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The coding illusion: you don’t need tech skills to work at a startup

Admit it — for the 1.85 million students who just earned a college diploma, there’s no cooler calling right now than working at a fast-growing startup. Recent graduates know that startups offer more responsibility and less paper-pushing: there’s no such thing as entry level when you’re a company’s …

Monitor Competitor Prices with Python and Scrapy

Monitoring competitors’ prices and product lineups can help online retailers win pricing battles; optimize sales and special offers; and track …

Amazon Rolls Out New Marketplace for Startups

This week Amazon unveiled a new program geared towards startups called Amazon Launchpad, which will help entrepreneurs "launch, market and distribute their products."<p>Similar to other ecommerce platforms like Shopify and Bigcommerce, entrepreneurs will be able to use the platform to set up a …

A/B Tests are Destroying Your Conversion Rate

Conversion rate specialists say you should use A/B tests to optimize your web pages. But the tests themselves slow pages down. Poor site performance …

Web Design

This could be the year that Docker hits the big time

Docker is hot. That much was clear from the buzz — and the news — around this year’s DockerCon. The evidence suggests that the billion-dollar company responsible for accelerating the “container revolution” is at a tipping point.<p>In 2014, 550 people attended DockerCon. This year, there were at least …

Virtualization

Operating on a Shoestring? 20 Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Business.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The prospect of marketing your business can be overwhelming, especially when you are a small business with an even smaller budget. The good news is that marketing doesn’t have to cost thousands or even hundreds of dollars.<p>Here are 20 ways …

The Complete 2015 Learn to Code bundle is your key to a new career

Whether you're determined to upgrade your career or just a little curious, the Complete 2015 Learn to Code bundle is the perfect entry point for developing programming expertise. These courses are rarely available at a 94 percent discount, but for a limited time you can pick up the entire set for …

Programming

The ultimate guide: How to become a UX Designer

But a formalized university education certainly doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, you won’t find a huge selection of formal UX university programs, but you can certainly break into the field with a related degree in psychology, human-computer interaction, graphic design, visual design, UI design, and …

UX Design

How to Optimize Your Single Page Website

<i>This article was contributed by Preston Pierce.</i> What happens when your client decides to create a single page website and ask you to optimize it …

MentAd lands $4.7M to build ad campaigns for future customers who resemble existing ones

Predictive analytics firms are trying to differentiate their crystal-balling for finding would-be customers or bringing back former ones.<p>Palo Alto, California-based MentAd is announcing today it has raised $4.7 million to support its particular approach: “your next customer will be similar to the …

Machine Learning

7 pillars of minimalist Web design

To be most effective, a minimal design framework needs a solid backbone. The key components of visual organization include a strong grid, visual balance, and close attention to alignment.<p>A strong grid is the foundation for organization. The grid – built through tactically using negative space – …

1 simple trick that will boost your website conversions

Websites these days are taking hero images to the next level, embracing mega-images that fill whole screens. Sites ranging from ecommerce stores, to …

Web Design

Mapping the World's Startup Activity

Take a look at the startup scenes of Portugal, Toronto, Tel Aviv, and elsewhere with this new mapping tool.<p>Last week CityLab introduced you to Startup Amsterdam—a new interactive map showcasing the dutch capital's growing tech scene. This week we give you Mapme: An interactive mapping tool that …

The 33 Directories Every Start-Up Should Be Registered On

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth at Twoodo building the future of teamwork. He’s also a Growth Evangelist at Growth Tribe. Follow him on Twitter or G+. This post first appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>If you subscribe to the notion, “build it and they will come” then you can stop reading here. If, …

500 Startups and Stanford team up to teach startup investment

Navigating the startup seas as a new investor or entrepreneur can be tricky business; it’s all about how you approach unruly waves and, depending on …

Periscope and live video are changing the internet forever

Today, I saw the future and it is Periscope. The app, which only launched earlier today, had its first moment in the spotlight as an explosion rocked New York City.<p>Within seconds, feeds started popping up on Periscope with first-person views of the scene. I watched it unfold from afar. Then I …

Top Venture Investors Pick Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

We asked some of the more thoughtful and outspoken members of the 2015 Forbes Midas List for their recommendations of books they’d like to see their entrepreneurs reading (and they suggest you do make time to read). Fire these up on your e-readers now.<p><b>Chris Sacca</b><br>Lowercase Capital <i><br>Not Fade Away: A</i> …

Venture Capital

SEC allows regular Americans to become venture capitalists, no Silicon Valley cred required

Get the PayPal account ready.<p>Startups can now raise up to $50 million by selling stock online to anyone, opening the door for Internet-based equity …

Venture Capital

How an 18 year old is convincing the biggest gaming stars on YouTube to make their own video apps

A number of people who play Minecraft on video are making a decent living, and it’s an industry that is growing — especially among young people. Now, one company has hired one of these “young people” to reach out and expand its roster of content creators.<p>Jake Flositz is 18 years old, and he is in …

Apps

30 Mac SEO tools to boost your website’s traffic

Search engine optimization can make or break your website. And <b>Google</b> and other search engines’ constant tweaking of their algorithms means a “set it …

Any stories of employees with equity successfully taking home over $1m? $500k?

Equity for employees is commonly part of an employment package, but:<p>1. It's rare for startups to succeed 2. It's rare for non-owning employees to be …

The Psychology of Notifications and Effective Triggers

<i>Nir’s Note: This post was co-authored with Ximena Vengoechea. Ximena is a design researcher at Twitter and will be speaking at this year’s Habit</i> …

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New Report Details How eSports Is An Effective Engagement And Marketing Tool

A few years ago when I attended the League of Legends World Championship, I was surprised to hear Riot Games saying that for as popular as the event was, their massive eSports division wasn’t actually profitable in and of itself. The cost of renting out arenas like USC Galen’s Center and LA’s …

eSports

Web Design Trend Showcase: Super Gradients

After the dominance of <b>flat colors in web design</b>, we’ve noticed a new<b> web design trend of gradient</b> use beginning to emerge. Gradients are nothing new …

How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic)

You have a powerful idea for the next big thing, but before you sell it to anyone, you have to get it all down on paper. It’s time to make a business plan.<p>How do you know if you’re headed in the right direction? Washington State University created an infographic that provides 10 guidelines to help …

The 6 Key Components Of Writing A Business Plan

Having prepared a good business plan before starting your venture can often be the difference between startup success and failure. I am not saying you need a 50 page detailed report, as investors don’t typically have the time to read them anymore. But, it is more about taking the time to think …

Small Business

10 Best HTML & CSS Frameworks For Web Designers

Using HTML & CSS Frameworks you can easily accelerate your web design and web development works. Good front-end design frameworks allow you to use …

Web Design

Prototyping iOS And Android Apps With Sketch (With A Freebie!)

After the untimely (and still kind of sad) demise of Fireworks, I found myself looking for other ways to design apps and websites. I also had the …

Web Design

The Big-Data Tool Spark May Be Hotter Than Hadoop, But It Still Has Issues

Hadoop is hot. But its kissing cousin Spark is even hotter.<p>Indeed, Spark is hot like Apache Hadoop was half a decade ago. Spawned at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab, Spark is a fast data processing engine that works in the Hadoop ecosystem, replacing MapReduce. It is designed to perform both batch processing …