Wed.Feb 22, 2012

Recruit Top Talent Before and While Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ). Hiring is an ongoing endeavor. You know you’re doing it right (at least partially) when you’re always doing it, even if you’re not actively trying to fill roles. One of the CEO’s main jobs should be recruiting top talent. Unfortunately, most CEOs don’t put enough systematic effort into recruiting and it falls to the wayside. Then when panic strikes and you desperately need 3 top developers “yesterday”, you’re screwed.

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Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their VCs


Note: This is intended be a light-hearted piece that hits just close enough on some counts to (hopefully) be funny. Please don't take it too seriously. (Oh, Oh, and for the record, I've actually said more than one of these things myself). Things Entrepreneurs Never Confess To Their Investors.

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Whatever the question, “create” is the answer

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Rosie in the kitchen, solving all the world’s problems with a paintbrush. The night before the Grammys, host LL Cool J was interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN.

7 Stages of the Content Hourglass

Duct Tape Marketing

7 Stages of the Content Hourglass This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. The need to produce content in marketing has grown so foundational that you can’t really get through a day without hearing about it, reading about it and perhaps stressing out about it.

How to find great participants for your user study

Google Ventures

“It’s too hard to find users for usability tests.” Startups often point to recruiting users as one of the biggest reasons they’re not regularly talking to their users. The process can seem mysterious and time-consuming; just a big hassle. But it’s actually pretty simple and straightforward when you know how. Follow the steps below and you’ll soon have people to give you the feedback you need to improve your product, reduce risk, and save you time in the long run. Don’t wait.

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8 Keys for Work at Home Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Working your own hours in your pajamas whenever you feel like it and never having to leave your house – and being paid for it – sounds pretty fantastic to most people! Unfortunately, working from home is not necessarily all that simple. Sure, there is the advantage of forever avoiding rush hour traffic, but there


Design Staff ? How to find great participants for your user study

Design Staff

It's too hard to find users for usability tests. Startups often point to recruiting users as one of the biggest reasons they're not regularly talking to their users. The process can seem mysterious and time-consuming; just a big

9 Things You Should Never Ask Employees to Do

Inc Startups

Kill the post-work social events -- among other things -- that might be rubbing your staff the wrong way. You’re the boss. You have the power. Awesome. Just don’t use your power to do things like this: Pressure employees to attend “social” events. Any time your employees are with people they work with, it’s like they’re at work. Worst case, whatever happens there doesn’t stay there; it comes back to work.

Collaborative Consumption is Creative

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

I don’t plug a lot of videos on this blog — how many video’s are all that relevant to creativity and innovation? This is the exception, I have one I’d really like you to watch, after you read this Jay Leno style “set up” Growing up in anti-communist America the world was black and white. [.].

NextView Ethos – Tribe

Genuine VC

When we started NextView Ventures, we deliberately took time during our first offsite together to define a shared sense of “Ethos” which we are going to use as guiding principles in building our firm.

The Customer Is Not Always Right

Inc Startups

In some rare cases it may become necessary to fire a customer that disrespects your team. In those cases, show your team that you have their backs. I know some of you who just read this headline are clutching your proverbial pearls, especially if you’re in the business of serving customers. And really, we’re all in the business of serving our customers, so I don’t really believe this headline, either … for the most part. Let me explain.

Stick to "Clean Business"

Babbling VC

This is the opening scene as well as "outro" of Nicolas Cage's film "Lord of War". I'm not going to write much! I'm not going to get political about the movie either. It's a great film to see how the dirty side of business works. Watch this opening scene.amazing. Highly recommend the movie too.


Inside Chicago's Start-up High School

Inc Startups

How an unusual inner-city charter school plans to groom the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. If you think the next generation of start-up founders will hail from Stanford, Harvard, or some other university cranking out MBAs, you might want to expand your thinking.

Secrets to Select and Evaluate Innovative Business Ideas

crowdSPRING Blog

While browsing the web I came across this useful guideline for selecting and evaluating business ideas made by the Board of Innovation. Very useful for when you have several solutions to solve a problem or create a new business and you want to avoid innovative ideas from falling to the cracks.

It’s Time to Shutter Your Facebook Shop

Inc Startups

So much for so-called f-commerce. Four reasons why Facebook users aren't buying. You'd think that Facebook would be a natural place for companies to sell their products and services. After all, the company claims far more than 800 million active users. But such big companies as Gamestop, J.C. Penney, Gap, and Nordstrom have all shut down their Facebook stores , according to Bloomberg. Gamestop says that customers had no reason to shop via Facebook rather than go to the company's own website.

Just Say No


Just Say No. An OnlyOnce reader submitted this story to me a couple months ago: Went to a small, high-end restaurant last night. There were ~10 people there when our party of 9 arrived. Another group of 10 arrived soon after – amusingly, the chef declined to allow them to be seated. I asked him why afterwards – he turned down at least $1,000 worth of business. like 30% of what he could have made that night).

Join a Gym, Be a Better Boss?

Inc Startups

A new study offers another reason to break a sweat that's specifically relevant to entrepreneurs: You're less likely to be a jerk to your employees. There is no shortage of reasons to exercise.

