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  • Switchboard Is Like Craigslist Without the Creeps and Flakes

    29 August 2014, 1:30 pm by: Klint Finley

    Most startups want to grow as fast as they can. For many in the tech game, including as Paul Graham, the founder Y Combinator, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startup incubators, rapid growth is the very definition of a startup. So called “growth…
  • Uber’s Biggest Danger Is Its Business Model, Not Bad PR

    29 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The real peril to Uber isn't bad PR. It's what the costs of recruiting drivers, both in terms of money and a blemished brand, says about Uber's business model compared to those of traditional software companies. More drivers don't equal more value added. They…
  • Every Time You Buy Something, This App Invests a Few Pennies on Wall Street

    28 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Acorns makes it easy for even those with minimal financial knowledge to start investing.
  • What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem

    28 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Wired Magazine

    The proportion of programmers in India who are women is at least 30 percent. In the US it's 21 percent. And this despite the fact that by most indexes—economic opportunity, educational attainment, health—women in India have access to a narrower set of…
  • 10 Billion Reasons Why Snapchat Can’t Afford to Screw Up Its Advertising

    28 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Snapchat may be worth $10 billion some day, but for now, the startup will have to figure out how to navigate the mean terrain of mobile advertising.
  • Dropbox Slashes Its Price as the Cost of a Gigabyte Nears Zero

    27 August 2014, 9:00 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    When I talk to folks at Dropbox, they’re eager to tell me about how different people are using its file-sharing service: the musician, the photographer, the professor, the startup founder. They like to talk about new features, like password-protected links…
  • This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months

    27 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Klint Finley

    Can’t get enough of that animated GIF where Oprah unleashes a swarm of bees on her studio audience? Or the one where some guy gets hit in the face by a trashcan? You’re in luck. Soon, a new startup called Gifbook will sell you some flip books that recreate…
  • Netflix Petitions FCC to Block Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

    26 August 2014, 11:22 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Netflix has been one of the most vocal proponents of net neutrality, and now, the video streaming company is taking its fight straight to the top. On Tuesday, the company filed a Petition to Deny document to the FCC, asking the government body to block the…
  • Why Amazon’s $1B Twitch Buy Makes More Sense Than Its Fire Phone

    25 August 2014, 6:31 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Amazon wants to own all your screens. That’s why it sells Kindle tablets, the Fire phone, and the Fire TV set top box. And it’s why the company just inked a nearly $1 billion deal to Twitch, a company that lets people broadcast their videogame play over…
  • Fitness Trackers Show How Many People Woke Up During the Bay Area Quake

    25 August 2014, 2:45 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    The earthquake that struck Northern California early Sunday morning sent many local residents stumbling from their beds and scrambling for steady ground. How many? You can get good sense of all this nocturnal movement from an unexpected source: wearable…
  • This Startup’s on a Mission to Save Us From Seedy Debt Collectors

    25 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    The old saying tells us that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Try telling that to a debt collector.
  • The Credit Card That’ll Replace All Your Plastic Is Finally Here (Kind Of)

    22 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    When Coin released the first video of its über credit card, the response was enormous. After 40 minutes, even though it was still just a prototype, 1,000 people had evidently forked over $50 for the super-slim electronic device that stores multiple credit…
  • How to Solve Google’s Crazy Open-Ended Interview Questions

    22 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Sarah Fallon

    Consider the following question that has been asked at actual Google job interviews: How much does the Empire State Building weigh? Now, there is no correct answer to this question in any practical sense because no one knows the answer. Google isn’t…
  • This Dating Site Is Teaching the Internet an Important Lesson About Anonymity

    21 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    Anonymity online is as precious as it is problematic. This company may have the solution.
  • Finally, an App That Makes Online Video as Watchable as Regular TV

    21 August 2014, 10:00 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    I have a confession: I don’t know how to use YouTube. Not that I don’t know how to upload a video, or watch one, or even embed one in a blog post. I don’t know how to use YouTube to find anything I’d actually want to watch. No doubt, it’s a sign of…
  • Screw Snapchat. This App Wants You to Write Something That Lasts

    21 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Ryan Tate

    Findery, from Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, is betting big on in-depth location-based content. It's part of a new wave of companies who think mobile and social users want more substance.
  • Twitter Steps Up, Suspends Accounts That Share Horrific Beheading Video

    20 August 2014, 1:40 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    Twitter plans to suspend any accounts spreading graphic imagery from a video that appears to show photojournalist James Foley being beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
  • This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab

    20 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    There are infinite uses for the mobile phone. At any given moment it can act as a camera, a game console, a GPS, and, of course, a telephone. But Max Perelman wants to add one more function to the ever-growing list.
  • Why Uber Just Hired Obama’s Campaign Guru

    19 August 2014, 8:50 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Getting any startup off the ground is difficult, but things are particularly dicey when governments across the globe are working to make your app illegal. Such is the challenge facing Uber. Each time it spreads to a new city, it faces a new front in its…
  • With New Delivery Service, Uber Declares War on Google and Amazon

    19 August 2014, 1:10 pm by: Issie Lapowsky

    Uber is already an expert in getting you from door-to-door. Now, the company wants to figure out how to deliver stuff to your door as well.
  • The Next Big Thing You Missed: Thanks to Amazon, Tiny Sellers Can Now Reach Across the Globe

    19 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Marcus Wohlsen

    Go to Amazon.com and the link is right there at the top, nestled between “Gift Cards” and “Help.” Chances are, you haven’t noticed it in your frenzy to find the perfect potato peeler. But if you click it, a whole different world of Amazon opens up,…
  • The Newsletter That Became a $100M Business Selling Stuff to Dudes

    18 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Ryan Tate

    Once upon a time, Thrillist was just an email newsletter with a circulation of about 600 New Yorkers. It could tell you where to grab a nice cocktail, sit down for some amazing pasta, or get a good deal on a fashionable pair of pants. But today, Thrillist is…
  • The Internet Is Officially More Popular Than Cable in the U.S.

    15 August 2014, 4:40 pm by: Marcus Wohlsen

    You can’t call them “cable companies” anymore. For the first time, the number of broadband subscribers with the major U.S. cable companies exceeded the number of cable subscribers, the Leichtman Research Group reported today. Among other things, these…
  • This App Crawls the Web to Get You the Best Deal on Almost Any Product

    15 August 2014, 6:30 am by: Issie Lapowsky

    According to Gidi Fisher, the most powerful way to get shoppers to buy more is by employing the two oldest tricks in the retailer handbook: coupons and sales.
  • BitTorrent Sync Apps Offer Escape From Big Brother

    14 August 2014, 10:01 am by: Ryan Tate

    Maybe people are tired of having their personal information brokered and stored and sifted by large companies and government agencies, and ready for the fresh start developers are trying to give them.

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