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Why the Washington Post’s Affiliate Links Are a Good Thing

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PandoDaily’s Paul Carr is fired up about links. Not just any links, but Amazon affiliate links that are now being included in journalistic content from the Washington Post – another company that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns. Some believe the sky is falling, as this is the end of “editorial independence.” I’m fired up, too…. Read more »

FlexSpot: Optimized Access and Analytics = More Parking Spots and Revenue


DC-based FlexSpot is looking to bring some peace to urban parking wars. If you’ve ever braved any kind of urban area with a car, you’ve driven in circles for waaay too long looking for parking. FlexSpot’s founder, Van Standifer has too. Van came to DC to go get his MBA at Georgetown and a friend from Alexandria… Read more »

Fired from His Startup, Marc Barros Turned to Blogging

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Hunter Walk’s blog, reposted with permission.  I first “met” entrepreneur Marc Barros via his blog One Entrepreneur’s Perspective, which contained a solid string of posts analyzing why GoPro succeeded while his action camera startup Contour struggled. As we got to know each other IRL, I was excited to hear about his… Read more »

How to Improve Your Remote Workforce Hiring in 10 Minutes


The virtual worker revolution is coming, and pretty soon your best people might be wearing sweatpants. From 2005 to 2011, telecommuting increased by 73 percent, and recent estimates predict 63 million American employees will work virtually at least part time by 2016.   Hiring a virtual superstar employee might be similar to getting a great… Read more »

Why You Should Hire People Who Are Smarter Than You


I’m a big believer in hiring employees who are smarter than you, but I didn’t always feel this way. Early in my career, I was hesitant to hire people I thought were smarter than me. Believe it or not, I had a bit of an ego. I didn’t want to accept that I might not… Read more »