Our weekly roundup of posts you might have missed, but shouldn’t.
1) The 1st and 2nd Gospels of Sequoia Capital. We posted on these last week, following a nod form TechCrunch (thank you). Gospel 1: Elements of Sustainable Companies. Gospel 2: Writing A Business Plan. Sequoia funded Google, Yahoo, Apple and others, so these lists are like success crib sheets from the Burning Bush. Frame them on your wall.
2.) Strategic Tools: Site performance is a moving target, and demands your constant attention. On Mar. 19 we found this compendium of 20 posts on how to use Google Analytics better. We get it via Manoj Jasra.
3) Creativity: You’re working so hard, it’s really difficult to keep the mind inspired. On Mar. 20, Lifehack.org published one of the best lists I’ve read recently on how to nurture your own creativity. 30 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Creativity.
4.) Hiring & Retaining Talent: On Mar. 21 our friend Ben Yoskovitz published How To Use Perks and Rewards in Startups to Get The Best Talent, following the flak over Jason Calacanis’ claim that you should hire workaholics. One of Ben’s readers noted: “the best employees are motivated by a combination of working on something intellectually stimulating, working with smart people, and making money… in that order.” Great! but where paying people is easy, motivating them in HARD. So how to motivate your employees? Ben’s has your tips.
5.) Book of the Week: on Mar. 17 Harvard Working Knowledge wrote about the new Oxford Handbook of Business History. All of business history in one tome? Sounds grand, but consider picking up the handbook for one reason: it offers accounts from all geographies and cultures (Japanese business history, Latin American business history). Euro-centric histories still dominate our academic business literature, but a world view is important to startups too in an era of globaization! “The references in almost every chapter contain multiple citations to literatures not published in English [on] entrepreneurship, corporate governance, technology and innovation, and economic theory and development.” Check it out.