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6 Small Business ‘Hiring Hacks’

6 Small Business ‘Hiring Hacks’ | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Finding and hiring top talent is critical to a small company’s growth and success, yet this is just one of many hats worn by small business leaders. So how does one find quality talent when it’s a part-time job?
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[People special] A last bit about this "people" topic and the finding of the right person.
I stumbled upon this short piece, shared by Guy Kawasaki, and I think it does complement the ones I have shared previously.
Especially, from a very personal point of view, I not only strongly agree to but also recommend point 2.
Even from a formal interview point of view, just get out and discover who you are really facing (I always remember a point made in a study by a U.S. university - sadly can not put my hands on this one which I had not kept in the first place - that more than half of the good candidates for a job do actually suck during their interview. And usually, the ones performing are the arrogant people who are bound to suck at doing the job - but are so confident they are good that they do look good).
Disrupting the usual scheme might help get the best out of the people best-suited for a job.
From my own experience, the best interview I had in my younger days actually happened on a sunny bar terrace in Paris, sipping a beer and chatting about the job.
Sounds cool. Indeed. But I have retained that experience since then as it does also allow to upset people coming far too prepared for an interview and, at the same time, helps people get over the standard interview stress and allow for a proper dicussion.
Disruption is fancy at the moment. Let's disrupt the interviews and hiring processes. 

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What If Entrepreneurs Dream Big, But Investors Have No Balls?

What If Entrepreneurs Dream Big, But Investors Have No Balls? | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Across the region, we’re slowly seeing new influences in investment across the cities of the world. And as you should know already, Asia’s got more billionaires than North America.
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[People special] Good question indeed. We always tend to say that entrepreneurship is about being a lilltle mad, creative and able to take risks. That is also why investors tend to say they invest in teams rather than products. But, hey, what if they are the showstoppers ?

Let's have a look at whether the team of investors is on par with the startups'. Valid everywhere... .

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Learn the Laws of the Jungle for Business Startups

Learn the Laws of the Jungle for Business Startups | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

It’s a jungle out there. In 2012, total entrepreneurial activity in the United States hit its highest level since their survey started in 1999, according to Babson College.

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As the first sentence says "It's a jungle out there.". So get your act together and be pragmatic enough to ste the foundations for success right.

The title speaks about "Business startups" and that is the point. Whatever the fun involved in creating a startup, at the end of the day, that is still an actual company and it needs resources to survive and grow.

Here are a few reminders for entrepreneurs willing to be the king beast in the business jungle.

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How a glowing Max Levchin stole the show at D11

How a glowing Max Levchin stole the show at D11 | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Last year the well-heeled, Wall Street-y and mostly male audience at All Things D's annual conference were flummoxed watching a demo of True & Co., a company that helps women alleviate the anxi...
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I already sent a tweet about this article but I think it makes sense to scoop it here.

Not to demonstrate how brilliant Max Levchin may be but as it does point a trend I recently discussed : more and more startups go "social" e.g. a growing number of founders tend to focus on helping people, on fixing real-life issues vs the lot of web products - or apps - aiming at providing us with something useless - or, say, not necessary.

And here, there seems to be two kinds of population. The "old" entrepreneurs, the guys like Levchin who have succeeded already, have grown, do not need to make money anymore and then focus on things important.

And a second trend of younger people, first-time founders who seem to stand halfway between running the streets to protest against war, capitalism, whatever else and creating a company.

Hippies 3.0 ? Joke aside, I like this trend and wearable technology seems to walk this path too as various uses for it tend to actually help people and not focus only on the gadget side of the tools (like just controlling a phone through a watch).

So, on to startups with a cause ?

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Risk-Averse Culture Infects Americans

Risk-Averse Culture Infects Americans | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Americans have long taken pride in their willingness to bet it all on a dream. But that risk-taking spirit appears to be fading.
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A shift in risk-taking ? If the U.S. lose it then the legacy lives on as more and more entrepreneurs in the World are actually more that willing to take those risks.

Now a difference must be made between aversion to taking risks and just applying due diligence before jumping in.

