CBD Gummies: A New Business Venture in a New Industry

The Farm Bill of 2018 made it federally legal to farm industrial hemp in the United States. Since then, the CBD Gummy business has been booming. The CBD industry has grown exponentially and new products are popping up everywhere. This lucrative market is expected to continue growing into the foreseeable future. So, if you want […]

Essential Services: 5 We Cannot Live Without

Featured image from Burst on Pexels Whether you’re a business owner or not, there are certain services we all depend on. We consider five of these essential services in this article. Plumbing and Sewage Services Have you ever considered how difficult it would be to live without clean water? Worse yet, can you imagine living […]

How To Get PR At CES 2020, Starting Now

Getting PR at CES takes a ton of work, but the ROI is worth it. Photo by Evangeline Shaw on Unsplash What exactly does it take to get PR at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the biggest tech show in the world, and an incredible opportunity for generating buzz about your brand?  Well, here’s a […]

How Thousand Fell Is Championing Circularity In The Sneaker Industry

Thousand Fell sneakers Thousand Fell Sustainability has become the most buzzed terms in the fashion industry. For many, it is a trend that appeals to millennials and Gen Z-ers who are more discerning with their purchases, who are looking for items that will inflict less harm on the environment. It is a big business that […]

This Week’s First Round of Dreamforce-Inspired 2020 Customer Support Predictions

This week’s massive Salesforce-sponsored Dreamforce event has the customer support industry abuzz with product announcements. (Yes, if you’re wondering why you can’t find a room at even the sketchiest hotel in San Francisco tonight, Dreamforce is the reason.) For me, I’m just as interested in the predictions being made for 2020 by CEOs, keynote speakers, and […]

Creative Ways to Fund Your Startup

Featured image from Kin Pastor on Pexels In this article, we take a look at four useful ways of funding your startup. And you won’t have to make any sacrifices with the methods we discuss below. Getting Your Startup Off the Ground Finding an interesting business idea is a daunting process. You might spend months […]

Baby Boomers’ Untapped Legacy: Stronger Local Economies

Alison Lingane co-founded Project Equity to help retiring business owners transition their companies … [+] to employee ownership. Ashoka Alison Lingane and her co-founder Hilary Abell started Project Equity in 2014 to build demand for employee ownership and help American businesses transition to this business model. They now work with major cities and partners across […]

How The CEO Of A Leading Wellness Brand Practices Self-Care

Colleen Wachob, with her husband Jason Wachob, is the co-CEO of mindbodygreen, a leading independent brand dedicated to wellness. MBG reaches 10 million people globally every month through written content, podcasts, events, and video classes. The company’s 360-degree approach to wellness incorporates mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and environmental well-being. Today, mindbodygreen is launching a new […]

13 Ways To Improve Your Customer Service (Even On A Budget)

Good customer service is pivotal to a business’s success. While larger corporations typically have the funds to support top-notch customer service, smaller businesses are often working with tighter budgets. Fortunately, you don’t need millions of dollars in revenue in order to give your clients a positive experience. The members of Forbes Business Council know the importance of good customer […]

Why Online Marketplaces Need To Prioritize Consumer Safety

Online marketplaces are everywhere these days. Amazon may be the most well-known, but they are hardly alone. It is a growing area, and a number of retailers are following suit. However, in the heat of competition, scaling marketplaces too quickly has led to a lack of attention and responsibility to consumers, and in particular, product […]

Which Customers Are Zero Commission And Other Pricing Strategies Targeting?

In an effort to stay competitive, brokerages are rolling out new pricing models at a rapid pace. The most touted is the zero-commission pricing strategy, which is taking the financial services industry by storm. The zero-commission trend began in early October 2019 with TD Ameritrade and E-Trade both announcing zero-commission strategies. And most recent to […]

What Is The SaaS Architecture Maturity Model?

Companies are moving their on-premise software applications to the cloud and embracing the software as a service (SaaS) licensing and delivery model, hoping to reap its numerous benefits, which include cost savings, security, flexibility, disaster recovery and business continuity, scalability and access to automatic updates, among others. However, just because a solution is advertised as […]

Why Failure Leads To Career Success

The road to career success is paved with failures. Getty People in our society tend to view failure in a negative light. The most obvious example is in schools where students are discouraged from getting failing grades. In the real world, on the other hand, failure can be a good thing. Think about Thomas Edison. […]

Fair And Just Investments Help Women Entrepreneurs Overcome Financing Challenges

Eu’Genia Shea Naasakle Akuete In this column, I most often write about million-dollar-plus women-owned businesses. Despite the tremendous growth in the number of these businesses, women’s companies are about one third as likely to pass the million-dollar mark than their male counterparts. Over the past five years, the rate of growth in the number of […]

What on earth were they thinking?

