A challenge that startups and high growth businesses face is finding the right talent – from identifying the right skill set to attracting and retaining the best people. Many get it wrong and struggle through this process, learning the hard way from experience about what works and what doesn’t. Here are some tips from my friend and fellow Brooklynite, David Osborne, who founded Team Theory to help startups build great teams.
Here are highlights from Lenore Kantor's recent interview for the CEO Talks Series on Create Your Life, Kevin Brown’s radio show and podcast, along with Eric Fondren, CEO and Founder of iTell.io.
We could all use a break from the headlines and constant barrage of insults, accidents and trauma. SHIFT is happening - that is clear. Mother nature is pissed off, and deep rage is erupting everywhere. Old ways of being and working cannot continue as norms are shifting quickly. Here are some thoughts on how to navigate all these changes and gain perspective.
Increasingly individuals are seeking authenticity and deeper connection - they want to align their values with their actions. The head will follow the heart, instead of ruling over it. How can we bring our full selves to our life and work so that we can align our beliefs with our experience? Here are some considerations to create more happiness around your work and life balance.
What's the price you pay for where you work? Sure, you may get a paycheck if you're an employee or your clients pay you as an independent contractor, but does that cover how you feel at the end of the day?
Are you focused on the right actions? With so many opportunities, possibilities and ideas to pursue - how does one choose? How do you know if you are applying your limited resources of time, money and people to the right activities and investments? Here are some planning guidelines to get you on the right track.
As a founder or leadership team, you are setting the vision and agenda for your your company's growth. When you decide to consider possible exit strategies, such as a merger, acquisition or IPO, here are areas that you should be considering for your company and preparing yourself. These comments were from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.
As companies reach a certain point in their growth, an exit strategy can be an important milestone or the next natural stage in the business evolution. It’s important to consider investments that can help to scale the business and expand distribution to get to the next level or bring in new management, for example through a merger, acquisition or capital raising. Here’s a summary of when an exit makes sense and what founders should be thinking about from our recent LaunchTalks founder roundtable.
What does learning a new skill have to do with a starting a business... and how does this all relate to dancing? Well, here's a story about how my experiences learning tango have helped me grow my business. My recent trip to Berlin, the tango capital of Europe, reminded me how relevant tango remains as an analogy for building a business.
Most tech startups need to raise money, but many founders are often least prepared for this task. While getting customers can be challenging, asking investors for money requires a further level of skill and presentation mastery that few naturally possess. Here are some investor pitching tips culled from my observations at the AlmaWorks Accelerator Demo Day, where I was a mentor to startup founders.