Entrepreneurship Requires Working Like the Future is Already Here (Watch)

If you’re a movie buff like me, you may have thrilled to the spectacle when movies like “Star Trek” and the latest “Star Wars” hit the screen.

The exciting possibilities of a future in which intelligent robots, speed of light space ships and travel to far flung planets have all become realities are inspiring to say the least.

But as entrepreneurs we don’t have the luxury of waiting for the future to realize our dreams. Instead, the challenge is to make the future a reality today.

Business is a Wild Adventure

But of course, business is more than all this lofty stuff too. Business is also an adventure.

It’s about getting out of your comfort zone, building a team, having fun and building something that will endure for your family.

First, remember that getting into business for yourself in the first place requires leaving your comfort zone behind. You’ll have to put yourself out there to promote your business.

Nervous about meeting new people? Tough! It’s now part of your job description.

But despite all of this, you’ll have to recognize that, in most cases, you still can’t go it alone. You’ll need to find others — people with skills, integrity and the willingness to pull together as a team — to make your vision a reality.

Here at Small Business Trends, for example, it would be impossible for us day in and day out to do the work we do without a dedicated team and a larger community of freelancers and contributors, everyone of which has played a part in our success.

You also need to remember to have fun, of course. Starting a business certainly has its ups and downs. And though it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day — and even to become discouraged during the hard times — remember that those triumphs will come around too. So don’t let the challenges get you down.

Finally, if you’ve launched your business with the hopes of providing something more permanent for your family — perhaps something that can even be passed on to future generations — take pride in that.

And try to make time for them no matter how busy you get.

Work Like the Future is Already Here

Remember, how we talked about making the future a reality? Well, there are a lot of tools and resources that might have once seemed like something out of the future

But they can now help you build your business like never before.

For example, running a business might once have required a lot of overhead in terms of office space and expensive equipment to do the job right.

But today you can often run — or at least start — a small business from the kitchen table or the den using just a laptop or perhaps even a smartphone.

Once upon a time only multi-nationals could gather global teams and compete to market their products and services all over the world. Today both are possible for small businesses with the right technology.

It should be obvious from all this that business really is a great adventure. The possibilities for small businesses seem endless. All you need to do is take that first step.

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NFL Cancels First Game of the Year Due to Taffy-Like Field Conditions (Watch)

Imagine a bunch of NFL players running around on a field made of taffy. That was almost the case this Sunday during the league’s annual Hall of Fame Game, the traditional kickoff to pre-season football.

The unfortunate field conditions came as a result of using the wrong paint. And so the field became gummy and sticky as it dried. But instead of allowing the players to put on a comical but potentially dangerous show, the NFL cancelled the game.

It’s not an ideal situation for any business. If the NFL is a brand, each game is its product. So cancelling the very first one of the season doesn’t give a great early impression to fans.

But making a great first impression, while important, isn’t the end-all-be-all for brands. If the NFL had allowed the game to continue with those field conditions, players might have been injured. Then the NFL would be delivering a subpar product during the rest of the season, as opposed to just putting off the first game by a few days and actually doing it right.

Always Consider the Implication of a GO NO GO Decision

The next time your business is considering releasing a product before it’s really ready just to meet a deadline, consider the consequences. If it could hurt your chances of delivering a great customer experience going forward, it might be worth putting it off.

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Microsoft Targets Apple Customers With New Computer (Watch)

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going after Apple’s customers with its new desktop computer. The Surface Studio is the first desktop computer from Microsoft. And it has a lot of new and interesting features.

For one, the computer screen actually folds down into something like a drafting table. You can also use touchscreen features, a stylus that comes with the device, and a new tool called the Surface Dial to draw and design directly on the desktop.

As it does with other Surface products, Microsoft is targeting artists, designers and other creatives with its features and marketing. And that’s a section of the market where Apple already has a lot of popularity.

If Microsoft can chip away at that market share with its new innovative features, then it will be good news for the company. But getting people to actually make the switch could be difficult, given the big investment and the totally different operating systems that new customers would have to get used to.

2 Ways to Enter a Competitive Market

When businesses like Microsoft have to face off in a new market against entrenched competitors like Apple, there are a couple of ways to enter a competitive market. You could find your own niche and try to appeal to totally different customers. Or you could go up against the competition head on. That’s the route that Microsoft is apparently taking. And time will tell whether it’s a strategy that pays off for them.