Today’s post is for you. And for me. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this morning. I wonder why thousands of accountants pay, to use the exact same newsletter as their competitors… then complain because their look-alike firms attract fee sensitive client enquiries. I wonder why marketing professionals join networking groups, desperately looking for […]

Bill Gates Is Both Chief Funder And Fundraiser In Polio Fight

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi convened the “Reaching The Last Mile Forum” in Abu Dhabi today with a host of world leaders and philanthropists to announce total pledges of $2.6 billion to fight polio. Following the announcement, I […]

Building A Carbon Neutral Digital Prints Company

Abhi Lokesh, CEO and co-founder of Fracture, has been thinking about how he can make his company … [+] more eco-friendly. Fracture This holiday season many consumers will turn to prints as a thoughtful gift. This Florida-based company is making those prints with little waste, in a 30,000 square foot solar-powered facility, and investing in […]

How Women Entrepreneurs Are Breaking Free Of The Pay Gap (And The Best Cities To Be In)

November 19th is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day across the globe. Recent research suggests that women … [+] business owners are poised to have unprecedented success in 2020. Getty Today is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, celebrated on November 19th to honor how women are advancing as entrepreneurs and business owners across the world.  Historically, women have controlled a […]

Techlash Backlash? Next Generation of Startups Infusing Ethics Into Its Roots

Startups are talking more about building ethics into their companies from the start. Shutterstock   Big tech has been battered in the past few years with criticism from consumers, lawmakers and regulators. Facebook faces continued questions regarding exposed user data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Twitter has come under fire after investigations […]

Strategies To Beat Today’s Growing Backlink Competition

Need more page views? Better search engine visibility? Okay, those are rhetorical questions—all of us do. But a recent trend could be making this more difficult than ever. Let me tell you about a conversation I had recently with a part-time blogger friend of mine. He’s had his website for more than a decade and […]

Using Blockchain To Make Fragmented Food Supply Chains Traceable

Jayson Berryhill at Fish 2.0 Fish 2.0 Here are two trends: More retailers want to know where their food comes from, mostly because more consumers are asking for that information. And a slew of startups are turning to blockchain technology, not for its cryptocurrency uses, but its security and transparency. Enter Wholechain, a platform built […]

How To Evaluate Your Startup Idea With Simple Calculation

Unit economics provides a framework for measuring the profitability of selling one unit of your … [+] solution. Knowing what it will take to profit from every transaction is key to evaluating the potential of the startup idea and the different levers that need to be focused on for the numbers to add up. Getty […]

AI, Solidarity And The Future Of Humanity

A conversation about why outsourcing the moral responsibilities of AI is not an option. Miguel Luengo, AI expert, entrepreneur and chief scientist at UN Global Pulse, speaks with Konstanze Frischen, Ashoka’s global leader on Tech & Humanity. (Full bios below.) Miguel, you have spent a lot of time examining the AI & Ethics landscape. What […]

5 Reasons Why Your Edtech Product Is Sitting On A Classroom Shelf

Students watch presentation with hands-on giant globe at a science centre. Getty A few months ago, I attended a digital learning conference among other education colleagues here in Chicago. Regardless of a new product or teaching strategy, the barriers teachers face when it comes to making any changes in a school district hasn’t changed since […]

Gift Guide 2019: The Best Novels To Give Loved Ones

To find the right book, you may just have to read between the lines Getty We’re fast approaching the season of giving, and books make great gifts. Not only are they easy to wrap (no awkward shapes to disguise or knobbly parts to conceal) and won’t break the bank, but giving someone the gift of […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Best Fly Fishing Gear

For most of us in northern climes, the holidays mean fly fishing season is, sadly, in the rearview mirror. The good news? The holidays also mean it’s time to stock up for the season ahead. Here are 11 products that will help make the 2020 fly fishing season your best ever. Loop 7X Rod Loop […]

How Can Female Entrepreneurs Attract Financing?

