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Don't Be Seduced by the Wrong Investors
Finance

Don't Be Seduced by the Wrong Investors

Quirky founder Ben Kaufman explains why the biggest money mistake is accepting funds from the wrong people. Always make sure potential investors are aligned with your business interests first.
Ben Kaufman on Quirky's Most Successful Inventions
Starting a Business

Ben Kaufman on Quirky's Most Successful Inventions

Founder of the crowd-sourced product development company shares the items from everyday inventors that have become so popular -- and biggest winners to date.
How to Create the Best Products in the World
Starting a Business

How to Create the Best Products in the World

Quirky founder Ben Kaufman describes what the iPod and Snuggie blankets have in common. Here's a hint: They both solve consumers' everyday problems. Doing so, says Kaufman, is the key to making a killer product.
How to Take a New Product from Just an Idea to a Business
Starting a Business

How to Take a New Product from Just an Idea to a Business

Scott Hamlin, the founder of the innovative upcycling company Looptworks, shares his views on the importance of knowing who your customers will be, how you're going to distribute your product and what makes it meaningful and different.
Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Fostering Innovation
Growth Strategies

Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Fostering Innovation

A successful Internet entrepreneur talks about the virtues of failing fast when creating a new product or trying to do something new. Once you learn a lesson, incorporate it in your routines. 'Don't fail at the same thing more than once,' he says.
Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Entrepreneurs and Fearlessness
Starting a Business

Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Entrepreneurs and Fearlessness

A successful Internet entrepreneur talks about why fear can't be a factor when starting a business. Entrepreneurs come in all varieties, Jason Nazar says, but one quality they all share is that they're willing to take risks that others aren't.
Looptworks' Scott Hamlin on Educating Customers While Having Fun
Marketing

Looptworks' Scott Hamlin on Educating Customers While Having Fun

The co-founder of an upcycling company describes the benefits of being fun and engaging when educating customers.
Spanx's Sara Blakely on How She Created an Inspiring Work Environment
Leadership

Spanx's Sara Blakely on How She Created an Inspiring Work Environment

The inventor and founder of the body-shaping undergarment company talks about how the headquarters design motivates and inspires employees. Part of our Insights series.
Insights: On Innovating Amid Rapid Change
Growth Strategies

Insights: On Innovating Amid Rapid Change

The Orchard's Richard Gottehrer shares his views on staying relevant during an industry shift.
Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on His Startup Mistakes
Starting a Business

Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on His Startup Mistakes

Hiring well and staying focused as an entrepreneur can be a lot harder than they may seem initially, says the co-founder of a successful Internet company.
Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Generating New Ideas
Starting a Business

Insights: Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Generating New Ideas

The Internet entrepreneur talks about coming up with new ideas and the challenge of executing on them as a startup.
Insights: Foursquare's Dennis Crowley on Mobile Marketing
Marketing

Insights: Foursquare's Dennis Crowley on Mobile Marketing

The co-founder of the popular mobile app offers tips for marketers looking to get the most out of Foursquare.
Insights: What Makes a Great Handshake
Marketing

Insights: What Makes a Great Handshake

Business guru Guy Kawasaki talks about the basis of a winning handshake in business.
Insights: On Seeking Venture Capital
Finance

Insights: On Seeking Venture Capital

Venture investor Guy Kawasaki talks about the types of businesses most likely to interest fellow VCs.