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No Filter: How Instagram’s Kevin Systrom Views Twitter

Instagram and Twitter are increasingly at loggerheads as the two compete in real-time social sharing. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom talks about Twitter as a platform.<p>It’s often overlooked that Instagram got started in the same office as Twitter. With such a common bond linking them, you’d expect the …

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Finally.io does a cannonball into the cloud-server monitoring pool

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>Deploying in the cloud can cut the cost of on-premise gear and the number of employees needed to tend to …

A Facebook App for Events and Concerts . . . From Citibank?

Quietly launched in May, Citi’s Private Pass Match-Up app is looking to pull in customers and prospects where they’re spending a big part of their time–on Facebook.<p>Who doesn’t love to see their favorite band live or witness their favorite team sweat it out on the field? The problem–despite myriad …

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So You Graduated and Want to Start a Company... | Inc.com

We all know what it's like to soul-search, but no one does it quite so well as recent college graduates, many of whom entertain dreams of Mark Zuckerberg-sized success. We asked 13 successful young start-up founders (not so long out of college themselves) to share their wisdom with new graduates …

Entrepreneurship

Expect More “Snow Fall”: The New York Times Taps Sam Sifton For Multimedia Narratives

New York Times national editor Sam Sifton is taking over the media brand’s “immersive digital magazine experiences” and creating a new dining news product.<p>Sam Sifton, the <i>New York Times</i>‘ national editor and former restaurant critic, has been named to a new position where he’ll oversee emerging …

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SEO is Dead. Now What? | Inc.com

Search engine optimization has changed significantly since the earlier days when the term was first coined and industry leaders are beginning to hint at a fundamental philosophical shift that would effectively render the traditional SEO as a dead or dying craft. It is time to re-imagine what it …

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Mobile-Commerce App Wish Says It Knows What Its Users Want to Buy

Wish, the wish-list app from ContextLogic, thinks it knows what you want to buy. And now it says it’s going to prove it.<p>The app, which has a slick …

More Moves Abroad for Twitter’s Top Brass as Three Execs Head Overseas

Twitter VP Katie Jacobs Stanton<p>Three of Twitter’s top execs are moving away from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, charged with overseeing …

OneNote for iOS: How does it stack up to Evernote?

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Microsoft recently released an updated version of its OneNote note-taking app for iOS. As a long-term Evernote user, I took …

5 things Google Ventures guy Rich Miner looks for in startups

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Rich Miner has a lot of startup cred. After all, he co-founded Android, the mobile business which sold to Google in 2005 and …

Epicurator Launches A Restaurant Review App To Create A Network For Dish Reviews And Pictures

Looking for the perfect foodgasm? Epicurator, a new iPhone app, thinks it has what it takes to satisfy your needs.<p>In the sea of online customer reviews, ratings and what people now know as “foodstagrams,” one more food-driven app has just launched in the market. Epicurator users review food on a …

Advancit Capital raising $25M fund for startups that make content ‘king’

Advancit Capital is raising a new $25 million fund.<p>Advancit is an early-stage investment fund founded by Shari Redstone, a well-known figure in the entertainment industry. She is the daughter of media billionaire Sumner Redstone and serves on the board of CBS, Viacom, as well as a slate of other …

6 Keys to Excellent Content Marketing | Inc.com

Most companies don’t do a particularly good job of selling their products. Rather than figure out which sales and marketing tactics are best suited to attract and influence their ideal customers, a lot of businesses go with a spray-and-pray approach.<p>There is a better way. Rather than market …

Marketing

11 Travel Startups You Need to Know

We all know about the awesomeness of TripIt, Airbnb and Hipmunk and how they've revolutionized travel. But there's a new crew of travel startups …

The Anatomy Of A Successful Logo Redesign

Here, Jessica Hische diagrams every move she made in updating Mail Chimp’s identity–with graphic design tricks for making sure a newcomer is actually welcomed.<p>Familiar logos are like overly attentive suitors: They’re so naggingly present that their charms are lost to you–until, one day, they’re …

