Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights:
Anyone who owns an Apple product can attest to the fact that Steve Jobs was an expert innovator and leader. But while many people are quick to commend his achievements in technology, they fail to realize the way he transformed business. Kevin Delvin, co-author of Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years, breaks down Jobs’ accomplishments—including the ones that went unnoticed.
Replacing appliances and electronics can easily fall to the end of your to-do list (or off of it). After all, who wants to spend money on a new tool when the one they have isn’t necessarily broken? That’s what Ramon Ray thought prior to replacing his five-year-old vacuum cleaner. Lesson learned? It’s important to be timely, especially when it comes to replacing your technology.
According to strategic advisor Peter Bregman, people are interrupted an average of four times an hour during work. Combine that with an incessant influx of e-mails and the nonstop distraction of social media, and you’re left with a heaping pile of work waiting to get done. Guy Kawasaki breaks down Bregman’s tips for getting rid of the clutter, and getting back to business.
The holiday shopping season is rapidly approaching—and there’s no better time to attract new customers and boost sales. Not sure where to start? American Express is here to help. Simply visit facebook.com/shopsmall to find free, easy-to-use marketing toolkits covering all of the essentials. (And don’t forget to support your local businesses on Nov. 26.)
When you’re brainstorming ways to cut costs, strategies used at operations run by 20-something entrepreneurs may not be the first solution that comes to mind. But if you think about it, these are the companies that came to life during one of the toughest times. If there’s anyone who knows how to pinch pennies, it’s these guys.