Posts tagged Business Advice

Breakups and flare ups aren’t uncommon in business, but the startup world seems to have had it’s fair share (see Facebook, Snapchat, et. al).
Zipcar is no exception: The Verge’s (thisistheverge) recent feature “Driven: How Zipcar’s founders built and lost a car-sharing empire” describes how the company’s co-founders Antje Danielson and Robin Chase met at their children’s playground and founded the disruptive company, only to fell apart in the boardroom.
We share three lessons we learned about choosing a co-founder from Zipcar on OPEN Forum.

Breakups and flare ups aren’t uncommon in business, but the startup world seems to have had it’s fair share (see Facebook, Snapchat, et. al).

Zipcar is no exception: The Verge’s (thisistheverge) recent feature “Driven: How Zipcar’s founders built and lost a car-sharing empire” describes how the company’s co-founders Antje Danielson and Robin Chase met at their children’s playground and founded the disruptive company, only to fell apart in the boardroom.

We share three lessons we learned about choosing a co-founder from Zipcar on OPEN Forum.


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“The key enterprising skills I used when first starting out are the very same ones I use today: the art of delegation, risk-taking, surrounding yourself with a great team and working on projects you really believe in. As you mentioned in your letter, I suffer from dyslexia but was able to turn this to my advantage. I delegated the areas I struggled with to people who also believed in the project. This freed up my time to focus on what I was good at – the strategy of the magazine, making contacts and developing marketing.” 
 

That’s advice from Virgin Founder Richard Branson, in a letter he wrote recently to a 12-year-old girl. Want to read more? Check out the full article here: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131017113836-204068115-advice-for-a-business-studies-student

nasdaq:

“The key enterprising skills I used when first starting out are the very same ones I use today: the art of delegation, risk-taking, surrounding yourself with a great team and working on projects you really believe in. As you mentioned in your letter, I suffer from dyslexia but was able to turn this to my advantage. I delegated the areas I struggled with to people who also believed in the project. This freed up my time to focus on what I was good at – the strategy of the magazine, making contacts and developing marketing.”

 

That’s advice from Virgin Founder Richard Branson, in a letter he wrote recently to a 12-year-old girl. Want to read more? Check out the full article here: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131017113836-204068115-advice-for-a-business-studies-student

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"It’s more important you do work that’s important, than you do work that’s pretty."  —Seth Godin
Watch the talk.

Thursday inspiration from Seth Godin
Here are more articles featuring Godin’s business wisdom on OPEN Forum:
Seth Godin: “Everything That Michael Dell Did, Do the Opposite”
From Seth Godin to Guy Kawasaki: Tips for Mining Your Hidden Talents
Social Media Marketing: The Big Pro and the Big No-No

creativemornings:

"It’s more important you do work that’s important, than you do work that’s pretty."
—Seth Godin

Watch the talk.

Thursday inspiration from Seth Godin

Here are more articles featuring Godin’s business wisdom on OPEN Forum:

What You Can Learn From This CEO’s Rookie Mistakes

David Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, has made some rookie mistakes in managing a business. But haven’t we all?

Take a cue from his lessons learned:

1. Be smart about funding.

2. Fail fast.

3. Build a business, not just a great product or service.

4. Look at each market differently.

5. Embrace competition.

(Via LinkedIn)

Have you seen the new OPEN Forum?Scott Roen, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Innovation at American Express, introduces a brand new OPEN Forum by asking, why do entrepreneurs share advice? The new OPEN Forum helps entrepreneurs share ideas, get and give advice, and discuss experiences leading to small-business success.More than a redesign (though we’re pretty excited about that, too), OPEN Forum features a community where you can give and get advice. It’s where you can find, save and share insights from OPEN Forum—and from around the Web. And it’s a place for meeting fellow entrepreneurs and business owners, experts and other like-minded individuals. We recognized that building connections is still as important today as it was in 2007; it’s just how we do it that’s evolved.
(via OPEN Forum: Why Do Entrepreneurs Share Advice? | | The New OPEN ForumThe New OPEN Forum)

Have you seen the new OPEN Forum?

Scott Roen, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Innovation at American Express, introduces a brand new OPEN Forum by asking, why do entrepreneurs share advice? The new OPEN Forum helps entrepreneurs share ideas, get and give advice, and discuss experiences leading to small-business success.

