How a Privacy-Centered Social Media Platform Acquired Millions of Customers With No Paid Marketing

‘To build something complex and massive, you’ve got to be fiercely determined – even in a moment when no one believes you.’ November 7, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mark Weinstein, founder and CEO of MeWe, aims to give Facebook a run for its money. His company, billed as a “next-gen social networking platform,” encourages a privacy-focused social media experience. Weinstein spoke with Entrepreneur about why he believes millions of users flocked to MeWe without a single paid marketing campaign.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  You started a social media company during a time when social media is being heavily scrutinized. Why did you decide to do that? As founder of a social media company, what I saw was Facebook veering far off course of what the intention of social media was. Social media was intended to provide people around the […]

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How Company Values Can Help Your Employees Work Smarter and More Efficiently

Your team is just as important as your customers. November 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. In a race to offer the best customer experience, companies oftentimes overlook their employee experience. RevUnit, a digital strategy and product studio, aims to help companies leverage technology so their employees can work better. But according to cofounder Michael Paladino, the most important aspect of the employee experience is strong values.  Do you think companies focus more on customers and less on employees? Most companies haven’t focused on their employees as an audience. These enterprises are creating great consumer technology but not doing that for their employees. There’s a […]

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How to Reach $100 Million in Sales, According to a Serial Entrepreneur Who Did

‘You need to have confidence without arrogance. Arrogance is the killer.’ November 5, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Serial entrepreneur Brad Oberwager is on his twentieth company. He’s learned a thing or two about launching efficient startups, and now, as founder of Jyve, he helps connects industry stakeholders with talent to grow revenue and change the way we work. Oberwager spoke with Entrepreneur about what it takes to reach $100 million in sales.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  How did you set up your company from the beginning so it would have the potential to hit $100 million in sales? First, we had to come up with our purpose. That’s step one. What are you trying to do, and is it big enough? We are trying to change how the world works. That’s both a real mission and a cute comment. […]

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How to Spend Less Time in the Office and Make More Money

Hint: It involves skipping your morning commute, according to serial entrepreneur Joe Johnson. October 31, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just because you love to start a company doesn’t mean you love to run it. You might not even be the best person for the job. Joe Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of real estate firm Welfont, shares how an entrepreneur’s time outside the office can be as profitable as the time inside it. You started dozens of companies before Welfont. How did that affect the way you built this company? From the beginning, I was committed to building a business that could run without me. As an entrepreneur, my main job is to focus on the long-term or the next phase, not the day-to-day. When entrepreneurs start a business, they tend to end up being the person that deals with every issue, whether they […]

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How This Young Entrepreneur Dominated an Industry Run by People Twice His Age

Esteban Kadamani went from working at Subway to co-founding a window installation company by age 22. October 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. Esteban Kadamani was just like many college kids, staying out late on Friday nights. But while his peers were downing beers, Kadamani spent evenings meeting with his team of window installers to plan the next day’s installations. The hard work paid off, and now his company, Infinite Windows, provides window installations for some of the highest-end properties in Miami. Kadamani, co-founder and CEO, shares how he went from making six-inch subs at Subway to running one of southern Florida’s premier window installation provider […]

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How to Convince Large Companies to Work With Your Startup

The founder of Llamasoft says it’s important to tear down barriers of entry and make it as easy as possible for companies to work with you. October 22, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. Llamasoft provides supply chain management software to more than 750 of the world’s most innovative companies — and its first clients consisted of multibillion-dollar companies with household names. How did the company convince larger organizations to change their old supply chain habits and take a chance on Llamasoft before they hit big? Toby Brzoznowski, founder and CEO, shares his strategy for redesigning the supply chain management industry. This interview has been edited for length […]

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How Private Podcasts Could Change the Way Companies Communicate With Employees

‘The market was ready because of the growth in Apple podcasting, Spotify and Netflix,’ says Jen Grogono, CEO of uStudio. October 19, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. Podcasts have absolutely exploded in popularity, offering entertainment and information to listeners while they’re commuting, cooking dinner and even folding laundry. But what about when listeners are at work? Can companies leverage the podcast craze to more efficiently communicate with their employees? Entrepreneur spoke with Jen Grogono, CEO of uStudio, a private podcast and video solutions company, about what the new age of employee communication could look like.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What internal communication challenges […]

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How This Founder Built One of the Happiest Companies During the Recession

Samer Khouli, founder and CEO of TargetCW, explains how happy employees ultimately result in more profits. October 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. TargetCW helps companies keep their employees happy. And while their contingent workforce technology certainly plays a role, their success is credited to their own happy employees, even when the economy was… less than happy. Samer Khouli, founder and CEO of TargetCW, shares how he built a positive company culture during one of the country’s most difficult times. And yes, it required more than free snacks and company getaways. Why did you decide to start TargetCW during the recession? It was a […]

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Saying No to Investors Helped This Company in the Long Run. Here’s How.

