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RankScience wants to replace your SEO staff

The dark art of search engine optimization could be next in line for software-powered automation — potentially putting hundreds of thousands of ‘SEO consultants’ out of a job.<p>At least that’s the scenario sketched by RankScience, a YC-backed startup just graduating from accelerator’s winter 2017 …

Customers

Leslie Miley leaves Slack to fuel growth in startup communities outside of Silicon Valley

Leslie Miley, the former engineering manager at Twitter and now-former director of engineering at Slack, has just announced his latest move. Miley left Slack at the beginning of this year and is now working with Venture for America for the next 12 months to launch a new program called Executive in …

Startups

6 web design trends worth knowing for 2017

From hidden navigation and pop-out menus, to wearables and split screen, these are the web design trends we expect to shape 2017.<p>WTF is …

UI Design

FarmLogs raises $22 million to help farmers improve crop yield with big data

Data-focused crop-management startup FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a funding round led by Naspers Ventures, the VC arm of South African media giant Naspers, with participation from existing investors Drive Capital, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, SV Angel, and Y Combinator …

Venture Capital

FarmLogs raises $22 million to make agriculture a more predictable business

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based FarmLogs has raised $22 million in a Series C round of funding for technology that helps farmers monitor and measure their crops, predict profits, manage risks from weather and pests and more. Naspers Ventures led the round, joined by the company’s earlier backers Drive …

Venture Capital

Here Are the Hottest SEO Trends You Can Expect to See in 2017 | Inc.com

It's important to find out which emerging trends are likely to give you success in 2017.<p>Then, you can use those strategies to rank, bank, and beat your competitors.<p>Here's what's in store for SEO in the new year.<p>Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) will become more important<p>AMP loads web pages on mobile …

SEO

19 Ingenious Design Books to Inspire You in 2017

• Author: Margaret Rhodes. Margaret Rhodes Design<br>• Date of Publication: 01.01.17. 01.01.17<br>• Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>The best design books have …

Review of Popular Trends and Tools for Developers in 2016

Software technology is constantly evolving, and internet users as well as people creating digital products expect innovations and progress in this …

20 Rising Web Development And Design Blogs To Follow In 2017

A year ago I listed 25 promising digital design blogs to follow. When you look back, you notice how much have changed. If you’re aiming to become a successful entrepreneur or a freelancer, you must learn marketing, design and web development.<p>Today I’m sharing a handy list of 20 rising web …

Web Design

These were Bill Gates’s five favorite books of the year

It’s like Oprah’s book list, but for nerds.<p>If you want a super-nerdy version of Oprah’s book list, here you go.<p>Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is once again announcing — and even reviewing! — his five favorite books from among the many he read this year. They range from a history of genomics to the …

Bill Gates

SEO Advice to Help You Take Advantage of Google's Continued Updates | Inc.com

With Facebook's recent crackdown on fake news and the continued push for ad identification by the FTC on social media, it's safe to say that audiences everywhere are craving more realness in the content that hits their feeds. In a world where Instagram filters and Photoshopping run rampant and …

Fake News

Best free apps for Mac

Get the greatest free apps on your Mac without having to dig through the entire Mac App Store!The Mac App Store is full of all manner of apps, from …

Here’s why Microsoft is giving nearly a third of its New York employees memberships at WeWork

The company plans to take 300 We memberships — WeWork's basic, flexible membership plan — in two WeWork spaces in New York. Those 300 employees make up 70% of Microsoft's global marketing and sales teams in New York.<p>The company also has 40 employees working in a private office in an Atlanta WeWork …

Startups

13 design tools and websites that are godsends for UI/UX designers

The continuous improvement of design tools has had a positive impact on usability and user experience. This has provided great convenience not only …

UX Design

Sketch Data Studio

A Sketch plugin to upload or generate numerical and qualitative data for charts and tables. Ideal for those working on big data interfaces or for …

Design Thinking Top 10 for the past month

<i>In this observation, we ranked nearly 1,100 Design Thinking articles posted on September — October 2016.</i><p><b>Design thinking</b> is a process of creating new …

7 Marketing Channels That Consistently Deliver Great Results

If you haven't tested out these 7 marketing channels for your business yet, you should get on them.<p>As a content marketer, I'm always looking for creative ways to clearly communicate with my audience. And while I regularly test new things, it's easy to get caught up in a routine instead of stopping …

Marketing

They Don’t Call These Billion Dollar Biscuits For Nothing…

Buttery Billion Dollar Biscuits<p>Save<p>There’s no messing around when it comes to making biscuits. Now, we’re fine with using some form of bisquick …

Taking The Pattern Library To The Next Level

No thorough conversation about the front end today can end without mention of <b>pattern libraries</b>. Sometimes a pattern library appears in the form of a …

Web Design

Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking: Getting the Best Out of Both

How to create a customer-centric venture.<p><i>By Marina Krakovsky | Stanford Business contributor</i><p>In the world of entrepreneurial incubation, design thinking, a user-centered way to conceive and create a successful product, is often compared and contrasted with the lean startup approach, which is more …

Design

25 Design Freebies Websites Every Designer Should Know

One of the most clever shortcuts I’ve found as a creative entrepreneur is to use freebies. Whether you’re prototyping a new website or designing a package for your product, you can find high-quality resources to help you speed up the process and get things done in a professional manner.<p>There are …

Graphic Design

Troops, a Slackbot for sales, raises $7 million

It’s a sales world these days. CRM rules everything around me (and my colleagues) seemingly every day; with a new financing, launch, or app that’s designed to make the life of the busy sales executive a little bit more convenient.<p>And the latest tool to step into the breach sits at the intersection …

Venture Capital

6 Marketing Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard of But Should Be Using

<i>This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.</i><p>Between your company’s presence on social media to its website traffic, your marketing strategy …

Marketing

Plant Prefab raises $3 million from Obvious Ventures for durable, sustainable homes

Plant Prefab wants to make it easier for people to build homes within urban neighborhoods and cities, and it has raised $3 million to do just that. The investment, led by Obvious Ventures, will go some way toward helping the company scale, bring on more talent, and improve existing systems.<p>A …

Prefab Homes

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston sees a big change coming to business software

According to a report in The Information, Houston reiterated this notion at the annual Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference this week, saying machine learning capabilities that enable more sophisticated data analysis and automated predictive behavior is "something you sprinkle on products to make them …

Startups

A selection of the best product design and UX/UI design resources

When making prototypes of a product, we often found that there are a large number of duplicate parts on the same page. Although these elements can be …

Wireframing

6 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Reading List

Every book, try to get one takeaway.<p><i>What books should entrepreneurs read? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by James Altucher, entrepreneur, angel investor, and best-selling author, on Quora:</b><p>I'm …

Books

How Tablet Computers Changed the Construction Industry

Robert Kipp’s must-have tool when he steps onto a construction site isn’t a walkie-talkie or a hard hat, though you’ll never spot him without them. …

Construction Industry

50 HTML5 Tools for Designers & Developers

Web development tools always make your web design project easier with the help of advanced features. HTML5 is the most popular language for …

12 beautiful apps that just won Apple design awards

Apple is all about style, so to win a design award from the company is a pretty big deal indeed. A total of 12 Apple Design Award winners were …

Lara Croft