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Tips & How To’s

5 Ways to Build a Transparent Relationship With Your Investors

By | Dec 8, 2017 at 7:15 am

One thing that has struck me as interesting for quite some time, and especially over the last several months, is the hesitation that exists within us to reveal uncomfortable information. Whether it has to do with an everyday company decision or a compounding, lingering…

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…

Psychology

Los Angeles

Effective Networking Starts With Empathy

By | Oct 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The better you understand someone, the more you will be able to relate to them in all areas of life. This is just some advice from Alejandro Rioja, CEO of Flux Ventures. We asked him about building relationships and advice for founders needing to expand…

Marketing & Social Media

How to Communicate With Customers to Win Sales and Build Relationships

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

Growing up I often heard my dad say, “Be quick, but don’t hurry.” He was quoting the famous UCLA men’s basketball coach, John Wooden, who won a record 10 national championships in 12 years. These words echo in my mind even today as I think about…

Tips & How To’s

NYC

Why You Need to Stop Networking and Start Building Relationships

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

There’s a phrase that’s always stuck with me,“here in Brazil we don’t network — we make friends.” I thought about the journey that led to the creation of our first South American office. I thought about the business relationships my partner and I formed…

Pitch

Seattle

5 Strategies That Can Help Your Startup Win a Pitch Competition

By | Jul 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Pitch competitions are about having fun, knowing your hook, and building meaningful relationships. Recently, I met up with Cassie Wallender, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Invio Inc., a company on a mission to target and eliminate clinical trial inefficiencies that slow or block…

Tips & How To’s

Chicago

How to Expand Your Social Network and Grow Your Startup

By | Jun 29, 2017 at 8:30 am

There are so many obstacles in business. You need a superb product. You must market this product to your potential customers. You need to meet the demands of the evolving society and your growing customers. And the list is endless. Coupled with these, you…

Accelerator

San Francisco

How an Accelerator Can Help Startups Gain Mentors and Credibility

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

In 2009, when we first founded Datahug we did not know many other founders, investors or mentors who could help with advice or introductions to customers or investors. Equally, when we did manage to get that rare early introduction or connection, we had very…

Interviews

Clifford Beckles of Streamline Systems on the Value of Business Relationships

By | Jun 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm

It’s always important to remember that cash flow is king in the startup world. Be sure to keep that in mind before you run out and make a big purchase after your first “big” sale, because you never know when an emergency might come…

Culture

Los Angeles

Respect is the Foundation of Client and Employee Relationships

By | May 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Building a good relationship with your clients and employees comes down to respecting and trusting each other over the long haul. We talked with Gabriel Richards, Founder and CEO of Endertech, about putting love and respect as core values and the positive outcomes he’s gain…

Culture

5 Classic Inbox Personalities and How to Respond to Them

By | May 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Everyone has a tendency to misread client emails. The tones we hear in our heads can dictate our responses, which can easily hinder working relationships and impact the success of a project. Unfortunately, we can’t pick what personalities land in our inbox. But we can try…

Entrepreneur

3 Reasons to Connect With Like-Minded Entrepreneurs

By | Feb 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

Inspiration, passion and confidence are just a few of the benefits you stand to gain from making meaningful connections with like-minded individuals. The old proverb, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are,” translates into surrounding yourself with the right people. As…

Entrepreneur

5 Challenges Founders Face When First Starting Up

By | Dec 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Running a startup isn’t as intuitive as some people think. Like most things, the more experience you have under your belt, the more prepared you will be to tackle the many issues that plague startup founders in any and every industry. We asked five founders what…

Business

Chicago

6 Things That Matter When It Comes to Building Your Business

By | Sep 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the first Chase for Business Conference in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by entrepreneur and entertainer Nick Cannon, the event had a solid cast of speakers sharing their insights to a crowd of about 500…

Tips & How To’s

How to Improve Your Startup’s Online Reputation

By | May 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

Online reputation is something that can take months or even years to build. On the other hand, it can be destroyed in a matter of minutes. Your startup is fragile and even one bad review can ruin you in the early stages of the process. Fortunately for you, there…

Culture

The Science Behind the Watercooler Break

By | May 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

Thanks to remote work and freelancing, the office watercooler break is no longer as ubiquitous as it once was. We take breaks by surfing Facebook, watching YouTube videos, or breaking out our Kindles (or is that just me?). But science gives us some compelling…

Product Launch

Miami

SCORE: Online Dating Game That Connects Soulmates Offline

By | Apr 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

If life is messy, love is messier, especially when it includes technology. I know very few people who enjoy the experience of online dating: The process can be tedious and the outcome undesirable. Why is it difficult to find love online? One reason why…