Become ‘Indistractable’ By Making Work Your Playground

A new book offers insights on overcoming the master source of all distractions. November 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Think of terms associated with the word “work,” and some of these likely pop into your head: “pressure,” “stress,” “team,” “target.” One word that will definitely not feature on the list is ‘”fun.” In his latest book, Indistractable, author and investor Nir Eyal presents insights from several research studies on themes surrounding productivity, work and focus. While the book is packed with interesting anecdotes and insights, one that jumped out at me is the need to reframe and rephrase the way we relate “work” and “fun.” As removed as work and play might seem, making work fun is the secret to getting things done. However, here is the catch: “Fun” does not always translate into “enjoyment.” Eyal argues that our notions regarding both work and fun are limiting, i.e. work does not have to feel burdensome, and fun does […]

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8 Ways EdTech Startups Are Setting Classroom-Innovation Trends

Technology in education is changing how we think about learning and success. September 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Change drives change. Technology and digital footprints have altered the way businesses work, employees perceive work and even the way families function. Classrooms were not to be left behind. In 2018, there was a marked increase in investor interest in learning startups, especially those that are AI-based. According to a report by market-research firm Metaari titled “The Stunning 2018 Global Learning Technology Investment Patterns: The Rise of the Global Edtech Unicorns,” the investments made to EdTech companies soared past $16.34 billion, with China and the U.S. leading the way, followed by India and Israel. More recently, UK education conglomerate  Pearson announced a commitment of  $50 million solely to fund next generation EdTech startups to keep up with changing trends. With that in mind, here are eight ways in which EdTech is […]

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7 Women Investors Reveal What’s Different When a Woman Evaluates Your Pitch

With the number of women founders rising, women investors are an important success factor for them. September 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Women are founding companies at a phenomenal rate with women-owned firms growing by 1.5 times the rate of other small enterprises. About 43 percent of women leave the workforce after starting families and struggling for the elusive work-life balance and return to the workforce as entrepreneurs. Related: Fundraising While Pregnant: How to Raise $20 Million for Your Startup #LikeAGirl While a lot has been said and written about the growing body of female founders, there’s an important tribe that’s rising — the women investors. The Diana Project study by Babson College reported that a female entrepreneur is more than twice as likely to get funded if a woman is part of the investor decision-making team; but beyond that, women bring an […]

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6 Disadvantages Confronting Female Entrepreneurs Seeking Venture Capital

Women found their voice in the #MeToo movement. So why can’t they get their startups funded? March 5, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The role of women in the workplace has assumed enormous proportions. The Economist named the economic empowerment of women as one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past 50 years. Women contribute more than $3 trillion to the economy and own over 36 percent of all businesses. Companies with women founders have performed 63 percent better than all-man teams and have also received higher valuations. Despite these remarkable statistics, startups with women founders received only 2 percent of the entire venture capital funding last year. While no startup has it easy with funding, women seem to have it particularly hard. Here are a few reasons why. 1. Women are asked different questions. The unconscious bias between men and women has been […]

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