Marc Benioff Reached Millionaire Status by Age 25 — and 9 Other Things to Know About the Co-Founder of Salesforce

On Sunday, Benioff and his wife Lynne announced their $190 million purchase of Time magazine from Meredith Corp. September 17, 2018 5 min read Almost 40 years ago, a 15-year-old Marc Benioff sold his first piece of software, called “How to Juggle,” for $75. Now, he’s a billionaire tech mogul and the co-founder of Salesforce, a leading enterprise cloud computing company. With an illustrious list of mentors — including Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs — Benioff set off to launch his company in 1999, working out of an apartment in San Francisco. Almost two decades later, Salesforce’s annual revenue surpassed $10 billion for fiscal year 2018. Here are 10 details from Benioff’s life that begin to paint a picture of the billionaire tech mogul. 1. He cleaned cases at a jewelry store for his first official paying job. Benioff asked his parents for permission to work at the jewelry store […]

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The 5 Best Website Builders for Entrepreneurs — and Which Ones to Use, and When

Looking to create your online portfolio or build a landing page for your business? Here’s where to start. September 14, 2018 6 min read About 71 percent of small businesses had websites in 2017, suggests a survey by Clutch, a business-to-business research firm. If you’re part of the leftover three in 10, there’s no time like the present to get with the program — and get online. Having a dedicated website can be vital to jumpstart marketing efforts, promote consumer trust and serve as a purchasing channel. What’s more, 56 percent of consumers say their purchase decisions stem, in part, from search engine queries, according to Forrester Consumer Technographics data from Q1 2017. As for how to narrow down your options? If you’re looking to boost your online presence, here are some of the best platforms for getting started. WordPress Image credit: WordPress | Entrepreneur What We Love: WordPress is a classic […]

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Here’s How to Meet Your Growth Goals This Year

A recent study found 58 percent of women business owners expect to increase their revenue over the next 12 months. Here are tips for how to get started. September 13, 2018 5 min read In 2017, less than half of women business owners expected their revenue to increase over the year ahead. But in 2018, it seems their confidence has increased alongside the amount of money they expect to bring in, according to a new Bank of America study. This year, close to six in 10 female business owners expected their revenue to rise over the next 12 months, up 14 percentage points from 2017 results. And although women trailed men when it came to how many expected a revenue bump, that year-to-year rate of increase was where women came out on top. Male business owners saw just a 10-percentage point spike between 2017 and 2018. “We’re making progress,” said Sharon Miller, head […]

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How the Creator of @OverheardLA and @OverheardNewYork Turned the Act of Eavesdropping Into 2.6 Million Instagram Followers

The accounts feature funny, user-submitted quotes, such as: “I joined a gym once in Pittsburgh just to use the bathroom.” September 12, 2018 9 min read In April 2016, Jesse Margolis sat in an L.A. coffee shop called Verve, surrounded by natural light, plants and the smell of roasting coffee. Two girls soon entered and sat down next to him. They looked like they could be artists or musicians, and Margolis remembers they had a stereotypical conversation about a recent trip to Europe — that people there were “so much cooler” than people in America. Then, one girl looked at the other and asked: “So, what’s your writing process?” “It could be anything. Like have you heard of this Instagram @OverheardLA? It’s fucking stupid. Not all the posts are but some are. Sometimes I’ll read their stuff and get inspired. There was a post about someone who wears glitter to […]

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Apple Unveils New Product Line. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 12, 2018 1 min read 1. At Apple’s annual fall event, CEO Tim Cook is expected to present the iPhone XS, a new line of Apple Watches and potentially even new computers and iPads. The announcements will be live-streamed on Twitter at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EST).  2. Amazon will sell and ship live, full-size Christmas trees this year, starting in November. One seven-foot Fraser fir could cost you about $115.  3. Nearly one-third of Americans experience anxiety over the course of their lifetimes, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s contributed to the growth of the “anxiety economy” — things like adult coloring books, weighted blankets and fidget spinners (of which an estimated 19 million have been sold so far, according to market research from the NPD Group). Read_more Related posts: How […]

