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How being entrepreneur-in-residence helped this man build his fourth startup after selling his third for $500 million

Entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) is one of those job titles you hear a lot about, but may never fully understand.<p>The basic idea is to have a serial entrepreneur come in to work and join the company’s meetings, working on different projects until that person comes up with a new startup idea.<p>Although …

There are now at least 25 billion-dollar mobile internet companies

Some are virtually household names, like Uber and Dropbox, Snapchat and WhatsApp. Others you may never have heard of, like GungHo and Airwatch and RocketFuel.<p>But all of them have two things in common: a minimum billion-dollar value and unprecedented speed.<p>“Mobile Internet first mover advantage is …

Sales reps, hoarding secret notes outside Salesforce, have an app for that

There’s a dark hole in the Salesforce universe. It’s where sales reps keep their own notes on deals that may never pan out — and a startup is targeting that hole with an updated app.<p>“Sales reps never really liked customer relationship management,” AppMesh CEO, co-founder and ex-Salesforce employee …

Rocket Internet consolidates 5 of its retailers into a $3.5B global e-commerce giant

Rocket Internet, the German company best known for quickly churning out clones of successful online businesses, has announced that it will create an e-commerce giant by merging five of its existing regional e-commerce services.<p>The new company, named GFG, will be made up of Dafiti (Latin America), …

Y Combinator changes rules around partner investments in startups

A couple of weeks ago, Y Combinator’s (YC) Summer 2014 participants presented to a room filled with investors, press, and the likes in the hopes of attracting investors and continuing their entrepreneurial journeys with the cash they need. This is pretty much how YC has operated since its inception.<p>…

Hipster analytics: The 5 best tools you’ve probably never heard of

It’s nearly impossible to keep up with a wave of new marketing and analytics tools that have flooded the market in the past year. But my company, Segment, tries to test them all.<p>We’ve found a few gems that are super useful but still fly under the radar.<p>So if you want in on the underground analytics …

Why I moved in with college students to build a better app

Before diving into the findings of my ethnographic study at University of California, Berkeley, I’d like to disclose that I did not lie about my age or occupation during this entire experiment (OK, I may have said I was a “super senior” once in jest). This was strictly an attempt to push the …

Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values

Silicon Valley startups like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Lending Club and others that empower people to get what they need from each other command extensive market attention and sky-high valuations. This Collaborative Economy prospers on the rise of local neighborhoods in home-sharing, friendly human …

Broadcom's WICED dev kit makes it easy to prototype new Internet of things applications

Broadcom wants Internet of things applications to grow like wildflowers. So the chip giant is releasing a development kit today that will make it easier to create prototypes of Internet of things applications using a standard wireless platform dubbed WICED.<p>The Internet of things brings computing …

Pluralsight grabs $135M to expand online learning for professionals

Back in the days, if you were a professional wanting to learn some new skills to get that promotion, switch jobs, or even switch careers, you’d enroll in some community classes.<p>Today, you can use the Internet, and more specifically, services such as Pluralsight, which offers a variety of online …

IoT startup IFTTT takes in $30M to get your apps talking to each other

Andreesen Horowitz and Norwest Venture Partners just handed over $30 million to a new Internet of Things startup that wants to connect all your online social interactions.<p>IFTTT (If This Then That) has a new approach to connecting all of your devices and apps. Rather than allowing you to manage all …

Enevo's waste bin sensors get $8M

The Internet of Things is everywhere.<p>At least, that’s what the latest round of funding headed toward Enevo would indicate. The company just landed $8 million in Series A funding to expand its waste collection system into the global market. What makes this system different that the rest? Why, it’s …

The essential guide to making your marketing go viral

There seems to be an idea floating around the marketing industry that viral marketing also means free marketing. Whenever I speak with a group and they discuss their budget limitations, they always speak whimsically about the opportunity for their message to go viral, thereby giving them a …

Star Wars: Commander gives Clone Wars-era kit to the Rebels in their fight against the Empire

Disney Interactive has found a fan-friendly way to tie the Clone Wars into a game that takes place after Luke Skywalker has turned the Death Star into a space junkyard.<p>Star Wars: Commander, a free-to-play strategy game that debuts worldwide for iPhones and iPads today, depicts the Rebel Alliance as …

