Success Will Never Come to Entrepreneurs Who Do These 10 Things

13 Productivity Hacks to Help You Get Stuff Done

Want to stack the odds of being a successful entrepreneur in your favor? You can start by taking note of the following 10 things that you should never do.

1. Be jealous or envious

Seeing other people around you succeed should motivate you, even if they are your competitors. You should understand that every single person has the ability to become successful, and wasting time focusing on other people’s success or achievements will just sidetrack your own progress.

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Goldman Sachs Invests $36M In Korean Food Delivery App Baedal Minjok

Seoul’s startup industry has been awash with major funding news over the past few weeks. Earlier this month, Yello Mobile and game developer 4:33 Creative Lab Game Studio each disclosed that they had raised $100 million or more.

Now Seoul-based startup Woowa Brothers, which operates food delivery app Baedal Minjok, has announced that it has raised a 40 billion won (about $36 million) round led by Goldman Sachs. The capital will be used to improve Baedal Minjok’s technology and fuel its international expansion.

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Ranked: The 12 programming languages that will earn you the most

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Computer programming has quickly become one of the most lucrative industries in the US.

The average salary for a computer programmer just hit an all-time high as it approaches $100,000.

But there are some languages and skill sets that are more valuable than others, and Quartz has compiled some data to break down these differences.

Quartz’s Max Nisen pulled out some figures on the most valuable programming languages based on a larger study from the Brookings Institution that was published in July.

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Airbnb Is Inc.’s 2014 Company of the Year

Admit it. When you first heard about people renting rooms in one another’s homes over the internet, without much more than a friendly email exchange to break the ice, you thought it was a crazy idea. Maybe a little creepy. After all, it’s one thing to participate in the so-called sharing economy by pushing some buttons on your phone and watching a sleek black Uber vehicle roll up. It’s another to show up at a stranger’s home and nestle in for a few days–or hand your house keys to some guy from the internet.

And yet the founders of Airbnb–Brian Chesky, 33; Nathan Blecharczyk, 31; and Joe Gebbia, 33–have convinced many, many strangers to do just that. So far, about 20 million of them; 10 million in 2014 alone. This year, their website surpassed 800,000 listings worldwide, which means they now offer more lodging than Hilton Worldwide or InterContinental Hotels Group or any other hotel chain in the world.

Seven years ago, they were guys with a website, three air mattresses, and ambitions that to many people sounded silly, naive, and reckless. Since then, they have revolutionized the way people think about travel, displaced the hospitality industry’s established players, and generated billions in revenue for themselves and their hosts.

Airbnb has changed many people’s lives for the better, as entrepreneurs have long tried to do. What makes this company so noteworthy this year is that it has moved beyond building a disruptive business to battling entrenched interests. Airbnb is hardly alone; after all, this is the year that the U.S. Supreme Court declared internet television startup Aereo’s business model illegal, and regulators from Dallas to Germany slapped back at car service operator Uber. Airbnb has also repeatedly found itself and its hosts on the wrong side of the law.

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What is myFormula?

myFormula is an application that allows you to create and store formulas for easy reference. Think of it like a math cheat sheet that you carry around on your smartphone. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

Here’s how the app works. You use it to create various mathematical equations. You can make things like the Pythagorean Theorem, Quadratics, and other math things that may take a lot of time to do by hand. Once you create the equations, you simply input the variables and the app will give you the answers. It’s a fairly simple app that you can use to create a lot of the more tedious equations.

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6 smart productivity strategies for business travelers

Just because business travelers are out of office, doesn’t mean they’re not at work.

According to Expedia, 39% of business travelers say they spend more time working on the road than they do in the office. That statistic was likely much smaller a decade ago, when Wi-Fi was less prevalent and smartphones were in their infancy.

Today, however, business travelers have become adept at setting up mobile offices on the fly — whether at the airport, in the car or in their hotel room. There’s no reason to fall behind just because you’re on the road.

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I Sold My Google-Backed Startup for $75 Million Yesterday–and I’m Scared to Death

My most recent startup, Smarterer, was just acquired by Pluralsight–and I’m genuinely scared to death.

It’s not because the acquisition isn’t 100 percent the right outcome. Combining the visions of Smarterer and Pluralsight makes our future nothing short of astronomical, and by being acquired we delivered an incredible financial return for Smarterer shareholders.

So, why am I so scared?

Because we are entering the incredibly complex, insanely demanding, highest-likelihood-of-failure, fourth trimester. It’s the stage of growing a company no one talks about–because in the startup journey, after an acquisition, many consider the story complete. Reporters focus their energy on the next rocketship, and investors go back to hunting other prey. Yet for the company acquired, the journey continues to unfold, and actually, the most challenging mile lies ahead.

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