Cash Advance Apps Can Be a Short-Term Bridge for People Short on Money

If you find yourself short on cash, these services could be a good short-term solution. June 21, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Around 78 percent of Americans found themselves living paycheck to paycheck, according to a 2017 study by Career Builder. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that cash advance apps, which give people access to their money before payday, have become a hot trend in recent years. These apps allow users to temporarily borrow the money they need to bridge the gap until that invoice money comes in or payday hits, at a cheaper cost compared to overdraft fees and missed payment penalties from banks. In this respect, many entrepreneurs and early stage startup employees are finding these apps genuinely helpful. For example, I recently learned of a startup team that is building a company that gets paid on the performance of their work, so their […]

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4 Trends That Will Rewire the Inner Workings of the Fintech Industry

The past few decades have seen entrepreneurs sprinting to innovate and exploit outdated process gaps for riches. June 14, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Financial technology (fintech) refers to the infrastructure for modern digital payment rails, payment processing, back-end settlement of assets on capital markets and many other financial pieces of software and hardware. With a lot of different software and hardware needs on the part of financial institutions, the past few decades have seen entrepreneurs sprinting to innovate and exploit outdated process gaps for riches. These four impending trends won’t just rewire the inner workings of the fintech industry, they’ll create space for further innovation on the part of agile startup entrepreneurs.   1. Quantum computing Modern computers are based on binary code that is interpreted by the computer as ones or zeros — each binary digit represents a binary state (on or off). […]

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Here’s What Entrepreneurs Must Know About the Booming VPN Industry

The future of the VPN industry is bright, but mostly because the future of online privacy and security is so bleak. June 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Twenty years ago, virtual private networks (VPNs) were almost exclusively connected to businesses. The consumer VPN industry, as it is now, was pretty much non-existent, with many people using proxies to access blocked sites. However, with more streaming sites and faster speeds, consumers have begun to take to VPNs. A huge factor in the increase in consumer VPN usage is streaming content – especially Netflix – with nearly half of all people using VPNs for entertainment. Only 31 percent of consumers use VPNs for greater anonymity. For that reason, VPN services have also become extremely user-friendly, with many applications allowing users one-click connections. That way, even the most non-technical user can get started with VPNs. Geo-blocked content, […]

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Here’s How This Former UFC Champion Runs His Company Today

Tito Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012, and now he runs a clothing line. May 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tito Ortiz is an American mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion (having held the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003) and Bellator MMA. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock. Now, Ortiz is the CEO of the equipment and clothing line, Punishment Athletics MMA. He also manages a number of other business ventures including the Ortiz Auto Group. Related: This Comedian Breaks Down Stand-Up, Startups and Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We […]

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This Comedian Breaks Down Stand-Up, Startups and Entrepreneurship

Andrew Medal chats with Theo Von about comedy and business. May 24, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Theo Von is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host and actor. He can be seen in his very own Netflix comedy special, No Offense, or heard on his podcast, This Past Weekend. Twice a week on the podcast, Von offers earnest suggestions to callers and gives his take on recent events. He has appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience and Joey Diaz’s The Church of What’s Happening Now. Related: This Entrepreneur Says He Spends as Much as $200K a Month on Building His Brand Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN […]

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This Entrepreneur Says He Spends as Much as $200K a Month on Building His Brand

Andrew Medal connects with Billy Gene in San Diego to talk all things digital marketing. May 17, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Billy Gene is an online marketing influencer and educator. Through his online courses and Facebook live-streams, he teaches important entrepreneurial skills that schools often miss. Gene says he spends up to $200,000 a month on his personal brand leveraging unique video content and ads on billboards, podcasts, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Related: This Tattoo Artist Fell in Love With the Art When He Was 16. Here’s How He Made a Career Out of It. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in […]

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This Tattoo Artist Fell in Love With the Art When He Was 16. Here’s How He Made a Career Out of It.

