4 Steps to Better Protect Your Ideas

Of the scores of items that VCs review, the one that they often care most about — after a solid business plan, of course — is intellectual property (IP). It’s a startup’s most valuable asset, and the companies that bake IP protection into their businesses from the start make for more attractive investments. But IP is more […]

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What Makes a ‘Good’ Entrepreneur?

There are many qualities that make a good business, but what about a “good” entrepreneur? Most businesses are doomed to fail. You’ve undoubtedly heard anecdotes in your own life about “good” businesses that ended up going under, and conversely, anecdotes of “bad” businesses (with shoddy ideas, poor infrastructure, etc.) that ended up making it. What’s […]

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100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser

Listen to these 100 podcasts and you will become wiser, smarter, and better at business and life. Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It’s a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling. If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, leadership, business, creativity, or just learning and […]

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Solo 401(k) vs. SEP: Which is Best for Biz Owners?

Small business owners have several options to choose from when it comes to retirement planning. Traditional or Roth IRAs can provide a good start to saving for retirement, but successful business owners often need a plan that allows them to defer much larger amounts on an annual basis. SEP-IRAs were introduced as a way to […]

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SIMPLE IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

A savings incentive match plan for employees (SIMPLE IRA) allows employees and employers to contribute to an IRA-based plan that is set up for an employees’ benefit. With a SIMPLE IRA, employees can defer a portion of their pay, known as salary deferral or salary reduction contributions. The employer makes either a matching or non-elective […]

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A Bad Review Is Forever: How to Counter Online Complaints

Andrew Gruel, chef and owner of the Slapfish restaurant chain, responds to about 50 online reviews a day, positive or negative. Credit: Emily Berl for The New York Times For the California restaurateur Andrew Gruel, poor online reviews demand rapid responses. One of his new Slapfish restaurants, serving sustainable seafood, was hit this year with […]

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Digital Marketing Agencies’ Rates and Services Cost Less Than You Think

Every entrepreneur at some point hires an SEO, PPC (pay-per-click) or SMM (social media marketing) expert — which generally means an agency or freelancer. But money is tight, so how do startups evaluate whether the candidates they’re considering offer reasonable rates? Is gut instinct enough? Your own answer to the question is likely, “No, gut instinct is not enough, but what […]

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