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January 25, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • How a small snack-food company is competing with major brands
    Dave Leyrer and Peter Najarian -- the duo behind Skeeter Snacks -- were motivated to start a food company due to the allergies that their children have. It can be difficult for small businesses to get shelf space and compete with large companies such as Nabisco, but Leyrer and Najarian were able to overcome this challenge by building buzz on social media. They accumulated thousands of followers in only a few weeks, and supermarkets and retailers started stocking their brand. CBS MoneyWatch (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • What's your big idea?
    Leaders need to have a big, bold vision that others can rally around, writes Karen Kang. That's the best way to burnish your personal brand and to get the most out of your workers, Kang writes. "The measure of your success is not just what others are saying about you, but in the impact you are making on the world," she writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Why establishing a positive culture is critical
    It's a mistake to hire an employee -- even a talented one -- who doesn't fit into your company's culture, according to Brad Feld of TechStars. Among other benefits, a positive company culture can help to ease stress, reduce sick days and encourage organizational learning, according to David Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright, authors of "Tribal Leadership." Business Insider (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ask not what your employees can do for you
    Much is made of the benefits of the startup lifestyle for company founders, but it's important to remember that your employees have needs too, writes Jason Cohen of Smart Bear Software. "We dwell on how startups enable founders to quit their day job and master their own destiny. But what about everyone else?" he asks. Focus on creating a positive environment and supporting your employees, he writes. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Why rapid growth can make employees nervous
    The story of David Deeter, who guided the rapid growth of his accounting firm before being replaced as managing partner, is a cautionary tale for entrepreneurs, writes Cliff Oxford of the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs "want to take over the world and prove everyone wrong, but employees want stability and a good job where they can live a good life," Oxford writes. Entrepreneurs should remember to have town hall meetings with their employees and to share their goals for the company, he writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Be willing to replace your own products
    Talented innovators are able to put a twist on even seemingly mundane devices such as household thermostats. If you want to establish your company as a market leader, it's important to be critical of your own products and to constantly be looking for ways to improve designs, according to Matt Rogers, who co-created the Nest thermostat. "We don't ask consumers what they think of [our product]; we tear it up ourselves," he said. Inc. online (free registration) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • How to deal with rejection
    Rejection can be painful, but there are ways to make it hurt less, writes Geoffrey James. "If you feel that you're getting too many rejections, examine the norms for other people who are doing what you're doing," he advises. Entrepreneurs and salespeople may face dozens of rejections before achieving success, he notes. It's also important to understand that sometimes people reject you for reasons that are out of your control. Inc. online (free registration)/Sales Source blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Entrepreneurs fall frequently on the path to success
    Legendary inventor Thomas Edison understood the value of failure, and modern entrepreneurs are following suit. "To me what makes Silicon Valley unique is this emphasis on 'fail often,' " said Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist. "Fail often, and you'll succeed sooner." Entrepreneur online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
To go from 50 to more than 200 employees, you probably have to bet the company a couple of times, and that scares the daylights out of people."
--Cliff Oxford, writing at the New York Times' You're The Boss blog
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