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From an outsider’s perspective, an entrepreneur’s life can seem very glamorous, but it’s actually a lot of hard work. Since the introduction of social media and reality television shows, a window into the world of entrepreneurship has been opened, allowing the everyday dreamer to view a world that hasn’t always been accessible. However, the image of entrepreneurship that we see isn’t a full representation of…

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You have a good idea, but how do you make it a reality? When you’re watching other people play Scrabble, it’s easy to see ample opportunities to place tiles and score more points. But, when you’re actually in the game yourself, it can be harder. This is exactly what happens to new entrepreneurs. Often, they have many business ideas but lack the capacity to understand the risks,…

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Few people other than venture capitalists see predatory behavior and toxic narcissism as leadership qualities worth investing in. Many of us are wondering in these glory days of the Kalanicks, Shkrelis and Cagneys how we got here. How did so many mean men get power and maintain it? And how do some of them continue to do so? I researched these questions for my book Mean…

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Universal health insurance would free skilled talent to form their own businesses, driving prosperity and entrepreneurial innovation. Sen. Bernie Sanders has rolled out a healthcare bill to expand what the Affordable Care Act has done to make health insurance affordable and available for the self-employed. Sanders’ bill would extend Medicare —  retirees’ health insurance — to almost everyone in the country, making the federal government is the single…

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You might think you’re a great multitasker, but you’re not. There’s no such thing. When I was younger, I, like many young entrepreneurs, prided myself on being a master at multitasking. I thought I needed to be a strong multitasker to optimize efficiency and productivity at every moment. And I thought that everyone who was successful got to where they were by being great multitaskers….

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As the famous late basketball coach John Wooden once put it: “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” Maybe those other countries that work shorter hours and take five weeks of holiday a year know something we don’t here in the United States. That’s because numerous research studies have concluded that Americans are overworked and often don’t take the time off allotted them….

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“Asking if a company has ever had a bad review online is like asking if someone’s ever been on a bad date,” said one president. Here’s the problem, and it happens a lot: Job-seekers find an opening and immediately research the employer. They visit the company website, along with LinkedIn and Glassdoor. And that’s when they spot it: the negative employee review. Bad reviews can…

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The ability to translate between languages quickly and inexpensively opens vast new possibilities. Behind-the-scenes technology is not usually the sexy stuff that makes big headlines. Unless you are the IT guy in the back room, this kind of difficult-to-explain stuff is not the leading topic of discussion at your dinner party. Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is different. Few things on the horizon currently have as much importance or…

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Some lessons are best learned through personal experience. Make the most of yours, and seek out mentors who can share their stories. I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my life. I started an odd-jobs business in high school, founded a collectible comic-book business in college and launched my first capital-backed startup — an adventure-travel company — in my 20s. My entrepreneurial endeavors continue today. I’m in my…

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  As the San Francisco reporter for The Next Web, I attend a lot of events. Sometimes multiple events in a single day. From keynotes, to fireside chats, to demo days, to roundtables about apps and market penetration, they all want the press to be there covering the onstage antics. But, not all events are created equal. While some make coverage a relatively painless process,…

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