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Researchers take nanocars out for an open-air test drive

Nanocars, those molecular-scale vehicles that might one day carry around tiny payloads, have been zipping around in vacuum environments for awhile now. But one breakthrough the nanocar researchers at Rice University have been searching for is the ability to operate these nanomachines in ambient, …

Driverless taxis are about to hit Singapore

A startup that spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to unleash driverless taxis on the city's streets later this year.<p>The company, nuTonomy, is currently working with Singapore to put self-driving electric taxis within the One North business district to serve as public …

Treeline Wants To Take The Coding Out Of Building A Backend

Building the backend to power your dream app is one of the walls that stops front-end developers from even attempting to prototype their own app designs.<p>It’s got to run fast but efficiently on whatever infrastructure you decide to use. It has to work with any platform you might build a client for. …

Software Development

Check Out The Earliest Work Of Apple's Design God, Jony Ive

At one point, he was just a young British designer trying to get by.<p>However, Ive was a precocious design talent, and from a young age, he was racking up awards for his design work.<p>Leander Kahney's, <i>JONY IVE, The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products,</i> which is now out in paperback sheds new light …

Low Poly Illustrations in Photoshop by Breno Bitencourt

We have seen quite a few illustrations with the low poly style, it looks like a very difficult technique but Breno Bitencourt put together a very …

Tutorials

High-Speed Bionic Arm Catches Objects in Mid-Flight (Video)

Researchers want to use the robotic limb to snatch space debris.<p>It’s no Willie Mays over-the-shoulder-at-the-warning-track catch*, but it’s still pretty impressive for a robot.<p>Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have unveiled a bionic arm with three joints and …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

A KPI dashboard for early-stage SaaS startups – new and improved!

[Update 01/17/2015: There's a new company called ChartMogul (which we invested in) which makes it easy to get a real-time dashboard similar to the …

Our Metrics REVEALED: Revenue, Churn, Conversions and More

Last week, we invited you to take the 2013 SaaS SMB Conversion Survey. Today, we’re putting our own cards on the table...<p>If we’re trying to promote …

7 Lessons We Learned Going from Zero to $30k/Month in Under a Year

After some early wins and epic fails, Groove launched to the public. We’ve come a long way, but not without some hurdles...<p><i>This is part five in our</i> …

Marketing

There’s Only One SAAS Sales Strategy You Really Need

For the founding team of a startup, launch day can feel like the end. However, in reality, it is the beginning. Launch is when the real work starts, …

Marketing

Want Happy Customers? Implement the 5-Visits-Plus-2-Badges Rule. For Your Customer Success Team -- And You.

If you are a SaaStr reader, you’ll know how passionate I am about Customer Success. <b>For one simple reason: Second Order Revenue</b>.<p>Upsells. Renewals. …

Apple’s Changes With iOS 7 Are More Than Skin-Deep

The most striking things about iOS 7 are the rather dramatic changes that Apple has made to the visual appearance of the software that powers the …