Thu.Nov 29, 2012

Recruiting Developers? Create An Awesome Candidate Experience


tl;dr: If you're trying to attract awesome developers, you need to create an awesome candidate experience (CX). Something that makes them go "WOW!". It's like UX -- but for the people interviewing to join your team.

The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?

Pando Daily. PandoMonthly. Video. PandoDigest. About. Search. Share on Twitter. Share on Facebook. Share on LinkedIn. The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed? By Sarah Lacy. On November 28, 2012.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

comScore is announcing something today that I am quite excited about.

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Solving the Pipeline Problem

Startup Lessons Learned

This post was co-written by Sarah Milstein and Eric Ries, co-hosts of The LeanStartup Conference. It’s well-known—and we ourselves have been publicly frustrated —that white men tend to dominate the speaker rosters for tech and entrepreneurship conferences, not to mention the portfolios of many entrepreneurship programs.

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The Perks of Being Picky

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

“The point of running a business is to make money,” an entrepreneur friend of mine tells me. I disagree with him. True, a business needs money to sustain itself, but what’s the point if it’s not enjoyable?

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5 Things Disruptive Start-ups Do Well

Inc Startups

Some entrepreneurs think it's crazy to go after an industry dominated by big players. Not this guy. Lately I've been fascinated by a start-up called Pheed.

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Photo tour of the life of an entrepreneur

Taffy Williams

Every entrepreneur has dreams of great and wonderful things. This is normal and expected. They are highly motivated and dedicated to their technology and can find no flaws at all. They are certain they will be successful and there is no one that can convince them otherwise.

Can Introverts Be Great Entrepreneurs?

Inc Startups

Conventional wisdom suggests you must be bold and outgoing to be successful. Here's why the stereotype doesn't hold up. Stereotypes can be devastating, especially when you apply them to yourself.

The Only Path to Sustainable Growth

Duct Tape Marketing

This post is one in a series of tips for making your small business run better and is sponsored by UPS. UPS is all about logistics — the logistics that makes your business run better and faster.

Whittle Down Your To-Do List. Finally

Inc Startups

Those items at the bottom of the list? You know you'll never get to them, so stop trying--there's a better way to get more done. Working for yourself can seem like working for a lot more people than if you had one employer and one boss.

Free prototypes

Design Staff

By now we all know that successful startups focus on learning about their users — figuring out what features, branding, and messaging resonate and perform best.

6 Reasons Sales Campaigns Fail

Inc Startups

Are you making these six common selling errors? Find out what they are and how to easily avoid them. Why does one sales campaign end in success and another in abject failure. In almost every case, it's because the seller neglected an essential step in the selling process.

How To Use Power Questions To Turn Your Office Holiday Party Into A Career-Boosting Event


by Andrew Sobel, author of “ Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others ”. It’s that very special time of the year when many of us are receiving invitations to our annual office holiday party.

5 Simple Steps for Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization

Duct Tape Marketing

Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Aaron Houghton – Enjoy! Image Credit: Qole Pejorian Flickr CC. Throughout my career I’ve run my own small businesses, consulted with small business owners, and built software for small business users.

5 Tips to Keep Your Home-Based Business Legal

Inc Startups

It's that time of year when people think about starting a new home-based business. Here's how to find the right legal structure and stay-out of trouble. The end of the year is a time when people contemplate starting their own business.

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How microeconomists can improve online marketplaces

Lightspeed Venture Partners

My partner Justin Caldbeck has made a number of investments in two-sided marketplaces, including Sidecar , Grub Hub and Task Rabbit. Living Social has some aspects to this as well. The Economist has a great story on how micro economists are making small changes that improve the functioning and liquidity of online markets. One example is the question of how much detail an online car auctioneer should reveal about the condition of the vehicles on offer.

Why I Never Post Job Openings

Inc Startups

Instead, I give candidates permission to stalk me. Find out what I'm up to, track me down, introduce yourself, let me get to know you. It works. People often ask me how to get a job at my company, User Insight. The truth is, I rarely, if ever, posts available jobs.

[Infographic] The Decline of American Entrepreneurship


We often hear that entrepreneurship in America is alive and well, thanks to the amazing growth in the Valley’s startup scene and (no thanks) to the flagging economy that’s forced many to take up entrepreneurship as a last recourse.

