Magazine Issue
March 2016
Entrepreneur2 min read
Feel the Fear -- and Then Move Past It
“Fear is the mother of foresight.” -- Thomas Hardy I had an idea for a business, and it made me giddy. It was so full of possibility, so compelling and dynamic and burning and beautiful, that I devoted my days and nights to thinking about it. I wante
Entrepreneur3 min read
How to Ask For a Favor
Hey there. hi. Nice shirt. Listen, I don’t normally do this, but I was wondering: Could you maybe do me a favor and read this story? No? Hang on, let me rework that.  I’d like to ask you for a favor. I’m hoping you’ll read this story because I think
Entrepreneur3 min read
How a Near-Death Mountain Climb Launched One of the Adventure World's Best-Known Brands
The brothers Giovale are avid mountain climbers, and they learned the hard way that the industry needed better tools for safety. They made the product themselves, launching a now-global business.
Entrepreneur2 min read
Before Giving Advice, Consider This First
Q: I’m grooming an employee to run my next location, but she has also developed (on her own time) a prototype for a product that can benefit clients in our field. She kept me informed about the project, and I’ve been providing ongoing feedback.  I de
Entrepreneur2 min read
Can Your Hotel Make You Healthier?
Budget-friendly hotels are now offering extras aimed at promoting health, from vitamin-infused showers to rent-able workout gear.
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
3 Signs Your Social Strategy Needs Help -- and the Solutions
In marketing, you can be too social. Or not social enough. Or social where it doesn’t count -- the digital equivalent of showing up at the wrong party. How to know if this applies to you? Here, three signs that you need to fix your strategy -- and wh
Entrepreneur8 min read
Don't Fear the Fear -- Let It Drive You
Fear is an assault on your ambition and innovation. It strips you of your confidence. It undermines your decision making and stops all progress. But you can beat it.
Entrepreneur3 min readSelf-Improvement
Practical Advice for Fighting Fear
How do we dial down our freaked-out minds? Scott Halford, author of Activate Your Brain and the founder of the consultant group Complete Intelligence, explains.
Entrepreneur6 min read
22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader
Want to be a laudable leader? Study these characteristics -- and the wise words of leaders who strive to embody them.
Entrepreneur5 min read
How Your Leadership Skills Will Determine Your Company Culture
Think about the culture you want to build, then master these leadership skills. The rest will fall into place.
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
Why Virtual Reality Is Vital
Ebbe Altberg, CEO of the company that created the virtual 3-D world Second Life, answers your VR questions.
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
How Changing an App Platform Allowed This Meal-Replacement Startup to Grow
Rosa labs launched in 2013 with a one-person engineering department and off-the-shelf e-commerce apps: one for subscription orders and one for single orders. But then the company’s product -- Soylent, the soy-based meal-replacement drink that’s huge
Entrepreneur2 min read
Payroll Made Easy: Automated Payroll Service Claims To Make the Process Quick and Painless
Zenefits' new product can reduce the bimonthly task to less than five minutes, the company claims.
Entrepreneur2 min read
Are You Diversifying Your Income? You'd Better Start.
Just as a business shouldn't rely on one client, your personal income should never rely on one source.
Entrepreneur2 min readTech
How to Be a Successful Failure
The CEO of a startup we funded called to tell us his tough decision: He had $1 million in the bank, and he was shutting down his company. Crazy, right? Not really. He had set a benchmark for progress and failed to reach it, and so he was returning th
Entrepreneur2 min read
This Company Asked Its Employees for Cash and Everybody Won
For the right kind of business, a radical move like asking employees to finance the company can be smart and effective.
Entrepreneur1 min read
How to Pick the Right Bank for Your Business
A generation ago, most businesses just picked the bank closest to their office. Today, banks of all sizes and locations compete for your business -- but not all are equal. Let's break it down.
Entrepreneur2 min read
How a Couple of College Kids Turned a Silly Sport into a Booming Business
Damon Grace and Lucas Andrews were poking around YouTube one day and landed on a kooky video of some Norwegians playing just about the craziest-looking sport ever. It was soccer -- but every player was encased in a giant bubble that began at their wa
Entrepreneur2 min read
How This Company Is Profiting Giving Perks to Military Members and First-Responders
The average citizen shops online at Amazon. But folks in the military and government first-responders (such as police and firefighters) have a deeply discounted online marketplace just for them: It’s called GovX, and it carries nearly 100,000 product
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
4 Steps These Business Owners Took to Solve a Major Industry Problem
Artisan chefs have so many opportunities. The specialty food market is worth an estimated $109 billion, growing nearly 22 percent between 2012 and 2014. Whole Foods, Kroger and other national retailers are hungry for the next tasty thing. And yet, fe
Entrepreneur5 min readEntrepreneurship
10 Deadly Startup Mistakes to Avoid
Countless startups fail every year. But there are not countless reasons that they fail. “I’m talking to entrepreneurs three or four times a week, and they’re all coming to me with the exact same issues,” says Tarek Kamil, a serial entrepreneur with f
Entrepreneur2 min read
How a Young Immigrant Rapidly Rose in the Pizza Business
He didn't know what pizza was when he was growing up in Bangladesh, but after delivering pizzas in high school, Ag Mahmud now owns four Papa John's restaurants.
Entrepreneur3 min read
Meet the Guys Who Want to Fund Your Franchise
On the ABC show Shark Tank, contestants pitch business ideas to seasoned professionals who decide whether or not to fund them. But could a similar contest create new franchises? That’s what Cincinnati entrepreneurs Dan Murphy and Gary Green started w
Entrepreneur6 min read
Franchise the Unexpected: 4 Franchisors Thinking Ahead
Walk through a franchise convention, and most of the reps manning the booths might as well be shouting, “Me, too!” Franchising is all about replication, after all -- and franchises are experts at replicating the same types of concepts. But amid the m
Entrepreneur2 min read
This Lego Franchise Snaps Together a Winning Retail Formula
When John Masek and David Ortiz met, something clicked -- and it wasn’t just the Lego bricks they were both individually buying to resell online. The pair realized that the best way to sell the tactile toys was to join forces and set up a brick-and-m