Category Archives: Start Ups

Hiring For Your Startup: Do You Play It Safe Or Go With Your Gut Feel?

When hiring new employees for a company an organization can take two approaches; hiring by gut instinct or hiring by traditional skills and job descriptions. When hiring for traditional skills and job descriptions, the employer is looking to see if the possible employee covers all the technical skills necessary for the job. Conversely, when hiring by gut feelings the employer is looking for possible candidates who cover the general soft skills. Jeb Banner, CEO of board management software company Boardable, emphasized why he believes hiring based upon soft skills has worked well for his company, “Employees who are excited about their work are eager to learn and easy to train”. Despite not covering certain technical skills these possible candidates may be able to pick them up quickly. However, once these employees are hired which are the ones that produce the best results, and is one approach more risker than the other? Read More>>

Driven By Passion, More Women Are Founding Startups And Succeeding

It can be tough to be a women in a male dominant industry but, women like Julia Shihih take this minority as an advantage. Women are finding a way to really take off with their startups and their key ingredient is, like many other successful startups- passion. However, this passion can only take your company so far and in order to really take your startup to the next level requires being proactive with what your doing rather than reactive to what others are doing. Read More>>

HELP! I WANT TO PITCH VCs BUT DON’T WANT ANYONE STEALING MY IDEA

Two of entrepreneur’s biggest worries are how to acquire investors for funding and how to keep your business idea from getting stolen. Maynard Webb, longtime technology executive, investor, board member and best-selling author explains why you do not need to worry about getting your idea stolen and instead, the need to prioritize your time worrying about how to get investors. Sharing the right information about your big idea with Venture Capitalists and angel investors might just help to make or break the deal you have been waiting for. Read More>>

Disrupting the Disruptors: Startup Accelerators Feel Pressure to Evolve

A decade ago, eager entrepreneurs with little business acuity and in need of funding turned to startup accelerators for help. From the outside, these programs had an air of exclusivity with the source code to build successful businesses. Now that image seems passé. New models are emerging on how to create ventures and scale them, hence the pressure on startup accelerators. Read More>>