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6 ways to motivate and inspire your employees that don’t involve a pay rise

Modern companies offer a lot of perks for employees: healthy breakfasts and fruits, medical insurance, massage right in the office, a gym with personal fitness coaches, and much more. Due to recent quarantine guidelines, most companies had to stop all office activities and move some of them online, such as training and fitness classes. Even if you have a budget for perks, tangible and intangible methods of motivation should work together. People need to know that their work matters. Perks are gr...
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3 neck-stretching routines you can easily do at your desk

It’s time for your morning coffee break, and you find yourself stretching your stiff neck almost by routine — but let’s face it: you’re probably doing it wrong.  Working from home or not having the right work setup in the office can wreak havoc on your physical health, causing a lot of stiffness and pain. With this in mind, here are three easy neck stretches that I’ve found helpful — just do them at your desk and they’ll leave you feeling better in no time. [Read: 5 easy stretch routines to make...
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So your company made a statement about BLM — now what?

Well, it’s all been a bit intense, hasn’t it? Just when we thought the planet was finally going to take us off the naughty step, we get slapped upside the head with another unfiltered look at ourselves. The uncomfortable, shameful, anxiety-ridden, angry, cannot-look-away-from systemic implication of racism and colonialism — including in the business and tech worlds. But, it’s not anything new so why does this time feel different? Are we truly at a tipping point? What I’m writing here may be unco...
Tags: Startups, BLM, Podium, Growth Quarters


‘Business benevolence’ is the key to surviving an economic crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is reshaping the world around us in profound and unpredictable ways, not least of which has been the widespread disruption of global supply chains. The fragility of some supply chains is so stark that some economists are signaling the end of globalism as we know it, causing business and government leaders to fundamentally rethink how much they rely on partners in other parts of the world.  But what’s really at stake? And how can businesses prepare for the next pandemic — or f...
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Why every developer should know multiple programming languages

This article was originally published on .cult by Doug Neale. .cult is a media platform for untold developer stories, where developers can read content around the softer side of development and watch documentaries about the tech they love. You can read this original piece here. “I’m a ruby developer!” “I hate javascript!” “Functional languages only!” Most developers would have heard boasts like these. In a world of endless languages and frameworks, it makes sense that some of us would choose our...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Doug Neale


How tech firms can drive growth — without making inequality worse

For many cities, tech hubs have been a key to jump starting economic growth in the wake of the global financial crisis. In an era of uncertainty, tech-sector growth is proving to be a driving force for nations attempting to reach into the “next economy”. In the UK, for instance, the sector is – optimistically – predicted to grow four times faster than GDP, while tech job growth is expected to outperform all other occupation categories by 2020. By traditional measures of a successful economy – jo...
Tags: Startups, UK, Tech, Growth Quarters


Negotiation 101: How to get what you want at work, according to a hostage expert

If you’ve ever had to negotiate better work conditions or hold your own in the boardroom, you’ll know just how heated negotiations can get — and if this is new to you, allow me to set the scene. Alice and Bob are holed up in a meeting room, participating in a relentless dance of back and forth, driven by the tone of individual wishes and desires. They both have a goal in mind and they’re motivated to reach it. The problem is that neither are willing to back down, nor do they know when to walk aw...
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6 tips on how to overcome the unique challenges of managing a fintech team

The fintech industry has grown immensely in the last few years, making up nearly half of all the venture capital invested in 2018. As a result of that investment and growth, regulations have been increasing, consumers are becoming dependent on fintech technologies and the fintech market, and fintech companies are maturing. But during this uncertain time, fintech companies must focus not only on establishing their name and securing funding, but also on sustaining their profitably and growth as mu...
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The dev career ladder needs reassessing — not all senior developers should be managers

This article was originally published on .cult by Nadya Primak. .cult is a media platform for untold developer stories, where developers can read content around the softer side of development and watch documentaries about the tech they love. You can read this original piece here. The career ladder for software engineers is often confusing and inconsistent.  Many people who go into software development tend to go in with tunnel vision – they don’t even think about the career ladder because they’r...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Nadya Primak


5 ways to be a better ally in the office, according to psychology

In recent interviews, the American soccer player Crystal Dunn expressed the joy and fear she felt when her teammate Megan Rapinoe decided to take a knee against police brutality and racism in 2016. While Dunn wanted to join her teammate she worried “they could rip up [her] contract” and as a result chose not to. The fact that Rapinoe felt she could take a knee while Dunn could not speaks volumes. The US Soccer Federation did condemn Rapinoe’s kneeling. However, Dunn was worried the repercussion ...
Tags: Startups, Megan Rapinoe, Dunn, Crystal Dunn, US Soccer Federation, Rapinoe, Syndication, Growth Quarters


