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By Jeff O'Connor | Plot your escape from your cubicle prison and liberate yourself from the tyranny of the 9-5 grind. Or not.
A senior exec of a big health insurer recently returned from a company offsite dedicated to becoming ”customer centric”. I asked if they talked about making EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) understandable? “Not really”, he said. For me that sums up the state of healthcare customer care: becoming …Health Care
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Today, entrepreneurship activity are at its historical highest, scrambling to meet a wide range of needs in the market and respond to yet undiscovered demands. Rapidly increasing globalization continues to shift equilibriums, such that a constant supply of …Startups
In the 29th session of Chandoo.org podcast, let’s impress the boss with Excel charts.What is in this session?Many Excel charts live a short life. They …Microsoft Excel
A crowdfunding campaign is nothing more and nothing less than a full-time job. Ideation, preparation, strategy, execution and follow-up are as …Checklists
Oddly enough, the obviously terrible employees don’t cause the real problems.
Why? Whether clearly incompetent or unbelievably easy, they’re easy to …Human Resources
As an early-stage startup, building brand awareness is one of the most important parts of your business. To succeed you must get the word out about your brand, cultivate an audience and expand the reach of your company. Generating online traction is a top of priority, second only to getting …
There are plenty of reasons for not starting a company. Odds are good that starting a company will not make you rich or famous. Only 1 in 10,000 funded startups become worth more than $1 billion, venture capitalist Mike Maples Jr. told me in a recent interview.
I am not sure how scientific that …
Women are still vastly underrepresented in tech.
This summer, major tech companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Apple released their own diversity reports. At many of these companies, the ratio was 70% male, 30% women.
It's a shame because women are doing incredible work, and bring a different view …
“There isn’t enough time.”
It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it swells to a more-or-less deafening roar in Silicon Valley.
It’s “go, go, go” in startup land. And whether you’re just beginning to bootstrap or hustling to get …
Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and …
The folks from behind the World Startup Wiki have released a neat new project that shines a light on startup events and networking opportunities worldwide. World Startup Events is a map that features three notable events for a range of cities worldwide — favorite event of the local community; its …
By far the hardest and most exasperating part of launching a successful startup is recruiting an all-star team. At first, it will seem near impossible, as there is a limited number of truly exceptional people out there. Of those people, only a small percentage will have the skills, experience, …
Entrepreneurship can be a minefield of new and hard-to-navigate experiences, from managing employees to defining a vision for the company.
And it doesn't come with a manual.
Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.
Here's a collection …
How can you unleash your creativity? "Successful innovation is rarely only created by innovation departments. Often, innovation departments provide an excuse for others in the organization to let their innovation muscle shrink, precisely where it matters most," writes BT Group managing director, Jean-Marc Frangos. http://wef.ch/1qZyQJi
As long as consumers have problems, they will always search for solutions. People will always look for better, faster and smarter ways to accomplish everyday tasks. And fortunately for entrepreneurs, there are still lots of rooms for improvements in existing products. That said, the biggest issue …
Wired magazine cofounder, entrepreneur, and prolific writer Kevin Kelly has a two-story personal library in his home and says that he's read thousands of books.
In an episode of writer and speaker Tim Ferriss' podcast, he talks about the three that he recommends the most.
We've taken these selections …
With self-publishing becoming easier, more and more entrepreneurs are able to reap the rewards of writing about their business. Putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – can instantly give you credibility, position you as an expert in your field and draw attention to your company.
In the early 1940s, a young boy was growing up in the small county of Almhult in southern Sweden. Within a few years, he would impact millions of people. At the time, however, nobody knew his name.
The boy was occupied with a small and relatively simple project. He had recently discovered that it …
We all know there is no one right way to start your business -- certainly no failsafe blueprint to success. However, there are several common pitfalls that unnecessarily trip up many entrepreneurs on their road to success, a few of which I fell victim to myself while founding Educents.
Now, there is …Entrepreneurship
As creatures of a mobile world, people today rely on the smartphones plastered to their sides and use tablets at work as well as at home. Computers are more often used for more complex tasks but people are no longer tethered to a desktop.
Data from eMarketer indicates that mobile ecommerce sales …E-commerce
I was not a great boss. There, I said it. Do I feel badly about that? Not really. After all, nobody’s perfect. Besides, I don’t think I was a terrible boss; it just wasn’t what I excelled at.
Just so we’re clear, when I say ‘boss’ I mean managing people.
Don’t get me wrong. The executive management …
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Occasionally art really does imitate life, especially where entrepreneurs are concerned.
In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the planet Bre’el IV is in danger when a moon’s orbit deteriorates and threatens to smash into the planet. Members of the crew try to use brute force to shove the …
Late July founder Nicole Dawes explains why an entrepreneur's best day care may be her own office.
Nicole Dawes practically grew up in the office of her father, Stephen Bernard, founder of Cape Cod Potato Chips. So it seemed only natural that when her own children were born they …Kids
Flub an acquisition offer and you could end up regretting it for life.
According to our latest research over at www.SellabilityScore.com, the proportion of business owners getting an unsolicited offer to buy their business is up to 16 percent for the quarter ending June 30, 2014. That's a 37 …Due Diligence
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In her book, "The MBA Bubble," Mariana Zanetti, an MBA graduate of IE Business School in Spain, argues that getting an MBA is a waste of time and money. The following has been excerpted from the book with her permission.
The first thing I am going to say about wealth is that …MBA
Marketing doesn't have to be difficult or expensive.
Social media! Custom content! Video! Direct mail! There are so many ways to market your small business that it almost seems like too many. In fact, it is too many, according to small business marketing expert Mark Satterfield. "Most small …Marketing
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Ever wondered what content treasures might be lurking deep underground within your organisation? Content marketers are realising …Content Marketing