they view the country's new path led by the former reality TV host.Following campaign promises by Trump to renegotiate global trade agreements and make U.S. companies move factories back to the United States, over 1,100 manufacturers and businesses offered in an open letter on Wednesday to [...]

The ‘Why Before You BuyIs Key to Connecting With Customers

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Consumers today search everywhere to find what they need and want. Theyre at home, theyre at work, and theyre on the go. This zigzagging customer journey makes it challenging for local businesses to discern why some consumers move in one direction while somemove inthe other. so, why do consumers choose one business over another? To answer the question, business owners must focus on three essential principles: knowing your audience, establishing your online presence, and makingit easy for people to find you.Know your audience.Consumers value different types of information when they make buying decisions. Primary information consists of the critical basics [...]

On money and your honey: Rules for homefront harmony

Kommentaar is afgeskakel vir hierdie post. Im feeling like the Cubs right now.In my win column: 25 years of wedded bliss.And, given all the acrimony during this election season, couldnt you use a story about a man and woman in harmony?world news bbcIm so grateful I married my soul mate. My husband is also a great money manager and most of all what makes him so sexy hes a penny-pincher, too.We rarely fight about money. When we do have what we call intense fellowships about our finances, its usually because Im scared to spend even for things that we need or have saved to buy.Weve [...]

10 Ways to Get High-Roller Customers Spending More With You

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High-quality customers can be defined in several ways. They may be customers eager for your products or services and predisposed to spend as soon as they find your website. They may be wealthy individuals with disposable income and desire for status who crave what you offer. No matter how you define high quality, these are the customers who arrive at your site, look at your offerings, and say Yes! with their shopping carts.What do high-quality customers want?The best customers are the right customers. These are the people whose needs align perfectly with the benefits your products offer them.Such clients want:Products [...]

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