13 Prison Slang Terms You Should Use With Co-Workers

You thought prison slang was reserved for hardened convicts and characters of ‘Orange is the New Black’? February 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Prison life is hard. It requires its own language, a slang understood only by those who experience it. Do you know what else is hard? Your job. While you might not be confined to solitary, your cubicle might sometimes feel like a cell. Or sometimes, even a death sentence. When you’re at your most pessimistic and your boss is being a dick, when the co-worker next to you is about to drive you to some heavy level manslaughter shit, you need the right slang to truly articulate how horrible life can be in the cubicle cell in which you live (or, maybe it’s not so dramatic and you just want to have fun). Related: The Many Pros and Fewer-Than-Expected Cons […]

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4 Influencer Marketing Secrets Entrepreneurs Need to Know

February 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Potentially earning thousands per post, influencers are cashing in on their ability to captivate large audiences and thus heavily impact the purchasing behavior of their followers. It’s clear why brands keep throwing products and money toward these social media stars — influencer marketing works. The top 50 Instagram influencers have more than 3.1 billion followers, as reported by Social Blade, and overall, 3.028 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, actively use social media.  Here are a few more stats to consider: Influencer marketing has 11 times the ROI of traditional digital marketing, as reported byTapinfluence.com. Seventy percent of millennial consumers are persuaded by the recommendations of their peers in buying decisions, as reported by Collective Bias. Thirty-seven percent of customers place more value on the quality of a post then its sponsorship and 67 percent don’t have an […]

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What Business Owners Need to Know About Protecting Their Data

False sense of security? Even major apps and platforms can fall victim to security vulnerabilities. February 1, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With the recent rush toward enhancing consumer data protection due to GDPR and other privacy regulations that have taken effect, businesses have strengthened their platforms toward better protecting and securing user data. But is this enough? What do you need to know as a business owner, entrepreneur or manager? Recent vulnerability reports prove that even major ecommerce and social platforms can easily become an attack vector for cross-site-scripting (or XSS) attacks, and these happen even if the platforms themselves are secure. With vulnerabilities in third-party application providers being used by major customer-facing platforms, there is an increased risk that user data will be exposed to malicious players. This is the risk we all face, unfortunately.  Data privacy regimes Perhaps the biggest […]

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How Blockchain’s Decentralization Narrative Can Redefine Data Privacy

The true value of blockchain technology can be found in data privacy. January 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Blockchain’s prolonged sentiment as a panacea to the world’s problems throughout 2017 was unambiguously representative of what the Gartner Hype Cycle details. However, out of the extended bear markets, which pruned many altcoins from the markets and helped participants in the broader ecosystem become more discerning, emerged several trends that still can drive important change in crucial areas. One of those areas is data privacy, and the future role that decentralizing network and systems architecture can have in mitigating the endemic problems of data security, unethical data sharing and Orwellian-grade mass surveillance. Related: Don’t Let Blockchain Technology’s Security Loopholes Go Unnoticed Surveying the cryptocurrency and blockchain landscape reveals that privacy has been continually emphasized among core proponents of the underlying technology, and is beginning to garner […]

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5 Ways to Be More Productive in 2019 Without Driving Your Team Insane

Here’s how to get your business running faster and better. January 8, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When talking about their biggest challenges for 2019, many of the entrepreneurs I speak with say they’re overwhelmed with the rapid pace at which business operates today. Today’s consumers have come to expect instant gratification, and they’re putting pressure on companies to make sure that they get what they want right now. Technology’s partly to blame for these questionably reasonable expectations. We’ve got virtually countless hours of on-demand video streaming content at our fingertips. We’re on the cusp of mass product delivery by drone. We get frustrated when customer service departments fail to respond to our queries within minutes. Just a couple of decades ago, looking up information meant going to the library to check out references. Today, we don’t even type out our Google searches. We […]

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The 10 Best Instagram Tools for 2019

