Joel Skretvedt

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How To Use A Book Club To Turn Your Startup Into A Learning Machine

For me and my co-founders, building our first tech company from the ground up has been both an exhilarating and humbling process. Coming from a corporate background, we had limited experience in scaling a business — and there was a lot of learning to do.<p>As the team grew, the challenges multiplied; …

Learning

Woman Keeps McDonald’s Happy Meal Untouched For Six Years – And This Is The Shocking Result

A mum claims to have conducted an experiment where she kept a McDonald’s Happy Meal for SIX years – just to see if it would decompose.<p>Jennifer …

Fast Food

16 Secret Google Analytics Advanced Segments Worth Their Weight in Gold

Analyzing your website data with Google Analytics is much like mining for gold. Advanced prospectors profit because they know where to look to find …

Google

California's Venture Capital Appeal Keeps Growing

When venture capitalists invest, they tend to do it in California. Of the $140 billion disbursed by VCs in the U.S. during the past three years, $78.4 billion went to the Golden State, with the vast majority of that going to Silicon Valley (including San Francisco). To be precise, 47 percent of all …

American West

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In addition to his formal role as head of Google’s business efforts, Philipp Schindler has also been working as a de facto ambassador to his native Europe.<p>Speaking in Munich on Tuesday, the German-born Googler, who was promoted to head of its $60 billion-plus sales behemoth in August*, offered …

Google

The Web Giants Are Raising The Performance Bar On Everyone

<i>Guest author Mehdi Daoudi is the CEO and cofounder of Catchpoint Systems.</i><p>Throughout 2015, tech-industry leaders have made a series of bold moves under the noble guise of preserving Web performance—the speed and reliability of Web pages—for end users. There’s no doubt these companies ardently …

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News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local Lifestyle

dynamiclead<p><i>Pause Slideshow,Play Slideshow</i><p>1735034581<p>News AOL<p>Cruz scores major poll win as primary votes are cast<p>Wisconsin primary voters were still …

Entertainment

Article: Influencers Have Become Measurable Media Channels

TapInfluence has created an influencer marketplace and platform that automates the process of identifying, distributing and measuring influencer …

Marketing

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Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.<p>Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter …

Twitter

Snapchat is building an ad technology platform

Snapchat is working on a crucial part of its growing digital ad business: an application programming interface (API) that would let partners start …

Snapchat

Fans rally to say goodbye to popular Disney, Universal rides in Orlando

Out with the old, in with the new.<p>In Orlando, theme park fans are taking one last spin on of some of their favorite rides before they shut down for good to make way to flashier attractions. According to the Orlando Sentinel, some of these rides are so beloved by fans that their closings have turned …

The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce

Facebook, others strive to copy China’s WeChat success in linking messaging apps to shopping, services<p>In 2011, Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. launched a smartphone app so people could send each other free text messages. Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of millions of users in China …

Mobile

Wall Street begins year sharply lower after China selloff

U.S. stocks began 2016 sharply lower on Monday, with the Dow marking its worst start to a year since 2008, after weak Chinese economic data fanned fears of a global slowdown.<p>Indexes partly recovered late in the session, following a turnaround in oil prices that caused energy shares to cut losses. …

Stocks

Best Online Reputation Management Services

Credit: fotogestoeber/Shutterstock<p>We know that different businesses and individuals have distinct reputation management needs. Our staff researched …

World’s Largest McDonald’s Shuts to Make Way for Even Larger McDonald’s

The new location will add 7,000 square feet<p>The biggest McDonald’s in the world closed this week to make room for an even larger McDonald’s.<p>McDonald’s shut down the 12,000-square-foot location in Orlando, Fla. in order to open a 19,000-square-foot version of the fast-food restaurant next door in …

Food

Social Media Marketing: 8 Predictions for Social Media in 2016

It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the past and start looking ahead and trying to guess what will be fresh and new in the coming months. …

