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  • An Interview With Liz Eswein, Instagram User-Turned-Entrepreneur
    Then she managed to turn that account into an Instagram based business called The Mobile Media Lab which has generated more than 1 million in revenue by helping brands use the service The following is an edited interview with Ms Eswein Q How did you learn about Instagram A From you I was sifting through my Twitter feed in 2011 and found an article that the NYTimesBits Twitter account tweeted out and decided to sign up and try it out Q What was the first thing you shared on Instagram A Bacon and eggs Q Why did you pick the name NewYorkCity A I don t really know I think it was more sort of a happy accident I had always planned on just sharing photos that I was already taking of the city and not so much personal photos Somehow newyorkcity was still available Q You now have more than one million followers Do you find yourself over thinking the photos you post A I just post what I like and sometimes that doesn t necessarily resonate well with my audience But that s O K because I still like it See Full Interview on bits blogs nytimes com

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  • Instagram
    at New York University Then she managed to turn that account into an Instagram based business called The Mobile Media Lab which has generated more than 1 million in revenue by helping brands use the service The following is an edited interview with Ms Eswein Q How did you learn about Instagram A From you I was sifting through my Twitter feed in 2011 and found an article that the NYTimesBits Twitter account tweeted out and decided to sign up and try it out Q What was the first thing you shared on Instagram A Bacon and eggs Q Why did you pick the name NewYorkCity A I don t really know I think it was more sort of a happy accident I had always planned on just sharing photos that I was already taking of the city and not so much personal photos Somehow newyorkcity was still available Q You now have more than one million followers Do you find yourself over thinking the photos you post A I just post what I like and sometimes that doesn t necessarily resonate well with my audience But that s O K because I still like it See Full Interview on

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  • Q-and-A with entrepreneur, author and Webbmedia Group CEO Amy Webb
    risks are now very calculated I try to determine likely costs and outcomes and compare those to expectations whether they re mine or a partner s I incubate new projects all the time Some become companies some don t The biggest risk I think is in not exploring a fresh idea and giving it a little space to see what might sprout In that vein mistakes are inevitable when starting a business Are there any that particularly taught lessons that have stayed with you One thing that I d do today that I didn t initially with Webbmedia Group would be to ask many more questions and to see everyone as potential collaborator rather than as a competitor I see a lot of bright founders miss great opportunities simply because they were too embarrassed to ask for clarification Recently I was sitting in a meeting with a startup CEO and a large publisher The publisher said well you know so and so and how they built such and such I could see it on the startup CEO s face he had no idea what the publisher was talking about So he just nodded and responded of course The publisher finished

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  • Asking Questions
    d argue that my risks are now very calculated I try to determine likely costs and outcomes and compare those to expectations whether they re mine or a partner s I incubate new projects all the time Some become companies some don t The biggest risk I think is in not exploring a fresh idea and giving it a little space to see what might sprout In that vein mistakes are inevitable when starting a business Are there any that particularly taught lessons that have stayed with you One thing that I d do today that I didn t initially with Webbmedia Group would be to ask many more questions and to see everyone as potential collaborator rather than as a competitor I see a lot of bright founders miss great opportunities simply because they were too embarrassed to ask for clarification Recently I was sitting in a meeting with a startup CEO and a large publisher The publisher said well you know so and so and how they built such and such I could see it on the startup CEO s face he had no idea what the publisher was talking about So he just nodded and responded of

