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Are selfish people more successful than nice people ? Interesting research study by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania • How can you design or invent a new product ? An approach used by many of the big companies on the SP 500 list.

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Are selfish people more successful than nice people ? Interesting research study by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania r/Entrepreneur • u/jaiga99 share

Our parents taught us to be nice and good. Also a lot of times we hear about "Nice guys finish last ".

I'm skeptical an objective study could be conducted on "nice people" vs. "jerks" and relative success levels. Especially because people aren't binary - and spend moments of their life alternating between being nice and being a jerk.


I have heard an interview with Adam Grant and while I'm not certain this is the same study as you are, he was using the terms non-agreeable/agreeable givers/takers. These terms clarified for me that the most successful people--non-agreeable givers--see that establishing a relationship, by giving initially, leads to greater future success. It highlights the fact that it's possible to have self-interest and be a generous and cooperative partner.

How can you design or invent a new product ? An approach used by many of the big companies on the SP 500 list. r/Entrepreneur • u/jaiga99 share

In 1980s a Japanese professor named Noriaki Kano developed a model for product design to meet a high level of customer satisfaction.

The other important thing to note about the Kano model is that things generally move from delight->essential over time.

For example with the iPhone you mentioned above, it had a number of surprise and delight features. But after a few years those features are now expected - the sensitivity of a capacitive touch display was a real surprise to me when I first used it and felt magical. Now, a few years later, I would expect that as an absolute minimum from a phone.

If surprises are predictable they can also stop delighting. Eg. if your hotel chain constantly gives out tickets to free shows then it can become expected and customers may even have a negative reaction if they don't receive one. If you think it might be something temporary always give yourself a way to revoke it without encountering a negative backlash (call it a raffle or promotion etc).

From Big Brother to Big Agency - My Journey to $200k/month r/Entrepreneur • u/WideHold share

I’d love to say I always wanted to be in digital marketing but that wasn’t the case. You cannot connect the dots looking forward so I will try to succinctly take you back to the start to explain how I fell into this space.

Google just launched a very similar product to our application, should we continue with our app? r/startups • u/Dadits share

Don't worry. While I can't imagine how much this would suck, you still have a chance. I've had a few scares in my own development but no product really covered the product I was developing. Just make sure you have a competitive edge and use that to your advantage. Try to cover areas where Google's product does not. While there are many examples where Google has blown out the competition (Google Calendar), there are multiple occasions where Google has gave up on their own development and bought out a competitor (e.g. Google Firebase). Hopefully, that can be you!

How many of you experienced entrepreneur burnout? How did it affect you, and how did you fight it? r/startups • u/mostlyemptyspace share

I’m going through this right now with my new venture.

Yes, in our early days (before much revenue was there) I was working 80-hour weeks, doing stuff that now 6 people do, and really feeling the effects. Midnight anxiety-induced panic attacks, depressive thoughts (nothing is fun, why am I doing this?, etc), and irritability we’re all symptoms of burnout that I endured for a couple months (which is a couple months too long.) It has to get really bad for me to realize it though - spousal fights, cofounder spats, etc.

Here’s what you need to do:

Go exercise. Every day. No excuses.

Get more sleep.

Return to past hobbies or hang out with friends that make you laugh. Go home to your family at 5 if you have kids.

You’d be surprised how much it not only makes you feel better, but how much more productive you’ll be during your working hours.

I was pushing out buggy releases and making bad decisions thinking I needed to keep cranking to get more customers... Partially true - we also needed to keep everything high quality. And that starts with the founders mind state.

You’re the most important tool - keep yourself sharp.

I've heard people say about work/office: "Trust no one". Do you think that's true? Why/what's your experience? r/sales • u/pocketsked share
As a startup employee, would you accept equity in exchange for part of your salary? r/startups • u/Mustered-io share

A few years ago I accepted to work for a startup that offered me a market rate salary, but since they didn't have the funds to pay it in full the asked me and other employees to reduce our salaries by \~30% in exchange for stock options (Virtual shares actually).

At an early stage startup its extremely common to offer stock options in lieu of more competitive pay. When taking a position with a compensation package like this, the first piece of advice is always: Don't count your equity as salary. It is inherently a gamble, and if you go into it thinking that its guaranteed money you're going to be sorely mistaken 9 times out of 10.

Its important to fully grasp this risk when taking a jump like this. You're not wrong to think of the salary cut like an investment as you mentioned, but it sounds like you were imagining it to be a much lower risk investment than it was. Joining an early stage startup is more like a lottery ticket than an savings account. Joining a later stage startup is much more likely to pay off in equity, but then you'll get a much, much smaller piece of the pie in the first place.

How Much Equity Should I Give to my Employees? r/startups • u/hello_hola share

Hello everyone. I founded a hardware startup which has been steadily growing.

The most common SEO mistake is relying on a single page website. r/EntrepreneurRideAlong • u/harrydry share

Every new page is a new opportunity to target and rank for a search term.

Well said...

I'm an SEO expert and fully agree with what you wrote.

Like my friend will always tell me, "You cannot rank on search engine for an article you have not created."

In the same manner, you can't rank on Google as much as you need to remain profitable if you are using a single page site.

I'm guilty of this mistake especially as it regards our digital marketing copy but gradually I'm working on having a separate page strictly for discussing how we intend to help our clients with our digital marketing services. u/harrydry, you can help me cross-examine the page and tell me better ways I can split it up. I know what to do but I need more professional input.

3 studies reveal valuable traits you need to become an entrepreneur r/EntrepreneurRideAlong • u/BenJackGill share

Only a small fraction of people start their own business.

I changed careers 10 years ago this month and it’s been a bumpy ride the whole way r/CareerSuccess • u/tsponse share

Fifty years old. Changed careers at 40 with the goal of career and income growth.

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