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Four short links: 29 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 29, 2013

textfsm — Python module which implements a template based state machine for parsing semi-formatted text. Originally developed to allow programmatic access to information returned from the command line interface (CLI) of networking devices. TextFSM was developed internally at Google and …

Four short links: 9 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 9, 2013

On Google’s Ingress Game (ReadWrite Web) — By rolling out Ingress to developers at I/O, Google hopes to show how mobile, location, multi-player and augmented reality functions can be integrated into developer application offerings. In that way, Ingress becomes a …

Publishing News: Crowdfunding, the new way to raise money for news

By Jenn Webb
April 19, 2013

Fundraising for news Mathew Ingram reports this week on one entrepreneurial blogger and journalist who, finding local news coverage of his home town lacking, crowdfunded his own hyper-local news blog. Ingram notes that Joey Coleman does not have a journalism …

How crowdfunding and the JOBS Act will shape open source companies

By Fred Trotter
March 28, 2013

Currently, anyone can crowdfund products, projects, causes, and sometimes debt. Current U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations make crowdfunding companies (i.e. selling stocks rather than products on crowdfund platforms) illegal. The only way to sell stocks to the public at large …

Crowdfunding science

By Renee DiResta
February 5, 2013

In our first science-as-a-service post, I highlighted some of the participants in the ecosystem. In this one, I want to share the changing face of funding. Throughout the 20th century, most scientific research funding has come from one of two …

Four short links: 1 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2012

Selfstarter (Github) — open source roll-your-own crowdfunding platform. (Kickstarter has its own audience, of course, which why they could release their source-code and still be top of the heap) 100 Year Business Plan (Unlimited) — New Zealand Maori tribe has …

Four short links: 21 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 21, 2012

Business Intelligence on Farms — Machines keep track of all kinds of data about each cow, including the chemical properties of its milk, and flag when a particular cow is having problems or could be sick. The software can compare …

Four short links: 22 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 22, 2012

Minecraft Experiment Devolves into Devastating Resource War — life imitates art, but artificial life imitates, well, Haiti. Finding Unity in the Math Wars — I recently heard a quote about constructive dialog: “Don’t argue the exact point a person made. …

With new maps and apps, the case for open transit gets stronger

By Alex Howard
August 13, 2012

Earlier this year, the news broke that Apple would be dropping default support for transit in iOS 6. For people (like me) who use the iPhone to check transit routes and times when they travel, that would mean losing a …

Four short links: 23 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2012

Unmanned Systems North America 2012 — huge tradeshow for drones. (via Directions Magazine) On Thneeds and the Death of Display Ads (John Battelle) — the video interstitial. Once anathema to nearly every publisher on the planet, this full page unit …

Kickstarter Stats Page - Project Failure Analysis

By Kevin Shockey
June 23, 2012

In nearly every famous example of project success, it is almost always due to prior preparation. Anyone considering launching a Kickstarter project, remember this: "Nearly every key business indicator of the past must be discarded." Social engagement over the Internet is the only metric that matters. Celebrity and "stardom" is earned, like trust.

Four short links: 21 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 21, 2012

Test, Learn, Adapt (PDF) -- UK Cabinet Office paper on randomised trials for public policy. Ben Goldacre cowrote. UK EscapeTheCity Raises GBP600k in Crowd Equity -- took just eight days, using the Crowdcube platform for equity-based crowd investment. DIY Bio SOPs -- CC-licensed set of standard operating procedures for a bio lab. These are the SOPs that I provided...

Top Stories: March 12-16, 2012

Top Stories: March 12-16, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 16, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Computational linguist Robert Munro explained why location language is far more complex than many realize, we looked at how Kickstarter's crowdfunding is helping game developers, and Joe Wikert explored the major trends shaping ebook prices.

Developer Week in Review: When game development met Kickstarter

By James Turner
March 15, 2012

Crowdsourcing is changing how software development gets funded. It's also driving one of the great reference guides of the 20th century out of print.

Developer Week in Review: When game development met Kickstarter

Developer Week in Review: When game development met Kickstarter
By James Turner
March 15, 2012

Crowdsourcing is changing how software development gets funded. It's also driving one of the great reference guides of the 20th century out of print.

Four short links: 4 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011

Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....

Crowdfunding gets traction in D.C.

By Paul Spinrad
September 9, 2011

President Obama's new jobs plan supports crowdfunded investing and the House Oversight committee will hear crowdfunding testimony next week.

Crowdfunding gets traction in D.C.

By Paul Spinrad
September 9, 2011

President Obama's new jobs plan supports crowdfunded investing and the House Oversight committee will hear crowdfunding testimony next week.

Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?

By Jenn Webb
June 2, 2011

With the launch of the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform, readers can fund the books they want to read — and the startup launched with some pretty big-name authors. Would you fund the next book from your favorite author?

Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?

Open Question: Would you fund your favorite author?
By Jenn Webb
June 2, 2011

With the launch of the Unbound.co.uk publishing platform, readers can fund the books they want to read — and the startup launched with some pretty big-name authors. Would you fund the next book from your favorite author?

Improving the landscape for organic startups

By Paul Spinrad
May 6, 2011

Next week, Sherwood Neiss will testify in favor of a small offerings exemption for investments, which could spark a revolution in grassroots entrepreneurship.


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