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20 best startups of 2011

20 best startups of 2011
Founders: Jonathan Marcus, David Marcus, and Jack Zerby Funding: $3 Million+ in funding led by Alex Zubillaga of the Rhone Group. Additional angel investors include Dave Morin of Path, David Tisch of TechStars, Vimeo founder Jake Lodwick, Joey Levin of Mindspark, and John Foley of Barnes & Noble. What it is: An incredibly easy to use e-commerce site. Goodsie makes setting up stores very similar to setting up Wordpress blogs. Users choose from multiple layout options, color pallets, background patterns, and typography without ever having to muck in code. After writing about Goodsie's launch, I tried the service myself. Here's a video about how Goodsie works: from Hiidef on Vimeo.

The 7 deadly sins of software development Companies today are often so focused on growth that they commit one (or several) software development sins. As a developer at RightScale, a SaaS cloud management solution, I have borne witness to, and at times even been guilty of, the following temptations. 1. Lust Getting other people to lust after your products can be very profitable. How to Start the Big Project You've Been Putting Off - Peter Bregman I want to write a screenplay. I wanted to write one last year, but other work took more time than I expected, and I kept pushing “write screenplay” off my to-do list. I know I’m not alone in struggling to make incremental progress on long-term projects or goals. How do you get started when you have “all the time in the world”?

Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas March 2012 One of the more surprising things I've noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are. In this essay I'm going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some. Nurturing a Baby and a Start-Up Business Michael Falco for The New York Times Co-founder of the Knot, Carley Roney, with her sons, Cairo, 8, and Dublin, 4, at the Knot offices in downtown Manhattan. And yet a small group of women is proving that it’s possible to start a high-growth technology company and have children at the same time. They are dispelling the image of the tech entrepreneur as a single, usually male, wunderkind. Consider Jennifer Fleiss, 28, co-founder of Rent the Runway, an online dress and accessories rental site with 2.5 million members. She gave birth to a daughter, Daniella, in December.

500 Startups Peels Back The Curtain On Its Third And Largest Batch Yet It’s Halloween, so it’s the perfect day to unveil the newest group of 500 Startups’ “little monsters”. Yes, this is the name that founder Dave McClure and his partner in crime Christine Tsai give to all the rock star entrepreneurs that grace the halls of their Mountain View offices. 500 Startups, as you may have heard by now, is the early-stage seed fund and incubator program founded in 2010 by the globe-trotting angel investor, which seeds between $25K to $250K in each of its startups that meet its “Three Ds” criteria: Design, data, and distribution. The fall batch kicked off on October 10 and includes 34 awesome startups, which makes this its largest roster to date (the initial batch consisted of 12 startups and the second came in at 21, bringing 500 Startups’ total to 174). The “Demo Days” for this batch of startups has not yet been confirmed, but we do know that they will take place sometime in January 2012.

Blake MastersSearch results for: cs183 Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 18 Notes Essay Here is an essay version of my class notes. Errors and omissions are mine. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s. Thanks to Joel Cazares for helping proof this. I. The legal checklist every startup should reference I’ve been a corporate lawyer for more than 17 years, and there are certain fundamental legal mistakes that I’ve seen startups repeatedly make (many of which surface when investors are conducting their due-diligence investigation). Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to provide a simple checklist for startups that includes links to indepth posts for a more detailed discussion. Startup checklist: 1. North of Where We Are Today: Live Nation Labs in San Francisco - Live Nation Labs By Eric Garland [Update: Rexly duderino Joel Resnicow has written a better and more informative announcement. Please read his first.] Tonight I’m feeling reflective, on the eve of the announcement that we have acquired iPhone social music star Rexly and that the Rexly team will establish our new San Francisco presence, Live Nation Labs North, or LN² as it’s already known around here.

What Startups Can Learn From Haruki Murakami I'm a big fan of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The genius of Murakami is in his discipline, focus and determination. I see him as a virtual Zen master - an embodiment of wisdom, passion, skills and exceptional will. Grow Detroit The Detroit Startup List is a directory of Detroit Startups, Michigan Incubators and Accelerators, Groups & Meetups, and venture capital resources. (Last updated March 31, 2014) Quick links: Detroit Incubators and Accelerators Detroit Coworking Spaces Detroit Startup Events, Meetup Groups How To Thrive In The Free-Product Economy 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. Historically, the majority of the cost of a typical app comes from maintenance, says Heroku COO Oren Teich; companies like his build layers of technology that deplete those setup and maintenance costs--not to mention experience required--to build software.

Palantir Finance Analysis Blog Palantir at StrataRX 2012: Doing Big Data By Yourself Lauren Chaparro and I were honored to be among the speakers at Strata RX 2012, O’Reilly’s conference on the use of big data in health care/medical field. Our talk was called “Doing Big Data All By Yourself: Interactive Data Driven Decision Making by Non-Programmers“. I gave the first half of the talk, delving into the [...] Interview #1: Hiten Shah, co-founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics Interview #1: Hiten Shah, co-founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics Neither Hiten nor his co-founder Neil had any technical experience before starting their first company. Sampling 80 different developers and development firms, they found quality product people through trial and error. Hiten and Neil went through about twenty different products and 7-10 businesses before getting some serious traction with web analytics products CrazyEgg and, later, KISSmetrics. When asked how Hiten led a technical team w/o a technical background, he had a few bits of advice: