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Just as with hiring internal managers and staff, using external support requires careful planning and selection. Before you select a consultant or contractor, determine your budget, scope of work, timeline, measures for success, and other resources available to support the people who will do the work. Use this worksheet to help you think through important issues and to guide you in the selection process.
Keeping your talented women executives on board may be tougher than keeping your men. Despite aggressive anti-discrimination efforts and myriad opportunities, women still hold significantly fewer top corporate posts than men. There are clear reasons for it, too, which entrepreneurs need to know.
Do you have great technology you want to get to the street? Author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki outlines just how to do it right--and how to do it wrong. Lesson number one: consumers don't buy technology. They buy products.
A Business Week columnist argues for putting a cork in the mouths of marketing gurus who spout jargon that only complicates an already complicated task. It's a fun piece filled with interesting facts that drive a very sharp point home: Always keep it simple.
Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc (the first spreadsheet program for personal computers) and an accomplished entrepreneur, conducts an in-depth discussion with himself on the complexities of patent law and patent litigation. If you're headed that way, it's an informative read for you . . . and probably your lawyer, too.
The top leader at GE, Jeff Immelt, shares the 10-item checklist he uses to do his job. It will work for you and your managers too.
Though perhaps not as exciting as a blockbuster launch like Amazon, more and more, technology-enabled business services will be integrated into the world of entrepreneurial ventures. Cost-laden process inefficiencies that can be addressed with software-driven solutions can become the hallmark of new business growth.
Carve-out plans offer a different way to design pension and profit-sharing plans to meet specific funding goals. This blog entry by a VC walks through an example and shares links to related topics.
Tech-entrepreneur Marc Andreessen shares what he believes to be the nine most critical steps to a successful turnaround. This blog entry provides a framework that gives a highly political and complex process clear direction. The approach is practical, even blunt. Example: "Step 2: Throw your predecessor completely under the bus."
This brief, to-the-point VC blog entry explains why investors often consider operating cash flow as the best measure of business health. The piece also explains one way for entrepreneurs to calculate it with investors in mind.
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