Don’t be a startup martyr, get some sleep!

Lots of founders wear sleep deprivation like a badge of honor. Eli Luberoff thinks this is silly and has implemented a “don’t come to work tired” policy at his company, Desmos. In this video interview, he explains how rested employees are more productive.

Former Gizmodo editor Brian Lam: start over, do what you love

Anyone trudging through another meaningless day at the office should watch this video with Brian Lam. He left Gizmodo to pursue writing about gadgets his way, and get to what he’s really passionate about. He also offers up practical advice for anyone pursuing their dream gig.

A reminder to talk to your users relentlessly

Remind101 co-founder, Brett Kopf’s dyslexia and ADD led him to create a text messaging service for students. After failing to find an audience, Kopf starting talking to users. In this video, Kopf explains how important that communication was to finding the right business.

If you can’t fight City Hall, code for it

Working with small municipal governments doesn’t have to suck. In fact, according to Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, between the open data movement and a new generation of government workers, making your community better has never been easier. Code for America works with 26 fellows (applications end July 29), who take a year off to build applications for local governments. But you don’t have to be an official fellow to make a change. In this video, Pahlka explains how you can start working with local governments (spoiler: Just call city hall, SRSLY!) and what types of projects work best.
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Get Satisfaction CEO Wendy Lea: How to be a good mentor

A good mentor is invaluable for the modern startup founder or tech exec. But what makes for a good mentor relationship, and how do you find one? Get Satisfaction CEO and mentor Wendy Lea explains her approach and what she looks for in a mentee.

InternMatch CEO: Advice for finding the right advisors

Advisors may not be as sexy as angels in the startup ecosystem, but the right one can provide a ton of value for young companies. InternMatch Co-Founder and CEO, Andrew Maguire, shares his thoughts on finding and working with the right advisors to help any startup.

A Daemonic guide to building a globally distributed workforce

Daemonic Labs was built from the ground up as a distributed company. It’s headquartered in San Francisco, but also has offices in Argentina. In this interview, Daemonic co-founders explain how they built the company, what they look for in employees, and the benefits of building this way.

BlogHer CEO on finding the right co-founders

Business relationships, like personal ones, go through ups and downs. The big difference is that business relationships involve money, which changes everything. That’s why you need to partner with the right co-founders. Lisa Stone, co-founder of BlogHer shares her tips for picking the right one(s).

Should your startup be thinking about the federal government?

Startups shouldn’t only think about the federal government when thorny legislation like SOPA and PIPA arises. Engine Advocacy’s Mike McGeary sat down to share his thoughts on what startup founders should be thinking now to prepare for when they do encounter Washington D.C.