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Inside the September 2013 Issue

Features

Next-gen Nightlife

The Melman siblings opened several bars and restaurants to revitalize their father's 42-year-old hospitality company Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises to appeal to younger clientele.

How to Innovate in E-commerce

Zappos Labs brings startup spirit to an online powerhouse.

Entrepreneurial Zen

Think entrepreneurship requires putting your personal life on hold and working 100 hours a week? Think again. We spoke to successful 'treps who've learned to prioritize life outside of work. Follow their strategies to find your own blissful balance.

Healing and Dealing

Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah saw an untapped opportunity to bring video segments with tips on diet and exercise to patients in doctor office waiting rooms.

Video Star

Virool gives businesses a self-serve, social video advertising platform to help get the kind of exposure that only a viral hit can bring.

The Accidental Disrupter

About 250,000 people use Dwolla, a payment network that charges just 25 cents for transactions of $10 or more. Dwolla's transactions on pace to total $1 billion in 2013.

Internal Rewards

In addition to helping business owners solve problems around customer engagement and retention, gamification can enhance staff relations.

5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

Don't want your business to wreak havoc on your health and well-being? By planning ahead and working smarter, you can avoid short-circuiting.

What're You Wearing?

Our look at three of the top e-commerce clothing sites.

Turning on the Taps

By cutting out major food menus, these businesses let franchisees -- and their customers -- focus on what's truly important: what's in the glass.

How Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Work (Infographic)

An at-a-glance look at how corporate incubators and accelerators can help entrepreneurs

Local Hero

Darian Shirazi turned down a $35 million acquisition offer from Google, and leveraged his massive local database to provide real-time information for sales teams targeting the U.S. small-business market.

Playing for Keeps

Gamification, a principle for applying gameplay mechanics and theories to everyday problems, is growing in popularity. Here's how your small business can start playing.

Beautiful Minds

The innovative cosmetic e-commence site, Birchbox is many things. For consumers, it's a chance to sample new products for a small fee and to replenish products they already enjoy, and for the founders, it's a platform that connects consumers and brands.

Columns

Back Page
Your game is being an entrepreneur. And here are your badges.
Editor's Note
Playfulness, as most entrepreneurs will tell you, can help alleviate the anxiety and stress that go hand-in-hand with owning a business.
Ethics
Our ethics expert answers questions about online games, employee pay and more.
Franchise Ink
Photo booths are making a comeback, and the founder of the DVDNow Kiosks franchise, has created a touchscreen, open-air 'booth' that's connected to social media.
Innovators
Bite-size advice from snack-food company marketing veteran Bonin Bough.
Innovators
Can entrepreneurship thrive within corporate constructs? Here, the ins and outs of corporate incubators and accelerators--and why they should matter to you.
Lead Gen
You work hard to build a reputation and generate positive word-of-mouth. But are you undermining your own efforts? Consider these common blunders.
Opportunities
While the entire Wendy's franchise goes through a reboot, one franchise owner is taking an extra step, cleaning out dead weight and hiring almost 500 well-trained workers to Michigan restaurants.
Your Money
You don't want your family to fight after you're gone, and you don't want the IRS to claim more than is necessary during the transition. Here are a few basics rules of thumb for creating a succession plan.
The Personal Touch
Check out our list of the top service franchises that foster a one-on-one connection with clients.
The cruise industry is awash in bad publicity. But franchisees have the resources needed to weather the storm.
All Up In Your Business
There are three situations guaranteed to land you and your business in the mud. The only way to get out is to see these problems for what they are and move forward. Ready?
Cutting-edge technologies are making businesses more productive, we explain this hot new trend.
Ask a Pro
Keeping employees invested in their jobs and dedicated to the company vision is one of the seminal workplace -- and maybe the most misunderstood.
Ask the Esquire Guy
There is a right and wrong way to apologize and a right and wrong time to do it -- the Esquire guy breaks it down.
Business Unusual
Dream Arcades is the largest manufacturer of non-coin-operated arcade machines in the world. Last year the company broke $1 million in sales."Nostalgia sells," says co-founder Michael Ware.
Design It
Green Hat Gin blends old aesthetics with new technology for a stirring online experience.
The Traveler
Forget the superlatives. Business travel is about finding the path of least resistance.
Ask the Money Guy
Some businesses use Intuit's popular software through every stage of growth, but it does have some drawbacks. As your business grows you may encounter these limitations.
Who Has VC?
The expense and time it takes to get money deposited can gouge a company's profit margins. Jay Bhattacharya decided to address nearly every pain point in the transaction process.
A prototype is often the only way to know if your idea will fly, and if your startup is ready to launch.
College Startup
Regaalo, a web service that allows parents to send gifts to students, applies modern technology to an old-fashioned concept.
Startup Finance
SeedInvest aims to make it easier for startups to stand out from the crowd and give accredited investors the highest caliber of companies from which to choose.
Wacky Idea
Ben Hewitt created the Corkcicle to ensure "perfectly chilled wine every time."
These days, everyone's a haggler. How to give your clients what they want without giving away the store.
Ask A Geek
This powerful form of analytics can make your business look smarter.
Mobile Tech
Former NFL assistant coach Charles Coiner launched FirstDown PlayBook DropBack for middle-school, high-school and college teams. The app has a database of more than 5,000 plays--many used in real-game situations.
The Online Trep
PivotDesk wants to play matchmaker for office space, helping fledgling companies find the right digs by connecting them with other businesses that are locked into long-term leases and have floor space to spare.
FinderCodes makes finding lost items as easy as scanning a code on your smartphone.
Barley is a website-management program that allows entrepreneurs to undertake on-screen editing of their sites almost as easily as making changes to a Word doc.
The Fix
Using the RingRevenue platform, buyCalls was able to sniff out some major discrepancies in their campaigns.
Doing Good
Red Ants workwear for women has a heavy-duty impact.
Entrepreneurs, beware: When a VC firm shuts down, the obligation to deliver a return on the investment rarely goes away.
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