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I finally got my iPad to take calls like an iPhone (but it wasn't easy)

Two of the neatest features I expected from Apple's new iOS 8 operating system for its mobile devices involve that old disrespected function, voice calling on the phone.<p>One enables Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone -- the device can connect for voice calls, not only data services, when its Wi-Fi …

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Why is Y Combinator giving away its trade secrets for free in a YouTube class?

News out of Silicon Valley top tier accelerator Y Combinator was a little confusing today. President Sam Altman decided to give away the …

How to prepare for the iOS 8 upgrade

<b>Follow-up</b>: Apple’s iOS 8 is now available for download<p>Apple’s next version of iOS arrives Wednesday, and that means gadget geeks will be rushing to …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

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Visual guide to selling software as a service by @prezly

It took my team years to find an efficient way of getting new customers. First, I’ll show you how we messed up and then how we got on the road to conversion success using the pirate metrics framework.

Techstars cofounder explains the reasoning behind the group’s new ‘equity-back guarantee’

When a company is particularly confident in the product it makes, it often offers a money-back guarantee upon returning that item, which can then be resold at a slightly discounted rate. This offer is a <i>tad</i> more difficult to justify if you’re an incubator program whose “product” is a three-month …

Hiring startup engineers? Talk about challenge, not pay

Back when I worked at Microsoft and Amazon, I spent a lot of time hiring and building teams. I had the methodology down: Get referrals from strong people already on the team. Look for someone who is uniquely great at something, preferably something that makes them different from the rest of the …

Tasks Startup CEOs Should Always Outsource

<i>Mikita Mikado is the co-­founder and CEO of electronic signing software PandaDoc. This article was co-written by Christy Delehanty, the Content Manager at PandaDoc.</i><p>“There isn’t enough time.”<p>It’s a common complaint. A familiar refrain reverberating through the startup world, picking up volume as it …

21 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Improve Your Marketing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Whenever I dream up a home improvement project for my place, I end up working smartest and fastest when I have the right tools at my disposal. It’s amazing the difference a good tool can make – and the extra time it takes to get work done without a …

Poacht App Is Ideal for Lazy Job Hunters

If you're sort of interested in looking for a new job, but don't want to put much effort into the hunt, then Poacht might fit the bill.<p>The app, which …

How to Craft a Compelling Storyline for Your Company

As mentioned in the beginning, the key to a consistent story about your business is that your entire team buys-in on what you’ve defined as your brand.<p>From the beginning, it’s important for the entire team to be involved in the process of creating your brand as well as providing their input on …

3 Ways to Boost your Startup

Let’s start with a simple truth: three out of four startups are destined to fail. The scariest thing is, the line between success and failure is a fine one. Even if you’ve got a killer product and your startup is ‘off the ground,’ if you’re not getting your fair share of capital, coverage and …

Famous Hollywood movie scenes recreated with stock footage are hilarious

Who needs big budgets for blockbuster movies when you can just pull generic stock footage to hilariously recreate all the key scenes? It's beautiful, …