Weekend Read: Last Week’s Top 45 Articles On Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Diversity In Tech and Startups
- Oakland tech hub fights for diversity
City tech leaders want wealth to be more widely, equitably shared than in San Francisco. OAKLAND — Just miles yet a world away from Silicon Valley is a budding tech hub where talk of racial inequality is as common as talk of stock options.
- Why Doesn’t Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders?
Howard University fights to join the tech boom. Photographs by Christopher Gregory From Legand Burge, the chair of Howard University's computer science department. In the fall of 2013 a young software engineer named Charles Pratt arrived on Howard University’s campus in Washington.
- 6 Things To Expect When Your Company Hits 100 People
Earlier this month, the entire 500 team was in Puerto Vallarta for our annual winter retreat. Given how dispersed we are, it’s an unforgettable experience to be with everyone from all around the world (more than 20 countries, to be specific).
- Advice for Companies With Less Than 1 Year of Runway
Let's imagine that you are the founder of a company that has successfully raised an angel or institutional round and are currently in a situation where you have 12 months or less of runway. For weekly recaps of The Macro, sign up here.
- CEO Advice from a New CEO
Usually advice for new CEOs comes from those who have made a career for themselves out of those three letters. I’m new to this particular C-Job having taken it on officially when Ben and I founded Jelly. I felt the time was right after working alongside CEOs over the last fifteen years or more.
- An Inside Look at What’s Keeping Black Men out of the Executive Suite
It was a dream job, the type of assignment that could make or break the career of an ambitious executive with an eye toward the top. “It was my first big promotion,” says Bernard J. Tyson, the 57-year-old CEO of Kaiser Permanente, a health care company with nearly $60 billion in annual revenue.
- My Kanye Rant: Diversity in the Workplace
It is now 2016 and the big trend is diversity, again, same story as last year. Let’s first define the verb “trend,” Google says this, “(of a topic) be the subject of many posts on a social media website within a short period of time”.
- Marketers: do your part to advance diversity in tech
There’s no way that Silicon Valley will be able to solve its workforce diversity problem if startups can’t even get their marketing materials right. Every photo of a user in an app screenshot is an opportunity to be welcoming. Every actor cast in product photography is a chance to be inclusive.
- Hello 2016 — Medium
We (April Underwood, Chloe Sladden, Jana Messerschmidt, Jessica Verrilli, Katie Stanton & Vijaya Gadde) started #Angels as an investment collective in early 2015.
- The most important question a startup can ask
At the center of every startup is a secret. A secret is not an unknown. Rather, it’s something just not widely believed to be achievable or feasible. In other words, it’s an insight. Exploiting that secret should be the aim of every entrepreneur.
- Common Cofounder Conflict: The Founder Who Doesn’t Scale
Khalid Halim is a certified professional coach and founder of Reboot.io. He works with founders and leadership teams looking to move through change and growth purposefully. Khalid has over ten years of experience working in startups, both as a founder and turnaround CEO.
- Silicon Valley Networking Resources — Medium
No doubt you’ve started checking out all the networking opportunities available for entrepreneurs and startup aficionados…and found that you could spend every night of the week at a meetup, mixer, or conference.
- Post Mortem on a Failed Startup
When you invest in startups, you see the good and the not so good. Inevitably, you hear a lot of stories about why a particular startup failed. Here is one startup CEO honest analysis of their company.
- The 2016 Goal Setting Workbook
You might interpret this as a result of weak will or plain laziness, but in most cases it’s more about the goal setting strategy itself. Most people will tell you they want to , , and next year, but they never specify EXACTLY what that means.
- Network Inequality — Humane Tech — Medium
This piece is part of my series about how we can move toward humane tech. The conventional advice for gathering initial funding for a tech startup is what’s called a “friends and family round”, a creator raising money from their own circle of loved ones.
- Themes for 2016 — Medium
As we head on into 2016, new technology products and companies will continue to be built at a rapidly increasing pace, which is important for sustainable innovation as a society. Here are three very broad areas I’m jotting down some quick notes on:
- If I Ran Product at Twitter
I think about Twitter a lot. Probably more than someone who doesn’t have any monetary incentive to do so ever should.
- How to Get From Seed to Series A
I recently moderated a panel discussion at CES 2016 on how to get from Seed to Series A and it ended up being great in a lot of ways. Topics were broad with some contrarian views on metrics and approaches.
- Inside Silicon Valley's struggle for diversity
After a brutal year full of desperate changes and constant criticism from users and investors, Twitter tried to end 2015 on a positive note by announcing the appointment of a new head of diversity who might finally help the company become as inclusive as the social network it operates.
- Startups of 2016
At the beginning of the year we like to look forward and share the startups we have big hopes for the coming year. We’ve gone through the 1,500+ startups we featured last year, picked our top 10, and asked about their plans for 2016. Drumroll please! Here are our Startups of 2016:
- How to Compete in SaaS Today and for the Future
Starting a SaaS company in 2016 is much different from starting in 2005 or 2008 which were the last two times we started SaaS companies. Today, with our new company Quick Sprout we’ve been thinking a lot about what’s changed in SaaS and how to compete.
- Unlocking Trapped Engineers
Millions of software engineers are caged. Their talent remains unseen behind the iron bars of the misconception of a shortage of software engineers. An estimated 1 million technology jobs will go unfilled by 2020, according to a report put forth by Microsoft in 2012.
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