A look inside Europe’s $7 trillion technology market

There’s no doubt US tech stocks have thrived in 2020, but a raft of their European counterparts have returned huge profits for investors during the first six months of this year. Sinch, the Stockholm-based cloud telecoms firm, is up a teeth-kissing 170% year-to-date. Second-best is Dutch fintech play Adyen: its market cap grew from $223 billion to $389.4 billion, driving its stock price up by 74%. Germany’s TeamViewer is Europe’s third-best performing tech stock in 2020, up 52.7% over the past s...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Germany, US, Stockholm, TeamViewer, Hard Fork, Growth Quarters


4 most common startup recruitment mistakes I’ve seen as a VC

So you’ve cracked product-market fit for your startup and it’s time to scale. As a founder, the first and possibly biggest challenge you’ll experience at this point is how to grow your team. Attracting and identifying talented potential employees who share your vision is vital.  However, for the significant majority of founders, who have little to no hiring experience, it’s easy to fall into several traps — not least, underestimating the time and effort the hiring process demands. Last year some...
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Want a great developer? Stop obsessing over resumes and share a falafel

If you Google “freelance developer vetting process,” you’ll be bombarded with more than a quarter million results.  Most of the advice follows the same general themes:  Review work samples Put them through a test project And evaluate their English skills (if the developer is overseas) These screening tips are all useful, but something important is missing: the “Falafel Test.” Let me explain. Businesses can’t afford to be wrong when it comes to hiring developers. Sinking precious time and hard-ea...
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Accessibility will make your product better — for everyone

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! One of my friends used to run a company that was growing fast and needed to hire a CTO. She tapped her network and spoke to a bunch of potentials, trying to find the perfect candidate. After some search, one person stuck out in particular. He wasn’t living in ...
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No, you’re not a failure — here’s how to deal with setbacks at work

Setbacks are a normal part of life and work — and let’s face it, you’re likely to encounter many throughout your working career.  They don’t discriminate either: it doesn’t matter if you’re the best performing team member, an award-winning CEO, or the new kid on the block. The truth is that there will be times when you have to rectify mistakes and solve problems on the fly.  Some setbacks will be small — the kind that entail you working late one evening — and others will have a profound impact o...
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How designers can boost their creativity when work is slow

No work in the pipeline? It’s a dreadful scenario that freelancers face from time to time. Contracts aren’t guaranteed. Often, they come in waves. Feast or famine is an apt description, even if it is a bit discouraging. Still, it’s not as if freelancers are without options. When paying jobs dry up, there’s work to be done. Positivity in the midst of uncertainty is a byproduct of staying active and striving toward goals. For freelancers struggling to find work, there remain ample opportunities to...
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European tech: What startups can expect in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg

Silicon Valley has largely dominated the narrative around technology startups and even though the American region is still king, it’s refreshing to see just how far Europe has come in recent years. If you’re an entrepreneur, investor, or working in European tech, you’ll benefit from knowing the basics of the landscape to get a better sense of where the next opportunity might arise. Much has been written about technology hotspots such as London — renown for its fintech capabilities — and Paris — ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Silicon Valley, Belgium the Netherlands, Growth Quarters


Scrum didn’t work for my startup — so I designed an alternative project management method

This article was originally published by Built In. Nowadays there are more opinions on how to develop software than there are firms actually doing the development. Some people call programming a science. Others call it engineering, a craft, or even art. Just as coding’s 70-year history has produced hundreds (if not thousands) of languages, it’s also spawned countless processes and frameworks purporting to have the best model for guiding a team to build software. In recent times, no framework has...
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Imposter syndrome affects developers of all skill levels — here’s how to deal with it

This article was originally published on .cult by Syk Houdeib. .cult is a media platform for untold developer stories, where developers can read content around the softer side of development and watch documentaries about the tech they love. You can read this original piece here. The worst thing about the imposter syndrome is that it manages to convince you it’s real even when you know it’s not. Here’s how the imposter syndrome affected me in my first month as a developer. I want to share this wi...
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We can’t build customer strategies solely on algorithms — and the pandemic proves it

A friend told me the other day about an ad he saw on Facebook. In it, young people clad in an activewear company’s bikinis and shirts are seen frolicking on Rio’s crowded Ipanema Beach. “Unique vision of effortless lifestyle,” read the brand statement at the top. Talk about failing to read the room. Here is a more recent photo of that now-empty beach, post-pandemic. Call it a case of algorithms gone bad. My friend was served this ad because machines had crunched data provided by his online activ...
Tags: Startups, Rio, Ipanema Beach, Podium, Growth Quarters


