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Back to the Grind: Pressure, Stress, Anxiety and Depression in the Tech Community

Tips for De-Stressing and Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Your Employees   A recent Forbes article discusses why depression increases during the holidays and can be summed up in three words: stress, family and expectations. The holidays are over, new year resolutions have been made and everyone is back to the grind. In talking with several startup tech founders in the tech community, the expectations and stress sound like a year-round issue.  I recently read a telling article from the San Francisco Times about Joseph Thomas, […]

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Insurance Nerd Alert!!! – Inspiration from Mr. Incredible and Reuben Feffer

What Those of Us in the Insurance World Can Learn from These Two Characters   Since it is December and many of you will be watching movies over the holiday break, I thought it might be fun to comment on two of my favorite characters related to insurance in the movies. In this month’s blog, find out why I like Reuben Feffer from Along Came Polly and Bob Parr from The Incredibles.  Along Came Polly (2004)  This is not the first time […]

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The Office ‘Non-Denominational Holiday Mixer’

Tips for keeping Everyone Safe and Out of Trouble During the Company Holiday Party   There is a reason why Saturday Night Live (SNL), The Office, and Office Christmas Party poke fun at office ‘Non-denominational Holiday Mixers.’  Feel free to watch any of these videos at your own risk to see what I mean. It is the corporate world’s attempt to be inclusive while employees cut loose in celebration for various reasons. Because each company’s culture is unique, there […]

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Is Your Startup As Secure As You Think It Is?

What You Need to Know about Cybersecurity     Cyber Awareness Month  For the record, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was not created in resistance to Skynet, the ‘Synthetic Intelligent Machine Network’ despite the title of this blog. The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the initiative in October of 2004 in an effort to help Americans be more secure online. In this month’s blog, we focus our attention on cyber trends in business and offer a few tips from Connor’ to keep data […]

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How to Choose Wisely When It Comes to Accelerators and VCs

How to Choose the Best VC or Accelerator for Your Startup…     Raising funds seems like the Holy Grail of the startup community. Spend time around an accelerator or co-working space in ATX, and you will overhear someone talking about raising money. For many first-time founders, this will be one of the biggest frustrations since most VCs typically don’t invest in first-time founders. In this month’s blog, we share some tips to increase your probability of finding the […]

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