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November 6, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Health startup makes it easier to evaluate medical advice
    HealthTap, a site that allows people to get free health information from doctors, is adding a new feature that could help patients determine the quality of the advice they receive. Doctors will be able to evaluate their peers and patients can vote on the beside manner exhibited by the experts. "We realized that it is very very difficult to determine who is the best doctor for [any] particular problem," said Ron Gutman, the company's founder and CEO. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Why bosses need workers who'll answer back
    Nobody likes back talk, but bosses should actively encourage employees to talk back to them, says John Baldoni. It's more important to hear uncomfortable truths than to have workers try to protect your feelings, Baldoni explains. "The man or woman at the top of the pyramid must work hard to enable people to speak truth to power," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Election Day outcomes that could affect startups
    Picking the next president might be the most visible part of today's election, but there are some other races and ballot questions that are likely to have an effect on startups. For example, Measure E in San Francisco could affect how startups in that city pay their taxes. Meanwhile, the outcome of the race in California's 30th congressional district could have implications for the success of future bills similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What marketers can learn from the presidential campaign
    The presidential race emphasizes the importance of leveraging brand advocates and delivering a consistent message when you're trying to build a brand, Jens Lundgaard of Brandworkz writes. "[T]he more rigorously you can define your brand story and control the projection of it, the better the marketplace will understand what you stand for -- and be ready to buy from you," Lundgaard writes. The campaign has also illustrated the need to react quickly to negative press. MarketingProfs (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Entrepreneurial lessons from Bush's victory over Gore
    During the presidential election in 2000, Al Gore was never able to simplify his message and avoid coming off as an uptight intellectual, and many entrepreneurs share this same unfortunate quality, Mark Suster writes. If you suffer from this affliction, you can overcome this problem by sticking to your core message when talking to the media and using metaphors to explain your company, he writes. TechCrunch (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 tips for managing older employees
    Many people are working well past age 65, which means you will have to become comfortable leading employees who are more experienced than you are, Margaret Heffernan writes. You should recognize the unique attributes of each generation and value the contribution that diversity can make, she writes. "Don't discount experience just because it isn't yours," she advises. Inc. online/Serial CEO blog (free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • The power of community-driven innovation
    An organization known as TopCoder excels when it comes to innovation, in part because it fosters a cohesive community and breaks challenges into small segments to make them more manageable, Stephen Shapiro writes. As a result, a resolution is found for the vast majority of the challenges addressed by the organization -- often in a surprisingly short amount of time. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • What it's like to fail in China
    Failure is viewed harshly in China, which could be problematic as the country attempts to encourage its most talented entrepreneurs and scientists to make contributions in their native country, Peter Ford writes. "In China, failure implies a shameful loss of face; only in rare circumstances will an official risk it," he writes. "And that may explain why the very best Chinese scientists, and the very brightest entrepreneurs, are not coming home." The Christian Science Monitor/Global News Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Accept responsibility where appropriate, reinforce what you stand for, and emphasize the positive."
--Jens Lundgaard, founder and CEO of Brandworkz, writing at MarketingProfs
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