How to build Top Talent for Your Virtual Team

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Attracting top talent is your greatest strength as a company-especially as a remote culture. But talent doesn’t always knock on your own door; you still need to work hard to create a world-class team.

Whenever we started Help Scout, I don’t remember anybody making a conscious decision to go full-on remote. It had been more of a survival strategy. Among my co-founders had a need to work from Nashville for the first 12 months. Then a few of the most important early hires we made, such as for example Greg in Delaware or Brett in Missouri, wouldn’t have joined we unless they can work remotely. Right from the start, we needed the capability to work well without having to be in the same place.

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Men In Kilts on the ‘Challenging’ Startup Journey

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Effort, traditional Scottish garb and a squeegee may take a business far, but ramping up a fast-growing franchise like Men In Kilts isn’t without challenges.

In a bit last May, we introduced you to the Vancouver business, known for work crews who wear kilts because they climb ladders to clean windows and clean gutters.

A 24-year-old Nicholas Brand started the business enterprise back in 2002, discovering that he attracted customers and attention when he wore a hand-sewn kilt face to face. He and somebody franchised it in 2006, and in ’09 2009, Tressa Wood, a veteran of successful Vancouver-based franchisor 1-800-Got-Junk, came up to speed as CEO.

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Men’s Jeans That Fit the girl and the days

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This story was originally published on July 1, 2015.

Fashion is a way of self-expression with seemingly endless possibilities, but its categories tend to be rigid: mens, womens, juniors. Unisex is rare at best. Just what exactly do you do in the event that you identify as an androgynous woman and you can’t find options to accurately show the world how you see yourself? If you’re Vicky and Charisse Pasche, you create your own clothing company.

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MENA Entrepreneurs, Be Kind To Yourselves: It’s Okay NEVER TO Be Okay

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Roughly this past year, my entire life came crashing down before me. I came across myself within an extremely difficult work situation, within the middle of a significant personal issue I had been trying to sort out with specialized help.

I’ve been a business owner with varying levels of success for roughly a decade or so, and therefore I’m used to improve and needing to juggle many different, difficult situations as well. However, this is different. It felt truly overwhelming.

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Do Angry McDonald’s Franchisees Have a Leg to Stand On?

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I’m rather obsessive in terms of following latest news in the wonderful world of franchising. Among the stories that I am focused on lately may be the McDonald’s one. If you are thinking of becoming who owns any franchise someday, there’s a significant lesson within what’s currently going on with this fast-food giant.

You can say for certain what’s happening with McDonald’s franchisees, right?

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Do Attractive Women HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE Pull With Investors? The Answer May Surprise You.

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It’s an elaborate and crowded time to share with you gender and the workplace. But it’s a significant conversation nonetheless. Women remain vastly underrepresented in traditionally male (and high-paying) industries such as for example computer science, engineering, and science. And according to recent data, significantly less than 13 percent of Silicon Valley engineers are female, women represent just 4.2 percent of senior venture capitalists, and a measly 3 percent of tech startups are founded by women. And there’s the ample anecdotal evidence detailing Silicon Valley’s testosterone-fueled "brogrammer" culture.

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Do as Successful Thought Leaders Do

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In lots of ways thought leaders are the same as everyone else. In different ways, they are pretty unique. The ones that stand out have a tendency to share a common group of characteristics: they expand ideas, they tell stories, they nurture long-lasting relationships plus they adopt behaviors that increase their momentum.

Thought leaders expand ideas. Ideas will be the bread and butter of thought leadership. At the core of each project, product cause or movement there can be an idea — a concept that is designed to inspire new means of thinking and engage action. Ideas form the core of what this means to improve the world. People hire and promote thought leaders because they’re "ideators," defined by the Urban Dictionary as "somebody who creates productive ides. So that you can engage people who have our ideas, we should nurture relentless curiosity, find and build relationships our broader ecosystem, and show others just how forward.

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Do Digital Ads Work? Who Knows.

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It is time to rethink how we gauge the effectiveness of digital ads.

Digital ad spending continues (unsurprisingly) to grow faster as a share of the full total ad market than other categories. Research firm eMarketer says budgets for digital ads will hit $42.5 billion in 2013 and jump to $60.4 billion in 2017.

You’ll think, with the data available and all that money being shelled out, it might be easy to understand whether digital promotional initiatives work. In the end, you have click-through rates, page traffic and online sales to use to construct a matrix of numbers to choose whether it was worthwhile to get a display ad, or something of this ilk.

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Do Chamber Meetings Still Beat LinkedIn for Networking?

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Which types of networking are most successful? A recently available survey of 12,000 people all over the world confirmed a few of my hunches but produced some surprising results, aswell.

Within research for the book, Business Networking and Sex: Not EVERYTHING YOU Think (Entrepreneur Press, 2012), my co-authors and I asked people what forms of organizations they participate in and whether networking played a job within their success. We cross-tabulated the leads to determine how effective several types of networking are.

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