• Open Salary

    Several days ago Buffer revealed its freshly improved salary formula they had been working on for last two-three months. The article is worth reading not for the formula itself but the reasonings behind it.

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  • Helium and Sofa

    Several days ago I visited Vincit and Futurice to collect stories for Yay4Monday. Though I had very clear picture in mind what kinds of stories I needed I didn’t know how to get them. No. Idea. At all. I have some experience interviewing people but it was no help that time. I gave up coming with a solution and I decided to figure it out on my very long drive to Tampere where Vincit’s head office is located.

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  • Employee Personas

    I’m working on my own product these days. I compensate a lack of knowledge in some areas by talking to people and reading books. My current book is Lean Brand which I like very much. The chapter I read yesterday talks about the audience of any product. The authors say that entrepreneurs try to target everyone too often. Instead, they should start by defining a small group of clients they want to work with. And create relationships with just one person from that group. Then, with the second one and the third one. Step by step. By identifying a unique portrait of their first customers’ entrepreneurs could create a much better message and win the attention they crave. The idea is so logical and simple that there’s no surprise many founders — including yours truly — missed it or ignored it.

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  • Supportive Networks

    There are a lot of lessons to learn when becoming a good entrepreneur. Kudobox helped taught me a great deal, and I’ve found that the most important lesson in being an entrepreneur is this:

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  • First, you should believe

    After 2.5 years with Happy Melly and tens of pitches, I can describe Happy Melly and its advantages in a snap. People quickly understand the general concept, but the devil lies in the details. The mechanics of collaboration in the network makes them uneasy, as it’s very different than what they’re used to. To operate effectively in a networked structure, many of us have to make an internal switch to a new system of coordinates. It’s not easy!

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