Entrepreneur: Latest from Geoff Weiss http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:18:00 GMT Is Martha Stewart the Mentor From Hell? Actress Blake Lively was looking to follow in Stewart's footsteps in launching her own lifestyle company. Stewart's response? 'Let her try.' Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:18:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236033 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236033 Actress Blake Lively was looking to follow in Stewart's footsteps in launching her own lifestyle company. Stewart's response? 'Let her try.' Would You Make a Good Franchisee? Experts discuss the key traits of successful franchisees and how to find the business model that's right for you. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/235890 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/235890 Experts discuss the key traits of successful franchisees and how to find the business model that's right for you. Hilton's $550 Million Mobile Push Will Turn Smartphones Into Hotel Room Keys The initiative is aimed at younger travelers who are increasingly placing hotel reservations on mobile phones. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236012 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236012 The initiative is aimed at younger travelers who are increasingly placing hotel reservations on mobile phones. This In-Flight Gadget Prevents Pushy Passengers From Reclining Their Seats While ethically dubious, the Knee Defender is likely to appeal to business travelers all too familiar with the crammed quandary of flying coach. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236001 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236001 While ethically dubious, the Knee Defender is likely to appeal to business travelers all too familiar with the crammed quandary of flying coach. Zillow to Acquire Chief Competitor Trulia in $3.5 Billion Deal Following a six-week courtship, two mega real-estate listings websites are joining forces to create a colossal database of digital listings. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:16:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235993 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235993 Following a six-week courtship, two mega real-estate listings websites are joining forces to create a colossal database of digital listings. Facebook Reportedly Weighing Integration of Uber Into Messenger App Preliminary discussions between Mark Zuckerberg and Travis Kalanick point to the social network's stated desire to diversify and monetize its messaging platform. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:37:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235970 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235970 Preliminary discussions between Mark Zuckerberg and Travis Kalanick point to the social network's stated desire to diversify and monetize its messaging platform. Comic-Con Restricts Usage of Google Glass The latest Google Glass ban does not bode well for widespread adoption. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235954 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235954 The latest Google Glass ban does not bode well for widespread adoption. Pondering Facebook's Future, Zuckerberg More 'Excited' By Messaging Than Photos 'There are only so many photos you're going to want to share with friends,' the CEO said during an earnings call. 'There's just a lot more people want to express.' Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:56:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235940 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235940 'There are only so many photos you're going to want to share with friends,' the CEO said during an earnings call. 'There's just a lot more people want to express.' Airbnb 'Squatter' Nightmare: Does the Sharing Economy Need a Security Overhaul? The case of an Airbnb guest who overstayed his welcome and now is a legal tenant raises critical questions about what the home-rental platform can do to protect its hosts. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:39:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235916 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235916 The case of an Airbnb guest who overstayed his welcome and now is a legal tenant raises critical questions about what the home-rental platform can do to protect its hosts. Universal Music Looking for Next Big YouTube Star With New Record Label The venture signals that YouTube stars with palpable buzz and inbuilt fan bases have become increasingly enticing to the world’s biggest music corporations. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235843 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235843 The venture signals that YouTube stars with palpable buzz and inbuilt fan bases have become increasingly enticing to the world’s biggest music corporations. From Pizza in a Cone to Poutine: The Marketing Power of Far-Out Food Franchises These franchise founders are turning oddball menu offerings into serious business. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/235761 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/235761 These franchise founders are turning oddball menu offerings into serious business. Hasbro to Let Fans Design 3-D Printed My Little Pony Art Hasbro and the online marketplace Shapeways said their team-up marks the first time that a major global company has opened up its intellectual property for fan-made products. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:19:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235808 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235808 Hasbro and the online marketplace Shapeways said their team-up marks the first time that a major global company has opened up its intellectual property for fan-made products. One of the World's Richest Men Wants a Three-Day Workweek Speaking at a business conference in Paraguay, Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim called for a 'radical overhaul' of the traditional workweek paradigm. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:19:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235800 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235800 Speaking at a business conference in Paraguay, Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim called for a 'radical overhaul' of the traditional workweek paradigm. FedEx Faces Federal Indictment on Decade-Long Drug Trafficking Charges One of the world's largest couriers has been accused of conspiring to deliver prescription drugs on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:03:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235764 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235764 One of the world's largest couriers has been accused of conspiring to deliver prescription drugs on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies. Facebook Pilots 'Buy' Button as Twitter Snaps Up Payments Startup CardSpring The line between social network and ecommerce platform is looking increasingly blurred. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:36:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235753 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235753 The line between social network and ecommerce platform is looking increasingly blurred. French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review The decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' on a search engine, the blogger says. