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Gigster’s crafty plan to give freelance developers equity

“401k? Stock options? Freelancers get none of this. We want to make it more like working for a startup to freelance for Gigster,” says founder and CEO Roger Dickey. His startup Gigster turns clients’ ideas into full-fledged apps by coordinating freelance product managers, engineers and designers. …

Startups

Design thinking as a strategy: How understanding innovation creates innovation

Business strategies – especially in the tradition sense – are rather pushy. If you have a product, your strategy is to explain why a customer should use it.<p>Design thinking as a strategy flips this. Instead of forcing a product on customers, instead, it sees things from the customer’s perspective. A …

Cozmo is what happens when AI meets mischievous child

I’ve reviewed a robot or two in my time. I’ve played with many more that I didn’t deem worthy of writing about. Cozmo is, as consumer robots go, easily the best I’ve seen. In fact, even before Anki released its new robot toy, we were smitten.<p>When unpacking Cozmo, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. The …

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Chatbots

Everything you need to know.<p><b>What are chatbots?</b> Why are they such a big opportunity? How do they work? How can I build one? How can I meet other …

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Venture Capital

How to Earn Money While You Sleep: A Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Drop-Ship Side Hustle

Wake up to new orders in your inbox every day without ever handling any inventory.<p>A few years ago, I started an e-commerce store that allowed me to earn extra income in a fairly passive manner. Getting the business off the ground required time and effort, but it didn't cost me any money.<p>And within …

eCommerce

These Restaurant Workers Are Getting an Amazing Perk

A great idea from a groundbreaking businessman<p>Restaurateur Danny Meyer already broke with convention in a big way last year when he did away with …

New York City

Check Out These Pitch Decks From Airbnb, YouTube and Other Famous Startups

Airbnb described its service as a way to “save money, make money, and share culture.” BuzzFeed billed itself as a “one stop shop for web buzz.” And …

Startups

Conversational chatbots are yielding superior user interfaces

It may be hard to believe all the hype out there about chatbots – if only because there’s just so darn much of it out there right now to believe. But I’m here to attest that bots are not just a fad. Based on the early returns we’ve witnessed since developing one to use with our community of sports …

Samsung Tells Supreme Court Apple May Inspire New Breed Of Patent Troll

Next month, two juggernaut phone makers will fight over their interpretations of patent law, inviting a landmark ruling from the high court over the importance of product design.<p>For the first time in more than 100 years the Supreme Court will take on a design patent case pitting the world’s two …

The White House is planning to let more foreign entrepreneurs work in the U.S.

The move, which won’t require congressional approval, allows people to stay up to five years, provided their startup has significant U.S. investment.<p>It could soon get a lot easier for foreigners to come to the U.S. to grow their startup.<p>After failing to get Congress to pass a “startup visa” as part …

Immigration

How to Fire Someone So They'll Thank You For It

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In an earlier post, I described how our new CEO determined that we had to fire almost half our team. This sucked for many reasons, but the main one? It was emotional. Firing a terrible person is easy, but how do you fire a good person who …

Leadership

Are Tech Workers' Skills At Google, Facebook, And Others Overrated?

Microsoft’s employees are more innovative than Apple’s, and Facebook’s staff are less creative than most tech workers.<p>The giants of the tech industry have a lock on employer branding (think: quirky hiring practices, free food, and other perks that make work “fun”), but analysis of the personalities …

Social Media

Fabric is a magical journal that automatically keeps track of your life

<i>The story of your life that writes itself.</i><p>That’s the exciting tagline of Fabric, a new iOS app by ex-Facebook engineers Arun Vijayvergiya and Nikolay Valtchanov. Before leaving the company, they were amongst the people working on the product that’s now known as the Timeline everyone has on their …

Google Has A Solution For The UX Design Education Gap: Google

A new degree program with SCAD aims to “fill the gaps” in user experience design education.<p>As a profession, “designer” is constantly evolving. Fifty years ago, chances are you’d either be a graphic designer, industrial designer, or furniture designer. In five decades, you might be an artificial …

UX Design

Design principles behind user interface

There’s no magic equation to superb interface design, but when you see it, you know.<p>Most can recall a moment when they encountered brilliant UI (user interface). Maybe it was the first time your tiny iPhone screen powered on and greeted you with a grid of pleasantly organized square application …

‘Scale slower’ and other lessons from 20 years in startups

Also: “Burn less.” “Monetize early.” And “you can’t improve what you don’t measure.”<p>My startup career is roughly as old as Evan Spiegel (of Snapchat), the brothers Collison (of Stripe) and most of today’s YouTube stars. The “startup world” looked very different in my earliest days. AOL sent CD-ROMs …

Startups

Facebook's new Page sections help small businesses actually make money

Having a Facebook page is virtually essential for modern businesses, and now they might be able to reap some new benefits from it too. Facebook is rolling out two new sections to promote both goods and services that merchants sell on the platform.<p>The Shop section lets businesses list products …

How Goldman Grooms Its 10,000 Small Businesses for Growth

For Roy Castro, the path to becoming an ice-cream distributor was hardly as sweet as it sounds.<p>After getting out of prison following a drug charge in …

Small Business

Why Utah Is Poised to Be America’s Next Tech and Creative Hub

It's one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country, with record amounts of venture capital flowing in, and is home to at least a half-dozen …

Silicon Valley

Here's how startups are outsmarting Siri and Alexa

Small companies are finding ways to compete in AI, even without big data<p>Nearly every big tech company now offers a digital assistant powered by artificial intelligence. Apple has Siri, Facebook has M, Microsoft has Cortana, Amazon has Alexa, and Google has, well, Google. The success of these …

Artificial Intelligence
Startups

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Ideo, Astro, And Whipsaw: What Every Startup Should Know About Design

For Highway1, a Silicon Valley design accelerator, pros at top consultancies mentored young entrepreneurs. Here’s their best advice.<p>At Highway1, a design accelerator based in San Francisco, startups have four months to transform a prototype into a market-ready product, develop a business plan, …

Design

Insiders tell us that Domo, the $2 billion startup that came out of nowhere, is full of hype

Domo has been called an "insta-unicorn," meaning that by the time the tech world was paying attention, investors had already poured so much money into it that it was worth more than $1 billion.<p>Domo was founded in 2010 and, as of March, the company says that it has 1,000 paying customers and $100 …

Startups

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

App Store

How Small Companies Can Innovate Like Big Enterprises

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to business, speed is a weapon that separates certain organizations from the competition -- but, its speed can also be harmful if not handled correctly. In the age of digital innovation and transformation, small companies …

Small Business

I've spent my career studying bad habits. Here's what I've learned about breaking them. - Vox

Let's face reality: Change is hard! Look at change rates for people with heart issues who are told by their doctors that they are seriously at risk of dying if they do not change their habits. These patients know exactly what they need to do: eat a more wholesome, lower-calorie diet, exercise more, …

Self-improvement

Don’t Ship the Org Chart, Part 1 – Bringing the Donuts 02/24/2016

How do you divide ownership between PMs? - In a previous newsletter I laid out how product management organizations tend to evolve as startups grow. …

Product Management

6 Traits Of Great Design Leaders

Being a good designer is only a start.<p>Countless companies advertise their design bona fides. Fewer live it. As the business world shifts focus from engineering and marketing to design and user experience, design leaders play an increasingly crucial role in shaping their companies’ future. But what …

Design