Tips & How To’s

5 Strategies for Building Early-Stage Momentum

By | Nov 5, 2017 at 10:30 am

Anyone who’s starting a business has no doubt been informed of this scary statistic: More than half of all startups fail to survive past their fourth year. Unless your goal is to get rich in less than four years and then call it quits,…

Culture

How Pairing Employees With Mentors Can Improve Company Culture

By | Nov 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Building a strong culture where employees feel they are heard, included and valued can reduce a company’s turnover. We talked with Drew Johnson, CEO and founder of App Partner, about his employee management strategy, company culture experience, and how he retains employees. Here’s his advice to…

Software

5 Tips You’ll Need to Kickstart Your Own Successful SaaS Business

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

According to Gartner, the global SaaS market will grow by 20.1 percent in 2017, topping $46 billion. It’s no wonder there are so many articles related to building a SaaS business floating around the Internet these days! The question remains: how can you start…

HR and Recruiting

How to Break Into Data Science

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

With the rise of data science-driven business strategies the need for talent is increasing. Data scientists become masters at accessing, cleaning, organizing, structuring and presenting data that help business owners make important decisions to get ahead of competition. This soft skill set has become…

HR and Recruiting

Omaha

Purpose Motivates Millennials More Than a Paycheck

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

You’ve probably heard two different perspectives when it comes to the millennial worker: “Millennials are different than the current workforce.” “No, they’re the same.” “Millennials are the scourge of the workforce.” “They’re just its newest members.” “Millennials are saving work as we know it.” “They are totally…

Pitch

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Fail While Pitching

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

Most of the time, I love office hours. They gives me a chance to listen to pitches and hear some of the great ideas manifesting in the entrepreneurs of the future. This week, however, I had an odd meeting that reminded me of some…

Productivity

How to Find the Right Software for Your Small Business

By | Nov 3, 2017 at 7:15 am

Not every new tech find, app or system is needed to transform the operation of small businesses. While initial software costs might not always be significant, even free, if there is little value to your business, it’s a waste of time and resources. Here’s…

Dev & Design

Seattle

How to Be a Productive Startup With a Remote Development Team

By | Nov 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Being a founder means you have multiple hats and you are constantly working in a high-octane, non-stop environment, and maintaining a high level of productivity with your team is key. While most early-stage startups have at least one technologically-based founder, as the company begins…

Ecommerce

5 Ways to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

By | Nov 2, 2017 at 8:30 am

Getting customers through the shopping cart can drastically impact your conversion rate. And if the process is laborious, expect more people to bail. According to a study done by the Baymard Institute the average shopping cart abandonment rate is 68 percent. The study also reveals…

Productivity

5 Contract Management Platforms to Streamline Your Deal Flow

By | Nov 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Previously I’ve had jobs where my primary role was managing contracts – I am having flashbacks just thinking about it. Just the structure alone is tedious, much less the verifying information, discovering precedent and relevant details, fine proofing every last bit of legalese, making…

Productivity

Columbus

How to Build a Business Plan That Gets You Funded

By | Nov 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

It’s rare to find early-stage founders that knows how to properly put together a business plan for an investor. Sure, mentors can help, but in the end, the founders need to figure it out and tackling it all at once can be overwhelming. Instead…

Culture

9 Ways Employees Get Payback on Mean Bosses

By | Oct 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Working in an office can lead to some pretty toxic behavior. Between cutthroat office politics and short tempered bosses, the average employee often endures quite a bit of yelling, insulting, and generally unpleasant interactions with bosses and coworkers alike. In fact, a recent study…

Productivity

Why Working Remote Can Improve Employee Productivity

By | Oct 31, 2017 at 8:30 am

It may paint a pretty picture, but working from home is not as easy as it seems from a distance, even with high-paying telecommuting jobs on the rise. Remote workers face multiple challenges on a regular basis, which include but are not limited to…

Legal

7 Ways to Determine If Your Product Needs a Patent

By | Oct 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

Developing an intellectual property plan can be key to preventing mistakes that could impact future valuation of your company. But when is it the right time to get a patent on your product? We asked 7 entrepreneurs how they knew when/if a patent is…

Accelerator

7 Leadership Lessons You’ll Learn at Techstars

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

In November 2015, we embarked on our three-and-half-month journey to the accelerator. I hope to share what I learned from Techstars so that other teams from around the world could better understand what you’ll take away when you’re done. Here were the seven lessons…

Productivity

How to Improve Your Speed Reading Skills

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Are you a whole word or skimmer reader? The average reader can consume 300 words per minute, and if you are skimming, it can go up to 700 words per minute. With how much information you take in during the day, wouldn’t it be…

Public Relations

San Diego

5 Questions to Ask Before Launching Your Next PR Campaign

By | Oct 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Snuggie, Airbnb, Soylent and even Lyft arguably have something in common: epic timing. The notion “timing is everything” is a proverb relevant to many aspects of business, but it is particularly pertinent to public relations in terms of securing excellent media coverage. However,…