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Best of the web reads: What not to do as your business grows

Friday, 29 November 2013 | By Gavin Lower

What not to do as your business grows: Seeing a business grow is an exciting time for small business owners. But before getting carried away by success, Fast Company has gathered here a list of what not to do from a CEO who’s been there.


Inc.’s entrepreneur of the year: Inc. has picked Aaron Levie, co-founder of US cloud computing company Box, as its entrepreneur of the year for his anticipation of change and boldness. Levie, 28, is described in this profile as a “glow-in-the-dark” entrepreneur and “larger-than-life”. This profile explains how he disrupted the cloud computing industry and is keeping ahead of larger competitors.


Accepting you don’t know everything: No one wants to look stupid. But it’s impossible to know everything, even if information is just a Google search away. Here, web developer Lyza Danger Gardner, blogs about the fear of appearing not to know what she’s doing, and how she’s adjusted her thinking so it’s not such a big deal.


Tips for reducing stress: It’s well known that excessive stress can have a negative effect on your health. It can lead to headaches, lack of sleep and a general feeling of being unwell that can have an impact on every aspect of your life. In this Harvard Business Review blog post, Greg McKeown sets out a number of simple ways to tackle stress that helped former Apple and Microsoft executive Bill Reilly, including breathing exercises and meditation.