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8+ years without a chair in my office and loving it. The first six months are the hardest (read = tiring), but after that it’s such a welcomed break to sitting in meetings.

Stints of standing while working may reduce back pain

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I still remember many of the lessons my first manager at Microsoft, Aaron, taught me during our first tour of duty together in Office. The one I remember the most? Having him stop by on a casual “drive by” during the day to say thanks for something small, like a successful meeting, a solid email, or kudos for helping out a co-worker.  

Never underestimate the power of simply saying “Thanks, nice work.”

10 Signs You Have (Or Are) A Great Boss

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One of the scariest stats I learned working in Microsoft Office early on was how little of the actual features in apps like Word or Outlook that people actually used – it’s less than 10% for the average (non-power) user! Features like the Office Ribbon have helped tremendously with that. I’m curious to give Wizeline a shot and see if it helps us here at Klink. 

Wizeline, with a fresh $6.7M, wants to create a ‘corporate brain’ to boost product dev

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Good article describes the different personalities that can exist in a company and how they map to the way people take vacation. It’s certainly harder to long vacations here at Contactive because we are trying to grow a brand-new business with minimal resources, which was almost the opposite of my last role, but I still value immensely taking time off. I try to be as disconnected as possible when I’m actually on a vacation; it helps me to decompress and avoids my wife threatening to throw my phone into the water. 🙂

The employees who never take vacation time: How companies are prodding them go

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Growth Hacking: Marketing for Startups

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“Its 100+ person tech team has created world-class systems for analytics, advertising, and content management. Engineers are 1st class citizens. Everything is built for mobile devices from the outset. Internet native formats like lists, tweets, pins, animated GIFs, etc. are treated as equals to older formats like photos, videos, and long form essays. BuzzFeed takes the internet and computer science seriously.”

Andreessen Horowitz Announces $50 Million Investment In BuzzFeed