Visual Design

Paul Graham Offers Counter-Intuitive Advice To Startups: 'Do Things That Don't Scale'

What he goes on to explain makes a lot of sense. Startups don't often experience hockey stick growth by themselves. They need a nudge from founders, who need to aggressively market their products and be overly attentive to users in the beginning.<p>How do you force a startup to scale? According to …

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Allrecipes.com to Launch Print Magazine

While much of the magazine industry is shifting resources from print to digital, recipe website Allrecipes.com, which was acquired by magazine …

10 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Everybody knows Evernote and Dropbox. Here’s a sneak peek at the next wave of productivity apps that top entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are working with daily.<p>Recently something terribly obvious–yet powerful–occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one …

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Here's Why Behavior Changing Apps Don't Work

Imagine walking into a busy mall when someone approaches you with an open hand. "Would you have some coins to take the bus, please?" he asks. But in this case, the person is not a panhandler. The beggar is a PhD.<p>As part of a French study, researchers wanted to know if they could influence how much …

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Viewfinder, an app from former Google folks, makes it easier to view and share iPhone photos

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>If your iPhone (s AAPL) camera roll is filled with thousands of photos, it’s tough to know which ones you’re looking for or …

Dopios Secures Seed Cash From Openfund To For Its Getyourguide-Meets-Tripadvisor

Tour guides or sites like Getyourguide (out of Germany), or Peek, the San Francisco-based travel site that gives users a curated list of options in individual cities, tend to come down on the experience side. Other travel sites like Tripadvisor veer towards the advice side. But few startups have …

Foursquare Starts Showing Ads After You Check In

Next time you check in to a location on Foursquare, you may see an ad pop up right after.<p><i>AdAge</i> reports that brands like Toys 'R' Us and Captain …

Is being an entrepreneur really a viable option?

Following last week’s post about the importance of establishing entrepreneurship as a self fulfilling cultural norm, several people asked me what I …

Path Is Raising $50M At A $500M Valuation, Still Looking For A Lead Investor

Path is raising a $50 million Series C round at a $500 million post-money valuation. Sources tell us the company is still seeking a lead investor, the round is currently oversubscribed, and one of the investors in the round is “a strategic private investment group in Asia.”<p>Last April, the social …

Foursquare’s new check-in ads may be annoying, but they’re also really smart

This might sound a bit crazy, but Foursquare is doing mobile advertising very right.<p>Over the past few weeks, the company has been testing its new check in promotions, which appear after users check into certain locations. As Ad Age reports, one of the first brands taking advantage of the promotions …

Online retailers are still trying to lure you in with search, says Forrester

Online retailers are putting most of their marketing budget into search.<p>Research group Forrester and Shop.org released a report today on the state of online retail and how retailers are spending their marketing dollars.<p>Selling stuff online is a big business. E-commerce sales are predicted to reach …

Why you should prepare for the domain expansion plan

Internet entrepreneurs may have their pick of millions of new domains by summer’s end.<p>That’s because the Internet will soon include dozens — or even hundreds — of new top-level domains, the “extensions” that appear at the end of a domain name, like .com or .edu.<p>For new businesses, the expansion …

Zombies In Parliament And Space Concerts: Your Week In Canadians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WAsV0HZ0D4<p>It’s been a busy week for Canadians. Here’s what you need to know.<p>Zombie Debate At Highest Levels Of Government<p>Things are going so well in Canada these days that the country’s legislators can spend time in Parliament kibbitzing about …

Check It, Proust: A “Camera” That Captures Memorable Smells

Forget Instagram. One designer envisions a scent-capturing device that aims to preserve the smell of your favorite memories.<p>The world in 2013 is a very visual place. We are compelled to document every inane part of our days, updating our Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr streams with questionably …

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