You can be posting coffee art Boomerangs, like your favorite influencer, shortly after reading this list. November 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In June, Instagram reached 1 billion monthly active users worldwide, as reported by Statista. The process of liking photos, sharing stories and getting new followers has turned the platform into a social staple (even my grandma is liking cat memes on IG versus Facebook these days). More importantly, Instagram has become a goldmine for marketers, influencers and brands. Here are some of the best tools available for obtaining insights, driving results and leveraging Instagram in 2019. Happy ‘Gramming. 1. Social Gone Viral Developing organic growth isn’t easy. That’s why Social Gone Viral has become one of the leading organic growth platforms on the market. Social Gone Viral uses targeted marketing algorithms to help its customers get followers, comments, likes, sponsorships and more. If you’re […]

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The Case for Disconnecting and Traveling as an Entrepreneur

Yes, it’s imperative to work your butt off, but, although it may seem counter-intuitive, it’s also vital to drop everything and travel. October 30, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I just got back from my honeymoon to Egypt and the Seychelles islands, and it was life-changing. As I flew and traveled to my various destinations, I thought about traveling as an entrepreneur and how it’s been one of the best ways to grow personally and professionally. While a number of my trips in the U.S. and abroad were for personal reasons instead of business purposes, they all had an impact on how I ran my companies and my view on the world. Here are some of the reasons why I believe traveling as an entrepreneur is vital to success and a few of the places I recommend visiting. It’s easier and cheaper than […]

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5 Tech Trends Content Creators Need to Pay Attention To

Content creation will continue to evolve and morph, and as a content creator it’s vital to stay ahead of the trends. October 2, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology has provided new ways for creative professionals and artists to overcome the “starving artist” stigma and become digital entrepreneurs. Platforms including YouTube, Patreon and Shutterstock provide viable means for creators to publish and monetize their works. However, there have also been some down moments. Constant changes in the monetization policies of these platforms have been largely considered to be disadvantageous to creators, compelling a number of artists to quit or, at least, threaten to leave, as reported by The Verge.  Still, these issues shouldn’t discourage enterprising creative professionals to pursue their passions. If you’re a creative professional looking to leverage technology to your advantage, it pays to stay on top of trends. These serve as good indicators of […]

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One of the Biggest Issues Facing Blockchain Is Its Lack of Ability to Scale

Here’s what you need to know about the problems facing the technology backing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. August 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In order for the world economy to continue to grow, we need to develop digital infrastructure to sustain the speed and volume in which we share information. Data infrastructure needs to be scalable and deployable as the needs of our digital era continue to evolve. Even though blockchain is somewhat the “new kid on the block,” it has excited the world of business. According to a survey carried out by Gartner, 66 percent of the respondents said they believed that blockchain is a business disruption and 5 percent were willing to spend over $10 million on the technology. Blockchain has many uses and implications; however, the first mainstream application we’ve seen is through cryptocurrency. But the initial design of cryptocurrencies was not built for widespread […]

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These Tech Companies are Scoring Big at the World Cup

Are you following the matches in Russia? Sports are ripe for disruption, but you’ve gotta have the right tech. June 27, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was viewed by 3 billion sports fans globally, CNN reported, and probably just as many are tuned in to the 2018 football (soccer) series, crowning this tournament as the most watched sporting event in our time. Related: 5 World Cup Strategies You Can Steal to Make Consumers Passionate Fans of Your Brand This year, the finals are in Russia, and if you’re tuning in, you may find yourself enthralled by the theatrics of overtly excited players, and the thrilling matches to which they devote their undeniable talent. However, there is one other MVP that shouldn’t be overlooked this year; and, no, we’re not talking about Portugul’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Argentina’s Javier Mascherano. We’re talking about […]

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3 Must-Do’s You Should Complete Beyond the Interview to Vet That Potential New Hire

