Archive for the ‘Project Management’ Category

Kill Innovation with Process

Icon Written by Alora on November 2, 2010 – 11:40 am

Once again, Martin Zwilling of Startup Professionals Musings managed to hit the nail on a head with something I’ve been noticing more and more lately: the shifting pendulum within business, swinging back from many of the most recent ‘hot trends’ in business. The big one of these, of course, is the hot button topic for […]

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5 Steps in Finding the Right Team for Your Startup

Icon Written by Alora on October 26, 2010 – 11:40 am

I was recently talking to a single friend about his misadventures in dating. He was telling me about different approaches he’d take, the types of questions he’d ask and then — inevitably — the crazy type of mismatches he’d find himself with. I couldn’t help but think about this conversation as I read Tim Berry’s great blog post called, “5 Ways to Build a Team that Builds Itself.”

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4 Keys to Finding Interns

Icon Written by Alora on September 7, 2010 – 10:39 am

The idea of interns is often the Holy Grail to small businesses. Bootstrapping entrepreneurs think of interns, and immediately think of all the ways they could use free labor to help get their business off the ground. Be careful, though. Internships come with rules that most entrepreneurs don’t understand — and even fewer comply with.

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Why Winning the “SEO Game” is About Your Content

Icon Written by Alora on June 15, 2010 – 10:27 am

What role does content play your SEO strategy? And what do you hope to get from your SEO without being willing to develop content?

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Free Tools for Entrepreneurs – WordPress

Icon Written by Alora on May 24, 2010 – 10:04 pm

The single biggest struggles I encounter with entrepreneurs trying to build a business is marketing.  Some small business owners don’t think about it; some don’t understand it; some don’t like it; some cling to the belief that it simply shouldn’t be necessary, as long as their product is good enough.  One way or another, though, […]

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Lies, Damn Lies and SEO

Icon Written by Alora on February 12, 2010 – 10:55 am

One of the reasons that I have always loved being in the web business is because things constantly change.  When I first got online in 1993, we used bulletin board systems and monochrome monitors.  When I got my first tech job in 1996, everything was about corporate Windows networks and preparing for Y2K (remember that?).  […]

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As Seen in Austin Business Journal

Icon Written by Charles on October 18, 2009 – 8:40 pm

The Austin Business Journal interviews Indigo Heron in a feature story about the Barn Builders program we have developed in partnership with Tech Ranch. Barn Builders matches unemployed professionals with start-ups and other small businesses in need of their talents.  Barn Builders focuses primarily on building social capital to rebuild the economy.  The hardcopy version […]

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Trick Questions

Icon Written by Alora on October 14, 2009 – 4:33 pm

Some questions are just a trick. The interview process is full of these: there really is no right or wrong answer. The point is just to read something into which option you pick. My favorite of these is the famous one: “Which is more important to you: being liked or being respected?” As a boss, […]

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Turn-Key Solutions

Icon Written by Alora on October 5, 2009 – 8:13 pm

I first got online back in 1993, before the web. I got in the technology business in 1996, as it was just starting to become something noteworthy. I really launched my career in 2000, in an ecommerce solution provider. Over the years, the web has undergone amazing change — which is why it is still […]

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Writing Requirements – What vs. How

Icon Written by Alora on September 15, 2009 – 5:25 pm

It’s been a long time since I’ve written much about my long-standing discipline. As I’ve been focusing more and more of my energies on entrepreneurial endeavors, the details of project management have not been forefront on my mind. That recently changed, however, thanks to a client project. In the development of a new startup, a […]

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