About Jamie Schneiderman and Donald Cowper

Jamie Schneiderman is the Founder and CEO of Clearfit. Jamie is a Harvard MBA with over 20 years experience building Fortune 500 businesses such as Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola as well as tech startups. He loves eating from the kids' menu but hates hugs from anyone other than family. Donald is the Head of Content at ClearFit. He’s a best-selling author and former child actor.

The Surprising Way Most Leaders Waste Their Top Performers

Are you getting as much out of your top performers as you could? Maybe you have people who are contributing three or four times as much as others on your team, and you think there’s not much more you can ask of them. But can you? Is there really that much more value you could leverage?

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:32+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

The Scary Choice This Startup Made Before Raising $8.8 Million

In February 2013, Evgeny Tchebotarev met with his four-person leadership team at 500px, an online photography community he had co-founded in 2009 with Oleg Gutsol, a longtime friend. They were in the middle of a fundraising campaign but hadn't found a single interested investor. Some of Tchebotarev's leaders felt that there was a change that [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:32+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Blog, Business Tips|Comments Off on The Scary Choice This Startup Made Before Raising $8.8 Million

The Brave Strategy That Finally Helped These Two Startup Founders Dominate Their Market

In 2009, Simon Tomlinson and Stewart Wigg, the cofounders of Bluesun, a technology consulting business, came to a disturbing conclusion--they had created the wrong company. They had gone into business eight years prior with the dream to build a thriving market leader, but had ended up with a small lifestyle business. It was a conclusion [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:32+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Blog, Business Tips|2 Comments

Why This Startup Bought a Struggling Product From Its Giant Competitor

In the winter of 2014, serial entrepreneur Albert Lai sat alone waiting for a friend at a restaurant down the street from his latest venture, Big Viking Games. On the table in front of him lay his iPhone. He had just drafted an email and was debating whether to press send--it was a message that [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:32+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Blog, Business Tips|Comments Off on Why This Startup Bought a Struggling Product From Its Giant Competitor

The Founders Who Turned a Dud Into an Enterprise With a Million Paying Customers

This post, “The Founders Who Turned a Dud Into an Enterprise” appeared first on Inc. It was the spring of 2009, before we had even met Mike Silagadze. He was sitting in his apartment, waiting for his roommate and business partner, Mohsen Shahini, to show up. He had some devastating news to share about their startup, [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:33+00:00 May 25th, 2015|Blog, Business Tips|Comments Off on The Founders Who Turned a Dud Into an Enterprise With a Million Paying Customers

This Small Business Tripled Its Revenue Once It Found the Answer to a Simple Question

This post, “This Small Business Tripled Its Revenue” appeared first on Inc. In 2012, our friend Andrew Blickstein, owner of Home Run Media, a small TV advertising agency located in Chicago, stepped into the boardroom of a large prospective client with a new understanding of his business, one that he hoped would help him land [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:33+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Blog, Business Tips|Comments Off on This Small Business Tripled Its Revenue Once It Found the Answer to a Simple Question

This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million by Ignoring Some Popular Startup Advice

This post, “This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million” appeared first on Inc. In 2007, Allen Lau stepped into a coffee shop in his hometown of Toronto to meet with his business partner, Ivan Yuen. The topic of discussion that day: Decide what to do with Wattpad, their struggling business. When Lau sat down, he pushed his [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:33+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Blog, Business Tips|Comments Off on This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million by Ignoring Some Popular Startup Advice

Startup Hiring: Who Will Soar? Who Will Crash and Burn?

It seemed like a stroke of luck when she was referred by one of your VPs who’d worked with her in the past. She had a rock solid resume showcasing her success at a couple of well-respected companies. Her LinkedIn profile was top-notch, complete with recommendations from several former managers. She breezed through the interview process, leaving you and your team with no doubts about her intelligence, enthusiasm, and track record. Besides, she’s exactly the kind of friendly, outgoing person you knew everyone would love. Six weeks later you’re wondering how it all went so wrong.

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:33+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Startup Hiring: Who Will Soar? Who Will Crash and Burn?

Why Hiring Someone From a Well-Known Company Can Backfire

Authors’ note: this post is based on a hiring manager we know. We’ve changed all names and some telling details. Hiring top performers from well-known companies can sometimes work wonders, but it can often backfire. Unfortunately Stu, head of sales at a software company, experienced the bad side. Stu, who is now a ClearFit client, [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:34+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Why Hiring Someone From a Well-Known Company Can Backfire

Customer Service Teams: The Common Mistake That Leads to Underperformance

Authors’ note: this post is based on a hiring manager we know. We’ve changed all names and some telling details. If you’re trying to build a world-class team and you’re the head of a contact center, you’d think that you’d want to hire employees who are passionate about delighting customers. That’s what Sheryl, the new [...]

By | 2017-06-22T10:32:34+00:00 January 5th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Customer Service Teams: The Common Mistake That Leads to Underperformance