Category: Startup Insider

How and Why to Offer Words of Encouragement

This story first appeared in the October issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Encouragement. It sounds like such a small thing. Subtle. Cute. It’s what we do with timid kittens. But encouragement isn’t cute—it’s fraught and powerful. When you’re encouraging, you’re instilling courage. That’s huge. And that’s hard. And it’s…

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Becoming a Mentor

Mentorship is a theme across civilizations and cultures because it’s critical to leadership growth. The mentor / mentee relationship is prevalent in books (Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins), movies (Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi) and comics (Batman and Robin). It’s also a big part of business and of being an entrepreneur. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack…

Square Finally Files for an IPO

Square, the popular electronic payments company, filed its public documents for an initial public offering on Wednesday after doing so confidentially earlier this summer. The San Francisco-based company, founded and led by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, said that it plans to raise $275 million, although that’s likely a placeholder figure that will later be increased. It plans to…