Posts Tagged ‘Manage’

Not Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Icon Written by Alora on February 24, 2010 – 10:00 am

I love startups. I love the chaos. I love the insane hours. I love the energy. I love the types of people who are attracted to work on high-risk ideas with long odds. I love the culture that evolves around them. I love it all. I have spent my career hopping from one startup to […]

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Entrepreneurs Get it Done

Icon Written by Alora on February 10, 2010 – 10:37 am

Entrepreneur-turned-VC, Mark Suster, recently posted an article on his blog, Both Sides of the Table, highlighting what he considers to be the essential qualities of entrepreneurship.  At the heart of his post is a very, very simple philosophy: entrepreneurs just do it. For some people, this is easy.  Moving ahead, pulling the trigger, motivating people […]

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There is No Strategy if You Don't Manage Your Team

Icon Written by Alora on July 21, 2009 – 12:55 pm

I often find myself frustrated dealing with people who sell themselves as “high level strategists.” I am not talking about consultants who are hired to help hone and build out a strategic vision for an organization; nor am I talking about internal specialists who are dedicated to researching and advising on strategic direction. What I […]

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Where Are You Leading?

Icon Written by Alora on June 30, 2009 – 4:36 pm

I’ve had an interesting few weeks. My husband and I have been dealing with a lot of things at home, hence my absence from blogging for much of the past month, and I have started a new project with the New Media (a.k.a. “web”) team at KXAN-TV here in Austin. Between getting settled into the […]

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20/20 Hindsight – Transitioning a Services Company to a Product Company

Icon Written by Alora on April 27, 2009 – 1:09 pm

This is something I’ve been thinking about more and more recently. The fact that we started off as a services company is what allowed us to get started and to avoid having to rely on outside funding. But it was transitioning to a product company that allowed us to grow and scale, and to ultimately […]

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Organizational Design 2.0 – Technology, Change & Organizational Structure

Icon Written by Alora on April 13, 2009 – 4:16 pm

Over the past few months, I’ve been more closely aligning myself with the Enterprise 2.0 community of professionals. Though I have been in technology for my entire career, and in Web 2.0 for at least part of that time, and implementing Enterprise 2.0 solutions quite extensively in recent years, I had not previously made a […]

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Social Design for a Virtual Organization

Icon Written by Alora on April 13, 2009 – 1:49 pm

At South by Southwest, Brazen Careerist author and CEO Penelope Trunk was quite emphatic that, when starting a new business, having a geographically distributed team is rarely possible. She said this on her panel, as well as again when we spoke in person. She was a strong advocate of the notion that, for the first […]

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Strength, Courage and Wisdom

Icon Written by Alora on March 30, 2009 – 9:27 pm

It’s probably a weird thing for a vocal atheist to quote, but there is something about the famous prayer that has been resonating with me more and more lately. Well, maybe not the “God” part of it, but the recognition part. Grant me strength to accept the things that I can’t change, the courage to […]

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Amazon, Google & Microsoft Discuss Cloud Computing at SXSW

Icon Written by Alora on March 17, 2009 – 10:22 pm

Representatives from Google, Microsoft and Amazon gathered for a panel at SXSW to discuss the value, the future and the changes in cloud computing.

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Sneaking Web 2.0 in the Back Door

Icon Written by Alora on February 6, 2009 – 1:32 am

This post was originally written for and published on Social Computing Magazine. Those of us in the Web 2.0 space who come from a technology background are often a little stunned when we discover that it is frequently our IT cohorts who pose some of the biggest obstacles to prospective enterprise implementations. After all, wouldn’t […]

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