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September 1, 2016

Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency: An Early Adopter Weighs In

Editor’s Note: In this post, Zenefits customer Irena Vaksman of Vaksman Dental Group (located in San Francisco and South San Francisco) explains why being an early technology adopter can help make your practice more efficient. Dive in to learn more of her story. I founded Vaksman Dental Group after more than a decade of diverse […]

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August 26, 2016

Umbel Maximizes Employee Experience and Impact Through Streamlined HR

Umbel is a leading data software company that empowers sports, nonprofit, media and entertainment companies to make their data meaningful and actionable. Its vision is making data the most valuable asset a business can own. Founded in Austin, TX in 2010, the company is experiencing rapid growth and counts numerous NFL, NBA and NHL teams, […]

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July 26, 2016

How Benefits Can Help You Win the Talent War

My business helps companies grow by finding the right talent. We’ve worked with the majority of Atlanta’s start-ups and fastest growing companies, and one thing I’ve learned is benefits matter. Having a strong benefits offering can be big ammo when fighting for (and retaining) talent, especially in this candidate-driven environment. With healthcare costs at an […]

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July 22, 2016

How a San Diego Brewery Keeps Its Creative Edge

Modern Times is not like any other craft brewery. In fact, its production facility in Point Loma, located in an industrial area of San Diego, is not even technically a brewery. Its founder Jacob McKean prefers to call it Lomaland Fermentorium, a wonderland of unconventional beer, coffee and design that attracts devotees from all over […]

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May 25, 2016

The Back to Business Tour: Austin — Embracing Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Tools for Growth

According to the SBA, there are more than 28 million entrepreneurs serving as the economic engine of our country today. They employ half of the private sector, create two out of three net new jobs, and if our small business sector was a country, its output would rank number three above Germany and Japan. But when […]

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May 13, 2016

Stop Packing, Start Doing: How DUFL Unpacks Time Savings for Travelers with Zenefits

When it comes to productivity services, some merely offer up convenience, while others actually save you time. Arizona-based startup, DUFL, alleviates a major pain point for frequent business travelers: being anchored by bags. With its virtual closet app and shipping service, DUFL takes the “lug” out of luggage—literally lightening the load for people who are […]

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Birds Barbershop

May 3, 2016

How an Austin Barbershop Styles Hair and Cuts Paperwork

When Michael Portman moved to Austin, TX, he asked his lifelong friend Jayson Rapaport to recommend a place to get a haircut. In that moment, the duo imagined an update to the old-time community barbershop—an authentic, affordable, and welcoming space that respects its people and celebrates individuality. Ten years, eight locations, and 150 employees later, […]

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Handson Bay Area nonprofit

April 26, 2016

How One Nonprofit Drives Hands-On Volunteers With Hands-Off HR

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to an abundance of volunteer opportunities, but logistics often keep would-be do-gooders from taking the time to pitch in. HandsOn Bay Area has been connecting people to volunteer opportunities and strengthening local communities since the late 1980s. In 2015, HandsOn Bay Area worked with over 16,000 volunteers to […]

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BioPoint

April 12, 2016

How BioPoint Helps Biotech Companies Overcome Staffing Challenges

Most consumers don’t think about it, but it takes more than 10 years and $2.6 billion to develop a pharmaceutical drug. If that sounds like a lot of time and money, consider this: less than 12% of drugs entering clinical trials actually make it to market. As of 2015, there are 7,000 medicines in development […]

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BEI Net.works

April 6, 2016

How BEI Makes Time for Its Two Missions: Service and Diversity

With technology constantly changing, how can businesses stay relevant? One answer is to hire a skilled technology partner—an experienced team to manage the very backbone of technology: the network. Founded in 1991 by network engineer Kris Bruno, BEI Net.works focuses on providing full service and staying ahead of the curve. Businesses both big and small—from […]

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Edify music education

March 29, 2016

How Edify is Changing The Way That Kids Learn Music

What if every child had the opportunity to make music? It’s a sound mission: after all, music education has been shown to improve academic skills, cultivate social behaviors, boost self esteem, and teach discipline and patience. Children who undergo musical training also have better verbal memory, second language pronunciation accuracy, reading ability and executive functions. […]

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DIY entrepreneur Brooklyn Tweed

March 22, 2016

Balancing DIY & SOS: A Modern Tale of an All-American Business

Brooklyn Tweed is on a mission to change the way you think about knitting. Yes, knitting. The Portland-based small business makes 100% breed-specific, all-American yarn on a large scale, along with fashionably hip patterns for women and men. Ten years ago, it was rare to find wool yarn sourced and produced within the U.S. Wishing […]

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