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How to Hire a Development Company for Your Project if You're Not Technical - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Why Startups Fail – Inexperienced Team

Picking your initial startup team can be tricky. A person who has been wildly successful at IBM may not do well in a startup situation. They may have had a legion of support staff. They may have become very political in order to survive in that environment. They may have ...
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"Four Ways to Build Out an Effective Board of Directors" ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Why Startups Fail – Superficial Market/Customer Research

Many startups do very little market research. It is expensive, time consuming, and may indicate major issues that would keep your startup from becoming successful. Hiring a consulting firm to execute this step may be a viable option for you. However, this may also prove disastrous. At Lycos, I was ...
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Why Startups Fail - Lack of Vision | Jeanne Heydecker - ibuildcompanies.com

Why Startups Fail – Missing a Long Term Vision

Startups are a risky proposition. Even if you have your dream team in place, plenty of time, and more money that you need, you can still have a spectacular failure on your hands. I have had numerous sleepless nights trying to come up with ways to make payroll for certain ...
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Maximize Team Performance - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Customer Complaints: More Valuable Than You Think

Whenever I've had the opportunity to work with customer service representatives, I have a three vital questions: How the team is organized? How they are compensated? What is their primary objective? Team Organization Depending upon the size of your overall company, you may only have a couple of people answering ...
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"Four Ways to Build Out an Effective Board of Directors" ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Why Design Matters

If you’re a product company, it’s endemic in the product. If you're a service company, it’s the entire customer experience. I've worked at several startups that didn't have a product or service yet, ready to sell, but needed to prime the market for their (hopefully) eventual launch. Some of these ...
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Innovation Can Begin with Your Unsatisfied Customers

I once worked at a company where we made closed loop motion control devices - very complex components used in machinery that controlled the motion of manufacturing equipment down to the nanometer. A typical customer would be hard drive manufacturers that need to create tracks in hard drives in order ...
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