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5 Steam alternatives you can trust

If Steam is down, here’s where to buy PC games<p>If Steam is down, there is no reason to fret!<p>The internet is filled with alternative services worth throwing your wallet at. Each have their own unique advantages, deals and community. Whether Steam is down or you’re looking to try out a new service, …

We’ve raised $10m :)

Today, we’re announcing a Series A round of $10m for Front, led by Mamoon Hamid from Social Capital, with Slack’s Stewart Butterfield and Intercom’s …

100 noteworthy young startups — and what they tell us about tech this year

Looking at what early-stage startups are working on is not only entertaining — and sometimes concerning — it can also be a good indicator of where tech is headed.<p>Since we have data on these young ventures at my company, Startup Tracker, we have the opportunity to glimpse emergent product trends in …

Startups

a16z Podcast: Selling to Developers

Developers are more than just <i>influencers</i> inside the enterprise — they’re now <i>buyers</i>, too. That’s a huge shift from before, when only IT and other …

Selling

Finding Product Market Fit

There’s a fine line between the “reality distortion field” founders create and just being a bit delusional. During our first year and half as a …

Product Management

Beyond time management: Why we really procrastinate and how to finally stop

I’ve read all the articles and listened to all the podcasts about procrastination. I’ve tried all the tricks—including literally trying to trick …

Procrastination

Startup traction stories from the best startups

Ah. Traction. The biggest challenge faced by early startups of all types. Getting traction is solving one huge chicken and egg problem consisting of …

10 Things Every Serious Entrepreneur Knows That You Don’t

Aspiring Entrepreneurs are popping up everywhere in hopes of following in the footsteps of the cashed up risk takers and uber successful they look up …

How to do things that don’t scale (INFOGRAPHIC)

<i>Infographic by Kathrinna Rakhmavika of Tech in Asia</i>“Build it and they will come” is the mindset many entrepreneurs have when creating products. Paul …

Successful Sequoia Capital Partner Stresses Risky Business of Venture Capital

It takes risk. That’s one way Doug Leone, managing partner at Sequoia Capital describes his path to success in a room of wide-eyed students at …

Reid Hoffman to Teach “Blitzscaling” at Stanford This Fall

You might wonder how, exactly, 13-year-old LinkedIn became a $25 billion company. It wasn’t the first social network. The company admits that, even today, people find it very confusing. Plenty of ambitious competitors have sprung up to take on the company. Yet they’ve all been smoked, eventually, …

Silicon Valley

An early-stage founder’s quick & dirty guide to growth

Growth is what founders and investors alike are constantly searching for. Growth enables startups to quickly create tremendous value in the market. Without growth you’re dead in the water. But according to Paul Graham, there’s a silver lining: “…if you get growth, everything else tends to fall into …

The How-To: Generating Revenue As A Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>So far, we’ve explored the raising of seed capital and what you and your co-founders should expect in the early days after the initial raise. For …

Entrepreneurship

The #1 Struggle most entrepreneurs face when it comes to creating systems

Ever since realizing that my obsession with systems and processes can actually help others on their entrepreneurial journey, I’ve been hooked on …

What Makes Founders Succeed

Some kind of magic happens in startups, especially at the very beginning, but the only people there to see it are the founders. The best way to …

How Medium Is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers

<i>Ed</i><i>itor's Note: Medium has since changed the way it runs the organization as it's scaled. You can read about how they're approaching manag</i><i>ement now</i> …

Build a team that puts the team first.

I believe in the team. I believe that teams win. I believe once you form a selfless team, all is possible. And by selfless, I mean the ego has been …

How to take over the app store in 48 Hours

<i>Gilad Bechar is the co-founder & CEO of Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business.</i><p>It’s obvious enough that a newly launched app can’t really take off on its own – vast marketing efforts are vital to accomplishing any kind of exposure …

After 5 startups, here is Kevin Rose’s top advice for founders

Five questions for Kevin Rose<p>Kevin Rose is the co-founder of North Technologies. He was also a general partner at Google Ventures and the founder of …

Personal Assistant Startup Fancy Hands Taps New CEO To Focus On Growth

Fancy Hands, the New York City based startup that lets you book a remote personal assistant to complete tasks for a flat fee, has hired a new CEO to focus on business partnerships and growth, founder Ted Roden tells TechCrunch.<p>Roden has handed over the CEO role to Joshua Boltuch, who was previously …

Personal Assistant App 24me for iOS Adds Smart Alerts

Productivity apps are ten-a-penny (or a dime-a-dozen, if you prefer), but ones that can help you prioritize your life tasks and keep you running on schedule are less commonplace.<p>To that end, 24me, a personal assistant app for iOS devices, has added a new feature today which promises to help users …

After Selling Its Personal Assistant App To Intel, Ginger Doubles Down On Improving Your Writing

Ginger Software, the Tel Aviv-based developer of a personal assistant platform that it sold to Intel for up to $30 million in May this year, is today embarking on the next chapter of its life as an independent startup: the company today is unveiling Ginger Page, an app for Android, iPhone, the …

Wavii Founder Leaves Google

Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week. But at least one of them won’t be a Google executive for very much longer.<p>Wavii founder Adrian Aoun is leaving the search company, a little more than a year after the $30 million acquisition of his …

Smart Apps Are Great, But Do They Know Too Much?

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>A rising class of apps called smart apps promise to make users' lives easier by essentially acting as personal assistants. Yet, users may be uncomfortable with the amount of personal information required to make them work.<p>Smart apps learn a user's behavior by …

6 Data Tools That Might Make Your Life Easier

Wish you could get a quick snapshot of how your company is doing? Try one of these data dashboards.<p>There is too much data to manage these days. A constant stream of sales-management stats, website analytics, and data points from social-media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.<p>The following data …

David Rose: What Angel Investors Look For in a Startup

The investor shares his insights on the qualities early-stage companies and their founders must demonstrate before he agrees to fund them.<p>Every year, angel investors invest more than $20 billion into U.S. startups. Recently angel investing has moved even further into the mainstream, spurred in part …

Venture Capital

What Y Combinator’s new deal means for the future of accelerators

YCombinator’s move on Tuesday to increase their investment size to $120K — effectively a sixfold increase in the entry valuation for all YC companies — has big implications for the global accelerator market and hastens the dawn of a world with far fewer such programs.<p>YC’s success since 2005 has …

A 3-Day Weekend...Every Weekend? This Company Makes It Happen

And its CEO thinks more companies could and should do the same.<p>Everybody loves the relaxation and recharging that comes with a long, three-day weekend. One startup loves them enough to make it policy.<p>Treehouse--an online service for teaching web design, coding, and more--has flaunted a four-day …

Employment

Y Combinator Boosts Startup Payout, Keeps Equity the Same

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Y Combinator, the Harvard of tech incubators whose notable alums include Dropbox, Airbnb and Reddit, is upping the amount of money it will invest in its startups, while taking the same percentage of equity.<p>Its next batch of fledgling …