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  • CEO
    all living in some postmodernist egalitarian merit based paradise and that everything is different in companies now he says But in reality it s not In fact in a new paper that explores the notion that power structures haven t changed much over time Pfeffer explains that the way organizations operate today actually reflects hundreds of years of hierarchical power structures and remains unchanged because these structures can be linked to survival advantages in the workplace The beliefs and behaviors that go along with them he writes are ingrained in our collective corporate DNA Why do traditional power structures have such staying power One reason is that hierarchies still work Pfeffer writes that relationships with bosses still matter for people s job tenure and opportunities as do networking skills He notes that research shows hierarchies also deliver practical and psychological value in part by fulfilling deep seated needs for order and security Another is that individuals who believe in their own competence and above average qualities are more likely to take action at work says Pfeffer Taking action on the job provides opportunities for success and success means advancement at the company including more power and control over others perpetuating a hierarchical structure See Full Story on www gsb stanford edu Filed Under Reviews Tagged With CEO Delineated Power Hierarchies Jeffrey Pfeffer Workplace The 6 Must Have Skills For A Startup CEO 17 February 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment When it comes down to the core skills required a startup CEO needs 1 a clear vision of where the ship is sailing 2 a finger on the pulse of the industry and competitive trends to navigate the ship over time 3 solid team management skills to keep all employees sailing in the same direction 4 impeccable sales and motivational skills while maintaining credibility with clients investors and employees 5 to keep the business on plan and budget and 6 keep the company liquid I ll tackle each of these points below 1 Set the vision The first two points really go hand in hand In order to create the clear vision you need to have a good sense to what is going on in the industry and with competition That is really the first step to building a winning business plan It is not enough to say we are building a great travel website as there are tons of travel websites out there You must shape the vision in a way it is more unique and competitive than current solutions in the market My previous startup iExplore positioned itself as a niche killer for adventure travel compared to the general online travel agencies like Expedia And within the adventure travel sector iExplore marketed privately guided made to order tours compared to the traditional packaged group tours with set itineraries at a price point 25 less than similar tours being offered leveraging the cost efficiencies of the internet compared to brick and mortar agents This vision for the business created a unique product in the market place which consumers ultimately flocked to with over 1MM unique visitors per month coming to the website 2 Monitor key trends and pivot accordingly But the CEO s job is not done setting the initial vision He or she must stay on top of key trends in their industry or competition to navigate the ship over time For example after the economic impact of 9 11 01 iExplore needed to evolve from a travel agent of other tour operators trips into an iExplore branded tour operator of its own in an effort to get more margin to the bottom line during a difficult economic climate And at the same time iExplore opened up a whole new revenue stream from online advertising to get the company to profitability while people were not traveling It is the CEO s job to constantly watch these kinds of economic industry or competitive movements over time and to respond accordingly to keep the ship afloat 3 Keep the team focused on the same goal Another job of the CEO is to make sure all employees are clear on the vision and that all staff are sailing in the same direction In the iExplore example for adventure travel you can t have your tech guy building a cruise seller your operating guy building a hotel seller and your finance guy building an airfare seller Everyone is building an adventure travel seller and the CEO s job is to make sure all staff have contributed in building that vision so all players are on the same page as to what they are building Therefore the CEO is not only the communicator of the vision the CEO is the consensus builder for that vision You will never be successful if your team does not buy into the vision or if they feel their good ideas for improving the vision are not being listened to Then once everyone is firmly on board keep them clearly focused on the goal See Full Story on www forbes com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With 6 Must have skills CEO Clear Vision Competitive Trends Startup CEO Why Founders Suck as CEOs 26 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Organizations led by founders can really suck Like it or not every company has a culture The extent to which this corporate culture is one of effective execution and personal empowerment good things or one of tolerated abuse blaming politics and deflection not so good things is in my opinion simply a manifestation of the unresolved issues of a founder who s still calling the shots If the founder is unable to effectively communicate the company follows suit If the entrepreneur hoards information and undermines the leadership team the team reacts accordingly If founders are honest with themselves they realize it is increasingly difficult to sustain their relevance in the company they founded as that company grows It s not impossible but you can t

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  • What’s one leadership best practice no early-stage startup can afford to be without?
    folks a long way Peter Awad GoodBlogs 2 Give ownership In an early stage startup you need the entire team working at their best to get your product launched and profitable If you want someone to go above and beyond it s crucial you empower them with full ownership of their tasks True leaders know they aren t the only one in the room with great ideas let your employees shine Laura Roeder LKR Social Media 3 Be fearless In a startup leadership needs to be 100 fearless when entering the marketplace There s no time for self doubt or second guessing The leader needs to believe in the product even when getting customers is tough and costs are high If leadership is confident in the product then that excitement will funnel down the chain to the people selling it and even those who are buying it Dave Nevogt Hubstaff com 4 Lead with love When you lead your conversations decisions and conflict resolutions with love you create a team of people who do the same When you lead by example you teach them to use love in guiding their relationships with your customers and with your community That creates

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  • Best Practice
    you lead your conversations decisions and conflict resolutions with love you create a team of people who do the same When you lead by example you teach them to use love in guiding their relationships with your customers and with your community That creates a culture of kindness support and personal and professional growth Lead with love and loyalty and your company will skyrocket Corey Blake Round Table Companies See Full Interview on smartblogs com Filed Under Interviews Tagged With Best Practice Early Stage leadership Startup How to find the perfect employee 4 September 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment It s really hard to teach someone how to hire how to manage and how to lead Like many things it s usually best to learn on the job practice and get better at it after making a ton of mistakes along the way The problem is as a start up you can t afford to make a ton of mistakes when hiring and you also can t afford to wait too long to hire when the business is scaling quickly 1 For a senior hire hire someone with experience For a junior hire hire the smartest person you can find If you re lucky get someone that has smarts and experience Our first hire was a guy who actually had retail online consumer experience This is something that I have had for exactly 2 5 years or when the company was founded My co founder and I knew what we were good at but also knew what we sucked at It was critical for us to find a person that could bring all the industry expertise and knowledge we could no longer fake Our first intern and eventual hire was a girl who had exactly zero work experience

