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Techniques to Build Your Dream Start-up Team

Starting a new business with like-minded people who share the same vision and philosophies is not always easy. The key to successful business is recruiting top talent. Here are few steps to use when building your start-up dream team.

Identify positions The most important members of your team are the founders. Before hiring anyone else, you and your co-founder have to settle on how decisions will be made within the start-up. Once that has been agreed upon, you should identify the positions needed to complete your team. Jobs in SEO, sales & marketing, programming, account management, and project management are just a handful of examples of positions that need to be filled.  In an IT business, it wouldn’t make sense to hire five project managers and not a single programmer.

Identify candidates – Search the candidates based on their experience, willingness to join on a limited salary, whether you know them directly or through your contacts and their passion or liking to work on your product/service. If you are able to find such people, you will have a dream team.

Contractors Vs. full timers – When starting out, you may not have to hire full-time employees. You also may be able to hire people on a part-time basis who are excellent at what they do. It’s safer than taking the chance on a full-time employee who may not deliver. Having people as contractors at the beginning and then moving to full-time employees is the best way to leverage a full set of skills for your business.

Lead employees to strive for the best – After you hire your employees; you need to be their role model and motivator. Little competitiveness is good for your business.

Value individual strengths – Each person is a vital member of the team, so you need to help them recognize how they can best support the group. It’s important to nurture them along the way and make each person feel important.

Promote a supportive culture – The mental pressures of meeting an ambitious goal, especially when you’re working long hours can be harder than physical hurdles. Readily available support from everyone, not just the leader, holds a team together when the pressure mounts.

When you and your employees together enjoy the process of growing your business and reap its benefits, you have developed a winning team!

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Hottest Tech Start-ups in the US

Majority of the tech start-ups fail because the products or services that they offer do not create any long term value to their customers. Most don’t create any value at all. Whereas, the start-ups that have real potential for growth are those that are creating long term (20 years+) value for its clients. Most of those start-ups are the ones that are revolutionizing legacy industries like: banking, medicine, telecommunication and making it easier, cheaper and quicker.

Considering the marketable ideas that tech start-ups have brought forward, here’s the list of hottest tech start-ups for this year:

Product Hunt – With more than a billion websites now crowding the interwebs, discovering new products is a massive challenge. Product Hunt is a wildly popular online tastemaking hub that showcases the latest gadgets, games, podcasts and books. To date, Product Hunt has raised an estimated $7.1 million in venture capital.

DoorDash – It is the on-demand food delivery app that brings fresh food from local restaurants to customers in 250-plus cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. It has already raised $60 million through investments.

Boxed – An ecommerce start-up that lets consumers shop from their smartphones and laptops for groceries and other household items in bulk. Started by four friends, the young company now has a total headcount of 100 and a total investment of approximately $132 million.

Luxe Valet – It is a smartphone app for valet-parking. For an hourly rate (which varies by location), Luxe’s valets will park your car in the company’s lots. For additional fees, they can also wash your ride, put gas in it and change the oil.

Medium – When it started, “Medium” looked like only a blogging platform. But then, everyone – amateurs, marketers, politicians and journalists are welcome to publish written content of all kinds on the popular site. Medium was co-founded by former Twitter CEO. So far, company has raised $82 million in venture capital.

ClassPass – People can book fitness classes through its app-based gym membership platform. This start-up now employs some 300 people and connects a growing base of customers with exercise classes at some 3,000 boutique gyms and participating studios in 30-plus cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. It has $84 million in venture capital.

Beepi – It’s an app to buy and sell used cars. The company is expanding steadily at a     20 per cent annual rate. It is the first company to sell cars 100 per cent online. So far, it has secured $149 million in investments.

Shyp – It is an on-demand shipping app that enables people to order a courier who will cart any item off to one of its warehouses. From there, goods are professionally packed and shipped off to their destinations. Shyp tied up a partnership with eBay, debuted several new features and brushed up its branding. Available at first in San Francisco and New York City, it also extended its package pickup reach to Los Angeles and Chicago.

Acorns – The goal of Acorns is to make investing less tedious and intimidating through automation. The smartphone app automatically invests users’ leftover change from routine credit and debit card purchases in exchange-traded funds. Acorns serve some 650,000 registered users who had opened approximately 300,000 investment accounts. Its latest funding round brings total of $32 million in venture capital.

