Tim Beyers covers emerging and enterprise technology, finance, small business, and investing.
Elon Musk Is Giving Away the Hyperloop, Here's Who Has Picked It Up
When Elon Musk first teased the concept of the Hyperloop on stage at the D11 conference in May 2013, he described it cryptically as a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun." Three-and-a-half years and lots of private development later, we now have a better idea of what he was talking about then.
‘Dark Knight’ tragedy could hurt all cinema companies
When a gunman opened fire into an audience watching a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, the tragedy touched moviegoers and others nationwide. It also cast a new shadow over an industry already facing its own business challenges.
Now that the sanctity of theaters has been violated, investors will be watching whether those challenges grow more acute. Will audiences return in enough volume to produce sustainable profits for the likes of Cinemark or Regal Entertainment (NY...
Singing Opera Helps This Media Mogul Find His Business Voice
“Many New York singers get paid to sing choir on the weekends; I do it for fun,” says David Steinberger. That’s because the Juilliard-trained vocal artist is also CEO and cofounder of comiXology, an Amazon.com subsidiary that’s the largest distributor of digital comic books. He’s been singing at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood for most of the past 15 years–and he still follows theater and the opera with a passion similar to the one he has for comics.
Why Teams That Cook Together Work Better Together
Can channeling the adrenaline of Food Network’s Chopped or the constrained creativity of its Iron Chef, and the feedback loop of Bravo TV’s Top Chef bring teams closer and boost productivity? A surprising number of startups are trying.
4 Tips on How to Set Contract Boundaries With Your Clients
Freelance clients: Sometimes they’re wonderful, and sometimes they drive you a bit crazy. Either way, it’s important to establish healthy contract boundaries so you can have a life away from your desk. By setting these boundaries at the beginning of a new client relationship, you can start off on the right foot and determine how to best maximize your time.
How to Make Your Business Dream a Reality | Entrepreneur.com
Coming up with ideas is easy. Executing on them is the hard part. These tips from Scott Belsky can help get you started.
4 Productivity Tips to Boost Your Freelance Output
Everyone is hungry for productivity tips — especially freelancers whose livelihoods depend on squeezing more and more work into a short amount of time. Believe me, I’ve been there. Usually I’m fighting to fit in short-term work that pays quickly with the daylight hours I spend working with clients who pay a premium, knowing their checks will take at least 30 days to arrive (and sometimes much longer).
How to Write a Must-Click Headline
You've started a blog. Awesome! Now, how do you get readers?
The answer might surprise you. See, when you're writing a blog post your first job isn't to please readers but to get clicks. And that means learning to write must-click headlines.
What to do before refinancing your home
Mortgage applications are ticking up as mortgage rates sit near historic lows. By year's end, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) projects that $1.663 trillion will have been funneled into home loans. Refinanced mortgages are expected to account for 41 percent of the total. There's good reason for that. Low rates—as little as 3.76 percent on a 30-year fixed mortgage—can help reduce monthly payments, fund a remodel or reduce higher-interest debt. If that's enough to interest you in refinancing, here are four things to think about before you sit down with your banker.
Pressland and WordRates Are in a Fight to Save Freelancers. Will Anyone Win? | The Freelancer, by Contently
Scott Carney and Jeff Koyen want a better deal for freelancers—even if it means angering powerful media companies, and each other, along the way.
6 Tips for Building Huge Audiences for Your Website
Want a loyal audience for your website? Would you settle for 100 regular visitors? How about 1,000? If so, you're thinking too small. Even niche websites can generate an audience tens of thousands strong, says Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute.
Groupon Is Going Down -- Here's Why
Three weeks after a limited public offering engineered a short-lived 40% pop, Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN) closed below its $20 IPO price last Wednesday and remains there as of this writing. Thus, the company thought to be worth $30 billion in market value in June is now worth $11 billion. That's $19 billion in market value gone. Poof. Up in smoke. Off to Never Never Land. Buried beneath Davey Jones' Locker. Will it resurface? Perhaps, but I'm making a CAPScall to the contrary. I believe that Groupon is the next Vonage (NYSE: VG) and will underperform just as badly.
Trend-Spotter: The Man Behind Silly Bandz | Entrepreneur.com
How Robert Croak turned rubber bands into a craze and his plans for the next big thing.