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Matthew Toren

Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley). He's based in Vancouver, B.C.

30 Recent Stories

How to Give Thanks to Your Team, Customers and Vendors This Thanksgiving

How to Give Thanks to Your Team, Customers and Vendors This Thanksgiving

One day off for holiday shopping isn't enough. Here's how to show key members of your team and other stakeholders that you care.
November 26, 2013 in Managing Employees

4 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Take Labor Day Off

Planning on skipping Labor Day fun to focus on your startup? Here are four reasons why you shouldn't.
September 2, 2013 in Starting a Business

What Bluffing, Folding and Betting Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

After participating in the World Series of Poker, Matthew Toren provides insight on similarities between poker and running a business.
August 2, 2013 in Starting a Business

Entrepreneurship Won't Make You Rich and Other Hard Truths

Want to know the cold hard truth about entrepreneurship before you start up? Keep reading.
July 26, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
7 Inspirational Documentaries for Young Entrepreneurs

7 Inspirational Documentaries for Young Entrepreneurs

Feeling down amid the early-summer doldrums? Check out these documentaries for a quick pick-me-up and a few choice marbles of wisdom.
July 3, 2013 in Productivity
4 Reasons to Wait to Buy Google Glass

4 Reasons to Wait to Buy Google Glass

While Google Glass is being touted as the next big thing in technology and much of the media has pulled out their pom-poms, here are a few reasons young entrepreneurs should wait to purchase the devic
July 1, 2013 in News and Trends

Lego’s Secrets for Brand Longevity

How young entrepreneurs can emulate the success of powerhouse brand Lego.
June 21, 2013 in Grow Your Business
10 Habits College Entrepreneurs Should Forget at Graduation

10 Habits College Entrepreneurs Should Forget at Graduation

While college taught you many lessons, here are a few you should make a point to leave on campus.
May 24, 2013 in Startup Basics
6 Tips for Taking Your Video Ad Content Mobile

6 Tips for Taking Your Video Ad Content Mobile

As consumers increasingly tune in to videos on their mobile devices, young entrepreneurs should consider how best to reach them.
May 22, 2013 in Mobile
Want to Go Viral? 4 Ways to Get Viewers to Share Your Videos

Want to Go Viral? 4 Ways to Get Viewers to Share Your Videos

People are increasingly tuning in to videos, but maybe not yours. Here's how you and your startup can become a YouTube sensation.
April 25, 2013 in Marketing Ideas
Pitch Perfect: How to Prepare to Speak in Front of Investors

Pitch Perfect: How to Prepare to Speak in Front of Investors

Here's a guide for how to prepare your pitch for angel investors and venture capitalists the likes of Chris Dixon.
April 22, 2013 in Startup Financing
Forget Facebook's Social Graph: LinkedIn Has a New Search Tool Too

Forget Facebook's Social Graph: LinkedIn Has a New Search Tool Too

With LinkedIn's search update, people may be taking a closer look at your profile. Here are five tips for making sure you remain front and center on the professional network.
April 9, 2013 in Social Media
Don't Waste Another Networking Opportunity: 6 Tips for Following Up

Don't Waste Another Networking Opportunity: 6 Tips for Following Up

With SXSW in full swing, effective networking strategies -- including ideas for following up -- should be top of mind.
March 11, 2013 in Networking
The Power of Huge Goals -- And How to Achieve Them

The Power of Huge Goals -- And How to Achieve Them

As the President prepares to give his State of the Union address -- replete with outsize goals -- consider making your own ambitious wish list too.
February 19, 2013 in Business Management
Negative Nelly Must Be Stopped: How to Make Objective Decisions

Negative Nelly Must Be Stopped: How to Make Objective Decisions

In running your young company, the decisions you make now could reverberate for years. Here's how to ensure you're making the right ones.
February 12, 2013 in Business Management
Want to Really Network? Stop Using Social Networks

Want to Really Network? Stop Using Social Networks

While social-media sites have obviously been a boon for startups, there's no replacement for an old-fashioned handshake.
January 30, 2013 in Marketing
4 Inspiring TED Talks for Young Treps

4 Inspiring TED Talks for Young Treps

From business books to online classes, learning the ropes of starting up is easier than ever. TED talks can also be enlightening for aspiring young entrepreneurs.
January 25, 2013 in The 'Treps
How to Operate in All-Out Survival Mode as a Young Entrepreneur

How to Operate in All-Out Survival Mode as a Young Entrepreneur

If the holidays weren't as kind to your startup as you would have liked, here are some tips for helping you withstand leaner times.
January 8, 2013 in Grow Your Business
Whatever You Do, Don't Not Delegate: Tips for Cultivating Great Employees

Whatever You Do, Don't Not Delegate: Tips for Cultivating Great Employees

Delegating is the second-hardest thing for an entrepreneur to do. The hardest is not delegating.
December 27, 2012 in Growing Your Business

Business-Boosting Gifts to Give Yourself for the Holidays

While giving yourself a watch or a new pair of jeans can make you look and feel good, a motivational book or even some nonfiction might give you some much-needed time to unwind.
December 25, 2012 in Business Management

Tis the Season for Giving Thanks

With Christmas just a day away, don't forget to give a big 'THANK YOU' to the VIPs in your life.
December 24, 2012 in Business Management

Whatever You Do, Don't Not Delegate: 8 Tips for Cultivating Keen Employees

Delegating is the second-hardest thing for an entrepreneur to do. The hardest is not delegating.
December 14, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Bursting at the Seams? Tips for Expanding Your Startup's Office Space

Bursting at the Seams? Tips for Expanding Your Startup's Office Space

Signing an office lease may be the first and largest long-term commitment you make with your business. Here's what to consider before signing on the dotted line.
December 12, 2012 in Business Ideas
Moving Beyond Startup Mode: 5 Tips for Building a Solid Infrastructure

Moving Beyond Startup Mode: 5 Tips for Building a Solid Infrastructure

Running a startup can be insane, exciting, messy and a blast, but at some point your company has to grow up or fall apart. Here's how to set up a real organizational structure.
December 6, 2012 in Grow Your Business
5 Tips for Targeting Your Ideal Start-Up Customer

5 Tips for Targeting Your Ideal Start-Up Customer

Generating lots of traffic is only part of the battle. Here are some tips to help you avoid the blunders of blind traffic generation.
November 20, 2012 in Market Research
Not a Superhero Entrepreneur? You'll Still Need a Sidekick

Not a Superhero Entrepreneur? You'll Still Need a Sidekick

Business is nothing like comic books or the movies, but having sidekick when the going gets tough can't hurt. Here's how to find the Robin to your Batman.
November 14, 2012 in Starting a Business
9 Ways to Beef-Up Your Business Skills on the Cheap

9 Ways to Beef-Up Your Business Skills on the Cheap

If you weren't born with an innate ability to manage a business, you could get an MBA. Or you might try implementing these tips.
November 2, 2012 in Startup Basics

Not a Superhero Entrepreneur? You’ll Still Need a Sidekick

Business is nothing like comic books or the movies, but having sidekick when the going gets tough can’t hurt. This Halloween, consider finding the Robin to your Batman.
October 31, 2012 in Starting a Business
Want to Nurture Creativity Among Employees? Assign Crazy.

Want to Nurture Creativity Among Employees? Assign Crazy.

Not every company can become the next Apple or Google, but if you want to give it a go, utilize one of your best assets: employees. Here are nine tips for inspiring creative thinking.
October 27, 2012 in Business Management

Messy Office? 7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Startup

When it comes to plowing as much time into your startup as possible, keeping your desk clean and organized can do wonders.
October 22, 2012 in Starting a Business