Leadership Profiles

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Marc Benioff on Why Entrepreneurs Should Give Money Away Now

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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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Applying "The Laws of Subtraction"

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As a small-business owner, you’re probably always thinking about what more you could do to improve your business, whether it’s adding new products, services, features, employees, or locations. But author Matthew E. May (pictured) urges you to think about what you should stop or avoid doing instead. In his new book, The Laws of Subtraction: [...]
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What Startup Competition Judges Look for in Winners

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Winning a startup competition often brings in more than mere recognition: The spoils of victory can include prize money and investment capital, introductions to venture capitalists and potential partners, public relations support, training and mentoring, and other perks that can help boost a nascent business. Startup competitions come in various shapes and sizes, from local [...]
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Talking Sports and Business with Brandon Steiner

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Growing up poor in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brandon Steiner (pictured) never dreamed that one day he’d own Yankee Stadium, the home field of the New York Yankees. As CEO of Steiner Sports, the entrepreneur counts himself lucky to live and breathe his passion for sports as he continues to grow the marketing and memorabilia empire he [...]
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New Book Shares 183 Tips for Entrepreneurs, from Entrepreneurs

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As regular readers of this blog will surely attest, small-business owners love to share tips about everything from launching a company during a recession to creating a great customer experience. JJ Ramberg (pictured), host of the MSNBC-TV program Your Business and an entrepreneur herself, knows how to cater to our crowd. Her new book, It’s [...]
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How "The Lean Startup" Method Is Changing Small Business

Build big. Go fast. Invest heavily. And fly by the seat of your pants. It's been the American way for business for decades, and much of the time, it's worked. But it's just as often led companies into disaster, too. Eric Ries attempts to shift this paradigm with his book The Lean Startup, which is [...]
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Author Carol Tice on What Makes a Great Company

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Entrepreneurs often know — based on intuition and experience — that they’re sitting on a great idea, whether it’s tangible (like a clothing line) or intangible (like a groundbreaking service). The challenge is how to turn their concept into a business model and put it in front of investors or consumers. In their book How [...]
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'Rebel Entrepreneur' Author Jonathan Moules on Breaking the Rules

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After profiling hundreds of business owners for the Financial Times, journalist Jonathan Moules (pictured) noticed an interesting trend: The most successful ones are often those who buck conventional wisdom about how to create a profitable company. In his new book, The Rebel Entrepreneur: Rewriting the Business Rulebook, Moules explains that these innovators typically don’t get [...]
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