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No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets

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As leaders, we are challenged each day to say “yes” to ever-increasing responsibilities. We’re charged to say “yes” to increasing sales with less time and fewer marketing dollars. Our answer must be “yes” to serve more patients, increase test scores, respond to more emails, and grow market share. We’re encouraged to say “yes” to community… Read more »

A War for Founders Is Underway

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A few weeks ago, I took my first trip to Moscow to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC).  This was the most impactful event of my current startup, CoFoundersLab. Since 2011, I’ve visited many of the 40 cities we’ve launched in and enjoyed the privilege of meeting the visionary community leaders and government organizations who… Read more »

How to Operate a Startup in 3 Time Zones

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We live in a globalized world. Working in London, having a team in Sydney, or talking to prospective clients in Tokyo isn’t unusual. Many companies operate overseas, particularly due to the fact that more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside the US. While many big-name companies have offices overseas, can… Read more »

Is Your Startup Future Looking Bleak? It Might Be Time to Pivot

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When the app I’d spent a lot of time and energy developing didn’t take off, I felt like I’d reached a standstill. DailyFeats encouraged users to make positive changes, like eating healthy, volunteering, or spending time with family. Although my team had partnered with insurance companies like Cigna and brands like Walgreens to offer rewards,… Read more »

Don’t Miss Out on the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Social Media

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Marketing blunders happen all the time. Do you remember when Pontiac gave away nearly 300 sleek, testosterone-fueled G6 sports cars on that talk show in 2004 — or do you remember the time Oprah gave everyone in her audience a new car? Pontiac might not have gained the attention it wanted from that stunt, but Oprah… Read more »

Is Your Company a Lifestyle Business or a Startup?

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I used to run a company that provided me with an easy, laid-back lifestyle of $500,000 per year in just 12 hours of work per week. It was a piece of cake. But you know what they say about having your cake and eating it, too. I wanted something more. I wanted to change the… Read more »

My Last SXSW

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Editor’s note: In her essay “It Is Never Too Late to Change Everything,” released this week as part of TheLi.st Kindle Serial The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women, Leslie Bradshaw uses candor and humor to break down how difficult it can be to build and scale a company, while also landing large clients and… Read more »

How to Make Your Life a Little Less Hectic

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The word I hear most often from the people I work with is “overwhelmed.” People feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff going on in their lives and the level of responsibilities laid on them. They get stressed out by having too many emails, not having enough money, and not spending enough time with their… Read more »

How to Win the SXSW Accelerator

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Are you headed down to SXSW this week? If you are, there is one must-attend event: the SXSW Interactive Accelerator Competition. The Accelerator is SXSW’s annual pitch contest that draws thousands of applicants from some of the world’s hottest up-and-coming technology companies. Past winners include companies such as NutShellMail (acquired by Constant Contact), Foodstopping (Opentable)… Read more »

Employees to The Rescue! 3 Stories of Worker-Saved Startups

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Look at the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the super team you need to save your startup! For the entrepreneur, the right team rarely falls out of the sky. But having the right people at your side can be the difference between success and failure — as some startups found out the… Read more »

The Next 24 Hours: Getting Past a Disagreement with Your Co-Founder

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Do you ever wish things were going better with your co-founder? Do you wish you could look each other in the eyes after yet another late night and sing, “Two hearts, believing in just one mind. You know we’re two hearts, believing in just one mind”? Is this too corny? Would a set of male… Read more »

How To Fall Back In Love With Your Company

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While February is the most romantic month, you might be shocked to discover many of your employees have lost the love. No flowers or chocolates will fix your problems if your workforce has lost their career passion. A recent Gallup survey found that 70 percent of employees are no longer engaged in the office. Engaged… Read more »

Keep Tabs On The Olympics With These 5 Apps

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The Winter Olympics come once every four years and only stay for a couple of weeks. Most of the world watches these fierce competitions with dropped jaws and wide eyes as top athletes contort their bodies in crazy tricks and world-record speeds. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t completely come to a halt for these inspiring events, and… Read more »

14 Resources That Women in Tech Should Know About

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With women only making up an estimated 12 percent of software engineers in the United States, and a growing shortage of software developers, momentum is gathering to encourage and show women that they can succeed in technology roles. Grants, scholarships, intensive developer courses and support networks are helping women realise their potential, get qualified and out into the… Read more »