Silicon Valley darling Product Hunt gets $1M, launches app for its tech-fanatic community

Two days ago, Product Hunt, one of the buzziest communities in recent times, graduated from the most highly-regarded accelerated program around, Y Combinator.<p>And if that’s not enough for this week, the company is announcing today that it has raised $1 million in funding and that its long-awaited …

Here's how middle schoolers will impact business in the future

Mobile app development has made a dramatic shift in a very short period of time. Only a few years ago, developers were building apps for the most portable device of that time: a laptop. Today, of the 19 million software developers worldwide, 8.7 million are now writing apps targeted for mobile …

OnBeep raises $6.25M as it puts the finishing touches on its walkie-talkie wearable

OnBeep, a stealthy startup with plans to help people communicate around the world with its wearable device reminiscent of the Star Trek communicator badge, is announcing $6.25 million in new funding today.<p>OnBeep isn’t ready to show its creation to the world yet. But Jesse Robbins, its chief …

The next Internet monopoly: Uber, the transportation network

By design, the Internet trends towards monopoly: There’s one major social network (Facebook), search engine (Google), encyclopedia (Wikipedia) business network (LinkedIn), classified-ads website (Craigslist), retail site (Amazon), auction site (eBay), and micro-blogging service (Twitter).<p>“Over the …

Don’t be afraid to take on your biggest competitor: How to get users with provocative marketing

F**k Vogue. That was the idea. It was 2009 and we were looking for the right messaging for Sense of Fashion. A messaging that would resonate with our potential users. And since it was a marketplace for independent fashion, with early fashion bloggers and avant-garde designers, we wanted to get the …

Inside the sharing economy, workers find flexibility — and 19-hour days

Snapchat is driving marketers crazy — and that might just be okay

What would Aldous Huxley have made of Snapchat?<p>Surely a writer who spent his career satirising the dehumanising effects of technology and mass media would have been horrified at our most extreme iteration yet of communication as mindless, ephemeral churn.<p>If Huxley thought the world needed warning …

Yes, Google Maps is tracking you. Here's how to stop it

Google is probably logging your location, step by step, via Google Maps.<p>Want to see what kind of data it has on you? Check out Google’s own location history map, which lets you see the path you’ve traced for any given day that your smartphone has been running Google Maps.<p>In the screenshot above, it …

Nuzzel now shows you the reading lists of top founders and investors

Social news aggregator Nuzzel is rolling out a handful of custom news feed pages that show what founders and investors at the top venture capital firms are reading every day.<p>The move comes weeks after the startup has success with its first experimental custom news page that aggregated a list of the …

One Kings Lane executive: Twice a day is not too much

With 11 million subscribers and 2,000 new products launching every day, One Kings Lane’s email marketing efforts are not only front and center in its marketing strategy, but also getting constant attention and iterations.<p>One Kings Lane sends its customers one to two emails per day. “They open them; …

Uber launches on-demand product deliveries in Washington D.C.

3 unofficial strategies in Y Combinator’s playbook

Y Combinator’s semiannual Demo Day is today — the day when one of the world’s most influential startup incubators gives its current crowd of entrepreneurs a chance to strut their stuff.<p>As the media, investors, and participating and aspiring entrepreneurs all prepare for the avalanche of manicured …

SpaceX might be raising new funding at a $10B valuation

The privatized space travel business is proving very successful for early player SpaceX, and now the company is rumored to be raising a major new round of funding.<p>Since being founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk back in 2002, the company has gone on to get lucrative space transportation …

Study shows 99% of organic social posts create almost no engagement

A new study that takes in data from 1.6 million organic (nonpaid) social posts from Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ has found that 99 percent of those updates create little to no engagement at all.<p>Social media optimization platform SocialFlow conducted the study between April 1 and July 31. In …

How to get funding, as told by August Capital (video)

The Internet has fundamentally changed the ways in which startups receive funding these days. In many ways, it’s much easier to connect with investors that you want to work with, but on the other hand, it’s much more difficult to secure funding because of the massive amount of competition in the …

What to Think, Ep. 16: Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt

Product Hunt is like a “Reddit for products,” where people submit products, Web sites, and projects they’ve been working on, then vote them up and comment on them.<p>This week, we talk with Ryan Hoover, the co-founder of the site, who joined us from a car parked outside Y Combinator, where he was …