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January 22, 2013
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Bold Ventures 
  • Taking on the world's poverty problems
    Becky Straw lived out of a suitcase for 10 months while staying with friends as she worked to get the Adventure Project off the ground. The social startup is focused on creating opportunities in the developing world by working with organizations that are making a difference. "We consider ourselves VCs for nonprofits in the sense that we partner with nonprofits that we feel will create the highest social return for our dollar," Straw explained. Business Insider (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • How to lead without making decisions
    It's often best for bosses to avoid making some decisions, says Kon Leong, co-founder and CEO of ZL Technologies. Answer your workers' questions with questions, and encourage them to find the answers for themselves. "It can be very frustrating to my employees, but I'm trying to get others to scale up and learn," Leong explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Peer-to-peer lending services gain traction
    Peer-to-peer services such as Prosper and Lending Club are helping to provide borrowers with the capital they need while generating solid returns for lenders. "We have a pretty strong cost advantage," said Renaud Laplanche, Lending Club's founder and CEO. "Plus, the banks have been under a lot of pressure to improve their reserves, much of which were depleted during the crisis." Bloomberg Businessweek (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • From employee to entrepreneur in a single fiscal quarter
    As turbulence continues to define the economy, entrepreneurial skills are more important than ever. Luckily, you can develop an entrepreneurial mindset even if you weren't born with one, according to Tom McDonough, who is developing a course on the topic. You can flex your entrepreneurial muscle by setting out to create a business in 12 weeks that will produce an acceptable hourly wage for you. Forbes (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to maintain your productivity while working from home
    It can be hard to stay productive while working from a home office, but it is possible, writes Uttoran Sen. You should get rid of distracting items such as TVs or exercise equipment and establish a schedule, he advises. "You may realize you can adjust your hours later to be more efficient for you, but don't make it a habit of stretching out your hours -- it just invites wasted time," he writes. Lifehack.org (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • A new way to inspire innovation
    Some companies are attempting to generate innovative ideas by bringing employees together to work on important problems, writes Alessandro Di Fiore, CEO of the European Centre for Strategic Innovation. This process, known as "jamming," tends to be more successful if you form small teams and allow employees to identify issues that matter to them. "A big mistake is to think that you need to let everyone get involved, but academic research consistently shows that people tend to prefer working in small teams," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
SmartQuote 
If you run a company, your employees are now your customers -- and your top priority should be to serve their needs, not your own."
--Liam Martin, co-founder of Staff.com, as quoted by Inc. online's Young Entrepreneur Council blog
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