Posts Tagged ‘Startup’

Work vs. Life Needs

Icon Written by Alora on December 7, 2010 – 11:41 am

Startups tend to attract workaholics. But what about your team members who aren’t workaholics? Are you being reasonable with your expectations? And do you have a morale problem on your hands because some of your team works 60+ hours a week and others don’t?

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Experience vs. Talent

Icon Written by Alora on November 26, 2010 – 11:41 am

How do you know when to hire for experience versus when to hire for raw talent? This is a difficult question for entrepreneurs trying to build a new startup. Experience holds a lot of appeal, but it comes with a high cost — sometimes too high for a bootstrapping startup. Can raw, young talent really compare?

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The Startup Marriage

Icon Written by Alora on November 4, 2010 – 12:53 pm

The geeky geniuses who build cool things are rarely the ones who have the business and people skills to get it to market, build an organization around it, and monetize it enough so that everyone can live off of it.

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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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20/20 Hindsight – Getting Your Start in a Startup

Icon Written by Alora on April 23, 2009 – 2:06 pm

People who did not meet me until at or around my 25th birthday would never believe it, but in school, I was the Queen of Slackers. Truly. School was too easy, too routine and I spent too long doing it to be able to breath new life into the experience. I could dodge classes, do […]

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Social Design for a Virtual Organization

Icon Written by admin on April 13, 2009 – 9:12 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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Those Soft and Squishy Millennials

Icon Written by Alora on December 12, 2008 – 7:33 pm

I am a member of Generation X, otherwise known as “the Slacker Generation.” Anyone who knows me would laugh at that designation because I am, without exception, a ridiculously unapologetic workaholic. This week Forbes published an article by Dr. Steven Berglas asserting that a recent study suggests that Generation Y (otherwise known as “The Millennials”) […]

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