Leadership Profiles

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3 Tips for Juggling a New Baby and a Business

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Pooja Sankar’s son is less than two months old, but the founder and CEO of Piazza is already back at work. With the summer ending and students getting ready to return to school, Sankar is busy updating and managing Piazza, an online space where college students and professors can work together when they’re not in [...]
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How to Protect Your Small-Business Assets

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You’ve spent years of your life building a successful small business. How do you protect your operation from being destroyed by legal proceedings, natural disaster, or even sudden death? The Intuit Small Business Blog recently presented attorney Michael J. Duffy with several potential scenarios — and asked him what general steps business owners can take [...]
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CEO Marcel Fairbairn: Hire Wisely, Move Quickly, and Simplify Everything

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Marcel Fairbairn is a 20-year veteran of the entertainment-lighting industry. As a teenager, Fairbairn was a singer and bass player for several Canadian heavy rock bands. At age 19, he sold musical instruments at two music stores in Calgary, and later went on to hold top management positions at several automated lighting companies. After seeing the potential [...]
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How to Get the Most out of Interns

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Interns can be an excellent source of inexpensive — or even free — labor for small businesses. In the ideal scenario, everyone wins: Your company gets a helping hand, and the intern gains professional experience. Of course, the ideal scenario doesn’t just magically appear. As in any hiring situation, you need to hire a competent [...]
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Mitch Gordon on the Challenges of a Student CEO

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Mitch Gordon is president and co-founder of GoOverseas.com, a startup that helps people find academic, volunteer, internship, and other programs abroad. It’s no surprise that he’s putting in long hours to help get the company off the ground. The shocker: He’s simultaneously enrolled in highly competitive MBA program. Gordon (pictured) isn’t the first entrepreneur to [...]
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BigMouth's Mike Yoffie on Building an Effective Brand

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Successful branding is all about telling your story, says Mike Yoffie, chief of “moving the chart” for BigMouth, a San Francisco-based marketing consultancy. Telling your story helps you make those all-important “empathic connections” with prospects and customers, the crucial first step in making your company stand out in the crowd. “These days, people have way [...]
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"Evil HR Lady" on How Much Downtime Employees Should Get on the Job

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Time management is critical to small-business success: When you have fewer people to get things done, efficiency is key. Yet we all find ways to while away work time with activities other than actual work, such as using social media. But Twitter, Facebook, and other sites offer plenty legitimate business uses, too. As the line [...]
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The Hiring Process: Jennifer McClure on How to Read Resumes

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The days of hanging a Help Wanted sign in the store window are disappearing. Job seekers and employers are turning to more modern methods, from LinkedIn to social networks, to find each other. But whatever your hiring scenario, you probably still request resumes from serious applicants. Once those resumes start flooding your in-box, how do [...]
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