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Outsourcing Can Be Awesome, But It Can Also Suck

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


The Role of Emotions in Hiring

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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! 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

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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”

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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?

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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! 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

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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 »


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 »


Cloud Computing: Where It’s been, Where It’s Going

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Cloud computing is currently one of technology’s hottest topics. The sector is growing rapidly and some are warning that it could be the next big tech bubble. It is clear to most Chief Technology Officers of major corporations, though, that it is a technology with a rich history that is sure to continue going in… Read more »


SoundBetter’s 4 Pieces of Advice When Considering That 500 Startups Application

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With an acceptance rate roughly between 3 and 5 percent, getting into 500 Startups‘s accelerator program is – to say the least – difficult. (To put those percentages into perspective, consider Stanford’s fall 2012 acceptance rate, a much more hopeful 6.6 percent). Yet, despite these staggeringly slim odds, hundreds of startups continue to apply for… Read more »


5 Women to Watch in #MiamiTech

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As South Florida’s ecosystem continues to grow, we’re starting to see more talented leaders at the helm of startups. They are making the tough calls and leading by example. Here are five Miami-based female entrepreneurs on the rise: Valerie Nahmad Schimel Valerie Nahmad Schimel is the co-founder of Munchkin Fun. Munchkin Fun is an online… Read more »


Steve Case’s ‘Rise of the Rest Road Trip’ Highlights Four Emerging Startup Markets with $400k Investment

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At last week’s 1776 Challenge Festival Closing Keynote, Steve Case addressed the audience about his “Rise of the Rest” theory, and the belief that startups outside of Silicon Valley should have ready access to capital in order to match those companies in more-developed startup markets. Specifically, the AOL cofounder spoke on crowdfunding’s role as the great equalizer… Read more »



Which Metrics Matter?

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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! Maybe the most famous breakdown of startup metrics comes from Dave McClure, who created “Startup… Read more »