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One Of The Smartest VCs Of All Time Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry

One Of The Smartest VCs Of All Time Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Respected venture capitalist Bill Gurley is sounding the alarm on the startup industry.


In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gurley says the current environment reminds him of the tech bubble that formed in the late 1990s.


Every incremental day that goes past I have this feeling a little bit more. I think that Silicon Valley as a whole or that the venture-capital community or startup community is taking on an excessive amount of risk right now. Unprecedented since ‘'99. In some ways less silly than '99 and in other ways more silly than in '99.


Gurley adds, "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end."


Gurley is a partner at Benchmark. He's invested in Uber, OpenTable, and Zillow. Benchmark has invested in Snapchat, Quip, Yelp, and many more.


Private companies are raising giant sums of money — some as much as $500 million, says Gurley. When you have that much money, you have to spend it, so companies are upping their "burn rate," or the amount of money they're willing to lose to grow their businesses....

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Is the technology market buoyant or is it a bubble ready to burst? this VC is talking bubble.

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Online Voice Recorder

Online Voice Recorder | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Online Voice Recorder is a free simple application which records sound from microphone.


After recording you can trim the sound and save it to your computer.



Via Nik Peachey
Jeff Domansky's insight:

This looks like a very cool tool and useful for audio clips. H/T Nik Peachey

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 5, 8:02 PM

This looks like a very cool tools for recording, editing and sharing audio clips. H/T Nik Peachey.

JordiMarínba's curator insight, September 8, 10:24 AM

Very usuful online Voice Recorder

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, September 10, 6:35 AM

No registration needed, that's nice!

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61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business

61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Banana Republic and Susan’s Neighborhood Shirt Shop could be using the same social networks—Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.—but their marketing plans and their marketing tools are likely quite different. Enterprise solutions are great for the big guys, but the rest of us are in the market for something more our size.

Small businesses are eager to find valuable tools that take a lot of the time and trouble out of social media marketing and that do so without costing an arm and a leg. I think we’d all want tools like that, right?

Well, I went searching for just this kind of simple, easy, cost-effective tool, and I came up with 61 that made the cut. I tried out more than 100 in total, and I’m sure I missed a few along the way (please tell me in the comments or on Twitter which ones deserve a look)....


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@KevanLee's awesome list of 61 social media tools for small business that are easy, useful, and affordable (or free!).

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The Biggest Bullshit Job Titles in Tech | Valleywag

The Biggest Bullshit Job Titles in Tech | Valleywag | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

|Last week, the chilling visage of David Shing was thrust upon the world. Equally horrific was his job title--"Digital Prophet." That's something you can be for a living? Yes, and there are plenty of other make-believe jobs out there, too.

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Shout out to Valleywag for calling out the stupidity of some of the uber cool job titles in technology. Who said a tech bubble is not imminent?

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Fifteen basic tech skills all entrepreneurs should have

Fifteen basic tech skills all entrepreneurs should have | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
What are the baseline tech skills every entrepreneur should have before starting up? Here's a helpful checklist as a starting point for every small business entrepreneur.
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Don't Get Seduced by the Latest Social-Media Gadget | PR News

Don't Get Seduced by the Latest Social-Media Gadget | PR News | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The next shiny new thing in social media isn't necessarily a slam dunk.... Looking at Vine, there are some trends indicating that the Twitter-owned product has established itself as a worthwhile endeavor for communicators.

 

Unruly recently conducted a study using 10 million Vine submissions as its data set and determined the following:

- An average of 5 Tweets per second contain a Vine link.

- 4% of the top 100 tracked Vines is branded content.

- Weekends are the most popular time to share Vines.

- According to Unruly co-founder, Matt Cook, vines that evoke emotional response are shared most frequently.

 

On the flip side, Facebook has demonstrated how a new social-media product can land with a veritable thud. The company’s Home app has been described as a “flop,” and many are describing the smartphone home screen app as “too intrusive” and “pushy.”... 

Jeff Domansky's insight:

What's a PR/marketing pro to do? There's never a shortage of new technology and tools. The challenge is to pick and choose the right ones, at the right time, for the best results. And to recognize that not every technology or tool works for every company/product/service every time.

