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The Entrepreneurs Who Defined 2014

Read about the business leaders who dominated headlines in 2014 and set the stage for the year ahead -- for better or for worse.

The Sharing Economy 2.0

With successes such as Uber and Airbnb, peer-to-peer businesses are here to stay.

Role Of The Dice

Board games, role-playing games and other offline diversions are having a renaissance.

The Video Bull’s-Eye

Video is now a vital market tool. Here's how entrepreneurs can take advantage.

Function, Meet Form

Wearable tech is getting a high-design makeover.

Show Her The Money

How companies are pushing to close the gender financing gap.
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Are We On To Something?

How to judge if you're on to something big.

Chow Bella

The New York City store is now a full-fledged tourist attraction, and the rest of the world is in the company's sights.

Local Options

The New York City-based Italian megastore has developed strong relationships with local small businesses.

Problem Solved

A variety of businesses, from retail to service industries, are organizing internal events using the creative talents of their own employees to solve, or hack, problems.

Dream Factory

Rooster Teeth Productions is the innovative company behind the internationally popular online animation videos you haven't heard of...yet.

Your Good Name's At Stake

For the franchise world—in which one negative comment can affect an entire system of corporate owners and franchisees—managing your reputation is especially critical.
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All Systems Go

Richard Branson and other adventurers take on the final frontier.

The Information Super Highway

A glance at UPS shows how they do it better than anyone, and how you can streamline the operation of your own company vehicles.

See It Coming

From monitoring driver behavior to checking vehicle wear, here's how telematics software can help manage your company's fleet.

Where The Hell Am I?

It can track vehicle location, real-time movement and driver performance, dramatically increasing efficiency.

Peace Of Mind

We correct some of the most common misconceptions.

The Refueling Principle

It's not about how many brute hours you rack up -- it's about how effective you are at replenishing mental resources.
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Just My Type

With his startup SwiftKey, Jon Reynolds is breathing new life into the act of typing on a keyboard.

How Sweet It Is

Because grown-ups need the occasional sugar fix, too.

When Worlds Collide

Where the gap between the digital and the real starts to blur.

Virtue and Vice

For better returns, should you invest in businesses engaged in social responsibility, or those on the opposite end of the spectrum?

Pay Attention!

Interruptions are the enemy of productivity.

The Booth & Beyond

Do it right, and a trade show can lead to more funding, new customers and lots of buzz.
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Do You Have What It Takes?

Do the following traits, characteristics and quirks describe you?

Mistakes Were Made

What went wrong, and can they survive?

Better Business By Design

Yves Béhar's award-winning design studio Fuseproject creates groundbreaking products and brand identities for some of the world's most influential companies.

Workers First

The newest trends in workplace design highlight employee choice, wellness, lifestyle amenities and opportunities for mentorship.
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Collective Wisdom

We called on leading entrepreneurs to share the most valuable piece of advice they've received.

Paper Chase

How serial entrepreneur Mike McCue successfully positioned Flipboard at the forefront of a new era of digital media.

The Bar's Open

We visited three new bars--a cocktail lounge, a low-key neighborhood spot and an urban distillery--run by people who know exactly what it takes to open a joint and keep it running.

Rants and Raves

A review site is a great way for your business to get discovered online, but it can also bring inaccurate criticism.

Advantage: Early Adopters

A 'don't-rock-the-boat' strategy is no longer an acceptable option.
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100 Brilliant Companies

Each year we pick the ideas, companies, applications and inventions that have amazed us with their unique solutions to common problems or marketplace voids, executed in forms both ultra-high-tech and strikingly simple.

Man of the House

Former Apple exec Matt Rogers co-founded Nest, a smart-home product company that went from a garage startup to a $3.2 billion business.

The Road to Newness

We asked some of the leading idea people in business to define how new products, technologies and commodities come into being.

8 Ways to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign Stand Out

It seems like everyone and their mother has a Kickstarter campaign. Here's how to get yours noticed.

The Big Leap

Several owners who made the shift discuss their decision-making process, what they learned and how they do things differently.

More Is More

He started his life in franchising at age 14, mopping floors at a Burger King. Today, Aziz Hashim owns 35 franchises and employs 700 people.
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The Best in Business Travel

The people, companies and locations that are improving the way we get around and our experience once we get there.

Infectious Behavior

Any company can create word-of-mouth ad -- all it takes is a clever idea and skillful execution.

Good to Grow

From having the cash to meeting established goals, look for these indicators before you leap.

The Mechanics of Sharing

Jonah Berger, a marketing professor a the Wharton School of Business, has identified six key drivers of virality.

Prognosis: Uncertain

As delays continue to plague Obamacare, entrepreneurs are left with a mixed bag of consequences for their businesses.
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The Secrets of the Top Brands

We present the companies that have generated the most trust among entrepreneurs as well as the lessons you can take from them.

That's Gotta Hurt

Do yourself a favor and avoid these costly pitfalls.

It Takes a Village

The aid community is taking the efficiency and standardization of the franchise model any applying it toward philanthropic endeavors.

The Television Will be Revolutionized

Aereo, which snatches over-the-air TV signals and streams them on the internet for a few dollars a month, is determined to prevail over the TV networks trying to bring it down.

How Apple Ruined Branding

By throwing out the approved checklist, Jobs got customers to meaningfully connect with the Apple brand.

Logos We Love

Brand identity in its purest form.
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10 Up and Coming Leaders

You may not know their names yet, but you will.

How to Improve Your Leadership Skills

From encouraging dissenting voices to showing compassion, here are tips for leading with purpose and poise.

Value Lessons

Breaking down the value of good leadership into dollars and sense.

The Enemy Within

Overlords of their own fiefdoms and overseers of inflated budgets and staffs, these type of managers can kill your company. Here's what every leader needs to know to take down the takeover artists.

Your Brain on Power

There's evidence that power actually changes the way the brain sees others, decreasing recognition of others' concerns.

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Are champions born or are they made?
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Digital Disruption

These six innovators are applying their technological chops to revolutionize areas such as fashion design and pharmaceuticals.

Mobile Insecurity

With business continuing its shift from the desktop to smartphones and tablets, more than half of all companies now have sensitive information stored on mobile devices.

Good Vibes

The road to excellence begins with defining and embracing a positive, effective company culture.

Rules of the Trade

The exchange of goods and services rather than money is alive and thriving in today's startup economy. Here's how to get in on the action.

Urban Developments

Urban locations present unique challenges: higher taxes, complicated real estate, lifestyle differences. But it's true what they say about big-city success: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
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Women to Watch 2014

These seven innovators are having a major influence on technology, healthcare and the government. We've got our eye on these powerful women. You should, too.

Do You Have What it Takes?

Entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch. The best ones, however, share a collection of characteristics -- from tenacity to the ability to tolerate risk -- that are crucial to any successful venture.

What to Delegate

While multitasking may be necessary in the early days of a startup, it's important to recognize when it's time to hand off nonessential tasks.

Making It Big

From thousands of entries we selected 15 finalists. then readers voted on their favorites. We hope you're as inspired by them as we are!

Franchise 500 On the Upswing

The sector created an estimated 11,000 new establishments and 150,000-plus jobs in 2013, outpacing the overall U.S. economy in business formation and job growth.

The Big League

The companies in our Franchise 500 are showing dramatic gains. Here are the sectors that are leading the charge.
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