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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 »


4 Online Tools That Are Worth the Splurge

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Where is all of your money going?! You have most likely heard this question from a partner, parent or friend at some point in your life. I know I surely have … more than once. Aside from my love of scoring great deals at TJ Maxx and drinking delicious caramel macchiatos at Starbucks, my guilty… Read more »


3 Ways to Use Psychology to Reach Your Goals Faster

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When I picked up Shawn Achor’s book Before Happiness, I thought I was reading a book about positivity. It turns out, it’s also a book about success – and I shouldn’t have been surprised. Achor’s famous TED talk explains why our ideas about work and happiness are backwards: it’s because happiness leads to productivity, and… Read more »



How An Online Knowledge Base Can Enhance Product R&D

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Never before has competition among businesses been so high. Regardless of industry, product and/or service, or size, you need an advantage. For instance, in the area of product research and development, you need access to viable information and ongoing answers. Because of increasing demand, you now have the opportunity to use an online knowledge base… Read more »


Why You Should Hire People Who Are Smarter Than You

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I’m a big believer in hiring employees who are smarter than you, but I didn’t always feel this way. Early in my career, I was hesitant to hire people I thought were smarter than me. Believe it or not, I had a bit of an ego. I didn’t want to accept that I might not… Read more »


4 Roadblocks to Hiring a Technical Co-Founder

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“I have an idea for the next Facebook — if you build it for me, I’ll make you a partner!” This is a sentence that almost every programmer has heard. In the tech industry, it is almost a not-so-unwritten rule that every company needs a business development person and a coder to become successful. This… Read more »