50+ Designers Share Their Top 3 Design Trends For 2015

The world of web/graphic design has seen huge growth over the past few years, with VC’s employing full-time design partners to many apps and startups focusing on design first. some trends sticking around while other fading away quicker than they are coded. We wanted to learn what design trends we will see more off during 2015, so we reached out to some of the most respected designers out there to ask what design trends they expect will continue to gain traction during 2015. Popular design trends below include typography, responsive design, material design and a focus on speed and users....

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A Look At Spain’s Entrepreneur Visa Program

Silicon Valley might be the startup capital of the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best place to start a company. When considering taking your startup overseas, there are a number of factors you must take into consideration – starting with visa regulations. Visa offerings and regulations vary widely from country to country. Not only do all countries have different rules and procedures, but they also treat people coming in from foreign countries differently. An American citizen trying to move to the United Kingdom will have different restrictions and requirements than a citizen coming in from an European...

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Tips Startups Can Use To Better Manage Their Sales Processes

A business is nothing without sales. You may have an excellent product offering but if your sales process is weak or inefficient you won’t get very far – especially for those who are bootstrapped like we are. While all company’s sales funnels, teams, practices and goals vary, there are many things you can do at any level to better manage sales processes and increase conversion rates. Thanks to our friends at GoodCall, who help and enable sales reps to meet and exceed their sales quota, here are 20 tips you can think about to better manage sales processes at your...

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10 Ways Startups Can Increase User Engagement Today

A startups is nothing without users. Engagement can mean different things depending on the company, platform, product and end goal, however, without it, you won’t be able to attract potential customers and convert buyers. Increasing user engagement is an ongoing task, but there are plenty of basic tips, tricks and tools to keep in mind to boost user engagement, and we have listed 10 below. Thanks to our friends at HotJar, who provide you unlimited insights from your web and mobile sites, for sponsoring these tips. If you want to collect feedback and turn more visitors into customers, please do...

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20 Tips & Resources For Building A Rockstar Software Company

While starting a software company is hyper-competitive and often very challenging, right now is one of the best times to start. Low over head costs, niche opportunities, open source code, outsourcing and monthly recurring revenue are all reasons why we are seeing more and more software companies building solutions that deliver value to their customer base. Thanks to our friends at Jixee, the task and communication app that simplifies your development team’s workflow, what follows are 20 tips and great resources you can use to help a build a rockstar software company. If your team is involved with code/development in...

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20 Strategies Startups Can Implement Today To Improve Teamwork

Best strategies to improve teamwork

Teamwork is a vital part of any company, but even more so for startups when the work environment and culture requires all hands on deck working closely together all the time. In the end, teamwork comes down to cooperation and communication and without it, your business can certainly suffer. While the terms “teamwork” or “team building” may bring visions of company retreats practicing trust falls, in actuality building team morale, trust and productivity doesn’t have to involve pricey trips or clichéd exercises. A special thanks to our friends at Azendoo, the app that groups all your teamwork in one place...

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How To Find Your Dream Job At Any Startup

You’ve heard the siren call of working for a startup and want to get your foot in the door – but where to begin? Is job searching for a position at a startup different than for other businesses? While all traditional job search rules still hold true – cast a wide net, be professional, network, update your resume – the sheer number and range of startups operating in an agile, fast-paced environment often allow for more creativity, connections and opportunities. A special thanks to our friends at Hired, the marketplace where tech companies compete to hire you (especially developers and...

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11 Things Entrepreneurs Need To Know About SSL Certificates

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. When your browser is communicating with SSL technology, the SSL protocol will encrypt the communication connection between the web browser and web server. When encrypted, private information can safely be transmitted between the two without fear of tampering, forgery, or eavesdropping. TLS or Transport Level Security v1.0 is the modern continuation of SSL v3.0. The most current version of TLS at the time of this writing is TLS v1.2. The terms TLS and SSL can, at times, be used interchangeably. SSL uses a pair of certificates, one public and one private, so users can...

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20 Ways To Improve Internal Communication At Your Startup

Strong internal communication can increase employee trust, satisfaction, engagement and even production as team members become more informed, connected and involved within the workplace. Used to instruct, motivate and connect, effective internal communication is crucial for encouraging team members while moving the business forward. Of course, the way you organize your company’s internal communication practices and policies depends on your business, team and company structure, but here are 20 tips can use to improve internal communication. A special thanks to our friends at ChatGrape for sponsoring these tips. If you want an intelligent chat app that makes your team communication...

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50+ Startups Share How They Collaborate With Their Team

We reached out to 50 startups to ask them how they communicate and collaborate with their team. Hopefully you’ll be able to use some of the advice shared below in your own startup. A special thanks to Warewolf, the easiest simple systems integration available (and who are open source!), for sponsoring this group interview. — Since we are focused on close communication and quick feedback cycles, we very much like the SCRUM approach, as probably a lot of startups do. However, full-blown SCRUM has to be adopted and simplified for smaller teams – KISS also is one major doctrine of...

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