After Crying ‘in a Fetal Position’ Upon the Sale of Her Last Company, This Entrepreneur Keeps Her New Venture Separate From Her Identity

Blindsided by emotion when she gave up her business and broke up her team, Christiane Lemieux learned a valuable lesson about personal distance. May 23, 2018 4 min read In the Women Entrepreneur Series My Worst Moment, female founders look back on the most difficult, gut-wrenching, almost-made-them-give-up experience they’ve had while building their business—and how they recovered. On paper, Christiane Lemieux has had a series of successes. In 2013, she sold her first company, DwellStudio, an online home decor company, to Wayfair, an ecommerce giant selling home goods and furnishings. But the day after it was finalized, she woke up devastated, wondering what she had done. She not only had to give up her baby, but she had to dissolve her team. Lemieux tells Women Entrepreneur what she’s learned from this emotional experience that helped her dry her tears, leave her executive creative director role at Wayfair, raise $1.5 million […]

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If You Struggle With Authority, Science Says Blame Your Brain

People who want to be their own bosses — like entrepreneurs — may fall into this neurological group. May 18, 2018 5 min read If you hate being told what to do, and that’s why you decided to become an entrepreneur — or that’s why you aspire to launch your own venture — brain science may have an explanation for your aversion to authority. Some people are predisposed to “control aversion” given their neurological structure, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The control averse don’t like it when others hold sway over their decisions and actions and feel strongly inclined to rebel. This tendency is linked to strong brain connectivity between the parietal lobule and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, two regions “commonly associated with attention reorientation and cognitive control,” the study’s co-authors note. Related: Surprising Truths About the Left and Right Halves of Your Brain (Infographic) To […]

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Free Chrome Extensions for Entrepreneurs With Crazy Long To-Do Lists and Too Many Open Tabs

Trick out your browser to simplify your life. If you spend all day in your browser, you need to get organized. You’re likely toggling among social media accounts, email, shared documents, search queries, to-do lists and articles you’re meaning to read, and when the tabs pile up, it can be hard to focus. You might try keeping things in separate windows or on separate monitors, but that doesn’t change the fact that most of what you’re looking at is likely browser-based. Google Chrome is your connection to nearly everything you need to access, but the trouble is, it’s also a window to distractions. That’s why it’s up to you to hack it, to tame it and to download a bunch of browser extensions that will put you back in control. Related: A Guide to Reducing Unneeded Distractions and Time-Sucks So You Can Be More Productive Read on for 15 browser […]

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How Women Can Build Stronger Relationships at Work — and Actually Boost Their Careers

Think strategically and actively about building your in-office network. The more you give, the more you’ll get. May 17, 2018 6 min read Each edition of this Women Entrepreneur series, Behind the Numbers, presents a stat about a disadvantage women face at work and in business, examines the dynamics at play and provides guidance to help women overcome obstacles. There’s greater benefit to building a strong support system at work than simply having someone to vent to at Friday happy hours. Surrounding yourself with colleagues who have a vested interest in your workplace success can actually help advance your skill set and career. But it’s easier said than done — and it’s even tougher for women. According to the Harvard Business Review, 19 percent of full-time male employees in large companies have what can be called a sponsor — a senior-level colleague who’s actively interested in helping them advance — while […]

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Is It Saying 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. Read_more Related posts: SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster) What This Blog is and What it is Not 5 Ways To Start On Online Business In 2018 SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster) Mozilla Pulls Facebook Ads Over Privacy Flap SPI 304: Building an Online Course From Start to Finish Not Having These 8 Networking Skills Will Cost You WhatsApp's CEO Leaves Facebook and 'SpongeBob' Takes on 'Mean Girls' at the Tony's. Here Are 3 Things to Know Today.

