Jeff Stibel has been adding his voice more and more to the business world. He’s been published or quoted recently in a variety of publications, including Forbes, Harvard Business Review, American City Business Journals and more. Catch up on all the latest Stibel posts and don’t forget to share your favorites on social media with @Stibel and @DnBb2b.


What  to Do When You’re Asked to Go Get the Coffee – February 2017

Can being humble be better than being smart? Stibel recounts a time he was mistaken for an intern during a meeting with a prominent Venture Capitalist and how he handled the situation.

5 Ways to Be Happier at Work – January 2017

The majority of people are disengaged at work and some even see being unhappy with their job as a badge of honor. But Stibel, like many, thinks life is too short to be unhappy at work. In this post, he offers five ways to be happier with your job, including quitting.

Of Mice and Mentors – October 2016

Mentorship can often be a catalyst for success. Stibel shares how mentors have guided him in his career, and how mentoring is an innate part of the animal kingdom.

How to fund your company in 5 days – June 2016

With the internet expanding and information traveling at high speeds, it becomes increasingly easier to grow one’s business. Jeff Stibel shows us how easy it can be to fund a business with modern technology.

Why I Want a President Who Has Failed – May 2016

With the 2016 presidential election getting closer, the debates and the media can make things confusing. Stibel addresses the questions he feels we should really be asking the candidates, in order to make a more informed decision.

Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Raise Venture Capital — And One Reason You Should – April 2016

As an investor and entrepreneur himself, Stibel knows both sides of venture capital. His advice? Make sure you’ve gone through your other funding options first, before you approach the VCs.

Confidence Is Up Despite A Turbulent Political Season – April 2016

Following results from the Q1 Pepperdine Private Capital Access Survey, done in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet, Stibel weighed in on what’s really threatening small business owners: “The key issue for small business is not economic recession, as most people think. Rather it’s uncertainty. Small business owners will be voting for some semblance of certainty over the next four years.” Tweet This

How Bringing Failure Into Your Workplace Can Maximize Success – March 2016

Dun & Bradstreet Emerging Business’s “Failure Wall” remains a prideful part of its culture. In this article, Sibel uses the failure wall as a prime example of how promoting failure in the workplace can help maximize success.



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​5 Ways You Can Embrace Failure to Achieve Success – January 2017

New year, new you? If you’re looking to achieve success in 2017 (which you undoubtedly are), Stibel recommends getting the most of your failures. With 5 simple tips, he teaches us how to embrace failure to help achieve success.

Why My First Business Failure Taught Me to Never Invest in Ideas – May 2016

Ever had an amazing idea for a business and were sure it would be wildly successful? Stibel recounts his first business venture on The Business Journals and explains how he learned to invest in people, not ideas.

I used a ‘Failure Wall’ to teach me how to succeed – December 2015

While failure is a fear of many, Stibel believes it spurs innovation. He shares how he encouraged failure in his company by creating a “failure wall.” Stibel also explains the importance of failure and how it is crucial to learn from one’s mistakes.

How to build a strong network of customers for your business – July 2015

In order to grow your business, you must first grow your network. Stibel shares his key strategies for creating a strong network of customers and shares his belief that business success is achieved through connections between people and the brand.

How to avoid internet overload (and stop hurting your ability to think) – June 2015

Whether it’s work related or surfing the web, we’ve all been lost in the vast World Wide Web. Stibel shares three ways to avoid internet overload and how to keep a sharp mindset.

Why the best interview is no interview – April 2015

Job interviews often fall into a “question-and-answer” trap that can create a high pressure situation for both parties.  Stibel shares how he avoids this trap by making his interviews with candidates more of a casual interaction and also shares what he looks for in a great interview candidate.


What do Dr. Dre, Steven Spielberg, Larry Page, Jessica Alba, Eminem, and the Kardashians have in common? They are all profiles in failure.  – February 2017

While the world’s most successful people may seem like they rose to the top by their own accord, they actually had at least one friend turned mentor who helped them rise. From Steven Spielberg to the Kardashians, learn how these successful celebrities built their teams and their empires.

Angela Merkel: A Profile in Failure – June 2016

Did you know that in 2015, Time Magazine chose Angela Merkel as Person of the Year? Merkel, who is the chancellor of Germany, is a powerful global leader. However, she was not always on the path to being a politician. Stibel shares the story of Merkel’s rise to political success and outlines the challenges she had to overcome.