Background checks, online searches and tests for candidates can be key practices when you’re hiring. June 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Earlier this year, retail giant Target settled a $3.7 million discrimination lawsuit, as reported by USA Today. The suit alleged that Target’s criminal background-check process was biased against minority candidates. The litigation, spearheaded by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, has since led Target to set up a process for the plaintiffs to either obtain jobs or receive a cash award. Related: 4 Ways to Test ‘Cultural Fit’ During the Hiring Process The class action lawsuit centered around the experiences of two prospective Target employees. Both candidates were given conditional employment offers after their interviews, but following criminal background checks, the offers were revoked. According to reports, the background checks revealed misdemeanor convictions from more than 20 years before, on one candidate’s […]

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3 Lessons the Big Brands Hopping on to the Blockchain Can Teach Entrepreneurs

By mirroring strategies undertaken by big brands, startups can find ways to offer unique services taking advantage of the blockchain’s beneficial attributes. June 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With the blockchain bandwagon gaining momentum, it’s easy to argue that the increasing number of large companies testing the waters is simply a money grab rather than a decision to dabble in innovation. Related: 7 Myths That Fuel Blockchain Hysteria For these brands, blockchain technology, which has commonly been linked to the startup ecosystem, may seem like a somewhat unnecessary add-on that is largely unrelated to core business processes and practices. Moreover, some of the high-profile public blockchain initiatives, like those by Kodak and Long Island Iced Tea (since renamed Long Blockchain Corp.), have flopped hard enough to make observers doubt the applicability of the technology to large companies (as  this Fortune article documented). Even […]

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How to Overcome the 5 Top Challenges of Remote Freelance Work

A freelancer’s need for self-promotion. The battle against loneliness. Chasing clients for pay: Here’s what to do. June 13, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To an outsider looking in, the notion of liberating yourself from a corporate environment and controlling your own success as a freelancer probably seems like nothing less than a dream. So much so that (as a slideshare study presented by Upwork shows) 57.3 million Americans were freelancing as of 2017. (Freelancing In America 2017 used the figure of 36 percent of the U.S. workforce). Related: The Surprising Reality Is Freelancers Are Happy and Prospering Theirs is a world I’ve shared: Before I became a business owner with employees, partners and 1099 contractors, I too was a freelancer and so came to understand the unique challenges freelancers face. I know from experience that pursuing an entrepreneurial venture alone can give […]

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Ex-Convicts Make the Best Entrepreneurs. Here Are 3 Reasons Why.

Think about it: They’re expert bootstrappers, comfortable with unknown situations and likely to have a healthy disregard for ‘the rules.’ June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. According to a recently published U.S. Bureau of Justice study, 76.6 percent of the prison inmates released in 2005 were rearrested within five years. That means that for every 100 inmates of the 404,638 prisoners in 30 states researchers studied, more than three-quarters were locked up again. Related: How This Ex-Con Started From Nothing to Build a 7-Figure Business That’s a staggering statistic about recidivsm given that the United States makes up 5 percent of the world’s population overall, and accounts for 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population (as shown on the website of The Last Mile, an organization I’m involved with, which goes into prisons to teach inmates skills). This and related statistics have garnered national attention. So much so that […]

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Retailers Jumping on the Digital Bandwagon Are Transforming the Industry in 3 Key Areas

Are you exploring digital mobile transactions, payment technology and automation? It’s high time you did June 5, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Last month, Virtusa Corporation released the results of a September 2017 study examining digital transformation across multiple industries. Related: 5 Emerging Technologies for Rapid Digital Transformation Virtusa is a global digital engineering and information-technology services provider. According to its study, conducted by Forrester Consulting, 85 percent of businesses surveyed said they planned to invest in digital transformation in 2018. That means that the vast majority of businesses are changing to internet-based online systems to find customers, market their products to them and process their payments. Storefronts are still part of the mix, but their role is diminishing more and more. Many of those businesses fall into the six industry segments the study examined: retail, banking, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications and media. Of […]

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Where to Spend and Where to Save

