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How does your dog think? Dognition, an innovative new startup backed by North Carolina agency McKinney and its incubator, McKinney Ten Percent, is out to unlock the mysteries of your pooch's brain. The paid service, which went live earlier this month, lets dog owners put their pets through a series of brain puzzles that will help them understand how their pet thinks, and also, for the first time, pave the way for data that will unlock the mysteries behind cognitive traits of different breeds. For example, a sample game/puzzle asks you to lay down two treats at arm's length from yourself, then point to one. Depending on which treat is eaten first, your dog may be an independent thinker or a collaborative one.
If you’re running a lean startup, “launch and learn” is undoubtedly a familiar mantra. But launching a new feature can take weeks or even months, and for a scrappy startup that’s a potentially make-or-break issue. Our design studio works with dozens of startups each year to help teams define their products and features.
Stodgy. Slow. Bureaucratic. Big companies get a bad rap when it comes to innovation.
[Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and entrepreneur. He is Managing Director of Formula Capital and has written ten books. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College . You can follow him on Twitter @jaltucher .] I’m pretty mediocre.
Loic Le Meur , the French entrepreneur who moved to Silicon Valley to found Seesmic back in 2007 and led it through to its sale to Hootsuite this week, has taken a long and winding road to this most recent success. Over the past five years Le Meur has changed the business direction of Seesmic more times than he can remember, moves that have led him to be pegged by some as the “king of the pivot.” There’s obviously lots to talk about here, so it was great to have Le Meur stop by TechCrunch TV yesterday, just one day after TechCrunch broke the news of Seesmic’s sale, to have a conversation about all that’s happened over the past five years and what’s on deck for the future. Le Meur tells us he will not be moving to Hootsuite full-time, but will be shepherding his team through the transition.
As consumer technology evolves at an ever-quickening pace, opportunities for new forms of storytelling are emerging. Experimentation is all well and good, but what do audiences actually want? To answer this question, research group Latitude has interviewed 158 early adopters and compiled a report that forms the first phase of its The Future of Storytelling project. Unsurprisingly, these early adopters are keen to take advantage of everything that technology has to offer.
Building technology has never been cheaper than it is today. Or faster. In the past twelve months, Ruby on Rails programmers built more than a million apps on top of Heroku , a platform that allows coders to save drastic amounts of development time.
Jeff Atwood is a man unafraid of choosing his own path. In March 2008 he left his job as technical evangelist at a software company, where he also ran a popular coding blog, to build something of his own. Seven months later, Stack Overflow was launched.
Over the past month, I've been watching Dalton Caldwell's App.net experiment with much interest. Essentially, he's trying to rebuild Twitter from the ground up, only as a fully user and developer-supported network. In other words, he's pissed off — as many people are — about some of the changes Twitter is undergoing in an apparent attempt to monetize. Caldwell has been trying to crowd-fund $500,000 to build this network, and if he gets it, he promises the service will provide “a different kind of social platform”. I like Dalton.
On Saturday, British mathematician Alan Turing would have turned 100 years old.
San Francisco-based startup Switchcam has created technology that combines videos from multiple sources and allows users to watch concerts, political rallies, conferences, and other events from multiple different points of view.
A few years ago, Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School and a leading thinker about the evolution of the “information economy,” warned members of the House judiciary committee that this could be the fate of the Internet.
by Philip Auerswald | 9:58 AM May 4, 2012 As the editor of the journal Innovations , I'm asked with some regularity, "So, what is innovation anyhow? How would you..."?