Ten and counting…it’s time for the tenth edition of the Friday Five where we have some awesome hiring practices from First Round, a Free MIT edX course, Indiegogo, e-commerce website ideas, and creating a happy culture are all in store for you this week. So let’s get rolling…


1) How to turn production time into sales with InDemand on Indiegogo:

No joke, hipsters like lunch boxes. So much so, that Prepd was able to raise $1.4million in 30 days on Kickstarter. Not looking a gift horse in the mouth, the Prepd team has taken full advantage of the InDemand feature (which we spoke about in a previous post here) and raised an additional $400k. Go and have a look for yourself. >>

2) MITx is in the business of creating entrepreneurs for free?:

Laurie Stach over at MITx is launching the next MIT LAUNCH X course on June 27, and enrollment is free. We’re signing up because we’ve heard great things. Have a look and decide for yourself over at edX. >>

3) Inspirations for the ecommerce site you will launch post-crowdfunding:

It’s never too early to start thinking about what your online presence will look like after your successful crowdfunding launch. More often than not, founders leave this to while they’re running a campaign. Have a look at the top 30 ecommerce sites from Shopify to get some useful inspiration. >>

4)  The number one mistake of most start-ups? :

Hiring the wrong people. The classic case of a founder being too busy to hire great people. If you’re not running your own campaign, you better have somebody who is a “Trailblazer”. This is the one link you must read this week from First Round Review. And then read it again and again, until it is deeply engrained in you. >>

5) Reading this book again, well because it should be annual reading:

Tony Hsieh has created a behemoth of a shoe website at Zappos.com, and he has done it on the back of one of the zaniest corporate environments you will ever encounter. Who says you can’t build a $1billion dollar company while having fun? If you haven’t yet, you need to buy “Delivering Happiness” today on Amazon, the company that paid $1billion to buy Zappos. >>

Yep, it’s Dragon Boat Friday!

Courtesy of Purple Spread, Crowdfunding Gurus 


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Herlene Somook is a creative entrepreneur and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate of AB Psychology, she was a Kumon Reading teacher for five years before jumping ship to the Business Process Outsourcing Industry, where she gained experience in Inbound Sales, Technical Support, Outbound Services, Lead Generation and Marketing. Today, she spends her time as the Head Writer and Content Strategist for NextStep Hub. She loves reading bedtime stories to her toddler son.