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user testing
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5 User Testing Mistakes That Even Experienced Startups Make

"We had a big idea and we freaking went for it," Kash Shaikh, Besomebody CEO, wistfully told the company's community earlier this year. The Boston-based business, Shaikh continued, would then shut its doors the very next day. It's a story that no startup wants to hear. After appearing last November on ABC's "Shark Tank," Besomebody briefly gained fame...
Business plan
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How to Know if Your Strategic Business Plan is Out of Date

When you started your business, you probably put some work into a business plan. If you then looked for financing, you probably updated it at that point. Since then, your business plan has likely been ignored in favor of shorter, more agile strategic plans. The reality is that any plans you make become outdated as...
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The Importance of Prioritizing Diversity at Work

It is no secret that Silicon Valley has a workplace diversity problem. While this negative fact continues to trend, there is evidence that tech companies headquartered outside of the Bay Area are quietly showing them up by making remarkable strides in hiring and retaining women and minority employees. Smart companies make diversity a priority, because...
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5 Characteristics of High Performance Culture

It’s no secret that motivation is important when it comes to doing good work. “Company culture” has become a popular term among corporate leaders; more and more companies are focusing on creating a culture that fosters motivation in their workforce. This is more than a simple fad: according to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), “Why we...
Company culture
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Performance Management Considerations That Will Mold Your Company Culture

Over the past few years, our understanding of company culture and its importance has skyrocketed. It has been the subject of many discussions, and experts have discussed at length how a healthy company culture positively influences retention, productivity, performance and overall reputation. In an age where employee experience has been touted as the “future of work,” it...
Cash flow
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A Positive Way to Approach Startup Cash Flow Downturn

Every business goes through cycles. For instance, the retail industry knows to expect increased business and cash flow during the holiday season in the fourth quarter. Florists and jewelers gear up for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. In cold weather and rainy regions, construction increases during spring and summer, with winter being a slow period. Accountants...
Technology trends
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Technology Trends That Can Impact Your Startup in 2017

Technology knows no boundaries. Its reach extends into every industry and all business operations. Accepting that fact isn’t enough, as successful businesses also find ways to use technology to resolve inefficiencies and improve business processes. As a startup, you should make a point to find opportunities to leverage technology trends when appropriate. Below are four key...
Social intelligence
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How Social Intelligence is Working for Small Businesses

Interpersonal relationships are hard. We’re all trying to figure out how to get along, and we’re going to screw up. Nevertheless, some people are much, much better at it than others. What’s their secret? The answer, if there is one, is the quest in the burgeoning field of social intelligence. Researchers are looking at the...