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Cashierless Amazon Go Stores to Open in Chicago and San Francisco

Here’s what we learned about Amazon Go when the first location opened in Seattle in January. May 15, 2018 6 min read Update, May 15, 2018: Based on job listings for store managers in Chicago and San Francisco, an Amazon spokesperson has confirmed to The Seattle Times that the company plans to open Amazon Go locations in both cities but did not specify when they are slated to open. Here’s what Entrepreneur learned about Amazon Go when the store opened its doors in Seattle earlier this year. The original story, published Jan. 22, 2018, follows. After five years of development and 14 months of testing by Amazon employees, Amazon Go, a convenience store without cashiers that automatically charges customers for items, opened its doors to the public this morning. Located on the ground floor of Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters, the 1,800-square-foot brick-and-mortar store joins a series of the company’s forays into brick-and-mortar retail, from the opening of […]

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How Many Does Your Boss Have?

A positive attitude isn’t always a great look for a leader. May 14, 2018 7 min read Sometimes, good intentions backfire. Your boss might think they’re displaying impeccable leadership qualities by being a cheerleader, always insisting the team can succeed, even though consistent success is a pipe dream at best. They might want to give employees freedom but end up not providing enough guidance. They might only want to help an employee with a task, and then another, until a pattern of micromanaging emerges. They might want to be consistent at the expense of adapting to someone’s needs or changing circumstances. Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader Read on to learn about five leadership qualities that research has shown define bad bosses and do more harm than good in the workplace. 1. Absenteeism A smart leader delegates tasks, public appearances, important announcements and other managerial duties. But if your […]

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Elon Musk Plans Free Rides in His First Boring Company Tunnel. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. May 11, 2018 1 min read May the gender bias be ever in your favor! Women-led businesses may receive only 1.3 percent of venture capital funding, but it turns out that women founders pursuing crowdfunding are perceived by backers as more trustworthy than male entrepreneurs, according to research from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Could your city be the “pilot” for UberAIR? The ride-hailing company is asking cities around the world to bid to become the test site for its proposed air taxi service. Speaking of getting from place to place, Elon Musk just announced that the first tunnel made by his Boring Company, located under Los Angeles, will be ready for public use in a matter of months — and he said he plans to offer free rides to the public at that time, if regulators give the go-ahead. Watch the previous 3 […]

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Tour This Upscale Coworking Space That Strives to Energize and Inspire Its Members

NeueHouse, with locations in Manhattan and Hollywood, looks for members who will give more than they take. May 9, 2018 8 min read In this series, The Way We Work, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger examines how people foster productivity, focus, collaboration, creativity and culture in the workplace. The Gallery Floor at NeueHouse in New York features a staircase that leads to nowhere. Rather, it is the destination, functioning as seating where members can conduct one-on-one meetings, work solo or have an impromptu chat while taking in all that is happening around them. And although such steps are a trendy feature of many contemporary offices, at NeueHouse, they’re not tucked in a corner, gathering dust. They’re front and center, nearly always occupied. People gravitate toward the steps, says Jon Goss, NeueHouse’s Chief Commercial Officer. Sometimes, in the evenings, they serve as seating where members and guests can watch presentations. He […]

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Most Entrepreneurs Are Embracing the Hustle and on Track to Meet Their Goals Despite Challenges

Square surveyed small-business owners to gauge their optimism and financial security. May 1, 2018 3 min read If you’ve already launched a business, you know the process isn’t as glamorous as many of the success stories out there paint it to be. Although those accounts often include the bad and the ugly along with the good, it’s easy to look at those who have made it, learn from their setbacks and get inspired despite their struggles. National Small-Business Week (April 29 through May 5) is an important reminder to reflect on the challenges that entrepreneurs face today and every day — not just those in the rearview mirror of well-established companies. Financial services company Square recently released results of a November 2017 survey with 1,000 small-business owners in the U.S., and it didn’t sugarcoat the findings. Most alarmingly, Square found that 72 percent of small-business owners agree that they face more […]

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Facebook’s Earnings Are a Bright Spot After an Otherwise Dismal First Quarter

