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Here Are Some of the Highest-Paid CEOs in Tech 


Is the idea of runaway success just some fuzzy pipedream for you? Well, the 2014 Equilar Top 200 Highest Paid CEO Rankings is here to put some numbers on your jackpot fantasies. The rankings looked at 2013 CEO compensation at companies with market values of $1 billion or more. And a handful of those companies… Read more »

Among the 200 Highest-Paid CEOs, There Are Only 5.5% Women 


Yesterday’s New York Times reported on the 2014 Equilar Top 200 Highest Paid CEO Rankings – and the striking lack of women on the list. Among 200 CEOs making over $12 million, there were only 11 women – or 5.5%. Here they are, listed with their 2013 compensation:  Equilar loked at companies with market values… Read more »

20 Magic Words to Say at Work

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In movies, magic words open secret doors, get genies to grant you wishes, and transport you to faraways lands. Words might not have quite as much power in the real world, but they come close. Do you ever feel like you can’t get through to your team, and everyone seems to be resentful, defensive, or… Read more »

A Ranking of the Most Entrepreneurial Corporations

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This post was originally published on Medium. If you think great companies don’t let their entrepreneurs leave…you’re totally wrong! The Google Effect Google alumni’s Startups Let’s start with this AngelList graph showing Google alumni creating new businesses for a $4.9 million average (each line is a startup having at least one Google alumni). Either Google… Read more »

One Little Feature That Could Help Your MVP Succeed

absolute value

I recently finished reading a book called Absolute Value. The gist of the book says that in the world of Yelp and other customer review sites, people do not buy brands; they buy reviews. This certainly seems quite true. The author cites a great example of how ASUS motherboards picked up much more in sales than Intel,… Read more »

5 Startups on the Ground Floor of the Internet of Things

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When it comes to new frontiers in business and technology, one area that has business leaders practically salivating is the Internet of Things (IoT). Put simply, the Internet of Things connects everyday objects with each other and the Internet. There are plenty of helpful and promising applications of this idea, and large companies are certainly… Read more »

Uber Raises $1.2 Billion in Funding at $17 Billion Valuation


Cha-Ching…looks like Uber is joining the $17 billion Club.  The San Francisco-based black car service transportation announced today that it has raised $1.2 billion in a new financing led by Fidelity Investments.  Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick confirmed the funding and valuation by saying that, “With our growth and expansion, the company has evolved from being a scrappy Silicon Valley… Read more »

Should You Stay or Should You Go: Why Some Young Entrepreneurs Won’t Stay in the Same City as their University

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From offering financial resources to advice from mentors, college campuses have become breeding grounds for startups. As college CEOs graduate, one of their biggest challenges is determining if they should keep their company in the same city as their university. As someone who has interviewed a number of young entrepreneurs, I had many questions about… Read more »

Social Media Is for Humans, Not Brands

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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! From Brian Solis to Rohit Bharava to Seth Godin, social media experts seem to agree… Read more »

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


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 

Brene Brown shame culture

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


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


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 »