Insights from the expertsAnthony Bourke, CEO and founder of Mach 2 Consultants, applies the skills he gained during fighter pilot training to the workplace Developing Leadership Qualities in Junior Employees.
Rand Fishkin, co-founder of Moz, explores the pros and cons of different marketing platforms in Mobile Web vs Mobile Apps: Where Should You Invest Your Marketing? - Whiteboard Friday.Brooke Martin of ToutApp explains how taking an extra two minutes to evaluate prospects will lead to better employee selection in The No BS Guide to Recruiting Salespeople.
Emma Snider of HubSpot shares words to use during a sale to guarantee success in The Ultimate List of Words That Sell.
Lolly Spindler of Xoombi shows how posting regularly and at the right time can help your Twitter numbers in How to Get More Twitter Engagement.
Recent company milestones
Major hires and promotionsC2 Education (Bala Cynwyd, PA), hired Martin Moore as CFO (source).
Expansions and relocationsMozido (Plano, TX), a provider of mobile wallets for payment and commerce solutions, has expanded its services to Indonesia (source).
Acquisitions and partnershipsPropertyGuru (Singapore), an online property portal group, has acquired RumahDijual (Indonesia), a property website, and now holds 43% combined engagement market share (source).
Cytos Biotechnology (Zurich, Switzerland), a biopharmaceutical company, and Kuros Biosurgery (Zurich, Switzerland), a technology developer for tissue repair and regeneration, have combined to create Kuro Biosciences (source).
Mobile rideshare companies, Lyft (San Francisco, CA), Didi Kuaidi (China), GrabTaxi (Midview City, Singapore), and Ola (Kolkata, West Bengal), announced a partnership to provide rideshare services globally (source).
Genstar Capital (San Francisco, CA), a middle-market private equity firm, and Aquiline Capital Partners (New York, NY), a private equity firm, announced the acquisition of Ascensus (Dresher, PA), the nation's largest independent service provider of retirement and college savings plans (source).
FundingUber (San Francisco), a mobile rideshare provider, raised $2.1 billion in a Series G round that included Tiger Global and T. Rowe (source).
Weekend ReadsIt is easy to get attached to your web browser. The convenience, familiarity, and ease of use make it hard to part with. Check out Jared Newman of Fast Company's pitch for a new web browser, Vivaldi. He previews the advantages of using Vivaldi, and recounts the difficulties of letting go in This New Web Browser Made Me Give Up Google Chrome.
Being a great boss is not easy to do. Kim Scott, the acclaimed career coach, has some tips to be the best boss you can be. She explains why guidance is the most important quality a manager can have. Guaranteeing you get the correct kind of guidance through "radical candor" can lead to success. Take some time this weekend to read her tactics in The Surprising Secret To Being A Good Boss.
A startup necessarily relies on the support of investors to reach its full potential. Brenden Mulligan explains why startups need to be sending monthly updates to investors. He provides some great tips to make your updates time efficient, effective, and consistent. Check out his tips and use them to keep your extended team working collaboratively on the same page in Every Seed Stage Founder Should Send Monthly Investor Updates.