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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50 Entrepreneurs Share Their Top 3 Social Media Marketing Tips – Updated

We reached out to 50 startup entrepreneurs to ask them to share their top 3 social media marketing tips. Hopefully you’ll be able to use some of the advice shared here with your own social media marketing strategies. A special thanks to howtostartablog.com, a site dedicated to helping you get your blog off the ground, for sponsoring this group interview. Create evergreen content that you can recycle and resyndicate. The SEO benefits are substantial. At the beginning, quantity matters a lot. It’s critical to establish a cadence for your readership, so that they keep coming back and they are rewarded...

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The Best Tech, Marketing & Design Newsletters Worth Subscribing To

While we naturally think our own newsletter is one of the best tech newsletters delivered on a weekly basis (feel free to subscribe above), we are also fans of many other tech, marketing and design newsletters. What follows is a selection of our favourites. Feel free to check them out and consider subscribing for a dose of tech, design, marketing and other great content delivered to your inbox weekly. Startups & Tech Andy Croll’s Bootstrapping Newsletter – Andy selects a different topic each week and add’s his own commentary to great bootstrap focused content from around the web. SaaS Weekly by Hiten Shah –...

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10 E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Worth Following on Twitter

With the recent announcements of the Facebook and Twitter “Buy” buttons coming soon and a slew of up and coming fashion startups, e-commerce is growing and changing at lightning speed. Twitter is one of the best ways to follow what e-retailer game changers are up to, get involved in conversations with and keep your finger on the pulse of the e-commerce industry. Get following, and have fun. Aaron Epstein – Co-founder of Creative Market You can think of Creative Market kind of like Etsy, except for “handcrafted, mousemade design content” such as website themes, graphics and templates. The company is...

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Learn How 50+ Startups Manage Their Code

We reached out to over 50 startups to ask them how they manage their code to hopefully pass on some useful tips you can use when managing your codebase. Heaps of great responses, so grab a coffee, sit back, and let’s geek out. A big thank you to the Raygun team for sponsoring this group interview. If you want to build better software and keep your users happy, Raygun is an amazing error tracking system for software developers. Keep your software healthy and your users happy with Raygun. Get started for FREE today . — We use git, with a...

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68 Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Challenges Growing a Startup

The biggest challenge is that most of the times you think that you don’t have resources. You’d like to grow your team but you don’t have resources, you’d like to get national coverage but you have no budget to do what RedBull does, you’d like more customers but… you get it. Solution: I’ve studied a lot what the most successful people do – having done interviews in TV/Events with Jeff Bezos, Steve Ballmer, Al Gore, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins and hundreds more – and I keep seeing common patterns. The solution is always the same. 1) Complaining is not a...

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80 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Productivity Tools

We reached out to 80 startup entrepreneurs to find out what productivity tools they rely on, day in, day out, to get their work done. Too many people waste a tremendous amount of time with project management software, high fidelity prototypes or mockups, or online Business Model Canvas software. A small piece of paper and a pen is the best prototyping tool you can buy and you can manage your entire company with sticky notes and a wall. Tristan Kromer, Founder, GrassHopperHerder Jot – a new iphone app which is ideal for people (like me) who ’email themselves’ constantly during...

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9 Benefits to Staying Small in Business

Benefits to staying small in business

In business, it often seems like bigger is better… but is that really the case? We’re always hearing that your business should “grow bigger” and “grow faster”. “Most fast and break things” is the common Silicon Valley advice. But is this right? Well, the answer is complicated. The answer is “it depends”. But, before we jump into some of the many benefits of not growing large, let’s first examine some things that are small and perfect just the way they are: Would you want those any bigger? I wouldn’t either. But enough (tiny)horse-play, let’s get into the real reasons and...

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Effective Productivity Tips From 80 Startup Founders – Part Two

We reached out to 80 startup founders and asked them to share their best productivity tips, tricks and hacks that you can hopefully learn from. Check out part one if you have not yet read the great tips there, and below you’ll find the remaining 40 hot tips you’ll want to test and use to increase your productivity. — When you get an urgent (but not necessarily important) email from a customer or co-worker… WAIT. Don’t jump in and solve the problem right away. Keep working on what you are working on and in a few hours I find most...

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Effective Productivity Hacks From 80 Startup Founders – Part One

We talk with 80 startup entrepreneurs who share their most effective productivity tips, tricks and hacks. In part one below we feature what 40 of them had to say (check out part two here). — Not sure if it counts as a hack, but establishing a morning routine has done more for my productivity than anything else. When I get up I immediately stretch, drink water, walk an hour while listening to Audible books, clean for 10 minutes, and then jump right into my first work session of the day. My favorite “magic pill” productivity hack is my Seiki 39″...

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