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Top 5 Most Useless Websites, According To Teens


Think you’re surfing the web with the cool kids? If one or more of your most visited site is on the list below, your probably not. A research led by Startup Niche surveyed the teens on their media habits, and the findings shed a light on the tech companies have the attention of tomorrow’s savvy users. It’s no surprise that… Read more »

Alibaba Updates IPO information and Reveals Partners


Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding revealed today the members of its powerful 27-person partnership and board. In an updated prospectus for what could be the largest tech IPO in history, Alibaba said the partnership includes founder Jack Ma, Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai and former Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Group J Michael Evans. Alibaba… Read more »

Corporate Culture: Come on, Get Happy


We’ve all had jobs in which the morale was low and the corporate culture non-existent. You know the drain on creativity and productivity that comes with dreading work every day. But we don’t have to live like this. As entrepreneurs and managers, changing the corporate culture is within our control, and happy employees make for… Read more »

5 Traits of Trustworthy Startup Founders


During the early stages of startup development, there are a number of hurdles founders have to jump. Not only are there long hours and endless challenges, but also you have to build a strong team that can carry your business to success. When it comes to having a successful startup, founders and managers need to… Read more »

MUST-READ Book Alert! Creativity for Sale


What if I told you that someone made $1,000,000 wearing T-shirts, pimping his last name, and pre-selling sponsorship spots in a book he hadn’t even written yet? Jason SurfrApp (formerly Jason Headsetsdotcom and Jason Sadler) has done just that over the last few years, and in his new book, Creativity for Sale, he explains how… Read more »

9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech


Last night, a few hundred people filled MLK Library for DCTech Meetup’s Women in Tech edition. After pitches from six women-led startups in the DC region, an all-female panel of local women in tech discussed the ways through which we can impact the membership ratio of the DC tech community. The Meetup was inspired by… Read more »

European Taxi Drivers Hate Uber Too


Most Europeans are not a fan of anything American. So it’s no surprise that European taxi drivers are not happy with the San Francisco car service company Uber creeping on their turf. “Uber cabs are stealing our clients,” said José Losada, 36. In at least a half-dozen European cities today–including London, Paris and Berlin– drivers… Read more »

Investors Need Managing, Too


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! Once you’ve landed funding, you’ve got another set of people to manage – your investors…. Read more »

20 Magic Words to Say at Work

Brene Brown magic words

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »