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5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips

5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
We spoke with startup founders known for instilling strong culture for tips on building culture at every stage of a startup.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
taniaATenthuse.me's insight:

Organizational culture is the cornerstone of a successful company. Invest on it and it will pay off in the long run. Keep people interested, motivated and happy and they will do their best

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Carol Sanford's comment, August 11, 2013 11:43 AM
The #4 Tip is one of the most misunderstood in Western Culture (particularly). People cannot be motivated. You can only build a culture where they motivative themselves. We have been gravely misled by behavrior psychology, based on the study of rats, that we are setting up a maze for people to run. Unless you manage rats, the research is most irrelevant. I write at length in my last book, The REsponsible Business, about why this is false research for business cultures. And what to do instead. Learning to tap what people are motivated by, but finding significant and meaningful offerings for stakeholders OUTSIDE the business, e.g. customers, Earch, community, awakens motives they can connect to. Asking them to contribute to those is the only way to tied them to you efforts. It does not work to tied them to the goals of the business except to a limited degree. Not enough to innovate and grow a business. Grow Stakeholder Success is the path. Many examples and stories of Fortune 500 and entrepreneurs I was blessed to oc-create such systems over almost 40 years are in the book.
Samuel Pavin's curator insight, August 12, 2013 6:30 AM

Company culture is indeed major. That is the founding stone impacting both employees and customers behaviour and appreciation of the company.

That is also linked to UX in the way that dedicated employees (understanding and adopting the company's values) will definitely provide customers with a better experience or, at least, strive to do so. And in a current world where competitors are everywhere, service and quality are key.

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12 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Tips For Startups

12 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Tips For Startups | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Hsieh, Cashmore, Blakely and more weigh-in.
taniaATenthuse.me's insight:

A useful, easy to read list with tips from successful entrepreneurs. The value of it lies on the fact that their advice stems from actual personal experiences and can become a great source of inspiration and a useful guide to every entrepreneur. Isnt't it? :)

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The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
No one said building a company was easy. But it's time to be honest about how brutal it really is--and the price so many founders secretly pay.
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This is a great read. I would recommend it to all entrepreneurs and business owners.
Building or owning a company can be exciting, rewarding, challenging, and brutal. Yes, brutal. The article discusses the internal struggles entrepreneurs are experiencing, the risks of depression caused by stress and anxiety while offering some great advice on how to combat these serious psychological disorders. 

 

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5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

5 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
It takes more than a great idea to launch a successful business. Here are five qualities to have under your belt.
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A great,short article by Stephen Key.
As a mentor he shares his insights stemming from years of experience in the entrepreneurial world in regards to the qualities that successful entrepreneurs (should) have. 

1_An unwavering passion

2_Open-mindedness

3_The desire to be an expert

4_A forward-looking approach

5_A constant flow of ideas 

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TED winner Mitra warns teachers to be ready for change

TED winner Mitra warns teachers to be ready for change | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Newcastle, the United Kingdom. This is where Sugata Mitra, this year’s TED award winner lives and teaches. Thanks to him, millions of children in the poorest areas of the world are now…

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Delightful. This man had a vision and an innovative attitude towards teaching, his area of expertise and passion. Entrepreneurs -especially young ones- should follow Mitra's amazing story and be inspired

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Alexandra Guité's curator insight, August 17, 2013 1:02 PM

"Professor Mitra is a Physicist and teaches Educational Technology at Newcastle University. Some years ago he had a revolutionary idea: “The Hole in the wall”. He installed computers in the streets of the slums of India and observed that children organize by themselves and learn naturally. So have we all a teacher’s soul inside us?''

Daniel Moix's curator insight, August 18, 2013 9:39 AM

The Granny Cloud.  What an inspiring notion!

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:21 AM

Like it or not, things are moving in one direction, and that is where Mitra is pointing at!

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European Countries with some of the hottest startups (infographic)

European Countries with some of the hottest startups (infographic) | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley gets all the attention when it comes to tech innovation, but there are some big-name companies worth recognizing that come from, yes we'll say it, "across the pond." Europe!


