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@JJHo Most startups are bootstrapped. They have to limit their burn rate and have to hire slowly as revenues increase. This is different from the "ask VCs for cash and care about the eyeballs" mentality. Most startups have to generate revenue from the get go. I have spent my entire career working with startups. There is a lot of risk and many fail. I've had dotcom offices in the back of printing presses at a newspaper. Another place had no desks, just plywood and sawhorses with picnic benches for a full year. These companies can't afford ANY of the cool benefits that a place like google or zappos can extend to top talent. If you think your opinion is accurate, then you clearly do not have the appropriate attitude for the startup environment.
1 month, 1 week ago on Don’t go chasing (startup) waterfalls
Wow. Are you for real? I can smell your arrogance all the way from India. You really don't have a clue how most of the world's women live, let alone the microcosm you promote as the center of your expertise. There are many women subject to harassment and sexism. Very capable women that weren't given the opportunities in order for the bros to move ahead. I've witnessed it, i've stood up against it, left companies due to their lack of ethics. I'm done. This was a post too far genuflecting to your sponsors.
2 months ago on Twitter’s female “problem” — This is why mobs don’t appoint public company boards
As someone who's been in Marketing for 25+ years, I won't hire anyone in marketing without a flawless presentation of their work and achievements. They know themselves better than anyone else. If they can't sell themselves, how will they be able to sell my product or service any better? I will stalk them online, too, and carefully evaluate their activity. I've crossed oceans to accept jobs found on linkedin, only meeting the CEO after I'm settled in a new country. I've been offered speaking and interview opportunities just because of the content of my blog. Personal branding has gotten even more important with the "interwebs" - your relationships online matter, even if you never meet IRL.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Yes, “personal branding” is an important thing to do
I've started and pivoted with a number of startups. Am currently in the same place as the writer. While company culture is great to talk about, it's very hard to direct where it heads. One bad hire can significantly shift everything in the wrong direction.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on How to avoid breaking your company as it grows
Great post Sarah. I raised my son by myself since he was 5 months old. He was traveling on planes with me on business everywhere around the world from the age of 6 months onward. Mothers are encouraged to make too many sacrifies "for the family". My work is just as valuable as my partner's (even if the paychecks don't match - that's another article). I've never accepted any special treatment in the office for being a single parent (while I've watched other parents skip out regularly for parent-teacher meetings, soccer practice, etc). I show up on time and do my work, and leave when the work's done. When I had day care and had to be home at a certain time, everyone knew how to contact me at the end of the business day. Slaughter's article reminds me of the saying, "The person who says it can't be done is usually interrupted by someone doing it."
9 months, 2 weeks ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality
I've been working in startups for the past 25 years. There is a very different office environment than working in other more established companies. People joining startups can volunteer to take on roles that they would otherwise not have been able to move into. It's kind of like an internship - you spend some time in a company getting to know how the company works and decide whether that's what you want to pursue in life. In bootstrapped startups, you have the ability to, say, handle marketing even though you were hired to keep the books. If you enjoy it and the work produces results, this may lead you into a very different career path than you may have thought before.
There is also an element of chaos, both harmful and exhilarating. You never know what each day will bring, what challenges you'll face. You are forced to be creative because there's no money, no staff, and no time. If you can't handle that sort of environment, you shouldn't be working in a startup. If someone asked me if I was a "startup junkie", I'd have to agree with them. I love watching staff grow and reach beyond their own perceived potential. I love finding unique solutions and taking companies to the next level. I love building things, growing things, watching them come to life. That's what I'm addicted to.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Startup junkies: What are they really addicted to?
@YaronSamid @googleappsexpert Just in case you did not know this, @googleappexpert is right. If you are recommending a company or web site on the interwebs and you have some sort of affiliation with them, you really should acknowledge this. This isn't new netiquette.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The day that Google Drive broke my trust (Updated)
Women don't have to give up anything to have children. You can be an effective business woman AND a mother. What has to change is the assumptions made by men (and a surprisingly number of women in your office) that your little bundle of joy will be the "be-all and end all" of every waking minute of your life going forward. The people in your life also need to understand that your work is just as valuable as whatever the men in your life do. Mothers can can make too many sacrifices in the name of family. Rare is the man who will do the same. It's a matter of focus, support, organization and straight out, balls-to-the-wall hard work. When people ask what I'm most proud of? Of course, my son immediately comes to mind, but then comes other life moments and career moments. Building companies, hiring people who are then able to transform the world, that stuff counts on a different scale than my family. They BOTH matter.
10 months ago on Apparently “business nesting” is a thing
Most awesome comments section ever. :-)
1 year, 1 month ago on Sacca: Betrayals at Twitter cut deeper than junior high
Love this. Anyone coming up with an inspiration reel deserves major kudos. I've tried doing this at a nu,ber of companies. How do you actually make this a systemic part of your process?
1 year, 8 months ago on Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere
Why would you expect TechCrunch to know what's going on worldwide? PandoDaily seems much more worldwide in reach than TechCrunch. Beyond that, cause marketing is something too esoteric for developing countries. They're focused primarily on profits and revenue, and they're justified for doing so at their level. NOW. Companies like this will be more important as global concerns realize that their corporate responsibility initiatives all fail in India.
1 year, 8 months ago on Why Roozt Turned Down $1 Million