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5 Signs You Are a Expert Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Leading a product team is invigorating. As the CEO of the product, the product manager has one of the best jobs in the company as well as one of the hardest.

Starting Over and Starting Up with Thrive

Jennifer Taormina | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Jennifer Taormina

7%. What does that number represent? It represents the percentage of investor money given to women-led startups.* I want to put a spin on this stor...

When It Comes to Startup Numbers, Be Reasonable & Reasoned, Not Right

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Dear Professor Investor, I've been working at an idea for a few months and it's now time for me to find out information (numbers) on potential market...

Startup Trends: the Future of eCommerce Is Social

Jose Vasquez | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

For most emerging startups selling products (and sometimes services), building an online eCommerce platform is a critical first step.

A Guide to Picking the Right Coworking Space for Your Startup in New York

Nina Tomaro | Posted 07.30.2015 | New York
Nina Tomaro

The coworking transition is taking over, and New York has become one of the top global hubs for these types of spaces with 85+ shared work spaces according to one source.

What Makes a Company Culture Great?

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Culture. It is probably a term you hear often -- and I believe that it is one worth discussing. Clearly, we want more than just a job -- we want mor...

How to Never Forget Your WHY

Saudia Davis | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Saudia Davis

As many entrepreneurs, I find myself binge watching TED Talk videos. They are quick bites of inspiring "ideas worth sharing" that are perfect for the busy entrepreneur. One TED Talk I always recommend for small business owners is by Simon Sinek.

Brothers Start Thriving Phone Case Business During College

Nadine Cheung | Posted 07.30.2015 | Small Business

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

More Than an Internship -- Realizations From the Month I Spent at Asia's No. 1 Startup Accelerator

David Ongchoco | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

My internship at JFDI Asia allowed me to truly understand what life is like as an entrepreneur. It's hard. It's challenging. There are so many ups and downs. You'll work harder than you ever have. You'll struggle. You'll get rejected. You'll face competition. You'll fail.

Book Review: Uncommon Stock and the Literary Hat Trick

Jeremy Shure | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Jeremy Shure

Like many, I was glued to my television a few weeks ago when Carli Lloyd's hat trick lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to their first World C...

4 Ways Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Failure at some point in your product career is inevitable. When it happens, your first instinct may be to run and hide out rather than face your mistake. Or worse, maybe you are starting to point a finger at others. But you are better than that -- and there is too much at stake.

The Tech Industry is Only Successful Because it Mastered Hiring

Imriel Morgan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Imriel Morgan

Tech has managed to make major strides in attracting and retaining some of the best talent. The industry offers autonomy and accountability which are powerful motivators for accepting a role. Why are larger and more established companies failing to replicate this and attract the best themselves?

The United Countries of America: What it's Really Like to Start a Business in the U.S.

Fred Schebesta | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Fred Schebesta

As an Australian entrepreneur who is hitting the ground, learning the ins and outs of doing business in America, I've learned that the U.S. is a much more fragmented country than it appears.

This Product Manager Feared Customers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

If you want to be a great product manager, you must never avoid customers. The good ones and the rough ones. Here is how to conquer your fear and get back in the game.

Storytelling -- Beyond the Buzz

Donna Griffit | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

Storytelling - it seems to be one of the hottest buzz words today. Everyone is saying that you must know how to be a good storyteller - but does anyone really know what that means?

Burn, Baby, Burnout

Lisa Messenger | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Lisa Messenger

Just because you can survive working 24/7 at warp speed doesn't mean you can thrive at that pace forever. Check in with yourself constantly, recover consistently, and learn these lessons from me to avoid total wipeout.

Why Kanban Is Never Enough for Product Development

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.28.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

There is a growing trend. I hear about it on a daily basis. Product teams implementing Kanban style boards to speed up innovation and improve their development process. But many of them quickly realize they have made a mistake.

Why Turning to Mindfulness Helped Me Better Focus in My Business and Family

Lisa Froelings | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Froelings

In a world where we're constantly grinding and chasing success, things can become very exhausting. In our quest for success and freedom and liberty, we often get trapped with the whole process and find ourselves losing all the energy and motivation in between.

Should Your Startup Take Investor Money?

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Accepting investment money is a lot like getting married: you had better be prepared to live with each other for years, be ready to make their priorities your priorities and, most of all, respect their opinion and input.

Part 2 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Steve Weinstein and Venk Shukla

Steve Blank | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic, former program director for the National Scien...

10 Reasons for Startups to Be Wary of Outsourcing

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

These days, it is almost impossible to find a small business where everything is done at the home location, by full-time employees. We are in the age of outsourcing. These approaches allow your startup to grow more rapidly, save costs, but costly mistakes can lead to business failure.

5 Assumptions Every Entrepreneur Should Challenge

Jose Vasquez | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Assumptions are useful tools for planning, in startups and almost every other area of life. It's impossible to know everything, so we use assumptions as patchwork to complete the range of our expectations and suppositions.

How Gratitude Can Super-Charge Your Success

Denise Gosnell | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Denise Gosnell

Your attitude about your life and how much gratitude you show on a daily basis can greatly impact your success. In fact, the more grateful you are for what you already have (however minimal it may be), the faster you can achieve the success that you are looking for.

When Was the Last Time You Wrote Someone a Handwritten Note?

Ramon Nuez | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Ramon Nuez

It's no wonder why very few people are sending thank-you notes. But the inefficiency of this process is kind of the point.

Young and Entrepreneurial: How Former Consultants Turned Startup Founders Will and Fei Are Tackling the Quarter Life Crisis

David Ongchoco | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

You can call them the hipsters, the millennials, the crazy ones, the ex-consultants, the immigrants but the Quarter Life Crisis (QLC) team has found a problem they want to solve.