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Why Meritocracy Doesn’t Work

Grasshopper Herder

The anti-diversity manifesto written by a mystery Googler has put a spotlight on diversity efforts in the tech industry. Anti-diversity proponents say that meritocracy justifies the lack of diversity in tech. But the real question is: Does meritocracy work?

You adapt, or you adopt, or you die

Steve Blank

I was in Boston and stopped by the Harvard Business Review for their IdeaCast podcast. I shared my current thinking about innovation in companies and government agencies. The interviewer, Curt Nickisch was great and managed to get me to summarize several years of learning in one podcast. He even got me to tell my Steve Jobs interview story. It’s worth a listen. Listen to the entire interview here : Or listen to just parts of the interview: 3:29 Entrepreneurs make their own luck.

Greed Isn’t Good

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. Greed is not good. There is a fine line between the profit motive and greed. I am a firm believer in the profit motive.

6 Situations Where A Business Plan Does Not Add Value

Startup Professionals Musings

Writing a business plan is hard work, so I get lots of pushback from prospective new venture founders that it’s just a waste of their valuable time in this rapidly changing environment. They all claim to have the plan in their head, and writing it down will only slow down their success.

Server Rooms And The Importance Of Staying Cool


Professionals working with computers are constantly aware of the challenges associated with maintaining these servers and keeping them cool at all times. Sometimes even the most experienced professionals have a hard time.

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The #1 Mistake That Entrepreneurs Continue To Make And How To Avoid It


by Bryan Miles, CEO and co-founder of BELAY. Entrepreneurs are an interesting bunch.

6 Traits to Look for When Choosing a Business Partner

Up and Running

When you’re passionate about something and deeply committed to seeing it succeed, it can be hard to share control. However, you’ve probably already realized that when it comes to launching your new business, the “if you want it done right, do it yourself” approach can only get you so far.

Evolving our investment strategy

The Equity Kicker

This is a long post (1,900 words). For those of you who are time poor here’s the tltr: Forward Partners operates a focused investment strategy because it helps us make better investment decisions and provide better support to our companies.

18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Quote


André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” Quotes are an important part of motivation, though many of them are repeats of another turn of phrase.

7 Tips On Following The Triple Bottom Line To Success

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s always been tough to start a new business, even when the bottom line was just making a profit to stay alive. A few years ago, a second focus of sustainability (“green”) was added as a requirement for respectability. Now I almost always hear a third mandate - social responsibility.

Tianyi Joe Zhu, Entrepreneur and Startup Advocate

The Startup Magazine

Here at The Startup Magazine , we don’t typically “do” press releases, but occasionally an item comes to us that warrants including it in the magazine.

5 User Pitfalls to Avoid

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: David Parmelee, Digital Strategy Consultant. As Marc Wendell described in a Product Mentor video, the foundation of success in both product management and user experience (UX) is solving a problem for a specific user.

Founders Should Set Aside More Equity for Their Team & “Split the Pain” With Investors

Hunter Walker

As you can see, Weekend VC Twitter gets pretty wild and crazy!!!! But employee option pool is important enough that I wanted to briefly expand upon my comment above.

7 Keys To Building Good Habits And Happiness At Work

Startup Professionals Musings

Are you one of those people who believe that happiness at work is an oxymoron? If so, maybe it’s time to rethink your perspective, and perhaps start enjoying work for a change.

How to win the SEO game when you don’t have time to play it

The Next Web

SEO — or search engine optimization — is, like many things, too often taken for granted. The subtle nuances of SEO are often ignored with businesses all over the world incorrectly choosing to ignore SEO opportunities on a regular basis.

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12 Rules for Building Your Product Management Playbook

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Building Your Product Management Playbook”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! View the live stream….

5 Habits That Kill Your Productivity

YFS Magazine

You may have picked up a few habits that make productivity an uphill battle. Here's a list of 5 common habits to break asap and boost your productivity. Lifestyle health and wellness lifestyle personal development productivity

7 Ways To Take The Lead In Building A Personal Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

In this age of information overload, success is all about building a brand that stands out above the competition. Whether you are focused on your professional career, or starting your own company, YOU are the first or only brand that anyone will see and remember.

An Open Approach To Big Data – Driving Transformative Change In The Pharmaceuticals Sector


by Jason Bissell and Calvin Hoon, Talend. Big pharma has long focused on the lucrative business of drug development, supported by armies of sales people deployed to persuade physicians to choose its medicines. But emerging digital technologies are reshaping the landscape.

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Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free

Inc Startups

Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.

Oracle Cloud Apps 13: A pivot point?

deal architect

Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13 – its bi-annual cloud applications release – announced this week solidifies the company’s position as the industry’s broadest suite – across ERP, HCM, CRM and SCM domains. Oracle has been at work on this for. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Success

Duct Tape Marketing

An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Success written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Landon Ray. Podcast Transcript.

Five Key Tasks A Small Business Owner Should Never Delegate — And What Tasks They Should


by Rich Allen, author of “ The Ultimate Business Tune Up: A Simple Yet Powerful Business Model That Will Transform the Lives of Small Business Owners “. One of the key challenges facing Small Business Owners (SBOs) is what to delegate and what to manage.

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Google Spent Years Studying Effective Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things

Inc Startups

The transition to management requires a transformation of thought. How to Hire the Best

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training! When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. What I also often find is inexperience.

3 Key Factors for Evaluating the Potential of a Market Opportunity

Where to Play

The post 3 Key Factors for Evaluating the Potential of a Market Opportunity appeared first on Market Opportunity Navigator. Is This Opportunity Worth Pursuing?

Dealing With Recruiters: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


by James G. Ward, MA, PCC, author of “ New Directions: Successful Strategies for Career, the Workplace, and Personal Growth “. This Spaghetti Western starring Clint E ast wood could very well have been an expose of the world of executive recruiters.

Top UK Influencer Oliver Isaacs Reveals What it Takes to Go Viral

Inc Startups

He gets 100-million impressions per month on his social pages.

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5 ways sentiment analysis can boost your business

The Next Web

If someone was talking about you, would you bother to find out what they were saying? It could be yes or no for you. However, for businesses, there’s only one option — it’s always a ‘yes.’ They need to know what the consumers are saying about their brand.

The New Polymaththe seven year itch

deal architect

John Wiley released The New Polymath seven summers ago. Lots of readers tell me it is my best book. It inspired them as executives to build multi-disciplinary teams and multi-faceted products. Modern and ancient polymaths I described have inspired other. Industry Commentary

8 Ways to Make Better Live Videos on Social Media

Duct Tape Marketing

8 Ways to Make Better Live Videos on Social Media written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As many small business owners can tell you, it can be a significant challenge to get noticed on social media and begin building relationships and brand authority.

7 Work-Life Balance Tips Courtesy of Angelina Jolie

Inc Startups

How to raise your kids to be good people and find the perfect work life balance. Angelina Jolie gives advice on being a working single mother. Work-Life Balance


5 reasons why developing a writing routine could help you be a better entrepreneur

The Next Web

When you’re a startup founder or an entrepreneur, you work under so much pressure and have so many different issues to deal with, the thought of adding an extra activity to your plate can be daunting.

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Blockchain’s impact on marketplaces: what’s the future for decentralized marketplaces?

Version One Ventures

Nearly two years ago, we published our first ebook, A Guide to Marketplaces. Towards the end, we touched briefly on emerging marketplace types and included decentralized marketplaces in the mix. At the time, OpenBazaar was still in beta. Since then, we’ve been closely following the evolution of blockchain technology and looking at the potential impact that blockchain will have on the marketplace landscape.