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Basecamp Shortcuts: Optimizing Project Management


Quite wisely, Cafe Quill notes that even though we do have a lot of project management tools to choose from, “a common and frustrating problem using any tool is that the vast amount of available pages and functions offers more choice, takes up more time and ultimately, counters productivity.” Ugh, tell it, friends! So they… Read more »

Three Ways to Help Close a Sales Meeting


As a startup cofounder, I am constantly traveling around the country to meet with Universities and bring Alumnify to their institutions. Like any salesman, I’ve heard more “no” more times than “yes”. However, I pay very close attention to exactly what I’ve done to get that “yes”. Here are a few tips that have helped… Read more »

Avoid These 5 Top Mistakes in Implementing Enterprise BYOD


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become a hot topic in recent years. It’s been said to boost employee productivity and morale as they have the freedom to work with the devices that they love and choose to use. But are you doing everything that you can to make BYOD in your workplace a success?… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know about Google’s Latest Algorithm Update


Developed in the early 1990s, search engines are systems that search for and identify information on the web. Originally, search engines operated by web crawling and indexing. Searches were performed using keywords. With these keywords, search engines extracted search engine results pages (SERPS). Search engines continued to develop through the ‘90s from Archie (the very… Read more »

6 Steps to Selecting CRM Software for Your Nonprofit


Startups know that CRM software is an important tool in managing the sales funnel, the relationships, and many important, trackable aspects of the business. So how can non-profits make sure that they are implementing their business model into the selection of this software? John Suffern of Lumity published this post to help with the process. Here… Read more »

3 Startup Lessons from the U.S. Army Green Berets


I am proud to have served my country as a logistics officer and support Commander with the U.S. Army Green Berets of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The lessons I learned in the mountains of Afghanistan and the jungles of South America shaped me as both an Entrepreneur and an Angel Investor. My attention… Read more »

SalesCart: Social and Mobile E-commerce Tools for Small Businesses


Building a website for your business can be complicated and time consuming, especially if you are a small e-commerce company. Dealing with payment fees can be an expensive hassle. That’s why Round Rock-based startup SalesCart believes that companies should be able to set up e-commerce online stores on-the go. SalesCart allows merchants to reach their market by… Read more »

The First 100 Days: Crucial Decisions that Could Make or Break Your Startup


For entrepreneurs who are constantly coming up with ideas and wanting to “build a thing”, the actual start portion of a startup is pretty easy. “I’m gonna build a thing,” you tell yourself, and-voila! You’re starting up. What comes next, though, are a series of startup decisions that you must make in rapid succession. AskforTask CEO Muneeb Mushtaq wrote… Read more »

Surprise! We’re Multitasking Too Much During Meetings [INFOGRAPHIC]


Multitasking is a myth – or, at least, the belief that one can successfully accomplish more than one task at any one time is certainly grounded on shaky foundations. As much as anyone wants to claim that they’re prolific multitaskers, research on the subject proves otherwise. According to video conferencing platform Fuze, a continuation in… Read more »

14 Reasons Why Your Employees Don’t Care


According to a Gallup study, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Surprised? How about this: 24% are actively disengaged – which means they spend their time undermining everyone else’s hard work. Here’s why your employees don’t care:   You Don’t Let Them Do Their Job Meetings have gotten out of control. The… Read more »

4 Steps to Defuse Conflict on Your Startup Team

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When you’re running a startup, there are lots of things on your plate. One of the elements of running your own startup is managing your employees. With a new team, conflicts caused by clashing personalities and confusing goals can easily arise and negatively affect your productivity. As the team manager, you can reduce conflict with… Read more »

We Break it Down: Startup Lab’s “Meetings That Don’t Suck” Presentation


Are you in the habit of accepting invitations to standing meetings? Is there a list of ongoing, hourlong, status report meetings that now take up most of your week? When will your week become productive, if you have accepted the invitations to all of these standing meetings? Google Ventures saw a common complaint coming from their portfolio companies: “meetings are unenjoyable and inefficient.” Ken… Read more »

Establishing Company Culture is Crucial


A lot of entrepreneurs use Zappos’ success as a roadmap when they’re working on building their own company, especially a company culture. However, at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Shane Green and Jenn Lim explicitly stated that you shouldn’t try to actually be Zappos. It’s not because Zappos isn’t successful, but rather because situations… Read more »