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Think About Jobs, Pains, Gains

Think About Jobs, Pains, Gains | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
ALEXANDER OSTERWALDER:There are three things you need to test to better understand your customers.
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Brightbox: Turning an Idea Into a Start-up

Brightbox: Turning an Idea Into a Start-up | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
A start-up that has developed a venue-based charging station for mobile devices offers some valuable lessons in defining and building a business model around an...
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Google Wallet Expands To Mobile Web

Google Wallet Expands To Mobile Web | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Google is today announcing mobile support for its Google Wallet checkout service, which expanded to include micropayments for web content earlier this month.
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Investor Uses Rap to Teach Pithy Business Lessons

Investor Uses Rap to Teach Pithy Business Lessons | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

Ben Horowitz, of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, says rap holds lessons for tech entrepreneurs including how to fire an executive or stand up to difficult board members.

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Should You Trust Your Gut? The Answer Is Yes. w/ George Zachary

Should You Trust Your Gut? The Answer Is Yes. w/ George Zachary | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

A few years ago I asked a successful entrepreneur for advice on what I should do with my latest product idea. His reply was simple. “Trust your gut. What does your gut tell you?” I confidently replied, “That this is a $100MM business.” To which he added, “Then go for it.”

 

So that’s exactly what we did. We went for it and a year later we didn’t have a $100MM business or even a $10MM business. We didn’t even have a….ok I’ll stop there. But how did I get it so wrong? Is my gut untrustable? Was I wrong to follow it? Or was my stomach just acting up after a recent trip overseas? I recently sat down with Charles River Ventures Partner George Zachary who has had his fair share of big successes.

 

In his 17-year venture capital career, he has had over $1B in returns on $150MM in investments. He is an investor in companies like Twitter, Yammer, Playdom, Jambool, and a lot more you’ve heard of. This subject is one George has preached for a long time.

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6 Web Pioneers on What the Internet of the Future Will Look Like

6 Web Pioneers on What the Internet of the Future Will Look Like | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Founders of AOL, MapQuest, Yelp, Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla! respond to the question: "What is the future of the Internet?

 

The responses I received varied a great deal, but usually began with something along the lines of “Wow. That’s a big question.”

 

And it is — one with an answer that is surely beyond the capacity of a single person’s imagination. But at some point in the past, when these six people were faced with the same question, they got at least part of it right. Barry Glick digitized location when he launched MapQuest. Jeremy Stoppelman bet on local tips and reviews with Yelp. And Steve Case literally brought America online.

Here’s what the people who shaped today’s Internet have to say about its potential for tomorrow.

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How To Create A Minimum Viable Product | TechCrunch

How To Create A Minimum Viable Product | TechCrunch | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of talk on the concept of minimum viable product lately, but not much has been written on how to actually implement one.
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Google Launches Online Resource for Entrepreneurs

Google Launches Online Resource for Entrepreneurs | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Google took the wraps off "Google for Entrepreneurs," a microsite that brings together information about Google's programs and partnerships for startups and entrepreneurs.
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Rocket Internet: Is There A Method To Its Madness Or Is It Just Bad For Innovation | TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Bernard Leong is co-founder of SGE, an online portal dedicated to entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia, and This Week in Asia, a podcast dedicated to tech news in Asia. 

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Transform Your Designs Into Coded HTML Emails With Mailrox | Design Shack

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Reading an article entitled Transform Your Designs Into Coded HTML Emails With Mailrox on Design Shack.
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NASDAQ is killing it mostly because tech is killing it

NASDAQ is killing it mostly because tech is killing it | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
The NASDAQ has reached levels not seen since 2000 at the tail end of dot-com bubble. And tech has had a lot to do with it.
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Shiny Ads Goes Self-Serve for Premium Digital Ad Buyers

Shiny Ads Goes Self-Serve for Premium Digital Ad Buyers | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Sales and management of premium online advertising are typically a manpower intensive process for all parties involved. Hoping to alleviate this, the recent trend has been toward adding automation ...
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The C in CEO should stand for "custodian of the vision"

The C in CEO should stand for "custodian of the vision" | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Up until a couple years ago, I equated the job of CEO with serving the needs of various stakeholders (customers, employees, investors, etc.). Like most CEOs, I learned that it’s virtually impossibl...
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CEOs Don’t Come Pre-Made, Authentic Leadership Has To Be Learned

