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Growth vs. Profit: What Should Rising Startups Focus On First?

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>This really is not a simple question to answer. There are so many nuances that go into assessing the right answer:<p>What is going on with the economy?<br>• How liquid …

Don't Let Your Career 'Just Happen': Plan For The Unexpected

As I braved arctic temperatures on my way into work today, I was struck by the similarity between careers and the weather.<p>In her capricious way, Mother Nature inflicted weather extremes on us this week. On Friday, my children were home enjoying a snow day, by Monday the snow was washed away by …

20 Business Lessons You Don't Want To Learn The Hard Way

A few months ago, we posed this question to ShortStack‘s Facebook fans: “What is one business lesson you learned the hard way?” It began as a simple question to garner engagement, but it led to a long list of business owners’ reminiscences that included some great advice.<p>Of course every business …

8 Resources Every New Startup Person Should Use

I’m regularly asked “What should I read if I want to start my own business?” or “I’m leaving the corporate world and I’m thinking about founding a startup — what should I do?”<p>Today I’m celebrating my two year anniversary of leaving the corporate world behind. At Plated.com we recently raised our …

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

There are very few great managers. And even fewer great leaders. Making your team happy by displaying behaviors that are expected from you as a manager is hard. But it is even harder to inspire people to follow you, especially if you don’t have direct authority over them.<p>Leaders are not always …

10 Ways To Get People To Love Your Emails

Do you cringe when you look at your email inbox? I do. Sometimes the volume of unread messages is intimidating, even paralyzing. Yet email is the universal tool for business communication. The good news is that you <i>can</i> adopt productive and efficient email habits. Better yet, you can be the one whose …

How To Stop Perfectionism From Running Your Life

In an interview between Oprah and Dr. Brené Brown, vulnerability researcher and storyteller, the following words were exchanged:<p>People who are walking around as perfectionists are ultimately afraid that the world is going to see them for who they really are and [that] they won’t measure up.<p>Though …

Want To Be A Strong Leader? Act Like A 4-Year-Old

I love being around little kids. I loved hanging out with my kids when they were little, and I love hanging out with my grandkids, to an extraordinary degree. But I enjoy spending time with little kids to whom I’m not related, as well.<p>Partly, it’s just fun. But mostly, I see qualities in little …

Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed …

8 Apps That Can Do Wonders For Your Career

<i>by Jessica Henderson</i><p>No one said that it was easy out there.<p>We’re talking about the job market, of course. And in this competitive environment, even small advantages can have a big impact on whether you land the gig.<p>Small advantages like these eight low-cost (and, in many cases, free) apps, which …

Hack Work To Combine Peak Performance And Personal Purpose

Is it any wonder that employee engagement is reported to be at an all time global low while business continues to become increasingly complex? In an earlier article, <i>Work is Broken; Let’s Hack it</i>, one of us described the trends and our understanding of how the future of work is shifting. Yet, most …

5 Landing Page Mistakes That Are Killing Your Chances At Conversions

You’ve probably already figured out that getting visitors to your landing page is only one part of the online marketing equation.<p>Many of us like to believe that if only we could just get people to our site, our products and/or amazing website design would magically convert our visitors into …

How To Do Content Marketing Right

Content is hot! What used to be a relatively small cadre of bloggers and YouTube enthusiasts has become a major marketing arena. There is a slew of specialist agencies producing branded content and major media outlets offering native advertising.<p>Yet some believe that content marketing has already …

Secrets of Career Success: The Day I Realized What I Was Really Worth

<i>by Jill Beirne Davi</i><p>When I launched a side business about five years ago coaching people about their finances, I enjoyed it so much that I barely charged—if I charged at all—for my services. Many of the people I was helping were in the hole—and desperately trying to get out. Plus, I loved talking to …

Three Small Words That Can Take An Entrepreneur To The Floor

We recently launched a new initiative at our company, Fishbowl, called Oceans Institute (Lighthouse Lifelong Learning) that seeks out individuals of uncommon courage and inspiration who teach us how to be a “lighthouse” to one another. We look forward to sharing the “best of the best” segments with …