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December 2012

Entrepreneur | December 2012
December 2012
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Exclusive Q&A with Shark Tank's Investors

Get inside the mind's of the business and investment experts at the heart of ABC's powerhouse entrepreneurship show Shark Tank, as they dish on what it takes to make it in the world of business.

Roll It Your Way: Customization and Automation Set U-Sushi Apart

Jeremy Umland came up with a quick-serve sushi concept: Customers design their own rolls at the counter, then a kitchen full of automated machines helps cooks prepare them for takeout in just minutes.

Crash Course in Business Plan Competitions

Business-plan competitions can yield more than seed money for your bright idea -- they can also connect you with mentors, collaborators and investors.

How a Trio of Apps Helped a Custom Menswear Shop Thrive

San Franciso clothier Taylor Stitch employs multiple apps for a custom commerce solution.

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How a New Take on the Stroller Snagged $20 Million in Funding

4moms, an inventive child-care products business plans to build tech into strollers and infant seats.

College Entrepreneur Dives Into Niche Business

A University of Oregon grad turns his love of coral into a thriving niche business.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Infographics

We answer all your burning questions about infographics and give you seven resources for creating your own.

App Aims to Satisfy Real-Estate Lust

A photo of any house reveals treasure troves of app-generated info.

Gadgets That Can Battle the Elements

These tablets, smartphones and laptops and other fortified tech can take a beating and still keep working.

Anonymous Investors Offer a Lending Alternative

On peer-to-peer lending website Prosper, anonymous users raise money from anonymous investors, Kickstarter-style.

How One Entrepreneur Turned Restaurant Waste into a Business

Chris Anderson, founder of Golden Fuel Systems, makes straight vegetable oil (SVO) conversion kits for diesel vehicles.

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

After John Grassia and David Smith lost their jobs as pilots, they bought an Express Oil Change franchise to supplement their incomes.

Web Startup Helps Track Customer Reviews

Revinate helps hoteliers track customer reviews from across the web by pulling reviews from top hospitality sites and feedback from social media.

The Benefits of Cloud-Based Point-of-Sale Systems

What are the advantages of switching your POS system to a mobile device.

Best Inspirational Words From Business Leaders in 2012

Take note of the wisdom offered up by these innovators, raconteurs and candid observers, and apply it to your own work going forward.

How a Leather Designer Keeps Musicians Traveling in Style

Ryan Barr, founder of WhippingPost.com, makes durable leather goods for musicians, including a "picker's wallet" with a dedicated stitched pocket for a guitar pick.

Biggest Franchise Trends for 2013

Even among the seemingly endless variety of franchises, patterns emerge. Here are some macro trends that will be driving franchising this year.

Why Bigger Isn't Better for Logo Design

Designing logos can be tricky. Designing logos for mobile apps can be downright confounding.

Online Training Platform Gives Job Seekers a Boost

LearnUp.me turns job seekers into qualified candidates by helping them bone up on in-demand skills.

4 Things to Consider Before Giving to Charity

When it comes to supporting a charity, it helps to be realistic.

Online Shopping Site Offers Ethical Alternatives to Big Brands

The online recommendation engine and shopping site FashioningChange.com directs shoppers to "stylish, eco-friendly and ethical" alternatives for men's and women's apparel and accessories.

Airports Aim to Make Travel More Enjoyable

From yoga classes in Dallas to rocking chairs in Charlotte, N.C., airports gussy up the pre-flight experience.

How Creative Thinking Can Nab a Coveted Celeb Endorsement

Targeted marketing and persistence make for a powerful combo on the endorsement front.

3 Surprising Ways to Find New Clients

Defy convention and employ these unconventional methods for connecting with new customers.

How to Figure Out Exactly What Your Customers Want

The majority of companies don't know which of their products and services are most valued by the people who pay for them -- here's how to get it right.

5 Ways to Find Hidden Savings on Shipping

From creative strategies for returns to warehouse locations, you can find new ways to reduce shipping expenses.

16 Must-Have Gifts for Entrepreneurs

Need ideas for your holiday wishlist? Wondering what to get your fellow entrepreneurs? Our gift guide has you covered.

The Biggest Trends in Business for 2013

Our look at new directions in business and how they will affect you in the coming year -- and beyond.

How to Recognize Which Customers Are Bad for Business

Some customers take up too much time and energy. Here's how decide who isn't giving you a return on your investment.

The Truth About Multitasking: How Your Brain Processes Information

Think you're making the most of your time by writing e-mails as you talk on the phone? Cognitive scientist David Meyer unmasks the illusion behind the counterproductive habit of multitasking.

Inching Forward

Editor Amy Cosper's Note from the December 2012 issue.

Data Issue a Possible Deal-Breaker for Google's Latest Smartphone, the Nexus 4

Some might find this an amazingly useful phone -- save for one glaring flaw.

Should Small Business Fear the Fiscal Cliff? (Opinion)

Think concerns over the coming federal spending cuts and tax increases are overblown? Think again. Here's why.

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