Viral Marketing

The New Wifi Will Reach Twice as Far

Cars, blenders, fitness trackers, doggie bowls—there’s a connected version of basically any object you can name. It’s like the new Rule 34. There’s …

Wi-Fi

CES 2016: MyCaptR app 3D-scans homes using an iPad

A start-up is developing an app that can 3D-scan a room in about three minutes.<p>MyCaptR can then be used to decide how best to remodel a home or office before calling in the builders and buying new furniture.<p>It will be demonstrated this week by Levels3D at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.<p>The company …

CES

Beyonce’s stylist just created the most narcissistic iPhone case yet

From bizarre accessories approaching <i>Zoolander</i> levels of parody to thieves stupid enough to snap themselves at the scene of a crime, selfies were one of 2015’s most unfortunate trends.<p>Unfortunately it looks like they’ll be continuing into 2016, too, with Beyonce’s celebrity stylist Ty Hunter …

New electric skateboard can be controlled with your iPhone

http://cf.c.ooyala.com/JlNzcyMDE6keagIJfM_rjeJ7Gpr6qqV0/DOcJ-FxaFrRg4gtDEwOmk2OjBrO6qGv_<p>LAS VEGAS — Best known for its wild powered roller skates, Acton is now entering the growing electric skateboard market and hoping to cruise to success on the strength of an iPhone-based remote control …

Skateboarding

General Motors plows $500M into Lyft as part of $1B round and reveals plans to build self-driving cars | VentureBeat | Business

General Motors (GM), the century-old car company behind major automotive brands Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and Vauxhall, announced today that it’s investing $500 million in ride-sharing company Lyft. This represents part of a larger $1 billion raise announced by Lyft which sees a number of old and …

Autos

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes: Darth Vader's Error, 'Empire Strikes Back' Flashback, And More

By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 30, 2015 at 12:11PM<p><b>**Spoilers ahead**</b> "I’m not a huge fan of directors’ cuts and modifications to a …

Indiana Jones 5 Confirmed By Disney

It’s been rumoured for a while, but now Disney CEO Bob Iger has CONFIRMED that the studio will be making ‘Indiana Jones 5’.<p>Talking to Bloomberg News, …

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All

In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was “early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.” He added that he was not putting his money into a …

Silicon Valley

Creators of $1 million Star Trek fan film sued by CBS and Paramount

While <i>Star Trek: Beyond</i> is grabbing headlines ahead of its premiere next summer, it's not the only <i>Star Trek</i> movie currently in the works. <i>Axanar</i>, a fan-made film set in the same universe as the sci-fi series, has earned more than a million dollars through crowdfunding platforms this year and drawn …

Star Trek

FAA Drone Registration Becomes Official on Dec 21, Costs $5 | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

In another sign that the Federal Aviation Administration is serious about regulating remote controlled aircraft, the Administration today announced a drone registration program that will launch on December 21—just in time for a holiday season that an FAA spokesperson expects will result in the …

5 Geofencing Tools For Customer Acquisition | Street Fight

<i>Marketers increasingly are using geofencing and proximity marketing to send push notifications to existing customers located at specific events or</i> …

Is venture capital killing startups?

Image by: Heisenberg MediaJust the other day, I had the somewhat unpleasant job of presiding over the shutdown of one of our investee companies. Not …

Venture Capital

LivingSocial Offers a Cautionary Tale to Today’s Unicorns

WASHINGTON — The first thing you see when walking into the headquarters of LivingSocial is row upon row of mostly empty desks, broken up by small street signs that employees once needed to find one another when the office teemed with people.<p>One row, “BYFAD Lane,” was named after a start-up, …

Unicorns

Airbnb Raises $100 Million Only Months After Last Funding Round

The company expects to reach profitability in 2016.<p>Home-sharing startup Airbnb has raised a fresh $100 million in funding at a $25.5 billion valuation, according to a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal.</i><p>This latest round of funding comes only months after a $1.5 billion mega-round the company raised …

Airbnb