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What Startup Teams Can Learn from the World Cup

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I’ve been obsessed with the World Cup matches over the last few weeks. I find myself marveling at the elegance of some of the national teams. They have a way of moving fluidly like an amoeba, while striking out flexibly in order to defend or make a goal. As a leadership coach and as someone… Read more »


Why Hiring Non-Tech People for Technical Positions Can Work

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Finding the perfect candidate for any job is never easy. When it comes to finding qualified candidates for technical positions, the task is often made more difficult by a growing talent shortage. According to a 2013 survey by ManpowerGroup, 39 percent of employers report difficulties finding qualified candidates for their open positions, with IT jobs listed at… Read more »


How to Create a Culture of Innovation

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Almost all startups start with an innovative product or new approach to the market; that’s part of the nature of having a startup. Very few and usually the least successful ones go with the “me too” approach. The real challenge is not how to start creative, but how to maintain a culture of innovation when… Read more »


How to Help Remote Freelancers Make a Living With Your Product

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With the entrance of a new, young, workforce that grew up on the Internet, a growing number of “accidental” freelancers launching their own businesses, and the increased accessibility of a global 24/7/365 connected world, the remote freelance market is booming. Although the majority of freelancers are located in North America, there is a huge market for… Read more »


How to Build a SaaS with International Appeal

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It’s a great time to be a developer in the software as a service (SaaS) marketplace. Not only are SaaS platforms gaining ample traction in the B2B sector, but also they have the potential to make businesses shine on a global scale. According to Gartner, the SaaS marketplace will top $22 billion through 2015. In addition,… Read more »


Benefits of Telecommuting for People with Disabilities

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The year 2012 saw a surge in telecommuting practices when a U.S. district in Michigan court acknowledged that employers should be able to judge whether or not it is acceptable for employees to work from home. This year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the EEOC, which charged… Read more »


Seven Tips to Build and Maintain a Successful Startup Brand

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Best friends: reliable, intuitive individuals with personalities that click perfectly. The same feelings often apply to favorite brands because the genius innovators behind them get into consumers’ heads, figure out what they really need and offer a clear, easy-to-use solution to the problem at hand. Thanks to this strategy, consumers trust solid brands and are eager… Read more »


9 Security Risks for Your Work Phone

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For the last couple of years, there has been a new trend and concept that encouraged employees to bring their own devices to work: BYOD. This concept has (some) benefits, namely, letting employees having the same device for work and private use and letting them work remotely from anywhere, thus improving their performance and increasing… Read more »



Pitch Deck 101: 6 Resources to Make Your Startup Shine

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Pitch decks are the new business plan. You’ve heard it before–if you want to catch the eye of an investor, you’ve got to spruce up your startup’s pitch deck. But there seem to be thousands of examples, which resources can you trust to create your own? So I’ve complied a list of 6 of the best resources… Read more »


The 7 Biggest Startup Myths, Busted

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Medium, reposted with Franck Nouyrigat’s permission.  Yesterday in DC, I had the honor of talking about startup ecosystems and the mechanics behind hypertribes like Startup Weekend. As part of our discussions, I addressed my favorite subject: startup mythbusting. I’d like to share with you some of the major… Read more »