How to design words

How to design words

26. August 2016

Unfortunately people don’t read most of your interface—no matter how great your words are. Because of that, you shouldn’t just write words and paste them into your design. As you write your words, you might find that your design needs to change.

Five Years of Tim Cook’s Apple in Charts

Five Years of Tim Cook’s Apple in Charts

26. August 2016

With this week marking the fifth anniversary of Tim Cook’s appointment as permanent CEO, Jan Dawson looks at Apple’s numbers before and now. Also a timely reminder that Apple is now spending more on R&D than VCs are putting into companies in SF or SV!

How subscriptions conquered our world

How subscriptions conquered our world

26. August 2016

In the last five years, the subscription economy has been growing 200% a year and there’s now a subscription to serve nearly every need of nearly any lifestyle. But what about today’s consumers is making this mass disruption possible and why is this age of consumers so hooked on subscription services?

I’m a very slow thinker

I’m a very slow thinker

26. August 2016

Finally, I’m not alone in doing this. It’s a common belief that your first reaction is the most honest but if you take some time to think it through, you might find that your first reaction wasn’t current and true. Or if it was, then you can say so with more conviction…

The Man Biohacking Encryption From His Garage

The Man Biohacking Encryption From His Garage

26. August 2016

A pioneer in the biohacking scene since the mid-2000s, Amal Graafstra’s been experimenting with RFID implants for more than a decade. Motherboard travels to his company Dangerous Things’ garage headquarters to get an early look at UKI, a prototype implant focused on encryption that’s expected to be released in 2017.

How Startup Options (and Ownership) Works

How Startup Options (and Ownership) Works

26. August 2016

There are also some great overviews, templates, and guides out there now that cover how options and compensation works. So Andreessen Horowitz thought they’d share more here about how the economics behind startup options and ownership works…

The World's Largest Study on SaaS Churn, Part I

The World’s Largest Study on SaaS Churn, Part I

26. August 2016

The team at Price Intelligently just published a study on MRR churn after looking at over 900 SaaS companies. They’re on a mission to help more SaaS companies leverage actual benchmarks (not just anecdotes) to grow smarter.

Baremetrics launch open benchmarks

Baremetrics launch open benchmarks

26. August 2016

Having an idea of how other SaaS companies are doing is a constant question founders ask. With over 600 small & medium sized SaaS companies using the platform, Baremetrics have put together live benchmarks to help provide some answers.

Understanding VCs

Understanding VCs

24. August 2016

VCs aren’t heroes. They just provide the capital allocation function and are rewarded when they do it well and eventually go out of business when they don’t. If there are heroes in the startup ecosystem, they are the entrepreneurs who take the biggest risks and create the products, services, and companies that we increasingly rely on as tech seeps into everything.

Having attained middle-income status, Vietnam aims higher

Having attained middle-income status, Vietnam aims higher

24. August 2016

Foreign direct investment in Vietnam hit a record in 2015 and has surged again this year, despite a sluggish global economy. Big free-trade agreements explain some of the appeal but something deeper is happening. Like South Korea, Taiwan and China before it, Vietnam is piecing together the right mix of ingredients for rapid, sustained growth.

Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

24. August 2016

Starting on January 10, 2017, Google will start punishing mobile pages that show intrusive interstitials when a user first opens a page and they will rank lower in its search results. The punishment for annoying interstitials will likely be bemoaned by bad marketers, but for users, it can’t come too early.

Don't Read The Comments

Don’t Read The Comments

24. August 2016

It sucks to have haters, but every founder who now runs a huge company faced this for a long time. The best startups take a long time to be recognized as good. Go read the things people wrote about Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, etc in their first few years of existence. Overnight success usually takes a decade of uphill work.

New Tesla Model S Now the Quickest Production Car in the World

New Tesla Model S Now the Quickest Production Car in the World

24. August 2016

The Tesla Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode is now the quickest car on the market thanks to a new battery upgrade. Musk announced a new 100 kWh battery option for the Model S with Ludicrous modes, allowing it to accelerate to from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds!

