Magazine Issue
October 2015
Entrepreneur3 min read
The Inherent Rebellion of Entrepreneurship
My first act of rebellion came in the fifth grade. OK, maybe it wasn’t pure rebellion, but it was the first time I did something that was against the rules.  It was Mr. Saviano’s history class. We were studying the Depression and its impact on famili
Entrepreneur4 min read
Can These Scooters Cut Down Commutes and Air Pollution?
Horace Luke hopes the electric Smartscooters from his Taipei-based company, Gogoro, will help snuff out some of Taiwan’s air pollution, as well as provide a fun and efficient ride for consumers. The industrial country has high levels of PM2.5 (partic
Entrepreneur2 min read
These Small Cosmetics are Shaking Up the Beauty Industry in a Big Way
It’s one of life’s great mysteries: Why do women carry such huge purses? One major culprit is distended makeup bags filled with forgotten tubes of lipstick, aging mascara and gloppy concealer. Cosmetics startup Stowaway aims to change that. Launched
Entrepreneur3 min read
The Case for Travel Agents
To supply his Los Angeles-based jewelry company The Pearl Source, Leon Rbibo makes frequent trips to Tahiti, Japan and Hong Kong, importing about 10,000 pearls per month. He also visits distribution markets from New York to Hawaii. About five years a
Entrepreneur4 min readSelf-Improvement
How and Why to Offer Words of Encouragement
Encouragement. It sounds like such a small thing. Subtle. Cute. It’s what we do with timid kittens. But encouragement isn’t cute—it’s fraught and powerful. When you’re encouraging, you’re instilling courage. That’s huge. And that’s hard. And it’s way
Entrepreneur3 min read
3 Ways to Integrate Video Into Your Marketing Strategy
There has never been a better time to think about how you can make video a bigger part of your online marketing strategy. Facebook is advancing aggressively into video (giving YouTube a run for its money as the top platform). Newer live-streaming pla
Entrepreneur3 min readLeadership & Mentoring
Is Sharing Caring When it Comes to Clients?
Q: The client of a close friend and member of my networking group approached me about a consulting project. If I take the project on, am I poaching? Should I give my friend a heads-up to give her a chance to revive what may be a fallen relationship?
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
How This App Is Making a Permanent Change in the Rental Industry
A Hollywood production company saves money -- and client relationships -- with an inventory-tracking app.
Entrepreneur2 min read
An Expert Speaks Up on What You Should Know About Programming Languages
A: With technology now central to almost every type of business, you can’t rely on someone else to tell you what the best systems are for your company. If Tawheed “TK” Kader has his way, business schools will make technology management a core topic,
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
How This Company Is Revolutionizing the Way Farmers Do Their Job
Growing up in rural Michigan, Jesse Vollmar watched as technology transformed the world around him, while life on the farm remained labor-intensive and stuck in the past. “There was a widening gap between what was possible and what was actually being
Entrepreneur2 min read
Why Mobile Payments Aren't Gaining Traction With Small Businesses
A year after the launch of Apple Pay and five months into Google’s Android Pay service, it seems like mobile payments have finally caught fire with the public. Thousands of banks and retail giants have jumped onboard, yet small businesses—which accou
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
Check Out the Investors You Haven't Considered Yet
When Morten Middelfart went searching for seed investors for Social Quant, his Twitter analytics company in Tampa, Fla., his banker suggested pitching Atlantic Merchant Capital Advisors, a local family office. One informal meeting with the private in
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
SCUBA Diving and Seed Money are More Connected Than You Think
One of the venture funds I work with specializes in seed investments: early-stage deals that are often made with young, bright, first-time entrepreneurs who’ve been working hard to get the chance to build their dream company. After enduring a tough d
Entrepreneur3 min read
What to Expect When Selling Your Business to a Private Equity Group
From the first meeting to after the ink is dry on the contracts, we'll show you the steps of selling to private equity.
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
The High Costs of Your Exit Strategy
In my prior life as an investment banker working in M&A, my objectives for any client were strictly transaction-based: Prepare the company for the sale, go to market and close a deal that puts the greatest amount of after-tax dollars in the owner’s p
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
How This Beer Growler Went From Concept to Market
Entrepreneurs: GrowlerWerks founders Shawn Huff, Brian Sonnichsen, Evan Rege and Chris Maier created uKeg, a portable, pressurized growler (a container for transporting craft beer and other beverages). “Aha” moment: The founders—who are based in Port
Entrepreneur3 min read
How This Startup Is Making It Easier for Renters to Find Housing
The last time Jonathan Eppers tried apartment hunting, he found the experience so frustrating he decided not to move. Apartments listed as “available” were not; price listings were inaccurate; scams abounded. “One of the biggest problems facing rente
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
How One Major League Baseball Team Is Going to Bat with Rookie Sports Businesses
With the North American sports market growing at an annual rate of 4.5 percent, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, it’s no surprise that professional athletics organizations are pouring resources into helping young companies develop related product
Entrepreneur3 min read
Old Spices Find a New Audience Through This Franchisor
Clay Freeman was not the suspicious sort, until multiple customers started snapping pictures inside his St. Augustine, Fla., spice and tea shop. “People started coming in saying what a cool idea this was and that it would do really well in their town
Entrepreneur3 min read
Why This Company Bought North Carolina's Oldest Printing Business
There’s a giant letterpress at Chris Andrews’ AlphaGraphics franchise in Raleigh, N.C., along with three or four metric tons of lead type in an array of fonts. The 28-year-old has considered scrapping the stuff, which takes up a lot of space. But the
Entrepreneur12 min read
How This Company Is Helping Businesses Find Zen in Human Resource Paperwork
Zenefits benefits-management software might be a busy entrepreneur's best friend -- but is it a benefits provider's worst nightmare?
Entrepreneur10 min readEntrepreneurship
Meet the Rebels Who Bend the Rules and Play to Win
Rejection -- who cares? Naysayers -- screw 'em. Entrepreneurship isn't just about business. it's about rebellion.
Entrepreneur7 min readEntrepreneurship
What to Do When Your Funding Vanishes
Enthusiastic public announcements aside, sometimes the check doesn't arrive as promised. So put down that champagne and heed the advice of entrepreneurs who've dealt with the disappointment of disappearing capital.
Entrepreneur3 min read
Why the Cargo Van Is Outpacing the Pickup as the Business Vehicle of Choice
With superior hauling capacity, killer pricing and lease deals to boot, the cargo van may put the pickup out to pasture.
Entrepreneur1 min read
How to Upgrade Your Van's Workload Via 'Uplifting'
“Upfitting” is the industry’s term for customizing a vehicle’s cargo area for handling the tools or stock of your trade. You can save a bundle as long as you know the configuration that will work best for you.  Nissan offers upfitting as part of its
Entrepreneur2 min read
How Onboard Data Can Help Your Business
Whether you run your own business or commute to someone else’s, you are highly dependent on your vehicle. Automatic, a free app combined with a $100 wireless adapter, can help optimize this costly and essential part of your operation.   The Automatic
Entrepreneur7 min read
These Entrepreneurs Braved New Frontiers in Franchising and Found Success
Starting a concept from square one isn't easy. But being first to market can put you one step closer to becoming the next big thing.