Matthew Ng

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How Japan's Line App Became A Culture-Changing Phenomenon

It’s already a powerhouse in messaging, entertainment, and merchandise, with payments and more on the way. Next stop: America.<p>When the young people of Tokyo want to go shopping, they head for Harajuku. A fabled wellspring of youth culture, the neighborhood offers international retail chains on its …

Paul McCartney

The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups

These household names began as less-than-glamourous solutions to problems.<p>Light-bulb moments don’t happen on command, and brainstorming sessions rarely produce extraordinary results. More often it’s a random remark, event, or memory that sends an entrepreneur down the rabbit hole of innovation. …

Jack Dorsey

The Army Of Ghostwriters Behind King Content

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aimee Millwood covers e-commerce marketing, growth and engagement for the Yotpo blog.</i><p>Before I quit ghostwriting, I wrote for publications like Forbes, Inc., The Next Web, and even TechCrunch. I worked as a behind-the-scenes magician, penning content that helped CEOs and companies gain …

Writing

Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes A Difference

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur and VC at Upfront Ventures. Follow his blog at</i> <i>BothSidesoftheTable.</i><p>Startups in a world of massive markets can be confusing. The law of large numbers; platforms that can make your company blow up unexpectedly and the trendy nature of tech markets are …

Productivity Apps

Psychology: Why boredom is bad... and good for you

Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realise – but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics, says David Robson.<p>I’ve met lots of people with a talent to bore in my time, but Sandi Mann is one of the few to have honed it as a craft. Eager volunteers …

Creativity

7 proven strategies for launching a marketplace

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

Mindfulness

How to Get Your Product Hunted Like a Pro

<i>Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, helping entrepreneurs and tech professionals (especially women) level up their careers. This post originally appeared on the Femgineer blog.</i><p>Back in 2007 I was working on my first startup, Mint.com, and in our efforts to be scrappy, we explored a …

Neat Photo-Sorting App, Impala, Lands On Android To Herd More Cat Pictures

Be careful of Impala, the helpful, AI-powered photo-sorting app which has just landed on Android. You might not like what it reveals about your life after it’s sifted through your personal photo stack and pigeon-holed your phone snaps into respective buckets — with labels like ‘Cats’, ‘Indoor’, …

Twitter’s Root Injustice

For the past three years this post has been stuck in the drafts folder of my computer. I didn’t finish because I would go to edit it then convince myself, halfway through, that I was on the verge of a <i>way to fix Twitter</i> and my time was better spent coding.<p>I’ve stopped thinking that there is a …

Our Dangerous Obsession With The MVP

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of the recently released book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.</i><p>Building stuff does not …

Fantastic For iPhone Is A Smart, Social Music Player That Learns What You Like & Suggests Nearby Shows

Grokr, a company that had previously been working on a sort of “Google Now”-like application for iOS users, is launching its latest creation called Fantastic into public beta today. The new app, a smart music player for iOS devices, lets you not only play your own music, but discover new artists …

Watch Out Google, AddSearch — Like Swiftype — Wants To Stop In-Website Search From Sucking

The in-website search space is hotting up. Because well, let’s face it, most site search still sucks. The reason for that is that firstly search is a hard, expensive problem to crack. And secondly Google, the dominant search player offering an in-website search product, hasn’t got a huge incentive …

When Growth Hacking Goes Bad

Andreessen Horowitz-backed music lyrics and annotations Rap Genius was the latest to stray over to the darker side of so-called “growth hacking,” with its spammy SEO tactics disguised as an affiliate program. Called out, exposed and now punished by Google, the site’s traffic has tanked. But Rap …

From Its Beginnings In A Denmark Loft, Zendesk’s Steady Rise To The Top Of The Helpdesk Heap

As with many startups, Zendesk’s origins began at a table with a few laptops, three co-founders and lots of coffee. But the founding of the customer service software company has an unorthodox twist: Zendesk started out of a loft in Copenhagen, Denmark, and not in Silicon Valley.<p>Mikkel Svane and …

How Open Should a Startup CEO be with Staff?