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5 Science-Backed Ways to Boost Your Creativity

These tips could revolutionize your approach to new ideas. September 6, 2018 6 min read How’s this for mad science: Within the next 15 years, people could elect to have their brains “zapped” to boost creativity in the workplace or classroom. The process — based on functional MRI studies — is headed up by Adam Green, director of the Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition and president-elect of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity. Green’s team looked at blood flow as a measure of brain cell activity when people were doing creative tasks. The process pointed them to one region of the brain in particular (the frontopolar cortex), so they decided to test whether stimulating the area could make creative thinking easier. “We zap people’s brains in a targeted way based on these fMRI studies,” Green says. The researchers hope to make creative neuroscience more available to the general public […]

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How Jen Sincero Pivoted from Rock Star to Bestselling Self-Help Author and Success Coach

The author of ‘You Are a Badass’ used to front multiple rock bands. Now, she aims to teach people to unlock their potential for confidence, wealth and success. September 6, 2018 14 min read In this series, The Gambit, Entrepreneur associate editor Hayden Field explores extraordinary risk, speaking with successful people about how they overcame unusual obstacles to found a company or switched industries entirely in a “career 180.” Jen Sincero felt panicked. It was August 2011, and she had a book due in about a month. An entire book. Cover to cover. Hundreds of pages. So far, she’d barely written the introduction. That’s because she hadn’t yet found her perfect place to write: a glass house on a hill in the countryside, surrounded by nature. Sincero only started to search for her ideal creative haven at the last minute, messaging friends, asking acquaintances and checking Airbnb. Nothing was panning out, and she’d waited so […]

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CEO of Culinary School PlantLab Charged With Embezzling $2.4 Million

The 35 felony charges against Adam Zucker include money laundering and grand theft by embezzlement. September 5, 2018 5 min read Editor’s note: Click here for Entrepreneur‘s full coverage of PlantLab. Adam Zucker, CEO of PlantLab, a plant-based culinary school formerly owned by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, faces 35 felony charges after his Aug. 21 arrest. The felonies, outlined in a complaint for an arrest warrant filed by the Superior Court of the State of California, were all allegedly committed by Zucker while he was at a previous job: executive vice president of licensing at Artissimo Designs, a ready-to-hang wall art company. While there, Zucker allegedly filed false income tax returns for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Between January 2011 and July 2015, Zucker allegedly embezzled about $2.4 million. And between April 2012 and July 2015, he allegedly laundered close to $1.9 million. Artissimo Designs did not respond […]

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Amazon Surges to $1 Trillion. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 5, 2018 2 min read 1. Yesterday, Amazon reached a trillion-dollar market cap for the very first time. That made it the second publicly traded U.S. company to ever reach that benchmark, after Apple five weeks ago. By end of day, share prices had fallen, decreasing the company’s valuation to $995 billion — but it probably won’t stay that way for long.  2. Theranos Inc. will soon be no more. The blood-testing company has been accused of defrauding investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Executives — including Elizabeth Theranos herself — will soon face a criminal trial. The company’s current CEO wrote an email to shareholders, saying, “We are now out of time.”  3. On Monday, Nike’s decision to use unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in its latest ad campaign was made public. He’s the former NFL player who made headlines for kneeling during […]

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CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in Jail

PlantLab CEO Adam Zucker said he’d been dealing with a ‘catastrophic’ personal issue for more than a week when his staff was unable to contact him. The time coincides with the arrest and incarceration of a person by the same name on embezzlement charges. August 31, 2018 9 min read Editor’s note: This story is developing and was last updated Sept. 1 at 12:01 p.m. When you can’t reach your company’s CEO for nine days — and he’s the “only person solely responsible for all finances” — what do you do? The team at PlantLab — a collection of culinary schools around the world formerly owned by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney — had to find out the hard way on Wednesday. That morning, they sent an email to enrolled students that all upcoming courses were canceled until further notice, in the wake of Zucker being unreachable. Entrepreneur broke the story on Wednesday. “It […]

