Last Friday night I was sitting in a Chicago hotel room and had just paid $10 to access the internet.

I opened my Gmail and there were about 100 more emails than I was expecting. Our book’s website had an extra 5,000 pageviews and JuniorBiz boasted an extra 2,000 pageviews.

After a few minutes of Sherlock Holmes-ing, I realized that “finance.yahoo.com” had sent a couple thousand people to our sites. It took me all weekend to figure out what happened.

Here’s the down-low on how we got on Yahoo’s homepage, the fourth most popular website in the world.

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Larry and Sergey tried to sell Google for $1 million. Two friends were banned from computers before they started Microsoft. At least three of these companies got started in a garage.

The world’s top 25 brands were started by normal people with extraordinary determination. But, as you’ll see, everything started as nothing.

Find out how your favorite brands rank against each other and discover the incredible stories about how they started.

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Last night I helped a friend start a non-profit because she had no idea where to start. It made me realize that there are lots of people who want to start something but have no idea where to begin.

Before you do anything, you need to know who you are as an organization (mission), what you want to do (vision), and how you’re going to do it (values).

Every major decision you make will be based on this foundation. If you’ve never established your mission, vision, and values, you need to do it now. Let me show you how Google did it.

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You see them everywhere. In coffee shops, hair salons, dentists offices, waiting areas, etc., and you can’t steal them because they’re free!

I always wondered how magazine publishers could leave stacks of their magazines everywhere I went. Now I know. But I’m still curious about how to get them going and what type of money free magazines can make.

I was recently contacted by a couple of 14-year-old magazine publishers from the UK and they helped answer these questions.

Sean Spooner and Louis Porter started Corby Magazine in June 2010 and they’re preparing to release their third issue. In this email interview, Sean walks us through how they got started and how they’ve already turned a profit in four months with their free magazine.

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