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Get Your Passion Project Moving Without Quitting Your Day Job

You’ve finally figured out what you want to do with your life — start a company, launch a website, design an app, or found a nonprofit. The only problem is that you can’t afford to quit your job (and lose your benefits) in order to pursue it fulltime. So, where should you start? What’s the best way …

Before the Startup

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>October 2014<p><i>(This essay is derived from a guest lecture in Sam Altman's startup class at</i> …

Actually, Don't Quit Your Day Job Before Starting Your Business

New research finds that keeping your day job while launching your new company dramatically cuts your risk of failure.<p>Should you quit your day job? If you're considering entrepreneurship, chances are you've been told--more than once--that the only way to succeed is to jump in with both feet. Only …

A Pioneering Woman In Venture Capital On Why You Shouldn’t Have A Career Plan

Kathryn Gould took the career path less traveled–from physicist, high-tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and now vineyard owner.<p>Kathryn Gould has never had a career plan. For her, the most important thing has always been getting in on great ideas early.<p>In 1982, she was one of Oracle’s first 20 …

9 Essential Habits of Remarkably Effective People

You don't have to be born able to execute at a high level. Here's how you can develop that vital skill.<p>There's a huge biggest difference between being <i>efficient</i> and being <i>effective</i>. (Just ask Stephen Covey.)<p><b>Efficient</b> people are well organized and competent. They check things off their to-do list. …

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, especially in the cutthroat startup race, where half of all of all …

How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled

People hold on to jobs too long for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s loyalty to co-workers at a company you’ve outgrown, or maybe you spent a long time thinking you were just about to get promoted… but never got the call. Or perhaps you simply had a lot going on in your personal life and your …

The Truth About Startups and Tech Conferences

<i>Daria Shualy is Don Draper/product marketer at daPulse.</i><p>“There’s this new Web summit in Dublin,” Eilon, my colleague, tells me. “It looks like they have some awesome speakers aligned, I really think we should go.”<p>“Yeah, I keep getting their emails,” I said. “They’re relentless.”<p>“All the participants …