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January 31, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Fashion guru leverages blog to launch design business
    Starting a fashion blog in 2010 turned out be a shrewd business move for Shauna Miller. She used her blog, Penny Chic, to help readers learn how to put together fashionable outfits by shopping at stores such as Walmart and Forever 21. The blog led to a gig as a freelance consultant, and Miller eventually started her own clothing line, which will appear in Walmart's online store. "It's surreal to have my own line, but I'm just sitting here at my computer, making it happen the only way I know how," Miller said. Business Insider (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Don't run your company like an airport
    Airports are soulless, sterile places populated by glum workers and even glummer travelers, writes Seth Godin. Too many companies fall into the same trap, taking their customers and workers for granted rather than striving to delight them. "[I]n pursuit of reliable, predictable outcomes, these organizations dehumanize everything, pretending it will increase profits, when it actually does exactly the opposite," Godin writes. Seth Godin's Blog (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Does salary transparency pay off?
    Data analytics company SumAll allows employees to look up colleagues' salaries and bonuses, a strategy that CEO Dane Atkinson believes improves efficiency. Other startups have found such salary transparency doesn't always pay off as it restricts their ability to offer more compensation to top talent. The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Wisdom for getting started as an entrepreneur
    It's important for entrepreneurs to identify a niche for their companies and to surround themselves with people who will be supportive of their chosen path, writes Ashley Bodi of Business Beware. "Doing so not only puts you in good company, but also brings out the passion in you to keep pressing forward," she writes. Also, hire someone to handle Web design if you lack the technical knowledge to do so yourself, she advises. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Tips for working with a designer
    Entrepreneurs seeking top-notch designs for their companies should take the time to write out goals for the project so that the designer has all the key information, writes Mike Redaelli. He also recommends giving designers ample time to execute. "It should seem inconceivable that you would spend weeks toiling away on a new brand strategy or sales deck only to leave a few hours for your designer to 'throw something together,'" he writes. RepCapitalMedia.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Ideas for Innovators 
  • How company leaders can encourage innovation
    Ideas from lower-level employees can be key to successful innovation, writes Erik Sherman, drawing from a Harvard Business Review blog post. "Use only the insiders and you greatly limit the new combinations of ideas and experiences that you need because those people become used to each other," he writes. But employees won't be able to innovate if they aren't allowed time to do so, Sherman writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Techtown blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • How poor leadership can destroy a company
    Bad leadership is often to blame when companies fail, writes Steve Tobak. "At the core of every company in trouble is usually a management team that's not as competent as it needs to be, more complacent than it should be, and more dysfunctional than it can get away with," he writes. Companies may be headed for disaster when their leaders try to maintain the status quo or surround themselves with people who won't challenge their ideas. Fox Business (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[T]ry to figure out who your true target niche is as soon as possible, so you don't miss out on customers who could use your business or service."
--Ashley Bodi, co-founder of Business Beware, writing at The Globe and Mail.
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