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9 Ways to Support Diversity in DC Tech

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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

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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

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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! 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

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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

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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 

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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 »


10 Steps to Simplified Decision Making

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“When you are inspired by some great purpose…all of your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new…wonderful world. Dormant faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to… Read more »


This Is What Happens When You Don’t Communicate to Your Team

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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! Managing is an art. It’s one of the hardest parts of starting up, because it… Read more »


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 »