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  • leadership
    go above and beyond it s crucial you empower them with full ownership of their tasks True leaders know they aren t the only one in the room with great ideas let your employees shine Laura Roeder LKR Social Media 3 Be fearless In a startup leadership needs to be 100 fearless when entering the marketplace There s no time for self doubt or second guessing The leader needs to believe in the product even when getting customers is tough and costs are high If leadership is confident in the product then that excitement will funnel down the chain to the people selling it and even those who are buying it Dave Nevogt Hubstaff com 4 Lead with love When you lead your conversations decisions and conflict resolutions with love you create a team of people who do the same When you lead by example you teach them to use love in guiding their relationships with your customers and with your community That creates a culture of kindness support and personal and professional growth Lead with love and loyalty and your company will skyrocket Corey Blake Round Table Companies See Full Interview on smartblogs com Filed Under Interviews Tagged With Best Practice Early Stage leadership Startup To win the confidence of others speak up 10 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Leaders need to inspire the trust of those they lead When the heat is on leaders need to radiate calmness clarity and most of all confidence Belief in yourself is essential to leadership that must be communicated through words and example to others whom you are asked to lead They are looking to their leader for direction as well as for hope and often inspiration A leader who shakes in his boots is not someone that others want to follow By John Baldoni See Full Story on smartblogs com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Calmness Confidence leadership Speak up Is Thought Leadership the Same as Change Leadership 4 November 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment As the command and control model of leadership rapidly gives way to influential leadership styles let s look at two leadership models that are available to just about anyone at any level change leadership and thought leadership They are not the same although together they can be powerful Which can you adapt into your leadership style Change Leadership I believe that every leader should master the dynamics of change because most of what we lead these days is changing at such a rapid pace But mastering change means understanding both the technical and social complexities of what makes change desirable and manageable Most of us are better at the technical stuff because we re trained we re smart and the subject matter has more objective elements that can be measured and analyzed The social subjective human stuff is more challenging by definition so it s where we need to spend more of our developmental energy The principles of change mastery are relatively simple understanding human motivation and group dynamics but mastering them is a personal journey Mastering change leadership requires us to be intentional about how we are personally motivated how we interact with others and how we can get our own hang ups out of the way of the change we re trying to lead Want to be a change leader Master the human dynamic starting with yourself Thought Leadership The title thought leader is often reserved for those rarified authors researchers and industry titans who blow our minds with new ideas Think of Mark Benioff who in less than two short decades has redefined the software industry with his tireless championing and brilliant execution of of what is now known as cloud computing In fact thought leadership is accessible to everyone at every level in an organization and it s a key strategy in becoming an influential leader We all toss our opinions on the table but the thought leader does more than that Thought leaders put ideas and opinions out that have underlying rationales capable of being tested adapted and evolved More importantly the thought leader leads by doing the thinking that others won t don t or can t Thought leaders stand by their ideas and in doing so reframe and shift discussions in the direction that allows the solution to present itself Thought leaders don t take the debate on their ideas personally they accept wins and defeats gracefully and when combined with delivering results they get noticed sponsored and promoted See Full Story on leadchangegroup com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Command and Control leadership Mastering Leadership What The Best Leaders Understand About Themselves 29 October 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment To develop your true potential as a leader your first step is to get on the road to self discovery Here s how to begin and chart your course 1 Discover Your Values Without exception great leaders possess high levels of self awareness and clarity of motivation and this understanding comes from discovering their unique values says Morgan Hendrix CEO of Virtual Business Leader 2 Identify Your Values You can discover what s really important to you by answering these six questions What matters to you in your family life What makes you feel energized at work What is it that makes you cringe and why does it bother you What are you unwilling to give up When you start something what pushes you to jump in What are your most treasured memories Spend some time contemplating each of these questions really digging deep to determine what s most important to you 3 Stay True To Your Values Great leaders know themselves well enough to refuse to compromise their values If you look at the career of President Lincoln you ll notice that such leaders are never willing to sacrifice their values and principles Hendrix says Lincoln was not surrounded by a naturally cohesive team of followers but rather by

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