The pitfalls of venture funding

The pitfalls of venture funding

24. August 2016

As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path. First and foremost, it’s important to remember that when you take on outside capital too early, you’re learning on other people’s money based on assumptions about the business you now need to deliver on…

Employees work at treadmill desks in the new Google Chicago Headquarters Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Chicago. The new offices occupy about 200,000 square feet and house a staff of around 650 full time employees. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

One of the poorest countries in the EU could be its next tech-startup hub

24. August 2016

Thanks to its unique culture, history, education system, and infrastructure, Romania’s capital city of Bucharest has bred a new generation of tech entrepreneurs who are hoping to put it on the startup map. Once known as the “Little Paris in the East”, Bucharest’s modern-day moniker could just as fittingly include the word “Silicon”.

Write Perfect Emails with Artificial Intelligence

Write Perfect Emails with Artificial Intelligence

24. August 2016

Add an assistant that uses artificial intelligence to help you write better, more actionable emails in real time. Based on data from millions of messages, Respondable makes every email you send more effective.

Blog post from xFive- Understanding vision behind your startup

Blog post from xFive: Understanding vision behind your startup

24. August 2016

What happens when a new startup wants to develop a new project and has a clear vision but wants to focus on business activities rather than organize and maintain a development team?

All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

All 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

23. August 2016

Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented at today’s Y Combinator startup accelerator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1 with 30 percent of this batch’s startups coming from outside the US.

What It’s Like to do YC Demo Day as a VC then as an Entrepreneur

What It’s Like to do YC Demo Day as a VC then as an Entrepreneur

23. August 2016

A great read from VC turned entrepreneur Panpan Wang about what it’s like being at YC Demo Day on the other end of the table. Top tip: If you build a great company, the pitch will write itself. So spend this summer building a great company, and don’t worry about the pitch.

Google keeps ex-Googlers close by investing in their startups

Google keeps ex-Googlers close by investing in their startups

23. August 2016

According to multiple sources, Google has recently backed several early startups from former employees. These deals seem mostly about Google’s ongoing attempt to keep familiar engineers close to the company fold. Cunning.

How do you find your first 100 paying customers

How do you find your first 100 paying customers?

23. August 2016

Intercom’s co-founder explains how they signed up those first vital 100 paying customers. The company launched with a blog post, then hit number 1 on Hacker News and wrote a guest post for Smashing Magazine before finally reaching the magic number after more than a year.

5 Things to Think About Before Creating a Marketing Plan

5 Things to Think About Before Creating a Marketing Plan

23. August 2016

Before creating a detailed marketing plan there are 5 things to consider: Audience, Objectives, Marketing Channels, Team and Budget, according to marketing advisor Moran Barnea.

Bill Gates’s Net Worth Hits $90 Billion

Bill Gates’s Net Worth Hits $90 Billion

23. August 2016

The net worth of the world’s richest person Bill Gates hit $90 billion on Friday, fueled by gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company and Ecolab Inc. Gates’s fortune is now $13.5 billion bigger than that of the world’s second-wealthiest person. Not too shabby.

Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

23. August 2016

A startup called Proxy has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to help people use internet-enabled devices of every kind without all the annoying login processes and standalone apps for each separate device.

Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29 million

Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29 million

23. August 2016

Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats, the email and file encryption application Virtru has now grown to over 4,000 customers and has closed on $29 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning.

Access, Accountability Reporting and Silicon Valley

Access, Accountability Reporting and Silicon Valley

23. August 2016

With the lines between media firms and tech firms blurring, coverage of the tech sector presents one of the most profound accountability challenges in modern journalism.

Mobile eCommerce Product Details

Mobile eCommerce: Product Details

23. August 2016

There is no section on-site or in-app that is more critical for conversion than the product page. From clear and intuitive product details to using big, quality images, here a few ways you can improve your page and get visitors to buy.

