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Shaping the Odds in Norway

In Norway, the economy is highly developed with some state-ownership in strategic areas. Since the start of the industrial era, the Norwegian economy has grown steadily and citizens enjoy a high standard of living and a robust integrated welfare system. Norway's modern manufacturing and welfare system rely on a financial reserve produced by exploitation of natural resources, particularly North Sea oil. According to United Nations data for 2018, Norway together with Luxembourg, and Switzerland ar...
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Does your startup website need a chatbot?

To bot or not? That is the question we look at today. A chatbot is a piece of software you install on your website making your site open 24 hours per day for a conversation with your users. You'll find various types of chatbots that provide an escalating variety of responses. Before today, you may have thought chatbots were only for large companies. But, many websites, both small and large, find them a useful tool. In this article, we ask and answer the question, "Does your startup website need ...
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How startups can build a successful culture for remote teams

You probably know how important it is for employee morale and long-term employee retention to build a positive company culture. And, you probably have a wheelhouse full of tools. But, what do you do when it comes to your remote teams? It is possible to enhance your company culture remotely. It simply takes a bit of effort and ingenuity. In this article, we look at how startups can build a successful culture for remote teams. Hire the right team Your positive company culture starts when you do yo...
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Why your startup needs a VPN

You did all the legwork to get your startup off the ground. You've got people taking care of your human resources, someone handling your sales and marketing, and other staff members on board. Have you forgotten your IT needs? Are you capable of connecting your team members together in a safe digital environment? Once thought to be only in the purview of big companies, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the best way for your startup to bring your team and your customers together under a secure ...
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What startups should know about crafting a privacy policy

Have you asked yourself lately if you really need a privacy policy on your website? As a startup, you should note that in our digital age, you do need a privacy policy on your website. It can be confusing, and sometimes the privacy policy is easily forgotten, but if you want to protect your business, it is something you need. And, if you plan to use Google or Facebook advertising, you must have one on your startup's website. In this article, we look at what startups should know about crafting a ...
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Check the ages of these famous entrepreneurs

When it comes to the "best age" to launch a startup, age really is just a number, as evidenced by how old these famous founders were when they started their businesses.
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How much does it cost to develop online poker game development

Entertainment is a necessary aspect of tiring life today; however, time for outings are limited. This situation makes online games too much relevant. Poker is very famous since olden times, due to its capability to enhance problem-solving along with the fun aspect. The exponential growth in the number of smartphone users makes it a platform full of opportunities and challenges. Such advancements increase curiosity among players and assure a definite success for the businesses. There are over 100...
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Email Marketing laws and regulations startups should be aware of

Email marketing is one of the most powerful tools in your marketing arsenal. When you email your audience, you have direct access to the inner sanctum of their email inbox. This is a special place reserved for businesses like yours. In fact, you were invited in when your customer(s) opted into your list. Yet, even with the invitation, you've got to make sure you know about the laws surrounding email marketing. In this article, we look at email marketing laws and regulations startups should be aw...
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What you need to know before choosing a business credit card for your startup

It's a good rule of thumb to keep your personal and your business expenses separate as you begin getting your new startup off the ground. One of the best ways to do this is by opening a business credit card. In this article, we look at what you need to know before choosing a business credit card for your startup. When you apply It's worth noting that when you apply for a credit card for your startup, you will probably be asked about your personal credit information. They will also likely check y...
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Get to know these small business statistics

Sometimes entrepreneurs are working so quickly and are so focused that it can feel like we're working in a vacuum. Getting to know what's going on with other small businesses can be a crucial way to gauge what's happening in the industry and where we stand. To make that a little bit easier, we've compiled some statistics about small businesses that can help you take the temperature of the field and gain an understanding of today's climate. We sifted through reams of government data to drill down...
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To whom it may concern

If you searched for "can I use 'To Whom It May Concern' on a cover letter?" on Google, you'd quickly learn that career experts overwhelmingly recommend against it. For years, they've claimed that using a generic introduction for your cover letter like "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Sir / Madam" is one of the easier ways to sink your job prospects. However, thousands of job seekers use "To Whom It May Concern" on their cover letters and still manage to land work. So does starting your cover le...
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The many HR hats often worn by early stage startup founders

Do you feel like you start your day wearing one hat, but by the time the end of the day rolls around, you've donned and discarded multiple hats? If so, you aren't alone. Startup founders notoriously have their hands in every piece of their startup, especially when it comes to human resources. In this article, we look at the many HR hats often worn by early stage startup founders. The role of mentor By virtue of being the leader, you naturally fit the role of mentor. You're a seasoned veteran, yo...
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How to identify and avoid response bias in surveys

In order to run a successful business it is important to have a good understanding of how your customer thinks and feels about your product. Collecting feedback through surveys, is an excellent way to receive the data necessary to inform decisions. The problem is that unless a survey is structured correctly, it is possible that it will lead to inaccurate results. A poorly crafted survey opens itself up to response bias, which causes survey participants to answer questions inaccurately. If survey...
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3 common startup financing challenges and how to beat them

For most entrepreneurs, they'll tell you their biggest challenge getting their startup off the ground is financing. In fact, surveys show that nearly two-thirds of start-ups face financial challenges. There are ways to overcome this large hurdle. Let's look at three common startup financing challenges and how to beat them.  #1: Start at the right time For many people looking to begin a new business, they simply lack the personal capital to do it. They may not have any savings, and they may ...
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5 HR metrics startups should be tracking

Your human resources initiatives directly affect your employees. They may even mean the difference between happy and unhappy staff. To help you understand what's working, and whether or not it's cost-effective, you want to use human resources (HR) metrics. This way you can measure which of your human resource activities are contributing to your overall startup growth and performance. These may include such things as: Hiring and onboardingEmployee retentionPerformance managementOverall staff sati...
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