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Character matters more than skills when hiring good employees

Experience is highly over rated. So says the 2006 Stanford Business School Entrepreneurship Conference panel of recent graduates, venture capitalists, and established entrepreneurs. I agree. This character over skills argument applies to both the entrepreneurs who are starting a business (you don’t necessarily need to have experience in a business to be successful at it) [...]

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What’s in your office?

What is the oddest, most out-of-place item in your office? Whether it’s at home or a commute away, we all end up with stuff we never meant to have. My pet item is a can of spaghettios. I worked at a radio station in Philadelphia and after a couple of part time jobs, and a [...]

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Small business tip: Don’t lie

A company as big as Radio Shack takes its integrity very seriously. The New York Times reported (subscription required) that Radio Shack’s chief executive resigned yesterday after revealing that he had lied about his education background. Here’s a quote from Leonard H. Roberts, Radio Shack’s executive chairman, "When our company’s credibility becomes based on a [...]

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Cheap, smart startup labor!

No, I’m not talking about highly trained monkeys; I’m talking about college students. Do you work with college students? If you don’t yet, you should consider it. They can be a free (or incredibly cheap) source of labor, and their mental faculties are generally well ahead of their professional skills, so most of them are [...]

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