Al Gore: A Profile in Failure – May 2016

Stibel shares the great story of Al Gore’s failure to win the presidency in 2000 and Gore’s deep disappointment in himself. He shows how Gore rose from this “crushing loss” and refocused his career.

Jack Ma: A Profile in Failure – March 2016

Did you know Jack Ma’s role model is Forrest Gump? Read how the founder of Alibaba overcame seemingly impossible odds to create one of the most successful companies in the world.

Larry Page: A Profile in Failure – December 2015

Stibel accounts the story of how Larry Page, co-founder of Google, rose to success, and his struggle as CEO. His poor leadership and radical decisions lead him to lose the position, but overtime he learned from his mistakes and became a better leader.

Stephen Hawking: A Profile in failure – October 2015

Stephen Hawking is easily one of the most innovative, influential scientists the world has ever seen. Even Hawking, a wildly successful man, has failed many times on his journey. Stibel shows how Hawking grew from his mistakes and his struggle with ALS.

Michael Jordan: A profile in Failure – September 2015

The legendary basketball player Michael Jordan has a famous quote about failing. Stibel praises Jordan for this and shares how failure can be key to success.

Thanks to Small Business Hiring, U.S. Unemployment Rate Approaches 5% – September 2015

The Great Recession of 2009 caused a peak unemployment rate of 10%. Stibel shows how small business hiring has helped to decrease this rate by half over the past few years.

Stephen King: A Profile in Failure – August 2015

The infamous Stephen King has published countless classics as a successful author, however, before “Carrie,” he also failed many times at holding a job to support his family. Stibel shares how his failures lead him to work harder and become an accomplished writer.

Howard Schultz: A Profile in Failure – July 2015

Stibel accounts the story of how Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, rose to success. Shultz worked hard to achieve his position, however he had to overcome failure in his prime to regain success.

James Dyson: A Profile in Failure – June 2015

Stibel shares the story of Sir James Dyson, one of the richest people in the United Kingdom. This inspirational story shows how Dyson struggled to sell his product, the Ballbarrow, at first, and lost thousands of dollars in the process. With hard work and determination, he gained success.

Lady Gaga: A Profile in Failure – May 2015

With her passion for crazy wardrobes and sensational music, Lady Gaga is one of the most successful women in the modern music industry. Stibel shares her story of rejection and struggle to fame. Although they may seem perfect, pop sensations fail too.

I Broke My Foot and Everything Changed – March 2016

Have you ever broken a bone? Stibel shares the story of how he was treated with immense respect when he broke his foot, from people he would have never expected. He shows how people become kinder when one is hurt and tries to understand why this takes place.

Steven Spielberg: A Profile in Failure – January 2015

Legendary director Steven Spielberg has been “box office gold” since a young age. Stibel shares how even Spielberg, thriving in Hollywood, suffered many failures on his journey to success.

The Science Behind Failure: How It Actually Makes You Smarter – December 2014

Stibel has written countless articles on stars who went from rags to riches and overcame failure to reach success. In this enticing article, he explains how failure helps one become more intelligent and succeed at problem solving.

Oprah Winfrey: A Profile in Failure – December 2014

Oprah is an icon of success. She rose from a childhood in poverty to become one of the most wealthy, influential women in the world. Stibel shares the amazing story of her struggle to success and the many obstacles she had to overcome to make her media empire.

Jeff Bezos: A Profile in Failure – December 2014

Even the most accomplished men have failures. Wildly successful Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon, and one of the wealthiest men on Earth. Stibel shares the story of how Bezos had to overcome many costly mistakes at the start of his company.

Sleep: The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career – November 2014

It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep, especially when you’re loaded with work. Stibel encourages readers to get more rest because it is vital to our health. He also explains how sleep positively impacts one’s work performance.

7 Steps to Effective Communication – November 2014

In a business environment, communication is key to creating relationships and successfully instrumenting presentations. Stibel shares 7 key tools to most effectively communicate, a lesson you won’t learn in school.

President Obama: A Profile in Failure – November 2014

Before Barack Obama was president, he suffered a major loss for his first bid for national office. Stibel shares the story of how Obama took this  failure and turned it into his success.

Richard Branson: A Profile in Failure – October 2014

Stibel shares the wild story of Richard Branson A.K.A. “the rebel billionaire,” and founder of Virgin Group. Branson learned from his failures, including committing serious crimes, and rose to success by taking risks.