SEC Adopts Private Fund Risk Reporting

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Late in 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted Rule 204(b)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the "Advisers Act"). The new rule will require SEC-registered advisers with at least $150 million in assets under management attributable to private funds to report certain information to the SEC on newly created Form PF

Report: Black Women Make Great Leaders

Inc Startups

A new study finds assertive black women leaders are viewed positively while just as assertive white women in the same roles are viewed negatively. When comparing leadership styles , it’s often been proven that men who are more assertive are viewed positively, while women who exhibit dominant behavior are viewed negatively. But what happens when you add race to the equation? Does the perception of leadership styles between men and women remain the same?

My 3 Most Important Lessons Learned in Business School

Rob Go

My Three Most Important Lessons Learned at Harvard Business School. Business school sometimes get a bad rap in the startup world. Some of it is deserved – it’s big opportunity cost, and until fairly recently, the approach to most business schools to entrepreneurship has been more about theory than practice. Thankfully this is changing.

Hiring a Leader? Vet How She Treats Subordinates

Inc Startups

We all know senior-level employees who talk up to the boss, but down to staffers. Don't hire them. Sometimes you know in an instant that you are definitely not welcome. It happened to me not too long ago. Two employees to whom I was speaking stopped talking as soon as their boss entered the room.

Today I’ll be at my favorite event #startupriot

Jeff Hilimire

Startup Riot is my favorite event ever year, bar none. I’ve been to SXSW , I’ve been to CES , and a slew of others, and for me nothing compares to Startup Riot. First off, @sanjay runs a great event, which is not an easy thing to do.

Buying a Coffee Shop? Do This First

Inc Startups

If you're thinking about pursuing an entrepreneurial dream, do this mental exercise to make sure you've got the passion to make it work. A friend of mine bought a coffee shop. It was his dream. Now he owns a dream–but alas, a dream is not always a business. Nor is it even, for him, a passion. And as you might imagine, the dream of owning a coffee shop and the business of running one are very different. What’s the difference between a dream and a passion?

Dilemmas of Being in Business #10: The Gangrene Effect

Active Garage

A startup company in Houston is facing a crisis. Their top thinker and engineer, Jason, isn’t contributing to the project the way he used to.

It Shouldn't Take a Genius to Understand You

Inc Startups

So, you're smart. But stop it already with the inflated vocabulary. To make the biggest impact, take a cue from the simplicity of Apple's branding and ditch the big words. I'm Bill Gates. Takes a genius to understand me." —Rapper Flo Rida in Good Feeling I hear that song on the radio and cringe. Flo Rida's lyrics suggest it's a good thing that it takes a genius to understand him—that complexity makes him, in fact, a genius.

5 Apps You Can Use To Customize Your Facebook Timeline


Social networking giant Facebook launched Facebook Timeline last December as a new way for people to share their (entire) lives online. Perhaps people are just resistant to any kind of change; there are entire Facebook groups dedicated to sharing their hate for Timeline.

4 Lin-sane Leadership Lessons

Inc Startups

In business terms, Jeremy Lin is the underdog that took on the 800 pound gorilla and won. Here's what entrepreneurs can learn from him. Lin-sanity, they call it. On Sunday, February 20, the Knicks played the defending-champion Dallas Mavericks. Jeremy Lin was again on fire, scoring 28 points with 14 assists and five steals, and leading the Knicks to a 104 to 97 win.

Brave new world…


Think about what role the mobile operator has been playing to-date: They own a pipe to transmit information (voice + data). They own a touch point to the customer (and hence impact the choices I make). They own a mechanism to charge the customer - either stored value or monthly billing. Long-term which of these will be critical? continued here…). General Ideas & Companies apps mobile operator smartphones venturadventurs

6 Ways to Find A Technical Co-Founder

Inc Startups

Don't just sit there while the clock is ticking on your business idea. Go where the nerds are. Almost everywhere you look, the barriers to starting a company are falling. Seed funding is easier to come by, startup costs are lower than ever, markets have never been more open. However, the technical skills required to execute the next groundbreaking idea are more in demand than ever before. If you are an entrepreneurial engineer, the world is yours for the taking.

What does the price of gas have to do with your business?

Up and Running

This week, the national average price for a gallon of gas hit $3.57, according to an article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Prices are expected to reach $4 per gallon by April, and may surpass the previous all-time national average high of $4.11 (July, 2008). High gas prices don’t just have an impact on our personal driving habits. What do you think they mean for your business? Take the poll and share suggestions for minimizing the damage in the comments section below.

Outsmart Your Competitors Every Time

Inc Startups

How to leveraged a low-cost structure into a strategic growth plan focused on low-risk, low-cost acquisitions. If you could get the jump on your competition, would you? Of course you would.

Mobile Acceleration Week Debuts In Finland


Editor's note: This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Microsoft Finland. You can read the other posts over here.

Corporate Tax Overhaul: What it Means for Small Business

Inc Startups

President Obama and the Treasury Department proposed a major overhaul to the corporate tax rate. Here's what it means for small business. A New Platform For Interactive Presentations


Presentation technology is ripe for disruption. Current presentation tools are barely a step above the overhead projectors seen in classrooms since the beginning of time. Slides move on and off the page, and sometimes you make your text "appear" or "wipe right" if you're feeling adventurous.