Entrepreneur magazine
June 2012

June 2012

Entrepreneur | June 2012
June 2012
Entrepreneur Magazine

100 Brilliant Companies

Entrepreneur's annual look at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators

Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee

This franchise founder bounced back from hardships the first time around and found success at his own speed.

The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise

Fondue franchise broadens its reach to new communities to expand its corporate office and franchisees.

The Making of a Multi-Unit Franchise Maven

Don't just hang up a single sign--build an empire. Here's how one franchisee did it.

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Young Entrepreneur Carves a Creative Niche with USB Drives

How Flash Pals is gaining traction with its fuzzy animal-themed storage devices.

How Podio Brought in Revenue Before Even Finalizing its Product

Selling subscriptions during the development phase allowed the company to pay the rent, and what you can learn from it.

Startup Allows Customers to Design Their Own Soft-Drinks

uFlavor is banking on personalization as the next big thing in the beverage industry.

4 Obstacles to Early Retirement and How to Overcome Them

Do you dream of retiring early? You'd better get started now.

SnagFilms Lands Another $7 Million in VC for Indie Flicks

A look at how the startup is using technology to draw attention to independent films -- and who is funding the concept.

How a Hammock-Maker Helps Campers Go Green

A startup that works with environmental nonprofits and makes sustainable practices a critical component of success.

Bouncing Back from Bankruptcy to Reinvent a Brand

How the J. Peterman Company was reborn as a globe-trotter's resource on the web.

How to Prevent a Website Crash After a Traffic Spike

A look at how content-delivery networks can help small-business owners.

How One Startup Is Making Comparison-Shopping Even Easier

Priceonomics scours the web for the best prices to create an objective guide for consumers,

Startup Helps Fend Off Car Repair Ripoffs

BodyShopBids clears the confusion around disparate car-repair quotes

Startup Offers A New High-Tech Way to Pay on the Go

Vitaband gives exercisers a comfortable alternative to carrying cash or cards

Smartphones That Can Power Up Your Productivity

Need backup? The smartphone is your new personal assistant.

How to Stand Out by Keeping it Simple

Got a new spin on an old idea? Ditch the buzzspeak and use plain language to rise above the competition.

How to Play to Your Company's Strengths

Companies tend to be predisposed toward sales or technology, but rarely both. Still, you can make the most of your company's DNA.

How to Get Back on Track After a Business Trip

You can't just pick up right where you left off after a trip. Here's to better returns.

What Makes a Perfect Collaboration? Weakness, Conflict and Doughnuts

The Esquire guy on who to share ideas with, how to get started and a way to figure out who should get the credit.

The Biggest Lessons Franchisors Learned About Social Media

The franchise world has finally embraced social media. A look at the new services and policies helping the franchise systems work together, plus three tips to build a social fan base.

Bringing on a Business Partner? Avoid This Common Mistake

Having a business partner can be invaluable. Having the wrong--or no--partnership agreements can be disastrous.

Richard Branson on Building an Empire

Richard Branson built his Virgin Group empire attacking niches dominated by legacy companies. Now he's extending his entrepreneurial philosophies to a new market that's out of this world.

'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear

Don't hide behind jargon. Seasoned investors know B.S. when they hear it.

The Startup Success Story Behind the Band of the Day App

The Band of the Day daily music-discovery magazine app lets musicians be seen and heard.

How the Museum of Sex Turned a Nonprofit Snub into an Asset

The entrepreneur behind this unconventional attraction went all the way.

This Tea Company Steeps Its Business in Social Media

Adagio Teas integrates customer feedback into its product development as well as other aspects of its business.

Forget the Phone Book. How to Generate Leads for Local Businesses

These tips will get your local business the online attention it deserves.

SoundHound Creates a Faster, Easier Way to Find Forgotten Song Titles

App sees explosive growth for it's music-recognition service based on simple spoken searches, and even humming.

How Syyn Labs Brings Creative Visions to Life

The boot-strapped production company finds its niche in wild spectacles.

Reinventing the Fast-Casual Dining Scene with Technology

How popular sandwich chain At the Melt is using smartphones, QR codes and kiosks to build a brand.

Geoloqi Makes it Easier to Make Apps Smarter

Startup offers a turnkey platform to add new geolocation functionality to apps and mobile devices.

How One Celeb-centric Startup is Cashing in on the Guided Travel Sector

A look at zozi's online platform that creates short adventure trips not available elsewhere.

RockMelt Revamps the Web Browser for Social Media

How the startup gained a new generation of users for its cloud-based web browser.

An Indie Publisher Brings a Creative Comic Spin to Business Books

How SmarterComics is graphically translating non-fiction books for byte-size appeal.

BeachMint Carves a Retail Niche with Celebrity Appeal

How Myspace veteran Josh Berman and serial entrepreneur Diego Berdakin are using personal recommendations for exclusive merchandise by celebrity design partners.

Orbotix: Where Mobile Apps and the Toy Industry Collide

A startup that invented the world's first smartphone-controlled ball and that's just the beginning.

Tonic Health Brings Fun and Games to Boring Health Forms

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company is using technology to help healthcare providers create more appealing questionnaires.

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