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8 Things Exceptional Bosses Constantly Tell Their Employees | Inc.com

Whether you're managing an intern or running an entire business, your employees' success (and your own skin) depends on your leadership.<p>Thankfully, the solution for motivating your team and squashing any issues is right at the tip of your tongue. It all starts with communication -- the skill …

Leadership

Slow and Steady Growth Improves Tech Startups' Long Term Success

Credit: Sira Anamwong/Shutterstock<p>The urge to quickly grow your startup is tempting, especially when investors are chomping at the bit to see a …

Thought Leadership

7 Reasons Why 90% Of Start-ups Fail And How To Be The 10%

As a former Navy SEAL, it’s easy for me to see the correlation between the worlds of entrepreneurship and special operations. They both have similar attrition rates. Managing fear is critical. And both can have very fulfilling upsides.<p>I don’t recall ever meeting an entrepreneur or SEAL training …

Entrepreneurship

Apple's Jony Ive says touchscreen Macs wouldn't be useful, but he's wrong

When Apple unveiled the Touch Bar on its new MacBook Pros, it prompted many a Windows user – including yours truly – to wonder “why include a small touch strip when you can have a real touchscreen?”<p>According to Jony Ive, touchscreen on a Mac just wouldn’t be particularly useful. At least, that’s …

Jony Ive rejected touchscreen Mac, but working on things beyond the Touch Bar

In an interview with <i>CNET</i>, Jony Ive said that his team had rejected a touchscreen Mac ‘many, many years ago.’ He did, though, suggest that Apple is working on other concepts in this general area, beyond the Touch Bar.<p>Asked why a touchscreen Mac would be inappropriate, Ive said:<p>For a bunch of …

Microsoft announces Office support for new MacBook Pro; here’s how Word, PowerPoint and Excel look on the Touch Bar

Apple announced its new MacBook Pro last night, featuring the all-new Touch Bar screen that replaces the function row with an OLED dynamic display. The touch bar can show shortcuts, controls and quick actions depending on what app you are in and what app you are doing. Apple showed off expansive …

Duet Display adds pressure-sensitive input for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro

Duet Display is one of the most useful apps to come along in a while, letting users turn their iPad into a second screen for their Mac with virtually no latency via wired Lightning cable connection. Now, the app is getting an update and a Pro mode that lets it act as a fully pressure sensitive …

IPad Pro

10 hot design tools you absolutely must try

A recent design tools survey conducted by Khoi Vinh, one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America”, shows that Photoshop is slowly losing its popularity among designers.<p>Answers from over 4,000 participants hailing from almost 200 countries prove that designers are open to new …

Five Terms Startups Use Incorrectly on a Daily Basis and What They Really Mean

By: Hillel Fuld (@Hilzfuld)Well, this sure is a blog post long overdue. You see, in my line of work, which is a combination of CMO/Co Founder of a …

Marketing

10 Reasons Why Your Startup Isn't Getting Any (Or The Right) Press

Over the last month I have been pitched by around 300 startups. Nothing particularly unique about that…except this was a quiet month. As TechCrunch Disrupt’s latest batch can attest, not all startups are created equal, pitched well or worthy of attention. In fact, the last point needs laboring. If …

Startups

a16z’s Jeff Jordan: Why startups should stop selling out before IPO

It used to be that every startup’s dream was to go public one day. But the tide has turned in recent years, said Jeff Jordan, a partner at esteemed …

Venture Capital

Are Startups Stagnating?

The constant drumbeat from a few high-profile ventures in Silicon Valley is giving the impression that the startup world is alive and active. But researchers from organizations including the Federal Reserve, the University of Maryland, and the Census Bureau paint a darker picture about the startup …

Venture Capital

We're ahead of schedule to turn Star Trek tech into reality

Most of the sci-fi franchise takes place centuries in the future, but some of the technology from the universe of Kirk and Picard could be a reality sooner than you think.<p>Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see. …

Science Fiction

How This Decades-Old Technology Ushered In Predictive Text

Stanford professor Tom Mullaney has the largest collection of Chinese typewriters in the world — a collection that he says contains clues to the almost-lost history of information technology.<p>What do you call a typewriter with no keys? Though it sounds like a riddle, Stanford historian Tom Mullaney …

