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December 5, 2012
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  • Israeli startups stayed open under missile fire
    Startups in Tel Aviv, Israel, continued to operate even as missiles were being fired at the city. Many companies used multiple screens so they could continue their work while monitoring news reports, and some businesses had to find a way to carry on after some of their employees were called up for duty. Some companies and startup accelerators offered office space for those who needed it during the crisis. TechCrunch (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Is it time to abandon command-and-control organizational structures?
    The command-and-control organizational structure used to be the standard model used by most companies, but this isn't necessarily the right way to run your business today, Jeffrey Phillips writes. "What you need to be consistently innovative is to create very clear, compelling strategies and goals for your business, and provide the tools and techniques for your teams to deliver," he writes. "And be open enough to their ideas to encourage more innovation." Innovate on Purpose (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Christian entrepreneurs keep the faith as they start up
    Some Christian entrepreneurs are forming groups and meeting with one another as they seek to honor their faith while building their businesses. "We felt like a lot of people were motivated by their faith to become entrepreneurs, but there was no place for them to talk about how their faith should be expressed in their organizations," said Dave Blanchard, the co-founder of Praxis Labs, a startup accelerator. The Huffington Post (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • You have to connect to cash in with crowdfunding
    Many investors who participate in crowdfunding want to have an emotional connection with the companies in which they invest, according to a survey. If you're interested in raising money through crowdfunding, you can learn from this finding by interacting with "customers and other potential funders through social media and present[ing] a human face," Guy Clapperton writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Why being liked is overrated
    Many people -- especially women -- want to be liked, but they might have to learn to overcome this desire if they want to achieve their professional goals, Jessica Valenti writes. "[T]he more successful you are -- or the stronger, the more opinionated -- the less you will be generally liked. ... But the trade off is undoubtedly worth it," she writes. The Nation (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • The importance of business-model innovation
    Modern companies need to use organizational structures that allow them to execute their strategies while searching for new business models, Steve Blank writes. "Companies will have to maintain a portfolio of new business model initiatives -- not unlike a venture capital firm -- and will have to accept that maybe only one out of 10 initiatives might succeed," he writes. VentureBeat (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • How belief in limitless profit leads firms to make mistakes
    Every company is founded upon the "economic myth" that limitless growth is both desirable and possible, argues Betty Sue Flowers. That leads incautious bosses to focus solely on single-line measures of success, such as revenue and profit. "Those will inevitably peak and decline at some point, because all systems have limits -- and once they start to fall, they fall fast," Flowers says. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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