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How to Find a Startup Job That Will Change Your Life

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Quick. Here’s how to find a startup worth working for. Life is too short to be in the wrong place. A friend texted me a couple days ago after reading one of my blog posts. Which felt nice, because I was certain my Mom was my only regular reader. But anyway, he’s super bummed out… Read more »


How to Mobilize Your Network for a Successful Launch

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What if you could set up one 15-minute meeting and walk away with a $500,000 investment and a business connection in Silicon Valley? That’s exactly what Mark Zuckerberg did back in 2004 when his associate and temporary roommate, Sean Parker, set up a meeting with Peter Thiel, a hedge fund manager and the co-founder of… Read more »


The Downsides of Completely Automating Your Marketing Department

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The Internet, and information technology in general, has completely redefined how marketing and customer relationships are built, maintained and grown. For the most part, these advancements make it easy and cost-effective for businesses to engage current and potential consumers and learn what is needed to keep them happy and returning. It has been said that… Read more »


Connect and Be Productive: 5 Ways to Improve Teamwork

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Did you know that on any given day of business it is estimated that you and your colleagues spend approximately 74 minutes attempting to contact each other? Or that you spend almost an hour looking over duplicated content and communications. These are just but a few examples of ways that we waste time and block… Read more »


6 Team-Building Tips from the CEA Innovate! Conference

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This week, entrepreneurs like Nolan Bushnell and Paul Singh are converging on Arizona for the CEA Innovate! Conference, a three-day event bringing together big and small tech companies. The Wednesday schedule included a panel led by our CEO Frank Gruber, called “Startup Success Stories.” He was joined by Ximena Hartsock, president and cofounder of Phone2Action;… Read more »


Inside the Company Culture of Kansas City’s Red Nova Labs

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In Westwood, Kansas, down the street from Google Fiber’s building and over 20 other startups, you’ll find the headquarters of Red Nova Labs. The company opened its doors in 2009 as a startup incubator but – in true startup fashion – tested and iterated and refined into what they are today, an agency that provides… Read more »



4 Ways to Stop Sucking at Social Media

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Are you tweeting into a vacuum? Lacking likes on your Facebook posts? Only in your mom’s Google+ circles? You might be sucking at social media. You’re not alone. Countless entrepreneurs struggle with using social networking platforms to help develop an audience, grow a following, and build a community around their brand or business. Social Media… Read more »


5 Cost and Time-Saving Initiatives for Your Startup

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Time and money are two resources that cannot be spared in the fast-paced world of startups. As you create and manage your company, you will need to find reasonable ways to conserve time and money without cutting corners. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple ways to save two of your most valuable resources. Five initiatives… Read more »


7 Ways Web Animation Will Spruce Up Your Site

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One of the most effective ways to take a bland website and transform it into something beautiful, fresh, and appealing is to use animation. Unfortunately, back in the days when Shockwave and Flash were prominent, using animation and visual effects often meant bogging down the performance of your site. Web animation without Flash is better,… Read more »


Start With The End in Mind: 5 Rules for Selling Your Business

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As a long-time reader of business and motivational articles, I often come across mantras, mottoes, and slogans to guide business people through their daily lives. One has stuck with me more than the others – “Start with the end in mind”.  I can’t think of a more appropriate motto for tech company entrepreneurs who are… Read more »


Jim Salzano: Building a Scalable Startup Starts With People

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Jim Salzano, investor at Data Point Capital, shared some great thoughts about scalability during Tech Cocktail Sessions in Las Vegas. Most recently, Salzano was the President of Clarks Americas and member of the Clarks Global Executive Leadership Team. During his time in the footwear company he helped increase revenues from just over $40M in revenues to over $1.1B… Read more »



Startups: Here are 3 ‘Real’ Problems to Solve

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Dear startups: What problem are you solving? If you’re looking for a new market to penetrate, let me help you to unearth markets that software has yet to eat and people who will adopt quickly because they don’t have an abundance of choice in solutions to their problems. A natural and good tendency for entrepreneurs… Read more »