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Nickelodeon Is Coming Back. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. August 29, 2018 1 min read 1. Everyone’s favorite Nickelodeon shows from the ’90s will soon be streamable. That’s via a partnership between video aggregation platform VRV and Nickelodeon’s NickSplat. There will be a rotating selection of nearly 30 series like All That, CatDog, Doug, Kenan & Kel and The Wild Thornberrys — and there are reportedly more on the way.2. Yahoo has been in and out of the headlines for its widespread data breaches. Even now, it looks like user data isn’t private. That’s because Yahoo and AOL — which are both now owned by Verizon’s Oath brand — are mining users’ emails for advertising keywords. That’s something that many other email services, such as Google’s Gmail, have stopped due to privacy implications. 3. Remember the story last year about the company offering implanted microchips to employees? They’re still doing it, and about […]

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5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your Peace

Stressed at work? Feeling like you can’t appreciate the little things in life? Meditation could help. August 24, 2018 7 min read In January 2018, more people Googled the term “meditation app” than any other recorded month. Although it’s no longer time for New Year’s resolutions, it’s never too late to invest in feeling cool, calm and collected. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that meditation works — just look at the reviews section for any meditation studio, book or video. But, thanks in part to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, there’s also scientific evidence for the practice itself. They sorted through close to 19,000 meditation studies to pinpoint 47 that held up under their criteria for a well-designed study. Their subsequent conclusion: Mindfulness meditation programs could help improve levels of anxiety, depression and pain. Looking to get in touch with your inner zen but don’t know where to begin? We’ve […]

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5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your Peace

Stressed at work? Feeling like you can’t appreciate the little things in life? Meditation could help. August 24, 2018 7 min read In January 2018, more people Googled the term “meditation app” than any other recorded month. Although it’s no longer time for New Year’s resolutions, it’s never too late to invest in feeling cool, calm and collected. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that meditation works — just look at the reviews section for any meditation studio, book or video. But, thanks in part to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, there’s also scientific evidence for the practice itself. They sorted through close to 19,000 meditation studies to pinpoint 47 that held up under their criteria for a well-designed study. Their subsequent conclusion: Mindfulness meditation programs could help improve levels of anxiety, depression and pain. Looking to get in touch with your inner zen but don’t know where to begin? We’ve […]

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5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your Peace

Stressed at work? Feeling like you can’t appreciate the little things in life? Meditation could help. August 24, 2018 7 min read In January 2018, more people Googled the term “meditation app” than any other recorded month. Although it’s no longer time for New Year’s resolutions, it’s never too late to invest in feeling cool, calm and collected. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that meditation works — just look at the reviews section for any meditation studio, book or video. But, thanks in part to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, there’s also scientific evidence for the practice itself. They sorted through close to 19,000 meditation studies to pinpoint 47 that held up under their criteria for a well-designed study. Their subsequent conclusion: Mindfulness meditation programs could help improve levels of anxiety, depression and pain. Looking to get in touch with your inner zen but don’t know where to begin? We’ve […]

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Here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. August 22, 2018 1 min read 1. If you’re like about one-third of American adults, you probably didn’t get enough sleep last night. Experts recommend at least seven hours, and research shows that poor sleep quality could be correlated with with increased risks for certain types of cancer, chronic skin problems and signs of aging and impulse eating. It’s essentially bad news all around. 2. Slack, the workplace messaging platform, is now reportedly worth $7.1 billion. This comes after the company raised $427 million in a recent funding round — and after it bought two other workplace messaging apps, HipChat and Stride, and decided to discontinue them.  3. If you’re burned out on political news, you can now apparently catch a break by asking Google Assistant, “Hey Google, tell me something good.” The device should then direct you to an uplifting story about how people are trying […]

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YouTube Stars Brooklyn and Bailey Started Appearing in Videos at Age 9. Now, They Have Close to 5.5 Million Subscribers.