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Website Crash Resolved: More Crisis Lessons | The PR Coach

Website Crash Resolved: More Crisis Lessons | The PR Coach | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...After one day, my online presence was still out of action. Frustrating. Out of contact. And challenging because the technical solutions were far beyond my skills. I went to bed Friday night with no idea how long I’d be incommunicado and when or if my problem would be solved.

 

The next morning an 8:00 AM e-mail made my day. Bluehost tech support advised my site was now up and running again.

 

In less than 48 hours they had recovered and restored my websites and blog. That’s service! And that’s why they’ve been my web hosting provider since 2001.

 

The backup restored the blog to one week earlier. All that was lost were three blog posts, easily reposted, and a small number of PR Library archive articles.

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A happy ending to the website/blog crash and more crisis lessons.

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Why You'll End Up Wearing a Smart Watch | Gizmodo

Why You'll End Up Wearing a Smart Watch | Gizmodo | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

People don't wear watches anymore. You'll look ridiculous. Why wouldn't you just use your smartphone instead? These are just some of the negative sentiments skeptics are spewing about smart watches, which are still very much in their nascent stage....

 

...Smart watches may seem like a dorky throwback now, but with so many companies working on new versions they have serious potential. Laptop Mag's Mark Spoonauer looks at five ways smart watches could impact your life. Not only are there some promising smart watches already available, including the Pebble and Martian Watch, but Samsung has confirmed that it is working on its own watch. Meanwhile, Apple reportedly has more than 100 people working on a curved-glass iWatch that runs iOS and Google is said to be working on its own high-tech timepiece....

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Timely perspectice...

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Here's How It'll Feel to Wear Google Glass

Here's How It'll Feel to Wear Google Glass | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Through a series of photos and videos, Google shared some more information about Project Glass early this morning... More than a catchphrase, "OK, Glass" is how the wearer will engage the headset, enabling it to listen to commands....

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Geek alert! How cool is this?

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Huberty: Apple could sell 13 million TV sets at $1,060 each | Fortune Tech

Huberty: Apple could sell 13 million TV sets at $1,060 each | Fortune Tech | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Survey finds Americans more keen to buy an "iTV" than they were the iPhone or iPad FORTUNE -- Opinions about whether Apple (AAPL) is about to enter the TV set market are about as sharply divided as Fox News and...

FORTUNE -- Opinions about whether Apple (AAPL) is about to enter the TV set market are about as sharply divided as Fox News and MSNBC. You're either in the Gene Munster camp (It's coming, for sure, in 2013!) or in Jean-Louis Gassée's (It's a pipe dream!).

Whichever party you belong to, there's much to be gleaned from the note to clients Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty issued Tuesday about what she calls "iTV" (to distinguish it from the current Apple TV set-top box)....
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I sure hope Santa is paying attention for next year ;-)

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Your Tweets Are Why The Next Walter Cronkite Will Be A Robot

Your Tweets Are Why The Next Walter Cronkite Will Be A Robot | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

David Holmes: "A computer that can write like a human is a neat trick. But Moxie Awards finalist Narrative Science is taking the role of the robot journalist to the next level"...

 

Of all the new technology companies disrupting the field of journalism, none hits home quite like Narrative Science. As Co.Exist reported back in November, the Chicago-based company, which is up for a Moxie Award this week, has developed an algorithm that can mimic human writing so effectively that… well just have a look at these two Forbes.com leads and see if you can tell which was written by a robot...


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100 Ideas That Changed the Web

100 Ideas That Changed the Web | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...But it wasn’t until 1999 that Tim Berners-Lee, who had invented the World Wide Web and launched the first webpage on August 6, 1991, coined the concept of the Semantic Web — a seminal stride toward cultivating  wisdom in the age of information, bringing full-circle Otlet’s vision for an intelligent global network of organizing human knowledge. Much like Johannes Gutenberg, who combined a number of existing technologies to invent his revolutionary press, Berners-Lee was simply bringing together disjointed technologies — electronic documents, hypertext, markup, the internet — to create a new paradigm that changed our world at least as much as Gutenberg’s invention. But how, exactly, did we get there?


The 98 landmark technologies and ideas that bridged Otlet’s vision with Berners-Lee’s world-changing web are what digital archeologist Jim Boultonchronicles in 100 Ideas that Changed the Web (public library) — the latest installment in a fantastic series of cultural histories by British indie powerhouseLaurence King, including 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design100 Ideas that Changed Film100 Ideas that Changed Architecture100 Ideas that Changed Photography, and 100 Ideas that Changed Art....

