Yan Zuo

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Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity

It was May 24, 2007 at Facebook’s inaugural developers conference f8, held at the San Francisco Design Center. Mark Zuckerberg, just 10 days past his …

Why it's Hard for VCs to Say ‘No’

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Andrej Kiska is an associate at Prague-based Credo Ventures. Prior to Credo, Andrej worked at an early growth fund Benson Oak, the first backer of AVG Technologies</i><p>“VCs are arrogant. VCs are cowards. They speak about how they love to help entrepreneurs build successful companies, yet …

In Less Than Two Years, Snapchat Is An $860 Million Company

After weeks of speculation in the tech press, Snapchat has finally revealed the details of its latest round of funding. According to Evan Spiegel, the company’s 23 year-old CEO, Snapchat raised a $60 million Series B round led by Institutional Venture Partners, with participation from General …

This Philly Startup Wants To Transform The Way Brands Use Pinterest And Instagram

That's what happened with Apu Gupta, the co-founder and CEO of Curalate, a company that provides advanced image analytics for social networks like Pinterest and Instagram, with clients including retailers like Gap and top ad agencies like Ogilvy.<p>Curalate does pixel-level analysis to understand why …

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Alternative Search Engine Blekko Launches Major Redesign In Effort To Go Beyond The Usual 10 Blue Links

Blekko, the alternative search engine that launched back in 2010, unveiled a major redesign today that uses some of its “slashtag” technology to help users go beyond the usual ten blue links on its competitors search results pages. Blekko now automatically breaks its results down into different …

Amazon launches single sign-on service, allows for easy in-app purchases

Amazon has launched a simple way for users to sign into apps and make in-app purchases with Login with Amazon, a new single sign-on service that works with all of its users’ accounts. The system works like Facebook Connect and Google+ Sign-In, allowing users to click a button and enter account …

Facebook Acquisition Talks With Waze Fall Apart

After months of negotiations, Facebook is no longer in talks to acquire Waze, the Israel-based social mapping and navigation startup, according to …

Snapchat Accounts For More Photo Shares Than Instagram As Pic Sharing Set To Double In 2013

Photo uploading and sharing is growing at an incredible pace, according to data shared by KPCB’s Mary Meeker in the Internet Trends report she presented on stage at D11 today. Well over 500 million photos are shared per day on average so far in 2013, the report estimates, which is on pace to become …

Yves Behar’s August Smart Lock Lets Users Open Doors With A Mobile App

The smart home has grown in importance over the years, with new technologies being used to connect users with what used to be dumb objects. Products like the Nest thermostat show how wireless technology and mobile apps to better manage the temperature of your home. Now similar technology is being …