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Yahoo!: Privacy is Not Just An Issue for Large Tech Companies

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Tech increasingly straddles the precarious line between government and people. Startups have a long list of worries: raising money, user acquisition and market saturation to name a few. So why should companies worry about human rights issues? The term often evokes thoughts of humanitarian action in far-flung locations.  Similarly, there is a heavy connotation that… Read more »


5 Signs You Have a Shame Culture at Your Startup 

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In researcher Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly, she takes a chapter to explain how shame is holding us back. She tells the story of a woman whose boss made two lists on the wall: “Winners” and “Losers.” After years on the winners’ list, she lost a big client and found herself with a big L on… Read more »


Atlanta Tech Accelerator Flashpoint Raises Second Round of $1M fund

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Flashpoint, an Atlanta venture aimed at launching the next generation of tech startups, has raised its second $1 million fund. As reported today in Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Georgia Tech based accelerator has helped seed startups who have collectively raised more than $65 million from firms including Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz. With this new round of fund, Flashpoint plans to invests… Read more »


Google Campus for Entrepreneurs Heads to Poland

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According to an announcement today, Google for Entrepreneurs is bringing Campus to Warsaw. Campuses are Google’s spaces for entrepreneurs to connect, learn and get mentorship, and build innovative startups. According to the announcement, posted by the Head of Google for Entrepreneurs Europe, Eze Vidra, the move to Poland is part of their “ongoing investment throughout the region.”… Read more »


10 Ways Your Email Pitch Is Offending Journalists 

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In my career as a tech startup journalist, I’ve probably seen over 10,000 pitches. And as much as I love entrepreneurs and all that they represent, I can’t help being offended by many of them. I don’t like being offended, and I’m sure you don’t like the results of my being offended, so here are… Read more »


The Best Managers Aren’t Control Freaks

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Employees often join startups for the same reason that founders do: to get away from… Read more »


Over 75% of Countries Aren’t Friendly to Women Entrepreneurs [RANKING] 

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In its Gender-GEDI Female Entrepreneurship Index, Dell found that over 75% of 30 countries surveyed don’t have the fundamental conditions for women entrepreneurs. The study took into account local startups scenes, business environments, and women’s aspirations – including things like access to bank accounts, basic legal rights, and gender inequality across industries and management positions. Here’s… Read more »


10 Steps to Simplified Decision Making

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“When you are inspired by some great purpose…all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new…wonderful world. Dormant faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to… Read more »


This Is What Happens When You Don’t Communicate to Your Team

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Managing is an art. It’s one of the hardest parts of starting up, because it… Read more »


5 Easy Steps To Help You Disconnect

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Do you find disconnecting after a long day difficult? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Actually, one study shows that 69% of people find work and personal life practically inseparable. More people admit to finding themselves not only checking email all evening, but “pressing refresh on gmail to see if new work has come in.” This… Read more »


9 Blog and Content Marketing Tools You Will Use Everyday

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Creating content isn’t an easy job, and I’m glad, because then everyone would want to do it. I have been creating quality content for over a decade, and am glad to finally see the focus shifting from quantity to quality all over the Internet. It’s nice that companies have finally become aware that they can’t… Read more »


Marc Nager Reflects on Startup Weekend’s Ramen Noodle Phase 

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Today, merged with Startup America, Startup Weekend now has a core team of almost 60 people at UP Global. Their larger community includes about 7,000 volunteers and an extended network of about 20,000 people. But Startup Weekend was a startup once, too.  “We lived the startup stereotype – ‘ramen noodles’ kind of days for about… Read more »


Marc Nager Explains Startup Weekend’s Secret Mission 

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According to CEO Marc Nager, a funny thing happened when Startup Weekend started asking participants why they decided to attend. Surveyed before the event, they say they came to build a company. But surveyed after, they say they came to learn. “The learning that we had is [to market] the sex appeal of creating a… Read more »


Should You Hire Fast or Slow?

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This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! As an early-stage startup, how quickly should you be hiring? The traditional advice is to… Read more »