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Maria Popova profiles 100 ideas that changed the Internet from the mouse to the GIF, by way of the long tail and technology’s forgotten female pioneers..

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A Dozen Things I've Learned From Marc Andreessen | Craig McCaw

A Dozen Things I've Learned From Marc Andreessen | Craig McCaw | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Marc Andreessen is able to explain himself so well that I should have less commentary to add to the quotations in this post than usual. But where is the fun in that?


My primary task with this blog post has been assembling the quotations and placing them in an order which flows well, since understanding the earlier topics helps the reader understand ideas which come later in the list. Each set of quotations is a mash up from sources like the links identified in the notes at the bottom of this post....

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For tech startups and entrepreneurs, Craig McCaw pulls together 25 great quotes from VC thought leader Marc Andreessen.

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Tomorrow's Apps Will Come From Brilliant (And Risky) Bitcoin Code | Wired.com

Tomorrow's Apps Will Come From Brilliant (And Risky) Bitcoin Code | Wired.com | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A variety of new applications have adapted the bitcoin protocol to fulfill different purposes; the latest is Ethereum.


For many, bitcoin — the distributed, worldwide, decentralized crypto-currency — is all about money … or, as recent events have shown, about who invented it. Yet the actual innovation brought about by bitcoin is not the currency itself but the platform, which is commonly referred to as the “blockchain” — a distributed cryptographic ledger shared amongst all nodes participating in the network, over which every successfully performed transaction is recorded.


And the blockchain is not limited to monetary applications. Borrowing from the same ideas (though not using the actual peer-to-peer network bitcoin runs on), a variety of new applications have adapted the bitcoin protocol to fulfill different purposes: Namecoin for distributed domain name management; Bitmessage and Twister for asynchronous communication; and, more recently, Ethereum (released only a month ago). Like many other peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, these platforms all rely on decentralized architectures to build and maintain network applications that are operated by the community for the community. (I’ve written before here in WIRED Opinion about one example, mesh networks, which can provide an internet-native model for building community and governance)....

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Nerd alert! Risky new Bitcoin code will make life challenging for lawmakers and policy wonks.

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20 West Coast-based startups to watch in 2014

20 West Coast-based startups to watch in 2014 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Welcome to 2014, a brand new year to look forward to and you know what this means, another list about tech companies. This time we look at another batch West Coast startups that we believe could be big news in the next twelve months. The names on this list are not constrained to just Silicon Valley — they can be based in any part of the region, including Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles.


Practically every day, a new company sprouts up to tackle one of countless problems and while some hold promise, it’s impossible for us to list them all. We’ve tried to focus on the few that cover a variety of industries, including those that are doing something really cool, whether it’s in healthcare, 3D motion control, enterprise computing, or even those focused on behind-the-scenes services.


Here are our picks for 2014, presented in no particular order. These aren’t all necessarily brand new companies, but ones we think will make a significant breakthroughs in 2014. If you want to look at our list from 2013, you can view it here....

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Great snapshot of West Coast startups to watch. Recommended reading.

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Tips, tricks and tools for data visualisation: 15 great tools for the job

Tips, tricks and tools for data visualisation: 15 great tools for the job | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In my previous article I discussed the importance of ensuring that your data is clean and processed before attempting any form of data visualisation. Here I will share some really awesome tools that (once your data is clean and ready to use) you can have at your disposal to create mind-blowing representations of the facts and figures.Here is a list of tools, some more open and adjustable than others, that add value to your raw data and can be used as a source of inspiration and design when approaching the visualisation process....

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Terrific tools, several new to me and several keepers.

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Why I Need Aereo TV — And You Do, Too [Review] | ReadWrite

Why I Need Aereo TV — And You Do, Too [Review] | ReadWrite | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The TV Antenna Of The Future... Since Aereo launched, the television industry has been hoping to sue it out of existence. Early attempts to have the service shut down have been unsuccessful, thanks to legal logic that may well wind up saving Aereo in the end.

