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Jim Bankoff on Leveraging Culture to Attract Talent

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Last Wednesday, Vox Media chairman and CEO Jim Bankoff sat down with us at our Tech Cocktail DC Sessions. Aside from learning about his belief that content isn’t Vox Media’s product, we learned that the company’s success can be attributed to its unique integration of technology, talent, and culture in its business model. When it comes down to it, though,… Read more »


Jim Bankoff of Vox Media: Content Isn’t The Product

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Since its founding in 2011, Vox Media has quickly become one of the leading digital media companies. With popular websites from the the likes of Eater and Curbed to The Verge and Vox, the company’s successful development of topical media content has allowed them to outpace more traditional publications on the Web competing in the similar markets. At last Wednesday’s Tech Cocktail DC Sessions… Read more »


The Formula Behind High-Achieving Employees

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When we interview candidates, we often try to predict achievement by looking at past success. But what if we could measure achievement more directly? In Flourish, psychologist Martin Seligman sets out a simple formula for achievement: achievement = skill x effort Here’s what that means for your next hiring interview.  Skill Skill has three components:… Read more »


Endorsements: If You Build It, They Will Come

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Recently, over 20.6 million people tuned in to see if California Chrome would be the first horse in over three decades to win horseracing’s elusive Triple Crown, almost a 300% increase in viewers over last year. That kind of exposure to millions of Americans is precious to advertisers and marketers, and we all dream of… Read more »


Top 5 Most Useless Websites, According To Teens

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Think you’re surfing the web with the cool kids? If one or more of your most visited site is on the list below, your probably not. A research led by Startup Niche surveyed the teens on their media habits, and the findings shed a light on the tech companies have the attention of tomorrow’s savvy users. It’s no surprise that… Read more »


Alibaba Updates IPO information and Reveals Partners

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding revealed today the members of its powerful 27-person partnership and board. In an updated prospectus for what could be the largest tech IPO in history, Alibaba said the partnership includes founder Jack Ma, Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai and former Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Group J Michael Evans. Alibaba… Read more »


Corporate Culture: Come on, Get Happy

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We’ve all had jobs in which the morale was low and the corporate culture non-existent. You know the drain on creativity and productivity that comes with dreading work every day. But we don’t have to live like this. As entrepreneurs and managers, changing the corporate culture is within our control, and happy employees make for… Read more »


5 Traits of Trustworthy Startup Founders

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During the early stages of startup development, there are a number of hurdles founders have to jump. Not only are there long hours and endless challenges, but also you have to build a strong team that can carry your business to success. When it comes to having a successful startup, founders and managers need to… Read more »


MUST-READ Book Alert! Creativity for Sale

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What if I told you that someone made $1,000,000 wearing T-shirts, pimping his last name, and pre-selling sponsorship spots in a book he hadn’t even written yet? Jason SurfrApp (formerly Jason Headsetsdotcom and Jason Sadler) has done just that over the last few years, and in his new book, Creativity for Sale, he explains how… Read more »


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 »