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1. The power of a 5-item to-do list

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 20, 2015

Serial entrepreneur Max Levchin co-founded PayPal and a number of other startups and sits on the board of several high-profile tech companies. He starts his day by making a five-item to-do list and getting some exercise on his bike. He positions himself in the cafeteria area of the office so employees can talk to him, and he encourages his employees to write short emails. Inc. magazine (05/2015)

2. The intense emotional toll of entrepreneurship

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 21, 2015

Entrepreneurs are used to working long hours and putting everything they have into their startups, which can make failure emotionally devastating. To make matters worse, depression is a sensitive subject in startup communities. "Part of the challenge is entrepreneurs feel a need to put on a happy face and always say that things are wonderful," said Philippe Telio, founder of Montreal's International Startup Festival. Montreal Gazette (Quebec) (tiered subscription model) (05/15)

3. VCs sense big potential in eSports

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 18, 2015

Venture capital investors are funding startups in eSports, also known as competitive gaming. The field has attracted millions of users, and investors are betting that early-stage companies are on track to become profitable. Fortune (05/15)

4. Startups aim high with flying cars

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 19, 2015

Startups in several countries seek to be the first to bring flying cars to market. Some are taking deposits for delivery in 2017. Getting approvals from regulators is proving to be a challenge. CNNMoney (05/18)

5. Intrapreneurs look to drive change at established companies

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 20, 2015

A number of prominent companies have created formal programs to support "intrapreneurs" -- innovative employees who choose to create change in their current roles rather than leaving to launch startups. "Tap into the full potential of your organization and talent; you could be sitting on a gold mine of ideas and ideation and talent and not even know it," advises Claudia Chan, founder of S.H.E. Globl Media. Fast Company online (05/18)

6. Drizly raises $13M to expand alcohol ordering app

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 19, 2015

Drizly, the startup that lets consumers in 15 markets order beer, wine and spirits online or by mobile application, has raised $13 million in new funding. The company teams up with liquor stores in local markets that already offer delivery service. Fortune (05/18) TechCrunch (05/18)

7. Startup helps farmers make data-based decisions

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 20, 2015

Farmers Business Network, which brought in $15 million in investment capital in a round led by Google Ventures, aims to help farmers make better decisions by pooling their data. "We can show farmers how seeds actually performed on farms, not how they performed in university trials or highly controlled seed company trials," says Charles Baron, the company's co-founder. Reuters (05/19) The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/19) (05/19)

8. 3 key factors for flat organizational structures

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 21, 2015

Companies are embracing flatter organizational structures, but this approach can present its own challenges. Companies hoping to erase rigid hierarchies should focus on being transparent, empowering employees to think strategically and creating interdisciplinary connections, experts say. Fast Company online (05/19)

9. Chobani learns the hard part about rapid growth

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 19, 2015

Rapid growth doesn't always go smoothly, as Greek-yogurt brand Chobani has discovered. Entrepreneurs are often reluctant to bring in experienced CEOs, but they still need to find a way to protect their core values and manage cash-flow problems. "[I]f growth doesn't keep up with expectations, that can leave companies with excess capacity and unmanageable debt," writes Annie Gasparro. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/17) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/17)

10. Ask these questions to get useful employee feedback

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | May 19, 2015

Getting the feedback you need is all about asking the right questions, Scott Gerber writes in introducing advice from nine entrepreneurs. These leaders suggest asking employees about what challenges they are facing, what expectations they have for the future of the business and what they would do differently if they were in your shoes. ReadWrite (05/18)

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