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1. Depression may be more common among entrepreneurs

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 02, 2015

The recent suicide of Cambrian Genomics founder Austen Heinz has again shone a light on depression and mental health in the startup world. Only about 7% of the U.S. population has depression, but that figure jumps to 30% among entrepreneurs, research suggests. "We're programmed and told over and over again that as leaders we have to be strong, we have to show no weakness," said entrepreneur and investor Brad Feld. Business Insider (07/01)


2. "Blade" car boasts rapid acceleration, 3D-printed parts

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jun 30, 2015

The Blade, a car from Divergent Microfactories that boasts a chassis created with 3D printing, can reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 2 seconds. Time.com (06/29) Mashable (06/29)


3. We can learn from how the Allies innovated in WWII

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jun 29, 2015

Allied forces struggled to get through hedgerows in France in the weeks after D-Day until they equipped tanks with steel "teeth" to cut through the terrain. The lesson, Michael Lee Stallard writes, is that generals weren't afraid to hear and implement ideas from their enlisted men. "Encourage your team to take the initiative to identify problems and give them the freedom to find solutions," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (06/29)


4. GoDaddy's founder went broke before he hit it big

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 02, 2015

Persistence is key, as even highly successful people, such as GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons, have experienced setbacks and failure. "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed," said Parsons, who went bankrupt twice while building a software company. CNBC (07/01)


5. Learning from "useful failure"

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jun 30, 2015

Failure can help you realize it's time to adjust your strategy, writes Dan Rockwell. At the same time, it can also help you identify skills deficiencies and inspire others. However, failure that is due to unethical behavior or a lack of effort is not productive, he writes. Leadership Freak blog (06/24)


6. How Invoca found its next CEO

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 01, 2015

Jason Spievak found that his skills and interests no longer made him the ideal person to serve as CEO of Invoca as it nears an initial public offering. Spievak sought a replacement with a history of success and a collaborative mindset to help the company reach the next stage of growth. "I'm an early stage guy. ... In the past year or so, Invoca has entered a new stage that requires a different skill set," he writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/25)


7. Israeli marketplace for event spaces plans to enter NYC

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 01, 2015

Israel-based startup Splacer, which allows users to rent out event spaces, has brought in $1.4 million in seed funding. The company has more than 100 spaces listed in Israel and is expanding to New York City. TechCrunch (07/01)


8. Connect with employees to get the most out of them

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jun 30, 2015

Employees who feel judged, disrespected or otherwise uncomfortable are unlikely to share these feelings, so it's up to managers to recognize and respond accordingly, Wendy Axelrod writes. "While some employees are self-initiators, and others can be motivated by fear of failure, for most employees, support from their manager is a desired decisive factor for development," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (06/29)


9. Some startup unicorns may be fakes

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 01, 2015

There are more and more unicorns, or private companies valued at more than $1 billion, and a letter from First Round Capital suggests that not all of them are destined for long-term success. "[W]e believe that some of them will be exposed as nothing more than horses with sticks taped to their heads," the letter says. Business Insider (06/29) Fortune (06/29)


10. Don't be afraid to help employees be happy

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 02, 2015

Some business thinkers appear to believe that making workers happy is less important than ensuring their engagement, but the two qualities are linked, writes Rodd Wagner. Engagement without concern for employees is one-sided, Wagner argues. "[T]he leader who unreservedly wants the best for his or her workers will find they reciprocate with tremendous commitment to the firm and intensity in their work," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/01)




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