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SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign


Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »

Scott Case: Luck Isn’t About Getting Lucky [VIDEO]


If I challenged you to strike up a conversation with a random neighbor, would you do it? According to Scott Case, refusing to do so may keep you from future opportunities. When people talk about startup success, they tend to reference the significance of luck or how certain startups got lucky. Case insists that luck… Read more »

How To Talk Nerdy And Influence People


 If you are a startup founder, product manager, user experience designer or otherwise playing any role that may influence a product in any way, shape, or form, you need to get familiar with BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model. I have made it my mission at my startup Speek, where we are making conference calls fast and… Read more »

How Home-Based Entrepreneurs Can Be Productive, Not Just Busy


According to Forbes, 52 percent of small businesses in the US are home-based. Proper time management is a key factor, if not the most important element of any successful business, but it can be especially challenging for entrepreneurs who work out of the home. Working from home means that you’ll have to battle numerous distractions, overcome… Read more »

Startups, Marketing Is Not Just Your First Press Mention


The beta launch is a software proving ground. Everyone has an idea for the next Facebook, Google, or Angry Birds, but what separates the cream from the crop is a successful beta test. If your software is glitchy with your five-man development team testing it, adding another 5,000 users to the mix will spell disaster… Read more »

5 Changes Startup Managers Should Make in the New Year


The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to set goals for your startup and improve management. The key to improving your startup and being an effective manager is acknowledging the fact that all your employees have something valuable to offer. Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean your employees can’t contribute ideas… Read more »

9 Social Media Recruitment Mistakes


Nearly 95 percent of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts. That’s practically every single recruiter. They’re using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more to assess candidates’ experience and cultural fit. Social media is growing rapidly, but doesn’t this mean there are bound to be some mistakes made. Between the constant… Read more »

So You Want To Be A (Guest) Writer?


In my capacity as co-founder and CTO of Speek, where we are busy making free conference calls fast and easy, I do a significant amount of guest writing for major publications. I write this weekly column for Tech Cocktail (you can sign up to write for Tech Cocktail too) but I’ve also written articles for The… Read more »