How to Travel Through 20+ Countries with Free Room and Board

Casey Fenton founded Couchsurfing.org, which connects millions of travelers with free accommodation around the world. (Photo by Alexandra Liss) I met Alexandra Liss on a rainy day last September, outside of one of my favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco. Alex had just returned from six months abroad, traveling through 21 countries for free while …

Always Be Closing: Y Combinator and The Art of the Pitch

NSFW: Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. This film has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The above video was first sent to me by a star EMC sales rep in 2000. EMC was then the 800-pound gorilla of data storage, and I was fresh out of college at my first job. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with …

"The Start-up's Secret Weapon: Contests" or "How to Turn $100K into $12,000,000"

Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify. How did they turn a $100,000 prize into $12,000,000 in transactions? In the world of magazine articles, one of my all-time favorite headlines is “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Meta” from the MIT Technology Review, a feature about billionaire programmer, Charles Simonyi. Charles designed Microsoft Office and is …

Built to Sell — Making Your Company Sellable

Waterfall in Aix-en-Provence, France. (Photo: Mat3270) “Didn’t you write that you believed BrainQUICKEN couldn’t be sold?” The question — a common one — was from writer John Warrillow and for an article in Inc. Magazine. The embarrassing answer was “yes.” In 2005, I had assumed it was impossible to sell my then start-up and, as …

The Land Rush: 48 Hours to Claim $4,000,000 in Prizes

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROMOTION IS OVER. THANKS! Have you ever gone on safari in Africa? Been trained by world champions? Crossed the Atlantic on a 119-foot schooner? Taken a private tour of an Indian archipelago, complete with tigers, crocodiles, and… Miss India? Now you can. Or… if you simply want thousands of dollars of cutting-edge …

The Way of the Dodo — How to Sell 10,000 iPad Cases at $60 Each (and Other Lessons Learned)

DODOcase, one of more than 1,000 businesses created in the last six months, has sold more than 10,000 units at $60 each. From today’s New York Times coverage of the Shopify/4-Hour Workweek build-a-business competition that just ended: To encourage early, positive buzz among Apple iPad buyers, Mr. Dalton [of DODOcase] hired street teams via Craigslist …

The 4-Hour Body is NOW OUT – Live Q&A Today, New Trailer, Free Books, and Much More

Trailer concepted and produced by the amazing Epipheo Studios for Traileo.tv PLEASE NOTE: THE PROMOTION AND THE CONTEST ARE BOTH OVER. THANKS! Today is the day. After three years of work, The 4-Hour Body is available everywhere! I work very hard on my books. My first and previous book, The 4-Hour Workweek, has an 5-star …

Cold Remedy: 18 Real-World Lifestyle Design Case Studies (Now It’s Your Turn)

If not in 2010, then when? (Photo: jphilipson) The video case studies that I asked for in the last post really caught me unprepared. I…am…so happy that it’s hard to put it into words. From Denmark to India, from college students to retirees, from yoga instructors to engineers, the stories poured in. Narrowing them down …