More than a redesign (though we’re pretty excited about that, too), OPEN Forum features a community where you can give and get advice. It’s where you can find, save and share insights from OPEN Forum—and from around the Web. And it’s a place for meeting fellow entrepreneurs and business owners, experts and other like-minded individuals. We recognized that building connections is still as important today as it was in 2007; it’s just how we do it that’s evolved.

(via OPEN Forum: Why Do Entrepreneurs Share Advice? | | The New OPEN ForumThe New OPEN Forum)

Never Hire a Dud Again on OPEN ForumDon’t get fooled by fast-talkers—take these four steps to make sure your new hires are top notch:1. Make them show, not tell2. Be painfully thorough3. Be consistent4. Resist optimismRead more on OPEN Forum on the key things to do when hiring that’ll guarantee you never have buyer’s remorse for a hire again,
(via Never Hire a Dud Again | | The New OPEN ForumThe New OPEN Forum)

Never Hire a Dud Again on OPEN Forum

Don’t get fooled by fast-talkers—take these four steps to make sure your new hires are top notch:

1. Make them show, not tell
2. Be painfully thorough
3. Be consistent
4. Resist optimism

Read more on OPEN Forum on the key things to do when hiring that’ll guarantee you never have buyer’s remorse for a hire again,

(via Never Hire a Dud Again | | The New OPEN ForumThe New OPEN Forum)

4 Signs It’s Time to Fire an Employee by OPEN Forum1. Not Performing Up to Expectations2. Can’t Handle Change3. Lacks Enthusiasm and Drive4. Doesn’t Fit Into Company’s Culture
(via 4 Signs It’s Time to Fire an Employee - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

4 Signs It’s Time to Fire an Employee by OPEN Forum

1. Not Performing Up to Expectations
2. Can’t Handle Change
3. Lacks Enthusiasm and Drive
4. Doesn’t Fit Into Company’s Culture

(via 4 Signs It’s Time to Fire an Employee - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

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In today’s entrepreneur-obsessed era, startups are growing like weeds in every industry. But how many of those new businesses develop into financially stable companies? Sadly, not as many as you’d think. It’s no easy feat to bring a new idea to life, but the challenge quickly switches from “starting up” to designing a sustainable and profitable business. Bravo to those who have sprouted their startups, that’s half the battle. Now use these business edicts to nurture and grow your seedling into a lucrative and prosperous company.

Click here to embiggen (see full infographic) from OPEN Forum

In today’s entrepreneur-obsessed era, startups are growing like weeds in every industry. But how many of those new businesses develop into financially stable companies? Sadly, not as many as you’d think. It’s no easy feat to bring a new idea to life, but the challenge quickly switches from “starting up” to designing a sustainable and profitable business. Bravo to those who have sprouted their startups, that’s half the battle. Now use these business edicts to nurture and grow your seedling into a lucrative and prosperous company.

Top 41 Tips from Game-Changing EntrepreneursIn The Startup Playbook, David Kidder writes about the fascinating startup stories—the good, the bad and the ugly—of 41 successful entrepreneurs and asks them to divulge lessons from the trenches. A few common themes emerged: 1) don’t fear failure (in fact, you should fail often); 2) focus on the big ideas rather than the to-do list; 3) always look forward and think ahead; and 4) develop a product that will improve lives and leave a positive impact on the world. Read here for our favorite pieces of advice from each entrepreneur profiled. 
(via Top 41 Tips from Game-Changing Entrepreneurs - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

Top 41 Tips from Game-Changing Entrepreneurs

In The Startup Playbook, David Kidder writes about the fascinating startup stories—the good, the bad and the ugly—of 41 successful entrepreneurs and asks them to divulge lessons from the trenches. A few common themes emerged: 1) don’t fear failure (in fact, you should fail often); 2) focus on the big ideas rather than the to-do list; 3) always look forward and think ahead; and 4) develop a product that will improve lives and leave a positive impact on the world.

Read here for our favorite pieces of advice from each entrepreneur profiled.

(via Top 41 Tips from Game-Changing Entrepreneurs - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

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This morning’s advice is courtesy of Robert LoCascio, founder and chief executive of LivePerson.  Check out all of LoCascio’s wisdom over at the New York Times’ Corner Office series, here.

nasdaq:

This morning’s advice is courtesy of Robert LoCascio, founder and chief executive of LivePerson.  Check out all of LoCascio’s wisdom over at the New York Times’ Corner Office series, here.