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Watch A Bit of Inspiration


Anna Johnson sent me this inspiring and uplifting video. If you’re feeling a little unmotivated today, if your business is not where you want it to be yet, if you’ve had a temporary setback of some kind, it’s sure to brighten your day.

Click on the image below. It will take you to a site where you can watch the brief movie (turn up your speakers — it has sound too):

Get Inspired! Watch The A Bit Of Inspiration Movie

How Does Closing 300 Stores Help Office Depot Grow? (Watch)

Image result for How Does Closing 300 Stores Help Office Depot Grow? (Watch)Office Depot is closing 300 retail stores in an attempt to save its overall business. The closing of those retail locations shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since the whole retail office supply industry has been struggling to keep up with online retailers like Amazon for years.

But while closing hundreds of stores might not seem like the sign of a business moving forward, in this case Office Depot is actually using this opportunity to build a better shopping experience for modern consumers. Instead of using all of its resources trying to maintain retail locations, the company is reallocating those resources onto things like mobile apps and online stores, while maintaining a smaller brick and mortar retail presence.

The industry is still in a state of flux, like many other markets that have been impacted by the changing online business landscape. But these store closures could potentially lead to a better outlook for Office Depot, if the company is able to cut costs enough to compete with Amazon and similar retailers.

Do You Run an Agile Organization?

Running any sort of business means needing to adapt from time to time, even when those changes don’t seem ideal. But for those who try to hang onto outdated models and practices, it could be too late to make changes when you realize they’ve become necessary.


Is This New Snapchat Ad Feature Cool — or Creepy? (Watch)

Is This New Snapchat Behavioral Targeting Ad Feature Cool -- or Creepy? (Watch)Snapchat may soon be able to sell ads based on things it recognizes in users’ photos. The company recently filed a patent for a behavioral targeting system that uses image recognition software to find specific items and then suggest filters based on those items.

So for example, if Snapchat recognizes that a photo includes the Empire State Building, it could suggest a King Kong filter. Or if you’re a New York City tourism company, you could potentially pay to have your own filter available when Snapchat recognizes the Empire State Building or other popular landmarks.

The Double-Edged Sword of Behavioral Targeting

The technology presents an interesting opportunity for advertisers. But it also presents some unique privacy issues for consumers. Some might not appreciate the fact that an app can recognize what’s in their photos and then use that information for ad targeting.

That’s one of the major issues that businesses have to navigate in today’s world of online advertising. This technology from Snapchat isn’t available yet. And it may not even become available. But even the possibility requires businesses to consider what to do when it comes to new ad formats. Becoming an early adopter of this new Snapchat feature and other potential ad formats could lead to unique targeting opportunities for businesses. But it could also lead to privacy issues that could impact consumer opinions.


Your Ice Bucket Challenge Videos Worked! New Gene Breakthrough Discovered (Watch)

Viral Marketing Example - Your Ice Bucket Challenge Videos Worked! New Gene Breakthrough Discovered (Watch)

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from a few years back? The viral videos had everyone from LeBron James to former President George W. Bush getting buckets of icy water dumped onto their heads — all for a good cause, of course.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was created to support research into a cure for ALS, or Lou Gherig’s Disease. But after several months of people dumping ice cold water on themselves, some were starting to show skepticism about what this challenge could actually accomplish.

Well, those viral videos got so much attention that they also caused donations to come pouring into The ALS Association — to the tune of approximately $115 million. And thanks to that funding, researchers have now identified a gene that is linked to the disease. That’s a major breakthrough that wouldn’t have been possible had all those people not been willing to make frozen, sopping wet fools of themselves.

The Takeaway of This Viral Marketing Example?

And viral videos don’t just make a difference when it comes to raising money for a good cause. Businesses can also use them to get messages across or even raise money. The important thing is to have a goal in mind for those videos — otherwise you may find yourself with a bunch of really enthusiastic fans but no clear way for them to help you reach your business goals.


MacBook, iMac, Apple Watch, and More Great Gadgets on Sale Right Now

MacBook, iMac, Apple Watch, and More Great Gadgets on Sale Right Now

This week we have some of the best products from Apple at an amazing discount along with a cost-effective all-in-one printer, and more.

1. Apple iMac 21.5-inch
Planning to get a Mac on your desk? The 21.5-inch iMac is down to Rs. 73,799 (effective after cashback). That’s a pretty good deal considering the marked price on this iMac is above Rs. 90,000. Use coupon code LIT10 to get a cashback of Rs. 10,000 in your Paytm Wallet. The iMac is powered by Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB hard drive and runs OS X El Capitan out of the box. The 21.5-inch Retina Display makes everything else look blurry when you start using it. There are four USB 3.0 ports at the back, along with two Thunderbolt ports. There’s a FaceTime HD camera that’s built right inside the display. At this price, it’s a great way to switch to a Mac-based workstation.