This entrepreneur says that when investors asked this entrepreneur and her team to compromise their integrity, she said no to a big check. October 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. After years of sixteen-hour work days, Stratis IOT founder Felicty Moorman and her team hoped their soon-to-close first round of funding from venture capitalists would ease up the stress that bootstrapping her own tech company required. She had big plans to use Stratis IOT technology to dramatically decrease energy usage ⁠— and with it, carbon footprints ⁠— in multi-family residences. But Moorman says that when investors asked her and her […]

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5 Apps to Boost Your Brain Power

Make the most of your smartphone addiction. July 27, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We are glued to our iPhones, staring at our screens walking on the sidewalk, sitting at the office, eating at the dinner table and even in the powder room. But what if instead of losing brain cells while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, you could actually use your phone to become smarter?  Check out five apps to boost your brain power. Elevate Image credit: Elevate | Entrepreneur Average rating on App Store: 4.7 Stars Platforms: iOS, Android Why we love it: Elevate is a personal trainer for your brain — minus the price tag that typically accompanies. Selected by Apple as App of the Year, Elevate uses AI to design customized brain workouts based on your interaction with the app. The more you use it, the better it knows you. […]

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Here Is the Best Time to Ask for a Promotion

It’s not when you think. July 24, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Thinking about asking for a promotion? Visier, a people analytics solution provider, set out to find the best time to ask for a career  upgrade. Based on their aggregated database of 3.5 million employees from roughly eighty U.S.-based companies, Visier discovered the ideal times, and circumstances, to receive a promotion. If you’re waiting for cooler weather to ask for a promotion, think again. The research showed summer was the best season to ask for one. In fact, employees were least likely to get a promotion in the fall. Related: Everything Women Need to Know About Asking For A Raise Visier found that the best time in your career to ask for a promotion is during the third year at your company. And company commitment doesn’t always equal promotion. People who have […]

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5 Podcasts That Are a Must for a Productive Workday

Podcasts are the new pop music. July 20, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.   In the Women Entrepreneur Series Up Your Game, we scope out the best products, apps and services to help make it easier to take your game to the next level.    If you’re getting tired of you’re daily playlist, and the radio isn’t cutting it either, podcasts are a great way to wake you up and keep you entertained on a long — and sometimes stressful —  commute to work. They’ll distract you from all the traffic and keep your road (or subway) rage in check. But they can do more than just make your morning travel more enjoyable; they can get your brain juices flowing, too. Here are five podcasts to listen to on your commute to prep you for a productive work day and give your brain a […]

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The 4 Keys to Asking Better Questions

One of the best ways to learn and improve is by asking good questions. July 18, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everyone asks for the keys to success, but few realize one of them is in the question itself. According to research conducted by Harvard Business School, the majority of us don’t ask enough questions, and consequently miss opportunities to learn something new, form strong relationships and excel in our careers. Little do entrepreneurs know, questions are the best way to uncover your next big venture. If you’re looking for an idea to start a business or a way to take your career to the next level, just start asking. You never know when you’ll find the answer to your problems. Related: 6 Questions I Ask Before I Say ‘Yes’ to Anything According to Harvard Business School research, people shy away from questions […]

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The 10 Fastest-Growing New or Redesigned Apps in 2018

The era of ‘Angry Birds’ is over. July 18, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Forget the useless, though wildly popular and entertaining, apps that previously filled up our smartphones or computers. People now want apps with function and purpose. Here are the fastest-growing new or recently redesigned apps of 2018, according to business app platform Zapier, which compiled the data using its platform. 1. Discord Nostalgic for the days you stayed up late playing The Sims and messaging with your friends? Discord is a voice and text chat app that connects more than 14 million daily players in the gaming community through video and audio. 2. Things 3 If you need help organizing your busy schedule but don’t have a personal assistant, check out Things 3. This award-winning personal task manager app can help you get things done and achieve your goals in […]

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27 Books Billionaire Investor Marc Andreessen Recommends You Read This Summer

