Why the Tumblr Deal Is a Disaster for Entrepreneurs

I have never met a fast-growth entrepreneur that I did not like. Sure, some are weird and scary smart, but what I like about fast-growth entrepreneurs is that most have a riverboat gambling streak that makes them fun, free and a little different from most small-business and corporate types. Read the rest here at NYT

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The Unsung Heroes of Fast-Growth Companies

Academia and media tend to focus on leaders. As a result, they often miss the importance of the unsung heroes in disruptive, fast-growth companies who make sure the disruption is carried all the way through the company. Read more here at The New York Times.

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Where the Happy Talk About Corporate Culture Is Wrong

“Tell me something I don’t know,” is what I think every time I see another article, blog post or book on the value of happy employees. And here is what I find disturbing about these happy-employee propagandists. They are mostly off about what it takes to motivate employees and keep them happy in a fast-growth culture.

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Fighting the Consultant Temptation

Most small businesses won’t touch them with a 10-foot pole, but corporate America has had a long, slobbering love affair with them. I am talking about consultants. The question is, should fast-growth companies use them?

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Why ‘Innovate or Die’ Is a Lie

“Innovate or die” is an expression you hear tossed around a lot. It tells me quickly that the people using it are not really all that innovative and in most cases do not know what it takes to build a fast-growth company.

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Debating the Merits of Hiring Great Recession Graduates

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Intrigued. Inspired. Insulted. I summoned all three feelings as I glanced through the responses to my last post, “Why I Like to Hire Great Recession Graduates.”

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The Next Level on LinkedIn Today

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You can read the full article here: New York Times Cliff Oxford’s most recent New York Times blog entry, “Why I Like to Hire Great Recession Graduates” has been making waves in the business community since its publication on Wednesday.  There has been much discussion over the entry, which weighs the pros and cons of hiring recent college grads versus …

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Why I Like to Hire Great Recession Graduates

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Pampered. Pragmatic. Persnickety. These are not the employee attributes that build fast-growth companies, but all three describe a group of employees that fast growth entrepreneurs must confront when hiring. Since the Great Recession of 2008, my advice to entrepreneurs is to run, baby, run when it comes to hiring this group. Read it here at NYT

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Oxford Center University

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On AJC: Live, learn, work, and play project planned for Gwinnett County. A Gwinnett County site once proposed for Georgia’s first gambling complex could instead become the home of something very different: an education project aimed at training the region’s next wave of entrepreneurs. Developers envision a $200 million “live-learn-play” project off I-85 that would combine an MBA school with …

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