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Twitter Announces Worldwide Startup Contest, ‘Hatch’

Twitter Announces Worldwide Startup Contest, ‘Hatch’ | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Are you building an industry-disrupting app or innovative solution? Is your app powered by Fabric, the Twitter mobile SDK? Are you leveraging the Twitter API to make your solution even more powerful?
If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then Twitter wants you to enter Hatch, its first global startup competition.
And with a grand prize of $25,000 at stake, it’s sure to attract some quality developers.
Other prizes include mentor sessions with Twitter execs, ad credits and VIP access to developer events.
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US urged to foster startups

US urged to foster startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

When Twitter raised $1.8 billion in one of the largest initial public offerings last year, investors and entrepreneurs celebrated.Twitter’s public reception provided more capital for it to grow and add workers, stimulating the economy. It will create wealth for many more shareholders if the company continues to grow over time. And, coming a year after Facebook’s IPO, Twitter’s successful offering primes investors’ enthusiasm for future tech companies’ offerings.But Twitter’s achievement highlights something missing in the U.S. economy: Why aren’t there more Twitters?

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Good point, the government needs to know how and where to stimulate the economy, and what better place to do that than with startups?

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What I’ve Learned in My First Month as a VC

What I’ve Learned in My First Month as a VC | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

After 13 years at startups—the last four at Twitter—I’ve made the transition into venture capital as a partner at Redpoint Ventures. It has been just over a month since I began spending my days on Sand Hill Road and in that short time, I’ve learned quickly about working in a tight, seasoned partnership as well as having listened to some of the smartest, most interesting startup pitches.

Thus far, my transition from an operating role into an investing and advisory role has been a rapid, intense education. Some parts of the job are as I expected but others have been surprising. Before it all becomes a big blur, I thought I’d share some of the most interesting and unexpected lessons I’ve learned —so far:

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, December 5, 2013 2:27 AM

A candid list of lessons learned from Ryan Sarver that gives interesting insights on how VCs will look at an investment opportunity. Useful to craft the perfect pitch. 

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:17 AM

Whether you are a Startup looking for funding, or an investor, looking for the right investment, there is a lot to learn from this article. It's and inside viewpoint that examines the process of funding the right idea and team.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 23, 2013 10:30 AM

It's great to learn from what others have tried and experienced so that you can be better prepared.

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How Can Startups Use The Power Of Social Media (Infographic)

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"Startups face tremendous pressure while competing with their bigger counterparts. They neither have large manpower nor big infrastructure. Social media can become an effective solution in helping them grow. This infographic shows how startups should utilize the power of social media."

The Final Thought

As it has been pointed out in the infographic, startups should make it a point to utilize social media platforms in every legitimate way. Social media does not discriminate between a large business and a startup, and this is the point where startups need to capitalize on. No matter how tough the competition is, only a strong social media presence can provide a startup with a strong foundation.

So make it a point to devote at least an hour every day to manage the social media accounts, and be dedicated to the visitors. Update the content with recent news about your startup, and see your efforts getting the rewards.


Read more at http://www.business2community.com/infographics/can-startups-use-power-social-media-infographic-0726604#L2FYoovFhIdsVd2v.99



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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

This infographic definitely makes a point: startups have the tool of social media available to them. It puts them on equal footing with established businesses. Use it.

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Commentary: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead

Commentary: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO – Was it the beginning or the end? As 2013 hurdled to its conclusion, the debate on 2014 had just begun: Is the tech industry on the verge of a renaissance or is the bubble about to burst?

 The glass-half-full types point to Twitter's titillating IPO; the other half insist that's when investors cashed in on social media's hype.

The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. It's indisputable Twitter's public offering will usher in a wave of IPOs. But the payoffs may not match the froth of the microblogging service, forcing would-be IPO candidates to seek corporate suitors. Indeed, Twitter shares are hovering near $65, up 44% from its opening day of trading Nov. 6.

The social media storm comes against a backdrop of wrenching changes. Tech's old guard — Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Cisco Systems — continues to wrestle with the slowly dying PC market; smartphone sales, meanwhile, are expected to top 1 billion in 2014 — roughly three times the population of the USA. (By early October, there were more than 1.5 billion smartphones in use worldwide.)

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Tech is creating a revolution. Hardware, software, and just about every aspect of our life. Startups are taking advantage of this situation. Funding is soaring. Startups are taking off!

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Katie Renati's curator insight, December 26, 2013 8:01 PM

A good read as we are heading into 2014.

I like the quote from Eric Schmidt that explains Google's innovation model: "The way Google runs is a sort of bizarre, bottoms-up innovation model, where people are encouraged to think outside the box. These ideas actually came from the bottom up."

sand0z's curator insight, December 27, 2013 3:55 AM

A look back at 2013 and some hints for what's coming in 2014.