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Define Yourself By Your Courage, Not Your Accomplishments 

Courage

Last week, I wrote about Rachel Baker’s struggle to overcome imposter syndrome: “I was absolutely petrified,” she says. “I would come home most nights and cry, thinking, ‘I’m going to be found out, I shouldn’t be doing this.’ It felt almost illegal.” It’s something we all feel, at one time or another. Seattle UX designer Dylan… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Insightly: “We’re Not the Typical Bunch of Under-25 Guys” 

Insightly

If you had a one-year-old daughter, could you spend all day without seeing her? Anthony Smith, the founder and CEO of Insightly, doesn’t have to. His company has day care, something you won’t find at many Silicon Valley startups. “We’re not the typical bunch of under-25-year-old guys in a house hacking away 18 hours a day,”… Read more »


How to Outsource without the Headache

Outsource

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! Yesterday, I wrote about the pros and cons of outsourcing. If the pros outweigh the… Read more »


Miami-Based HealthCare.com Announces $2 Million in Funding

Funding

HealthCare.com today announced that it raised a $2 million founders round of financing to launch an online health insurance search and comparison engine. The Miami-based startup provides solutions for consumers to compare, customize and save money on their healthcare plans. Currently, it has a list of 1.2 million listing profiles, and it attracts 1 million unique visitors… Read more »


These States Have the Worst Pay Gaps for Women [RANKING]

PayGap

A recent WalletHub survey ranked the Best & Worst States for Working Moms, with Oregon, DC, Vermont, Maine, and New York coming out on top. The survey looked at three areas:  Child care: Day care quality and costs, access to pediatricians, and public school quality  Professional opportunities: Gender pay gap, and the ratio of female-to-male… Read more »


Outsourcing Can Be Awesome, But It Can Also Suck

SUck

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! When first starting out, you’ll surely come to a fork in the road where you… Read more »


The Role of Emotions in Hiring

Emotions

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! When I make hiring decisions, it usually comes down to a gut feeling. But many… Read more »


8 Tips for Drawing a Crowd at Your Next Trade Show

TradeShow

Attendance at trade shows is on the rise, so setting up a booth at one of these events can be a great way to market your business or product. However, it is important to take certain steps to ensure that you are drawing in a large crowd to your event and exhibit. By employing a… Read more »


Birdling Bags Reminds us That “Startup” ≠ “Tech Company”

BirdlingBags

It’s all too common for technology-focused entrepreneurs to forget that not every “startup” is a “tech company.” I know that when I personally hear the word “startup,” I often wrongly assume the company is centered around developing an application, a platform, or perhaps a service heavily supported by technology. What’s worse, is that some people assume that without… Read more »


Should You Hire Experienced Candidates or Train Inexperienced Ones?

experiencedcandidates

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! Startup founders often favor hiring younger, less experienced candidates who are willing to learn. These people… Read more »



Why Ruby on Rails is My Go-To App Development Platform

Ruby

When it comes to developing business web applications, companies are faced with a tough decision. There are a variety of development platforms or programs to choose from including Java, Python, and Ruby among others. But in my experience, Ruby on Rails is the go-to app for developing web apps for your business. What is Ruby on… Read more »