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Does the Tech Industry Have an Office Romance Problem?

By | Feb 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Quick, guess how many people have had sex with a coworker. 10 percent of them? 20? 50? The actual number is a massive 59.7 percent, and that’s just the ones that admitted to it in a recent study. That wasn’t the only surprising fact in…



Access to Human Capital Is Just as Important as Funding

By | Feb 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm

There’s a lot of truth to the saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” The cliché piece of advice rings even more true when it comes to gaining access to investors. What startup founders tend to overlook is that gaining access…


10 Management Tips That Double as Relationship Advice

By | Feb 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Being a good manager means understanding  your employees’ perspectives. It means respecting their needs and their boundaries. It means gently pushing them towards being the best they can be. And if all that sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s also the emotionally intelligent bedrock that…

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…


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…


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


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…



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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…



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…