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Chapter 1


January - February 2018

#Idea
#Motivation
#Hot markets
#Business plan

Chapter 2


March - April 2018

#Presentation Skills
#Elevator Pitch
#Incubator Selection
#Networking

Chapter 3


May - June 2018

#First Steps
#Team
#Strategy
#First Mistakes

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Interview: In 3 years, we’ve grown from 2 to 120 people

It sounds like a miracle – in a startup world, definitely. At the beginning, there were two enthusiasts and today they have more than a hundred employees and clients like Volkswagen, Škoda Auto, Česká spořitelna, Raiffeisen Bank, CEMEX and KLM. The story of tesena is inspiring in many ways. However, we were mainly interested to know how they handled skyrocketing growth, attracted talented people, and what problems they struggled with along the road. "If someone told me in the beginning that we would be 50 or 100, I would probably think that I would go crazy," laughs co-founder and CEO Marcel Veselka.

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Interview: How STRV looks for its talents

The recruitment of new employees in STRV takes an average of twelve months. Yes, you are reading correctly. Twelve months. From the time people first hear name of this company, there is a long period of getting to know each other and thinking. Only 10% of people are actively looking for a job, while 90% may want to change their job but need to gain confidence and build a relationship with the company. Building a long-term relationship with people through meetups, Instagram stories, newsletters and other channels was the main topic of this interview with STRV HR manager Matěj Matolín.

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Why Teams Are Successful

The Aristotle Project examined the operation of 180 teams at Google and looked for reasons why some were successful while others were not. A huge amount of data has been gathered and complicated diagrams and formulas have emerged. However, it was almost impossible to find a link between a team's composition and its success – at first.

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Marketing tip 4: Think future. Think marketing technologies (AI, VR, voice, automatization…)

Fortunately, or unfortunately, singularity is near. By all means you need to understand what is the marketing standard today and utilize the best potential of the existing tools – campaign automation, social media formats, CRM etc. But what is here today may not be here tomorrow and your business is built to last.

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Interview: Finding a suitable partner is key to a successful business

Some investors prefer startups run by only one founder. Others like to work with companies run by two or more people because they motivate each other, provide each other with feedback and divide labor based on their strengths. "We are like yin and yang," says Luboš Němeček, as Štěpán Gregor laughs. An interview with founders of Hunter Games about a company that creates escape games and believes that having two (or more) founders is always better than one.

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Interview: Startups and corporations should respect each other

Comparing Deloitte with startups sounds crazy, but corporations can also offer people freedom at work and tailor positions to their needs. We talked to Pavel Šiška, Partner in Charge for Consulting at Deloitte, about changing the structure of big players, creation of company culture and a certain type of management called servant leadership.

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Interview: Happiness at Work Is Important

People spend a third of their lives at work. One could say that they literally live there. Still, employers want them to act professionally and leave their emotions at home. In reality, these two worlds are interconnected. Happiness at work = happiness at home and vice versa. "Only when we start to respect people, will they work well," says Michal Šrajer, co-founder of stestivpraci.cz, in an interview about turquoise companies.

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Interview: I run a company which is managed by its 600 employees

They have abandoned the typical model of business goals, handed over their decision-making powers to their six hundred employees, and are now only overseeing that the decentralized system works. The biggest challenge for vertical companies is to keep the system simple and maintain consistency between personal motivation and company vision, says Pavel Kysela, CEO of Adastra, in an interview.

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Marketing tip 3: Play, Buy, Share

This little navigation system is great. ANY marketing activity you do, think of incorporating all 3 pillars: Play, Buy, Share.

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Za tři roky se tesena rozrostla ze 2 na 120 lidí. V čem tkví tajemství jejího úspěchu? CEO Marcel Veselka se v krátkém videu podělil o tři rady, kterými se v podnikání řídí.

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