Assess Your Transformation Pathways

This simple tool can help your team assess your organization’s current performance level across 6 areas (16 items to assess) and consider how important each is to develop a big-picture awareness of any gaps you need to work on.

Open Source Funding Documents

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing.

Support Your Managers with These re:Work Tools

There’s no question that managers matter to your organization: research shows that managers can significantly impact business outcomes and the employee experience. Develop and support your managers with these tools from Google’s re:Work blog, including:

  • Manager feedback survey [Google Forms survey]
  • New manager training course materials [slides, facilitator guide, and student workbook]
  • Career conversation worksheet [document]
  • “One Simple Thing” worksheet [document]
  • 1:1 meeting agenda template

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All the Public Startup Pitch Decks in One Place

Andy Sparks and Joshua Levy have assembled a list of reference pitch decks for founders to view when building their own. Some notable inclusions: YouTube, LinkedIn, Mint, BuzzFeed, AirBnB, Tinder, Foursquare, Moz, and Buffer.

Autopsy

Autopsy is a collection of lessons from failed startups. Reading through some of them will probably be of value for any entrepreneur.

speaking.io

Public speaking is a huge fear for many people. Speaking.io teaches you the basics for free, with simple do’s and don’ts to ease your mind and craft an engaging speech. Developer and startup advisor Zach Holman designed the site as a crash course in the art of public speaking. There are five basic sections:

  1. How to plan your task
  2. Design and build your slides
  3. Prep or the big

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re:Work

Google has launched what it calls a “curated platform” on the Web for sharing management ideas—both its own and those of other companies. The site features research-backed examples of how Google approaches things like hiring and anti-bias training, providing free public tools such as slide decks and checklists that the company uses internally. The site will also feature other companies: case studies of employers like … [ Read more ]

Smartly

Smartly bills itself as the fastest way to master everything you’re
expected to know at the start of your MBA. The course curriculum and material was created in collaboration with experts from Harvard and INSEAD and includes microeconomics, accounting, statistics, and finance. Smartly courses face you with real-world examples and problems to cement your understanding of the course material.

Editor’s Note: this service was launched in … [ Read more ]

ActionMBA

The ActionMBA is a self-guided learning program to master all the essential skills, best practices and ideas to achieve maximum impact with our businesses and careers. Whether you are a non-profit, artist, author or entrepreneur, there are common skills and knowledge we all must master to get our ideas to the largest possible audience.

The ActionMBA is about systematically identifying and mastering all of those skills … [ Read more ]

MBA Excel Story Tracker

The key to preparing for behavioral interview questions is to ensure that you have proper coverage for all of the core behavioral question types. To put it another way, you want to make sure that you have a story that applies to every question your interviewer might ask. What you really want to avoid is being prompted with a question you didn’t prepare … [ Read more ]

hrVillage.com

This site offers some good articles and resources for those dealing with HR issues. Perhaps most useful is the HR Toolkit, which offers downloadable (PDF or Word) documents and policy language that are most in demand by experienced HR professionals and departments. Includes: business forms, sample job descriptions, legal guides, and policies and procedures. Also find an HR FAQ and a collection of HR articles. … [ Read more ]

Professor Aswath Damodaran’s Data Page

For the last two decades, Aswath Damodaran has dedicated the first two weeks of each new year to a ritual. He obtains/collects/downloads data on all publicly traded companies listed globally, using a variety of data sources, and then analyzes and presents the data, aggregated at a number of different levels: by country, by region (US, Europe, Emerging Markets, Japan, Australia & Canada) and by industry. … [ Read more ]

World Management Survey (WMS)

The WMS is an international research institute measuring differences in management practices across organizations and countries. WMS generates reports and data that help managers and policy makers understand the drivers of better management practices. On the site, you can even benchmark your manufacturing firm, hospital, school, or retail outlet against others in your country, industry or size class.

Docracy

Docracy is an open collection of legal contracts. It also offers a comprehensive solution for having the documents verified and signed online.

Global Database: Economics and Finance

GFmag.com, the Global Finance website, presents a free database of information on finance and economics – including such topics as M&A, macroeconomics, FDI flows, and income and taxation – with interactive maps and tools that help present the data in a user-friendly format.

Developed and designed by project coordinator Alessandro Magno and prepared by seasoned journalists Tina Aridas and Denise Bedell, each page presents facts, figures … [ Read more ]

Model Cap Tables With VCHub

Jeff Boardman (founder of LearnVC) has done a nice job building a site that both models a cap table and provides a lot of information to empower entrepreneurs both with educational resources and software tools. In addition to modeling a cap table and ownership of the company, Jeff’s software helps answer questions like “if I sell for $100M, how much money does everyone receive.”

In addition, … [ Read more ]

Understanding Term Sheets

Learn the in’s and out’s of term sheets to negotiate the best terms for your startup. [Hat tip to Brad Feld]

HBS Elevator Pitch Builder

You have one minute to explain yourself, your business, your goals, and your passions. Your audience knows none of these. Are you prepared? Can you present your vision smoothly, enticing them to want to know more?

Decision Effectiveness Quiz

Some decisions clearly stand out as important. But many organizations overlook a second category that can be equally significant: operating decisions that seem small but that are made and remade frequently and generate a lot of value over time. Most companies have a similar set of decisions made day in and day out by people close to the frontlines of the business.

These two short quizzes … [ Read more ]

Manta

If you sell to other businesses, Manta has information on over 24 million businesses in the U.S., which you can access for free. You can sort by social networking handles, revenues, start date, number of employees, geography and more. If you need to define the size of your market, this is the place to go…and you can get what you need without a paid subscription. … [ Read more ]