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There’s no definitive formula for success. However, as entrepreneurs, we don’t really need a formula.

We can stand on the shoulders of giants. We don’t need to guess or try to figure out our path to success from complete scratch. We can look to the successful entrepreneurs out there and emulate their habits, common qualities and characteristics.

Here are the six common qualities I’ve found among the entrepreneurs I try to model myself after. This isn’t the definitive list nor the only important qualities. These are just the ones I think you can take the most away from right now. With each quality, I’ll show you a successful entrepreneur that possesses it and how you emulate them and apply that quality today.


An ongoing debate around encryption, privacy and crime is set to be stoked further with the latest announcement from Five Eyes.

In 2016, the FBI successfully broke into the iPhone of the San Bernardino mass shooter, which sparked a heated conversation around the right to privacy and law enforcement’s need for information to apprehend criminals. Encryption of devices and apps is a major talking point on both sides.

The conflict between encryption and law enforcement has remained in the news ever since and the latest meeting between the Five Eyes member countries will ensure this continues. Government representatives from the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand met in Australia last week to discuss cybersecurity and counter-terrorism strategy.


According to a new whitepaper from Plusnet called ‘How the future will influence retail’, in the not so distant future, consumers will shop till they drop using virtual reality (VR) from the comfort of their own homes. The report, which gathers experts from a wide range of sectors makes detailed predictions about how things such as the Internet of Things (IOT), ecommerce, AI, geolocation and web design will change and evolve. The report highlights seven key areas that startups and small businesses should be concentrating on to engage with future changes and keep ahead of their competitors.


Adobe have today announced they’re acquiring Magento for $1.68 billion. Brad Rencher, Adobe’s Executive VP of Adobe Digital Marketing business, announced the purchase over on Twitter, and via a blog post:

“Combined with Adobe Experience Cloud, the Magento Commerce Cloud will bring digital commerce, order management and business intelligence to enable both B2B and B2C shopping experiences across the customer journey.”

This is good news for Adobe, and fairly good news for Magento who were on a fairly strange path, but brings a little uncertainty to Magento customers in the short term. Switching from Permira Holdings LLP, the private equity firm who picked up Magento from Ebay, to Adobe means some customers may wonder whether they’ll be locked into using Adobe’s marketing cloud at some stage in the future.


Starting in July, Google Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure,” according to a blog post published today by Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter. Chrome currently displays a neutral information icon, but starting with version 68, the browser will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar. Chrome currently marks HTTPS-encrypted sites with a green lock icon and “Secure” sign.

Google has been nudging users away from unencrypted sites for years, but this is the most forceful nudge yet. Google search began down-ranking unencrypted sites in 2015, and the following year, the Chrome team instituted a similar warning for unencrypted password fields.