Via Samuel Pavin
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A nice visual representation of the European startup scene that proves that Europeans are dynamic players. The article highlights startups from 6 cities; however several amazing startups operate in other European countries too, building great innovating services and disrupting the industries they operate in. Hopefully, they will manage to get more attention soon. 

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taniaATenthuse.me's comment, August 29, 2013 8:49 AM
Nice infographic Samuel. I definitely agree with you, several amazing startups operate outside the Berlin-London-Paris triangle, building great innovating services and disrupting the industries they operate in. Hopefully, they will manage to get more attention in the near future. Thanks for sharing
Samuel Pavin's comment, August 29, 2013 9:32 AM
Thanks Tania! I will try to put up even more insight on European startup scenes. Being due in Lithuania in a month and in Scotland in October these are two thriving ecosystems I will try to explore further. But overall, you are right all need to get more attention which Europe as a whole could manage on a WW level by aggregating the "noise" (positive one, I mean, the social media presence and impact) and pushing the stories and successes out there. All about collaboration for success in the end.
taniaATenthuse.me's comment, August 29, 2013 11:22 AM
Totally agree :) Looking forward to your updates from Scotland and Lithuania. Lots of cool startups there indeed, some pretty successful too -SkyScanner was founded in Edinburgh, if i m not mistaken-.
Yes, definitely more media attention and state support & infrastructure
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8 Hats entrepreneurs often wear

8 Hats entrepreneurs often wear | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs creating companies are often the only ones in the company at the start.


Via Samuel Pavin
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Entrepreuneurs are expected to perform multiple tasks while starting their own business. Diversity in the roles and tasks they have to undertake is unavoidable. 

Taffy Williams mentions 8 hats an entrepreneur may wear over the life of her or his business:

1_Leader

2_Follower

3_Manager

4_Funder

5_Teacher & Writer

6_PR & IR

7_Firefighter

8_Cleaner 

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Samuel Pavin's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:28 AM

A quickly-read article but a point to be made again (and a piece of advice for all entrepreneurs) that an entrepreneur is not only a guy with an idea.

There is usually quite a skillset required to not only found but also run a company - be it a startup or a well-established one.

taniaATenthuse.me's comment, August 21, 2013 9:11 AM
Thanks for sharing Samuel. As always, a nice read, especially for the inexperienced entrepreneurs!
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5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips

5 Startup Founders Reveal Their Best Company Culture Tips | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
We spoke with startup founders known for instilling strong culture for tips on building culture at every stage of a startup.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
taniaATenthuse.me's insight:

Organizational culture is the cornerstone of a successful company. Invest on it and it will pay off in the long run. Keep people interested, motivated and happy and they will do their best

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Carol Sanford's comment, August 11, 2013 11:43 AM
The #4 Tip is one of the most misunderstood in Western Culture (particularly). People cannot be motivated. You can only build a culture where they motivative themselves. We have been gravely misled by behavrior psychology, based on the study of rats, that we are setting up a maze for people to run. Unless you manage rats, the research is most irrelevant. I write at length in my last book, The REsponsible Business, about why this is false research for business cultures. And what to do instead. Learning to tap what people are motivated by, but finding significant and meaningful offerings for stakeholders OUTSIDE the business, e.g. customers, Earch, community, awakens motives they can connect to. Asking them to contribute to those is the only way to tied them to you efforts. It does not work to tied them to the goals of the business except to a limited degree. Not enough to innovate and grow a business. Grow Stakeholder Success is the path. Many examples and stories of Fortune 500 and entrepreneurs I was blessed to oc-create such systems over almost 40 years are in the book.
Samuel Pavin's curator insight, August 12, 2013 6:30 AM

Company culture is indeed major. That is the founding stone impacting both employees and customers behaviour and appreciation of the company.

That is also linked to UX in the way that dedicated employees (understanding and adopting the company's values) will definitely provide customers with a better experience or, at least, strive to do so. And in a current world where competitors are everywhere, service and quality are key.