Jay-Z: A Profile in Failure – October 2014

Jay-Z is a brilliant artist, businessman, designer and producer, worth $520 million. Stibel uncovers Jay-Z’s tough childhood and the failures he overcame to rise to his success.

J.K. Rowling: A Profile in Failure – October 2014

Did you know that J.K. Rowling was once homeless and contemplated suicide? Even the most successful, influential people have suffered painful hardships. Stibel shares the story of how Rowling overcame depression and wrote the compelling “Harry Potter” book series.

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Why the Falling U.S. Unemployment Rate Matters – November 2014

In 2014, Stibel predicted the unemployment rate would reach 5 percent by July 2015. As the rate began to fall in late 2014, Stibel took a moment to explain what that meant and if it was actually a good indicator of a healthy economy.

To Make a Better Bet, Use Trial and Error – July 2014

Stibel dissects a quote from scientist Freeman Dyson’s TED talk and shows how making mistakes is key to the greatest innovations. He then applies this to business scenarios.

Unemployment Is About to Fall a Lot Faster than Predicted – May 2014

The rate of unemployment has been dropping since the tragic peak of 10 percent back in 2009. Stibel shares his positive prediction that the rate will drop faster than expected and explains how this is possible.

The Logic Behind Facebook’s Recent Moves – February 2014

Stibel digs into a recent Princeton graduate student study that predicted the demise of Facebook. He shows how and why the study is inaccurate and explains how Facebook is creating new ways to market consumers.

Why Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring… and How to Change That – December 2013

Having trouble getting hired? Stibel explains the reasoning for the lack of hiring in small businesses and how small business growth is critical after the great recession.

How Credit-Worthy Is America, Inc.? – November 2013

Stibel gives his perspective on state of credit in the United States. As Vice Chairman of Dun and Bradstreet – a credit reporting bureau – Stibel has a unique perspective on this topic.

Will the Internet Destroy the Stock Market? – August 2013

In 2013, there were countless internet crashes that caused major issues for companies that relied on the web. Stibel explores how problems with the internet can negatively affect the stock market.

Businesses Are Getting Used to the Consistently Inconsistent Economy – May 2013

Stibel explains the difficulty of running a business with an inconsistent economy and the global impact the economy has on business.

America’s Shoddy Education System Is a Business Problem – December 2012

Did you know that the U.S. isn’t even in the top 10 percent of the global population that holds a college degree? Jeff Stibel explains how Dun and Bradstreet is helping employees and their families become fully educated and how the lack of American educational degrees impacts our society.

Is Facebook Too Big to Survive – September 2012

Did you know that in 2007 when Jeff Stibel predicted that Facebook would be more popular than MySpace, his Harvard editors thought he was delusional? Now that Facebook is dominating the internet, Stibel shares his predictions for the social network’s future.

For President, I want the Guy Who’s Failed – August 2012

It’s 2012 and election day is coming up – Stibel shares 4 questions he would ask the candidates that would help him determine the most qualified person to become president.

How to Manage Your Smartest, Strangest Employee – July 2012

Running a successful business requires hard working employees. Stibel recalls his experiences with difficult employees and shares how to help manage internal entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Work-Life Balance – April 2012

Entrepreneurs put their heart into their work. Stibel shares his experience with managing work-from-home policies and the importance of work-life balance.

Why I Hire People Who Fail – December 2011

Stibel shares the importance of failure and why he asks his employees about the mistakes they’ve made in his interviews.

In Praise of Charitable Giving- to Uncle Sam – October 2011

Should we raise taxes on the rich? Stibel shares an interesting approach to this heated question.

On Entrepreneurship, Steve Jobs, and Unashamedly Loving Your Work – October 2011

“Live everyday like it’s your last.” Stibel honors Steve Jobs for his profound work and shares his opinion on being passionate about one’s work.

The Key to a Jobs Plan that Works – September 2011

Stibel believes that small business growth is the key to creating more jobs in America. He shares what we must do in a declining economy to help restore this growth.

Does Standard & Poor’s Deserve a Downgrade? – August 2011

The U.S. is the largest economy within a single national border. Stibel shares his opinion on Standard & Poor’s downgraded rating and how our country is affected by it.