Price: Rs. 73,799 (MRP Rs. 91,900)

Link: Paytm

2. Apple MacBook
If the high-price tag is what’s kept you away from buying the ultra-compact MacBook from Apple, here’s a deal for you. Paytm is selling the 12-inch MacBook at Rs. 73,980 (effective after cashback). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the MacBook. The MacBook is powered by the Intel Core M dual-core processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. This variant ships with a 256GB SSD, and runs OS X Yosemite out of the box. If you need a laptop with a strict requirement of portability, the MacBook won’t disappoint. It’s not the powerful Mac out there but it can surely get the job done while you’re on the move.

apple_macbook_12.jpgPrice: Rs. 73,980 (MRP Rs. 99,900)

Link: Paytm

3. HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 4675
The HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 4675 is down to Rs. 7,297 (MRP Rs. 12,172) this week on Flipkart. You can also get two free HP ink cartridges worth Rs. 1098 with the printer. The all-in-one printer can also connect wirelessly to your devices. You can print, scan, copy, and even fax documents. There’s a touchscreen display that lets you access some functionality without having to use a computer. The printer can also print and copy two sides of a page automatically. If you’re in the market for a decent all-in-one that can do the job well, and which doesn’t make you buy highly expensive ink cartridges, the HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 4675 is a great option. You get one-year standard hardware warranty from HP India with the purchase.

HP_DeskJet_Ink_Advantage_4675_flipkart.jpgPrice: Rs. 7,297 (MRP Rs. 12,172)

Link: Flipkart

4. Lenovo U41-70 laptop
The Lenovo U41-70 laptop is down to Rs. 37,500 (MRP Rs. 40,232) this week on Infibeam. Use the coupon code LAPPY to get a discount of Rs. 1500 on the laptop. The Lenovo U41-70 laptop comes with a 14-inch full HD display, and is powered by a fifth generation Intel Core i3 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. There’s a 1TB standard hard drive along with an 8GB SSD in the laptop. You can use the SSD to store the operating system as well as your most frequently accessed applications to speed up your usage. The laptop runs Windows 8.1 out of the box. The laptop includes a backlit keyboard, an HDMI port, and two USB 3.0 ports.

Lenovo_U41_70_infibeam.jpgPrice: Rs. 37,500 (MRP Rs. 40,232)

Link: Infibeam

5. Apple Watch 42 mm space grey
Paytm is offering a cashback of Rs. 5,000 on select Apple Watch models. Our pick is the 42 mm space grey sport edition which is down to Rs. 26,500, which is one of the lowest price points for the Apple Watch. The first-generation Apple Watch will get the new watchOS later this year, which will bring a ton of new features along with speeding up the existing interface on the Watch. If you are not too keen on spending the full amount on the second-generation Apple Watch which is likely to ship by 2017, this is quite a deal. Of course you’ll need an iPhone to use the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch includes support for full-fledged notifications for e-mails, text, and other supported apps from your iPhone. The Watch is also water resistant which means you can stop worrying about a little rain or a few splashes of water, but just don’t go swimming with it.

apple_watch_using_pixabay.jpgPrice: Rs. 26,500 (MRP Rs. 34,900)

Link: Paytm

Harpreet is a technology enthusiast who is obsessed with hunting down great deals on online stores.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

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iPhone 6S, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Surface Pro 4, and More Deals This Week

iPhone 6S, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Surface Pro 4, and More Deals This Week

This week we have some great exchange offers on Apple iPhone and MacBook Air, discounts on laser printers and Surface Pro 4, and a whole lot more.