The unpaid labor of female founders — and how this puts businesses at risk

The unpaid labour of women is not new news. UN Women states: From cooking and cleaning… to taking care of children and the elderly, women carry out at least two and a half times more unpaid household and care work than men. As a result, they have less time to engage in …paid labour. Women’s unpaid work …supports economies…yet, it is rarely recognized as “work”. Unpaid work is valued to be 10 and 39 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product and can contribute more to the economy than the manufacturi...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Un, Growth Quarters


5 metrics SaaS startups must watch to keep revenue on track

After an unprecedented bull run for 11 years, SaaS businesses are faced with a lot of uncertainty as they overcome the business impact of the global pandemic.  There is no fixed path ahead. The truths of each Monday are recalibrated by next Friday. In the current scenario, agility is critical. You must look at the right leading indicators to make decisions quickly or risk getting buried under loads of data. While revenue metrics like LTV, CAC, NRR and Quick Ratio are solid ways to diagnose long-...
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Remote work is making us more innovative — so don’t dread the ‘new normal’

Moodi will be speaking at Transform on July 2, TNW’s online couch conference on business innovation. Get your tickets here. In the process of forming the UN after World War II, Winston Churchill said “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Of course, the human cost of a crisis cannot be ignored. At the same time, a crisis can spark progress in a way that people otherwise can’t (or don’t) choose to enact.  In the lockdown that has resulted from COVID-19, space has been created in a very literal se...
Tags: Startups, Winston Churchill, Un, TNW, Podium, Growth Quarters, COVID, Moodi


7 telling signs you’ve got a product/market fit

This article was originally published by Lenny Rachitsky as issue 25 of his newsletter. You can read the original piece here, and sign up to the newsletter here.  The only thing that matters is getting to product/market fit. — Marc Andreessen I’ve noticed that most people (including myself) have only a vague grasp on what Product/Market Fit actually is. And even fewer people are going after it in a systematic way. For my own benefit if nothing else, last year I began collecting the best descript...
Tags: Startups, Marc Andreessen, Syndication, Lenny Rachitsky, Growth Quarters


Leading startups through dot-com and ’08 crash makes me optimistic about COVID

A crisis can feel like the end of the world. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, it ripped the heart out of a new industry — London’s Soho district felt like it had tumbleweed blowing through it. Then 2008 rolled along and we found out what a true crisis looked like. Or at least we thought we did. The last few months have seen a global meltdown of unfathomable proportions.  Yet whilst this crisis will hit deeper and wider than the others I’ve led businesses through, there are also reasons why...
Tags: Startups, London, Soho, Podium, Growth Quarters


So your instincts were completely wrong — here’s what to do next

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! Last week I wrote about how to “get to no.” Basically, how to find out if you’re wrong, who to ignore, and who to listen to. This week I’ll give you some tips on what to do once you come to terms with being wrong. Steve Jobs was famous for being extraordinaril...
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Top 7 startup cities keep their ranking in 2020 — but new players are on the rise

Silicon Valley is still the number one startup ecosystem and is closely followed by New York and London, which has risen in the ranking. That’s according to Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem 2020 report launched today at TNW’s Ecosystems Couch Conference. But how are the rest of the world’s startup ecosystem fairing? Let’s take a closer look. Unsurprisingly, the US is still leading the way with several of its cities making the ranking. On closer inspection, Silicon Valley is still the nu...
Tags: Startups, New York, London, US, Silicon Valley, TNW, Growth Quarters, Startup Genome 's Global Startup Ecosystem


6 work phrases you need to drop if you want your team to like you

Saying the wrong thing — or using the wrong turn of phrase — at work can upset and alienate colleagues.  So if you want to save yourself and others some unnecessary grief, here are a few ‘work phrases’ you and your team should consider retiring. Well, it’s always been done this way Old habits die hard. Even though it’s easy to become complacent and set in your ways, it’s important to remain open-minded to others’ suggestions.  [Read: Here’s how to make your virtual meetings more efficient] If a ...
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5 tips on how web devs can survive (and thrive) during a recession

This article was originally published on .cult by Tim Noetzel. .cult is a media platform for untold developer stories, where developers can read content around the softer side of development and watch documentaries about the tech they love. You can read this original piece here. In COVID-19 times, the signs point to one thing: we’re heading towards another recession. And as a developer, you might be wondering what this means for your job. Here are 5 tips on how to survive (and thrive) in an econ...
Tags: Startups, Future Of Work, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Tim Noetzel


Social media etiquette 101 for businesspeople: The dos and don’ts

Social media is ubiquitous. It’s part of our lives and it’s changing how brands and individuals present themselves and do business online. Although I would largely argue that much of what I’m going to share in this piece is predominantly based on common sense, I think it’s important to remind oneself how you can maximize your changes of success. With this in mind, here’s what you need to know about social media etiquette in the business world. [Read: Here’s how to make your virtual meetings more...
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