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The Incredible Allure of Long Lines

inc.com — Whether you're waiting for a table at a restaurant or at the back of a store's cash register queue, long lines can frustrate even the calmest of customers. On the flip side, for a business owner, long lines can be a tremendously useful marketing tool.
Jan 30, 2015

Not everyone hates long lines. Turns out they actually attract more customers, says @jillkrasny inc.com/jill-krasny/wh… via @Inc

Jan 30, 2015

RT @theRightSteph: My parents raised me on the theory of "always pick the bagel store w/ the longest line" so this makes lots of sense: inc.com/jill-krasny/wh…

And the Number One Issue Facing Most Entrepreneurs in 2015 Is...

inc.com — Imagine you are sitting at an airport, waiting for your plane. A call comes in on your iPhone. (You can swap in your own phone here if you need a better mental picture.) It's your accountant. He says a big check from that customer in Portland just bounced.

Why Obama's 2016 Budget Is Welcome News on Main Street

inc.com — President Obama is set to send his 2016 budget proposal to the newly Republican-led Congress as early as next week, and news of what's in it has already begun to emerge--namely, plans for spending increases.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Inc: Why Obama's 2016 Budget Is Welcome News on Main Street @jeremyquittner bit.ly/1EUvcE3

From Big Data to Big Insights

inc.com — When you look at the largest companies in the US by market cap, you can see just how important and valuable data has become. What have you ever bought from Google or Facebook directly? Yet Google has over $300 billion and Facebook over $200 billion market cap primarily by monetizing the data they have collected on their customers.

Should You Allow Super Bowel Bets in the Office?

inc.com — The biggest sports day of the year is coming up this Sunday with Super Bowl XLIX (or the biggest interesting commercial day of the year, depending on your preference). If your office has any Seahawk or Patriot fans, or just football fans in general, you can bet there is some office betting going on.
Jan 30, 2015

Should You Allow Super Bowl Bets in the Office? @realevilhrlady inc.com/suzanne-lucas/… via @Inc

I’m So Sick and Tired of Men Marginalizing Women in Tech

inc.com — A month ago, I had coffee with a young female entrepreneur. Near the end of our conversation, I asked her a frank question: "Have you ever experienced sexism from the tech industry?" What followed was 30 minutes of brutal and uncomfortable stories. Blatant propositions by older men. Bait and switch meetings.
Jan 29, 2015

my hero thank god MT @Inc: I'm So Sick and Tired of Men Marginalizing Women in Tech (Written by a Man) bit.ly/1EROx8X

Why A Personal Website Is Your Best Asset (And How to Make it Not Suck)

inc.com — I see a lot of resumes--of friends, prospective FinePoint collaborators or associates. A resume is great, but it's only one page. It's static--it signifies only one page of who you are as a person. Nobody can or should be reduced to a page, especially in the age of multiple careers and diverse interests.
Jan 29, 2015

Great new piece on how to build your personal website by a respected expert, who also happens to be my daughter. inc.com/meredith-finem…

Jan 29, 2015

+ had never thought about her point on control. Worth your read if you're trying to get your digital life in order: bit.ly/1zaeRe2

Jan 29, 2015

Been working on my website + the fab @MeredithFineman literally gives you the guide on how to make yours awesome: bit.ly/1zaeRe2

Why the Strong Dollar Is Bad for Business

inc.com — Sure the strong dollar is good for a lot of things--shopping sprees in Europe, if you're so inclined, and it's a great boost to national pride. Treasury secretaries always seem to support a powerful greenback too, as Jack Lew said he does in Davos, Switzerland just last week.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @lauralorber: What the strong dollar means for you ow.ly/Iao0b via @inc @jeremyquittner

Jan 29, 2015

What the strong dollar means for you ow.ly/Iao0b via @inc @jeremyquittner

Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

inc.com — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.
Jan 30, 2015

New @Inc: Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone Oil Pipeline bit.ly/15YB6Yr

