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Nudge Is Like Reddit For Social Activities

Social planning continues to be a hot topic for developers, and the latest new service out of San Francisco is taking a different approach to the whole thing. Nudge, a mobile and desktop web app, crowdsources activities from people in the area and surfaces the best ones to the top of the list.<p>The …

The Wrong Hire Pissed Off my Team, The Right Hire Didn't Have All the Answers

We team-interviewed the candidate, who told us what he cared about and what he didn't know. Then he helped us figure out our priorities before he took the job.<p>Our engineering team is restless. Their skills are off the charts but they aren’t working as a team. There are flare-ups of outright …

Apps in the hood: Taking south L.A. kids from homeless and failing to Stanford and Princeton

For some kids, the opportunity to go to Stanford University for a computer science degree sounds like a death sentence. For real.<p>As in, a bullet in the brain.<p>“We recruit seventh through 11th graders, a lot of whose parents don’t have high school or even middle school,” Juan Vasquez told me about …

Stealthy TrendKite unleashes new tool for companies to further manipulate the media

If you don’t believe that large companies pay serious heed to how the press reports on them, you need look no further than the media scoresheet that …

Relate.ly Helps Stay Connected With Your Key Contacts

Relate.ly is an interesting new service designed to help maintain regular communication with the people that matter most in your personal and professional life.<p>The service tracks relationships based on your interactions with people across a range of services, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …

How startups disrupted the New York City office space leasing market

<i>Andrew Stein and Bert Rosenblatt are the founding Principals of Vicus Partners, LLC.</i><p>In case you haven’t heard, there’s a tech revolution happening in New York. In the past two years, hundreds if not thousands of new tech companies have hatched in NYC. And many of them are growing rapidly and …

Virtual Fitting Startup Virtusize Tries On Japan Via Partnership With Online Fashion Retailer Magaseek

Sweden’s Virtusize, one of a plethora of startups trying to solve the problem of how to “try on” clothes online, is rolling out in Japan via a partnership with Japanese online fashion retailer Magaseek. As of today, its “Fit Visualiser” solution is available on 20,000 items on Magaseek’s online …

Meet the 45 New Y Combinator Startups: From Bitcoins to Bots

GoComm<p>During the 2012 Democratic national convention in Charlotte, NC, Travis Dredd was in charge of relocation when weather forced conventioneers to …

6 Ways to Get Customers Hooked and Raving About Your Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What's better than happy customers? Happy customers who tell all their friends about your brand. If your end goal was customer satisfaction, take a step back and try to imagine the next level: activating those customers to spread the word …

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How Much Do Average Apps Make?

The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of people rushing to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android. But looking at the installed user base on each platform and information on the payouts made by the different companies, it appears that the vast majority of developers will find …

Why Venture Will Abandon Seed Investing

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ben Narasin is a long-time entrepreneur, president of TriplePoint Ventures, the seed equity practice of TriplePoint Capital, and a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @bnarasin.</i><p>Five years ago, I noticed a growing gap between angel and venture investing. Venture was getting bigger …

What Ad Network Problem? Vungle Raises $6.5 Million for Mobile Video Ads.

Public investors aren’t very excited about ad networks and ad technology. But private money is still placing bets.<p>The newest: A $6.5 million A round …

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges

If it’s built, the Hyperloop may feel more like a roller coaster than a train<p>It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. And while …

The 20 Most Powerful Words in Business

Success in business is relatively simple: Make good decisions more often than you make bad ones, and you win. Make bad decisions too often, and you lose.<p>Simple? Yes. Easy? No. Particularly because, as your business grows and becomes more complex, more and more people get involved in the …

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3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

How do you keep your IP safe from view ... and under what circumstances should you show it to others?<p>Many start-up owners are concerned with the intellectual property (IP) of their company, and they should be. IP is a valuable asset that needs to be protected, insured, and, sometimes, even …

Can Birchbox Evolve Beyond Subscriptions?

Birchbox released some numbers Thursday, announcing that — in addition to passing the 400,000 monthly subscribers mark — its full-priced ecommerce …

A serial pivot to success story

As I travel the country documenting the tech revolution, one of the most crucial insights I encounter across all sectors, from transportation to …

6 Tips to Advance Your Career

I was able to embark in great conversation with a Subject Matter Expert in career advancement recently. During that conversation he shared some great …

Free Your Mind And Your Apps Will Follow: This Week’s Best (Free!) iPhone And Android Apps

What’s better than free apps on a Friday? Not much. So whether you’re in the mood to get more organized or just have some fun, check out this list of free apps to end your week in style.<p>If you’re looking to start journaling, brush up on your logic and spatial reason, or are just in the mood for a …

Could Your Company Manage Without Managers?

Read on to find out what it takes to make a boss-less office work.<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> recently wrote about some tech companies that had no managers, or at least very few. The software company 37signals, for example, has been around for 14 years. It's small, sells products for collaboration among …

Flurry: The iPad and the iPhone couldn't be more different

Tablets and smartphones are often referred to simply as "mobile devices." The name is handy in that it helps distinguish touchscreen-equipped, …

5 Lessons Learned By Hiring a 13 Year Old

I founded Elevatr because everyone has great business ideas, but not everyone knows how to turn those ideas into businesses. Our first product, an …

7 Sweet Ways To Relish The Last Days Of Summer

The days are getting shorter. Soon autumn’s cool whisper will be heard. (Sigh.) But it’s not too late to enjoy a few more golden moments of summer!<p>As August flies by, it’s easy to feel a sense of melancholy. You start scheduling meetings in September–those calendar days looming closer and …

Adap.tv Founders Discuss Their $405M Acquisition And The Company’s ‘Secret Ingredients’

A week after AOL (which owns TechCrunch) announced that it’s acquiring video ad company Adap.tv for $405 million, we drove down to the company’s office in San Mateo to speak to co-founders Amir Ashkenazi (the CEO) and Teg Grenager (the chief product officer).<p>Ashkenazi told me that there were …

6 Ways to Survive Your Next Business Networking Event

In my personal vision of hell, I’m in large, red party room filled with hundreds of 3-year old children trying to feed me burnt mac and cheese, Phil …

The Best Place to Put Your Money? Other People's Businesses. Really.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>An endearing, but dangerous quality of entrepreneurs and small-business owners is their propensity to go all-in -- not only pouring all of their lives, hearts and souls into their business, but all of their money too.<p>Of course, many …