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,…

Tips & How To’s

6 Must-Know Influencer Marketing Tips for Your Business

By | Oct 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

An increasingly digital landscape is changing the way businesses function and customers make decisions. Clients act more on recommendations from third parties than any brand itself. An influencer can drive traffic to your website, enhance your social media exposure, and help you boost sales…

Data

Chicago

Chris Gladwin of Ocient on Revolutionize Big Data Analytics

By | Oct 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Chris Gladwin is the CEO and founder of Ocient, a startup building software that enables sophisticated users of data to handle massive amounts of information fast enough to make real-time decisions. Two years ago, Chris sold his data storage company Cleversafe to IBM for…

Productivity

How to Automate Tasks in Excel Like a Pro

By | Oct 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Think of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) like Excel on steroids. By gaining knowledge of VBA you’ll be able to streamline tasks in Excel and turbocharge your data handling capabilities. If you are a spreadsheet ninja or aspire to be, then the Microsoft VBA Bundle is…

Productivity

Boulder

The Early-Stage Startup Playbook for SaaS Productivity Products

By | Oct 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

When you’re just starting out, knowing what tools work the best for all the different current or future needs will save you time. Here’s our list of tools that can help you Do More Faster. Warning, the article is long but detailed with reviews…

Marketing

4 Habits Your Team Can Develop to Improve Customer Relations

By | Oct 26, 2017 at 7:15 am

If you work with business customers, as an account manager, an owner, a consultant or a customer happiness representative, you know that great service doesn’t mean that friendliness fixes the problem. Results trump even the most friendly interactions. For B2B client relationships especially, customer…

Tips & How To’s

5 Website Trends Businesses Need to Adopt for 2018

By | Oct 12, 2017 at 8:30 am

It may seem redundant to point out the rate at which the internet is evolving. As technology continues to progress, so does the need for website owners to keep up with the trends. Due to the turbulence experienced in the vastness of cyberspace, it’s…

Marketing

Palo Alto

6 Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs on a Budget

By | Oct 25, 2017 at 8:30 am

Having participated in building numerous startups, I’ve seen many founders spend too much on their marketing efforts out of a perceived need that they have to spend money to make money, and get noticed. They end up struggling to continue. Plus, investors don’t look…

Tips & How To’s

Chicago

4 Ways to Improve Employee Experience at Your Startup

By | Oct 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Customer experience, customer experience, customer experience. When building a startup, it can feel like that’s all anyone is paying attention too. After all, customers essential run your business, as you couldn’t survive without their support. However, there is one set of people that is…

Productivity

How to Power Through a Project When You Get Off Track

By | Oct 24, 2017 at 7:15 am

When you write a book about letting go of control, you have to expect that you’ll learn a few lessons on the topic along the way as my project definitely didn’t go according to schedule. While I did turn out my manuscript on time,…