Enterprise 2.0: Freemium first, enterprise second (Part 1 of 3)

The market for Enterprise 2.0 apps has taken off in the time since I first alerted consumer software entrepreneurs to this huge new opportunity (“Enterprise 2.0: Calling Consumer Internet Entrepreneurs!”). Multiple venture-backed Enterprise 2.0 companies already boast billion-dollar-plus valuations, and there have been a number of quick and profitable exits (EchoSign, Jigsaw and TripIt, for […]

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6 secrets for building a super team

Every tech company tries to hire the best talent available, but there is a lot more to building a great team than just putting a group of talented individuals in a room. I’ve worked on a number of teams and witnessed varying degrees of cohesion. So when I joined Stripe as our first engineer, I brought […]

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Freelancers Union to New York State: Stop letting independent workers get stiffed

Citing a “deadbeat epidemic” that’s robbing independent workers of thousands of dollars a year, Freelancers Union is asking consultants and freelancers of all stripes to band together for their #GetPaidNotPlayed campaign protesting the unpaid invoices that plague freelancers. The aim is to spur the government to take action to protect the growing ranks of independents […]

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Wiggio snags one million users, pilots new premium service

As far as collaboration tools go, Wiggio isn’t flashy. The suite of dead simple collaboration tools ranging from chat and file sharing to polling and document creation is targeted primarily at college students looking for a way to organize extracurricular activities and group projects. There’s little grandiose talk of democratizing organizations or exploding silos coming […]

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Bosses are for slackers like Google

When we spoke to GitHub’s Chris Wanstrath recently about how the company manages its partially remote team, he mentioned something about their setup that had nothing to do with telecommuters. The company has no managers,  though Wanstrath does get the title of CEO. Are they the only company nuts enough to go for this free-form […]

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Design stores doubling as coworking spaces

The web, one observer recently argued, is transforming all our public spaces into coffee shops. Fast internet connections mean fewer of us need to go to the office, for example. Where do we end up instead? Coffee shop type environments. Online shopping, likewise, may transform retail stores into relaxing spaces to ogle products, pick up […]

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