Leveraging Diversity to Fuel Innovation

The following article was written by Sticksnleaves co-founder, Yaw Aning, and was recently featured in the IBJ. The relationship between diversity and innovation is often hard to define. Most leaders accept that there are benefits to having a diverse workforce, but proving and quantifying direct impact is difficult. Yet, several…

10 Tips for Starting an Instagram Account

Today marks the 8-week anniversary of our Sticksnleaves Instagram account. In that time, I’ve posted 64 times and have gained 464 followers. This means that, on average, the Sticksnleaves account has gained 7.25 followers per post and 8.29 followers per day. It also means that I’ve…

The 10 Slides to Include in Every Pitch Deck

For entrepreneurs, cash is the catalyst to early development and the key to keeping their ideas moving forward. Yet, many brilliant and promising startups fail because they simply “run out of money.” To prevent this from happening, much of a startup’s initial funding comes from outside investors. This is…

Early Marketing: The Bullseye Method

“Will people actually buy this?” This is the nagging question that pesters every entrepreneur’s mind. No matter how validated your idea may have been prior to development, the possibility that people may not buy your product or service is still terribly nerve-wracking. Marketing in the early stages of any…

Setting Goals & Tracking Progress

I’m a huge proponent of goal-setting. Without having goals, most of us wouldn’t have a clear direction of where we’re headed; we would wander aimlessly, unwisely pursuing all sorts of leads that wouldn’t actually bring us to where we want to be in life. When you…

The New Age of Prototyping

When most people hear the word “prototype,” a range of thoughts come to mind. On one end of the spectrum, you might think of something highly technical and Jimmy Neutron-esque, like this: On the opposite end, you might think of something overly simplified and comically pathetic, almost resembling a Kindergartener’…