Don Katz on How He Launched Audible and Business Lessons From Jeff Bezos

Listen to this wide-ranging interview between Katz and Entrepreneur Network partner David Meltzer. November 14, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Don Katz, the founder and CEO of Audible, talks about his journey from professional writer to founding Audible, covering topics such as why voice is such a powerful storytelling tool, how he handled early criticisms and the future of the “listening revolution.” This episode of The Playbook also includes: How his fearless attitude helped him launch Audible. [1:38] Why the voice in your head is such an emotionally powerful tool for storytelling. [7:10] What he learned from Jeff Bezos about inputs, outputs and monetization. [10:39] Why you should never be afraid to challenge the status quo by thinking outside-the-box. [14:58] Related: Trust Is the Ultimate Human Currency Read_More Related posts: The Formula Jeff Bezos Uses to Identify Great Ideas Jeff Bezos Reveals 3 Strategies for Amazon’s Success Check […]

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The Content Distribution Playbook – Whiteboard Friday

If you’re one of the many marketers that shares your content on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked before calling it good and moving on, this Whiteboard Friday is for you. In a super actionable follow-up to his MozCon 2019 presentation, Ross Simmonds reveals how to go beyond the mediocre when it comes to your content distribution plan, reaching new audiences in just the right place at the right time. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription What’s going on, Whiteboard Friday fans? My name is Ross Simmonds from Foundation Marketing, and today we’re going to be talking about how to develop a content distribution playbook that will drive meaningful and measurable results for your business.  What is content distribution and why does it matter? First and foremost, content distribution is the thing that you need to be thinking about if you […]

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Elon Musk Said His AI Brain Chips Company Could ‘Solve’ Autism and Schizophrenia

Musk said he believes his neural AI technology company Neuralink will “solve a lot of brain-related diseases,” naming autism and schizophrenia as examples. Autism is not a disease. November 14, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Presented by Elon Musk believes his neural technology company Neuralink will be able to “solve” schizophrenia and autism. Speaking on the Artificial Intelligence podcast with Lex Fridman, published Tuesday, Musk was asked what he thinks are the most exciting impacts he foresees for his company Neuralink. Neuralink’s goal is to develop an AI-enabled chip that could be implanted in a person’s brain, where it would be able to both record brain activity and potentially stimulate it. “So Neuralink, I think at first will solve a lot of brain-related diseases. So could be anything from like autism, schizophrenia, memory loss — like everyone experiences memory loss at certain points in age. Parents […]

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Your Personal Brand Is Just as Important as Your Business Brand

Founders can benefit from making themselves more accessible as their company grows. November 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. So, you’re a founder and you’ve created a brand for your company that you’re proud of. But what about your personal brand? Many founders hide behind their company, but consumers are responding more than ever to founders who share their personal lives on social media, and it’s translating to sales. One report from the Impact Learning Center found that consumers are 82 percent more likely to trust a company if the CEO is active on social media, but as it stands now, only one in five CEOs use social media to connect with their consumers.  While building trust is the core benefit of creating a robust personal brand, the implications ripples far beyond increased sellability. Here are four reasons why personal branding is critical for founders. 1. Personal brands […]

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Facebook Removed 3.2B Fake Accounts Since April

The latest Facebook Community Standards Enforcement Report demonstrates how big of a task policing the social network has become. November 14, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag This week, Facebook published the fourth edition of its Community Standards Enforcement Report. It shows that the amount of content violating policies as well as the number of fake accounts created on the social network is only escalating. As Reuters reports, between April and September 2018 Facebook removed 1.55 billion fake accounts. For the same period this year, that total increased to 3.2 billion. Add to that another 2.2 billion fake account removals between January and March, and you can clearly see the scale of the problem for Facebook. Related: An Ex-Facebooker Devastatingly Piled Into Mark Zuckerberg’s Stance Allowing Politicians to Lie in Ads Facebook uses a set of community standards to outline what is and is not allowed on the social […]

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Anyone Can Build a Website With WP Page Builder

Make your business stand out online without hiring an expensive web developer. November 14, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Every business these days needs to have a website. But how do you build one when you have absolutely no technical expertise? You could shell out thousands to a web developer, or you could take matters into your own hands. WP Page Builder is a tool that takes the complications out of building an efficient, professional WordPress website. This all-in-one tool includes every feature and functionality you need to fully optimize the WordPress platform, regardless of your technical skill. WP Page Builder gives you a variety of pre-designed templates, allowing you to choose any layout […]

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9 Year-End Ways to Maximize New Tax-Law Deductions

Ask your CPA these questions to avoid misunderstandings. November 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Two years after the T.ax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed, there is still mass confusion, and we’ve seen way too many small-business owners miss these cost savings. Every entrepreneur should be even more proactive this November and December to ensure that they are maximizing 2019 deductions versus giving money away unnecessarily to the government. The tax-planning decisions that you make before December 31 can potentially save you millions over a lifetime. A complete review of your tax strategy with a professional advisor can literally change your financial plans, lifestyle and long-term dreams. So call your CPA today, and start asking these year-end questions about the most misunderstood deductions. Related: 75 Items You May Be Able to Deduct From Your Taxes 1. The Deduction: Qualified Business Income The Question: Does your business […]

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Not Sold on AirPods? These Waterproof Earbuds Can Last Six Times Longer.

