FCC Proposes $12.9M Fine for Man Who Made Over 6,000 Robocalls

The intention of the calls was to ’cause harm’ while achieving media notoriety and increasing publicity for ‘his website and personal brand’ January 31, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The FCC is getting serious with its responses to robocallers, with the latest case being that of an individual rather than a company who made over 6,000 robocalls across six states. As Engadget reports, the man in question used an online calling platform to manipulate caller ID so as to make his calls look like they came from a local number. He then set about targeting specific communities in each state, with the FCC stating his main intention was to “cause harm.” The FCC discovered he made 1,496 calls in California regarding the state’s US Senate primary. In Florida he made 766 calls making “racist attacks about a Florida gubernatorial candidate.” Another 583 calls were made in […]

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Keir Weimer’s Quest for Redemption

He made costly mistakes as a college student. Now he’s on a mission to make his life count. June 28, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with international luxury real estate and lifestyle entrepreneur Keir Weimer. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Keir Weimer: When I was 23 years old, I was the driver in a boating accident that took the life of a beautiful young woman, Tiffany Heitkamp. I had been drinking that night with my friends, it had been raining, and we crashed into an island. I was fully responsible for taking her life and I have to live with that for the rest of mine. I spent three and a half years in prison for […]

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The 5 Most Laughable Mistakes of Otherwise Successful Entrepreneurs — Like Branson, Lucas and Cook, for Starters

Even successful entrepreneurs make unbelievable mistakes. Then they use them as springboards for greater success. January 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a new entrepreneur, or even a veteran, you’ll find making mistakes disheartening. Whether you simply fudged a number or sent your company in a tragic direction, any mistake can derail your motivation and make you feel that you aren’t worthy to lead your organization. Related: 10 Mistakes Millionaires Never Make Twice Still, there are two positive things to remember about mistakes. First, they’re learning opportunities; as long as your mistake didn’t kill anyone (including you), you’ll have a chance to learn key lessons and walk away as a more experienced, more informed individual. Second, everybody makes makes — even some of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. And if you don’t believe me, just look at these examples: 1. Reed Hastings almost killed […]

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6 Top Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make and What to Do Instead

Every entrepreneurial journey is unique, but the mistakes entrepreneurs make are not. January 1, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The process of planning, launching and running your own business is a heady time, full of long hours and exciting challenges. Pure adrenaline, excitement and sometimes lots of caffeine propel new entrepreneurs through hazy days that often run into one another. Some days, it feels as if there isn’t time to breathe, much less reflect. That’s why it’s crucial to pinpoint the known danger spots that can trap new entrepreneurs before they get caught by those traps. Here are six top mistakes new entrepreneurs often make, along with tips on what you should do instead. 1. Blundering Into IP Disputes Intellectual property is just like any other kind of property. It can be misappropriated, stolen and used without authorization. But even innocent uses of someone else’s IP, […]

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5 Ways Failure Can Help Your Career

You don’t have to always learn the hard way but people seldom forget the lesson when they do. August 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Failure sucks, but it instructs. While missing the mark never feels good, failure is one of your best teachers when it comes to life and career advancement. Once you’re able to move past the pain of failure you can see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. That’s when you’ll be able to forge forward in your career with more perspective and greater strength. In the long run, this can help you advance and achieve in bigger and better ways. Here are five ways failure can help your career: Related: How 10 Billionaires Faced Failure (Infographic) 1. Consider new opportunities. As the adage goes, when one door closes, another opens. When you fail, it may be an opportunity in disguise. Sometimes, […]

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For This Entrepreneur, No Mistake Is Not Worth Making

Eventual success shows how mishaps are simply stepping stones. July 16, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, John Suh, the founder of LegalZoom, talks with Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars about how entrepreneurs are just like many people — they want to solve problems. The difference for him and other entrepreneurs is the pain he feels from unsolved problems. If he could give his younger self advice, he would not change a thing. Making mistakes is one of the main learning experiences he would keep. The journey of screwing up helped Suh’s business and Suh himself develop. For Suh, receiving advice is reflective of wanting to change your reality — a move Suh is not interested in making. He believes that every mistake LegalZoom made early on contributed to the company’s current success. It’s an argument for the journey being greater than the destination.  To hear more from […]

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6 Common Decision-Making Blunders That Could Kill Your Business

Among the logical errors nearly everybody makes is thinking only everybody else make logical errors. May 22, 2018 6 min read Humans are often very irrational. If you’ve ever explored behavioral economics or psychology, you’ve likely found a host of examples demonstrating situations when we make objectively — and clearly — bad decisions. With the way our brains function, it makes sense. We do what we can to simplify the world around us, as well as the choices we have to make. Imagine, for example, if you had to think really hard about every step you took while walking. “Pick up foot one, keep body standing, look at the ground in front of me, decide where to put foot one, put foot one down, pick up foot two….” Going through that process with each step we took would be draining. Plus, we couldn’t focus on our friend talking right next to […]

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Have You Made a Big Mistake? Here’s Why That’s Good News for Your Company.

Don’t just say ‘oops’ and move on, because fixing a flub can be a prime opportunity for engendering customer loyalty. May 7, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 2018 was a lousy time to be a Facebook executive. As the Cambridge Anaytica data fiasco unfolded, the world held the social media giant under a microscope. Time and again, Facebook’s reactions failed. Stock plummeted. Zuckerberg landed in front of a congressional committee. And what America got to watch as a result was textbook bungling by a major corporation. Related: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Seem Very Sorry or Very Forgiven No executive wants to experience a public failure of such catastrophic proportions. Yet bad things happen to practically every company — more often than leaders might like to admit. Ironically, though, those executives can turn that bungling into some of the best, even amazing, opportunities to connect with people. When handled […]

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