U.S. entrepreneurs are not just crazy, most actually go for it because they have backed their ideas, dicussed them and actually have an idea of where they are going.

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A zeal for risky business |Business |chinadailyasia.com

A zeal for risky business |Business |chinadailyasia.com | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Hong Kong is experiencing a rising tide of entrepreneurship, with young go-getters from Europe and North America helping to swell the numbers of SME startups in the era of the “Sino-dollar”. But for local youngsters, it is a high-risk game.
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Following my recent take on Asia in general, a deep-dive into Hong Kong's startups scene.

And an interesting movie about the birth and growth of the latter.

Also, after meeting with Casey Lau, I can only value the quality of the insight he provides here.

And a quote I love “It was a support group. We called it Alcoholics Anonymous, for startups”. 

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Are entrepreneurs the barrier to their own success?

Are entrepreneurs the barrier to their own success? | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
As the nation becomes gripped once more by the budding entrepreneurs on the new series of the Apprentice, Cranfield University School of Management has called for entrepreneurs need to stop meddling and start managing.
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A title and everything is said ... . Almost.

A really good piece on the most important part of a startup : people. Say entrepreneurs.

I reckon the content is written in a very report-like manner, not as fancy as one would like but the content is golden still with the point made about how good ideas end up with failure because of the leader(s).

To summarize, entrepreneurs, do not set the hurdles you will face yourself.

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How to Run Your Business Like an 11-Year-Old

How to Run Your Business Like an 11-Year-Old | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
I started my first business at age 11, selling tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and squash that I grew myself. It was all planted from seed on a tiny plot of land behind our two-bedroom house in Okemos,
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The "kids" management described. That is indeed real-life facts - and common sense basically, yet, points to retain.

I would just add one bit here : Speak to people like they are 11 or less (investors, customers, etc ... ); that is keep the message short, straight to the point; gives details if needed.

Oh, and make things fun!!

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Fake it ‘til you make it – 10 of the most dangerous pieces of startup advice

Fake it ‘til you make it – 10 of the most dangerous pieces of startup advice | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Adam Fletcher, owner of the Hipstery, shares his views on some of the worst startup advice out there and also lets us in on the ultimate secret to founding a successful startup.
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Love that piece! So much truth in it, so much fun in it too!

The "Rockstar" "Adam Fletcher, owner of the Hipstery, debunks some common startup sayings and clichés. No more pivot, passion or Startup Ninjas…" [Quote]

The intro says it all. And what est than a hipster hitting startup punks... ?

Fun - and serious, still.

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Using Apps to Connect with Employees (Video)

Using Apps to Connect with Employees (Video) | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
It's an often overlooked strategy, but Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider says businesses can use apps to communicate with staff on their smart phones and tablets.
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A quick look into management. With Yahoo's recent move towards calling back employees "home", what about companies - shall I say startups ? - with quite a mobile population ? An interesting look into one potential way to manage.
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Startups and big corporations embrace the maker movement

Startups and big corporations embrace the maker movement | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
At Maker Faire Bay Area, a "startup pavilion" highlights 20 new maker-focused startups. But big companies like Autodesk, General Electric, and even Google are getting into the DIY game too.
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A quick look into yet another hot topic at the moment, the maker movement. After Google Glass, Quantified self, 3D printing, let's go (back ?) to DIY 3.0... .

The topic definitely is hot but the actual development of it remains to be seen (the "how", the "when", etc... ).

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San Francisco's Real Start-up Secret Sauce

San Francisco's Real Start-up Secret Sauce | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Everywhere from New York City to Omaha would like to be the next tech start-up capital. Here's what actually makes Silicon Valley and San Francisco hotbeds of tech start-up activity.
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A shared secret sauce in fact. That is so true though and that is the exact reflection of the thoughts of a "newbie" to the Valley and SF I recently spoke to.

This place is packed with entrepreneurs and the secret is there is no secrecy. That is also why there can not be many copies of a place like this in the world. Just in Europe secrecy and NDAs are the entrepreneurs' priorities... .

Anyway, a very good look into what makes the Valley special and what the missing ingredients are for all the others.

