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4 Ways to Improve the Work-Life Balance Debate

Nigel Marsh

After turning 40, Earth Hour cofounder Nigel Marsh spent seven years trying to figure out work-life balance. In his TEDxSydney talk, “How to make work-life balance work,” he explains what he learned: 1. We need to face reality. Some jobs just aren’t compatible with spending a significant amount of time at home with young children…. Read more »

8 Startups on How They Celebrated the Holidays


Celebration is absolutely essential for startups. Whether it’s through acts or events, celebrations need to happen because they acknowledge and share the successes of a company and its employees. Without celebration, well, you’re left with a startup that’s neglecting its responsibility to all of the people that is helping to keep it alive. With the… Read more »

Why You Should Take a Sabbatical

Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister is a designer. His studio has created a glass coffee table filled with hundreds of compasses, which swing about wildly when you set down a special magnetic cup. He designed t-shirts featuring wild dogs from Indonesia that attacked him, featuring the vengeful message: “So many dogs. So few recipes.” His next project is… Read more »

5 Things Santa Could Deliver By Drone


So the interwebs are all astir after Jeff Bezos unveiled his future forward plan for Amazon Delivery Drones on 60 Minutes. I’ll admit, my mouth opened just as wide as Charlie Rose’s. But not with fear over privacy, lax FAA regulations, or confusing deliveries for bird droppings. Nope, dropped jaw quickly tighten up to an… Read more »

3 Things Lean Startups Can Learn From Corporate Giants


Of course, there are plenty of positives in leaving a large corporation and joining or founding a smaller startup. The culture within smaller companies is often more relaxed, which can lead to a much more favorable working environment. In addition, if you are responsible for founding the company yourself, you will have the opportunity to… Read more »

Getting It Right or Getting It Quick?


You have a brilliant idea that can change the world. Hypothetically, your idea  is going to challenge very big names in the world such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram, to name a few. I chose that as a hypothesis to point out that your project is substantially large. I am sure you are very… Read more »

5 Successful Business Owners Who Got Their Starts in College


An increasing number of college students are starting careers as entrepreneurs years before they graduate into the “real world.” In fact, an average of 65 percent of students participating in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship certification program (rated the top undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation by Princeton Review) started a business while in school or… Read more »

Bootstrapping Logo Design: How to Get a Great Logo for Less


A good logo is essential for any startup. However, most fledgling companies don’t have in-house designers. Rather than paying a lot of money to hire a freelance designer, try crowdsourcing your next logo. There are a variety of sites available, where people can be commissioned to create personalized designs. Regardless of your budget or project… Read more »

Top 8 Last-Minute Tech Gifts for Your Employees

Holiday Gift Guide

Searching for the perfect gift, especially at the last minute, can sometimes be a big challenge during the holiday season. As a manager or the CEO of your startup, you want to find a way to show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication to your company. To thank them this… Read more »

D.C. Challenge Cup Points to Trends Among Tech Startups

challenge cup

This post was previously published on The Challenge Cup News by author Emily Brown.  Today’s tech startup space differs from the one that created the tech bubble—and bust—in the 1990s. Entrepreneurs now pitch their tech products to an informed audience that uses technology daily; they can’t just roll out a fancy-sounding “dot com.” Today, innovations… Read more »

Watch Out for Convertible Notes

Convertible Notes

I’ve written before about the merits of convertible equity for the startup. Recently, I heard about companies that took convertible notes as bridge loans, so I thought it useful to again highlight the potential pitfalls. As you know, a convertible note is a form of a loan. Typically it is converted into stock of the… Read more »

8 Important Hiring Trends for 2014


With 2014 quickly approaching, it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for the future of the recruiting industry. Hiring experts are starting to predict the most important factors in hiring and the way recruitment efforts should change in the new year. Here are eight of the most important hiring trends you should… Read more »

5 Ways to Implement Change in Your Startup


Throughout the life of your startup, you’ll be forced to implement new ideas to improve your culture, management, employee relations, and the overall success of the company. Especially as a manager or founder of a startup, you’re constantly faced with the challenge of maintaining innovation while simultaneously keeping your competitive edge. Implementing change in the… Read more »

13 Tips to Avoid Bad Luck in Startupland


Over the past three years, my team and I have been on a mission to empower and support entrepreneurs in the earliest stages of starting and operating their companies. The following musings are shared to support the efforts of founders, and help startup operators to avoid or reduce stressful situations. 1) “A Team” Members Only… Read more »

3 Things Startups Can Learn From Beyonce’s Surprise Album Release


Honestly, I have to hand it to Beyonce because gurl.can.werk. She pulled a fast one on the world and dropped an entire album on iTunes overnight. Literally, there is an entire album with 14 new songs on iTunes right now. What makes this album release so remarkable is that Queen Bey made absolutely zero announcements about it… Read more »