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Define Yourself By Your Courage, Not Your Accomplishments 

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Last week, I wrote about Rachel Baker’s struggle to overcome imposter syndrome: “I was absolutely petrified,” she says. “I would come home most nights and cry, thinking, ‘I’m going to be found out, I shouldn’t be doing this.’ It felt almost illegal.” It’s something we all feel, at one time or another. Seattle UX designer Dylan… Read more »



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

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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

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


TapShield is Crowdsourcing Crime

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Crowdsourcing is the hot new thing to do these days, but seldom do we see a way it’s utilized outside of fundraising. TapShield, however, took a lesson from Waze and saw that crowdsourcing goes way beyond just money and can actually be used for social good. To that end, TapShield has launched their iOS and Android… Read more »



Yik Yak Introduces New “PEEK” Feature

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Yik Yak is an  anonymous app that “acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you,” according to their site. The app also allows users to share news, funny jokes, experiences and other events happening on their campus. A few weeks ago, I wrote… Read more »



These States Have the Worst Pay Gaps for Women [RANKING]

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A recent WalletHub survey ranked the Best & Worst States for Working Moms, with Oregon, DC, Vermont, Maine, and New York coming out on top. The survey looked at three areas:  Child care: Day care quality and costs, access to pediatricians, and public school quality  Professional opportunities: Gender pay gap, and the ratio of female-to-male… Read more »


Let’s Ditch the Silicon Valley Gospel [INTERVIEW]

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Like all passionate communities, the startup scene has a gospel. But according to entrepreneur and advisor Paul Orlando, we shouldn’t listen to the Silicon Valley preachers. “There is a mainstream story told across the startup world that may hold true for the few lucky ones, but which doesn’t always hold true for the rest. But ‘the… Read more »


Google’s Employee Data Report Reveals That Tech is Still a White Man’s World

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On Wednesday, Google released a diversity report that highlighted data on its own global workforce. And, surprisingly enough, even for one of the tech industry’s most progressive companies, Google’s numbers show that the world of tech is still very much dominated by white men. According to the data, 70 percent of the company’s 46,170 employees are men,… Read more »


Outsourcing Can Be Awesome, But It Can Also Suck

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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! When first starting out, you’ll surely come to a fork in the road where you… Read more »


Bravo Announces Integration With Formstack

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Bravo, the simple user-generated video software for marketers, today announced that they are integrating directly with Formstack, an online form builder solution. Before Formstack, Bravo users could record, review, and send their video clips directly from their smartphones or tablets to businesses and organizations. With the Formstack integration, Bravo will now be able to help… Read more »



DC-Based Fundrise Raises $31 Million

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The Washington, DC-based Fundrise, a crowdfunding platform that allows people to invest in local real estate and businesses, has announced today that it has raised $31 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Renren Inc., Marty Burger and Tal Kerret of Silverstein Properties, and the Collaborative Fund. Renren Inc. is… Read more »


4 Traits of a Kick-Ass Product Manager 

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Last week, we brought together a panel of experts in Chicago to talk about being a product manager – an often-unsung team player whose work spans business, design, and technology. “The buck starts and ends with the product manager. They’re the one person that is solely responsible for the overall success of a product,” said Sprout… Read more »