 

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Web2Day's startup competition to feature some "killer" startups - Rude Baguette

Web2Day's startup competition to feature some "killer" startups - Rude Baguette | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Rude Baguette • France's Startup Blog: This week I, along with most of the Paris Startup Scene, will head down to Nantes for a few days. No, it's not for some arbitrary set of French holiday
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Green city, startups, investors, elephant ... yes, indeed. A nice article on Web2Day shedding some light on Nantes (2hrs train, South-West of Paris).

More or less the startup city of 2013 for France with Web2Day happening this week and IBM SmartCamp due in September.

With a growing scene of exciting startups and local organizations eager to break a sweat to assist startups development, seems like the West is the place to be. Actually, next to Nantes is Rennes with a strong mobile, telecommunications basis and further South, Bordeaux, where, if the hype is about the wine, boasts an evergrowing startup scene too.

Oh, and have you seen the elephant ?

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4 Rules for hiring your startup's next great employee (and avoiding the duds)

4 Rules for hiring your startup's next great employee (and avoiding the duds) | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it

Rude Baguette • France's Startup Blog: The following is a guest post from Michael Ferranti, a marketer living and working in San Francisco, USA.

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[People special] To keep the focus on people, I wanted to add this guest post which does pinpoint an important part of the life of a startup.

Regardless of how great founders and the initial team are, there happens a time when the company has to grow and hire some great additions to the team. I find the following 4 points quite good. Simple, basic but quite right on target and definitely leaving the usual recruiting bullsh!t aside.
Once again, whatever the business, the team is key to success so making sure to bring the right people in is crucial.
Especially for a startup where - as opposed to larger corporations - a slacker can do an awful lot of harm.

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Why You Should be an #Entrepreneur

There’s always the age old chicken and the egg question about whether entrepreneurs are born or made, but the bottom line is that entrepreneurs are those who develop innovation after innovation ..."

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A lazy read for a Friday ... only slides to watch.

But points that do make sense and sum up what entrepreneurship is about quite well. Enjoy being lazy! (mind you, it is far faster than reading text)

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Small business gets boost from mobile marketing

Small business gets boost from mobile marketing | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Small businesses face more options, confusion in mobile marketing
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Well, when large corporations are still struggling to get this right, smaller businesses do it the startup way : agile, smart and mobile.

A very good example of very good mobile marketing here, valid for all, and as it features New Orleans (one of the hot places when it comes to startups), jazz, marketing and successful engagement, what is there not to like in this post ?

 

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What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Get Wrong: 7 Lessons From The Rest Of The Ecosystem

What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Get Wrong: 7 Lessons From The Rest Of The Ecosystem | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Noah Kagan, Founder, AppSumo Noah Kagan (31) grew up and thrived in Silicon Valley. However, his feelings about it are mixed. After graduating from Lynbrook High School in San Jose, CA, he got a degree from UC Berkeley.
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One lesson to retain from these two quotes : "If you want to build a $1B company, the valley is a great place. The people there are ridiculously smart. They push you to be better.".
"However, I now love not being in the valley. I don’t want to talk about startups all day. I can have a life and enjoy it here [...]".

That is the Valley summed up and how anybody, entrepreneur or not, shall lives ones life.

Live your life, enjoy it and when you build a startup, make sure you are surrounded by the right, bright, people.




 

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How Will Wearable Tech Impact the Startup World?

How Will Wearable Tech Impact the Startup World? | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
How wearable tech will change businesses and members of the tech startup community at large.
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The next golden path ?

From my past posts and articles my answer can not be no. Looking at the current market, at what startups and bigger players do have up their sleeve and the current adoption of technology, I definitely think this is big business in 2-3 years at least (5 maybe depending on products launched).

Anyway, other than my take, here are a few serious points made by serious people. I trust they are quite right.

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Startup Scenes Across Asia: 11 Of Asia’s Top Tech Cities

Startup Scenes Across Asia: 11 Of Asia’s Top Tech Cities | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Asia is very young and fresh in terms of tech, so the continent is just getting started. In fact, economically, Asia’s only really had its growth spurt in...
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Glad to have stumbled upon this article about the Asian tech scene.

