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1. 5 ways to make technology work for you

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 28, 2015

Technology is supposed to make your life easier, but the constant flow of e-mails and data can become overwhelming, writes Joel Garfinkle. He advises using technology more mindfully, as well as unplugging periodically. "Take advantage of technology. Make it work for you instead of driving your life," he advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/20)

2. 9 examples of startup perks

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 28, 2015

Perks such as food trucks, unlimited time off and casual environments are staples of startups, as shared by members of the Young Entrepreneur Council. But not all unlimited vacation policies are equal. "Flexible schedules and unlimited PTO don’t mean much if employees have to worry about doing double the work just to catch up," says Ivan Matkovic of Spendgo. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/22)

3. Forget love -- in the workplace, trust is all you need

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 24, 2015

In any workplace, employees need to feel that they'll be heard and will be given honest feedback, while bosses need to trust that employees will be loyal and open with them, writes Dan McCarthy. He offers 22 signs of a trustworthy relationship. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/23)

4. Should you accept that speaking opportunity?

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 29, 2015

You're likely to get more speaking opportunities as you advance in the business world, but you probably shouldn't accept all of them, writes Ximena Vengoechea. Before agreeing to speak at a conference, consider how relevant the event is to your interests, ask about the details of the event and think about why you were chosen, she advises. Fast Company online (07/24)

5. Gogoro ships battery-powered scooters to Taiwan

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 27, 2015

Gogoro, which makes battery-powered scooters, is shipping an initial 400-unit production run to customers in Taiwan. The company has also set up kiosks that allow scooter users to swap dead batteries for charged ones. The scooters have a 60-mile range and a top speed of 60 mph. Fortune (07/24)

6. StellaService gets $15M to help firms quantify their customer service

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 23, 2015

StellaService has raised a further $15 million in venture capital as it seeks to be the benchmark measurement company of customer service analytics. The company's clients, which include Zappos and Wal-Mart, pay an average of $100,000 a year for access to a dashboard that tracks their online customer service performance, as well as that of their rivals. Tech Cocktail (07/20) Re/code (07/15)

7. Market size isn't the only thing that matters

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 27, 2015

Investors are interested in the resources needed to scale, even though potential market opportunity still matters, writes Jonah McIntire. "All else being equal, a business whose next incremental resource needed is hiring an in-house accountant sounds more attractive than one that needs to purchase real estate to extract minerals," he writes. LinkedIn (07/23)

8. Startup that would customize heating and cooling gets $6.9M from investors

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 28, 2015

Ecovent is developing a venting system that allows for control of individual vents through a smartphone application over a wireless network. The startup, which is taking preorders, received $6.9 million in a funding round led by Emerson Climate Technologies. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (07/27)

9. Be involved with your team, but don't smother

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 23, 2015

Good managers don't stand aloof from the work or the people they lead, writes Naphtali Hoff. Take care not to be too intrusive or publicly critical, however. "If you notice something positive, offer a compliment. If you see something that concerns you, bite your tongue and talk to the person later, in private," Hoff writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (07/22)

10. Startups increasingly postpone exits

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs | Jul 24, 2015

The number of venture-backed startups going public dropped 33% in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, and initial public offerings brought in 43% less capital. With plenty of private funding available, startups are increasingly delaying IPOs and other exits. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (07/22)

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