FG Newsletter #308

19. January 2017


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Big Tech News

Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter
Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps, and it now serves apps reaching 2.5 billion users built by 580,000 developers.

Threaded messaging comes to Slack
When Slack’s users started asking for threaded conversations, the company soon concluded that wasn’t something it could whip up in a jiffy. After trying out different ideas and testing prototypes for nearly the past two years, the company is now finally rolling out threaded conversations to every team, including both paying customers and those who use the freebie version.

LinkedIn wants more ad dollars, so it’s offering up more user data to advertisers
LinkedIn announced on Wednesday that it’s partnering with DataSift, a social data aggregator that will scrape LinkedIn for info about what users are clicking on or talking about, and sell that anonymized, aggregated info to advertisers so they can better target their ads.

Pipedrive, a CRM platform to help SMBs sell more, closes $17M Series B led by Atomico
Pipedrive has closed $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Atomico, the global VC firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, and Rembrandt Venture Partners. The Estonia/U.S.-based startup last raised $9 million in Series A funding back in May 2015.

Guides & Resources

What I Wish I’d Known About Equity Before Joining A Unicorn
A short anonymous write-up on things to know and consider before joining a private company (aka startup, aka unicorn in some cases). The power imbalance between founder and employee is extreme, and potential candidates would do well to consider alternatives…

Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?
You’ve probably thought about what will happen to your possessions when you die. But what about your digital self? There are two main things to consider: What will happen to your accounts and what will happen to the data contained therein.

We wanted to search everything in our company — so we built it
CuelyHQ co-founder Jakob Marovt explains how the startup went from a failed product to a new search solution that saves them a day  every month, with a detailed look at the process and their approach to search.

How to create a curated newsletter (with lessons learned curating 300+ myself here at FG)
I share the benefits of starting a curated newsletter along with a detailed look at how to launch one, from setting up a launchpage to growing your subscriber base.


This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page
Typically, a handful of Facebook employees manage communications just for Mark Zuckerberg, helping write his posts and speeches, while an additional dozen or so delete harassing comments and spam on his page, according to two people familiar with the matter.


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