CEOs Don’t Come Pre-Made, Authentic Leadership Has To Be Learned | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: Scott Weiss is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and the former co-founder and CEO of IronPort Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007.
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A VC's Advice On How To Pitch VCs

Editor's Note: In this guest post, Raj Kapoor gives entreprenuers advice on how to pitch VCs. Kapoor knows both sides of the equation. For the past five years, he's been a VC at the Mayfield Fund.
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Apple Posts A Video Remembering Steve Jobs And Highlighting His Greatest Achievements

Apple Posts A Video Remembering Steve Jobs And Highlighting His Greatest Achievements | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Apple has posted a video on its homepage today, with footage of Steve Jobs over the years speaking at keynotes and Apple events, showing images of him and the products he created that changed the way we think about and use computers and mobile...
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Ugh, LinkedIn Gives “Thought Leaders” Another Platform for Bloviating

Ugh, LinkedIn Gives “Thought Leaders” Another Platform for Bloviating | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

This morning, LinkedIn launched a blog platform for "influencers". Readers can now follow 150 annointed thought leaders and comment on their blog posts, as well has having the option to "like" and share them. 

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The Next Big E-Commerce Wave: Vertically Integrated Commerce | TechCrunch

The Next Big E-Commerce Wave: Vertically Integrated Commerce | TechCrunch | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

There has been more e-commerce innovation during the past year than there has been during the last decade.

First, flash-sale and daily-deal sites brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to a vertical that hadn’t seen much change since Amazon and eBay arrived on the scene. Now there’s a whole new generation of e-commerce players. Ever heard of Nasty Gal, Warby Parker, Indochino, Stella Dot, Chloe & Isabel, Frank & Oak, Julep, Beachmint, Shoedazzle, ModCloth, Everlane, Bonobos or J Hilburn? Together, this group of companies will generate over a billion dollars in revenue in 2012.

These web-only brands are vertically integrating the retail value chain, including manufacturing, branding, and distribution. By eliminating stores from the supply chain, these companies bring products directly to consumers from the factory without the bloat of the traditional retailer. This translates into high-quality products (whether eyeglasses or t-shirts) at significantly lower prices.

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The Humble Business Card Gets Superpowers With NFC

The Humble Business Card Gets Superpowers With NFC | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Near-field communication, appearing on more cellphones every day, has the potential to upgrade business cards -- if you can afford them.
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For Students, By Students: First Round Capital Announces Dorm Room Fund in Philly

For Students, By Students: First Round Capital Announces Dorm Room Fund in Philly | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

First Round Capital has launched a new experimental fund focused entirely on college campuses. The Dorm Room fund, worth $500,000, is starting in Philadelphia but will expand to other campuses if all goes well. But the most interesting part is who is running it: Once the fund is set up, First Round will be entirely hands-off. A team of students choose which startups get funded.

 

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook were started on college campuses. The thinking goes that if students were smart enough to create these companies, then they are smart enough to identify peers with potential. First Round is taking applications for its team of eight student VCs’ on the Penn and Drexel campuses. Once its initial investment team is picked, those members will choose their own replacements as they graduate.

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How to Design the Perfect Twitter Header Image | Design Shack

How to Design the Perfect Twitter Header Image | Design Shack | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

Twitter recently rolled out an updated design for profile pages, which allows you to insert a new “header photo” that sits on top of your feed, much like Facebook’s timeline cover image.

Today we’re going to dive in and see some examples of good Twitter profile images and discuss how you can design your own. I’ll even toss in a free template so you can get started right away.

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What Electronic Arts is doing right - Fortune Tech

What Electronic Arts is doing right - Fortune Tech | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
Electronic Arts is still a traditional game maker, but it has found a way to take advantage of a new, growing business model: digital.
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Lunch with the FT: Tim Berners-Lee

Lunch with the FT: Tim Berners-Lee | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it

Financial Times goes to lunch with the web’s founding father and talks to him about the state of web/Internet today.

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Content and Commerce Only Flow One Way

Content and Commerce Only Flow One Way | Rick's TechWorld | Scoop.it
If a company is in the business of selling something, you'd probably be suspicious of anything it publishes. After all, you don't skim J. Crew or Victoria Secret catalogs to become part of a better...
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