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In this tree we aim to put together various informative pearls capturing interesting aspects of opening a startup, poised to be successful.

How To Treat Your Employees. Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur.

How To Treat Your Employees

He has started and sold several companies, run a VC fund, and is an active investor in many private companies. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College. You can follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. Wade had sex with Karen and now I had to fire him. She was our top designer. Wade had caught the disease. The disease spreads in stairwells. 10 YouTube Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch. This YouTube video seeks to help aspiring executives prepare themselves to be strong CEO candidates in the future.

10 YouTube Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Professor Joseph Bower from the Harvard Business School believes anyone hoping to hold a corner office someday should be able to ask serious questions—and answer them objectively—about their own work and the work produced by the company. Becoming a CEO is all about constantly learning and improving oneself—and later, others—to establish a true role within a company, instead of merely being a placeholder. Bower also recommends that CEOs-in-training take an interdisciplinary approach to networking, thus promoting innovation within the company.

How can you hire highly skilled workers, persuade them to work for free, and then release your product to the masses for free? It's not impossible; in fact, several active companies such as Linux and Wikipedia has accomplished this feat. Open enterprise manifesto. Small Business Website Design: Ditch the Templates. A report this week from Forrester Research confirmed what just about everybody in business already knew: Americans are buying online and they are buying a lot.

Small Business Website Design: Ditch the Templates

The study reported that Americans spent more than $200 billion online in 2011 and projected that total would rise to $327 billion in 2016. The 2016 figure represents 9 percent of all retail sales (up from 7 percent in 2011). Among the report’s interesting findings: 53 percent of Americans made an online purchase in 2011.58 percent are expected to make an online purchase in 2016.People believe they get the best deals when shopping online.Tablet devices like the iPad have spurred online impulse buying.

If these stats don’t make you want to reevaluate your e-commerce efforts—and perhaps plan a redesign! An attractive, well-organized website, with a back-end that functions seamlessly and a shopping cart that makes the purchasing process as easy and intuitive as possible will do wonders for your bottom line. 4 Characteristics of a Winning Social Enterprise Strategy. Bill Kalma is VP of technical services at Model Metrics, an enterprise cloud computing services company.

4 Characteristics of a Winning Social Enterprise Strategy

He focuses on the effective scoping, management and delivery of CRM projects from a technical perspective. What is the social enterprise? Traditionally, the term has referred to an organization's social mission of philanthropy, charity or furthering a noble cause. However, in the past few years, Marc Benioff, CEO of, has used the phrase to define organizations that are pioneering a new level of connectivity within the corporate world. Made possible through cloud computing, the social enterprise mirrors personal social networks like Facebook that leverage the social grid to share information and ideas. The value of the social enterprise is simple. The social enterprise is a strategy, not simply a single system or idea.

The social enterprise strategy is different for every company, but the following characteristics require consideration.


Become Your Own Boss in 24 to 36 Months. Have you ever wished that you could become your own boss, and just be able to pay yourself for the work that you do?

Become Your Own Boss in 24 to 36 Months

I started to have this vision for myself after a decade or two of working for other people. I had a day job, and it was slowly starting to grind on me. What I noticed was that the day job really seemed to sap my mental and emotional energy. In my mind, I was trying to clearly separate my life into 2 separate compartments: 1) When I was at work. 2) The rest of my life. This did not work very well, though, and it was the “emotional overlap” that was killing me. For example, I would spend a lot of time outside of work worrying about work related stuff. And even when I took a vacation, I was sort of dreading the return to work the entire time, so I could never really enjoy myself.


Fantasies vs. Realities of a Startup [Comic] CTO. CMO. CEO. How Entrepreneurs Can Create Their Own Luck. Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur.

How Entrepreneurs Can Create Their Own Luck

He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written 6 books on investing. Research Data Services » Where are the data? Why is data management hard? Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup. What could you learn from looking at your competitors or other tech startups in a different way?

Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup

Are you cynical about their chances in the market just because they seem to be hot in the press and that bugs you? Or you think their startup is a passing fad and yours is the real deal? Subroto Bagchi Blogs.