There Is No I In We

There are a quite many articles about Leadership and Management out there. Common themes are: showing appreciation for subordinates, or leading by example with commitment and confidence. All the articles focus about the competence of the individual in charge, but what about the team?

In a brief conversation with Hector Berardi, Vice President of Operations at Applied Micro, I gained some insight as to what it means to successfully run a company and lead a team of people. Below, I have distilled this into four points.

1. Always be Learning
By improving yourself, you gain confidence in your role as a leader.

2. Stay Current and relevant
As a business leader of a multimillion dollar company, it is crucial to be informed about market trends to better make decisions on where to point the company.

3. Stay Humble and Listen

Many articles focus on the direction of information going from top to bottom. Good leaders connect with and understand their team. The best and simplest way to do this is to listen.

4. Continue to mentor when possible

This is the first time I learned this. Good leaders are invested in their team. By improving the others around you, you in turn improve the quality and performance of your team.

Photography 101: A Primer on Color Photography, Part I

The Daily Post

Our next stop in our Photography 101 series focuses on yet another essential element of photography: color. In this two-part post, talented WordPress.com photographer, Ming Gullo of A View with Ming, introduces us to the fundamentals of color, from temperature and white balance to hue, saturation, lightness, and contrast. The images on her blog, and below, are vibrant and stunning. Enjoy!

How a camera looks at color

To understand how our cameras recognize colors, let’s first talk about how our eyes recognize colors.

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Breakout Startups Grow the Ecosystem of Talent

David Cummings on Startups

When talking to local software engineers, sales people, and entrepreneurs that come through the Atlanta Tech Village, I find a common pattern where the individual starts their career at a non-startup company and then eventually gets recruited by a startup. After a taste of the startup experience, the individual never wants to go back to a regular business. Now, once the individual is in the startup ecosystem, every 2-4 years they move to a different startup and bring their experience and expertise to a new opportunity.

This is all good and well but it doesn’t significantly grow the startup community since most startups fail and the talent gets recycled into the community (which is fine and healthy). What does grow the startup community is breakout startups. Startups that create 100+ jobs locally bring a ton of talent into the startup community. Software engineers get recruited from all kinds of…

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