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November 2, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Sandy fails to stop Seamless
    Seamless, an online food-delivery service, prepared for Hurricane Sandy by contacting restaurants to determine whether they would be open once the storm struck. The company beefed up its customer-care team during the storm and used the event as a chance to experiment with telling customers they would probably face longer wait times. Seamless employees are now recording what they learned during the storm. "Each person involved in each of the functional areas is taking copious notes on the different situations and the strategies we tried," CEO Jonathan Zabusky said. Fast Company online (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • 3 M&A tips for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is seeking growth through strategic acquisitions but should be cautious about how she does so, argues Laurence Capron of INSEAD. Seven in 10 mergers and acquisitions are unsuccessful, Capron writes, and an aggressive M&A strategy can unsettle employees. "Keep in mind that M&As are complex, costly and disruptive and should only be used when the ends justify the investment of time, money and human resources," Capron writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • What a nontechie needs to start a tech company
    If you're building an online startup, who you enlist to help you get the job done can have a significant impact on the success of your company, Shane Robinson writes. You will need to decide whether to work with independent contractors or Web development companies, or to hire full-time employees. There are benefits and drawbacks to each approach. You will also have to decide which programming language to use for your company, he notes. Forbes (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 4 tips for hiring your first employees
    When hiring your first employees, it's important to look for candidates who jell with your company's culture and are passionate about the business, Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo of TechCocktail write. "The majority of startups cannot offer competitive salaries or benefits, so they have to offer something else -- a strong vision and story that people can really get behind." CNNMoney/Fortune (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to pull yourself out of a slump
    The key to getting out of a slump is to be patient, Melissa Pierce writes. It's a good idea to clear unimportant events from your calendar to reassess what's going on in your life. Afterward, you can determine which activities will help you to recover, writes Pierce, who used an unusual strategy to deal with her last slump. "I ordered thousands of rainbow colored balls and filled my home with them," she writes. "What had once been reserved for childhood and Chuck E. Cheese’s had a little revival in my apartment." (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • How innovative immigrants have moved the U.S. forward
    Throughout the history of the U.S., immigrants such as Andrew Carnegie, David Sarnoff and Joseph Pulitzer have introduced a number of innovations, writes Thomas McCraw, a professor emeritus at Harvard Business School. "Compared with the native-born, who have extended families and lifelong social and commercial relationships, immigrants without such ties -- without businesses to inherit or family property to protect -- are in some ways better prepared to play the innovator's role." Still, the country's complicated immigration laws tend to get in the way and have to be fixed, he writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • What Amazon's latest outage can teach founders about failure
    Many observers are offering poor advice in the wake of the latest outage of Amazon Web Services, Bernard Golden of enStratus Networks writes. The truth is failure is occasionally inevitable and if you want to mitigate its effects, redundancy is key. "Instead of a single server, use two; if one goes down, it's possible to switch over to the second to keep an application running," he writes. When developing a plan to deal with failure, it's important to evaluate the risk your company faces, he notes. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
If you wake up in a cold sweat because you’re dreaming of strangling a programmer ... don’t be surprised."
--Shane Robinson, founder of Soletron, writing at Forbes
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