CEO transparency. It almost sounds uncontroversial. A CEO should tell her staff everything! Right? Right?!?<p>Of course not.<p>It’s a hard topic to write …

The Danger And Opportunity Of The Intermediate Metric

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alex Rampell is the co-founder and CEO of TrialPay. Follow him on Twitter @arampell.</i><p>Are social media companies overvalued? The question is not just a matter of revenue multiples (low or high), but rather whether that revenue is actually generating new sales for advertisers. Google …

Why Startups Fail: A Postmortem For Flud, The Social Newsreader

In late July, news broke that Flud, the social news reader for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, was headed to the deadpool. Startup failure is an all-too familiar, even cliche, story in Silicon Valley. But when San Diegoan co-founders Bobby Ghoshal and Matthew Ausonio officially shuttered the Flud …

How to Raise Money

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>September 2013<p>Most startups that raise money do it more than once. A typical trajectory might be …

Luma For iPad Is A Personalized TV Guide For Streaming Video…With A Few New Tricks

Movie and TV recommendations app Luma.tv has been working to solve the “what to watch” problem for years. The company first launched as Inveni.com, a free web service backed by nearly $2 million in founder and angel funding, which helped users create their own “taste profiles” in order to serve up …

The Decline And Fall Of Flowtab, A Startup Story

It started with an idea: How can we get our drinks more quickly at the bar? Dreamed up at 2 a.m. in Coloft, a Los Angeles coworking space, future founder Mike Townsend doodled up an iPad application mockup that he called Apptini to answer the question.<p>Apptini, a portmanteau of application and …

How Amazon Is Tackling Personalization And Curation For Sellers On Its Marketplace

When it comes to personalization, Amazon has been one of the pioneers in mining and using data to create a more curated e-commerce experience for consumers. But by now, nearly all e-commerce companies and marketplaces have caught on and are using more personalized recommendations to enhance the …

Flickr Grows Post-Relaunch, Tumblr Now 7.2% Of Site’s Referral Traffic

Yahoo’s efforts at improving Flickr with new pricing plans, acquisitions, and revamped web and mobile experiences appear to be paying off, at least in the form of website traffic and engagement. According to a new report from SimilarWeb, visits to Flickr have been increasing steadily, and are now …

How Fast Should You Be Growing?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jules Maltz</i> <i>is a General Partner and</i> <i>Parsa Saljoughian</i> <i>is an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners</i><i>, a late-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park.</i><p>Paul Graham wrote a great post in which he defines a startup as a “company designed to grow fast” and encouraged founders to …

Close A Round With New “Inbound” Tools And Techniques On AngelList

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Antony Brydon, an entrepreneur who has raised ten seed, debt, and venture rounds for four startups in the last decade and is currently a co-founder at Directly. Follow him on Twitter</i> <i>@abrydon.</i><p>Last week, my company Directly closed a $1.75 million seed round using an “inbound” approach …

“Designing Facebook Home” Video Gives Rare Look At Prototypes And Iteration Process

Facebook Home’s launcher was inspired by Lunchables. That’s just one nugget of insight into Facebook’s design process from a presentation it gave to Bay Area designers in May and that it’s now released as a video. The 40-minute clip illustrates how Home evolved, iteration by iteration. Facebook’s …

Reddit Insight Is An Awesome Hack That Reveals How The Internet’s ‘Front Page’ Really Works

Anyone who has had their website get some traction on Reddit knows that it truly lives up to its “front page of the Internet” label — the kind of traffic the site drives can be remarkable. But the process by which a link takes off on the site is still pretty mysterious. For the most part, you …

Do Things that Don't Scale

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>July 2013<p>One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that …

Startups

Why Behavior Change Apps Fail To Change Behavior

<i>Editor’s Note: Nir Eyal writes about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business at NirAndFar.com. Follow him @nireyal.</i><p>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 …