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Choose Anxiety-Driven Growth over Boredom-Driven Growth

There’s a fascinating discussion on Quora about self-improvement. The question is How can I accelerate my personal growth? The first answer describes the concepts of Anxiety-Driven Growth vs. Boredom-Driven Growth. The idea is that you can improve one of two ways: #1. Do harder things that are outside of your skill set in order to improve your skill-set. or #2. Do easy things frequently unti...

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Three Simple Exercises for Startup Offsites

This past Wednesday was a special day for the team at SalesLoft. We spent the first half volunteering for Junior Achievement with six graders who want to run businesses and we spent the latter half doing a team offsite. We we went through three exercises, grew a ton, and had a blast. We modeled the exercises from ideas in the book, The Advantage. Here’s what we did: First, we did a quick ic...

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Rage Against the Machine Lyrics for Entrepreneurs

I ran my first Triathlon this past weekend and had a blast. I kind of suck at the running part so in order to get an edge I loaded up my iPod with Rage Against the Machine. While listening to the rebellious, anti-establishment, basically ridiculous and over the top lyrics, I found myself drawing parallels to entrepreneurship (surprise) A 10 minute dive into RapGenius produced these lyrics: The rag...

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Startup Weekend Update Email (Template)

A little over a year ago, I started writing a weekend update email for team members and stakeholders of SalesLoft. In around 30 minutes each Saturday morning, I grab my laptop and craft out the email. While I believe it is helpful to each recipient, I know it has been amazing for helping me stay on rhythm running the organization, focused on our culture and strategic goals. My friend and mentor Jo...

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5 Bad Habits Routinely Exhibited by Entrepreneurs

There are things in business you know you know you should do, but yet you still don’t do them. Below are the most common I routinely witness. I’m also guilty at one point of my career for every single one of them. They’re goals of mine to avoid them now. 5 Bad Habits Routinely Exhibited by Entrepreneurs: 1. Not following up after networking Here’s the scenario I’ve se...

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Downtown Las Vegas, The City as an Accelerator

A few years back, Tony Hsieh and his crew started doing something I’ve never heard done before. They’ve taken over a city, crumbled and riddled with an unsavory reputation and are building a legacy of change and community through the downtown project. I had the opportunity to visit and tour downtown Las Vegas this week and was quite impressed. Here’s what I’ve learned: $35...

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Mastering Complicated Platforms is a Competitive Advantage

I’ve never met a developer writing code in the salesforce.com ecosystem that said it was easy. Quite often in fact, you’ll even hear complaints and woes on why it’s so hard to work with their API. But there are over 120,000 companies using salesforce.com spending nearly $3 Billion every year and increasing at double-digit percentages. That’s an opportunity in my book and o...

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Hypepotamus is About to Do Something Thats Never Been Done in ATL…Again

Hypopotamus is about to shake up the startup scene in ATL. Over the next few weeks you’ll see them transform and create the ATL startup newsroom. Ask yourself: Why did over 200 people show up for Tuesdays Atlanta Startup Village? Why do over 10,000 people subscribe to David Cummings blog, and why week after week does ATDC set the biggest and best companies in the city up to meet with startu...

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Saying Goodbye to Michael

This week is bitter sweet at SalesLoft. While we’re growing and gaining traction, we’re losing two core elements of our company…our trusted interns. We’ve already written about how awesome Aswin is but we’ve never shared the story of Michael. As he gets ready to spend his summer in Barcelona for study abroad I wanted to write a thank you and share with you how great...

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Difference Between Self-Serve and Manual Kickoff in SaaS

If you can come to a SaaS business’ website, sign up for their product and enter your credit card information, it’s considered ‘self-serve’. Tons of companies offer this functionality. A few we use include Google Apps, ZenDesk, & SEOMoz. A lot of companies don’t offer self-serve. Some non self-serve products we use include salesforce.com and Pardot. We’ll ca...