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:07:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235734 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235734 The decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' on a search engine, the blogger says. Watch Out Oyster: Amazon Accidentally Unveils Kindle Unlimited, an All-You-Can Read Book Subscription Service The service, which will offer 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks for a monthly fee of $9.99, takes aim at book subscription forerunners Oyster and Scribd. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:12:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235711 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235711 The service, which will offer 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks for a monthly fee of $9.99, takes aim at book subscription forerunners Oyster and Scribd. This Startup Wants to Bring Personal Breathalyzers to the Masses The BACtrack Vio is a keychain-sized breathalyzer alongside which users can track their intoxication levels via a smartphone app. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:54:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235699 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235699 The BACtrack Vio is a keychain-sized breathalyzer alongside which users can track their intoxication levels via a smartphone app. LivingSocial Poaches New CEO, Gautam Thakar, From eBay Following widespread layoffs and evolving business models at the daily deals site, Thakar will succeed founder Tim O'Shaughnessy in August. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:07:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235688 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235688 Following widespread layoffs and evolving business models at the daily deals site, Thakar will succeed founder Tim O'Shaughnessy in August. To Engage Followers, Remember This One Simple Social Media Tip While many small businesses blast out content via social channels, some fail to spawn authentic consumer engagement. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/235658 http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/235658 While many small businesses blast out content via social channels, some fail to spawn authentic consumer engagement. Google Unveils Project Zero, an Elite Cybersecurity Squad to Fight Hackers 'We're hiring,' the company says of its new security outfit, which will work to maintain cybersecurity across the Internet going beyond Google's own workings on the web. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:12:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235682 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235682 'We're hiring,' the company says of its new security outfit, which will work to maintain cybersecurity across the Internet going beyond Google's own workings on the web. In Landmark Deal, Apple and IBM Join Up to Develop Business Apps The wide-ranging partnership aims to combine IBM's big data and analytics proficiencies with Apple’s ubiquity and usability. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:36:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235666 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235666 The wide-ranging partnership aims to combine IBM's big data and analytics proficiencies with Apple’s ubiquity and usability. Microsoft Reportedly Prepping Massive Round of Layoffs The announcement, which could arrive as soon as this week, comes as the company seeks to integrate roughly 30,000 new employees on the heels of its Nokia acquisition. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:53:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235660 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235660 The announcement, which could arrive as soon as this week, comes as the company seeks to integrate roughly 30,000 new employees on the heels of its Nokia acquisition. U.S. Says Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Digitally-Stored Data A drug trafficking case in which the government is demanding Microsoft hand over emails stored in a Dublin datacenter has called into question Fourth Amendment rights in a digital era. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:57:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235650 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235650 A drug trafficking case in which the government is demanding Microsoft hand over emails stored in a Dublin datacenter has called into question Fourth Amendment rights in a digital era. Sotheby's Joins Up With eBay to Bring Rarefied Fine Art to Digital Masses The move signals a democratization of the uber-elite art and collectibles market, as well as growing consumer confidence in online shopping. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:33:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235622 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235622 The move signals a democratization of the uber-elite art and collectibles market, as well as growing consumer confidence in online shopping. Google Glass Creator Babak Parviz Snagged by Amazon While Parviz's expertise lies in the realm of high-tech optics, it is not yet known what projects he will undertake at Amazon. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:28:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235611 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235611 While Parviz's expertise lies in the realm of high-tech optics, it is not yet known what projects he will undertake at Amazon. Orphaned and Homeless, How This Self-Taught Techie Founded a Multi-Million Dollar Empire Jason Wolfe's leading e-tail venture, GiftCards.com, took shape while he was living in his car and teaching himself to code with books checked out of the library. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235585 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235585 Jason Wolfe's leading e-tail venture, GiftCards.com, took shape while he was living in his car and teaching himself to code with books checked out of the library. Wait, What? Microsoft CEO Says Company Needs to Rediscover Its Soul. Huge changes are coming to Microsoft, says CEO Satya Nadella in a rambling manifesto -- but just what kinds of changes are anybody's guess. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:18:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235582 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235582 Huge changes are coming to Microsoft, says CEO Satya Nadella in a rambling manifesto -- but just what kinds of changes are anybody's guess. A Peek at the Startups in Disney's First-Ever Accelerator Program Running the gamut from products for children to houses of high-tech, each winner will receive $120,000 in investment capital and mentoring from top Disney execs. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:21:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235497 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235497 Running the gamut from products for children to houses of high-tech, each winner will receive $120,000 in investment capital and mentoring from top Disney execs. Google to Offer Business Owners 2 TB of Free Storage for a Year Amid pricing wars between corporate computing leaders Amazon, Microsoft and Google, industry experts predict that cloud storage may soon become entirely free. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:24:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235482 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235482 Amid pricing wars between corporate computing leaders Amazon, Microsoft and Google, industry experts predict that cloud storage may soon become entirely free.