The Simple Way to Avoid Social Media Failures – August 2011

Social media is changing the face of the earth. Once something is published, it’s out there forever; we have to be extra cautious of what we say and do. Stibel explores ways that people have failed through social media and how to avoid similar failures.

Why Bank Bailouts Haven’t Led to Jobs – July 2011

In 2011 it seemed like we were headed into another recession. Stibel explains the importance of jobs in our economy and a solution to the lack of job openings.

Why a Great Individual Is Better Than a Good Team – June 2011

Are great people overrated? Jeff Stibel doesn’t think so. Stibel explains why great individuals are important in the workplace.

Would You Rather be Revolutionary or Evolutionary? – June 2011

Do you know the difference between an evolutionary invention and a revolutionary invention? Stibel explains the difference and importance of each. He explores examples of each and the ways they impact society.

America’s Vanishing Middle Class: A Tale of Two Economies – May 2011

Middle class jobs were declining at an alarming rate in 2011. Stibel shows how most of the new jobs being created were lower class jobs and were not the immense help we needed for our economy.

Talking to Computers, not just Through Computers – February 2011

As new innovations in technology rapidly take place, we must be prepared for what’s next. Stibel believes that not only will we need to know how to communicate through technology, we must understand how to communicate to technology.

Don’t Divest Just Because the Economy Is Rotten – February 2011

In 2011, it was trendy for companies to sell off pieces of their business. Stibel argues that while divestitures are important, they’re not always a good solution.

What Groupon and LivingSocial Cannot Offer – January 2011

Groupons and and gift certificates can be exciting and can help influence consumers to purchase more products. Stibel argues that although these marketing techniques are successful, the quality and value of a product is more important.

How Forethought (Not Intuition) Separates the Good from the Great – October 2010

What distinguishes good from great? Jeff Stibel believes that forethought is the key difference and explains how it very much differs from intuition.

Entrepreneurship as Disease – September 2010

What values describe an entrepreneur? Stibel explains what it means to be an entrepreneur and gives us a taste of what it’s like to live and breathe entrepreneurship.

Avoid Decisions, Avoid Life – August 2010

Avoiding decisions in business can be dangerous. Stibel recounts an old fortune cookie he received and how it’s message pertains to the business world, and to life itself.

The Small Business Case for an Internet Sales Tax – February 2010

Certain tax “loopholes” may provide an advantage for ecommerce businesses. Stibel believes it’s crucial to eliminate such loopholes because they may cause local governments to suffer.

Gillette, Razor Blades, and Creative Destruction – February 2010

Remember Gillette’s then new razor grip product? Stibel contrasts creative destruction with innovation through Gillette’s newest item at the time.

Should a CEO Speak His Mind – January 2010

Our society can be a bit obsessed with icons and idols. Stibel shares what it’s like to be a leader and how all his actions and beliefs are often scrutinized. He explains why obsessions like these occur and what society should focus on instead.

Why Wise Leaders Don’t Know Too Much – December 2009

Is having too much knowledge dangerous? Stibel explains why being too knowledgeable about a subject may not always be beneficial.

When the Internet (Over) Reacts – October 2009

Stibel recounts the story of “Balloon Boy,” how it became an internet sensation, and explains how information can spread at such a rapid speed across the web.

Why the Internet Is So Distracting (And What You Can Do About It) – October 2009

Have you ever found yourself surfing the web for hours? We’ve all been there. Jeff Stibel explains why we are so infatuated with the internet and shares methods for how to minimize the distractions it can bring.

How Small Businesses Win Big in Tough Economies – August 2009

Small businesses consistently fail or go bankrupt in our tough economy. Stibel shares strategic approaches that may help a small business outperform the economy.

Can the Free Market Fix Journalism? – July 2009

Can we trust our journalists in the modern media? Stibel brings up a few journalist’s credibility issues and other media complications.

Are You an Inventor or an Entrepreneur? – June 2009

Successful entrepreneur Jeff Stibel differentiates between what it means to be an entrepreneur and an inventor. Both have different key values and roles, but both must risk failure.

7 Ways to Be Happier at Work – May 2009

When working long, strenuous hours, it may be difficult to maintain a happy attitude. Stibel knows this all too well. Here he shares seven helpful tips to help increase happiness in the workplace.

7 Things This CEO Hates About Business – April 2009

What do you hate about your work? Jeff Stibel is all about business, however, it’s impossible to love every aspect of it. Stibel shares what annoys him most about the business world.

