When it comes to operating at peak performance, today’s entrepreneurs face a variety of obstacles that can prevent them from meeting their business goals. In addition to federal and state employment-law compliance, there are other systemic pitfalls than can expose a burgeoning company to risk and distract entrepreneurs, managers, and employees from what should be […]
Our friends at the Young Entrepreneurship Council asked 13 entrepreneurs to share a strange yet surprisingly helpful piece of advice. Here’s what they found: Get a vacuuming robot “When you’re in startup mode, you’re not thinking about cleaning. The downside is that your environment really affects your productivity, so having a clean home office is crucial. Consider […]
Design everything on the assumption that people are not heartless or stupid but marvelously capable, given the chance. – The Internet and Everyone, John Chris Jones For the longest time, I thought design was about assuming that people are “stupid” machines who don’t know what they want, and therefore need to be told how to […]
In a society where attention spans are minimal (Did I lose you already?!), and a media news cycle that is even shorter, often the quickest way to spread news about your company — or a company you’re representing, as in our case — is through a press release. If you have a PR firm on […]
I’ve built five companies in my startup career, four of which I started with close friends. It’s quite common to build a company with a close friend: you get together, think of a cool idea, and decide to get started. Why not, right? While it can be extremely fun to start up with someone you’re close […]
I’m currently working the fewest hours per week I ever have in my professional life, and I’ve never been more productive. We’ve all fallen victim to this irrational way of thinking before: My competitors are going to crush me if I don’t outwork them! We’ll never ship $new_feature if we don’t work through the weekend! […]
I meet a lot of entrepreneurs creating their very first venture. My job is to listen to them, to understand their business, and ultimately, to connect them with the right people who can help them succeed. During these conversations, I get to see entrepreneurs’ eyes light up when they talk about how they came up […]
Jenna Menking, founder of Black Sheep Social Media Group, teamed up with us to share four key social media strategy tips. While we all use networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram daily, Menking says a majority of us aren’t using them effectively. The key, Jenna explained, is to establish a meaningful, interactive connection. Social media is your calling […]
In a former life, Caseflex founder Rich Lee worked in digital IP, representing the publishers that sued Google for scanning books. That was back in 2011 — when Caseflex wasn’t even a company, yet. Lee says he “knew from the beginning” that leaving his job behind was something he had to do: I left two years ago with some ideas […]
David Vainchenker, the co-founder of Corre Group, tells us his secret to success: wear many hats.
One thing that people don’t know about me is that I played lacrosse for 18 years, and coached for 15 of them. Coached all kinds of players from 3rd grade to college; even spent a year coaching women (which is an unsurprisingly unique experience). As I started companies, it was easy to believe that as […]
Nearly every entrepreneur stumbles through their first few pitches — it’s a fact of life. Simply put, the process of putting yourself in the spotlight and convincing an audience to believe in you can be incredibly difficult, and feel entirely unnatural. Over time, after you’ve stumbled and honed your skills, you’ll find that pitching becomes increasingly easier. Now, […]
Sense Health founder Stan Berkow shares the best advice he received when pivoting between startup ideas.
Created by Renato Valdes Olmos of Cardcloud and Paul Veugen of Usabilla, Human is a newly-launched fitness app that makes sure you move at least 30 minutes a day, every day. There are countless fitness apps already competing for your attention, but Human takes a uniquely accessible approach. According to Olmos: While everyone else is diving into stats, we try to keep everything […]
Speaking at WeWork Summer Camp 2013, Alexis Ohanian reflected on his time with Reddit, Hipmunk, and Breadpig to highlight the beauty of not knowing what you’re doing. On that note, Ohanian’s first book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, is available for pre-order.
If you’re looking to build a successful company, you’ll want to create something that solves a real problem. And if you do it right, you may even improve the lives of your users (while simultaneously bringing in as much cash as possible). This concept is far from new; it’s the backbone of the tech industry, […]
We sat down with Lee Hnetinka, the founder of on-demand personal assistant service WunWun, to hear his thoughts on staying motivated and the importance of making tough decisions.