Alex Mendez

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This CEO Quit His Job To Create A New Kind Of Bicycle And People Are Loving It

Which is why so many people were shocked earlier this year when Weiner quit the gig at age 34. But this is what happens when you have a childhood dream that just won't die.<p>Now the newly minted entrepreneur is the owner and CEO of Priority Bicycles, a startup that he founded with recreational riders …

What the Two Most Innovation-Friendly States Have in Common

<i>This article was updated on December 5, 2014, at 4:55pmET.</i><p>For years people have recognized that industries cluster geographically, and that the clustering can lead to superior firms. For example, the best watches come from Switzerland, cars from Germany, and pharmaceuticals from the U.S. Back in …

How to tell if an early stage company will succeed — in 1 meeting

I’ve worked with many early-stage companies — some have failed, while others have gone on to see enormous success. I’ve created a rubric over the years that I use to judge whether a company is on the right path or is marching towards failure. It takes far less time than you would think to make that …

La población mundial, en una sola ciudad

Las grandes ciudades atraen a cada vez más gente. Se vuelven más populosas y densamente pobladas. ¿Qué pasaría si todo el mundo viviese en una gran …

How to hire a great engineering manager

How do you hire a great engineering manager?<p>It’s a question I’ve been grappling with a lot, as the company I’ve been leading has doubled in size every year for the past five years. At times, I’ve thought great engineering managers might not even exist. What is it that a great engineering manager …

How to navigate your first acquisition as a startup

Navigating your first acquisition can be both a terrifying and thrilling experience. Growth is one of the core goals of every startup, and making the right acquisition can be a game changer. At the same time, the odds aren’t in your favor, with studies suggesting that two out of every three …

The CEO of Williams-Sonoma on Blending Instinct with Analysis

Photography: Stephanie Diani<p><b>The Idea:</b> Thanks to its catalog heritage, the retailer was well positioned to collect and use data from customers and other sources. Now it has reorganized to take its analytics to a whole new level.<p>As I walk each day into the Williams-Sonoma headquarters on San …

5 customer expectations we can discover from uber, airbnb, zopa, tinder and others

Why start-ups like UBER, AIRBNB, ZOPA, Tinder are loved bij today’s consumers?<p>Retailers and brands can learn a lot from their approach, vision and social relevance. Let's stop thinking the cliché their success comes from the fact that they are IT geniuses. They are all entrepreneurs who understand …

Genius

Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.<p>Bad managers cost …

How Much Social Media Self-Promotion is Too Much?

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>If you’ve been to any of Buffer’s social media accounts recently (take Twitter, for instance), you may have noticed that the lion’s share of stories we share come from us. We tweet our own stuff. We toot our own horn.<p>“It's both terrifyingly …

44 Incredibly Profound Quotes To Be Inspired By

Life has a lot to offer… a lot that we often take for granted. Love, happiness, family, friendship, success; perhaps these are a few of the words that come to mind when describing what inspires us as human beings.<p>But there’s another side to life as well. Adversity, pain, regret, negativity, evil; …

Happiness

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

#Love: Design For It

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aaron Schildkrout is the co-founder and co-CEO of HowAboutWe, a dating service and media company catering to singles and couples both. HowAboutWe recently launched a new messaging app called You&Me that focuses on couples in love.</i><p>If you believed the hype, you’d think technology was …

The Science of Creating Must-Click Content on Twitter

Is your content going as far as it could on Twitter? In this webinar, you'll learn how to create irresistible Tweets – with a little help from science and Buffer's own recent research. By the time you leave, you'll know the words, format, timing and frequency to make your posts stand out – and have …

Infographics

What Y Combinator’s new deal means for the future of accelerators

YCombinator’s move on Tuesday to increase their investment size to $120K — effectively a sixfold increase in the entry valuation for all YC companies — has big implications for the global accelerator market and hastens the dawn of a world with far fewer such programs.<p>YC’s success since 2005 has …

The 6 most exciting tech startups from ER Accelerator’s sixth class

New York-centric tech accelerator Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator today presented a new class of startups at IAC headquarters.<p>ER Accelerator offers startups a four-month program with the typical mix of perks, including seed funding, mentorship, and exposure to venture capital investors. …

Why culture integration is just as important as spreadsheets for M&A

With nearly $3 trillion in play last year, the land of mergers and acquisitions would be the world’s fifth largest country, nestling in comfortably between Germany and France.<p>The value created by this imaginary land is highly disputed, however.<p>KPMG published the most cited report on M&A value …

A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World

With almost $1 billion in funding and ambitions to replace petroleum-based cars with a network of cheap electrics, Shai Agassi’s Better Place was remarkable even by the standards of world-changing startups. So was its epic failure. A 21st-century cautionary tale.<p>“So this is the car.” I’m standing …

10 words that matter

Everybody has combination of words that matter to them and they reasonate with them on daily basis. Here are my favorite ones. Chosen from the best quotes by the best people our planet knows

LinkedIn

These Are The Only 3 Interview Questions You Need To Prepare For

Bernard Marr, a global enterprise performance expert and a best-selling business author, says in a recent LinkedIn post that preparing for an interview is difficult. "In most cases we practice the answers to a long list of possible questions. The problem is that this can leave you over-prepared, …

Employment

10 Quotes to Charge You up

LinkedIn

Here's What Top Chef Joël Robuchon Eats For Breakfast

The French chef made a name for himself at Paris' Jamin, regarded as one of the best restaurants in history. After retiring from Jamin in the '90s, Robuchon re-emerged with a series of restaurants bearing his name and helmed by his protégées.<p>With 22 locations around the world — from bakeries to …

We Will Soon Have To Retire 'THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER'

Just a quick note, private U.S. employment is currently 129 thousand below the pre-recession peak. With the release of the March employment report next Friday, private employment will probably be at an all time high.<p>However total employment is still 666 thousand below the pre-recession peak due to …

Upshift Launches To Bring Scalable Sales Engines To Startups, And Help Engineer Growth

If today isn’t your first day in the tech industry (or reading TechCrunch), then you’re likely familiar with the rise of the accelerator program, a phenomenon that has swept through Startup Land like wildfire over the last five years. Pioneered by early movers like Y Combinator and TechStars as …

Want More Privacy In Your App? Wickr Resells Its Encryption, Self-Destructing Tech To Other Apps

Wickr, one of the wave of messaging apps built on the idea of private, encrypted and self-destructing data, has vowed never to make money off its users — with its app remaining free, and user data never getting sold on or accessed by others. But it is starting the process of making money regardless.<p>…

Why Tech Startups Should Incorporate Philanthropic Strategies

<i>Kraig Swensrud is the CEO & Co-Founder of GetFeedback.com, a modern survey marketing application designed and built for a mobile world. Kraig previously was the Chief Marketing Officer at salesforce.com.</i><p>We’re in the midst of the biggest technology boom in a decade. Dropbox and Box are following …

Why You Should Invest in Life Experiences

<i>Sean Kim is an entrepreneur, new-born writer, and striving life-hacker. He was recognized as one of Canada’s Next 36 leaders, and is the the cofounder of Needle. This article was originally posted on The Growth List.</i><p>“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do …