June 18, 2013
Ignoring tradition can be a path to success--but only if you dare.
When an entrepreneur challenges the status quo, he or she is either squashed and forgotten about or they hit a nerve and a paradigm shift occurs. The latter happens when the entrepreneur is a true disruptor.
Inc. has been following disruptors for years, and here are four companies that pushed the...
June 13, 2013
How Silicon Valley tech companies are slowly being sucked into the NSA's cyber-industrial complex.
James Bamford recently told The New Yorker that he has a love-hate relationship with the NSA.
"I love them, and they hate me," he joked.
With good reason. Bamford is best known...
June 11, 2013
It's getting harder and harder to find the right candidates. Here are three things to consider when you are searching for the best talent.
I'm hiring. Many of the companies I know are hiring. I have been in 20 cities so far this year--from New York to L.A., Atlanta to Honolulu--and whenever I ask business owners and what their top challenges are for 2013, hiring is always in...
June 10, 2013
Things are looking up for small businesses--those lucky enough to meet certain criteria.
By all accounts, it looks like the long-awaited economic recovery is finally under way for small businesses. But there's a caveat.
The stock market is back to pre-recession levels, housing prices are recovering nationally, the unemployment rate is trending lower, and business...
May 30, 2013
Every business owner gets stuck occasionally on an idea or problem. Three proven ways to get "unstuck."
Do you find yourself turning an idea or a business problem over and over in your head, and no matter the number of Google searches you perform or the number of walks you take, you just can't figure out a way to move forward?
We all go through it. The key is knowing how to emerge...
May 28, 2013
Solomon Group is the full-scale production company behind some of the country's biggest events, including this year's Super Bowl.
Sometimes Gary Solomon, Jr. finds it tough to describe exactly what his company does. On any given day, the staff at Solomon Group might be designing an interactive submarine installation for the World War II museum, installing the...
May 23, 2013
Community is the heart of university. Students mix with other similarly aged people in an environment ripe with social activity, friendship, ideation, and discussion. It's the most powerful element of college or graduate school — and also the most jarring to leave behind.
Social isolation often follows graduation. I know firsthand. After college, I moved to Washington, D.C., and ended up living in the suburbs near work for a year, struggling to connect with others in a new...