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Driving a Culture of Candor in Business (And How My Therapist Helped)

Max Yoder | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

When Lesson.ly was just a four-person company, team candor drove every element of our success. Each member felt comfortable being frank with the others, providing open and honest feedback, even when that feedback risked bruising an ego. What resulted were better decisions, execution, and output. It was contagious.

Day 7-- Launch Day! #7DayStartup

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

Well today's the day that the last week has been building up to, it's launch day!

INDEX: Award -- Show Me the Money

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Announcement of the INDEX: Award is much more than a loud rally for promoting high-impact and beautifully formed design solutions.

7 Productivity Hacks I Couldn't Live Without

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Raw forces to increase productivity, like putting in more hours or forcing yourself to work harder, aren't good long-term measures to increase the amount of work you produce because they have a tendency to exhaust and frustrate you over time.

The Name Game: Is a Branded Coworking Space Best For Your Business?

Ron Bockstahler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Ron Bockstahler

While some coworking spaces heavily promote their own brand, selling themselves as an exclusive club for "members," others stay in the background and, in some cases, even limit the amount of signage their clients are allowed to display in hallways and other common areas.

The Best Leaders Are Not "Born Leaders"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I have been a team captain for as long as I can remember. It started in my youth in athletics, carried over to student government, and continued on as I started working. I am grateful for these opportunities.

Why Manufacturing Companies Must Embrace Disruptive Change to Survive

Zvonimir Mršić | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Zvonimir Mršić

As always, change is difficult but sometimes necessary. When it comes to the manufacturing sector and other traditional industries, embracing disruptive changes through new partnerships with start-ups may be the most exciting development in decades.

The Small Business Guide to Creating a Perfect Logo

Casey Cavanagh | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Casey Cavanagh

Your logo should reflect your brand's identity and purpose, not just your personal taste and preferences. Relatively speaking, you have a limited space to work with, so each element and attribute -- from the colors to the shape to the text -- needs to serve a specific purpose.

Where New York City Tech Companies Make Their Homes

Aron Susman | Posted 08.26.2015 | New York
Aron Susman

What you will notice is that many tech companies have started moving to Chelsea, the Garment District, and closer to Midtown. Why? Prices in Chelsea are not quite as ridiculous as those in Soho -- $55 and $67 per square foot respectively.

Finally, Some Good News About the California Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Peter Getty

Wine and apps aren't a solution to the bigger problem, but a little optimism during these dry times can't hurt.

The Product Manager vs. Project Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

It was a big day. I was presenting a new product idea to the executive team. After speaking with dozens of customers, the product team knew that we had touched a nerve. This idea would be an excellent way to increase our market share against our competition.

Interview With Lori Zack, Co-Founder at Mattress Startup 4Sleep

Kenny Kline | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Kenny Kline

hough I'm familiar with some of the larger startups and how they operate, I wanted to learn more about the smaller bootstrapped companies just entering the market. That lead me to interview Lori Zack of 4Sleep, a very new mattress company looking to compete with both traditional mattress companies and the very popular mattress startups.

Rock Health's Halle Tecco: The Many Challenges Healthcare Tech Startups Face

John Rampton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
John Rampton

The speed of growth in digital health is faster than growth in traditional healthcare and software in general. As a result, investors have turned their attention to the industry. But, the industry faces serious obstacles as a longstanding industry adjusts to the changes technology will bring.

The One Sign Your Startup Will Make You Rich

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Who is going to be the next unicorn? Everyone always want to know. You hear news stories about them all the time -- these mythical companies that seem to appear from nowhere, bolstered by massive funding rounds.

10 Promises Every Entrepreneur Should Make to Themselves

Murray Newlands | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Murray Newlands

Nobody starts a new project without a few commitments. When you decide to strike out on your own and become your own boss, the only person you can rely on is yourself. Giving yourself the chance to go far with your vision by establishing some ground rules.

Starting a Business With Your Spouse? Define Your Roles and Stick to Them

Nellie Akalp | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Running a business with your significant other creates an incredible sense of teamwork and togetherness that many couples don't get to experience. But don't let anyone fool you: working with your spouse is like riding a roller coaster. It's not for the faint of heart.

Day 2: What's the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Launch?

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

I methodically worked through all features that the product will have, that I'd listed out earlier. I then added more detail for each, and how it would work practically. If possible then I wrote a manual way for this to be done initially; then how it could work automatically later. The point of doing that is that at launch, you don't need to have everything automated.

Startup Insider: How 'The HUB SG' Is Growing the Social Impact Startup Community in Singapore

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Coworking spaces have been popping out all over the world but one brand has been building its presence around the world, the Impact Hub.

Combining Formal & Informal Learning To Change the World

GenDIY | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
GenDIY

Matt Scullin showed up at orientation at Penn and found a table for every engineering major. "And computer science had 30 kids crowded ar...

Startup Insider: How aCommerce CEO Paul Srivorakul Plans to Automate eCommerce in Asia

David Ongchoco | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

The core team of aCommerce is battle-tested, having built three other startups from the ground and successfully exiting all three, their last one being Ensogo, the daily deals site that got acquired by LivingSocial. I got the opportunity to sit down and go behind the scenes with them.

Why It Pays to Charge More

Alex Budak | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

One of the most common questions that comes up among social entrepreneurs in our incubator is how much they should charge for their product or service. The truth is, I'm not qualified to answer that. And, honestly, neither are they.

Josh Speyer, CEO of Aerserv, Looks for Happy, Humble and Hardworking People

Ramon Nuez | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

Josh Speyer is the CEO of Aerserv. And I love a CEO that is focused on the culture of the company he captains. Yes, revenue is an important indicator of the health of a company. But more importantly, the cultural health of an organization is a key indicator of its continued progress.

Dressing in a Suit for Your LinkedIn Picture May Be Hurting Your Chance of Working at a Startup

Quora | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Quora

This won't be a popular answer, but if you are talking about technology startups in Silicon Valley, then the answer is yes, you probably are hurting your chances.

Day 4 -- Building the Website #7DayStartup

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

Another early start today at around 5am. It was a really cold night (4 degrees!) under canvas so I didn't sleep well at all. It probably doesn't help ...

Day 5 -- The Marketing Plan #7DayStartup

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Richard Eaton

On to day 5 which is all about marketing plans, a long 4.5 hour drive, and starting to actually code the product. Staying in the comfort of a B&B, I w...