Nasa just made all its research available online for free

Nasa just made all its research available online for free

23. August 2016

Care to learn more about Martian tsunamis? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online for free on a new public web portal called Pubspace, where the public can find Nasa-funded research articles.

Marketing in four steps

Marketing in four steps

23. August 2016

The first step is to invent a thing worth making, the second step is to design and build it in a way that people will actually benefit from and care about, the third step is to tell the story to the right people in the right way and the last step is to show up regularly. Apparently.

Chat with Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator

Chat with Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator

23. August 2016

A really interesting talk from YC’s Sam Altman, covering everything from the future transition to digital life (within 100 years apparently), to AI being one of the most important events ever and there should be more people working on it, dammit!

What’s Your Support Stack

What’s Your Support Stack?

23. August 2016

When designing your support ecosystem, you’ll face the choice between omnichannel and multi-channel support tools — either an all-in-one framework, or a stack of multiple tools that each focus on specific features. Here are the tools that Help Scout have in their multi-channel, from Basecamp to Respond and, er, Help Scout…

AirMount allows you to access your iPhone on your Mac

AirMount allows you to access your iPhone on your Mac

22. August 2016

AirmMount allows you to naturally access your iPhone on your Mac. No cloud, no WiFi, just magic. Oh, what dark sorcery is this?

Meet MultiplyLabs, the first-ever personalized supplement pill

Meet MultiplyLabs, the first-ever personalized supplement pill

22. August 2016

Combine your supplements into a single pill so you no longer have to have to take multiple pills each day. Fancy.

The Fake Factory That Pumped Out Real Money

The Fake Factory That Pumped Out Real Money

18. August 2016

A fascinating piece about Philip Rivkin, the king of the latest government playground for con artists: biodiesel. Rivkin successfully exploited the government’s biodiesel program to amass a $15 million art collection and a $3.4 million jet before going on the run in Guatemala. Classy.

Autonomous buses take to the busy streets of Helsinki

Autonomous buses take to the busy streets of Helsinki

18. August 2016

Make way for the robots! Two driverless buses will be hitting the streets in Helsinki for some real-world testing for the next month or so, according to Finnish news outlet YLE. Yet more evidence that future really is here.

Are Tech Workers' Skills At Google, Facebook, And Others Overrated

Are Tech Workers’ Skills At Google, Facebook, And Others Overrated?

18. August 2016

The giants of the tech industry have a lock on employer branding but analysis of the personalities of their staffs presents a different picture of what it’s really like in the trenches. Microsoft’s employees are more innovative than Apple’s, and Facebook’s staff are less creative than most tech workers…

Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market Home or Everywhere Else

Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else

18. August 2016

Beijing’s walled off internat has split the digital world between China and everybody else. That has prevented American technology companies from independently being able to tap the Chinese market and has also forced Chinese developers to choose — either create something that caters to China’s digital population or focus on the rest of the globe.

Saudi Arabia is planning the world's biggest IPO

Saudi Arabia is planning the world’s biggest IPO

18. August 2016

The world’s most valuable company isn’t Apple or Alphabet. It’s an outfit in a league of its own: Aramco, aka the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. This sprawling state-owned producer, sitting atop one-fifth of the globe’s petroleum reserves, pumps more crude than the top four publicly traded oil companies combined and is planning a partial privatization.

I Bought a Company That Makes Me $30,000 a Month. Here’s How.

I Bought a Company That Makes Me $30,000 a Month. Here’s How.

18. August 2016

An inspiring and/or jealousy inducing story about how Justin Mares spotted social proof purchasing tool Notify, bought it and then optimised it to increase users and turned it into Fomo. I’m definitely fearful of missing out on that kind of cash.

Meet Passport Index, a collection of passport designs and their rank compared to other countries

Meet Passport Index, a collection of passport designs and their rank compared to other countries

18. August 2016

Have you ever wondered what all the passports in the world looked like and which ones are the most powerful in terms of getting you into countries without the need for a visa? Well wonder no longer.

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