Is a Logo a No-Go? – April 2009

We can all associate major brands with their logos (i.e. McDonald’s golden arches). But are logos still effective? Stibel examines how logos affect a brand’s success.

How to Go Back to the Economic Future – March 2009

It’s 2009. Unemployment is at its peak (10%) and the American economy is devastated. Stibel shares five helpful moves one could take to help improve their economic stance.

Why We Can’t Predict Financial Markets – January 2009

We can predict the weather, and we can predict traffic, but we can’t predict financial markets. Stibel explores why the constantly changing market is too complex to know what’s ahead.

2009 Will Be an Economic Engine for Change – December 2008

In 2008, the economic recession destroyed the American economy, almost as intense as the Great Depression. Stibel believed that in 2009, America would get back on its feet and start its road to economic recovery. He shares how he believes this growth will occur and his economic predictions.

To Discount or Not to Discount – December 2008

In 2008, Black Friday was beyond successful. Stibel was previously against discounting as a business strategy, but his opinion may have been swayed due to the recession and circumstances at the time.

Google’s Secret Weapon: MapReduce – December 2008

Why wasn’t Google concerned about its stock dropping 50 percent in 2008? MapReduce. Stibel explores the excellence of MapReduce and how it helped consumers at the time.

Detroit’s CEOs Drive to Washington- And Take the Low Road – December 2008

Instead of flying on their private jets, three big automaker CEOs drove to D.C. to speak to Congress. Stibel explains why they took this action and if it was the best form of transportation.

Why This CEO Loves Picking Through Garbage – November 2008

“I love garbage,” says Stibel. Jeff Stibel explains the benefits of adopting failing companies and pursuing them.

Your Brain and This Crisis – October 2008

Stibel explains the circumstances at the time of the Great Recession. He is curious to know what will occur and what solutions will be most beneficial.

The Secret to Memorable Marketing – October 2008

“It is more important to have your ad remembered over time, than seen many times.” Stibel explores different marketing approaches that will resonate with consumers.

Google, United Airlines, and Orson Welles – September 2008

Sometimes false stories are released to the media and circulate rapidly. Could this danger occur on platforms other than the internet? Jeff Stibel explains how this could not occur.

A Chrome Lining for Microsoft – September 2008

The new browser, Google Chrome, had just risen to popularity. Stibel explains the importance of the Chrome and how it could change the face of internet platforms.

In a Downturn, Discounts Can Be Dangerous – August 2008

Discounts may seem exciting to receive- who doesn’t want an extra 50 percent off? However, companies may be in danger when using this strategy. Stibel explains why discounting may not be the best approach to attracting more consumers.

Web Marketing’s Darwinian Secrets – August 2008

It’s increasingly more difficult for one to make his or her product stand out with online marketing. Stibel explains the modern complexity of making a memorable advertising campaign.

The Network Behind Facebook – July 2008

In 2008, a whooping 123 million people were using Facebook each month. Stibel explores why Facebook exceeded MySpace’s popularity and what makes the site so spectacular.

CEOs and Cognitive Dissonance – July 2008

Everybody makes mistakes, even CEOs. During the Great Recession, over 125 CEOs lost their jobs. As a CEO himself, Stibel explains this trend and the importance of CEOs.

Not All Viruses Are Bad – July 2008

Computer viruses can be a nightmare; they jump from one machine to the next, damaging important software and information. However, some viruses can be helpful. Stibel explains why some viruses can be part of an essential business strategy.

The Secret to Better Netflix Recommendations… and Better Decision Making – July 2008

It can be disappointing when Netflix recommendations are not up-to-date. Stibel explains a key solution to this issue: the brain.

Networks Don’t Grow Forever- Not Even Social Networks – July 2008

It may seem like the internet holds infinite amounts of information, but there is in fact a limit. Stibel explains why this is through comparisons to brain research.

The Brain Behind Google – June 2008

Google is easily the most popular search engine with over 3.5 billion searches per day. Stibel explains its growing popularity and what’s behind its functions.

The Internet Is a Brain – June 2008

The brain, much like the Internet, is extremely complex. Stibel draws fascinating comparisons between the functions of the brain and the internet.

Print Media and the Effects of a Disruptive Web – August 2009

Stibel discusses the similarities between the brain and the Internet in a compelling interview with Paul Michelman. He shows us how knowledge of brain development has helped him with business success.

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