Magazine Issue
March 2017
Entrepreneur3 min readEntrepreneurship
Want Press for Your Business? Do It for the Right Reasons.
As we wrapped up this issue, I received an unusually personal note from a woman in Chicago. She and her boyfriend had overcome great setbacks; now she wants to help him build a restaurant, but they’re struggling. She hoped I’d run a story about them.
Entrepreneur6 min read
How This Introvert Founder Became a Billion-Dollar Leader
Paul English sold Kayak to Priceline in 2012 for $1.8 billion. Now he is reentering the industry with Lola, a mobile app that combines AI with human travel agents to plan and book trips. And at both companies, he says, the key to success is the peopl
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
This Multi-Millionaire Founder Drove an Uber to Learn About Customer Service
Last year, Paul English signed up to be an Uber driver. As a multimillionaire, he didn’t need the money, obviously. He wanted to understand what it’s like to be rated. Related: 4 Assumptions Needed to Deliver 5-Star Customer Service It’s an eye-openi
Entrepreneur2 min read
This Founder Created a Genius Way to Do Market Testing on the Cheap
How do you market test a new product when you can't pay for testing? Joelle Mertzel found a sneaky solution -- and it cost only $39. Here's how she developed her new butter dish, Butterie.  Mertzel wanted to make a flip-top dish so that butter could
Entrepreneur3 min read
The Clever Strategy That Turned an Unknown Book Into a Bestseller
UJ Ramdas had an idea he knew people would love but that no publishing house would ever take seriously. Here it is: a mostly blank book. See the problem? And blank journals such as Moleskine are a dime a dozen. “We didn’t even approach book publisher
Entrepreneur2 min read
This Office Has a Bar -- But Staff Don't Go There Just to Drink
It’s 10 a.m. on a Wednesday at Diageo, one of the world’s largest producers of spirits (and owner of brands such as Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Guinness and Smirnoff). Dozens of its 150 Manhattan-based employees are clustered around the office ba
Entrepreneur3 min readEntrepreneurship
Ask This Question Before You Consider a Second Location
We explain to a reader why the decision to expand -- or not -- might be simpler than he thinks.
Entrepreneur6 min readEntrepreneurship
The Simple Reason Entrepreneurs Are Embracing the Wonky, Unsexy World of B2B
In 2011, Noah Lee and Dane Jensen were young guys a few years out of college and in search of a business idea. They stumbled across a story about a company selling black Italian socks. Just black. Just Italian. By subscription only. The company had t
Entrepreneur2 min read
How a Coffee Startup Chose its Crowdsourced Logo
Chris Dominello and Mike Roussell created an antioxidant-infused coffee called Neuro Coffee. Before launching their company last winter, they needed a logo. A design shop can take “up to four weeks and tens of thousands of dollars,” says Dominello, a
Entrepreneur3 min readTech
To Impress This VC, Deliver on What You Promise
Jennifer Fonstad is the rarest of finds in Silicon Valley: cofounder of a woman-run venture capital fund. By the time she launched Aspect in 2014, with partner Theresia Gouw, Fonstad had already made the Forbes Midas list, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro a
Entrepreneur12 min readEntrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs Are Being Deported -- And They Might Be at the Center of America's Coming Immigration Fight
On a recent Thursday morning in Cambridge, Mass., Alessandro Babini straps his company’s palm-size wearable device onto his arm. He’s the cofounder of a startup called Humon, which makes a next-generation fitness gadget. It monitors how well a user’s
Entrepreneur2 min read
Uber Employs 200 Ex-Founders and CEOs. We Asked 10 for Their Lessons Learned.
The ride-hailing giant employs more than 200 ex-startup founders and CEOs. We asked 10 of them: What lessons have you picked up? “Having your own company is a lot easier than working in-house. Working at Uber is much busier. It’s easy to get caught u
Entrepreneur1 min readEntrepreneurship
Small-Sized Companies: The Best Company Cultures in 2017
Entrepreneur teamed up with CultureIQ to rank high-performance cultures at small-sized companies for our Top Company Cultures list.
