How to Hire an Awesome Community Manager for your Startup

photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/evilerin/3152173431 Who will be successful as a community manager? I love coming across new community managers who say, “I guess I’ve been doing this my whole life.” It’s a light bulb that goes off in them and they’re excited for the rest of their career to get started. -Jenn P. Many brands are searching right now for…

5 Steps to Surviving and Thriving in Startup Life

  On Climbing the Startup Mountain Life in a startup is a non-stop business. Whether you are aware of it or not, your work-life balance suffers, your relationships are strained, and your personal health and motivation may waver. Yet it’s the most amazing rush in the world. Working in startups gives you the freedom, opportunity,…

The hard thing about realizing it’s a hard thing

If you haven’t already picked up Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Thing About Hard Things, you should. When I started to read Ben’s book, I thought that I already knew many of the things he would share, and that the payoff of reading the book would be learning about his particular struggle and viewpoint on…

Entrepreneurship Starts with Asking Someone to Buy

Remember to ask for the sale. You’ve probably heard these words of advice many times – whether in the context of a prospective deal, a request for a favor, or in an interview prep – and the first time you made the ask it was probably really scary. Asking for the sale is the first…

Turn Off Your Lizard Brain

Seth Godin “You don’t need to be more creative – you need a quieter lizard brain” –Seth Godin Your brain is not your friend. At any moment now you might encounter something scary or unexpected or just plain wacky that will inspire your lower brain functions to conduct a simultaneous takeover of your higher functions…