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Hire the Right Recent Graduates for Your Startup With These 4 Tips

Hire the Right Recent Graduates for Your Startup With These 4 Tips | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
You may find yourself with an influx of applications from new entrants to the job market. How do you find the best?

One of the most important tasks you will face as a business founder is the recruitment of your first team members. Many founders struggle with this task -- I did when I started my company. Industry veterans might command a salary that you can’t afford, or candidates whose impressive skill sets you can afford may not align with your core values.

Your search for the ideal hire may be further complicated by the rapid influx of recent college graduates into the job market. In the weeks following their May and June graduation ceremonies, you may find dozens -- if not hundreds -- of graduates applying for open positions at your company. Given their relative lack of employment experience, how can you identify the college graduates who are best suited to the swift pace and constantly evolving nature of startup life?

Impressive candidates can come from all sorts of experience levels and ages, so you should try not to limit your search to just one group. If you do, however, choose to pursue recent graduates, here are four pieces of advice that can help identify the right ones to join your team. Read more: click on title or image.





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Hiring great people is a very complicated process. This article provides a few general tips that help. If you're looking for great developers/programmers/engineers... contact me on Linkedin. You can't afford mistakes when it comes to hiring for a startup. Mistakes right at the start can be fatal.

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10 Lesser-known But Awesome Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use | Alltopstartups.com

10 Lesser-known But Awesome Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use | Alltopstartups.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Tablets and smartphones are gradually becoming basic necessities for most entrepreneurs.  Your ability to stay on top of everything can greatly be enhanced with the right app on your mobile device. There are now millions of apps for your everyday routines, from managing your personal daily activities to working productively in or out of the office.

Most business professionals are now used to popular apps like Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Yammer, Asana and HootSuite. We want to focus on useful but very little-known tools and apps you may not be using. This list might not be of much value to you if we focus on the usual suspects.

In no particular order, these are some of the most useful and less known awesome apps that will make you a better entrepreneur. In fact, this list isn’t just useful to entrepreneurs, but to anyone looking to be more productive and recover from information overload.

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Great apps for you smartphone or tablet.

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Cut Mobile Development Costs Using Business Analysis

Cut Mobile Development Costs Using Business Analysis | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
A strategic business analysis by a qualified analyst can help decide, for example, if an expensive, long-term project can successfully achieve your business goals.


“Business analysts don't get the glamour, and they don't get the glory. For some reason, we always think that should go just to the people who write the code, even though they wouldn't know what code to write in the first place if it weren't for the business analysts.”
Carey Schwaber, a former senior analyst of application development at Forrester Research

There are two key roles that determine a project’s fate: those of the business analyst and the project manager. While generally no one questions the necessity of a project manager on a team, there are frequently attempts to cut down expenses on business analysts.

Staffordshire University estimates that most projects dedicate the least amount of time and effort to analysis – around 10% on average. Additionally, IBM states that around 75% of its total project re-work costs are spent on fixing analysis errors.

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Excellent case for a Business Analysis.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 9, 2014 11:48 AM

Excellent case for Business Analysis. In the world of app development, many developers start out very excitedly. However, isn't it better to take a good look at the complete process before wasting time, energy and money for a doomed project, whatever the reason for failure may be? And if not failure, how about streamlining the process?

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50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog

50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
These 50 social media monitoring and management tools help you gather intelligence about your social media marketing efforts.


Some great new tools here.

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3 Easy Ways to Create an App with No Experience

3 Easy Ways to Create an App with No Experience | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

App development isn’t as hard as it was in the past. Business owners who want to get into the mobile space can make an app and test it too using app-building tools available on the market.

While technical know-how is important to make a killer app, these platforms just help make the job a lot easier for you, increasing the speed of the development process. Most importantly, the platforms can be used to learn app development and come in handy for particular niche app development, even if you are looking to build social media apps.

Here is a look at three tools that can do wonders for you.

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More businesses need to create apps to stay competitive. Outsourcing may be a good way but can be expensive. These platforms offer easy ways to do it yourself.

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5 Business Tools and Apps your Employees will Love

5 Business Tools and Apps your Employees will Love | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
From task execution to expense reporting and more, here's a look at five business tools that you, and your employees, will benefit from.

Your workforce is the backbone of your small business. Some may argue that it is your human resources department, or an external recruiter that makes it all possible. While that is certainly open to debate, one irrefutable fact remains: The quality of the people doing the work determines the quality of an organization.

Developing a quality workforce requires motivated employees; and motivated employees are engaged and productive individuals. Yet while motivation is not the sole responsibility of an employer, as a business owner, it pays dividends to do your part.

One of the best ways to equip your people is through the use of tools to help them do their job better, with ease. From task execution to expense reporting and more, here’s a look at five business tools that you, and your employees, will benefit from:

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Great tools. I especially like 'Expensify'. Keeping track of expenses is such a challenge.

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dan's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:04 AM

#apps

TechinBiz's curator insight, February 18, 2014 12:40 PM

Business Tip: Looking for more Business Tools, then checkout our Great Pinterest Board Here: http://www.pinterest.com/technologyinbiz/business-apps/

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Business Intelligence Trends for 2014

Business Intelligence Trends for 2014 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Where's Business Intelligence going?
As anyone working with data these days knows, there is a massive wave of innovation in analytics today. Hundreds of companies from startups to Amazon and Google are making breakthroughs.

n the best spirit of innovation they are building on each other's work to make astounding progress on new concepts like NoSQL databases and cloud data warehouses.

But technology itself is never the whole story. People and organizations must absorb innovation to make it relevant. We see that happening at a mass level with some concepts that have been around for years, such as Agile Business Intelligence.

Flip through the slides on the right to see where we think Business Intelligence is headed in 2014.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:05 PM

Keep on seeing the big picture and following the trends is a must. Great information.