Tag: Startups

5 Reasons Why Guys In A Fraternity Will Thrive In A Start-Up Environment

5 Reasons Why Guys In A Fraternity Will Thrive In A Start-Up Environment

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Kids in fraternities get a bad rap. They’re seen as degenerates. Their priorities are constantly questioned. For the most part, the common perception of  “frat bros” is that they’re keg-crushing, rule-breaking, brain-fried balls of testosterone. You know what? These generalizations may not be too far off, but at the same time, don’t be so shortsighted. Just because fraternity brothers engage in some — let’s be real — promiscuous pastimes, that doesn’t say much about them as a whole. Frankly, fraternity brothers aren’t as bad as you may think. Having been in a fraternity myself, I’ve witnessed the marvels accomplished by a house full of loud dudes in their early 20s. See, when you’re in a fraternity, you’re forced to just “get sh*t done.” It’s a wonderful con
Goalee Courts Professionals Like Online Dating For the Business World

Goalee Courts Professionals Like Online Dating For the Business World

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Name: Goalee Quick Pitch: Find other professionals with whom you share more than a similar field. Genius Idea: Connect professionals and students from similar fields to each other. Think about your experience dating online. Now think of your experience job-hunting online — where they overlap is what Goalee has created. The new network allows employers and prospective employees to court each other in a similar way one would on a dating site. Co-Founders, James Brown and Chris Sturgill, created Goalee when they noticed graduates turning to alumni rather than strangers in similar fields. LinkedIn may put you in touch with a vast group of professionals, but it lacks the intimacy, and often the references you need to get the job. They don't see themselves as a competitor with LinkedIn, but sa
3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers

3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers

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Chad Lilly is the director of recruiting at Lextech Global Services, a mobile design, strategy and development firm that helps companies optimize workflows with suites of custom mobile apps. Connect with him and the Lextech team on Twitter: @LextechCareer or @LextechApps. According to the ManpowerGroup’s 2012 Talent Shortage survey, 49% of U.S. employers are struggling to fill open positions. Technicians currently rank as the second most difficult position to fill, underlining the challenges tech companies face in staffing their organizations to meet current and future needs. The problem isn’t simply a shortage of applicants. In today’s job market, there are plenty of people willing to fill every available position. The challenge is identifying highly qualified developers among the rest of
50+ Events in San Diego, London and More

50+ Events in San Diego, London and More

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They say great minds think alike. That’s why Mashable's Events Board is here to help you make valuable connections — when you attend your industry’s leading conferences, that is. Whether you work in advertising, technology or media, we can help you find the perfect conference. This week we’ve gathered up five events, held in cities like San Diego, London and New York, to help propel you in the right direction. And if you don’t see something that strikes your fancy, check out more than 50 events in our complete listings. Sort listings by date, get discount codes exclusive to Mashable readers, or maybe watch a video of a past event so you won’t be caught by surprise. You can also follow our events account on Twitter so you'll never miss a thing. Digital Marketing Rooftop PartyDate: June
Apps Promise Luxury By Eliminating Talking to People

Apps Promise Luxury By Eliminating Talking to People

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The Silvercar customer suite at the Dallas-Fort Worth AirportImage: SilvercarWhen I power on my phone upon landing at LAX, a text message is already waiting for me: "Hi Ian, Silvercar here! We have your res at 1:00pm today. Let's roll!" Silvercar rents a fleet of silver Audi A4s at airports in Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. A slogan speaks plainly on the company's behalf: "car rental that doesn't suck." For Silvercar, "not sucking" means not being like traditional rental car companies. The rest of my on-arrival text message drives the point home. At the end of their detailed instructions, Silvercar urges me: "do NOT go to the purple 'rental cars' sign. That's for those who've already given up ;)" It's not exactly true. I'm instructed to take the Lot C bus from the blue Shu...
4 NYC Startups Reshaping Small Business

4 NYC Startups Reshaping Small Business

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Scott Roen is vice president of digital marketing, experience, and innovation for American Express OPEN. He manages a team charged with the strategy, development, and management of digital experiences. New York has historically been known as the center for industries like finance, publishing, and fashion, and has always been a powerhouse of innovation when it comes to these sectors. However, in the last decade, NYC-based tech startups have ushered in a new wave of innovation. There are many factors that led to this entrepreneurship renaissance. The economic downturn certainly served as a motivating factor, but strong support from the Bloomberg administration acted as the perfect enabler. The best part? Several of the hottest startups in New York share some key traits. The most notable amon...
Venngage Offers Inexpensive Data Visualization Tools for Businesses

Venngage Offers Inexpensive Data Visualization Tools for Businesses

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Name: Venngage Quick Pitch: Easy-to-use online data visualization tools for creating infographics. Genius Idea: Venngage provides a cheap and intuitive platform to help businesses create quality infographics without the expense of in-house designers. Say goodbye to outsourcing infographics and worrying about the expense of in-house work. Venngage, a Toronto-based firm, offers an affordable and simple platform for businesses to create quality infographics without the expense of in-house designers. "We're designed for the end users," Venngage CMO Lucas Walker told Mashable. "We're made for those who gather the information and use it." Venngage is an offshoot of Visualize.me, a startup that launched last year to help consumers transform the information on their LinkedIn profiles into infogra
4 Big Gambles That Turned Into Job Offers

