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Today's thought leaders talk about ideas that will take entrepreneurship into the future.

The Most Painless Way to Develop a Business Model

While your first stab at developing a working business model will seldom turn out right, there's lots to learn in the process.

Why It's Getting Harder to Start Your Own Business

New data from the Brookings Institution paints a dreary picture of the U.S. startup landscape, where entrenched competitors are walking away with a bigger share of business.

Steve Case on What to Expect From the Second Internet Revolution

AOL's co-founder talks about the sectors that are overdue for massive disruption.

5 Ways IBM's Smart Chip Will Revolutionize Technology

It's tiny, it's mighty, and it mimics the brain. Here's how IBM's new smart chip will bring about big tech advances.

Milton Glaser on Why You Should Only Work With People You Like

Design guru Milton Glaser explains why your relationship with your co-workers will ultimately determine your success.

Why the Lone Genius Is (Mostly) a Myth

Author Joshua Wolf Shenk argues that two is the magic number when it comes to generating real innovation.

Malcolm Gladwell on Why You Shouldn't Hire for Talent

The best-selling author explains why individuals who have failed before have a distinct advantage over the most talented job candidates.

Milton Glaser on Why You Should Risk Failing in Every Job

The graphic design guru explains why creative work should take you out of your comfort zone.

Milton Glaser: Design and Art Are Like Sex and Love

Legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser sat down with Inc.'s Blake Taylor to talk about the definition of design, the importance of art, and why you can have one without the other.

Intuit's Scott Cook: The Requirements of Leadership Have Changed

Winning over your customers is a given. But to be truly successful, says Intuit's founder, you're going to have to win more than that.

Steve Case on How to Get Your Startup Noticed

AOL's co-founder talks to Inc. about building the network that will drive any startup's growth.

Your Work Is Not Your Life

Why entrepreneurs have to make time to think about who they really want to be.

Zappos' New Secret Weapon: Personal Shopping

With the Ask Zappos service, the retailer could redefine online shopping all over again.

Intuit's Scott Cook on the Surprising Source of Massive Growth

The founder of Intuit explains why many of the best growth opportunities for your business will be completely unforeseeable.

Malcolm Gladwell on Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Troublemakers

The best-selling author explains why you shouldn't seek the approval of your peers--you should do just the opposite.

Reid Hoffman on Dealing With Disruption Whiplash

The co-founder of LinkedIn explains why entrepreneurs should embrace opposition--not shy away from it.

Reid Hoffman on How to Know If Your Product Will Fail

The co-founder of LinkedIn discusses his new book "The Alliance" and shares a simple rule for testing out new products.

Reid Hoffman: The Best Interview Question You Can Ask

The co-founder of LinkedIn talks about his new book "The Alliance" and what to ask job candidates so that you build loyalty from your very first conversation.

Reid Hoffman's Surprising (and Highly Effective) Hiring Strategy

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman talks to Inc.'s Eric Schurenberg about building loyalty with employees, networking best practices for entrepreneurs, and his new book The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.

How to Be a Giver (Without Giving Away Too Much)

Wharton business professor Adam Grant explains the best strategy for being helpful without being exploited.


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