High school senior makes his mark on the app market | How to lead when things are clear as mud | How to build a successful investment portfolio
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March 11, 2013
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High school senior makes his mark on the app market
Ben Dennis, a high school senior who has long had an interest in business and technology, incorporated his application-development business when he was just 15. Dennis, who has worked with a wide array of clients, earns $20,000 to $30,000 a year and is planning to attend Indiana University. "My goals for the future are to graduate from Kelley with a high GPA and to create something revolutionary," he said. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (3/7)
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Leading the Pack
How to lead when things are clear as mud
Uncertain and confusing times are the real test of a CEO's leadership ability, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to communicate clearly, to be honest about known unknowns and to avoid disconnecting when the going gets tough. "In the absence of clear and relevant communications from you and with you, people are going to fill the vacuum with stuff they're making up. You don't want that. Stay engaged," Eblin advises. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/7)
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Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

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How to build a successful investment portfolio
As a business owner, you have already dedicated a lot of money to a risky enterprise, so it may be a good idea to round out your portfolio with other, more conservative investments, write Karl Stark and Bill Stewart of Avondale. You should save some money for future business opportunities and diversify your portfolio, they write. Inc. online (free registration)/Herding Gazelles blog (3/8)
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What imgur can teach you about bootstrapping your business
In 2009 Alan Schaaf started imgur, a popular image-hosting services. He and Matt Strader, the chief operating officer, say it's important for startup founders to find multiple revenue streams, learn quickly and put together a balanced team. Entrepreneur online (3/10)
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The Whole Entrepreneur
How to become more productive
There are several techniques you can use to save time and become more productive, writes Kevin Daum. He lists 24 suggestions, which include delegating when possible, limiting the time you spend on social media and dedicating one hour a day to returning e-mails and phone calls. Inc. online (free registration)/Roaring or Boring blog (3/8)
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What sets interesting people apart
There are 10 keys to being an interesting person, according to cartoonist Jessica Hagy, who made a presentation on the topic to SXSW attendees. In addition to their other key characteristics, interesting people tend to be adventurous, daring and willing to embrace their oddities, she said. Inc. online (free registration) (3/8)
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Ideas for Innovators
A symbiotic approach to innovation
Certain innovations, such as Instagram or Apple's App Store, open the door for other entrepreneurs to create their own products and services, writes Kathy Oneto. "While marketers' natural instinct is to be protectionist and seek competitive insulation, they just might find that their next innovation is not dependent upon their company or brands alone," she writes. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/8)
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Fortune from Failure
Don't be in a hurry to make mistakes
Entrepreneurs might make mistakes if they take action without carefully examining the situation first, Mark Goulston writes. Company founders can avoid missteps by ignoring distractions, hiring talented teams and paying attention to their advisers, experts say. Fast Company online (3/8)
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SmartBrief's inside look at #SXSW
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It can be quite liberating when we realize that inspiration and growth ideas can come from all around us."
-- Kathy Oneto, vice president of brand strategy at Anthem, writing at MediaPost Communications.
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