T.A. McCann, formerly of GIST and now of Zoopa and Wishpot, is hosting a free online chat to discuss the future of work, with Eric Koester of Zaarly. The sure-to-be-compelling chat is at 9am PDT on 7/21, and you can rsvp HERE. To get you hungry, check the video below as a preview.
It seems like some of the most common mistakes in job interviews are those that are repeated over and over again. BNet today has a ton of great interview tips:
Ask questions about what really matters to you. Focus on making sure the job is a good fit: Who you will work with, who you will report to, the scope of responsibilities, etc. Interviews should always be two-way, and interviewers respond positively to people as eager as they are to find the right fit. Decide what is important to you and ask; there’s really no other way to know you want the job. And don’t be afraid to ask several questions. Interviewers get sick of asking questions. As long as you don’t take completely take over, the interviewer will enjoy and remember a nice change of pace.
This lecture, by Joseph L. Bower, Professor, Harvard Business School, is one of the 10 videos Inc. Magazine recommends for every entrepreneur. Check the full list here. How many have you seen already? Any not on the list that you’d add? Tell us!
More and more students are graduating from business school and deciding to take a pit-stop at a corporate job before launching into business on their own, a BusinessWeek article discusses.
Mike Norelli, a 2010 MBA graduate from MIT, experienced a collegiate entrepreneur’s dream when an investor pledged seed capital for the startup he and a few classmates had founded to convert food waste into fuel. Just as the venture was to receive that financial boost, however, Norelli backed out to accept a job at GE Energy, whose recruiter met with him after Norelli arrived at MIT’s Sloan school of Management (Sloan Full-Time MBA Profile).
“No matter what I do afterwards, I’ll be in a better position—and that includes doing a startup,” Norelli says of his GE experience.
Jake Winebaum is a serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of FamilyFun magazine, Business.com, Brighter.com and co-founder of eCompanies and Blue Waters Research.
How do you know if your idea is any good? The real test for me is if the idea builds momentum the more time you spend with it. I’m a big believer that you have to spend a lot of time with an idea. Good ideas get stronger the more you work on them. You begin to lose interest in weak ideas.
I’ve also gotten to the point where I view that ideas are relatively cheap. Having an idea alone is not what makes a successful company. You need to have a great idea, great timing, and the most important piece: sufficient capital. The idea will need multiple iterations, and that takes time and money.
It’s the bane of any small business owner’s existence: how do you handle bad customers? That’s the question MSNBC’s Your Business asked a group of small business owners, including members of the Sunshine NY office community, in this week’s “From the Floor”. Click to watch the video.
At the WomenEntrepreneur blog, Sunshine Suites’ co-founder Cheni Yerushalmi has a huge, vital piece of advice for stay-at-home startups:
“When you’re in a home, your networking opportunities are limited,” Yerushalmi says. “How much feedback and advice will you get?”
Cheni gives WomenEntrepreneur some valuable insight into the Sunshine office community, its network of small businesses and entrepreneurs, and provides 6 tips for small businesses in 2011. Read the entire article here!