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Steal Competitor's Customers with Effective Comparison Pages

<i>Meagan French is the founder of</i> <i>Lotus Growth</i><i>, a consultancy helping SaaS companies acquire and convert more customers.</i><p>Marketing your SaaS startup in a crowded space with many competitors presents its own set of challenges. Chances are, you’re going up against companies that have more funding, more …

Why Trying to Build a Billion-Dollar Startup Is One of the Biggest Mistakes You Can Make | Inc.com

Entrepreneurs dream about building the next big billion-dollar company. You're constantly told to think big. And it's easy to get caught up in envisioning your business going viral and getting to millions of users even before it has made a single dollar.<p>But all the hopes and visions in the world …

Why It Pays to Bring Online Retail Offline | Inc.com

<b>Social Buzz</b><p>Any business launched online also has more social potential. In Rent the Runway's case, customers were already sharing online, so word of mouth spread quickly. "Being social is the most viral form of marketing," said Fleiss, who saw firsthand how excited customers were to share what they …

Why John Maeda Is Leaving RISD For A Venture Capital Firm

We talk to Maeda about his new job in Silicon Valley, what he regrets about his tenure at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the school’s outlook for the future.<p>Rhode Island School of Design’s visionary, digitally savvy president, John Maeda, announced Wednesday that he’ll be leaving his …

Sketch it out: hands-on with Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus and retooled Bamboo Paper app

Last week, Wacom unveiled its latest tablet pen -- the Intuos Creative Stylus -- alongside a trio of Cintiq Companion standalone slates. The stylus is indeed a departure from the regular ol' scribbling units that we've seen popping up all over. This time around, the Intuos Creative Stylus draws …

Building Up Design With Architizer on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / May 6, 2013<p>The inspiration for Architizer, a modern design blog, came from the need to respond to one of architecture’s biggest …

Localytics Adds Features To Complete The Picture For Mobile App Developers And Marketers

Boston-based Localytics is fleshing out its mobile app analytics and marketing platform in a major way today with a variety of new features to help not just with customer acquisition, but also with monitoring and maintaining customer relationships over the lifetime of an app. The three big new …

12 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your iPad

Despite iOS being a scaled-down operating system, there are loads of features buried inside of it, and it's robust enough to run some powerful apps on top of it.<p>These are our favorite features and capabilities (whether native or app-assisted) in our iPads.

Apps

TripIt Founders Launch Chairish, A Consignment Marketplace To Sell Pre-Owned Home Furniture

After selling travel itinerary startup TripIt to Concur for $120 million, the startup’s co-founders, Gregg Brockway and his team are launching their newest venture—Chairish. Chairish is an online consignment marketplace for people to buy and sell pre-owned home furnishings.<p>The idea came out of a …

Publisher iDreamSky Grosses $5-7M Per Month By Bringing Western Indie Mobile Games To China

The biggest difference from one year ago with China’s mobile startups is that the local market is actually viable.<p>China now has more active iOS and Android devices than the U.S., up from about 40-50 million in circulation the last time I visited in late 2011. What that means is local entrepreneurs …

Amazon launches cloud photo storage app for iPhone

Amazon has launched a Cloud Drive Photos app for iOS, letting owners of the iPhone and iPad join Android users in storing their photography on the company's servers. The app allows users to both upload pictures to their Amazon Cloud account and to browse the photos that are already stored there. …

PayPal wants to get rid of passwords in favor of biometric security

While passwords are the way of the land on the internet, PayPal’s chief information security officer Michael Barrett says that passwords and PINs are …

Information Systems

Photovine: A Flipboard-Like iOS app for Your Photos

Remember Slide, that social technology company acquired by Google way back in 2010? No? Well, just to jog your memory, one of the first products to emerge from that acquisition was an iOS (yup) app called Photovine, which rolled out in July 2011.<p>In the build up to launch, Slide had been teasing the …

How To Download The Entire Google Fonts Catalog

Google’s massive collection of free and open-source fonts, Google Fonts, has grown in popularity since launching over two years ago. The quality of the typefaces available may vary greatly, but if you’re in search of new fonts, Google Fonts is still an excellent place to look.<p>Google has made the …

Paper by FiftyThree updated with ‘Made With Paper’ feed, pinch to zoom, & Expressive Ink Engine built on OpenGL

