An unhappy, uninspired team isn’t going to get you very far. Even your best employees can have times when they’re feeling less than motivated and as a leader, it’s your responsibility to help boost morale and guide your team. Motivating your team and company doesn’t have to require expensive retreats or showy displays of affection however, often little actions, like these 20 productivity techniques, go a long way in making employees feel more appreciated, focused and driven. A special thanks to our friends at Kanbanize, a visual management app which boosts your productivity by applying lean principles to your work,...Continue Reading →
With the rise of social media and review sites, online reputation management has become more fragmented, and more important, than ever before. Now instead of making a formal complaint or sharing a bad experience amongst friends, customers can easily, and immediately, air their grievances with your company for anyone to see. A bad reputation not only means a potential loss in sales, it also can negatively affect your hiring ability and team morale. It’s more difficult and expensive to clean up a poor reputation than it is to be proactive about creating and maintaining a positive one. With that in mind, building a...Continue Reading →
The SaaS trend is showing no signs of stopping as more customers turn to accessible solutions they can immediately implement into their businesses and more startups clamor for a piece of the pie. Though there’s a big market, there’s also stiff competition when it comes to growing a successful software company. Thanks to our friends at Usersnap, which offers a visual bug tracker that helps create understandable bug reports, these 25 tips for building a software company will give you an edge over your competitors. 1. Build to fix a problem Don’t build something just to prove you can. Look...Continue Reading →
Some experts in the startup space say there has never been a better time to raise a round of funding. Whether that’s true or not, there are a few things every startup needs to know and understand before they start approaching investors. We reached out to 16 prolific investors to ask what advice they have for startups looking for funding. Hopefully the following advice will help you get you in front of the right investors, at the right time. A special thanks to EquityZen, who allow private investors to access proven startups, for sponsoring this group interview. James Joaquin |...Continue Reading →
We spent weeks reading hundreds of guides on remote working to compile 50 of the best resources that will help startups understand it’s never been easier to manage a distributed team. The following resources and guides will show you how, and why, you should seriously be considering remote working at your startup. Working Remotely It’s Clearly Undefined, but Telecommuting is Fast on the Rise – This New York Times article discusses the rise of the remote workforce and who is a ‘typical’ telecommuter. 10 Good Reasons Why Working Remotely Makes Sense – Ten reasons and examples why telecommuting is here...Continue Reading →
The startup world is all about who you know. Networking with peers, industry leaders, mentors and investors is key when it comes to creating a supportive team for your company and moving your business forward. Depending on your business and how you’re getting started, building a company from the ground up can also be isolating – especially if you’re bootstrapping or working with a small team. Whether it’s connecting with like-mined individuals around the globe or finding your dream job, it’s important to network in a variety of ways. Enter Slack. Slack is a collaborative business app that has blown...Continue Reading →
The way we work and hire employees is changing. No longer tied to the physical limitations of a set workplace, freelance workers are becoming more and more accessible – and more common. A recent Wall Street Journal article claimed that one in three U.S. workers is now a freelancer, a big shift from the more ‘traditional’ idea of clocking in at a 9-to-5 job and moving up the ladder within an organization. In this new world, companies – and especially startups – have a great opportunity to take advantage of a larger talent pool while lowering their payroll expenses. Though...Continue Reading →
It’s no secret that the mobile space is growing exponentially and apps are the way to go. It’s never been easier to create an app, but it’s also never been more difficult to rise above the noise and retain a committed, engaged user base. With so many apps out there, you need to make yours stand out from the crowd. Engagement will mean different things for different businesses – if you’re promoting a social app you’ll probably want users to be active regularly, where an app offering a service only needed for certain times. Regardless of what your engagement goals...Continue Reading →
Have you ever considered hosting your own tech event? Do you already host a tech event but want to improve? We reached out to 22 tech event organizers to get their opinions and advice on what makes a great tech event. Hopefully the advice below will give you some great ideas and insights. If you host or planning to host a tech event, do check out our friends over at Mitingu who allow event organizers to easily create registration sites in minutes, with some great registration and engagement tools. Peter van Sabben | Startupbootcamp – Be clear what you are...Continue Reading →
Growing companies as quickly as possible is nothing new, but the term and interest in “Growth Hacking” has seen huge growth over the past few years. There’s never been a better time to learn how to grow and scale a company online quickly, thanks to the people who test, document and share their growth hacking experiments and results. Over the past year, we have read through more than a thousand guides on growth hacking to compile this list, which we think are the best 101 growth hacking resources out there. While you will not become a world class growth hacker...Continue Reading →
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