Jeff Bezos's 10 Rules for Success


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An entrepreneur who waited tables in college took away business lessons that made all the difference in his startup

Although waiting tables at college may not seem an obvious training ground for an entrepreneur, some of the most valuable lessons you can learn about running a business are the ones you learn outside of the classroom. For David Steckel, this was the job that helped him develop the skills he needed to succeed as cofounder of a company that matches customers with home maintenance vendors and contractors. Here Mark Abadi shares some of the most important lessons Steckel learned about nego...
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How this couple created a $13 million business on their first date

Radha Vyas shared her travel-related business idea with Lee Thompson on their first date. Now they're the husband and wife team behind one of the fastest growing startups in the UK. With Lee's photojournalism background and Radha's experience of building a fundraising consultancy—and their shared love of travel—the business they started with just £15,000 ($19,652) is now worth at least $13 million and looks set to achieve $22 million this year. In Laura Begley Bloom's article, they share th...
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How this vegetable-growing startup became 400 times more productive than traditional farms

New Jersey-based vertical farming startup Aero Farms says its indoor growing facilities are 400 times more productive—in terms of output per square foot—than a traditional farm, writes Kevin J. Ryan. Founded in 2011 by Ed Harwood, David Rosenberg and Marc Oshima, the company has raised more than $100 million and has repurposed former warehouses and other redundant buildings for growing the salad greens it sells to Whole Foods and FreshDirect. Here, Ryan explores the tech...
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How Nikolay Storonsky took Revolut from $350m to a $1.7bn valuation in just six months

Fintech startup Revolut has quintupled its valuation to $1.7 billion, following a record $250 million funding round, making it one of Europe's most valuable fintech unicorns. Co-founders Nikolay Storonsky and Vlad Yatsenko launched the London-based startup in 2015 with a pre-paid debit card as its core product and gradually added increased its range of financial services. However, "Revolut's rapid growth and Storonsky's huge ambitions are not without cost," writes Oliver Smith. Here, h...
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Brad Hart - Change a habit, change your life


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The unlikely decision that can save a struggling business

Successfully blending profit with purpose isn't easy and when your startup is already hemorrhaging money, you might think committing to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency will only hasten the company's demise. Nevertheless when Emily Lonigro Boylan's startup was struggling to survive that's exactly what she did and—after working hard to meet the strict standards B Corp certification demands—the company started to thrive. Gaining B Co...
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Origin stories: 11 moments that inspired entrepreneurs to start their own businesses

 A successful business starts with a great idea. Often it's such a simple idea you may wonder why no one thought of it before, while another may be so revolutionary you wonder how anyone thought of it at all. Most entrepreneurs start out by recognizing an existing problem and identifying a solution that could make life easier for themselves or others. Ideas for solving a problem can come from a variety of sources and inspiration often strikes when you're busy working on something else....
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How this Nebraskan entrepreneur built 'The Bay,' a startup that helps youth across the United States

When Mike Smith built his first non-profit venture he relied on volunteers and family for support and turned to some unusual fundraising tactics until local schools in Nebraska started asking him to speak to students about giving back, living a more conscious life, and being generous with one's resources. His speaking career has now helped him launch several companies, which all have a social agenda at their core. In this article, Esha Chhabra shares the story of Smith's entrepreneurial journey ...
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The success story of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

​Sometimes we take decisions that impact the rest of our lives and change everything in an unexpected way. Susan Wojcicki, former VP of Advertising & Commerce at Google and current CEO of YouTube, knows this better than most. In 1999, she was faced with a difficult decision, and she had the courage and the foresight to take the path that would make her become "the most important woman on the Internet."Wojcicki is a Silicon Valley native with honors in history and literature from Harvard who ...
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