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5 Signs You Have a Shame Culture at Your Startup 

Brene Brown shame culture

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 

pitch to journalists

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

control freak

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

Decision making

“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

Communication

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

disconnect

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?

hire fast or slow

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 »



Inside the Company Culture of Insightly: “We’re Not the Typical Bunch of Under-25 Guys” 

Insightly

If you had a one-year-old daughter, could you spend all day without seeing her? Anthony Smith, the founder and CEO of Insightly, doesn’t have to. His company has day care, something you won’t find at many Silicon Valley startups. “We’re not the typical bunch of under-25-year-old guys in a house hacking away 18 hours a day,”… Read more »


How to Outsource without the Headache

Outsource

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! Yesterday, I wrote about the pros and cons of outsourcing. If the pros outweigh the… Read more »


Miami-Based HealthCare.com Announces $2 Million in Funding

Funding

HealthCare.com today announced that it raised a $2 million founders round of financing to launch an online health insurance search and comparison engine. The Miami-based startup provides solutions for consumers to compare, customize and save money on their healthcare plans. Currently, it has a list of 1.2 million listing profiles, and it attracts 1 million unique visitors… Read more »


Outsourcing Can Be Awesome, But It Can Also Suck

SUck

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

Emotions

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

TradeShow

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?

experiencedcandidates

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 »