Luke Wessman has worked in tattoo parlors from Los Angeles to New York City. May 10, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Luke Wessman is a tattoo artist, designer and influencer who has been featured Spike TVs Inkmaster as a guest judge and designed the #GoVote campaign for Jay Z and Beyonce’s On The Run Tour. He was also featured on the TLC reality shows Miami Ink and NY Ink. Related: How Christopher ‘Drama’ Pfaff Used His MTV Fame to Build a Fashion Brand Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our network partners on demand on Roku, Apple TV and the Entrepreneur App […]

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How to Make Money Through Social Media

This influencer breaks down his experience on building brands through social media. May 3, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Andrew Medal sits with Branden Hampton — a content, engagement and branding expert who helps individuals and brands maximize their online presence and brand equity — in Los Angeles to discuss how working with the Kardashians has influenced his work. Click play to hear the conversation between Medal and Hampton. Related: How Christopher ‘Drama’ Pfaff Used His MTV Fame to Build a Fashion Brand Read_More Related posts: Klout Is Shutting Down, but Here Are 5 Social Media Tools You Can Use to Replace It The ROI of Social Media (Infographic) Give Your Audience What They Want on Social Media Before Pushing Your Agenda The One Thing You Can Do to Build an Engaging Social Media Presence 7 Highly Effective […]

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How Christopher ‘Drama’ Pfaff Used His MTV Fame to Build a Fashion Brand

Andrew Medal chats with the former reality TV star in Beverly Hills to learn about the transition from ‘Rob and Big’ to Young & Reckless. April 26, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Christopher “Drama” Pfaff is an entrepreneur, producer and reality TV star best known for his roles in the MTV reality shows Rob and Big and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. Pfaff is also the founder and CEO of Young & Reckless Clothing. Young & Reckless is a street wear inspired clothing brand sold across the world. The brand can be seen worn on celebrities like Kevin Durant, Cassie, Justin Bieber, Meek Mill and Colin Kaepernick. Related: How to Build a Famous Fashion Brand Read_More Related posts: How to Build a Famous Fashion Brand How Fashion Brands Can Assist Sustainable Development How to Master Social Media and Build a Real Brand How Comedian Kevin Hart […]

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How to Build a Famous Fashion Brand

Andrew Medal sits with Dee Murthy at the Beverly Hills headquarters of Five Four Club. April 19, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dee Murthy is co-Founder of Los Angeles-based, fashion membership Five Four Group and Young & Reckless. The e-commerce platform has a portfolio of brands that include New Republic by Mark McNairy, Grand AC and Oshenta. Murthy is also a seasoned investor and partner at Queenbridge Venture Partners as well as partner in popular Las Vegas shoe store 12 AM RUN. He is a co-host with Chris ”Drama” Pfaff in weekly lifestyle podcast Group Chat in addition to his business ventures. Related: How This Entrepreneur Used CrossFit to Build a Business Read_More Related posts: How Fashion Brands Can Assist Sustainable Development How Fashion Brands Can Leverage Content Marketing to Increase Brand Awareness The Entrepreneur Behind This Oprah-Approved Fashion Brand Shares How to Find Your Purpose SPI […]

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How This Entrepreneur Used CrossFit to Build a Business

This Entrepreneur won the 2008 CrossFit Games, and now he runs over 20 gyms. April 12, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Few men have had the honor of being named the Fittest Man on Earth, but Jason Khalipa is one of them. The 2008 CrossFit Games champion has competed at the Games eight times and only once placed outside the top 10. He has won every regional competition he’s participated in. He’s not only proven his fitness prowess, but he’s also achieved great success as an entrepreneur with more than 20 gyms internationally. Related: How These 2 Brothers Started a Company Together While Living in Different Cities Read_More Related posts: Build the Business You Want Because Nobody Is Going to Pay Your Bills Use These Growth Strategies to Build a 6-Figure Business How To Build Business Momentum and Escape the ‘6-Figure Hamster Wheel’ Why […]