Entrepreneur3 min read
The Science Behind Picking the Perfect LinkedIn Head Shot
Do you agonize over your LinkedIn picture? Do you dread the moment someone asks for a professional photo? There’s good reason: That picture really does matter. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that different pictures of th
Entrepreneur13 min read
What the Stars of Impractical Jokers Can Teach You About Teamwork and Risk
The indignities mount. First, Murr is told that he has to compete in a bodybuilding competition. And to be clear, Murr is nobody’s definition of fit. Stripped down to an American flag Speedo, he looks like a fillet of cod -- a soft, slender, floppy w
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
The 153 Best Company Cultures in America (and What You Can Learn From Them)
For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more companies, tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017's Top Company Cultures package. Work should be gratifying. We should appreciate
Entrepreneur1 min readEntrepreneurship
Medium-Sized Companies: The Best Company Cultures in 2017
Entrepreneur teamed up with CultureIQ to rank high-performance cultures at medium-sized companies for our Top Company Cultures list.
Entrepreneur2 min read
The Generation Gap at This IT Firm Has Nearly Disappeared. Two Staffers Explain How.
For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017's Top Company Cultures package. It’s a long-told story: Millennials and Gen Xers don’t unde
Entrepreneur1 min readEntrepreneurship
Large-Sized Companies: The Best Company Cultures in 2017
Entrepreneur teamed up with CultureIQ to rank high-performance cultures at large-sized companies for our Top Company Cultures list.
Entrepreneur2 min readEntrepreneurship
To Change Your Company Culture, Change Your Conversations
For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017's Top Company Cultures package. After nearly two decades focused on staffing and recruitmen
Entrepreneur1 min read
How One Company Used Data to Improve Its Sales Staff
For the second year, Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to find the best office cultures in America. For more tips and profiles, check out the rest of 2017's Top Company Cultures package. Staff development isn’t a term that excites most employees,
Entrepreneur3 min read
What Owning a Franchise Has Taught Two Deaf Brothers About Communication
Waylon and Jerrel Mathern are like any small-business owners: They know how important communication skills are. But the brothers have had to work harder than most to get their message across. They were born profoundly deaf, a term that means they’re
Entrepreneur3 min read
This Wellness Franchise Makes Sensory Deprivation Tanks Cool Again
Joe Beaudry was combing Seattle for a way to decompress from his high-stress job. This was back in 2011, and he’d heard of “floating” -- shorthand for going into a water-filled sensory-deprivation pod. The only one he could find was in some random gu
Entrepreneur8 min read
A Night of Money, Mansions and Mexican Food Showed Us How Delivery Could Reshape Franchising
Someone in Madison, Wisc., has conjured Greek food. They went to MrDelivery.com, picked their local Greek restaurant and made their order. That information then zipped off to a centralized data center in South Africa (long story, hang on), which acte
Entrepreneur1 min read
Meet This Year's Fastest Growing Franchises
Every year we at Entrepreneur publish our fastest growing franchises ranking. You might expect to see a bunch of new and trendy brands on such a list, but as it turns out, most of the fastest-growing franchises aren’t flashes in the pan; they’re comp
Entrepreneur2 min read
The Quote That Helped This Entrepreneur Stop Questioning Himself
Many of my friends are entrepreneurs. And when they used to tell me about their challenges, I would always think, I can never take those risks and face those obstacles. I liked to play things a little safer and found comfort in familiarity; it’s why
Entrepreneur2 min read
Patience Was Key to This Franchise's Slow Growth Strategy
On November 8 last year, Freddy’s Frozen Custard made its own history. For the first time, the company opened five restaurants across the country in one day, from Orange Park, Fla., to San Marcos, Calif. “It truly was a team effort,” says Zach Woodbu