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Marc Benioff on Why Entrepreneurs Should Give Money Away Now

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

Marc Benioff is encouraging successful entrepreneurs to start giving away their fortunes now, instead of amassing their wealth and becoming philanthropic later in life. Easy for him to say, right? Benioff (pictured), the 48-year-old CEO and founder of Salesforce.com, has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion. But, while speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in San [...]
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What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup. The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost a decade ago and sold it to Comcast for over $150 million in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Masonis and Ring began dabbling in chocolate. They wanted [...]
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5 Do's and Don'ts of Successful Negotiation

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From hammering out a contract to securing a lease for office space, negotiation is essential to the success of nearly every small-business owner. Need some advice? The longtime best-seller Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, first published in 1981, offers a step-by-step strategy that continues to be useful today. Authors William Ury, Roger [...]

How to Take Advantage of Online Learning

Posted In INNER CIRCLE

Maybe you need help creating an appealing Facebook page for your new company. Or you want some tips on cold-calling customers. For small businesses, online classes have become a cost-effective and flexible way for owners and employees to receive the training they need. Today, many of the courses offered online are taught by renowned scholars, [...]
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3 Tips for Standing Out at a Conference

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TechCrunch Disrupt has become one of the technology industry’s go-to gatherings, drawing hundreds of startups, many of them launching to the public for the first time. The latest conference, held in September, packed 2,800 attendees into the Concourse at San Francisco Design Center. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made an appearance, his first since the social [...]
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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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Crowdfunding is fast becoming a popular strategy to raise funds, test an idea, and attract customers. Some businesses have recently drawn so much attention from their crowdfunding campaigns that they could barely keep up with demand. On the flip side, not all crowdfunding campaigns succeed. The Intuit Small Business Blog recent spoke with Danae Ringelmann, [...]
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3 Mobile Apps to Make Travel Easier

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The smartphone can be a road warrior’s handiest tool when it comes to navigating unfamiliar streets. The device’s built-in GPS can not only steer you toward your next meeting, but also keep you from getting stranded if unexpected obstacles (such as traffic jams and road work) pop up. Here are three mobile apps (all free) [...]
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3 Tips for Better Password Security

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

When Wired writer Mat Honan was hacked, much of his digital life was wiped out, from his address book to photos of his daughter. It’s a cautionary tale for any sole proprietor or small-business owner who uses a Google account or other cloud-based service to store critical information. Honan says one of the lessons he [...]
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