Mark Zuckerberg reveals 'painful' turning point in Facebook's history

Mark Zuckerberg has led Facebook to become one of the most valuable and respected companies in the world. But despite all of his successes, he rarely talks about the challenges he's faced along the way.<p>In a new interview with Y Combinator president Sam Altman, published on Tuesday, Zuckerberg …

Mark Zuckerberg

Postmates has failed to make Uber-for-anything cheap, and is quietly misleading customers about it

In late June, Shawn Cook had a cold and needed some cough medicine. The mobile game developer turned to on-demand delivery startup Postmates to make the run to Walgreens for him in Los Angeles that Tuesday night. Postmates estimated that four of the five items he ordered, which were listed in its …

Startups

Silicon Valley’s ‘fail your way to success’ mantra can be deadly to startups

It’s true that risk-taking is necessary to entrepreneurial achievement and failure can be instructive. But somehow those simple truths have morphed into something dangerous: a blind belief in the positive power of failure. It happened the way meanings get changed in a game of telephone. The words …

A PR guide for startups

Startups are an interesting breed in the world of public relations.<p>On one hand, they are in growth mode and have a lot of activity—and often great …

Public Relations

The Gig Is Up: The Real Value Of Gig Economy Startups Isn't The Model -- It's The Supply

Recently, the gig economy – aka the “on-demand” or “shared” economy – has drawn as much ire as it has excitement and cash from venture capital investors seeking the next Uber or Airbnb. But despite the criticisms and fears of oversaturation or underestimated challenges inherent in the gig …

Startups

Apple's App Store still dominates app download sales

Apple only accounts for 15% of global app installs, but it still accounts for a majority of the $34.2 billion in direct app revenue collected in 2015, according to IDC's estimate.<p>In fact, Apple's share of global direct app revenue was up 36% year-over-year, even as its share of total app installs …

Apps

Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley startups brace for the cold

When Dropbox employees walked into their new office on Brannan Street last month, they were dazzled by something they hadn't seen before — a gleaming, 5-foot-tall panda statue made of chrome.<p>The statue was made in recognition of the company's panda mascot. It was seen as a stamp of approval, …

Venture Capital

Why Unity’s John Riccitiello loves mobile ads and fears VR’s gap of disappointment

At Unity Technologies, chief executive John Riccitiello sees a sea of games and game startups streaming through doors. Unity was founded in 2003 to “democratize game development” with easy-to-use game engine tools. In the last quarter, 220,000 games were made with Unity, and those games were …

Silicon Valley veteran Keith Rabois: The easy money isn't gone, but the price has increased

After leaving PayPal, he took executive roles at LinkedIn and Square, and also became an investor in many Silicon Valley winners like YouTube (prior to its acquisition by Google), Yammer (which sold to Microsoft), Yelp, AirBnb, and Palantir.<p>We interviewed Rabois for our feature on what happens now …

Venture Capital

6 things I learned working with social media influencers

If you’re thinking about using social influencers to grow your audience, then read on.<p>As the Director of Marketing for London-based social media startup 6Tribes, I’ve been tasked with quickly growing our user base and have had great success over the last few months using YouTube influencers as a …

Best Apple design details you've never noticed

Apple is known for its insane attention to detail. Often times, it's what sets Apple's products apart from the competition.<p>Some of these features are incredibly useful and make its products more enjoyable, while others are purely cosmetic. Regardless of the value they add to the overall experience, …

Smartwatches

Science Explains Why Some Ideas Flop While Others Flourish | Inc.com

Why do some ideas flourish while others dwindle and fade?<p>Even in creative environments where ideas are touted as being valuable yet volatile and in need of nurturing they are often rejected on a whim. What makes some ideas hard to accept while others are jumped on immediately?<p>After asking myself …

Creativity

Sex & Startups

Startups, like the male anatomy, are designed for liquidity events. Consider the metaphors: “seed” funding, “up and to the right” trajectories, …

George Orwell

An investor who lived through the dot-com bust explains how startups can stay alive

As a venture capitalist, I see a lot of data points within the private company marketplace. Every Monday, I sit in a room with my partners and we discuss dozens of companies, both portfolio companies as well as those we are considering for investment. When a market turns, we tend to see the signs …

Venture Capital