The Cambridge Analytica scandal arrived too late in the quarter to weaken the tech giant’s financial performance or user count. April 26, 2018 4 min read Despite a massive data breach scandal that landed CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the hot seat for two days of congressional hearings earlier this month, Facebook this week reported strong first quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ expectations. For the first quarter of 2018, Facebook generated $11.97 billion in revenue, exceeding forecasts of $11.41 billion. This jump is attributed primarily to ad sales, which increased 50 percent year over year. The reality is, the revelation that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed 87 million users’ data emerged in mid-March, and the quarter came to a close just two weeks later, so it had little bearing on the company’s financial performance, interest from advertisers and user base. Related: Mark Zuckerberg Says There’s No Quick Fix for Facebook’s Issues Before […]

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Harley-Davidson Is Hiring Interns to Ride Across America This Summer

The company is looking for college students and recent grads to ‘discover motorcycle culture’ and contribute to its social media channels. April 23, 2018 2 min read What does your dream summer look like? Does it involve spending a lot of time outdoors versus inside under fluorescent lights? Developing your career but saving some time to travel? If all three of these scenarios sound ideal, Harley-Davidson may have the perfect opportunity for you. The motorcycle company is seeking applicants for its 12-week #FindYourFreedom internship, which will allow lucky college juniors, seniors and recent grads to ride Harleys across the U.S. and pay them to explore and discover “motorcycle culture.” Interns will learn how to ride a motorcycle, and in collaboration with Harley-Davidson’s marketing team, they’ll help create content for the company’s social media accounts. Related: Stop Delegating Social Media to Your Interns Over the past couple of years, Harley-Davidson has […]

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10 Inspiring Quotes From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Rapper Kendrick Lamar

The artist has achieved legendary status. April 17, 2018 4 min read Kendrick Lamar has called himself “the greatest rapper alive,” and on April 16, he became the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. The Pulitzer board described Lamar’s fourth album, DAMN., as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes  capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” The Compton, Calif., native’s art has garnered him 12 Grammy wins and 29 nominations, the 2013 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Vanguard Award and dozens of other honors. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Since DAMN.’s release a year ago, 30-year-old Lamar curated, produced and co-wrote the soundtrack for the Marvel Studios film Black Panther. Previous albums include To Pimp a Butterfly, good kid, m.A.A.d city and Section.80. In 2016, he released an eight-track compilation, untitled unmastered, and […]

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10 Ways Technology Hijacks Your Behavior

Data, gamification and other means of psychological manipulation can influence you to make healthy choices, work harder, spend money and more. April 3, 2018 14 min read From push notifications and reminders to ratings and rewards programs, technology has the power to nudge you to think and act in specific ways at specific times. Addictive design keeps you hooked, algorithms filter the ideas and options you’re exposed to and the data trail you leave behind comes back to haunt (or target) you later. The virtual world is full of features and ads that may trick you to adopt beliefs, buy products or just stare at the screen longer. These tricks can have good intentions: A fitness app might encourage you to run an extra mile, while a calendar alert might remind you of a big meeting. Other times, tech might distract you from important tasks, spending quality time with loved […]

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Take a Look at This Cosmic Coworking Space That Was Inspired By a Hallucinogenic Drug

In this series, The Way We Work, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger examines how people foster productivity, focus, collaboration, creativity and culture in the workplace. Some exclusive communities tend to be closed off, but The Assemblage, a coworking space located in the NoMad district of Manhattan, is all about the pursuit of universal connection. “When we say, ‘Let’s create a new vision of humanity and reach the next step in our evolution,’” says Assemblage co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Magdalena Sartori, “we cannot forget that there’s knowledge out there that we don’t have access to.” Related: How the California Pizza Kitchen Corporate Office Escaped From the ’80s and Became a Community Sartori co-founded the coworking space, which opened in September 2017, with Rodrigo Niño. Seven years ago, Niño was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma, and he traveled to Peru and had his first ayahuasca experience with an indigenous tribe. During […]

