Scott Gerber

Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Follow Scott on Google+.

Recent Articles Published by Scott Gerber


Thinking About Buying a Franchise? Consider These Pros and Cons

Like any other business, there’s a lot to consider when purchasing a franchise. Does starting your own business yield more long-term rewards, or is buying a franchise a better choice? To find out, we asked eight founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) their thoughts on the subject. Here are their answers are below. Q: I’m thinking about buying a franchise.... Read more »


How Much Should You Pay Yourself?

It’s your company—and you’re the one who has the most at risk, financially and otherwise, if it fails. But you’re also in the unique position of setting the tone for what will hopefully be a thriving business. The question is, how do you decide what your own salary should be? We asked 12 founders from the Young... Read more »


10 Ideas for Winning Back Unhappy Customers

What do you do when a customer threatens to leave your product or service? Some companies don’t respond at all, while others reply with an exit survey. But for early-stage companies, trying to win them back—and learn from their feedback—is often a better strategy. To learn what works best, we asked 10 founders the following: What is one... Read more »


12 Tips for Choosing Effective KPIs

With the ease of data collection in today’s technological landscape, it’s easy to get bogged down in performance metrics. But "more numbers" doesn’t always translate into a better understanding of what your company needs. Read more »


13 Creative Customer Support Tactics That Really Work

When it comes to customer support, doing the little things can go a long way. But how do you keep it simple and cast a rippling effect? Read more »


9 Creative Ways to Finance a New Product-Based Business

When launching a new product, getting the right funding is key. But other than traditional sources, like loans, venture capital, and angel investments, how can you get the cash you need to grow? Some people would say, “Easy—crowdfunding.” But that’s just the tip of the creativity iceberg. We asked nine company founders the following question: What is one creative... Read more »


11 Things Only Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Business

There are certain things that parents are uniquely equipped to teach their children. Most of those things, of course, are not about business. Yet, many of them can be applied to the working world. Below, eleven entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share lessons they plan to teach their kids, and/or lessons they learned best from their parents.   1. Never Quit As entrepreneurs, we face the highest of highs... Read more »


13 Ways to Surprise and Delight Your Customers Today

From handwritten notes to just-baked cookies, a simple gesture can go a long way toward shoring up customer loyalty in a competitive marketplace. Even just a quick phone call can do more to earn your customers’ long-term trust than any coupon or discount code—really. To find out which methods have been most effective for my... Read more »


9 Unexpected Ways a Lawyer Can Help Your Startup

We asked nine company founders what unexpected things they found themselves needing lawyers for in the early stages of their startups. Here's what they had to say. Read more »


8 Ways to Account for Different Learning Styles Among Employees

Not all people learn the same way. Neither do your employees. In order to run the best company possible, it's important to understand how your employees learn and work. Read more »