itwbennett writes: "In the past week, four high-level Facebook employees (Ethan Beard, director of platform partnerships; Kate Mitic, platform marketing director; Jonathan Matus, mobile platform marketing manager; and Ben Blumenfeld, design manager) have resigned to take on more entrepreneurial adventures."
itwbennett writes: "Finding the right talent is a challenge for any startup, maybe the biggest challenge. But be careful who you hire. Rahul Sood, general manager of Microsoft's Bing Fund, says that 'the comapnies that don't get funding are the ones where you have a bunch of businesspeople in the room.'"
itwbennett writes: "Instead of simply not following up with startup proposals that he doesn't intend to pursue, venture capitalist Josh Breinlinger decided to change things up and not only hear every pitch request but respond with honest feedback. For those on the receiving end of that honest feedback, Breinlinger's silence may have been golden. It turns out that Breinlinger, and perhaps most VCs, reject your proposals because you lack experience and leadership skills and your team is weak. Would you rather hear the hard truth about why your startup didn't get funded or some vague dismissal?"
itwbennett writes: "If you've got a great startup idea, Aymeric Gaurat-Apelli has some advice for you: Outsource product development. Gaurat-Apelli is no slouch of a developer: In 2004 he was on the French team that won the Imagine Cup. The trouble was that after 8 months of proving that he had a viable startup idea, he needed to spend his time working on the business (i.e., marketing) and not doing the fun stuff."
itwbennett writes: "Start-up brewer Churchkey Can Co. has apparently wormed its way into the hearts of tech investors. The company made the bold, retro, dare we say disruptive, move of delivering its product in old-fashioned tin cans, and in so doing got a slot on-stage at TechCrunch Disrupt. The angle, as near as ITworld's Peter Smith can figure is 'selling beer that comes in tin cans without fliptops. You need a can opener (aka a 'churchkey') to open the beer. Just like we used to have to do in the '60s.'"
itwbennett writes: "Research in Motion (RIM) reported grim Q4 results Thursday and announced sweeping personnel changes. Leading the parade of departing execs is Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of the company, who has given up his board seat. David Yach, who has been CTO of software for the company for 13 years, is retiring. And Jim Rowan, chief operating officer of global operations, who has been with the company for four years, is leaving to pursue other interests."
itwbennett writes: "Tyler Nichols learned an obvious but important lesson with his freemium Letter from Santa site: 'most people who want something for free will never, ever think of paying you, no matter how valuable they find your service.' He also discovered that non-paying customers are more demanding than paying customers, which only stands to reason: If someone likes your service enough to pay for it, they probably have an affinity for your brand and will be kinder."
itwbennett writes: "You're not alone if you hate 'thinking outside the box' and don't even know what it means to 'exceed customer expectations'. In a blog post on the Harvard Business Review site titled 'I Don't Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore,' Dan Pallotta bemoans the devolution of business speak. But before you go blaming it all on marketing or the pointy haired boss, consider the alphabet soup you sling around in the name of technology."
itwbennett writes: "CSO magazine's Mary Brandel wrote an interesting article recently in which she polled CSOs at large organizations about how they get security done despite the 'politics or personal agendas, inflexible budgets or outright adversaries' standing in their way. One of the more entertaining tips: tailor your language to your audience. 'In an executive-level pitch for more firewalls, you might use the metaphor of needing brakes on a car, not for stopping but to go faster safely,' says Jason Clark, chief security and strategy officer at Websense."