Startup Resources

The World Doesn’t Need Another Silicon Valley

It seems every emerging startup hub worldwide aims to recreate the unique entrepreneurial conditions of California's Silicon Valley. But is that possible—or even advised? In his previous column for Inc.com, oDesk VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper interviewed Jon Bradford, the managing director of Techstars London about why entrepreneurs should think more like athletes. In his latest article—part II of that interview—Matt and Jon discuss how startups might actually benefit from being located outside Silicon Valley, and how other entrepreneurial hubs shouldn't necessarily aim to be the next Silicon Valley. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

The Four Things Managers Must Give Their Teams

As a manager, you are only as good as your team. Attracting all-star talent is just the first challenge (though it's certainly a formidable one)—from there you have to make sure these A-players you've brought on board are engaged and given the environment they need to thrive. Otherwise, you will lose them as quickly as you hired them. Admittedly, that's easier said than done. So how do you create a work environment where your team members can thrive? It comes down to 4 key things. Read Full Article

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Entrepreneurs Should Think More Like Athletes

Visualizing success is a powerful thing. For athletes, it is an essential part of training, alongside practicing the strategies and techniques that will bring them that success. Could the same hold true for entrepreneurs? If the success of the American startup ecosystem is any indication, the answer is yes. In the latest post for his Inc.com column, oDesk's VP of International & Enterprise Matt Cooper interviews Jon Bradford, the managing director of Techstars London, who discusses how visualizing success can play a significant role in startup outcomes. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Why Your Developers May Be More Productive Working Remotely

“There’s an uninterrupted brain state you have to go into when you’re coding, and it requires an uninterrupted train of thought. Interruptions are very disruptive to developers when they’re in that brain state. So one of the major advantages of working remotely is that you’re not being subjected to constant interruptions; any of our developers will tell us that. It’s a clear advantage to not be in the office.” It can be argued, therefore, that developers working remotely are more productive than those in the office. Not convinced? This might change your mind. Read Full Article

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My First Job: It All Started with Selling Sneakers

Whether your first job was stocking grocery shelves, scooping ice cream or mowing lawns, it's likely that the value of what you learned about the professional world was far greater than the money you earned. For oDesk CEO Gary Swart, his first job—selling sneakers and sporting goods at the University Shop—brought many lessons in learning fast, working smart and being a catalyst of change. In this post for the LinkedIn Influencer program, Gary remembers his first job and explains how he still carries with him many of those lessons. Read Full Article

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How to Quit Gracefully: 4 Tips for the Consummate Professional

The first step toward your next career opportunity is leaving your last one. That, however, takes a delicate skill: knowing how to navigate your exit in a way that bolsters rather than busts your reputation. A professional departure matters more than ever, as the frequency of job changes is on the rise. Meanwhile, it's easier than ever for employers to assess you—one quick LinkedIn search can reveal common contacts whose opinions may make or break your next opportunity. So how do you leave your job gracefully? Here are four less-discussed tips on how to exit like a pro. Read Full Article

The Way We Work

Why Coworking Is on the Rise

Work is no longer a place. Telecommuting, freelancing and online work have been growing for years, and the lines between our professional and personal lives are increasingly blurry. We make dinner reservations from the office, and take our conference calls from the dinner table. As work becomes less routine and more results-focused, people are coming back together to foster collaboration based around results. A movement is taking shape—the rise of coworking. Read Full Article

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Show Me the Money: 8 Tips on Securing Startup Funding

You’ve built what you think could be the next best thing—the product everyone needs, only they don’t know it yet. In order to take your company to the next level and bring your product to market, you need funding. I've been at this juncture, learned lessons the hard way from past startups, and also helped oDesk raise four rounds of financing. How to raise funds is one of the main things entrepreneurs ask me, so with the advantage of hindsight I thought I'd share some tips on startup funding. Read Full Article

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The “New Professionalism”

Being a linchpin for that company didn't prevent me from getting a pink slip. That was the day I stopped believing the promises of the Old Professionalism. Rather than go hunting for a job similar to the one I'd had—a type of job that was quickly disappearing—I started my own business. Four and a half years of self-employment have taught me that there's more financial security (and fun) in creating my own livelihood than in relying on someone else to pay my salary. Running a business forced me to develop certain habits, and those habits now provide more long-term stability for my family than busying myself making someone else rich. Read Full Article