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5 Easy Steps To Help You Disconnect

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Do you find disconnecting after a long day difficult? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Actually, one study shows that 69% of people find work and personal life practically inseparable. More people admit to finding themselves not only checking email all evening, but “pressing refresh on gmail to see if new work has come in.” This… Read more »


Should You Hire Fast or Slow?

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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! As an early-stage startup, how quickly should you be hiring? The traditional advice is to… Read more »



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

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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

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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! 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

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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 »


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 »


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 »



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 »


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 »


What Every Small Business Should Know About BYOD

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Employees working on their own smartphones or laptops at work has become a common sight in the business world. It’s all part of the growing trend of businesses adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. That’s where employees are allowed to bring in their own personal electronic devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones) to work in order… Read more »