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World’s Most Powerful Women In Tech 2016

The tech world is fast-moving, highly competitive and male-dominated. But some of the most prestigious and best-remunerated roles are held by females.  These women are steering in a new era of female tech leadership.

Below are the most powerful women in tech from around the world in 2016.

Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook – In June 2012, Sheryl Sandberg became the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors. That same year, she made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list. She supporting continued growth at Facebook and has also promoted initiatives to address the gender gap within the tech industry and is on the board of Women for Women International.

Susan Wojcicki – CEO, Youtube – In 1999, she joined Google as their first marketing manager and worked her way up to senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce. After overseeing Google Video for some time, Susan proposed that the company acquire Youtube (which at the time was a small start-up). She later handled two of Google’s largest acquisitions: the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube in 2006 and the $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick in 2007. In February 2014, Susan was appointed CEO of YouTube.

Ginni Rometty – CEO, IBM – Ginni heads IBM, serving in the capacities of Chairman, President, and CEO. She is the first woman to do so. Since 1991, she has held various important roles at the company and was appointed CEO and President in October of 2011.

Meg Whitman – CEO, Hewlett-Packard – Meg Whitman has a long and varied career, serving as an executive for numerous high-profile companies. During the 1980s, she was vice president of strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company. In the 1990s, she worked for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. Then, from 1998 to 2008, she served as president and chief executive officer of eBay.

Marissa Mayer – CEO, Yahoo – Marissa has been the current president and CEO of Yahoo! since 2012. Prior to her employment with Yahoo!, she worked at Google as an executive and spokesperson for over a decade.

Safra Catz – Co-CEO, Oracle – Safra has been with Oracle Corporation since April 1999. In October 2001, she joined the company’s Board of Directors and was named President of Oracle Corporation in early 2004. From November 2005 to September 2008, and from April 2011 to the present, she also served as the company’s CFO. In September of 2014, she became co-CEO, along with colleague Mark Hurd.

Angela Ahrendts – SVP, Retail, Apple – Angela is new to the tech industry, but not new to leadership positions. She served as the CEO of Burberry from 2006 to 2014, before leaving to join Apple as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. In 2014, she was Apple’s highest-paid executive, earning over $70 million.

Ursula Burns – Chair-CEO, Xerox – In July 2009, Burns became the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She had worked for Xerox since 1980, beginning as an intern and climbing through the ranks for the next three decades. President Obama appointed her vice chair of the President’s Export Council in 2010

Ruth Porat – CFO, Google – After working with Morgan Stanley for decades, serving as their Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President from January 2010 to May 2015, Ruth Porat became CFO of Google on May 26, 2015.

Renee James – President, Intel – Renee James has worked at Intel for over 25 years, serving in a variety of roles. She became President of Intel Corporation in May 2013. Renee is one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent female executives and Intel’s highest-ranking woman ever.

Technology still has a reputation for being a male-dominated field, but these women and many others are proving that gender is no barrier to success.

IT Skills For An App Developer

Mobile phones and applications are growing and adjusting with how we communicate and work. The technology is exciting and evolving, new devices are popping up all over the place, and there is a very high demand for developers.

There is no specific minimum qualification for this career. However, a person looking forward to learn Mobile Application Development is expected to have received some sort of computer programming training, either from a school/college or a training center. Acquaintance with the programming basics is a must, since application development is all about programming and creativity. Any computer savvy person might be fit to learn how to develop mobile applications but being able to develop mobile apps requires a specific set of skills.

Following are the technical skills, which will help a programmer/developer to excel in app development.

  1. Mobile User Interface Design – The most important aspect of mobile app development is to build an excellent user interface (UI). Some primary elements of UI design are: fast loading and operation of the application, making use of colors, positioning of components.
  2. Backend computing – It includes security, interaction with hardware, database management etc.
  3. Programming – Expertise in programming languages such as C, C++, Java, familiarity with interfaces between mobile platforms (Apple iOS, android, Windows) and application programming, skills in web development languages such as HTML 5 and CSS
  4. Cross platform development – It’s not enough to be skilled in developing apps for one platform – you have to be versatile and able to create any sort of app for any sort of device.
  5. Business expertise – Business expertise is a must to stand in the competition. A lot of people may not realize this but business skills also play a critical role in this field.  An example of such a skill could be that a mobile application developer should know how to build an application for optimizing it’s visibility in the list of the available applications of the same category.
  6. Other non-technical skills – Collaboration and communication with the other team members to share your work, to get feedback and for having discussions.

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