Save more than $100 off when you buy today. November 14, 2019 1 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. When you’re on the clock during the week, you don’t have time to stop and untangle your headphones. And, you definitely don’t have time to deal with the wire getting stuck on somebody’s coat on the train. You won’t have to stop for anybody with the Kharbon IP67 Wireless Earbuds. These buds are designed for a fast-paced lifestyle, made to be as functional and comfortable as possible. Take a look at what makes these ones stand out: Graphene technology and Hi-Fi engineered sound provide unparalleled audio quality and fidelity. Bluetooth 5.0 delivers a crisp connection always. The IPV6 […]

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Are You an Idiot?! How to NOT Make Money Online – ShoeMoney

The share of Americans working from home has been growing at a steady rate. In 2000, 3.3% of Americans worked from home. This last census shows that now 5.2% work from home with many more splitting work between home and the office. That’s the dream, right? Get up. Make coffee, eat breakfast, relax a bit, pull out your laptop and start making money. No rush hour traffic. No sneaking into work late. No one over your shoulder asking if you have that one report. But it’s not all roses and lollipops. It’s easy to entirely ruin all your chances of making a living online. Here’s the how NOT to do on making money online. 1. Forget About the Pain Point Maybe you’re an affiliate marketer or maybe you’re providing a service online or maybe you’re selling crafts on Etsy. Either way, you’re trying to sell something. People do not buy […]

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10 Everyday iPhone Accessories for Less Than $10

Personalize your iPhone without breaking the bank. November 14, 2019 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. You love your iPhone. From keeping in touch to watching videos on YouTube, smartphones are our access to the convenience and flexibility of 21st century life. They’re also miniature titans of industry, giving you the tools and power you need to get more done in a more efficient way. Some CEOs even work exclusively from their smartphones. Of course, if you’re using your phone that much, you should be taking care of it, too. These products can help you do more while taking care of your iPhone. AmazonBasics Lightning to USB A Cable – $7.99 Image credit: Amazon The AmazonBasics […]

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These Strategies Will Get More Customers To Your Dispensary

From loyalty programs to regularly messaging customers, building a community and increasing sales takes strategy. November 13, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps It goes without saying that you want to get as many new customers into your dispensary as possible. But with the cannabis retail space becoming more and more competitive every day, you can’t just expect a flood of new customers to rush in the second you open your doors. You need the right marketing strategy to break through the clutter, grab your ideal customers’ attention, and drive new business for your dispensary.  “Marketing is a vehicle for [consumers] to get familiar with the brand, the company, the dispensary and what they’re about,” said David Hua, CEO and co-founder of Meadow, a software company that creates point-of-sale (POS) solutions for cannabis dispensaries. “Now’s the time to … use marketing to create an identity around your […]

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6 Tips for Excelling in Life and Business No Matter What Challenges Life Throws at You, According to Fitness Entrepreneur Sam Bakhtiar

‘To be truly successful, you must make yourself a priority,’ says the entrepreneur and champion bodybuilder. November 13, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Sam Bakhtiar was 11 years old, he and his mother immigrated from Iran to the U.S. in search of a better life. They arrived with only one suitcase between them and $500 in cash. Today Bakhtiar, who is an Advisor in The Oracles, is a champion bodybuilder and the owner of an international nine-figure health franchise. Along his journey, he experienced rejection, family challenges, and a recession that nearly wiped out his business. Now that he has come out on the other side, he helps others reach the top 1 percent in life and business, as he has. “When we’re younger, we care about how we look and feel,” he says. “Then life happens, and we put ourselves on […]

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15 Marks of Exceptional Writing that Gets Noticed

One of my favorite writing exercises requires very little original writing. Want to know what it is? Find 3 pieces of writing that you love. For each piece, list 5 qualities that make it stand out to you. Then, brainstorm 5 ways to adapt those qualities to your own writing style. You’ll end up with 15 potential ways to improve your craft. This week, we also had 15 marks of exceptional writing to incorporate into your writing practice. On Monday, Brian Clark gave us Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well. On Tuesday, I dissected 3 Reasons Why Good Ideas Are a Real Threat to Good Writing. And on Wednesday, Sonia Simone outlined A 7-Point Plan for More Shareable Content. Sonia’s guide reminds us that finding an audience for your outstanding writing is a process, and … We know making a living as a writer isn’t easy Finding new […]

