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You can win $25,000 for the best pitch to disrupt government

The conservative think-tank Lincoln is working to bring tech innovation to government.<p>Lincoln's annual Reboot Conference, an invitation-only event for right-of-center technologists interested in politics, will feature a new wrinkle this year: A $25,000 prize for the best government-disrupting …

The payment app of the future will not be a payment app

The use of mobile payments is rising rapidly. The Federal Reserve found that 22 percent of cell phone owners in the US reported having made a mobile payment in 2014, up from 17 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in 2012.<p>That is almost a 50 percent increase in two years. But still, no payment app has …

Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

Outside of the tech industry, an unmistakable trend is sweeping the business world.<p>Companies in industries as far ranging as transportation, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing are facing the pressures of digital disruption. As we move irreversibly into an economy defined by new competitive …

What Startups Can Learn From LearnVest’s $250 Million Acquisition

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joe Polverari is chief strategy and development officer of Yodlee.</i><p>When LearnVest, one of the hottest startups in fintech, announced its acquisition by Northwestern Mutual, the $250 million deal raised some eyebrows. While this partnership may seem unlikely at first, it actually makes …

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Forget The U.S., India’s Music Streaming Race Is The Big Growth Story

A key part of Rdio’s new $3.99 plan for cost conscious consumers taking a baby step towards music streaming services is the important caveat that this new service is cheaper outside of the U.S.. In India, it will retail for 60 rupees (around 94 cents) per month.<p>Suddenly the package, which is …

10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched over 35 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.</i><p>Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve …

Does Your Mobile App Need A Patent?

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of</i> <i>Arkenea LLC</i><i>, a mobile app design and development consultancy helping entrepreneurs and businesses take their idea through execution.</i> <i>Subscribe to his free email series</i> <i>on mobile app growth hacking.</i><p>So you’ve got an app idea and want to protect it. Is a patent the …

How To Design Websites That Mirror How Our Eyes Work

Site layout affects conversions, so it’s important to know the value of your on-screen real estate. Take <b>Freespee</b> as an example. After redesigning their site into the above version, subsequent A/B testing revealed that they could increase their phone conversation rate by 30 percent for the same ad …

Watch this developer build a Facebook Messenger app for Windows in 3 minutes

Facebook launched a standalone Facebook Messenger app for the web yesterday at messenger.com. Today, app developer Elmer Morales decided to wrap that web app into a dedicated Windows app — and show the world how he did it.<p>All Morales had to do was create a wrapper for the web app — Facebook had …

4 Animated GIFs That Reveal The Secret To Great UX Testing

All designers should use these techniques to test their designs.<p>Great designs don’t just fall out of a designer’s brain. More often than not, they’re the result of rigorous testing, using a nebulous mix of scientific and not-so-scientific techniques. But if you’re not sure what the difference …

There’s a Product Hunt for literally everything

Here’s one sign your startup is getting somewhere: The name of your startup is used to describe other companies, as in, “It’s like Uber, but for chicken nuggets!”<p>The rapid rise of product-promoting website Product Hunt has led to more than a dozen websites billing themselves as “Product Hunt for …

The mobile market in 2015 will focus on these 4 trends

<i>Chris Cunningham, Global Head of Mobile at ironSource, will be moderating one of Mobile Summit’s fireside sessions.Taking place February 23 and 24, Mobile Summit is limited to 180 senior-level execs who tackle the most urgent mobile issues facing them in 2015. It’s</i> <i>not too late to apply for one of</i> …

How Yello Mobile Ate 61 Startups In One Year

So many eyeballs, so little growth. Or so Yahoo’s recent performance under Marissa Mayer could be summarized. Joining Yahoo as its head in 2012, Mayer quickly made a splash with a rapid series of acquisitions, from the billion dollar purchase of Tumblr to the $30 million acquisition of Summly.<p>The …

How We Redesigned Our Product in Less Than a Week

<i>Bastiaan Janmaat and Mike Dorsey are co-founders of DataFox, a predictive intelligence company reinventing the way investors, analysts, and business development professionals research and track technology companies.</i><p>Time is often the scarcest resource for a startup. When you’re building a complex …

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 …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 6: Finishing the Prototype

<i>Do you have an idea for an app, but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each</i> …

5 Traits of People Who Build Lasting Companies

Adrenaline might get your idea off the ground initially, but it takes a lot more than that to stay in business.<p>Over the last 13 years of writing about tech companies, I've picked up a few things about what it takes to start a company--and build one that lasts.<p>Often entrepreneurs initially are …

Coding bootcamps will graduate 6,000 people in 2014 — 3x as many as last year

Learning to code is the new Pilates. In 2014, U.S. learn-to-code bootcamps will churn out nearly 6,000 entry-level programmers, according to a new report.<p>That’s almost three times as many graduates as last year, and it’s one-tenth as many graduates as will emerge from undergraduate computer science …

How full-stack entrepreneurs should build their skill set

Recent years have seen the rise of full-stack startups. Like Apple, these companies build an end-to-end offering, owning much of the hardware, software, design, distribution, sales, customer service, and supply chain. Examples include Uber, Tesla, and Nest.<p>I’ve been thinking that some of the most …

How To Sell Your Company To Google In A Year

Password replacement firm Slicklogin just pulled off the slickest deal of all.<p>Israeli startup Slicklogin thinks passwords are insecure, messy, and time-consuming–and that two-step authentication via SMS text message is too awkward. The answer to the world’s password woes, according to Slicklogin: …