4 Big Gambles That Turned Into Job Offers

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. When times get tough, job seekers get creative to stand out from the pack. This certainly isn’t a bad idea, especially when you consider the size of the pack. There are 12.8 million people currently unemployed, and that isn’t even counting passive candidates willing to jump on a new opportunity. Just how do you stand out from such a crowded backdrop to get the job of your dreams? You might need to take a big gamble for a big reward. With the market out there so tough for job seekers, more and more candidates are turning to non-traditional methods to get noticed. This might mean m
‘Not For Sale’ Wants to End Modern Slavery

‘Not For Sale’ Wants to End Modern Slavery

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Does social media promote activism, or is it a lazy form of participation? Social media is a strong platform for raising awareness, but the relationship between cause and effect is defined by action regardless of medium. On this episode of Revolution, David Batstone, co-founder and president of Not for Sale, joins us to share his story and his vision for the future of causes and philanthropy. His company "empowers marginalized communities to seek their own dignified employment and break the cycle of exploitation." Batstone points out that social organizations compete with brands and entertainment for the finite attention, time and investment of the communities they rely on for survival and for bringing about change. As a result, the traditional charity model is no longer enough. Socia...
Looking to Hire Top Talent? Try Recruiting With Video

Looking to Hire Top Talent? Try Recruiting With Video

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Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. The typical recruiting process is inefficient. This is the best explanation for why so many recruiters are turning to platforms like Facebook to Pinterest and beyond to source candidates. In 2011 the average cost per hire was $5,054, and the traditional recruiting process takes an average of 45 days to fill a position. This is a lot of time and money disappearing. Is it any wonder why more recruiters are looking at the popularity and usefulness of online video? According to comScore’s 2012 US Digital Future In Focus report, 105.1 million Americans are watching online videos every da
Can There Be an Etsy for Fine Art?

Can There Be an Etsy for Fine Art?

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It's not so common to find female founders at start-up accelerators. The numbers are increasing, and there are some accelerators dedicated entirely to supporting women entrepreneurs, but still, it's a relatively rare sight. But when we walked into Excelerate Labs, we found a new company called Cureeo bucking the start-up stereotype. CEO Maida Swenson-Fortune was seated with her partners Stephanie ('Pepper') Coate and Katie Dombrowski, working on a new marketplace for art-buyers. Cureeo aims to eliminate some of the drudgery of sales from the artist's workload, and some of the tedium of hunting from the collector's life. They hope to make fine art collecting more accessible to potential buyers who might lack the experience or confidence (or funds) they think they need in order to walk int...
The Case Against Business Introductions

The Case Against Business Introductions

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Are business introductions a waste of time? The lead marketer at an Israeli tech company claims they are. Iris Shoor claims she got meetings at Twitter, LinkedIn and GitHub not by asking for a liaison to make an introduction but by hunting down people at the companies she thought might be interested in what she was selling and then often guessing their email addresses. Shoor's company, Takipi ("server debugging doesn't have to suck") went into public beta five months ago. Shoor says she used cold calls and intros. The former led to seven meetings and five installations. Intros prompted nine meetings and two installations. Targeting the right people made cold emails more effective, Shoor wrote. "By using cold emails I was able to reach exactly the right people in the organization, and that...
This Website Uses Social Media to Find Your Dream Job

This Website Uses Social Media to Find Your Dream Job

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Chances are you already know how difficult it is to find any job in this economy, let alone your dream job. Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 12.7 million unemployed Americans, and there aren't any quick fixes in sight. With millions of others looking for the same jobs, you don't have time to scroll through hundreds of listings every day — you need to be able to optimize your search. Luckily there's a new website that has found a way to utilize your online social circles to lead you to gainful employment: Jackalope Jobs. Jackalope Jobs focuses on job seekers like you, helping you gain an edge on the competition by sorting through your social networks and pinpointing valuable connections. The way the site works is simple: You log in with LinkedIn, Facebook or Plax
Mashable Weekend Recap: 43 Stories You Might Have Missed

Mashable Weekend Recap: 43 Stories You Might Have Missed

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A real-life Star Wars' force glove and Twitter's new rules were among the top headlines this past weekend. Mashable brought you those stories, as well as other tech and social media news during your downtime. Our staff kept tabs on all the latest events, so don't fret if you missed a few articles. Check out all the coverage here, in our handy Weekend Recap. Take a peek at the links below, for the latest. Editor's Picks Curiosity Rover’s Laser Zaps First Martian Rock ‘Star Wars’ Force Glove Lets You Move Objects Without Touching Your Deleted Facebook Photos Will Now Be Gone Forever Google Maps Updates Street View for New Orleans This is Where NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity is Headed [PICS] Apple v. Samsung Case Decided by Verdict-O-Matic [SUNDAY COMICS] Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week L.A. Re

Nestio Is a Matchmaker for Renters and Landlords

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Apartment-hunting is a headache. The multiple viewings, the countless landlords and the never-ending "What if?" questions ... it's a lot to take in. Caren Maio wants to make the process easier. Two years ago, she launched Nestio, an all-in-one organization platform for both renters and landlords. Here's how it works: If you're looking to rent, Nestio provides you with a web and mobile system to organize every listing onto a map, so you can compare amenities, size, price and distance to say, your office. You can save each apartment you view directly to the site, which syncs with the app, and read real-time updates about listings, prices and anything else worth noting. You can also share photos and notes to friends — all through the same platform. Three weeks ago, Maio and her te