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John Rougeux
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When Work Isn't Work

Nothing is really work unless you’d rather do something else. – Sir James Barrie I’ve been blessed with the fact that work rarely feels “work” anymore. That doesn’t mean meetings are free of political BS or that there are days that aren’t an emotional,…

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How to Build a Social Media Content Plan with Trello

Here’s a dead-simple way to plan content with Trello. Caveat: this post will not teach you how to be a social media “ninja”, “guru”, or “rockstar”. If you aspire to use one of those terms to describe yourself, or already do, seek professional help. Or…

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How to Choose The Right CRM For Your Startup

Choosing a CRM is a lot like dating: you need some experience to know what you’re looking for, it takes a while to find out if you’ve made the right choice, and if you decide to switch to another option, it’s generally a pain in the ass. We recently went…

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Lessons from The Green Hell

The brief straightaway provided a short but much-needed respite from navigating the seemingly endless number of turns I’d been negotiating. But a couple of seconds later, I was going through the same procedure for the 400th time: look for the apex of the…

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Startup Lessons from A Game of Thrones - Part 1: Tyrion Lannister and Getting Shit Done

George R.R. Martin’s novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, (or for you viewers at home, A Game of Thrones) is chock full of interesting characters and situations. So much so, that I felt compelled to write a few posts about the lessons that startups can…

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Can the Bible teach us how to build great startup teams?

“Individuals don’t build great companies, teams do,” is a popular saying in the startup community, thanks to Mark Suster. Indeed, of all factors contributing to startup’s success: product/market fit, sufficient funding, competitive barriers, and so on –…

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Imagine that you’ve headed to your local Ford dealer, trying to find a new ride. An overly friendly salesman approaches, wearing the requisite Ford-branded polo shirt. “Welcome! What can I help you with today?”, he grins at you. You start to explain that…

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Can an app get you hooked on sleep?

Unless you want whatever product you’re working to be ignored, go out and read Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, by Nir Eyal. It’s a short primer on the nuts and bolts of how products ingrain themselves into our everyday routines. As Nir puts…

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Waving at Strangers (or 6 Brands That Bring People Together)

In high school I used to wave at strangers all the time. No, not because I was awkward at meeting girls (OK, maybe I was), but because they (and I) happened to be driving the same particular brand of car. Can you guess it? Here’s a hint: “It’s a ____…

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Some thoughts of mine on all those dollars Facebook is planning to pony up.
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