Citelighter celebrates seed round

Citelighter has raised $1.525 million in a seed round of funding. To date, the company has raised a total of $2.5 million. Citelighter is a platform that allows users to save, organize, and automatically cite content found online. Investors in the latest round include the New York Angels, Blu Venture Investors, Harvard Business School, Angels of New York City, the EdTechFund, and the Baltimore Angels.

For Employees to Get the Message, Give It to Them Twice

Want to get your startup employees to listen to you? Then give them a task in person or over the phone — then follow up with them using some other medium like email or instant message. Sure, it’s common sense. But a new study confirms that too many managers wrongly assume that giving instructions once […]

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In Bizarre Twist, LPs Praise Venture Asset Class, See Strong Future

A strange thing happened at the National Venture Capital Association conference on Thursday. Two limited partners speaking on the last panel of the day said they are very upbeat about the venture asset class. The positive attitude marked a sharp turnaround from years past, during which limited partners — although still maintaining allocations to the […]

With First Impressions, Warmth Trumps Competence

Amy Cuddy has received widespread attention for her work in investigating snap judgments, an area on which she’s been focused on since 1998. Interestingly, her most recent research suggests that you can get a lot further by connecting with people than trying to outsmart them.

To glean more about Cuddy’s latest findings and how to seize on them, I called Cuddy today at Harvard Business School, where she teaches courses in power and influence. Our conversation was edited for length.

You believe there are really two critical variables that shape how we view other people. What are they?

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Harvard Tell-All Author Bags On Draper, Kleiner Perkins

Harvard Business School spun itself into a tizzy after reading Philip Delves Broughton’s account of his two years at the school in the recently published “Ahead of the Curve.” Delves Broughton’s criticisms of the school itself are minor (only professors with experience running companies should teach entrepreneurship, grades should be abolished, etc…). His real beef is with the capitalistic strivings of the school’s graduates who can’t seem to hold their marriages together, call their children “strangers” and work 100 hour weeks with regularity. Harvard Business School is a “factory for unhappy people,” Broughton writes, albeit an efficient and well run factory.

As an insider’s view inside an American institution, the book delivers and may be entertaining to any graduate of the school. There are several amusing vignettes in the book, ranging from an account of cross-dressing at the annual Pricilla Ball (recent grads better scrub those pics out of their Facebook profiles, ahem.), the labyrinthine hiring process at Google and the barrage of personality tests the school encouraged students to take.

Venture capitalists will likely chuckle on hearing of Delves Broughton’s Harvard-sponsored trip to Silicon Valley. First there is the careful and sympathetic recounting of a meeting with KP’s Russell Seligman [sic: That’s Russ Siegelman (HBS’89), for the detail oriented]. The investor spoke to HBSers about how many people saw VC as a fast track route to riches, but how it wasn’t really.

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