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January 29, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Startup insurance company offers health coverage for freelancers
    Sara Horowitz understands the life of a freelancer from personal experience -- she was classified as an independent contractor when she took a job at a law firm. "I started realizing there was this whole new way that workers were being treated," she said. As a result, she started the Freelancers Union in 2003 and the Freelancers Insurance Co. in 2008. The insurance company has been profitable since its second year in operation and has grown to serve almost 25,000 New Yorkers. Slate (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Telling traits of terrible leaders
    Being a know-it-all and never asking questions, being over-scheduled with no time to think and always having to be in charge are signs you may be an ineffective leader, writes Les McKeown. "[T]he leadership traits and behaviors you'd thought were strengths are in fact the exact opposite, and that instead of leading your enterprise, like an unpinned grenade, you're about to blow it up." Inc. online (free registration)/The Synergist blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Microloans create new opportunities for "unbankable" entrepreneurs
    For entrepreneurs like nail salon owner David Truong, microlending can help to provide the capital necessary to get a new venture off the ground. "Our job is to fill a void, to serve an otherwise unbankable market and help these people find what they need to pursue their passion," said Kurt Thompson, who is with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, which helped Truong to start his business. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why you shouldn't wait to take your concept overseas
    Contrary to what some people believe, it's not necessary to wait several years before expanding into overseas markets, writes Michael Fertik. "The whole world is fast becoming one market -- and money is a universal language uniting all, whether you're selling in China, marketing to the French or closing a deal in New York City." International expansion may be cheaper than you think, and it can allow you to reach a much larger customer base, he explains. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Jedi time tricks to help you control your life
    As a business owner -- like a Jedi Knight who has just been attacked by stormtroopers in the "Star Wars" universe -- sometimes you have to focus on an unexpected problem. But you shouldn't allow that urgent situation to distract you from your ultimate goal. You can free up more time to concentrate on what really matters by learning to say "no" and by making time in your schedule for your most important tasks. Lifehack.org (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to effectively pass on your expertise
    It can sometimes be difficult to each others about what you know even if you are an expert in your field, writes Annie Murphy Paul. However, you can become a better teacher by thinking back to the time you spent learning the material and by breaking down complex tasks into individual steps. Business Insider (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Innovations come from unexpected places
    Sometimes a major breakthrough comes from seemingly unrelated research, which is why it's important for organizations to keep pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible, Bernard Meyerson of IBM writes. "The fact of the matter is you never completely know what's on the horizon in the future," he writes. "What appears as a mistake today could become something of extraordinary value down the road." Wired.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Arianna Huffington's guide to failure
    Failure isn't the opposite of success; rather, it's a stepping-stone to better things, says new-media mogul Arianna Huffington. It's important to remember that when your company begins doing well, and to keep taking risks, Huffington says. "Now that Huffington Post is successful, we try not to let that stop us. We constantly iterate," she adds. Inc. online (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[P]eople tend to instinctively respect those who can say no."
--Oliver Emberton, writing at Lifehack.org
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