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Optimum Onboarding: How to Make Sure Your New Employees Shine in Their First 90 Days


As a serial entrepreneur of nearly 20 years, I’ve become increasingly convinced that the single greatest asset any company has is its people. Not only is culture the cornerstone of building a successful company, it gives company leaders a competitive advantage to create an environment where innovation is nurtured. Build Culture from Day One Building… Read more »

Productivity in 2015: 4 Quick Ways to Plan for a Successful Week

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It didn’t take long for my partner AJ Agrawal and me to understand the importance of a well-planned workweek. Early on in our journey we participated in the Velocity accelerator program, a 100-day start-up boot camp. Right away at the start of the program we faced several hurdles to our productivity. During the first week at… Read more »

10 Things I’d Do Differently if I Were Launching Fittr on Product Hunt Again (and the One Thing I’d Never Change)

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Fittr‘s Product Hunt launch was a joyous day. My phone began to blow up, our servers started heating up, and we couldn’t stop grinning for about 56 hours. For a few hours, our app was handling 6 sign-ups (not just downloads, signups) per second! To say I’m grateful is an understatement. And that’s part of… Read more »

The Hacker’s Guide to User Acquisition: How to Leverage Twitter


Austen Allred, Co-founder of Grasswire, recently shared a marketing information guide on /r/Startups because “most of the marketing information out there is very high-level and mostly BS.” He calls it The Hacker’s Guide to User Acquisition, and various acquisition channels are broken down, step-by-step. Why is it called a hacker’s guide? Hacking available tools, he says,… Read more »

Beyond SMART Goals: Setting OKRs to Manage Goals that Challenge Performance

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You might be among the ever-increasing masses who say, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I set goals.” And I bet you were long-ago trained to make your goals SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. But what if setting uncomfortable (instead of achievable) goals that clearly illustrate your purpose and priorities is a more productive method… Read more »

Read Entrepreneur Stories on How They Got Their First 3 Customers

First 3 Customers

Sure, you’ve finalized a great service or product, but how are you going to attract your first customers or users? For many startups, after the initial step of creating a working product, the next arduous task is to create the perfect strategy for user acquisition. Without users or customers actually engaging with what you’re offering… Read more »

11 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a WordPress Developer/Programmer

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Developing a website can be compared to solving a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes the picture looks fine, but when viewed closely, some pieces are not in the right places. A website may function properly for some time, but when a change or any update is made, the site fails to work efficiently. Avoiding the developers who will… Read more »

Websites vs. Physical Stores: Online Business Trends for 2015

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Over the last few years, we saw companies of all sizes embracing digital media for the most critical business processes. In the realm of sales and marketing, the online ecosystem has virtually become a default channel for activities such as product or service promotion and increasing customer loyalty. We can see this in the example… Read more »

Why You Should Read More Books in 2015

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Last night, instead of being a fun human being and partying it up at a wild New Year’s Eve party, I spent the evening cooking a pot of blanquette de veau, sitting around in my parents’ living room, and finishing up a few books before the start of the new year. Sure, it’s lame, and… Read more »

Running vNext on OSX and Linux


A preview of the latest platform, vNext, has been released by Microsoft. It is completely open-source and has cross-platform capabilities. vNext embraces non-Windows hosts as first-class citizens. It takes things to the next level and empowers developers to deploy their own version of the .Net framework on an application basis. vNext is: Unification of… Read more »