Rule 1: Control Your Emotions

Inc Startups

Change will come. Sometimes it will be unwelcoming, even threatening. There's only one way to get through it. “The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.”


6 Ways Startups Must Match the Pace of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Change is about the only thing constant in the world of startups. Despite their own focus on changing the world, they often forget that they too have to change rapidly and often as the market evolves. Too many find that out too late, and are left chasing a rabbit that is long gone.

Moneyball Design: Why the Research and Data Analysis is Critical to Getting Your Prospects to Convert


136 CMOs were recently asked “What do you see as your biggest opportunity for revenue generation in early 2013?” ” 46% of them said “improving conversions” Excellent. Now that we know where the opportunity lies, how do we go about doing it?

How do serial entrepreneurs such as Kevin Systrom and Jack Dorsey sustain themselves while working on a project that doesn’t yet generate cash-flow?


Unfortunately there is no magic involved here. In the two specific cases you mentioned, one had made money from his previous startups, and the other had paying jobs at Google and Nextstop. Typically serial entrepreneurs are serial because they have successfully exited from Startup One before beginning Startup Two, and they use the first one to fund the second.

America: Home of the Brave (Entrepreneurs)

Inc Startups

The latest GEM assessment showed that American entrepreneurs are the least afraid to start a new business and the most confident in their business skills. When it comes to entrepreneurship, fear is not a factor in the U.S.

Free prototypes

Google Ventures

By now we all know that successful startups focus on learning about their users — figuring out what features, branding, and messaging resonate and perform best. Smart teams invest valuable time designing, building, testing, and iterating their own designs and prototypes based on learning from analytics and user studies. But don’t forget to test your competitors’ products too! Think of them as free, fully functional prototypes.

3 Design Principles to Better Your Business

Inc Startups

Design is now at the forefront of innovation. Does your company have the best design team it can? Check out how the landscape has changed. It’s no secret that smart, beautiful design greatly impacts our daily lives.

NumberRings A New Take On The Calculator For Children


What does a calculator look like to you? Chances are it has a pretty standard form. Lots of buttons, LED screen, maybe a solar panel. Calculators on phones mimic the same style, but on touchscreen devices you have more flexibility with how a calculator should act.

Creatively Kill the Competition: 5 Tips

Inc Startups

Vying to emerge ahead of your rivals? Here's what you need to know


Measuring Front-end Performance With Real Users

Code as Craft

When we published our last performance update , we got a comment about the lack of RUM data for front-end performance from Steve Souders. Steve followed up his comment with a blog post , stating that real users typically experience load times that are twice as slow as your synthetic measurements.

This Star Trek-Inspired Device Could Disrupt Modern Healthcare

Inc Startups

Scanadu, a Silicon Valley start-up, is developing a device that turns your smartphone into a mobile hospital. Perhaps few entrepreneurs in the world today revel in the impossible as much as Walter De Brouwer, the 55-year-old Belgian self-described anarchist with a Ph.D.

Snapchat posts more photos than Instagram

Lightspeed Venture Partners

We seed funded Snapchat , a terrific mobile photo sharing app, back in April when it had less than 200,000 installs. My partner Barry Eggers came across the app when his daughter told him it was one of the three most popular apps at her highschool. The other two were Instagram and Angry Birds. When we met the team and heard their vision and saw how much users loved using the app, we were hooked. The app has grown wildly beyond our expectations.

Inside Obama's Meeting With Entrepreneurs on the Fiscal Cliff

Inc Startups

On Tuesday, President Obama met with 15 entrepreneurs from across the country to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." Here's what happened behind the closed doors. When entrepreneur and Inc.

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Ron Conway

Scott Edward Walker

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we post a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.

How to Turn a Commodity Into a Unique Business

Inc Startups

Here's how one founder turned popcorn--yes, popcorn--into a multi-million dollar company. How can you take a commodity product in an extremely competitive industry and turn it into a multi-million dollar business?

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The worlds largest outsourcer you never heard of

deal architect

Quick, name the outsourcer which comes to market with A $ 140 billion services backlog. A relentless focus on guaranteed performance and improved outcomes for customers, not just standard SLAs or fixed price contracts Deep vertical knowledge in oil and