The extremely popular 2012 App of the Year ‘Paper by FiftyThree’ has been updated today with a few notable new features making it even easier to create beautiful sketches, illustrations, and more. Among the new features, developer FiftyThree has added a new “Made with Paper” feature that acts as a …

Shopping Around For Cheap Prices [Not Mobile Payments] Is The Most Popular In-Store Activity Among Mobile Users, Says Google

Most people may not yet be using smartphones to pay for goods when they are out shopping, but that doesn’t mean that they are not glued to their handsets anyway. Some research out today from Google indicates that among smartphone owners, some 79% can be classified as “mobile shoppers,” using their …

Mobile Gift Card App Gyft Partners With BitPay To Start Accepting Bitcoin Payments In Its Android App

If you’re sitting on a bunch of bitcoins that are burning a hole in your digital wallet, you now have another way to spend them. Today, mobile gift card company Gyft has partnered with BitPay to start accepting bitcoins within its app.<p>This is a big partnership for both, as BitPay’s CEO, Tony …

PayPal exec aims to “obliterate passwords from the face of the planet”

Forget passwords—let your phone scan your fingerprints or eyes.<p>PayPal's top security official is on a quest to kill passwords.<p>"Our intention is to …

Salesforce Acquires Bookmarking Startup Clipboard for More Than $10M

Salesforce has acquired Clipboard, a social bookmarking service that had built interesting hooks for saving rich Web content across devices, both …

Zed Buys 32% Stake In 24symbols, A 'Spotify For Ebooks'

Zed, a Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain-based mobile content, services and technology company with more than 1,700 employees worldwide, has inked an investment and distribution agreement with 24symbols, a Spanish startup that is often likened to a ‘Spotify for ebooks’.<p>A Seedcamp portfolio company, …

Meet The Accidental Designer Of The GitHub And Twitter Logos

Simon Oxley, an iStockphoto power user, was launched to fame after his drawings were bought by Twitter. Now, he designs logos for startups all over the world.<p>Simon Oxley was drinking beer and watching TV on his couch (like any good freelancer) when he noticed that a hot new startup called Twitter …

Max Greenfield On Being An Axe Auteur

The New Girl star writes, directs, and stars in the web series Finding Susan Glenn.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR7NTPwSMeE<p>Max Greenfield is best known for playing Schmidt, the womanizing—and often shirtless—roommate on Zooey Deschanel’s FOX sitcom <i>New Girl</i>, and Axe, the men’s personal-care …

British Library to archive one billion UK web pages by year's end

In a bid to permanently preserve Britain's stamp on the internet, the British Library will kick off an ambitious plan Saturday that involves archiving each and every URL with a .uk suffix. Already tasked with collecting virtually every printed work that originates in the country, laws are now …

Toothbrush 3.0 - An App For Your Mouth

Gone are the days when toothbrushes simply cleaned your teeth. Now, with the help of a Louisville, Kentucky tech startup, dental hygiene may go hand-in-hand with saving cash.<p>It’s a unique progression, when you think about it: once merely a stick with bristles, then a stick with bristles that …

Aardvark Founder’s Social Shopping Site Luvocracy Creates Market Around Recommendations

Nathan Stoll’s grandmother was an Avon lady for 50 years, and he wants to reimagine that role for the social media age.<p>“Recommendations are an …

China Is Finally Becoming A Lucrative Market For App Makers

Two years ago, while traveling in Beijing, the big surprise for me was how badly local mobile developers wanted to get U.S. customers.<p>They wanted out, not in.<p>Fraud, piracy, way too many Android stores and a still small installed base of iOS and Android devices made the local Chinese market …

Apple to develop digital wallet in next year or two, says analyst

Apple may finally step its toes into the digital wallet world over the next year or two, forecasts Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.<p>The analyst believes a payment option for iOS users may launch with the iPhone 6 in the first half of 2014. Apple will use a technology other than or in addition to …

FinTech

Why Do We Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books?

Comparing books to ebooks is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, …

Storytelling

Goodbye Ugly Forums! Moot Is A Flexible And Modern Platform For Online Discussion (And It’s Free)

Moot, a startup offering a new take on commenting and forums, is launching today after three and a half years of development with the goal of bringing these key pieces of Internet discussion into the modern era. Unlike many of the options for online discussion that exist today, Moot is designed to …