In a world where it's easy to load up your resume or LinkedIn profile with keywords to game the job sites, checking for skills of potential hires has never been more important—and now there's a way to do it more effectively.
Accessing a company’s S-1 is like getting to peek over the shoulders of giants. You gain access to a competitor’s business plan. It allows entrepreneurs, in particular, to see just how much money it takes to scale a large company, gives good benchmarks to shoot for in growth and margins, and helps entrepreneurs understand what is market in terms of management compensation.
Women hire people than them, pay them more, and generally put the company first—all great traits of successful entrepreneurs. But very few companies actually make it to a liquidity event and there are a lot of rough spots and decisions between founding and then. Women have to do a better job of protecting themselves. Three basic steps can save you from walking away with nothing.
I worked in VC for almost six years. I knew a lot about markets and industries from interviewing people, analyzing companies and doing research, but at that point I had never run a company before. As I've learned all too well, it's one thing to analyze companies and quite another to start and run one.
To put it briefly, homophily means "love of the same". Not the same wine every night, but a tendency to surround yourself with others like you. This would just be an interesting footnote, if the concept wasn't so important to the workplace. I never quite grasped this very human tendency until I became a boss.
May is alive with the nervous energy and resume flurry of brave new grads who have foregone the investment banking and consulting routes. They are right to be anxious. The market is as competitive as ever and standing out has become a technological art. A new survey by eLance bears this out.