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How to ditch Microsoft and join a great startup

Guest Commentary: The last few months have not been great for Microsoft. First, the Surface turned out to be a flop. Then, Ballmer resigned without a successor in sight and admitted he missed the boat with smartphones. And two weeks ago, he held a company meeting where he bawled that Microsoft was still the best… Read More

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Confessions of a founder dad

It was Saturday night at 8:12 p.m. and the screaming had just begun. The source of it?  My two-and-a-half-year old son, who had just been put to bed for the first time without his cherished pacifier. The truth is, he needed to be weaned off the thing.  And I’d chosen this weekend to do it… Read More

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List: Top 10 Most Uninstalled Android Apps

Guest Post: There are hundreds of thousands of mobile apps out there. At AppStoreHQ, we’re currently tracking nearly 700,000 apps across the Android and iOS platforms. Some of these apps are very popular; there are plenty of stories about apps with millions — or even tens of millions — of downloads, such as Angry Birds, Facebook, Fruit… Read More

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Tech startups: Ice cream is great, but utilities make the world go around

Guest Commentary: Lately I have had a recurring theme running through my head – “didn’t I see that startup idea before, only with a different name?  Aren’t there more than a few startups doing this same  little sharing thing? ” I believe we are witnessing another “bubblish” period of time, with valuations of young startups skyrocketing and investment… Read More

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Tech Law: A new era for startup financing documents

Startup investors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have an interesting take on the standardization of legal documents used in angel and venture financing. It’s found in the early chapters of their new book, “Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.” Their perspective is that the much-wished-for, much-sought-after standardization of startup financing documents… Read More

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Why this iOS app developer uses an Android phone

Guest Commentary: Colleagues are often surprised when they realize I own an Android phone.  With my career now centered around iOS development (e.g. iPhone and iPad) people just assume that I own an iPhone. Granted, I do own a number of iDevices (which would be too embarrassing to list) but the iconic mobile device is not one… Read More

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Think like a serial entrepreneur

I’m struck by the question of whether, and how, an entrepreneur might act differently if they were mindful that their current startup probably won’t be their last. In other words, chances are you’re likely to continue to be a “serial entrepreneur” whether you like it or not.  This actually might be a good thing to… Read More

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Why your product must be social — not just your marketing

Guest Commentary: If you market to consumers, you will be out of business in 10 years if you don’t have a plan for deeply integrating social elements into your product or service. Social marketing itself is not sufficient; social must literally be embedded in your product or service. Here’s what I mean when I say that… Read More

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Reading the Situation Room photo with startup eyes

Guest Commentary: Blogging Tuesday about the already famous White House photo of the Situation Room during the bin Laden operation, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic writes: “[T]he President seems so small and peripheral to the action. He is hunched down, seated on the margins of the meeting, seemingly trying not to take up space. It… Read More