April Nowicki | Street Fight - Part 6

Connectivity Culture Growing Beyond ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’

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Connectivity Culture Growing Beyond ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’

Marketing technology company Connectivity went from a 20-person company to an 80-person company in a year and a half, and it’s poised to continue accelerating. Part of Connectivity’s success stems from fostering experimentation. “We always want to hire people who are entrepreneurs themselves, and let them know that they’re not going to get in trouble for failing,” said CEO Matt Booth.

Fundrise

DC Startup Fundrise Is Redefining How We Invest in Real Estate

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DC Startup Fundrise Is Redefining How We Invest in Real Estate

Major real estate development projects like Manhattan’s 3 World Trade Center cost billions, and budget overruns often delay construction. Enter Fundrise: The company’s technology opens doors for individuals who want to invest in local real estate developments, but maybe don’t have millions of dollars lying around. Fundrise has seen 1,500 percent growth in deal volume since May 2014.

Street Culture: Humility and Good Conversations at Instacart

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Street Culture: Humility and Good Conversations at Instacart

On-demand grocery shopping and delivery service Instacart is make headway at disrupting a multi-billion-dollar industry. Driving that effort is a relentless focus on satisfying customers. “One policy we’ve implemented at Instacart is that every employee, from the engineers up to our CEO, goes out shopping once a quarter to get an understanding of being a shopper and how our service affects the customer. Everybody here does it,” says vice president of people Mathew Caldwell.

Sponsored Content: Hyperlocal Strategy Updates Needed for Two National Drug Store Chains

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Sponsored Content: Hyperlocal Strategy Updates Needed for Two National Drug Store Chains

This month’s Brand Battle, in conjunction with Brandify, compares the local digital marketing footprint of two of the country’s largest pharmacy chains: CVS and Walgreens. The contest was close on several counts, but Walgreens emerged as the winner, edging CVS in five of the six categories evaluated.

Street Culture: Signpost on Being a Scrappy Startup

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Street Culture: Signpost on Being a Scrappy Startup

When you’re fast-growing startup company, the most important thing is hiring the right people. That means people who can do the job, and also, in some cases, people who are willing to build desks, said Justin Donnarumma, director of sales at Signpost, a marketing automation technology company that launched in 2010. “That’s the kind of scrappiness we look for in new hires.”

Street Culture: HR Strategies for Startups

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Street Culture: HR Strategies for Startups

Hiring isn’t rocket science. It’s pretty simple to create basic procedures that turn hiring into a standard company practice. But it does takes time and concerted effort. For Cat Hernandez, talent partner at investment firm Primary Venture Partners, it starts with making sure that everyone in the company is closely aligned with whatever the company is trying to achieve.

Sponsored Content: Ad Improvements Could Strengthen Local Appeal of Costco, Sam’s Club

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Sponsored Content: Ad Improvements Could Strengthen Local Appeal of Costco, Sam’s Club

Members of the wholesale retail chains Sam’s Club and Costco swear by the low costs that come with buying in bulk, and locations cater their offerings to the local market. But these two companies could take a fresh look at their branding strategies and interactions with customers.

Street Culture: MomentFeed CEO Says ‘Don’t Work Here Unless You Absolutely Must’

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Street Culture: MomentFeed CEO Says ‘Don’t Work Here Unless You Absolutely Must’

“We only grow at a rate that guarantees that we can provide [our customers] the product and expertise that will drive that high level of customer success,” says CEO Robert Blatt. “We are growing rapidly, but we really limit our growth so we can always deliver client success.”