1. Apple iPhone 6S 64GB space grey
Now’s your chance to grab an iPhone 6S in an exchange offer, before the festive season sale. Flipkart’s Exchange Days sale includes smartphones, laptops, tablets, and even home appliances. You can get up to Rs. 14,500 off instantly when you swap your old smartphone for the iPhone 6S 64GB space grey. You can also opt for a no-cost (no downpayment) EMI offer if you have a Bajaj Finserv EMI card. The exchange offer is also available on the 16GB variant (select colors only) as well as the iPhone 6S Plus. If you’re looking to get rid of your old used smartphone, now is the time. Flipkart may not offer the best value for your used devices, but the instant discount and smooth pick up service cannot be matched by anyone else. The only catch here is that Flipkart has stopped accepting old iPhones for exchanges. You can no longer swap an iPhone each year on Flipkart.

iPhone_6s_3d_touch_apple.jpgPrice: Rs. 43,499 (with maximum exchange value)

Link: Flipkart

2. Samsung ML-2166W/XIP laser printer
Samsung’s wireless single-function laser printer ML-2166W/XIP is down to Rs. 4,884 (effective after cashback) this week at Paytm. Use the coupon code LIT12 to get a 12% cashback in your Paytm Wallet. The printer normally sells at a price point of Rs. 5,500 or above. If you don’t care about colored prints, this Samsung laser printer is one of the best in the Rs. 4,500-5,000 price bracket. The wireless connectivity enables you to easily send print commands to the printer using a smartphone, tablet, or a PC. The printer supports A4, A5, B5, DL, and C5 page sizes. Paytm’s seller offers a return policy of 7 days in case anything goes wrong, and you’ll receive a full 1-year manufacturer warranty on the printer.

Price: Rs. 4,884 (effective after cashback)

Link: Paytm

3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 128GB
Tata Cliq, Tata’s latest online marketplace, is offering a 12% discount on the Surface Pro 4 128GB with keyboard and Office365 bundled. This brings down the price to Rs. 92,480 (MRP Rs. 105,779). The bundle includes a black keyboard and Office365 Personal. Surface Pro 4 is powered by sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM. There’s an onboard storage of 128GB, thanks to the in-built SSD. It runs Windows 10 out of the box. Surface Pro 4 comes with 1-year of manufacturer warranty. The bundled offer is valid till the end of this month only.

Price: Rs. 92,480 (MRP Rs. 1,05,779)

Link: Tata Cliq

4. Apple MacBook Air MMGG2HN/A
Flipkart’s Exchange Days sale also includes the MacBook Air 13-inch. You can swap your working 14-inch (or more) laptop to get a flat Rs. 10,000 off on the MacBook Air instantly. If you’re a student, you can also apply for a student discount of Rs. 5,000 additional. All these discounts can effectively bring down the price of the MacBook Air 13-inch to Rs. 73,989 (MRP Rs. 88,990). That’s a pretty impressive discount. The MacBook Air 13-inch is powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. There’s a 256GB SSD on board, and it runs OS X El Capitan out of the box. Flipkart is also offering complimentary next-day delivery to select PIN codes in India.

macbook_air_13_paytm.jpgPrice: Rs. 73,989 (includes exchange price and student discount)

Link: Flipkart

5. Tommy Hilfiger Biker Club medium laptop backpack
Looking for a good-looking backpack for your laptop this summer? Flipkart is selling the Tommy Hilfiger Biker Club medium sized laptop backpack for Rs. 1,819 (MRP Rs. 2,599) this week. What’s more? There’s free next-day delivery for select PIN codes. It’s one of the few laptop backpacks with a large number of positive customer ratings on Flipkart. You can easily squeeze in a laptop with up to 14-inch display size. The overall capacity of the bag is around 23.7L, while the bag entirely weighs around 530 grams. The back includes two compartments, and one is for the laptop. You’ll get 2-years of domestic limited warranty on the backpack.

Price: Rs. 1,819 (MRP Rs. 2,599)

Link: Flipkart

6. Apple Watch sport edition
The Apple Watch is down to Rs. 27,399 (MRP Rs. 34,900) on Flipkart for a limited period. This is one of the lowest prices for a non-cashback offer this year. The stocks will be limited so we’re expecting these to run out of stock pretty soon. Since the seller is WS Retail (Flipkart’s own company) you don’t have to worry about the product being genuine. With WatchOS 3, the first-generation Apple Watch is expected to get a whole new life. Apple may announce the next smartwatch later this year, but it won’t come at a price as sweet as this. The Apple Watch is an extension of the iOS experience right down to your wrist. You can use the Apple Watch to track fitness, receive notifications from your iPhone, or use Watch based apps. The Watch also includes a heart rate sensor, and a Retina Display. Remember, the Apple Watch is only compatible with an iPhone.

apple_watch_apps_chair_ndtv.jpgPrice: Rs. 27,399 (MRP Rs. 34,900)

Link: Flipkart

Harpreet is a technology enthusiast who is obsessed with hunting down great deals on online stores.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

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Ubisoft at E3 2016: Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park, and More

Ubisoft at E3 2016: Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park, and More

Watch Puppies 2’s DLC could be a timed PS4 distinct.
For Honor may be out on February 14, 2017.
Ghost Recon Wildlands functions Ubisoft’s biggest open-global thus far.
In what has been the longest E3 2016 convention up to now, French writer Ubisoft confirmed off a wealth of games and updates that you can anticipate within the months to return. From open-global action titles like Watch Dogs 2 to gritty fight fare like For Honor, there’s loads to look ahead to. Here are the largestand the satisfactory from Ubisoft’s E3 2016 exhibit.

