Entrepreneur is an American magazine and website that carries news stories about entrepreneurship, small business management, and business. The magazine was first published in 1977. [2] [4] It is published by Entrepreneur Media Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California. [5] The magazine publishes 12 issues annually, available through subscription and on newsstands. It is published under license internationally in Mexico, Russia, India, Hungary, the Philippines, South Africa, and others. [6] Its editor-in-chief is Jason Feifer and its owner is Peter Shea. [2]

History

Every year since 1979, Entrepreneur has published a list of its top 500 franchise companies based on a submission and review process. [7] The magazine also published many other lists and awards.

In 1987, the magazine launched its website, Entrepreneur.com, which expanded to include features, contests and other publications and spin-offs. [8] As of 2013, the website received more than 6 million unique visitors each month.

Spin-offs

Entrepreneur publishes the Entrepreneur StartUps magazine, available through subscription and on newsstands. [3]

The magazine publishes a blog managed by a dedicated online staff. [3] It is also published in digital editions through its mobile apps. [3]

In 1999, the website YoungEntrepreneur.com was created as a spin-off of Entrepreneur.com. It is an online forum for young entrepreneurs. [3]

In 2010, Entrepreneur launched the website SecondAct.com, which is targeted towards an older audience. When launched, the site used advertising as its sole source of revenue. [3]

Entrepreneur also publishes books through its Entrepreneur Press division. The company has a backlist of over 200 titles on business and entrepreneurship. [14]

Controversies

In 2006, unusual web traffic measurements led to allegations that Entrepreneur.com used pop-ups to artificially boost its number of readers. [3]

The company has been involved in many lawsuits regarding its trademark on the word 'entrepreneur', suing a wide variety of entities for using the word. [3] The trademark has generally attracted criticism for being on a commonly used word for which there is no substitute, and the aggressiveness with which it is applied has been noted as somewhat ironic; Business Week asked "why would the publisher of Entrepreneur magazine be bullying entrepreneurs?" [3]