What’s the best way to set goals?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How Andreessen Horowitz Evaluates CEOs – Ben’s Blog

Goals and objectives are not the story. The story of the company goes beyond quarterly or annual goals and gets to the hardcore question of why? Why should I join this company? Why should I be excited to work here? Why should I buy your product? Why should I invest in the company? Why is the world better off as a result of this company’s existence?

What’s the best way to run your meeting?

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Embracing constraints | A Founder’s Notebook

We often think constraints restrict our opportunities. But in fact constraints drive creativity. In team meetings he runs, HP manager Simon Lewis restricts the time allotted for each person’s update to one minute. Our managers have to write a monthly report which is capped at one page, forcing them to focus on what’s most important. W. hen we’ve adopted a tighter budget, we’ve often been more successful

What’s the best way to retain employees?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Parental Leave – AVC

Each company needs to decide when and how they can consider such a parental leave policy. But for those that have the scale to consider this approach, I am strongly in favor of it and share Chad’s belief that what is good for employees and their families is good for business.

What’s the best way to plan an office space?

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
When Does Establishing a Good Startup Culture Outweigh Being Cheap? | Bothsides of the Table

Even if you’re winning business, in the press, raising capital and generally doing great things – over time a shitty office environment begins to wear on you. My recommendation any time I provide a round of A or B capital is to spend properly on decent offices. Of course there’s always a balance because you don’t want extravagance. But a great office environment will yield so many intangibles that you can’t measure. A great office helps with rec… (read more)

What’s the best way to plan an office space?

Max Chopovsky (Founder at Chicago Creative Space)
Finding an Office Space Both You and Your Employees Love

1. Involve your team in the research. Your team will love that you’re asking for their input. Find out how they like to work. Also figure out when they like to work. 2. Have them assist in finding furniture. [Consider] giving each team member $100 and taking them all to IKEA. The money won’t buy much, but the message of trust and empowerment is priceless. 3. Make a day (or week) out of putting your office together. Let each team member spend his … (read more)

What’s the best way to plan an office space?

Aaron White (Former technology entrepreneur and Co-founder of Boundless)
Keeping a Healthy Office Environment – Boundless Blog

1. Embrace the power of plants, which help reduce stress. 2. Seek natural light. If you don’t have windows, consider a skylight or holding regular brainstorms on a walk outside. 3. Get stand-up desks, to increase energy, prevent slouching, and alleviate back problems. We whip up adjustable desks for just under $70 with easy-to-assemble IKEA parts. 4. Offer healthy snacks. We’ve seen a surprising amount of employees make the decaf switch, and mos… (read more)