 

Meanwhile, the networks are clamoring for a plan B, which, if you believe the claims of network execs, includes threats to pull out of broadcast TV all together. (Said threats are, of course, unbelievably stupid.) Aereo does not disrupt the core broadcast business model. When I'm watching TV shows on my iPad using Aereo, I'm still seeing all the commercials, just like I would if I tuned in via an antenna on my television set. The problem is, my antenna sucks. On a good day, I can get four or five channels to display clearly on my TV, and even that involves some finagling. It feels decidedly old-fashioned to be tinkering with an antenna just to watch NBC.

 

By contrast, Aereo feels right at home in the 21st century. When you watch it, it doesn't feel like you're stealing anything. Instead, it feels like the service has restored your ability to conveniently tune into broadcast TV — an ability that's atrophied for years thanks to changing viewer habits and, consequently, expectations for picture and sound quality....

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You can never have too much technology in my humble opinion ;-). As long as it's practical, meets your needs and is priced right.

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‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving | gearburn

‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving | gearburn | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It seems obvious, really, but a crucial step towards fully autonomous vehicles is making sure that the vehicles can respond to their surroundings. Each car needs to know exactly where every other car and obstacle is, which requires huge amounts of research and testing. This is called CAR 2 CAR Communication and a consortium was created by some of the top car makers to share car communication technologies and make a standard to ensure all cars will connect. The development of the autonomous vehicle requires, essentially, that cars don’t hit anything and this requires communication from car-to-car and car-to-object. That is the main focus: don’t crash. Simple enough, right? Not so much.... 

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Fascinating future that's not too far off. Calling George Jetson...

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Is Pheed the next big social network? | News.com.au

Is Pheed the next big social network? | News.com.au | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

IT'S the social network you've never heard of but it's climbing the rankings in Apple's App Store.

 

In fact, Pheed is the number one most downloaded free app in the App Store under the social networking category, outranking both Facebook and Twitter.

And it's been that way for more than a week.

 

So what is Pheed and how does it work?

 

Well, it's a social network that works much the same way as Facebook or Instagram. You sign up, either with an email address or a Facebook or Twitter login, you follow people and people follow you back. You can comment on people's posts and they can comment on yours.

 

It looks and feels like a more sophisticated Instagram....

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Next big social media thing or shiny new toy that will be gone tomorrow? Explore...

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Finally invented: A computer incapable of crashing | theWeek

Finally invented: A computer incapable of crashing | theWeek | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

London scientists have created a machine that can repair its own damaged code... Good news for folks who regularly find themselves mashing control+alt+delete until their fingernails hurt: Researchers at the University College London have invented a new "systemic" computer that automatically repairs corrupted data whenever it appears. In non-geek speak, all that means is that this gilded, Platonic ideal of desktop PCs never, ever crashes. How does such a miracle machine even work? Its creators, naturally, turned to Mother Nature — more specifically, the random modeling that allows swarms of bees to scatter in unison around a honey-hungry bear or that allows atoms to bounce around until they find their proper place....

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Gotta have this... LOL

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Predicting what topics will trend on Twitter | MIT News Office

Predicting what topics will trend on Twitter | MIT News Office | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A new algorithm predicts which Twitter topics will trend hours in advance and offers a new technique for analyzing data that fluctuate over time.

 

Twitter’s home page features a regularly updated list of topics that are “trending,” meaning that tweets about them have suddenly exploded in volume. A position on the list is highly coveted as a source of free publicity, but the selection of topics is automatic, based on a proprietary algorithm that factors in both the number of tweets and recent increases in that number.

 

At the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Information and Decision in Social Networks at MIT in November, Associate Professor Devavrat Shah and his student, Stanislav Nikolov, will present a new algorithm that can, with 95 percent accuracy, predict which topics will trend an average of an hour and a half before Twitter’s algorithm puts them on the list — and sometimes as much as four or five hours before....

 

[Interesting predictive tool in development at MIT ~ Jeff]

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Tips and Trends for Tech PR - PRNewser

Tips and Trends for Tech PR - PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

“Tech is really mainstream,” said TJ Snyder, partner at The OutCast Agency, during a conversation with us this week. “Tech is now part of every story.”

 

From HP to Facebook to Apple, the doings at tech and digital companies is filling up the news cycle. We spoke with Snyder to get a sense of how this is impacting the tech PR sector. On top of his list of tips and trends is finding a way to stand out now that the news is overflowing with tech items.

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