The twins share about their start on the platform and advice for others looking to build a brand online. August 22, 2018 10 min read In this series, YouTube Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular YouTube channels to find out the secrets of their success. Announcing a recent breakup to your friends is hard. Announcing it to 5.4 million fans on camera is even harder. On Sept. 27, 2017, YouTube stars Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight sat in their studio to film a new video. Miniature pom-poms and multicolored throw pillows filled the space behind them, and the perfectly coiffed twins exploded with energy as soon as the record button hit — wide eyes, huge grins and jazzy hand movements as they described their upcoming tour. Seconds later, the mood changed, and Brooklyn appeared alone. “I know the intro seemed really happy and excited, but this video I’m just going […]

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We Tried to Calculate How Much an Hour of Elon Musk’s Time Is Worth. Here’s What We Came Up With.

If the embattled Tesla CEO doesn’t take a break soon, will he be able to deliver his electric car company to its ultimate goal: a $650 billion market cap? August 21, 2018 5 min read Elon Musk may have reached his tipping point. As investors, board members, business contemporaries and the public watch from the sidelines, all they can feasibly do is hope his stress, exhaustion and determination will serve as fuel for the Tesla CEO to climb still higher rather than spontaneously combust. After a nine-word tweet on Aug. 7 — issued on the fly and during trading hours — shares of Musk’s electric car company soared alongside his own net worth. Tesla shares ended the day up 11 percent, and some estimates pegged Musk’s EOD earnings at $1.43 billion. But, as with most erratic tweets by a high-profile individual, the statement came with its share of backlash: The […]

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Take Control of Your Money Goals With These 4 Key Personal Finance Apps

It’s vital for women to take control of our finances. Here are four of the best apps to help you do just that. August 17, 2018 6 min read Mind over matter? Try mind over money. The more you believe you can accomplish your financial goals, the more likely you are to actually do so, suggests a newly published study that followed millennials over the course of 10 years, starting with their freshman year in college.   When researchers looked at subjects’ overall well-being, they found that the concept of financial self-efficacy (or believing you can accomplish your money goals) had the strongest correlation not only with financial well-being but also with peer relationships, psychological well-being and satisfaction with life. So, yes — believing you have the ability to meet your money goals could help you turn them into accomplishments. But more than that, it could help increase your happiness in […]

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Elon Musk’s New Tweet Raises Eyebrows. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. August 15, 2018 1 min read 1. When it comes to news stories that turn into daily sagas, it looks like Elon Musk is the new Facebook. He tweeted another update in his plan to take Tesla private, this time naming advisors before they were all fully on board. Speaking of boards, Tesla’s still hasn’t received any formal offer from Musk. 2. The Coca-Cola Co. is buying a minority stake in Bodyarmor. It’s a sports drink backed by former basketball star Kobe Bryant. Experts say Coca-Cola is looking to diversify beyond sugary soda.  3. In networking news, experts say your most valuable ties are to people you already know — and some of the most useful networking you can do is strengthen your relationships with old friends and current coworkers. Good news, because that’s a lot less stressful.  Read_more Related posts: How Much It Would Cost […]

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Tired of Sitting at Work? Try These 5 Top-Rated Standing Desks.

Excess sitting can lead to a host of health risks. Turn things around with a standing desk. August 3, 2018 6 min read Here’s a shortlist of things to write off as exceedingly bad for us. Smoking. Too much screen time. Processed foods. And sitting. That’s right. Study after study shows that excess amounts of sitting — we’re talking upwards of eight hours a day — can increase risk of premature mortality. It can lead to higher blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as excess fat around the waist and even thinning in the part of the brain that’s important for memory. What’s the biggest culprit when it comes to excess sitting? Since the average American works more than eight hours a day, that often translates to at least that much time spent in an office chair. And don’t forget the time you spend on your rear during […]

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