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Dropbox cut a bunch of perks and told employees to save more as Silicon Valley startups brace for the cold

When Dropbox employees walked into their new office on Brannan Street last month, they were dazzled by something they hadn't seen before — a gleaming, 5-foot-tall panda statue made of chrome.<p>The statue was made in recognition of the company's panda mascot. It was seen as a stamp of approval, …

7 Lessons HBO’s Silicon Valley Taught Us About Startups

<i>Susan Zheng is the co-founder and CEO of Planted (NYC ’14), a platform that helps companies hire junior, non-technical talent.</i><i>Photo Source:</i> …

We tried Juicero, the $700 mess-free juicer that Silicon Valley investors and celebrities are crazy about — here's what it's like

The bright green glass of "Sweet Greens" had just been pressed for me by Doug Evans in the San Francisco office of his new startup, Juicero.<p>And it should taste darn good. The juice came from a WiFi-connected kitchen appliance Evans' team wants to start selling this summer for about $700 — about at …

Microsoft has a new data visualization tool you can use for free

Microsoft Research has released SandDance, a free data visualization app that lets you gain insight in your surveys and research projects.<p>Simply fire it up in your browser, upload a data set (TXT, CSV and JSON formats are currently supported) and you can analyze it in a variety of ways. Whether …

DWNLD, The Easy-Bake Oven For Apps, Picks Up $12M In Series A

DWNLD, the publishing platform that takes any website and seamlessly turns it into an app, has today announced the close of a $12 million Series A funding round led by Greylock Partners.<p>The platform, which was created by cofounder and CEO Alexandra Keating and cofounder Fritz Lanman, allows any web …

Apps

Leaf Is A “Plug N’ Plant” Box To Automatically Grow Pot In Your Home

Marijuana is a sticky subject. Twenty-three states (and D.C) have legalized some form of medical use, but possession, growth and distribution are still illegal in the majority of the United States.<p>However, as is the case with most new industries, slow regulation hasn’t stopped innovation.<p>Leaf, a …

Cannabis

Partner, DFJ

How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing.<p>This is a grim fairy tale about a mythical company and its mythical founder. While I …

Drupe for Android is now a dialer for calls, texts and everything in between

When I tried Drupe a few months ago, I noted that the app made it easy to ping my favorite contacts on whichever messaging app they used from a single screen. It was love at first swipe.<p>Today, it’s got a neat update that turns it into a replacement for your dialer.<p>As with most apps in this …

Virtual Assistant Startup Zirtual Is “Pausing All Operations”

Zirtual is hitting the pause button.<p>The personal assistant startup sent an email to customers saying that it’s “pausing all operations” starting today: “Due to a combination of market circumstances and financial constraints we must re-organize our current structure if we are to successfully serve …

Startups

Burma: An Enchanted Spirit

By David Heath // From the moment I first set foot in this magical land, I fell under its spell. I found it to be one of the most enthralling …

Homejoy Is Shutting Down After One Too Many Worker Lawsuits

Worker classification lawsuits against on-demand companies have claimed their first casualty: Cleaning service Homejoy is shutting down on July 31, <i>Re/code</i> reports.<p>Though the startup had struggled to raise enough money to stay in business, CEO Adora Cheung says the “deciding factor” was the four …

Customer Service

Architizer

A Meerkat Killer? Periscope Actually Was And Twitter's Executive Team Deserves Full Credit

A week ago, John Gruber published a link in Daring Fireball to an article listing out the 16 phones which the press have labelled as “iPhone killers” since the iPhone debuted in 2007.<p>None of them was.<p>In recent years, the press has also covered how Facebook has tried to launch a Twitter killer and a …

19 startups ready to blast off in 2015

Tech entrepreneurs were busy in 2014, building startups and raising money for products that could make it big in 2015.<p>While no one can predict the future, there are a handful of startups we are especially excited to watch in the coming year.<p>This unscientific list, compiled by VentureBeat’s staff …

Microsoft buys app beta testing startup HockeyApp, plans Visual Studio integration

Today, Microsoft announced that it has acquired HockeyApp, a startup that lets developers beta test their apps on iOS, Android, and Windows.<p>This deal follow’s Apple’s February acquisition of Burstly, the parent company of HockeyApp competitor TestFlight.<p>Microsoft says it plans to integrate aspects …

Want to Found a Billion-Dollar Company? You Don't Need to Start in Silicon Valley

A new report on the origins of "unicorn companies" worldwide goes against conventional wisdom when it comes to geography.<p>As VC Aileen Lee pointed out in a much chattered about TechCrunch post earlier this year, building a company that reaches a billion-dollar valuation is rare, almost as rare as a …

Venture Capital

turn Photoshop layers into Objective-C or Swift.

Explore colors, shapes, font styles<br>and text for iOS development.<p>We take out the hassle. Getting layer properties from Photoshop has never been this …

Objective-C

Why video is the next big thing in big data

For most of its time as an IT industry buzzword, <i>big data</i> has been focused on numbers and letters. Sales numbers, medical results, weather, sensor …

List.js

List.js v1.5.0<p>Tiny, invisible and simple, yet powerful and incredibly fast vanilla JavaScript that adds <i>search</i>, <i>sort</i>, <i>filters</i> and <i>flexibility</i> to plain …

Building an Ember.js Application

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Yep, LinkedIn Acquires Newsreader Startup Pulse for $90 Million

LinkedIn announced on Thursday it has acquired mobile news aggregation startup Pulse, as Kara Swisher reported last month that it would, signaling …

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Dominate Your Industry: How to Become the Best in Your Field

5 min read<p>The notion of a miraculous genius being born smarter and more capable than the rest of us mere mortals charms our curiosity. Robert Greene, author of the popular <i>The 48 Laws of Power</i> (Penguin, 2000), would disagree. The fascination we have in prodigies, he says, is "bogus. It's completely …

Self-improvement

Hire talent, not five years with Java

Too often we see job requirements for development positions with a long series of bullet points:<p>I can understand this practice from a recruiter’s or …

The Anti-Yahoo Wunderkind, 19 Year Old Flees America and Skips College to Bootstrap a Real Startup That's Profitable in Bosnia

There’s a growing trend for children to be used as “PR tools” to raise funding or sell companies. Yahoo’s recent acquisition of Summly is the perfect example. A company built entirely off licensed intellectual property and questionable numbers of active users was purchased for “x millions of …

At This Startup, The CEO Lets All Employees Read Confidential Emails

Any employee can read almost every email sent within the company. What that means is that every email is internally public and searchable.<p>The rationale: if everyone automatically knows what's happening within the company, Stripe can reduce the number of meetings it has and have a more fluid …

Samsung Galaxy S4’s system dump now yours to download

From its unveiling a few weeks ago to its impending arrival in stores – the cycle wouldn’t be complete without seeing some goodies from the Samsung Galaxy S4 making their way online ahead of the phone’s official release.<p>So far, we’ve gotten a hold of the Galaxy S4’s colorful full HD wallpapers and …