5 Business Truths I Learned as a Kid

inc.com — My son just turned ten. He's a good student, athletic, kind, and everything a father could possibly want in a son. However, I must admit that I'm a trifle disappointed that he's never tried to start his own business.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @agastyasays: Brilliant “@Inc: 5 business truths I learned as a kid bit.ly/1yRKuIK @sales_source”

This Major Problem May Be Stunting Your Growth

inc.com — In a recent interview with VP of Marketing at SurePayroll, Scott Brandt brought to light an interesting problem for SMBs and business owners alike. Last quarter, a SurePayroll survey indicated that only about 30 percent of small business owners said they focus on search engine optimization (SEO) for their websites.
Jan 29, 2015

New @Inc: How to Make the Most of SEO on a Shoestring Budget bit.ly/1yFOirT

5 Tips on Motivating Millennials

inc.com — If you employ Millennials you know they can be a different kind of worker. They don't like rules, want their bosses to treat them as friends, loathe to part with their phones and want flexible work arrangements.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Bill_George: Millennials want flexibility. They want to contribute & be heard. In short, not much different from other generations http…

Turning the 'Bulletproof' Coffee Craze into a Big Brand

inc.com — In February, Dave Asprey will cut the ribbon on his first-ever Bulletproof cafe. After nearly five years, it seems like a logical step for a guy whose butter-infused coffee inspired a cult following. Read on for the story of how Asprey went from experimenting with "biohacking" his own body to building a thriving business.
Jan 29, 2015

""It's an experience, it's more than just coffee." @jillkrasny on the bulletproof coffee guy's big plans. inc.com/jill-krasny/da… via @Inc

Jan 29, 2015

My latest for @Inc: how @bulletproofexec is taking his coffee + butter beverage mainstream inc.com/jill-krasny/da…

See Which Super Bowl Ads Are Already Going Viral

inc.com — The debate over which company has the best XLIX commercial may already be over. This year's ads are spreading like wildfire online, as most advertisers release their commercials days, if not weeks, before the actual game. It sounds counterintuitive, but when it comes to Super Bowl commercials, the element of surprise doesn't carry as much weight as it used to.

Amazon Introduces New Business Email Service, WorkMail

inc.com — Amazon is introducing a business email and calendar service that would compete against offerings from Microsoft and Google. WorkMail is part of the e-commerce company's cloud computing unit for businesses, Amazon Web Services. In cloud computing, Amazon's servers are used by other companies and organizations to host the data and applications they need to run mobile apps, websites and other services.

It’s Not Luck, It’s You

inc.com — For as long as I can remember, the saying, "you just got lucky" or "that person is so lucky" has always made me cringe. I've never believed in luck--let me explain why. Everything that happens in life can be traced back to some amount of effort.

So When Is Hershey Going to Sell Chocolate-Covered Jerky?

inc.com — Hershey has a sudden hankering for protein, with plans to add jerky to its lineup. The maker of sugar-high inducing treats like Reese's, Kit Kat and Twizzlers says it's buying Krave Jerky for an undisclosed sum. Krave, based in Sonoma, California, positions itself as a premium jerky with no artificial ingredients and comes in flavors like black cherry barbecue, basil citrus and lemon garlic.

What Makes an Inc. 5000 Business Successful

inc.com — Only 39.8 percent of small businesses survive past the six-year mark and only one-third survive 10 years or longer. For any new business, the goal is to become one of the survivors. Entrepreneurs strive to learn the magic formula for success, studying successful companies in depth for years as they work to build their own enterprises.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @dougcantor: A look at @Mintigo's research on what makes Inc. 5000 companies successful bit.ly/1A1ZKEQ @Inc @johnrampton

Why The Way You Read Affects How Successful You Are

inc.com — With the advent of text messages, emails, and other technology-based forms of communication, the way in which we--and our employees--read has more to do with both individual and business success than ever before. Do you read every word and pay close attention to the details and nuances, or do you fly through the information in front of you for the main idea?
Jan 29, 2015

Worth reading: How your email reading habits impact your success ow.ly/I9KhQ via @inc @vanessanornberg