About Lauren and Aha!

Lauren loves travel, running, and the written word. She drives content and manages the guest writing program at Aha! -- the world's #1 product roadmap software. Previously, she has earned bylines as a contributing writer to The Next Web, The Guardian, Mic, and more. Her work has been cited by The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and the textbook, "Digital Innovations for Mass Communications: Engaging the User".

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The Genius of Working in Solitude

It is rare to sit in the presence of true genius. I had that privilege a few months ago when three recipients of the MacArthur Genius Grants discussed their work at an event held in Washington, DC. An audience member asked one of the fellows, a renowned author, to share how her grant changed the way she works. I was unprepared for her response.

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The Only Reason You Should Join a Startup

I had an eye-opening conversation with someone last year. We were at a co-working space discussing the startup he worked for. Curious to learn more, I asked what compelled him to join. He paused for a moment while he thought about his answer.
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Make 2016 Your Year of "No"

My friend had a dilemma last year. He had just gone back to school full-time to complete his degree. He also sang in a band, worked a part-time job on the weekends, and was helping to plan two weddings simultaneously for his brother and best friend. Did I mention he was training for a marathon as well?
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Employees Don't Care About Your Office Perks

My friend made it big right out of college. At least she thought so at first. She had joined a global firm in a tough-to-snag sales role. The break rooms on each floor had mini-bars, ping pong tables, and bean bags. Vacation time was generous. And when my friend hit her sales targets, she earned work-sponsored holidays around the country.
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This Startup Built an App That College Students Love

He thought he was ready for venture capital and that they were ready for him. A founder since high school who had launched and sold a successful Spanish networking website, Juan Carlos Perez approached Silicon Valley investors with confidence last year. He and his co-founder, Jordan Knox, had an idea for a new productivity app aimed at college students.

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The Secret to an Awesome Event: Your Weekly Innovation

The events industry is in trouble. Last year, a survey conducted by Eventbrite and Hubspot found that despite ballooning event budgets, 51% of event organizers saw no increase in event attendance. 14% even saw a decrease.

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Put Big Employee Ideas into Action: Your Weekly Innovation

In today’s fast-paced world, every business can benefit from a better way to manage change. Being able to quickly adapt is a competitive advantage, allowing companies to adjust to meet market needs. The key is to ensure a smooth transition from the old to the new while maintaining morale, productivity, and company image.

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