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25 Tech Tools, Tricks and Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Chromebook

Say you use Gmail often. Or Twitter. Or Spotify’s web app. Whatever the website, you can pin it to your shelf, then have it open in its own window whenever you launch it. Doing so will help you avoid racking up and toggling between a bunch of tabs in a single window. Once you’re on the website you’d like to pin to the Shelf, click a button in the top right-hand corner of Chrome that has three dots arranged vertically. Hover over More Tools, then click Add to Shelf. You’ll be prompted to name the site, so when you hover over the icon on the Shelf, that name will appear (e.g. Gmail). Check the “Open as window” box, then click Add. This works with apps such as Google Docs, too. Just two-finger-click an app in the Shelf and click “Open as window.” If you want something to no longer “Open […]

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Why Just Having Your Phone Near You Messes With Your Brain

Flipping it over or putting it on silent won’t cut it, according to a study. March 21, 2018 3 min read Arianna Huffington and her team at wellness company Thrive Global might’ve been onto something when they put a $100 mini “Phone Bed” up for sale designed to separate people from their devices while they sleep. A recent study by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, San Diego and Disney Research sought to determine how just having your smartphone near you, even if you aren’t looking at it or using it, can affect you cognitively. The team conducted two lab experiments with 800 participants. In one, participants completed math problems while memorizing random letters, to test their capacity to keep track of information while engaging in a complex task. In the other, the researchers presented participants with incomplete image patterns and asked them to […]

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Which Country to Move to If You’re Young and Want to Be Your Own Boss

Set yourself up for success abroad. March 15, 2018 3 min read Forget debates about whether you should plant roots on one of the U.S. coasts or flock to the middle of the country to forge a startup hub. If you’re thinking about making a move to pursue entrepreneurship, look beyond American borders. Expert Market, a U.K.-based B2B product comparison site, recently conducted a study to determine the best countries for young, aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers seeking a more flexible lifestyle. They examined data from The World Bank, The World Economic Forum, Numbeo, KPMG, Wifimap.io and Akamai’s State of the Internet Report. One factor the researchers weighed heavily was cost of living — as well as the cost of a cup of coffee, for hustlers who run on caffeine. They also took income tax rates, access to credit, access to public transportation, the ease of starting a business, average internet […]

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A Guide to Reducing Unneeded Distractions and Time-Sucks so You Can Be More Productive

Do you answer calls from unknown numbers? Either way, you still have to stop what you’re doing every time you get a ring from a mystery number and evaluate how to proceed. If the same number keeps calling you over and over, you can block it. If you’re an iPhone user, you can tap the blue circled “i” symbol next to the number in your recent calls list and block the number from there. On Android, hold down the number in your recent calls list and select block. Wireless carriers offer a variety of free and paid options for identifying and blocking spam numbers, too. T-Mobile, for instance, has a $4-a-month Name ID service, which provides caller ID for those who aren’t in your contact list. Third-party apps keep databases of robocallers and fraudsters. If you subscribe to one of these services, such as RoboKiller, it will prevent unwanted calls […]

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John Oliver Explains Why Investing in Cryptocurrencies Is Just Like Gambling

Early Bitcoin buyers have become millionaires, but investing in Bitcoin and its ilk today could put you at risk of being sucked into a pyramid scheme, Oliver warns. March 12, 2018 2 min read There are more than 1,500 cryptocurrencies in virtual circulation today, and Bitcoin, the most prominent and highly valued of them, has made millionaires out of individuals who invested in it early. The problem, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver explains in an episode that aired Sunday, is that people trying to get in on crypto fervor today don’t realize what they’re getting themselves into, or the risks involved. To put it simply, Oliver says that for the average person, Bitcoin is “everything you don’t understand about money combined with everything you don’t understand about computers.” Bitcoin is based on blockchain technology, which Oliver explains briefly, eventually devolving into zany analogies involving Chicken McNuggets and Beanie Babies […]

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