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Jake Gibson

Jake Gibson

Guest Writer / Co-founder and Advisor of NerdWallet

Jake Gibson is the co-founder and advisor of NerdWallet, a startup focused on offering price-comparison tools for financial products. Prior to joining the company, Gibson did a long stint at JPMorgan Chase, where he traded derivatives and managed new automated trading technologies.

Take It From The Pros

Going the Distance: How Improving Your Health Helps Improve Your Bottom Line

Instead of spending all day, every day at work, get out and exercise. Not only will it be good for your soul but also your company.
Inspiring Your Team

Are You Cut Out to Work at a Startup?

Many people who are great employees at established firms quickly flounder and fail in a startup atmosphere. Here are the key traits that determine whether employees can successfully make the switch.
Vacations

Unlimited Paid Vacation: 'Jedi Mind Trick' or Good Policy?

While some critics may balk at an unlimited vacation policy, when implemented correctly it can be a no-cost way to lure employees and boost productivity.
Entrepreneurship

5 Essential Reads for Startup Entrepreneurs

To get ahead of the game, here are five books all entrepreneurs should be reading. Bonus: one is free.
Take It From The Pros

First Things First: The 5 Secrets to Prioritization

In the world of startups, entrepreneurs have very little time. To help organize tasks and responsibilities, consider these tips.
Conferences

5 Essential Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Conferences

Conferences can be either extremely boring or extremely useful. Here are a few tips on making the most of your time at these events.
Business Ideas

Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.

When do you stick with an idea, and when do you eliminate it altogether? As an entrepreneur, this can be a life-or-death decision for your startup.
Take It From The Pros

Why Having an 'Open-Door' Policy Is Imperative for a Scaling Company

As a startup grows into a company, maintaining open communication will help ensure trust – a necessity for employee engagement, productivity and innovation.
Tools

The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup

Time and money are precious commodities for entrepreneurs. With not much of either, here are a few tools to help run your media startup more efficiently, while also saving you a few bucks.
Inspiring Your Team

Startup Leadership: How to Find Your Own Replacement

Founders often reach a point when they need to hand over the reins to a more experienced person. Here are a few pieces of advice on how to make the transition process easier.
Inspiring Your Team

Bringing on New Hires: Steer Clear of Disaster With These 6 Steps

Onboarding employees can be tricky, as often new hires feel left in the dust, resulting in less engagement at work. Here are six steps to ensure your hiring strategy is a success.
Failure

Celebrating Failure: How to Make a Hit Out of Misses

While many large corporations loath failure, in the startup world it is often celebrated. When failure occurs, here is how to make the most of it.
Inspiring Your Team

Leading the Way out of the (Silicon) Valley of 'Gender Inequality'

Silicon Valley, among other entrepreneurial hubs, has long been thought of as a boy's club. One startup went against the grain and couldn't be happier with the results.
Take It From The Pros

Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in a Book

While many business books tout answers to startup problems, entrepreneurs aren't going to learn everything in a hundred pages. Instead, they need to get out there and make it happen.
Work-Life Balance

Nurturing Your 'Baby:' Starting a Family While Running a Startup

As a father and a CEO of a startup, Jake Gibson offers up insight on how he manages to get it all done.