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HR and Recruiting

4 Essential Questions To Ask Startup Candidates

By | Sep 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hiring a dedicated team is one of the toughest, yet rewarding experiences you’ll have to deal with as a startup owner. Unless you are superhuman, you need a winning team to help you run and expand your business. By asking selected candidates the following 4…


10 Lessons I Learned at my First Startup Weekend

By | Aug 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

I had absolutely zero hackathon experience when I agreed to attend the North Dallas Startup Weekend July 17-19 at North Dallas Coworking (nōd). What I did have was experience working for a startup and lots of coding experience. I thought a hackathon would be…


What Startups Can Learn from Saturday Night Live

By | Aug 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

If you missed Saturday Night Live’s epic 40th anniversary special earlier this year, you should check it out on NBC. Not only was it a nostalgic look at 40 years of comedy, it was also a mind-blowing display of how a relatively small organization (only…


What Ownership Really Means in Business

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

To me ownership is the single most important concept in business and, although equity is important, I’m not talking about actual shares or percentages of a company. I’m talking about empowering employees, partners, and coworkers to be able to make decisions. Ownership equates to…



From Punjab to Profit: Why I Moved my Startup to London’s Tech City

By | Jul 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

Facebook. Pinterest. Zenefits. Twitter. Jawbone. Uber. In the startup world, we are lead to to believe that unicorns are born in Silicon Valley. And in many cases, they are. Accelerators, incubators, meetups, and startup competitions all form part of a burgeoning ecosystem which relies…

HR and Recruiting

4 Tips to Live By to Build a Team Full of “A” Players

By | Jul 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm

What’s an “A” player you ask? Simply put…somebody you want on your team. They possess unique qualities, making them indispensable while contributing to the overall success of the company. These players are hard to find, and as you can imagine, are in high demand….


Why I Joined a Startup

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

I graduated from college two years ago, and in that time established the beginnings of a successful career for myself in enterprise tech sales – an area known for being lucrative and having reasonable hours. In the two months since I left my high-paying,…


5 Characteristics of Thriving Social Entrepreneurs – #3: Hire People Smarter Than You

By | Jun 29, 2015 at 8:00 am

In this series, we’ve discussed characteristics of thriving social entrepreneurs. First, we looked at the need to be a good problem solver: if you’re building a business that creates social impact, you need to start by identifying the problem you want to solve. Second,…


5 Things Every Startup Should Know About Hiring

By | Jun 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

As any entrepreneur or businessperson will tell you, hiring is vitally important for business success. Here’s a few points to help you do it correctly: Sell the Vision This is first for a reason. Selling the vision is critical at every stage of your…


3 Reasons to Watch Your Equity Like You Watch Your Bank Account

By | May 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

If you’re a startup employee reading this article, you may have received equity in your company. Company ownership gives you a stake in your company and can result in an important portion of your overall compensation. However, while most people are very aware of…

Dev & Design

Hiring Your All-Star Remote Development Team

By | May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

“A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.” – Steve Jobs At Apple and Pixar, Steve Jobs was renowned for building terrific teams. He recognized that when you add B-level talent to a team…


How to Hire the Right Kind of Product Manager for Each Startup Phase

By | May 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Every startup needs a great product manager. But depending on what phase the startup is in, the definition of “great” can vary considerably. Different phases require different skill sets and sensibilities. You can easily find a product manager who’s a great fit for a…

Case Study

Instagram’s First Hire Was a Community Manager, and It’s Made All the Difference

By | May 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Instagram is easily one of the leading social platforms. And, according to Instagram’s Mike Krieger, the reason for its success may be attributed to the company’s focus on its community – beginning with Instagram’s first hire: a community manager. At today’s WIRED Business Conference,…

Tips & How To’s

Before Quitting Your Job, Read These 35 Startup Tips

By | Apr 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The startup life is alluring for many; in particular, it’s a goal desired by those wanting to work for themselves. However, while the prospect of having no boss and working according to one’s own terms is certainly enviable, the entrepreneurial life has with it…


SAAS, GAAP, WTF? Coding Pitfalls to Avoid For Startups

By | Apr 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

The launch of a new product, service, or technology platform can be an exciting and stressful time. However, when that launch is accompanied by the creation of a new company as well, it can be even more intense. So much focus is poured into…



6 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Startup

By | Apr 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

“If You Had To Hire a Small Business Marketing Expert who would you recommend?” I got this message from a good friend on LinkedIn. I love startups and small businesses, and I enjoy meeting with and mentoring entrepreneurs in my free time. Join a…

Tips & How To’s

4 Ways to Bootstrap a Lean Sales Team for Your Startup

By | Mar 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Getting early customers is crucial to your company’s success. You need early adopters to prove out your model, get you some traction, and give you feedback. Unfortunately, this is hard to do in most industries. Dominant players have all the case studies, and you’re…