RENEW Strategies

The Business of Succeeding

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Prasoon Raghuwanshi
| April 4, 2017

As part of RENEW's ongoing investment workshops, business trainings and CFO 100 program at The Exchange, our team constantly scours the web for the latest information, articles and tools that can give entrepreneurs an edge. The following are five important resources that will help companies take their game to the next level and succeed in becoming a market leader:

Warning: This Is Not Your Grandfather’s Talent Planning is an excellent article by First Round capturing a conversation with Kim Scott, one of the best in the business at creating amazing teams for some of the world’s powerhouse companies (think Google, Apple, Dropbox and Twitter). Kim has built her career around creating nonsense-free zones where people love their work and working together, and she shared several insights and tools that all companies should take into consideration when hiring the “superstars” and “rock stars” of their teams.

How to prioritize ruthlessly? According to Brandon Chu, the best teams are the ones where everyone is maniacally prioritizing towards the same goal and doing so in a way that’s consistent with each other. Chu presents a prioritization framework for prioritizing between and within projects, a tool that should be on any entrepreneur’s toolkit.

Y Combinator is one of the most successful incubators in the world. Most of us are not fortunate enough to have one-on-one advice from Y Combinator about how to run a startup, so Sam Altman gave us the next best thing - the Startup Playbook. This playbook takes startups from idea to execution, providing crucial advise, expertise and lessons learned along the way.

The Future of Agriculture: Feeding seven billion people is a hard job. According to The Economist, “if agriculture is to continue to feed the world, it needs to become more like manufacturing.” Think of almonds, for example - small, little bundles of nutrition and energy that are great for you to eat. But, these little nuts pack a mean punch on the water bill, requiring up to a gallon of water for a single plant. Luckily, in some parts of the world, technology and agriculture are already working together to mechanize the industry to operate on scale, addressing important environmental issues and improving profit margins. This article is a must read for any entrepreneur who operates in agriculture.

Last but not least, learn about 250+ courses covering business and management, science, engineering, humanities and many more disciplines for free from ivy leagues schools such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia and Princeton. Any entrepreneur or business professional looking to improve him or herself should consider investing the time and taking relevant courses - we promise, it will only help you in the long run!

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