Bootstrap, and be scrappy. If it’s cheaper to do it yourself and you’re capable, why not give it a shot? June 1, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Building a company from scratch is no easy task. I know: I’ve done this successfully a handful of times. I also know that I’ve learned a lot about the many expenditures you have to account for, from office space and employee salaries to taxes and marketing. But, thankfully, you don’t have to do all of this alone — which means that the main question you face is, exactly where should you spend your money? And, what are the best resources you can turn to, to help build your business without breaking the bank before you even start? Related: How to Start a Business With (Almost) No Money Here are a few tips regarding the areas where you can save, […]

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4 Ways to Reinvent the Facebook/Google Data Model in the Wake of Cambridge Analytica

The traditional model of collecting user data is hurting us all. Let’s change it, with blockchain. May 25, 2018 7 min read The Cambridge Analytica scandal, as CNBC reported, marked an important tipping point in how many of us view tech giants like Facebook and Google. Related: How to Tell if Cambridge Analytica Scraped Your Facebook Data To briefly recap what happened: Facebook allowed a third party (the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica) to access huge amounts of Facebook user data and use it for political ends. This data contained details about the identities of millions of Facebook users and was shared without their direct knowledge. A massive controversy ensued and is still in full swing. Just this week, Mark Zuckerberg tried to address the European Parliament’s concerns. This and other recent events have confirmed what many of us have known for some time: Our data is not safe with the Facebooks and Googles […]

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How to Build a Fitness Empire With Clients Like Kevin Hart

Andrew Medal talks to Ron “Boss” Everline about what it takes to build a successful fitness business with a high-celebrity profile list May 25, 2018 2 min read Ron “Boss” Everline has made personal fitness and training his life’s work. He attended Northwest Missouri State University on a full athletic football scholarship in pursuit of his professional football dreams. This next level of athletic achievement was the obvious choice for him as he comes from a pedigree of football elites. He headed and co-created programs such as CJ the Workout Kid, which targets childhood obesity in Atlanta, and Teachers Get Fit, a secondary program to CJ the Workout Kid, to motivate teachers to be active and healthy examples to students. Everline’s training programs have grown into the brand Total Player LLC, an umbrella company he created to introduce luxury health and fitness. He trained for the royal family throughout Europe, Africa and the United […]

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Sick of Passwords? Here’s How Blockchain Can Help, and Enhance Cybersecurity, to Boot.

The blockchain revolution includes white hat hackers banding together and the promise of no more passwords. May 21, 2018 5 min read Financial institutions, credit agencies, major corporations and small businesses are all in the news on a regular basis for security breaches (exemplified by this list of the top 17 security breaches from CSO that show the breadth of the issue). Related: Protect Your Business! The 7 Cybersecurity Tools You Need as an Entrepreneur. Because of these breaches, the average consumer needs to take measures to protect his or her individual information. This is where blockchain technologies come in handy, because they’re disrupting the cybersecurity field in terms of how they’re better able to protect the individual user. Security and transparency are part of the overall promise of the block, as this IBM article explains. Before an individual shares personal information or logs in to a favorite website, he or […]

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From Prison to Y Combinator Graduate to Megamillion-Dollar Business

Andrew Medal chats with Frederick Hutson, the co-founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Hutson created a multimillion-dollar business after going to prison for five years. May 18, 2018 1 min read Frederick is the CEO and founder of Pigeonly, a low-cost communication and financial services platform that makes it easy for people to support an incarcerated loved one. He came up with the idea after serving time in the federal penitentiary for distributing 3,000 kilograms of weed. Hutson leads a growing team of over 20 people from Pigeonly’s Las Vegas headquarters and has raised over $5 million in funding from investors including Erik Moore (Base VC) and Mitch Kapor (Lotus). Related: This Entrepreneur Was Down to His Last Cent When He Got an Order for His First Product. Now, His Company Is Worth More Than $28 Million. Read_more Related posts: The Billion-Dollar Secrets of Success With Cheerleading’s Top Entrepreneur This Young Founder […]

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