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Love the Ones You’re With. Why Startup Success Depends on Relationships | SiliconANGLE

I recently wrote this post with Doug Kilponen, COO at Wanderful Media. Having worked together on two different startups over the course of several years, it has become clear to us that loyalty is the secret ingredient for success. The media … Continue reading

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Wanderful Media Adds Former Microsoft & Yahoo! Talent to Growing Management Team | Marketwire

I am proud to announce that Wanderful Media has recently added two Silicon Valley veterans to our growing management team. We have appointed Steve Trefethen as chief technology officer and Grace Chan will serve as our vice president of product management. Steve Trefethen … Continue reading

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Ben Smith, Steve Goetz: You Are Welcome To Our Facebook Passwords If You Turn Over Your FICO Score -peHUB

Dear Employer. If you think our Facebook passwords are necessary to review our job applications, you are welcome to them. In exchange, we would like to see your FICO score and the recent credit applications of key executives. Is this … Continue reading

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Ben Smith, Mark Boslet: Career Building Like A Startup: Thoughts On Reid Hoffman’s “The Start-up of You”

In the 40 years since the publication of What Color Is Your Parachute, the job market has collapsed, collapsed again and changed almost unrecognizably. The time has come for a new job hunter’s bible. Our vote goes to Reid Hoffman’s … Continue reading

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Grace Chan, Ben Smith: Building An Online Community Is Hard Work | peHUBpeHUB

Grace Chan, Ben Smith: Building An Online Community Is Hard Work We have seen it all. We’ve seen entrepreneurs set out to build loyal communities for newly minted products only to forget that they are more than just sales assets. … Continue reading

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Victor Belfor, Ben Smith: We’ll Trade 100 Employees For One A-Player | peHUB

Mark Zuckerberg famously commented that a great engineer is worth a 100 average engineers (something every developer knows deep in her heart). He was talking about A-players, and in our opinion the worst thing any startup can do is accept … Continue reading

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Crash Dev: Top three reasons NOT to do a local + online startup (and what to do instead)

This piece by Devore is fascinating and correct.  Having looked at buying the Judy’s Book asset twice, I think they really were a great team with a solid execution, and it still did not work.   The fundamental issues of high cost to acquire customers, high customer churn, low monthly … Continue reading

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Sooner is Better than Better, Getting Shit Done

Getting Shit Done The key to success in business is execution, whether you run a sprawling multinational or a 12-person startup. So measuring how your company stacks up against the best and brightest in your space is crucial. If you … Continue reading

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I have now entered the blog world

After seeing where I put my blog content change, I have decided to start posting my blog content to my own blog.   This should be an interesting process.

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peHUB » Doug Kilponen, Ben Smith: First They Ignore You, Then They Want To Buy You: Managing The Startup-Big Company Relationship

Every entrepreneur has met them. Big company executives with big company swagger. They ignore you. They dismiss the business problem you spent your life solving. They think they can crush you. Then the tables turn. They push for strategic relationships. … Continue reading

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