This allows me to shed some light on the "entrepreneurship in the word" in one page, 11 cities and a great overview of Asia ... which is one of my regions of choice (with Eastern Europe) looking at the dinamics and the drive people have when it comes to startups.

With Hong Kong at the forefront, look forward to the developments to come there.

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Want to make money & change the world? An idiot’s guide to "social entrepreneurship"

Want to make money & change the world? An idiot’s guide to "social entrepreneurship" | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
The what, how and why of social entrepreneurship – using business process for positive change – featuring VC firm Omidyar and startups Lenddo and d.light.
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Well, I am an idiot so quite glad to have found this piece on social entrepreneurship.

That is sure a growing trend - at least the name is - and, as they mention in the article, quite a large topic putting together various kinds of ventures.

Still a slightly foggy world but definitely a path walked by more and more entrepreneurs which does call for attention.

And the positioning of the message/venture half way between NGOs and Startups make it quite appealing for people at the moment.

This article has given the idiot Me a better understanding so I can assume it is quite of interest :)

 

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Startups at Next Big Idea showcase technology solutions to improve life - The Economic Times

Startups at Next Big Idea showcase technology solutions to improve life - The Economic Times | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Technology aiming to make life better was the dominant theme for the products showcased at Next Big Idea, a biz plan competition at IIM B'lore
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Back to hard ? (ware)

With 3D printing being top of the charts at the moment, Google Glass the fashionable bit, Apple & Google working on watches, etc ... it does definitely look like we are on track to be back from software to hardware - or so.

Devices are the new big deal. At least for 5 years from now I'd say.

Interestingly enough this move goes along a search for creation of tools aiming at making our lives easier / better.

No gadget-only thinking but a real dedication to improving people's life.

Way to go, to my mind. Creating true value can not be a wrong move - and answering an actual need is still far better than creating a need where to fit an app... .

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Class of 2013: Graduating? Don’t Be the Punk Who Fixates on Angry Birds in Your Post-College Life

Class of 2013: Graduating? Don’t Be the Punk Who Fixates on Angry Birds in Your Post-College Life | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Congratulations graduates! Welcome to the real world. But first, let me first apologize that people like me say stuff like that. I think it’s pretty condescending when people refer to the
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Let's go further than the sheer title of this article ... though I do like it anyway. This (very good) article gives advice/directions that are not only valid for graduates but so much like a road to success for entrepreneurs too.

Regardless of whether you land a job or create your own job (e.g. get your punk - or not - startup rolling), just stick to this "checklist".

All good points here and the right foundations to build on.

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Top Silicon Valley Advisor Explains The Key Rules Behind Every Great Startup Idea

Top Silicon Valley Advisor Explains The Key Rules Behind Every Great Startup Idea | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Your chances of success are much higher if you follow these rules. ;
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10 rules as foundations for great (or at least any) startups.

From idea to implementation to success, an easy-to-read infographic to be used as a checklist on your way to success.

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Entrepreneur Beginners Guide: 7 Steps to Live By

Entrepreneur Beginners Guide: 7 Steps to Live By | Entrepreneurship in the World | Scoop.it
Here’s what entrepreneurs need to keep in mind both before opening shop, and in the first phase of operation -- so they can stay afloat and beat the overwhelming odds.
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Good points. Not much to add to this good guide. An easy read, all points valid and to remember.

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The Silences of Jeff Weiner

Bloomberg West descended upon the LinkedIn campus last week. It was a celebration of a decade of LinkedIn. Smart interviews were had by Emily Chang, Cory Johnson and Jon Erlichman, he of the pink
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My being silent. I actually strongly agree with Tom Keene here as I am a strong advocate of silence. Real, proper, silence.

It does seem, nowadays, that people feel an urge to always be saying something. The best (worst) example being corporate meetings.

I tend to speak rarely, leaving people make noise, listening an understanding and finally making a (usually strong) point when the noise clears.

This should be a basic rule for even a standard chat with a friend or family, for making any (business or personal) decision, etc ... .

Nothing beats a moment off from noise.

And this goes with my usual saying... "Be lazy". Take time, sit back, make proper decision and not a fool of yourself by speaking too fast and too loud.

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