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Ludo Lefebvre: A Rebel Chef's French Classics

Why on earth is pop-up pioneer Ludo Lefebvre opening an old-school French bistro in Los Angeles? And why is he taking on the painstaking and …

Note to the telecom industry: Beware of false models

Over the last two years, I’ve written several articles for Gigaom asking whether the supposed “spectrum crisis” is a myth and how much we can rely on …

Skype helps keep half of long-distance relationships alive, survey says

Ten years ago most people would caution someone from entertaining a long-distance relationship -- they're almost always doomed to fail. When significant others can't see each other the heart can grow cold.<p>However, new research shows Skype could be lessening long-distance relationships' bad …

How Ideo Helped Reinvent The Pillbox

A truly idiot-proof way to remember to take your meds.<p>Take all of the pills in your medicine cabinet that you have to track–the prescription drugs you need to remember to take two or three times a day, the multivitamins and fish liver pills you’re not sure make a difference–and imagine that instead …

7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual

You've definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to …

Success at Work, Failure at Home

One of the differences between being a CEO and a venture capitalist is that I obviously meet with many more CEOs now than I did then. As such, it has …

A Firsthand Look into the Role of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

I’ve been entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) at two academic institutions (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently, Northern …

Why the Best Product Doesn't Always Win

Entrepreneurs often think only the best product will let them succeed. But sometimes 'best' isn't what your customers really want.<p>Ever buy and eat a meal from a lunch wagon? You know, those metal trucks that travel to construction sites, small factories, office parks, and other places that don't …

The Best Startup Advice From 14 Tech Heroes

Some say that people do not really want advice, even when they ask for it — but when starting a company, good advice early on can be the difference between success and failure. For this reason, it is common practice for startups to have an advisory board — a group of smart people they trust to help …

Facing the Biggest Problem with Windows in 2014

After a disastrous Windows 8 launch in late 2012, Microsoft reorganized its entire corporate structure, sent its CEO packing, adopted a rapid release …

Web Applications

Kickstarter’s 2013 Saw 3M Crowdfunders Pledge $480M, 19.9K Successfully Funded Projects

<i>De facto</i> crowdfunding kingpin Kickstarter has put out a set of performance stats for the year just gone. If you’re curious about what success in a very crowded space looks like here’s the skinny…<p>Kickstarter said <b>2013</b> saw <b>three million</b> people pledging <b>$480 million</b> to projects being pitched on its …

Retail versus e-tail: Here's who won the 2013 shopping season

Based on consumer-generated data on the Internet (read: your banal Twitter posts), the fine folks at Viralheat have determined the big winners and losers for the 2013 gift-giving season.<p>And while Walmart and Target still held their own and experienced huge surges around Black Friday and Christmas …

Top VCs Predict Where They'll Invest Their Money In 2014

With the new year on the minds of tech companies and investors alike, it’s time to look back on 2013′s startup crazes and forecast what’ll be the next wave in tech for 2014. What types of companies will prove the next investment feeding grounds and what’s gotten overhyped? Will 2014 continue the …

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FORTUNE — No man is an island, the famous John Donne poem reads. It’s especially appropriate for tech, where one new startup, app, or slab of hardware can bring about meaningful change in society.<p>As another year winds down for this dynamic industry, we look ahead. What do we think will be the major …

Zappos’ CEO on Using Corporate Relocation to Preserve Customer-Led Culture

In the years since Zappos was founded, we’ve had to make some big decisions. One of the most significant came in early 2004 when we decided to relocate from San Francisco to Las Vegas.<p>Our biggest problem then was customer service—specifically, finding the right employees to staff our call center. A …

Anatomy of a $631,230 Kickstarter Video

First things first: the last of the Robot Turtles Kickstarter production run is<b> still available on Amazon</b> for $34.95 plus $9.95 US shipping, with …

Des Traynor, Intercom at Business of Software Conference 2013 - Product Strategy is About Saying No

OpenView Labs - Insights for Expansion Stage Software Companies

OpenView Labs is insights, actionable advice & founder interviews aimed at helping you grow your expansion stage software company.

Malcolm Gladwell: Best Business Lessons From The Bestselling Author

Small-business owners can learn a lot from the rise of Malcolm Gladwell's star, not to mention his collected works of nonfiction.<p>There is, for …

Self-improvement

One in five multi-channel online sales are click and collect, IMRG Capgemini reports

One in five (19%) multi-channel online sales are now click and collect, new data from IMRG and Capgemini reveal.<p>Looking at a comparison with the same …

Shopify Raises $100M To Drop The ‘E’ And Become The Commerce Company That Spans On- And Offline

Ottawa-based Shopify has already raised a considerable amount of money, especially for a Canadian company, and its Series C round continues that theme: The e-commerce company has raised $100 million from existing investors, as well as new ones, including OMERS Ventures and Insight Venture Partners; …

Beauty Sector Sees Strong Ecommerce Growth

Overall sales growth is expected to be strong across a number of retail categories in 2013. But consumers are showing a wide willingness to …

Thanksgiving Digest (IBM E-Commerce Edition): Mobile 43% Of All Traffic, Over 25% Of All Online Sales

For many years, Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — marked the start of the holiday shopping rush. But with many (not all) physical stores closed on Thanksgiving, a window of opportunity has emerged for e-commerce sites to push out offers and start selling a day earlier. That has proven to …

Fashion Site StyleCaster Gets A Glossy Redesign, Adds E-Commerce Features

Fashion-focused startup StyleCaster Media is unveiling a redesign of the flagship site that gives the company its name.<p>Vice President of Product Peter Tanapat gave me a quick tour of the new site (the first full redesign since March 2012) last week, and many of the changes are well-executed …