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When Is It Okay to Quit On Your Startup?

There is something of a stigma around quitting these days. We value hustle, commitment, and pushing past obstacles so much that quitting is nothing less than an embarrassing failure — proof that you, your idea, or your business just wasn’t good enough. But the truth is that so often, you’re probably much better off if you just owned up to the mistake and moved on.

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Is It Even Possible to Be Disruptively Innovative Anymore?

When you take a long, hard look at the current landscape of tech, the picture you see might not be encouraging for the intrepid company looking to change the game with a new and innovative product. It’s easy to assume that everything's been done, and it’s easy to concede that a few companies have gathered so much power that they can’t effectively be challenged anymore. All of that begs the question, is it even possible to be disruptively innovative anymore?

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Why You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel to Build a Great Product

Much of the conversation in the startup space is driven by the idea that your only goal should be to put something out into the world that’s truly disruptive or game-changing. If you haven’t create a billionaire dollar tech company that changes the way we live our lives on a fundamental level then you’ve failed. But the truth is that there is so much more to success than some Silicon Valley fantasy.

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Why Simplification is the New Innovation

The Internet Age is practically synonymous with information excess. Every day, we’re saturated with what feels like thousands of images, ideas, and opinions. For awhile, it seemed like every technical innovation was built to just make all that excess bigger and brighter. Now, what we want more than anything is to pull back and turn down the noise. Simplicity is at an absolute premium.

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How to Find the Right Price for Your Product

You would think that after all the hard work of building a product that slapping a price on it would be the easy part. But the truth is that finding the perfect price is difficult, and it can make or break your product’s success whether you’re pricing too high or too low. So let’s be like Goldilocks and try to figure out how to find the price that is just right.

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Why Meetings Really Do Make a Difference

It’s easy to hate on meetings. They can turn so easily into exercises of futility as you and your team spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to get on the same page. Sometimes it feels like you aren’t getting anywhere at all, and precious hours of productivity evaporate into thin air. But meetings aren’t simply about planning and organizing work. They actualize the most essential element of your business: its culture.

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What Work Smarter, Not Harder Really Means

We live in a culture where working yourself to your absolute limit is valued above all else. It sounds great until that intense work ethic develops into extreme burnout. As good as hustle can be, the real way to be productive in the long-term will always be to work smarter, not harder.

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Defining Your Limits as a Leader

No one person can do it all. It’s a hard lesson for every leader to learn, especially those that have built a startup from the ground up. When you first get started, you think that you can have a hand in everything your company does. But inevitably, that is not only unhealthy for you, but harmful to the continued growth of your business.

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Using Design Thinking to Build Great Ideas

If there’s one thing that’s harder than coming up with a great idea, it’s translating that concept into something real—something that people want. So many ideas evaporate before they have a chance to amount to anything at all. It takes a real strategy and an executable plan to make a product. The plan is what would-be inventors lack most, and it’s because many refuse to start thinking like designers.  

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We Need to Stop Punishing Productivity

Working hard in today’s world is something of a catch-22. The unspoken expectation is that if you are productive and efficient, you will be rewarded for your efforts. But it very rarely works out that way. In reality, if you work harder than everyone else, you just get more work than everyone else.

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Giving and Receiving Feedback That Actually Matters

In the workplace, we spend a lot of time thinking about feedback. And for good reason. There’s nothing we want more as humans than to grow and be better. Feedback is the opportunity to get the response that says “yes, you are growing” or “no, but here is how you can get back on track”. But only with genuine and honest feedback will it ever amount to anything in the long-run.

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Embrace the Obstacles That Challenge Your Business Every Day

Life, work, and business can often feel like a waiting game between big objectives. You do the daily tasks, you pay your dues, and you wait for it all to amount to the next big thing. Sometimes something ugly gets in the way of your progress. But the bad stuff isn’t the problem. The problem comes when we let it paralyze you instead of embracing the obstacles that are essential to life.

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