Watch Dogs 2 will have timed exclusivity at the PS4
Much like the primary sport, Watch Puppies 2 will see content material specific to Sony’s black field. All downloadable content material (DLC) for the sport can be available first on the PS4 for 30 days. Also, Sony will be partnering with Ubisoft on an eye Dogs film too. In addition to this, there has been a gameplay demo (which seemed to be at the PS4) which had an infiltration mission. The fight appearedclean as did the hacking segments. There seemed to be simply sufficient range and varnish to make Watch Puppies 2 really worth considering even if you observed the primary sport drab. Look out for it on November 15.

(Also see: Microsoft at E3 2106: Assignment Scorpio, Gears of War four, and Xbox Stay)

For Honor has vikings as opposed to samurais as opposed to knights on Valentine’s Day
While E3 2015 saw the debut of the multiplayer mode of 1/3character motion sport For Honor, E3 2016performed host to its unmarriedparticipant marketing campaign and backstory. there was a generousquantity of in-recreation pictures of a challenge that noticed vikings lay siege to a samurai castle. A wealth of enemies and a ton of climate results made the entire installation seem as a substitute dynamic.Whilst we could not inform which platform it was walking on, we may not be surprised if it became for theLaptop. the sport has the aformentioned factions duking it out and trying to forestall the god of Struggleand her Black Legion from endured cycle of violence. What is Extra is that we’ve a release date. the gameis out on February 14 next yr. The equal day as Persona five.

(Also see: EA’s E3 2016 show off: Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, and Extra)

Ghost Recon Wildlands’ co-op assignment sounded awkward
Do not get us wrong, it played as an alternative well. It is simply that Much like The Division and Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft believes that having co-op players communicate to every different inside theshape of an all but apparent script is a superb idea. It just takes away from the action at hand and feelsabsolutely unreal. Having said that, the agency claims that Ghost Recon Wildlands has the biggest actionrecreation open-global, anything meaning. but what we do recognise is that it seems correct and has a range of options to complete missions what with an array of vehicles, weapons, and objects to pick outfrom. count on it on March 17, 2017.

(Also see: Bethesda at E3 2016: Dishonored 2, Quake Champions, Skyrim HD, and Greater)

South Park: The Fractured but Entire makes amusing of each superhero movie ever
The sequel to 2014’s extremely good South Park: The Stick of Fact has a remodeled combat device it really is harking back to XCOM. there is a host of characters classes to select from, and it looks asprecise because the first recreation did – which means that it seems like an episode from the display.Most of all, there may be a sense of irreverence and tone that hasn’t misplaced its area regardless of thenumerous seasons the display has had. From satirising the likes of Marvel and DC films for his or herfranchise objectives to an progressed set of abilties and abilties, there may be lots to look ahead towhen it hits on December 6 this yr. In a surprisingly beneficiant gesture, pre-ordering the game nets youthe first one at no cost.

Aside from these 4 key games, there had been other factors of hobby. Trials of the Blood Dragon which merges the worlds of the 80s-stimulated Some distance Cry Blood Dragon and the trials racing seriesturned into introduced and made available right now. Steep – a brand new IP that merges the open-international, on line sensibilities of The Group with skiing, paragliding, and base jumping we have seenin video games like SSX will be out this December. A sequel to adventure-platformer Grow Domesticknown as Develop Up can be out in August Whilst Ubisoft made a case for VR with two games.

the first, Eagle Flight has you in the position of an eagle, the onstage demo had the likes of Palmer Luckey and Jason Holtman of Fb-owned Oculus which appeared to be amusing At the same time as Big nameTrek: Bridge Team featured alumni of the display which includes Levar Burton and Jeri Ryan talking up how close to reality this ship management simulation is. there’s no concrete release date for Star Trek: Bridge Team with Ubisoft slating it for someday in Fall this yr.

What became your favored announcement from Ubisoft’s E3 2016 convention? Allow us to recognize in the feedback.

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