After a two year hiatus, Marc Andreessen is back on the internet with some picks that talk about politics, business and self-improvement. July 10, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While Marc Andreessen has spent the past two years reading instead of tweeting, the investor and Netscape co-founder finally hit social media last week to share books he has recently read and recommends. Ranging from the the inside scoop on Hillary Clinton’s campaign to Navy Seal training, here are the 27 books, plus some Twitter commentary, that should be on your bookshelf, according to Andreessen.   The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies, by Bryan Caplan (2007) “The median American is a moderate national socialist–statist to the core on both economic and social policy. Given public opinion, the policies of First World democracies are surprisingly libertarian.” Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, […]

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5 Stylish Heels for Work That Are Also Super Comfortable

Yes, they do exist. July 6, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve all been there: rushing to the office with sneakers on, a cup of coffee in one hand, a pair heels in the other and a box of Band-Aids in your bag. But is there a better solution? Absolutely — and it involves just one pair of shoes: comfortable heels. (Yes, there is such a thing.) We scoured the world wide web to find heels that are not only stylish but also pleasant to wear…and maybe even run in. Fashionable and functional, these shoes prove beauty doesn’t have to be painful. Here are the five best heels to wear to work. Banana Republic’s Madison 12-Hour Pump Image credit: Banana Republic | Entrepreneur What we love: Like the name claims, you can wear these pumps for 12 (or more) pain-free hours. Its “Exclusive […]

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The Best and Worst States to Start a Business in 2018

It’s true what they say– location is everything. July 3, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Location, location, location applies to more than just the real estate industry. In fact, where you start your business is one of the most overlooked but important decisions when building your company. Comparing all 50 states in terms of business environment, access to resources and business costs, WalletHub set out to find why certain states were more nurturing environments for startups than others. After taking into consideration 25 key factors, including average work week length, startup survival rate, venture investment amount per capita, office-space affordability and others, WalletHub compiled a list of the best, and worst, states to start a business this year. Related: The Best and Worst U.S. Cities to Launch a Business The Wild West takes the lead, with Texas, Utah, Arizona and California all scoring […]

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Why You Should Stop Trying to ‘Find Your Passion’

Psychologists argue that it may do more harm than good. July 2, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Since we were kids, we’ve been told to find our passion. Teachers, parents and peers all advise that if we find that one thing we are meant to do, we will be happy … right? Well, maybe not. In a recent study by Stanford and Yale-NUS, psychologists found that this advice may actually be detrimental and inhibit our learning and resilience. The phrase “find your passion” encourages us to approach our interests from a fixed mindset, the researchers say. People with fixed mindsets believe that they are born with an inherent set of interests, and this belief could negatively manifest itself in different ways. Related: 6 Steps to Turn Your Passion Into a Career First off, a fixed mindset could lead to a passive approach to […]

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How 10 Famous Business Leaders, Including Musk, Bezos and Jobs, Handle Meetings

Yes, even Oprah gets bored in meetings. June 26, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve all zoned out in meetings that pointlessly drag on for no reason. They are tiring, time-consuming and unnecessary. The most successful people in business know that just because you’ve met, doesn’t mean you’ve been productive. Here’s how 10 famous business leaders efficiently run their meetings. Jeff Bezos: Keep the headcount low. Jeff Bezos’s strategy for keeping meetings under control? Buy two pizzas. If that doesn’t comfortably feed the crowd, there are too many people in the room, which could make the meeting pointlessly drag on and stifle creativity. To prevent groupthink and feed independent ideas (quite literally), Bezos keeps Amazon’s meetings to only a handful of people. Jack Ma: Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba Group makes sure he is […]

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Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler, Arrested in Germany for Potential Evidence Tampering

June 18, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The CEO of luxury automobile manufacturer, Audi, was arrested on Monday in Germany for potential involvement in parent company, Volkswagen’s, diesel emissions scandal. Rupert Stadler, Audi CEO, was rumored to tamper with evidence that showed Audi’s role in Volkswagen’s violation of the Clean Air Act. The arrest takes place only days after Germany imposed a $1.2 billion fine on Volkswagen for manipulating diesel emission test results. Volkswagen admitted to producing millions of engines with “defeat devices” to misrepresent emission toxicity levels. Last month, Audi recalled over 60,000 A6 and A7 models for “irregularities.” 850,000 Audi’s were recalled the previous year.   Stadler, who has worked for Audi since 1990, is the highest ranking Volkswagen executive to be arrested in connection to the ongoing emission violations. Martin Winterfork, former CEO of Volkswagen, was indicted last month for wire […]

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