Category Archives: Management and Strategy

Forget Facebook, Amazon or Google. Up-and-coming top tech talent is opting for startups.

Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — the aptly named FANG companies — are coming under increased scrutiny for their total market dominance. In their respective but more frequently overlapping areas of focus, these giants have collected enough information to hold an alarming amount of global influence. Chief among that, and perhaps most concerning, is the amount of data collected on us, the everyday users. Well past their inflection points, and with every single usage, these companies are woven deeper into the fabric of our lives. Some might even say more emphatically that they have becomeour everyday lives. Read more>>

Entrepreneurs: Your Team Needs You To Be A Leader, Not A Friend

Chris Myers, the Co-Founder & CEO of BodeTree, claimed that entrepreneurs should be a leader instead of a friend.  As a leader, he prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt and hope that they simply do the right thing. That approach, however, causes more problems than it avoids. The reason is that people rarely want to do the wrong thing. When behaviors disappoint or are misaligned with expectations, it’s usually due to differences in understanding or perception. Conflict avoidance does nothing more than take a bad situation and make it worse. Instead, leaders must make their expectations clear, even when it is uncomfortable. Read more>>

The future will be won by the scientist-CEO

Academic research is often full of ideas that can form the foundation of startups. Institutions like the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins are putting considerable effort to help launch young companies that license that research in a way that can bring acclaim and dollars. These growing life sciences and medtech startup community needs researchers and executives. The next generation of entrepreneurs could have the skills of both. Read more>>

What working on Pebble taught me about building hardware

Building hardware is fun but tough. Startups in general are like roller coasters; adding hardware to the mix just makes them even more stomach-churning. But if it’s so hard, why do it? The most rewarding feeling in the world is seeing someone out in public using a product that you helped make. If you’re working on hardware, especially consumer electronics, I hope you’ll get a chance to feel it. It makes it all worth it. Read more>>

The Science Behind the Growing Importance of Collaboration

Collaboration is a hot buzzword in the business world. And with good reason. Working with people who have different perspectives or areas of expertise can result in better ideas and outcomes. But collaboration does not always just happen. Sometimes it needs a little nudge. Kellogg’s Benjamin Jones, a strategy professor at the Kellogg School, discusses why collaboration is so important today—and how organizations can design their buildings and common spaces to encourage it.  Read more>>

WHY UBER DOSENT FIRE ITS CEO

In a startup company the founders of the company also become the CEOs. But as the company grows these CEOs make way for the professional CEO who have the knowledge and experience in the corporate world to help the company. This decision is usually made by the board members of the company. But the board members of the Uber company say that such is only made by their founder and CEO Travis Kalanick. Read More>>

PIVOT TO BE A BETTER LEADER NOT JUST FOR A STRATEGY

The journey to running a successful business is a difficult one. Hence there is no surprise that in this journey one makes many mistakes. These mistakes are not only made in the business model selected but also the leadership qualities displayed by the founder of the company. But our pride gets in the way and stops us from admitting and amending our mistakes as a leader which can lead a company to failure. Hence we should accept the pivot to become and successful. Read More>>

STARTUPS ARE MAKING THE REJECTION LETTER A THING OF THE PAST

Your firm has to hire 100 entry-level salespeople every year? No problem. Your intelligent applicant tracking system has already identified 250 college freshmen and sophomores with the right qualities, the result of which will be an invitation to interview for a summer job.This will mean fewer bad hires, better employee retention and less lost sleep from being rejected. Read More>>