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50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American Salary

The money can be pretty good but you’re on your own. For some people that’s the best part. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There was a time when working from home was a pipe dream, but recently, there’s been a surge of jobs you can do from your own place. Whether that’s working remotely for a company or starting your own business, there’s no shortage of work-from-home opportunities. Here are 50 options, many of which can generate annual earnings that equate to more than the average American salary.  1. Affiliate Marketer For those unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, it’s simply referral marketing where you earn a commission. Let’s say that you have a website and refer a book on Amazon. When the visitor clicks the affiliate link and buys the book, Amazon will pay you a percentage of the sale. People love affiliate marketing because they can start earning money […]

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3 Ways to Succeed in a Startup Accelerator

Getting into an accelerator is an incredible opportunity for your startup. Here’s how to make the most of it. November 13, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The startup craze is far from over. Just take a look at Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 class, which welcomed 197 startups into its ranks. Participants gained access to $150,000 in capital in exchange for around 7 percent of equity, as well as the opportunity to pitch prominent venture capital firms and investors on Demo Day. While Y Combinator is perhaps the world’s most storied accelerator — with household names such as Airbnb, Dropbox and Instacart among its list of graduates — smaller accelerator programs have emerged in cities around the world. Research from the Brookings Institution indicates that there were 172 U.S.-based accelerator programs in 2016, and the International Business Innovation Association has reported that there may […]

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Google Wants to Be Your New Bank

Google announced that it is planning to offer checking accounts in 2020. November 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget It’s not just Apple and Facebook diving headlong into the financial world. Google has revealed plans to offer checking accounts in 2020 through a project nicknamed Cache. The search giant won’t handle the actual underpinnings — Citigroup and a credit union at Stanford University will both handle the accounts and feature the most prominent branding. There will still be integration between Google and the accounts, though, and some of it might raise concerns among regulators. Related: Learn the Technical SEO Skills Needed to Rank Higher on Google Google is promising that it won’t sell account holders’ financial data. Instead, this is meant to add value for customers, shops and the banks themselves with services like loyalty programs. In a chat with the Wall Street Journal, the company’s Caesar Sengupta also touted it as a way […]

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The Biggest Misconception About Millionaires

Richard Branson and James Dyson are two entrepreneurs who got knocked down many times, only to get back up. November 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do millionaires reach their financial status and success because they stumbled upon one lucky idea? In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose and Joseph Hogue say it is never as easy as it seems. Success is not made overnight, and it often takes many failures to get where you ultimately want to go. However, failure is feedback, and roadblocks can be viewed opportunities to grow and improve.  To hear more about working towards goals and find that million-dollar idea, click the video. Related: If You Think This Way, You’re Holding Yourself Back Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education 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 […]

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6 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Evan Britton of Famous Birthdays

The successful web entrepreneur talks turning points, sticking to your vision and mastering your niche. November 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Evan Britton was a marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, he decided to embrace a new frontier that had appeared: the World Wide Web. He narrowed in on the market, started the site Famous Birthdays — which has been called the Wikipedia for Gen Z by The Atlantic — and built a widely successful business. As an entrepreneur himself, Britton shared his tips for focus, niching out and embracing new technology to build a successful business. 1. Embrace the new frontier. Britton’s success hinges upon the decision he made in college to move and groove with a new idea. “I remember being fascinated that I could publish content on the web,” he recalls. “It was a new frontier happening right when I was starting to […]

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This Home or Office Smart Camera is Less Than $45 Today

Peace of mind doesn’t have to cost a fortune. November 13, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Chances are, you have valuables. Crazy, right? Whether you tend to leave your laptop in your office overnight or you want to keep an eye on the kids when you’re not at home, a security camera is a worthwhile investment. However, you don’t need to spend hundreds and get locked into a contract for a complete home security system. The blurams Dome Pro 1080p Security Camera can help you find peace of mind for $43 with coupon code: BFSAVE15. The Dome Pro sits nicely on any flat surface and is so lightweight, you can set it up and […]

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Quotes on New Beginnings From History’s Greatest Leaders

Everyone from MLK to Joan of Arc can help light your path to a fresh start. November 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re building a new business or facing a major change in your life, beginnings can be intimidating. Starting over or starting something new often leads to feelings of fear and self-doubt. Taking a risk is usually not easy, but it’s often part of new beginnings.  But you don’t have to dread beginnings. Starting something new brings new opportunities and it can be empowering. You’ll probably learn important lessons about yourself. And your new beginning may just be the start of something exciting and life-changing.  If you’re feeling uncertain about a new business or project, then these quotes from some of history’s most notable leaders may reassure you or change your mind. The following words come from philosophers, business owners […]

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