Vulnerability as a leadership skill

Being vulnerable is often thought of as being a disadvantage in the business world, but Ori Brafman, author of “Click: The Magic of Instant Connections,” says it can actually be one of the best way to engender trust with employees in this Entrepreneur Thought Leader Lecture, given at Stanford University. Instead of giving power away, it creates a binding, deep relationship within the workplace, one that also gives managers a “soft power” that they can use to keep the company running.

Seesmic lands $4M more for listening to social enterprise customers

Seesmic, a client for reading status updates across Twitter, Facebook and other services,  today announced it has secured a third round of funding of $4 million from popular customer relationship management service Salesforce.com, and a Softbank Group company managed by Softbank Holdings Inc.

57 things I’ve learned founding three companies

Jason Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Fabulis, a gay social network and previously founded Jobster and Socialmedian. He originally published this essay on his personal blog, Betashop.

Should you run your business like a game?

Every year, some company with network-monitoring software to sell comes out with a handwringing report detailing how much time employees waste on the latest online addiction. Back in the ’90s, it was called “surfing the Web.” (The horror!) In 2006, it was YouTube. In 2007, it was Facebook. And lately it’s FarmVille and other social games.

Can Sprout Social survive in crowded social monitoring market?

Sprout Social, a social media management and monitoring tool for businesses, today announced its official unveiling and public availability to all businesses. The company announced in May that it won backing from Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, through their recently launched investment fund Lightbank.

Crowdcast’s crowdsourced dashboard lets managers know when they might fall short

A problem large companies face is how to have honest lines of communication between employees and the highest rungs of management. With several hundred or maybe thousands of employees for every key senior leader, it can extremely difficult to find out what’s happening on the ground with a product launch.