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Be the Boss Who Goes From Good to Great — Anyone who's ever had a bad boss aspires to do better. It's fine to be a good boss, but honing your leadership skills can make you a great boss. A few weeks ago in this column I asked What would you rather be, a boss or a leader?

BeanGenius Wants to Be Your "Sherpa" to Finding the Perfect Cup of Coffee — A new startup called BeanGenius uses an algorithm to deliver specialty coffee based on consumers' personal taste. It may seem like Starbucks has a monopoly over the coffee cups in your office, but an up-and-coming startup called BeanGenius is betting on the growing population of coffee connoisseurs who are looking for a specialty roast with just the right flavor notes.
Oct 30, 2014

attn @laureltouby: BeanGenius Wants to Be Your "Sherpa" to Finding the Perfect Cup of Coffee… via @Inc

11 Great Business Books to Read Right Now — Successful entrepreneurs and smart businesspeople follow a simple motto: always be learning. There are many ways to go about it, but cracking open an insightful read is never a bad idea. Here's a selection of great books on innovation, entrepreneurship, success, happiness, and even what makes different people tick.

How to Ward Off Hackers with Tokenization (Infographic) — Tokenization is a valuable security tool for businesses that keeps sensitive data in an encrypted vault. Here's how it works. The recent cyber attacks at Kmart and J.P. Morgan Chase have businesses on high alert, as hackers continue to pose a significant security threat to companies big and small.
Oct 30, 2014

New @Inc: How to Ward Off Hackers with Tokenization (Infographic)

5 Tips to Hire Rockstar Female Tech Talent — Unhappy with the lack of diversity on your tech team but unsure how to find and attract top female talent? Recruiting company Piazza has tips. The tech industry has taken a whole lot of (well deserved) flak for its lack of gender diversity, particularly in technical roles.
Oct 30, 2014

These tips are just good practice; gender doesn't matter RT @bamitav: 5 Tips to Hire Rockstar Female Tech Talent

To Etsy, or Not to Etsy? — The pros and cons of selling your artisanal goods through a third-party marketplace. When starting a handcraft business, many entrepreneurs take to Etsy or eBay to sell their goods--but some choose to go it alone. What to know before selling your designs through a third-party site: PRO: That's where the customers are.
Oct 30, 2014

To Etsy, or not to Etsy? Our guide to all things artisanal can help you decide how to sell your goods: @johnpeabody

Tip Sheet: The Post-Artisanal Playbook — How do you grow while remaining true to your small-scale, lovingly cultivated roots? It's hard to shake a handcrafted, locally sourced stick these days without hitting a new artisanal business. Demand for makers' goods is booming; just look at online crafts marketplace Etsy, which helped artisans sell more than $1.4 billion worth of goods last year.
Oct 30, 2014

I love this look at the pitfalls of trying to scale up an artisanl handcraft-in-your-backyard business @johnpeabody

The Spookiest Little Publisher in the World — A Hallow's Eve visit to visit Cemetery Dance Publications, one of the unlikeliest--and scariest--entrepreneurial success stories in publishing. To a casual observer, Forest Hill, Maryland is light on evil. Corn grows tall in the fields, but no vacant-eyed, scythe-wielding juveniles lurk among the stalks.
Oct 30, 2014

For Halloween: @leighebuchanan's completely delightful profile of horror publisher @cemeterydance.… via @Inc

Malcolm Gladwell on the Trick to Building Self-Confidence — The best-selling author explains the key psychological move that could boost--or break--your success. Every startup founder, eventually, wants to go head to head with the big dogs in his or her industry--and win. But in the beginning, it's crucial not to compare yourself to the biggest competitors in your field, says best selling author Malcolm Gladwell.
Oct 30, 2014

New @Inc: Malcolm Gladwell on the Trick to Building Self-Confidence

The 20 Worst Brand Translations of All Time — These classic marketing blunders show that globalization isn't always as easy it seems. When you're globalizing a brand, it's always a good idea to check whether your name, logo or tag line mean something wildly different in the regions where you're expanding.

Why a GOP Controlled Congress Doesn't Mean Much for Small Business — STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS Exit polls suggest Republicans have an advantage over Democrats vying for seats in the Senate. What might this mean for small business? We take a look. It's beginning to look a lot like 1994.
Oct 30, 2014

New @Inc: Why a GOP Controlled Congress Doesn't Mean Much for Small Business

8 Entrepreneurs Who Look Like Cats — Cheezburger's Ben Huh was right: entrepreneurial types are just like finicky felines. Related Links Links: Why Apple's Offer to Freeze Employees' Eggs Isn't Really a 'Perk' Malcolm Gladwell on What
Oct 29, 2014

Because the world needs more cat slideshows: 8 cats & the entrepreneurs who look like them @jillkrasny

Oct 29, 2014

Happy National Cat Day! 8 Entrepreneurs Who Look Like Cats via @inc @jillkrasny

11 Indispensable Tools for Working on the Road — Could you spend three weeks working away from your office? I'm writing this at an RV camp near Twin Falls, Idaho. Yesterday, my husband and I started the day in Rawlins, Wyoming. Tomorrow, we're hoping to make it to somewhere in Oregon.

Making a Plan to Plan — The key to long-term planning is finding the time and space to think. This morning, I found myself crunching some data on pharmaceutical prices. But the fact that this was on the top of my to-do list would have been absolutely inconceivable a year ago.

Topgolf: Cultivating a New Young Breed of Swingers — Golf isn't big with Millennials, but this golf entertainment center found a way to attract them and their money. COMPANY PROFILE 2014 Inc. 5000 Rank: 1859 Headquarters: Dallas, TX Year Founded: 1999 2013 Revenue: $95.2 million 3-Year Growth: 221% Nationwide, only 25 percent of golfers are 18 to 34 years old, but not at Topgolf, a chain of golf entertainment centers.
Oct 29, 2014

New @Inc: Inc. 5000 Insights: Topgolf Attracts a New (Young) Breed of Swingers

How Millennials Will Shop This Holiday Season (Infographic) — Turning millennials into customers this holiday season means adapting to their unique shopping habits. Here's how. One of the challenges facing small business ownersThe holiday shopping season is marketing to millennials. This demographic has a unique set of shopping habits.
Oct 29, 2014

New @Inc: How Millennials Will Shop This Holiday Season (Infographic)

Economy 101: 5 Things to Know About US Growth — STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS With the U.S. outperforming the rest of the world's largest economies, here's what you need to know. Is the U.S. economy accelerating--finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies?
Oct 29, 2014

RT @Inc: Why is the U.S. economy doing so much better than others?

38 Quotes to Help You Become a Change Agent — Want to embrace change? Learn how to start with your own attitude about what it means to adapt. In business, your ability to adapt and change is often what separates successful entrepreneurs from those who are stuck in obscurity.