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7 Prolific Business Lessons Nipsey Hussle Gifted the World

Long live Nipsey the Great. April 5, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw mixtape dropped in 2013, I was in the penitentiary serving a two- to five-year sentence. I had been following his music since 2008 when I first heard the song “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name,” and because I am a Socal native, it gave me pride to see him coming up. While in the joint, I found a way to purchase a smuggled bootleg compilation of Nipsey’s music and would bang the lyrics in my Discman on my prison rack while teaching myself to code with textbooks, or when I was getting tattooed. On March 31, 2019, Nipsey was attacked by an envious gunman, and tragically passed away. His untimely demise has shocked his childhood community of Crenshaw and the world at large. Nipsey was more than a rapper. He was an […]

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5 Leadership Lessons CEOs Can Learn From Prison Shot Callers

Being on both sides of the cell door, I know there’s a lot that CEOs can learn from their prison counterparts. March 29, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As anyone who goes through the system will tell you, guards may watch the prison, but inmates run it. The prison system is based on a set of rules called “prison politics” that are endorsed and enforced by the inmates themselves, not the Department of Corrections. You can think of it as a sort of C-suite in the business world. A shot caller, generally speaking, is the top leader in a prison system. Specifically, the shot caller is an inmate who, as so aptly named, calls the shots. In prison slang, it’s the inmate who “has the keys.” The highest ranking shot caller does so for his entire prison gang and race. Then there are shot callers for each housing […]

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How Open Financial Tools and Services on the Blockchain Are an Enormous Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

The opportunity blockchain represents is just getting started. March 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Outside of all the consistent price speculation and novelty of cryptocurrencies, a compelling trend toward a more open and accessible financial ecosystem has materialized. Underscoring this movement is the expansion of the infrastructure and regulation required to facilitate a transition toward open financial tools. From standardized identity protocols for KYC/AML (know your customer/anti money laundering) compliance to modular, open-source tools, the digital asset market is converging with traditional economic structures. For entrepreneurs, the sheer scale of innovation in the sector is dizzying. The narrative of monetary sovereignty that cryptocurrencies have molded has coincided with broader trends toward data privacy and more accessible financial tools for the unbanked parts of the world. The potential for open, decentralized finance is enormous and has become one of the most convincing areas for attracting entrepreneurs. The movement towards […]

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How These 2 Brothers Started a Company Together While Living in Different Cities

This is the story of how theChive.com got started. March 22, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Brothers John Resig and Leo Resig founded Chive Media Group and its flagship site, theChive.com, in November 2008, with no capital and a lot of hustle. Leo was living in Chicago (the “CHI” in “CHIVE”), and John was living in Venice (the “VE”). With backgrounds in digital publishing and the financial backing from partner Doug Schaaf, the Resigs were able to turn a three-man project into the nationwide, 170-employee entertainment digital media company that Chive Media Group is today. Read_More Related posts: This Entrepreneur Quickly Grew His Chickpea Pasta Company by Being Scrappy and Bold and Borrowing Tech Company Tactics This Is the Living Wage You Need in All 50 States This Man Started His Own Content Company and Got 20 Million YouTube Views With Kevin Hart This […]

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4 Lessons That Most Successful Entrepreneurs Had to Learn the Hard Way

To help mitigate the impact of those speed bumps, here are four lessons that most successful entrepreneurs have learned the hard way, but maybe you don’t have to. March 15, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The path to building a successful business is rarely a simple one. But in the beginning, it seems simple enough: you’ll build an amazing product, market it and watch as people pull out their credit cards. Then you’ll hire people to take over menial tasks and you’ll move into the role of CEO, eventually delegating that as well and living on the beach in Bora Bora, sipping on a martini. Of course, anyone who’s spent more than three months trying to build a business knows that isn’t the common story arc for a thriving startup. The truth is, building a business brings lots of unexpected twists — people quit, […]

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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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