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Mattel hopes you'll design 3D-printed toys

Admit it: when you were a kid, you wished that you could design the toys that the stuffy manufacturers refused to build. Well, you're about to get that chance. Mattel and Autodesk are teaming up to let you design and customize 3D-printed toys through a "dedicated online hub" in the second half of …

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The Most Common Reasons Startups Fail

Before diving into your own startup, consider first these common mistakes that have cost entrepreneurs their businesses time and again.<p>Founders blame investors, investors blame CEOs, CEOs blame research and development (R&D), R&D say the product is fine, the market just doesn’t get it, and …

Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter shares five lessons for valuing a start-up

by Steve Baxter<p>There’s an old saying that “5 per cent of something is better than 100 per cent of nothing" and it’s an important factor to keep in …

Fred Wilson: This Is How Much Funding Startups Should Be Raising

The Union Square Ventures co-founder says that for early-stage companies, less is more.<p>Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson has one simple principle when it comes to how much money startups should raise: less is more.<p>Mark Suster, a partner at Los Angeles-based VC firm Upfront Ventures, interviewed …

Ten Things I Learned Researching Ten of the World’s Fastest Growing Startups

What high-flying companies know about growth that no one else does.<p>When we launched GrowthHackers.com back in late September we had a notion of doing …

7 Metrics All Entrepreneurs Must Track

These seven critical metrics will give you a pulse on the important issues facing your business<p>When you're running a startup, there's a seemingly-endless list of things you've got to keep track of. But while metrics are important to all founders, the challenge becomes separating out the numbers …

The Secret Behind Pinterest’s Growth Was Marketing, Not Engineering, Says CEO Ben Silbermann

Pinterest, which CEO Ben Silbermann describes as a tool that helps people find inspiration, is now the third-largest source of referral traffic on …

Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning

No matter where I am, whether it is a physical location or virtual, I am always hearing conversations about how technology can be used to effectively …

What MOOCs Have and Haven't Done for Education

When I began writing about MOOCs a couple of years ago, much of the furor revolved around the imminent demise of classroom education. That hasn’t happened. For example, they are a valid, complementary offering at institutions of higher education like Pennsylvania State University. For businesses …

Versal Helps Teachers Create Interactive Online Lessons, Partners With Wolfram Alpha

Versal is a service that allows teachers to build and publish interactive online courses, homework assignments and tutorials. The company launched its service out of beta today, but maybe more importantly, it also announced a partnership with Wolfram Research.<p>Thanks to this deal with Wolfram …

Venture Capital Should Fuel Your Company, Not Your Ego: 6 Critical Lessons From The Fall Of Fab.com

Investors, sometimes failure actually means failure.<p>If there is one case study in startupland that will haunt investors and entrepreneurs for years to come, it’s Fab.<p>The former design flash-sale site pivoted more times than Madonna reinvented herself–and today, the sorry story of Fab came to an …

7 Great Google Forms Tools for Teachers

Store and pull from lists that you use regularly in Forms, like a list of staff, students, rooms, resources or anything you want.<p>formRanger allows …

Education Technology

Medium Founder Ev Williams Wants Better Metrics For Online Companies

Ev Williams thinks Internet companies should be judged on more than just their monthly active user numbers. In an interview this morning at the CODE/Media conference, the founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium said there are other metrics those companies and their investors should be paying …

Venture Investors Put $2 Billion Into The Blackboard Jungle

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase.</i><p>Venture capitalists really hit the books in 2014. Edtech companies stockpiled nearly $2 billion in venture funding — a 50 percent jump from 2013.<p>For millions of children in the American education system, more venture money doesn’t …

How to Do Everything on YouTube

Now that the video platform is 10 years old, it's clear that video tutorials are among its most valuable—if sometimes mundane—contributions.<p>It doesn't feel like it's been 10 years since YouTube launched.<p>The site, like Google and Facebook and Wikipedia, is now so culturally entrenched that recalling …

YouTube is 10 years old, but what will it look like in 2025?

Predictions for the future of Google’s online video service, from sports rights and games to co-viewing and voice recognition<p>YouTube’s first video may have been uploaded on 23 April 2005, but the website’s domain name was registered on 14 February. Hence the 10th birthday milestone this past …

Why Mobile Video Advertising Is Set To Explode

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Yoni Argaman is the vice president of marketing and business strategy at Inneractive.</i><p>Mobile video has been growing steadily for years but it is now close to justifying the hype that it generated throughout the years. Mobile video ad spend in the U.S. more than doubled from 2013 ($720 …

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6 Emerging Trends Driving Technology in Education

Research<p>Page 2 of 2<p>The proliferation of open educational resources was also identified as a mid-range trend. OER was defined in the report as "a …

Education Technology

Liftoff Raises $5 Million To Help App Makers Acquire Engaged Users, Not Just Installs

Mobile application marketers have traditionally chased new users through campaigns designed to prompt app installations. But a company called Liftoff is focused on helping companies acquire a more valuable customer base – those who take action beyond the install. That is, it helps target customers …

Coursmos Gets $600K To Push Its Mobile-Friendly Micro-Courses At Corporates

Coursmos, an online learning startup out of Russia that began as a mobile app back in 2013 offering bite-sized, user-created micro-courses for the attention-deficit generation, has taken in a new tranche of seed funding to scale up and attack the b2b learning space.<p>It’s planning to build a version …

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

I recently read a post over on VentureHacks titled, “Top Ten Reasons Entrepreneurs Hate Lawyers” written by Scott Walker (who blogs on legal issues …

Five ways to build a $100 million business

(This article first appeared on my blog. But I’ve heard that Medium is cool, and so I want to try it by re-publishing a popular post of mine.)<p>Some …

Why Airbnb's New Head of Design Believes 'Design-Led' Companies Don't Work

The gospel in the Valley these days is startups must be "design-led." Sure, your founders have to be engineers, but your first <i>hire</i> had better be a …

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 …

Why The Least-Talked-About Aspect Of The Dish Sling TV Is The Most Important One

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Pete Borum is the co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Reelio</i><i>, where he oversees the business, creative, and engineering teams that power branded content partnerships on YouTube.</i><p>Among the many new technology products and services revealed at this year’s CES, perhaps none has gotten more press …

Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos

BRUSSELS (AP) — Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related …

3 Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

The ex-Googler and current Yahoo CEO spells out three rules anyone can use to make an app better.<p>A new book about embattled Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reveals her three rules of great app design. Written by Nicholas Carlson, <i>Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!</i> details everything from Mayer’s …