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The 5 C’s of Great Leaders


Recently, I was reviewing candidate requirements with one of my clients, the chief revenue officer of a well-known data management company. One of the requirements for this senior leadership position was “executive comportment.” I loved the phrase, as it succinctly captured that qualitative X factor marking those leaders who inspire the best in those around… Read more »

How to Evaluate Candidates with Video Resumes


As the job market becomes more and more competitive, job candidates are looking for new and exciting ways to stand out from their competition. This is where the video resume comes into play. Video resumes are tools job candidates can use to reveal their personality, something a traditional paper resume cannot do. While nearly 90… Read more »

Caring About Employees Is Not A Talent Strategy


Almost every founder has the same mentality: talent can make or break your business. From finding the best talent to maintaining a strong culture, founders regularly wax poetic about how much they care about their people and their culture. We all know that people and culture matter. The real question is what are you doing… Read more »

Inside the Company Culture of Eventbrite


In 2009, Eventbrite raised funding and was gearing up to triple its employees in less than a year. Fearing what this would do to their culture, cofounder Julia Hartz started thinking. “What would happen if a founder of a company . . . focused on people?” she wondered. Four years later, at over 200 employees,… Read more »

4 Tips for Keeping Remote Meetings Efficient


Remote meetings aren’t anything new. Companies of all sizes are embracing the remote worker, and if the necessary meetings are managed in the right way, they can be productive for every person involved. Here are a few tips and tools you can use to make sure you’re getting the most out of your meeting time…. Read more »

Prenups for Startups: How to Structure Founding Teams


One of the people in my networking group in Chicago posed this question: How do your teams structure yourselves so that people are compensated fairly and encouraged to do their best work? The ensuing online discussion inevitably turned toward how to create a working relationship so that everyone is happy, motivated, and feels appropriately rewarded…. Read more »

Hacking the Workday


Starting around age 6, the schedules begin. School goes from 8 am until 3 pm, or (shudder) 7 until 2. Once we make it to a corporate job, it’s 9-5 day in and day out, Monday through Friday, week after week. Luckily, entrepreneurs have a flair for irreverence, rebellion, and experimentation. Work hours are 9-5…says… Read more »

7 Ways to Avoid Distraction and Increase Productivity


Oh, look! It’s 10pm – I guess I should finally get around to writing this article on productivity. I’ve got my orange juice and my headphones; I’m totally ready to write this. But, wait, I think I need to do more research on how much time people waste throughout the workday. Wait, do I even… Read more »

Finding Your Billion Dollar Idea: When These 9 Young Entrepreneurs Knew They Found “The One”


The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email… Read more »

10 Fall MOOCs to Check Out for Aspiring Entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurship is an essential part of America’s economic tapestry – a core of its national ethos. Every day, someone out there is waking up with the desire to live and work for one’s own self! Oh, the freedom! Oh, the splendor! Can you taste it! But how will you get there, dear dreamer? When it… Read more »

Too Soon for a Sales Team?


One of my clients is a fast-growing, C-series advertising technology company with an exceptional executive management team, enviable customer list, and revenue growth rate that strongly suggests they won’t need more funding before an exit. The CRO I placed has built a strong sales team for their core solution, and now the company is in… Read more »

Crowdfunding Fundamentals: Creating the Right Campaign in the Right Place


Connecting across the globe is simpler than ever before. Sometimes, all it takes is the tap of a finger. As a small business owner, that means finding customers, investors, and opportunities is simpler than ever before, too. Innovative companies are using the Web’s far-reaching connections to their advantage with a new kind of investment opportunity:… Read more »

Inside the Company Culture of Denver’s TrackVia


In August, Denver-based TrackVia was named Outside Magazine’s #14 best place to work in 2013. The award cited their unlimited vacation time, free lunch Fridays, and $500 scholarship for employers to pursue their passions. TrackVia has around 40 employees and has been in business since 2006, helping non-technical people build databases and applications. We caught… Read more »

You Just Fired Your Cofounder. Now What?


You feared this day would come: it’s time for you to fire your cofounder. Whether through differences in strategic direction, failure to execute critical tasks, or simply being the victim of success by owning responsibilities that require experience he doesn’t have, you know that you need to let your business partner go. Now. So how… Read more »

11 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing An Angel Investor


The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons. As much as… Read more »