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SkyGiraffe raises $6M for its enterprise mobility platform

SkyGiraffe helps enterprises give their employees access to their line-of-business apps and enterprise data from virtually any device. The company today announced that it has raised a $6 million funding round led by SGVC, with participation from Trilogy Equity Partners and a number of angel …

RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

Walk through a bookstore and you can see $5.99 paperbacks along one wall and omg-how-much? college textbooks along the other. E-textbook company RedShelf today announced it raised a $4 million Series B from Coniston Capital, with participation from existing investors, including the National …

The one Windows 10 tweak every user needs: ‘GodMode’

There are plenty of Windows 10 tips and tricks that you should be aware of – check <b>our Windows 10 cheat sheet</b> to learn about many of them – but …

Windows 10

20 biggest reasons why startup companies fail

Startup companies seem to have all the fun. They create new markets, disrupt old ones, get ridiculous amounts of money from venture capital firms, …

Seven quick tips for starting your company off strong

After having started seven businesses over the last 10 years and as an enterprise ambassador for The Prince's Trust, I have been fortunate to view startup businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of contexts. Below are seven lessons about starting up I have learned along the way.<p><b>1. Don't start out</b> …

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them

DocSend, a startup that provides people with a secure and private way of sharing files like offer letters or legal agreements, studied more than 200 pitchdecks to figure out the right way to graduate from bootstrapped to seed-funded, or from angels to a Series A.<p>They partnered with Harvard Business …

The Very Worst Mistake You'll Make Trying to Save Money

In the Startup World, big outcomes require lots of capital.<p>I'm not generally a fan of having a list of repeatable "lines" that I roll out like some tired performer. But I often find myself telling founders that <b>you can't save your way to greatness</b>. This is a core belief for me. Here's why.<p>Time is …

Startups

Opener For iOS Lets You Open Web Links In Your Apps Instead

If you’re a nerdy sort of iPhone user, then you know the frustration that comes from tapping a link on the web and then being directed to some crappy mobile website for the app instead of the lovely, native version you already have installed on your phone. For example, a link in a news article …

To Clean Up Your Startup’s B.S., Bring Sales Into The Leadership Team

Lars Dalgaard Contributor<p>Lars Dalgaard is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he sits on the boards of Imgur, Teespring, and Zenefits. Prior to a16z, Lars founded and was CEO of SuccessFactors.<p>“Coin-operated idiots”. Even if no one says it out loud about sales people anymore, they might …

The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report

If your life depends on technology, you better read this cover to cover. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report is the ultimate compilation of essential tech statistics. Encompassing everything from Snapchat to drones, smartphone penetration to on-demand food. Today she …

7 habits of great Web designers

Get developers involved in the design process as early as possible. Invite them to meetings, user research tests, brainstorming sessions, etc. Their input, after all, determines whether your vision actually comes to life. At the very least, they can warn you if your ideas are a technical nightmare, …

Sour Apple: Los Angeles Schools Want Refund For Failed iPad Program

Internet<p>The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to refund millions of dollars spent on an iPad-curriculum project that has been plagued with major problems from the start.<p>The district’s Board of Education is “explor[ing] possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that …

5 Reasons Why Startups Should Use Explainer Videos

Visual forms of communication is what our brains are hardwired to recognize. We are quick to visuals, motions and as we skim through pages of …

Social Media

Publishing your first app in the Play Store: what you need to know

The easiest way to distribute an Android app is via the Google Play store. It isn’t the only distribution method, but it is the simplest way to reach millions of potential users. Publishing your first app in the Play Store isn’t hard, with a few tips and pointers you can have your app ready for …

Apps

The Complete Quantitative Guide To Judging Your Startup

Raising capital from investors is often a frustrating experience. While part of that frustration will always be present when working on high-risk projects, a lot of the aggravation comes from the lack of clear signposts that allow founders to judge their company’s performance. The reality is, most …

The Pitch Deck That Helped A Startup Land $6 Million From The Founders Of Dropbox, Yelp, Box, Yammer, And Gmail

His investors list reads as a who's who of Silicon Valley:<p>Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Yammer CEO David Sacks, Box CEO Aaron Levie, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, SurgarCRM CEO Larry Augustin, Zuora CEO and former Salesforce CMO Tien Tzou, Facebook VP of Partnerships Dan …

Startups

How much Kno sold for & why it failed

On Friday, November 8, 2013, Kno, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based e-learning startup was acquired by Intel(s intc), and the event got the usual news …