This article is part of our Women and Leadership special section, which focuses on approaches taken by women, minorities or other disadvantaged groups challenging traditional ways of thinking. The number of female entrepreneurs is on the rise around the world. Women-owned businesses in the United States, for example, are surging, according to the 2019 State […]

How Your CEO Can Make Or Break Your Innovation Culture

Most of the focus on innovation is on the ability to innovate and execute, but there is one area that is often overlooked: the CEO role as a catalyst for innovation. It turns out the CEO has a statistically significant influence on a company’s innovation and performance through R&D investments. This is especially true in […]

Five Essential Habits Of Successful CEOs

In his exceptional book Indistractable, Nir Eyal illustrates the flaws in the human condition. We have been programmed to be distracted and less productive than we could be. These flaws are exacerbated by the habit-forming nature of technology. We are hooked on social media. Our browsers are open to a chat program, our stock page, our […]

The Basics Of Putting On A Sustainable Event

Planning an event is tedious in and of itself, so ensuring that every single aspect of your event is eco-friendly may not be realistic. Rather than feel overwhelmed and give up, it’s far more beneficial to pick even just a couple of basic practices and do your best to remain consistent with them throughout the […]

Five Cyber Program Elements Financial Services Firms Must Cover To Stay Compliant

With attack frequency and sophistication, the financial services industry must find ways to efficiently approach incident and breach risks. The reality is, security incidents affect financial services firms 300 times more frequently than businesses in other industries. Firms no longer have the option to implement a cyber program. Regulations are mandatory. Examples of well-known cyber […]

How To Offer Benefits To Gen Z Employees

From recruiting to office culture, it’s no secret that millennials have dominated conversations about the workplace. Just when we thought we had begun to understand millennials, a new cohort entered the workforce: Generation Z. Gen Z, consisting of those born between 1995 and 2015, is the single largest generation in the U.S., accounting for nearly […]

Making The Hard Decision

There is a natural aversion to making difficult calls that portend significant change. Perhaps it’s not exactly natural per se, but it would seem by observation to be imprinted in us psychologically to avoid having to make anything like a significant, life-altering decision. It certainly explains the prevalence of procrastination, kicking the can down the […]

Why Closure Is So Important For Moving On After Losing A Job

Time to Say Goodbye sign Getty We’ve heard it a million times in a million different ways. You can’t embrace the future with one foot stuck in the past. You can’t go forward if you’re looking in the rear view mirror. You can’t solve problems with the same thinking that created the problems in the […]

3 Practical Ways To Use Blockchain In Your Business In 2020

Blockchain isn’t overhyped, and it’s no longer the utopian dream of a few crypto enthusiasts. A recent Deloitte report surveyed more than 1,300 senior executives from around the world, and 53% identified blockchain as a critical priority for 2019. According to the report, blockchain has finally come of age. It’s evolving into a “mature solution […]

Starting Your Own Business Is Hard. Here’s Some Advice.

This article is part of our Women and Leadership special section, which focuses on approaches taken by women, minorities or other disadvantaged groups challenging traditional ways of thinking. These women are shaking up their industries around the world by making bets on their vision and on themselves. They have started their own businesses to solve […]

An Eye On The Bottom Line – Balderton Launches $400m Fund With Profit A Priority

With early-stage investment in European companies continuing to accelerate, London-based VC, Balderton Capital last week launched a new $400 million fund aimed primarily at businesses that have reached the crucial Series A stage. The fund is being launched against the backdrop of a maturing European VC marketplace, with more money is coming on stream to […]

Facebook Is Not Making A Key Public Relations Point

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol … [+] Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, on Facebook’s impact on the financial services and housing sectors. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ASSOCIATED PRESS “Facebook is the primary means of connecting SMBs with employees, partners, and customers, yet they are failing […]

New Equity Crowdfunding Site Fundopolis To Emphasize Blockchain

New equity crowdfunding entrant Fundopolis launched today, highlighting the challenges for late entrants. Fundopolis launched this morning with two campaigns on the portal, Apotheka Systems, which with just a few hours of history has not yet raised any money toward its $1,070,000 goal , and Bee Mortgage App, which has raised $100. The Securities and […]

7 Basic Questions Concerning 401(k) Investment Policy Statements

Getty A 401(k) Investment Policy Statement (IPS) can provide a vital map to the continuing success of a company sponsored 401(k) plan. It frames how the plan undertakes its due diligence on behalf of plan participants. It guides the plan sponsor both in its fiduciary duty and in its monitoring of third-party providers. Yet, for […]

This Pono Startup Project Broke Out Of The Classroom And Became A Legit Business

I was recently honored to give a guest lecture in Dirk Soma’s Entrepreneurship class at University of Hawaii’s Kauai Community College campus. I was invigorated by the students’ intensity and drive and intrigued with their capstone project: HI Joe!, a startup focused on selling coffee grown and roasted in Hawaii. Realizing that entrepreneurship is best […]