Eat your own dog food

Don't dare to deploy your software before you have used it yourself. Not just test it. Use it. Make sure your investors have used it. Your friends even. It's not just the right way to get your product or service ready for your customers, but also the best way to start building some great content to fuel your marketing efforts. Nothing is better then videos or experiences from real people using and getting getting excited about your solution.

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The future of our to-do list and how our kids redefine productivity

With 2014 coming to a close I’d like to look forward at how the way we get work done continues to change. After all the changes the past 20 years, it’s mind-blowing to see how my 17 year old and his "Digital Native" friends are completely turning the way we are getting stuff done on its head. And how they help each other sleep better at the same time. Read on…

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When does career advancement become job hopping?

What's the right amount of time to commit to a role at a startup? How fast can people grow to deliver measurable (and lasting) results? This dynamic is very different now vs. ten years ago. With the speed at which the landscape of tools and technologies is changing, it's clear that the cycle has shortened, but by how much? Many traditional skills of working together and de foundation of programming, messaging and selling still require a lot of learning from failure, dealing with feedback and growing beyond the basics. And many young people are looking to do projects, and are not seeking a long-term employment relationship. A lot is changing. So what's the right answer? Please read my thoughts in this post.

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Keep your friends close, your investors closer

Never delay the communication of bad results, set backs or surprises. Share the good, the bad and the ugly with the investors that own the company you work for. Don't sugar coat. Present the facts, and more importantly the trends and what actions you plan to take. This blog dives deeper into stakeholder, board- and investor communications.

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Team meetings are dead

Are you still doing weekly team meetings where people try to make up topics to show they are doing stuff? Are you filling an hour of everyone's time every week? Have you tried scrum meetings? Daily? In this blog I share how we are using this mechanism that's we copied from our engineering team to have our marketing team collaborate more effectively.

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Do you still own your own time?

Are you treating your email as your to-do list? Who's owning your priorities? Are you still expecting your kid to respond to your emails? I've given up...or better, I've come to really appreciate the way the next generation treats incoming messages as just information. They don't let it run their lives. In this blog I'll explore why modern email productivity tools and methods like "getting things done" can be a bad thing if overdone.

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Does anyone want my money?

Building on my post earlier this year, about answering every phone call, I want to expand on this topic. This seems an appropriate post during the shopping spree that overtakes the country this time of year. This blog is about how we just have to make it easy for people to give us their money, and provide them great customer service, to grow our business. That's all. Business success is guaranteed (because great customer service will automatically lead to great products and relevant marketing).

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