The next time a surgeon points a gun at you, they might be trying to save your life. At least, that’s the case if they’re using a special wound-healing gun developed by Israel biomedical company, Nanomedic Technologies.
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In case you didn't know, Paypal had one of the most generous referral programs ever.
When they had just launched (late 1999), they gave away free $ 40 when someone referred a friend.
The money could be withdrawn immediately.
The promotion cost them $ 68,000,000 and propelled them to 1,000,000 users in less than a year.
Does it make sense to do something similar today?
I'm guessing Bangladeshi click farms didn't exist back then.
Ideally something simple like Squarespace. Maybe some sort of add-on.
What I want is to make a sort of classifieds website similar in function to Craigslist but not completely in execution. I’m solving a hyper-local problem.
A key feature I’d like to implement is having responses to a post routed so that the poster’s contact info isn’t put out to the person replying, respecting their privacy. How could I make this work? Ideally messaging through the website itself.
Next up on my wish list would be the ability to make an account and manage posts, which I think is possible on Squarespace.
Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called “servant” leadership.
What is servant leadership? The servant leader serves the people they lead through mentoring, direct assistance, listening, and acting on their employees input. It’s the opposite of self-serving, domineering leadership, and makes those in charge think harder about how to respect, value and motivate people reporting to them.
The concept was developed by Robert K. Greenleaf way back in 1970. Servant leaders are felt to be effective because the needs of followers are so looked after that everyone reaches their full potential, hence perform at their best, individually and as a team.
Greenleaf says that Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Jesus were good examples of servant leadership. What do you have in common with them? If you recognize yourself in most of the following questions, you may not be another Gandhi, but you are well on your way to becoming a servant leader:
- Do team members believe that you want to hear their ideas and will value them?
- Does your team believe that you have a strong awareness of what is going on and why?
- Does everyone follow your direction because they want to, as opposed to because they “have to”?
- Do others on your team communicate their ideas and vision for the organization when you are around?
- Do people believe that you are committed to helping them develop and grow?
- Do people come to you when the chips are down, or when something traumatic has happened in their lives?
- Does everyone have confidence in your ability to anticipate the future and its consequences?
- Does the team believe you are leading the organization to make a real difference in the world?
- Do people believe that you are willing to sacrifice your own self-interest for the good of the team?
- Does everyone feel a strong sense of community in the company you lead?
Some of the characteristics implied in these questions come more naturally to some people than others. Experts argue that some are inherent, and are difficult to learn. But characteristics such as listening, awareness, persuasion, and building community are all learnable skills.
You should reflect and thoughtfully assess the degree to which you have what it takes to be a servant leader. If you are committed to being the best servant leader than you can be, I urge you to continuously work to develop these characteristics.
For some executives, serving people’s needs creates the image of being slavish or subservient, not a very positive image. In addition, leaders need to serve the needs of customers and stakeholders, as well as those of team members, so a sense of balance is required.
For comparison purposes, autocratic leaders tend to make decisions without consulting their teams. Laissez-faire and democratic leaders normally allow people within the team to make most of the decisions, based on consensus. In reality, the very best leaders are those who can use a variety of leadership styles effectively, and use the right style for each situation.
I encourage you to take a look in the mirror, and check your leadership style. Just to make sure you are not looking through rose-colored glasses, ask a few of your most trusted associates what they see. If the answers surprise you, it may be time to find a leadership mentor.
Problem: Writing can be time-consuming. Often the the most difficult part of the process is moving from the blank page to a rough draft. This is especially so for folks who need to write on a regular basis.
Solution: A text generation app that when given any prompt can produce a rough draft of an idea in 15 secs or less.
The user can also add references from academia, news, or web search, edit within the app, copy and paste to their favorite text editor. Or submit to a professional editor for completion.
Target: 1) Content Writers/PR Professionals
- My questions:
1) Is this a workable idea? 2) How much would you pay per month?
All feedback welcome.