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13 CEO Lessons of a Unicorn Company

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.23.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta. Okta is an integrated identity management and mobility management service that securely and simply co...

A Simple 10-Item Scorecard to Rate Your Company's Finance Pillar

David Finkel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I want to let you in on a business coaching secret - simple scorecards not only give you meaningful feedback, but more importantly, they automatically...

The One Thing Successful People Don't Make... Excuses

Adrienne Dorison | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Adrienne Dorison

If you're someone who defaults to making excuses, it's time to shift your mindset. No successful leader or entrepreneur makes excuses for their inaction or action gone wrong, they make things happen regardless of the situation or circumstance.

50 Similarities Between the First Few Years of Parenting & Entrepreneurship (And Lessons From Each)

Jenev Caddell | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Jenev Caddell

Even though I opened my first business in 2009 as a psychotherapist, it wasn't until after I had my first child 3.5 years later that I had the courage to go full-time with it.

Women Leaders Speak: Q&A with Sharon Napier, CEO, Partners + Napier

Tania Yuki | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women
Tania Yuki

Named one of Ad Age's most influential women in industry history, Sharon Napier is a lifelong entrepreneur, business expert, and marketing visionary with more than 30 years of experience leading creative agencies.

Is Fear Sabotaging Your Profit?

Paula Kloots | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Paula Kloots

Many entrepreneurs insist that they are not in business to make money. They are in business to share their experience, knowledge and talent. To help others, in their lives. Not to make money let alone profit.

Jeff Woods, Community Evangelist at The Grid, Talks About Not Being Good Enough

Ramon Nuez | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

There is no clear route to becoming a creative. That very same journey becomes even more labor intensive when you strive to become a creative entrepreneur. Woods' struggle with his journey was not based on the lack of talent but on believing his disempowering story... "you're not good enough."

5 Startup Tools to Kickstart Your Growth

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

We are living in an age where there is no shortage of startup and business tools available. It seems that every day someone is launching something tha...

4 Ways to Cater to Your Email Marketing Audience | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business

Email marketing is an essential part of any and all marketing strategies now. It allows you to build relationships, communicate new ideas, generate feedback and also helps you gather important data that could translate into sales and relationships with future prospects.

3 Reasons Why Trump Is Your Better Business Candidate Over Carson

Gene Marks | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Based on what the candidates have said so far in public, it's not so hard to differentiate between the two on business matters. And if you're a Republican voter, it seems like Trump is the better candidate than Carson for your business this primary season.

This Black Woman Is Turning The White Investing World On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business

Try to picture a prototypical tech investor. If you’re in the tech world already or if you watch “Silicon Valley” or read the busine...

5 Reasons Businesses Hesitate to Hire: the Good and the Bad

Marc Prosser | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Marc Prosser

Whether or not to make a hire can be a difficult decision for any business. This is especially tricky for small businesses, where budgets are often tight and the time needed to dedicate to the hiring process is scarce.

6 Ways to Get Your Non-Sales Staff Selling for Your Business

David Finkel | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Too many employees have never made the connection between their role and sales for their company. Not only is it your responsibility to help them connect the dots, but you need to help them see how increasing sales benefits everyone, creating security, opportunity, and stability.

3 "Hidden" Services of a Shared Office

Ron Bockstahler | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Ron Bockstahler

Turn-key offices. Flexible contracts. Unlimited networking opportunities. The social and financial benefits of coworking have been well documented, fueling a rapid expansion that has made Class A office space accessible to freelancers and entrepreneurs.

"Revenue Insecurity" and the Freemium Death Spiral

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

A funny thing happens on the way to building a successful business. At a certain point you actually need customers who can pay you for the product or service that you offer.

How a Really Dumb Promise Turned Into a Company

The Modern Femme Movement | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
The Modern Femme Movement

Once upon a time, I was your everyday mommy blogger. I was at home raising my three boys and I'd tried just about everything I could think of to turn stay-at-home-motherhood into a more intellectual endeavor that pandered to my need to work and create.

Creating a 1-Page Quarterly Action Plan for Your Business

David Finkel | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
David Finkel

As a leader of your company you know it's your job to lead your team and keep the company focused on the right things. In fact, in order to successfu...

Don't Let Your SMB Get Caught With Its Pants Down

Jason Glassberg | Posted 09.18.2015 | Technology
Jason Glassberg

The hack of has been a wakeup call to many Americans that there's no such thing as a "safe" secret on the web -- but it should also be a wake-up call to another important group: the 28 million small businesses scattered across the U.S.

How Employee Engagement Benefits Your Bottom Line

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

You've heard it time and time again. The best way to attract customers is by engaging them. What happens, though, when you engage your employees? Does this bring benefits to your bottom line?

Do You Know Your Why?

Alex Pirouz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

In his famous TED Talk, 'Start With Why', Simon Sinek puts it perfectly that, people don't buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it. "Yes, but what if I don't know my 'WHY'?" This is a question I am often asked - especially from those I mentor belonging to the younger generation.

Know Your Social Media ROI

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

Social media can be a boon to your business, but finding your particular path to success can be filled with roadblocks and detours.

Competition Killed My Business and I Loved It

The Modern Femme Movement | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
The Modern Femme Movement

A funny thing happened while I was on my way to success, I realized that no one would ever be able to do EXACTLY what I do and vice-versa. That idea was a game-changer. I no longer had to be afraid of anyone in my industry and in-fact, making them allies was going to grow my network a thousand fold now that I was clear on WHO I was in business.

Confessions of Venture Capitalists: How to Milk a Unicorn

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Those who wonder what the hell is going on with the accelerating number of startups getting billion-dollar valuations and above, please raise MY hand.

Are You an Asset... or a Liability?

Adria DeCorte | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Adria DeCorte

I became a workaholic the moment I left my career as an applied plant scientist for the government to go out on my own. My passion for building my own business finally had full reign.

Fewer, Bigger, Better: A Lesson in Time Management

David Simnick | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
David Simnick

I often make the analogy that starting a company is like being a Roomba (that robot vacuum that zooms across your floors), because the robot often hits the walls and has to course-correct constantly to achieve its cleaning objective.