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Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials, according to a recent report by comScore, which finds that Snapchat has 32.9% penetration on these young users’ mobile phones, trailing only Instagram (43.1%) and Facebook (75.6%).<p>That means the app is more popular than Twitter, …

Korean chat app sends mixed valuation messages

Lost in translation<p>What’s the value of mobile chat apps? Investors have been scratching their heads about the topic ever since Facebook slapped a $19 …

What the Amplitude Kickstarter could mean for your favorite old-school franchises

It's all about managing expectations. This morning, Harmonix unveiled the Amplitude Kickstarter campaign, asking for $775,000 worth of help in …

Indie Gaming

Getting To $100M+ Revenue: Understanding The 3 Phases Of A Startup

<i>Mitchell Harper is the co-founder and co-CEO of Bigcommerce. He tweets at @mitchellharper.</i><p>In order to be successful as a first-time entrepreneur, it’s important to understand that as your business grows, what got you to where you are won’t necessarily keep moving you forward.<p>In his excellent book …

Real talk: the new Snapchat brilliantly mixes video and texting

By any measure, Snapchat has had a busy year.<p>23-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel reportedly rejected a $3 billion offer from Mark Zuckerberg, dealt with a data breach that leaked 4.6 million usernames, and watched as countless “ephemeral” apps launched to compete with his app. Meanwhile, Snapchat, by some …

Meet Swarm: Foursquare's ambitious plan to split its app in two

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has spent the last year trying to convince the world that Foursquare isn't what it used to be. The company emerged back in 2009 with a novel app that let people “check in” to a location. That vision, and the local information that followed, propelled it to amass tens …

Sequoia - How to Attack Big Incumbents and Win

Some entrepreneurs want to invent a new market. I'd rather attack a huge, existing market, which is what we did at KAYAK.<p>Of course, huge markets …

Forget About Generating Billions: Why You Should Build a $1,000 Startup

<i>Walter Chen is the founder and CEO of iDoneThis, the easiest way to share and celebrate what you get done at work, every day. On his downtime, he blogs about management, entrepreneurship, and happiness on the iDoneThis blog.</i><p>Most entrepreneurs dream about building the next big billion-dollar …

Naval Ravikant's advice for getting your startup featured on AngelList

On Friday I interviewed Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, as the guest of our PandoWeekly radio show. We talked about today's deadline for the …

VGHS

With over 6.5 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel, Freddie Wong ranks among the top creators on the platform. Most recently, season two of Wong’s Video Game High School web series raised the bar for production value on YouTube.<p>We chatted with Wong about the making of VGHS, his …

Seriously Is A New Mobile Gaming Entertainment Venture Started By Former Rovio Execs, Seriously

Rovio built an empire out of a silly little physics-based game called Angry Birds. 1.5 billion downloads later, the company is thriving as an entertainment and merchandising brand thanks to licensing deals and distribution strategy, as well as a solid game.<p>Today, however, Andrew Stalbow, who was …

Filmmakers shouldn't fight the internet. They should embrace the change

From Steven Spielberg to Steven Soderbergh, it seems like every day a new industry veteran drops a prediction about the coming implosion of the movie …

Gigaom | Want to publish an ebook for iOS? Surprising tips from iPad publisher Open Air

Advertisement<p>Open Air published its first interactive book for iPad, <i>Speakeasy Cocktails</i>, in 2011. Fast forward two years, and the New York-based …

Asia’s Startups Are Hindered By Confusing And Outdated Laws, Says The Economist Intelligence Unit

Asia boasts almost half of the world’s two billion Internet users, rapidly growing digital infrastructure and strong mobile penetration. So what’s keeping the continent’s startup industries from producing a rival to Amazon, eBay or Facebook? In a new report, research group the Economist …

Advice From The Game Maker That Made GungHo Worth $14B: “Listen To Your Wife.”

One of the most absurd stories this year has been the rapid rise of Gung-Ho, the Japanese gaming company that saw its stock surge by more than 6,000% in a single year because of one hit mobile game called Puzzle & Dragons.<p>The company is now worth $14.4 billion on public markets. That’s more than …

Adobe Photoshop CC Proves That The Cloud Isn’t A Cure-All Refuge From Software Piracy

Adobe released Photoshop CC this week, as part of its Creative Cloud -only revamp of the entire Creative Suite of software products it offers. The new version of Photoshop offers some exclusive new features, which I’ve covered previously, but the cloud-based and subscription nature of the program …

Facebook explodes PTAT, giving page owners more data — and marketers clues about news feed visibility

Facebook page owners have long yearned for more insight than PTAT — Facebook’s <i>people talking about this</i> metric — offers. Starting today, they’re getting their wish.<p>Facebook announced today that the statistics and numbers that make up PTAT are now going to be available, by default, in their …

The three risks

Let’s begin off with some cheery facts. Most technology companies fail. Some research suggests that three out of four venture backed companies don’t …

Startups find millions in missing revenue with help from an old friend: the accountant

Young tech companies are turning to venture funds that offer service and support over big checks<p>In the world of high-growth tech startups, things can change very quickly. "With this business, it’s not unusual to go from two founders with an idea on a napkin to millions in sales, all in under one …

Twitter Opens Up Tweet Performance Analytics To All, For Free

Twitter now provides you with pretty extensive metrics and analytics for the performance of your tweets via its Ads dashboard (via TNW), in a move that looks designed to get more people (including individuals) aware of and using the Twitter Ads platform. The new free analytics dashboard access …

App Infrastructure Startup Buddy.com Gets Into The Analytics Business

Buddy.com today announced a mobile analytics service that’s supposed to give publishers and brands a better sense of who’s actually using their apps and how they’re using them.<p>There’s plenty of competition on this front — Andreessen Horowitz-backed Mixpanel, for example, has increasingly become a …

Tango’s plan for world dominance after 120M users: Bringing its messaging platform into mobile games

For Tango, what started out as a simple cross-platform video chat application has grown into a messaging giant with more than 120 million users. So where does it go from here?<p>Today Tango is announcing its boldest move yet: It’s aiming to spread its platform into mobile games to power their social …

The ultimate guide to startup pre-launch marketing in 5 simple steps

<i>Manish Dudharejia is the co-founder of two Internet companies, E2M Solutions and OnlyDesign.</i><p>We’d all like to believe that we’re past the stage where marketing matters. If your product is good enough, shouldn’t the blog reviews and viral attention take care of itself? Isn’t our world transparent …

Why Zynga is losing in the attention-deficit economy

What exactly is ailing Zynga? Not long ago, the company churned out hit after hit, quickly earning the pole position in the popular market of casual …

Dear VCs: Here’s the first thing to look at in a media deal

Venture Capitalists tend to ask a lot of questions. And when they are looking at media deals -- which are intimidating in their unpredictability -- …

MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe has a system to de-risk game development

While many game developers are searching for lightning in a bottle in the form of a single hit game that catches on among consumers, SGN founder and …