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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

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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

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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

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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 »

​​5 Tips for Startups That Make Mass Payments

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An overloaded accounts payable staff. Rejected payouts. Tax compliance issues. Late vendor payments. The payments industry can be challenging and sometimes downright cruel to startups and established businesses alike. Managing multiple payments at once, commonly referred to as mass payments, has become a growing challenge due to the increasingly global reach of business and the… Read more »

When Quitting is the Exact Right Thing to Do

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Most of us are raised under the belief that life is about never giving up, especially in the pursuit of a long-term goal. However, there is value in knowing when to consider if this pursuit is worthy of your continued time and effort based upon the progress made and effort put in. It is a… Read more »

Pivot Faster With Greater Company Transparency

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Before Twitter, there was Odeo. Odeo wanted to provide podcasting services, until Apple jumped into the podcasting game and gave the team behind the service a huge headache. Unsure exactly what to do, Odeo realized a pivot was essential for their survival. They worked together, splitting off into groups, building a culture of transparency, and… Read more »

How Early Is Too Early to Start Selling Your Product?

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A major software company’s operating system consistently wins rave reviews from users for its ease of use. The company’s main competitor, believing it has a similar product ready to present a challenge, releases its new operating system — which is promptly lambasted for being clunky and less intuitive.  Sound familiar? It can happen to even… 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 »