Jon Davis

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How to Write Better Email Copy for E-commerce Stores

Email can be a powerful way to connect with your eCommerce customers. But you already know that.<p>Chances are, you’ve landed here because you’re …

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Is Spotify the music industry’s friend or its foe?<p>Daniel Ek, the C.E.O. of Spotify, is a rock star of the tech world, but he is not long on charisma. At thirty-one, he is pale, boyish, cerebral, and calm. <i>Jantelagen</i>, the Scandinavian code of humility and restraint, is strong in him. He doesn’t greet …

75 Essential Tools for iOS Developers

If you were to go to a master woodworker’s shop, you’d invariably find a plethora of tools that he or she uses to accomplish various tasks.In …

Mean People Fail

November 2014<p>It struck me recently how few of the most successful people I know are mean. There are exceptions, but remarkably few.<p>Meanness isn't …

The Psychology Behind Information Dashboards

With data-driven decisions gradually becoming the norm in every industry, the information dashboard has an important role.<p>With its interactive and …

We’re Raising $3.5m in Funding: Here is the Valuation, Term Sheet and Why We’re Doing It

<i>Update: We closed a first syndicate on AngelList today, October 27th. We have opened a new one with VegasTechFund now here.</i><p><i>Update 2: All our public</i> …

The 9 Marketing Disciplines of Great SaaS Companies • Tomasz Tunguz

Bill Macaitis, the former CMO of Zendesk, articulates how a SaaS marketing team should operate better than anybody else I’ve met. At a recent Point9 …

Hiten Shah: Mr. Tough Love

I’m sitting at a cafe in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood with Hiten Shah, and he’s telling me what’s right and wrong with StrictlyVC. The …

This Traffic Generation Strategy Made $100,000 on Indiegogo

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on Crowdfund Insider.</i><p>If there’s one big lesson about crowdfunding I’ve learnt in the past eight months, it is that pre-launch marketing can make or break your campaign. I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about …

The world’s loudest sound

The sound made by the Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured eardrums of people 40 miles away, travelled around the world four …

Whales

Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

Front is the front desk of your company. Whenever someone sends an email to your contact@, jobs@ or support@ email addresses, the email will appear in your team member’s Front accounts. Then, instead of forwarding the email, creating group emails and forgetting to CC someone, it works like a modern …

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I’m quitting football.

Life-long NFL football fan Steve Almond recently wrote a book called Against Football in which he details why he is no longer watching the game he …

18 Resources to Help You Become Amazing At User Acquisition

An effective user acquisition strategy is the holy grail for many marketers, whether it be a mix of channels that generate a constant flow of new …

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Top 3 Mistakes Startups Make Building their MVP

As you may have heard, I just launched MVP Design Hacks – a program I’ve been incubating and refining for awhile. I’m tremendously excited to share …

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until …

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A Few Useful Things to Know about Machine Learning

<i>Pedro Domingos. 2012. A few useful things to know about machine learning. Commun. ACM 55, 10 (October 2012), 78-87. Details at</b> …

Back To Square One

Jack Dorsey’s dazzling startup promised to transform the credit and finance industry with a sweeping, digitized vision of the future. After losing $100 million, has his company lost its edge?<p>Jack Dorsey doesn’t know how to grade his performance. It’s early May, and Dorsey has just finished his …

Uber Cofounder: 3 Ways to Tell If Your Idea Is Worth Pursuing

Share your ideas early and often, and embrace the excitement of pre-launch stages.<p>The typical entrepreneur has more ideas than s/he knows what to do with. So how do you determine which ideas are startup-worthy, and which ones deserve to be set aside for a rainy year?<p>Garrett Camp, the cofounder of …

User Friendly Paul Rand

"I don’t think that play is done unwittingly... at any rate, one doesn’t dwell over whether it’s play or something more serious — one just does it." …

Graphic Design

AdStage Raises $6.3M to Put Digital Ad Management on Auto-Pilot

Advertising technology startup AdStage Inc. has raised $6.25 million in Series A venture funding co-led by Verizon Ventures and Digital Garage, joined by Newbury Ventures, Freestyle Capital and individual investors Chris Noble and Neal Dempsey.

Which Technologies Do Startups Use? An Exploration of AngelList Data

07 Aug 2014<p>There's a lot of hype surrounding new programming languages, databases, and the like. I've always been curious about which technologies …

How Not to Die

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>August 2007<p><i>(This is a talk I gave at the last Y Combinator dinner of the summer. Usually we don't</i> …

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

The 25IQ blog posts below have been rewritten and are now part of a new book that will benefit the author’s chosen charity: No Kid Hungry. The author …

Why Most People's Charts & Graphs Look Like Crap

People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head …