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9 branding trends for startups in 2014

By Amy Jollymore
January 31, 2014

Your code can be clean as a whistle and your software deployment on-time, but if you’re a startup, branding is as vital to your success as any non-crashing app. The following trends are discussed through a frame of Lean Startup …

Knowing and Understanding Your Audience

By Laurie Petrycki
October 18, 2013

I had the opportunity to sit down with Laura Klein (@lauraklein) and talk about the importance of creating effective user experiences. Laura is a UX expert and consultant. She stresses the need to figure out what works by talking to …

Databricks aims to build next-generation analytic tools for Big Data

By Ben Lorica
September 26, 2013

Key technologists behind the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS) have launched a company that will build software – centered around Apache Spark and Shark – for analyzing big data. Details of their product and strategy are sparse, as the company …

Mobile First? Not So Fast!

By Laura Klein
June 19, 2013

Are we done with the Mobile First meme, yet? Can we be? Please? Look, don’t get me wrong. I fundamentally agree with a lot of the thoughts behind the annoying catchphrase “mobile first.” For example, I agree that mobile devices …

Laura Klein’s Six Reasons Founders Should Learn UX Design Now

By Laura Klein
May 28, 2013

I know, I know. Founders and entrepreneurs are already being told that they need to learn how to code, hire, raise money, and get customers. Screw that. What founders and entrepreneurs should really do is learn how to build a …

Dangerous ideas from the world of startups

By Todd Sattersten
March 26, 2013

Dustin Kurtz, marketing manager at Melville House, wrote a piece last week about the incursion of startup vocabulary in the world of book publishing. He says: [N]ow the models and the metaphors of the tech industry are, full-throatedly, without embarrassment, being used …

Strata Conference in Santa Clara 2013 Startup Showcase

By Alistair Croll
February 8, 2013

The Startup Showcase returns to Strata this month, with 10 startup finalists pitching our panel of judges. We’ve assembled an enviable— and somewhat intimidating— lineup of experts to help narrow down the field. In the interest of giving our finalists …

Have an idea for a health care startup?

By Jim Stogdill
February 6, 2013

I sit down now and then with Roy Rosin at the East coast hub of health care business networking, the Gryphon Cafe in Wayne, PA. (I’m saying that only slightly tongue in cheek.) Roy was the long-time Chief Innovation Officer …

The industrial Internet from a startup perspective

By Jim Stogdill
December 20, 2012

I don’t remember when I first met Todd Huffman, but for the longest time I seemed to run into him in all kinds of odd places, but mostly in airport waiting areas as our nomadic paths intersected randomly and with …

Making dollars and sense of the open data economy

By Alex Howard
December 11, 2012

Over the past several years, I’ve been writing about how government data is moving into the marketplaces, underpinning ideas, products and services. Open government data and application programming interfaces to distribute it, more commonly known as APIs, increasingly look like …

San Francisco looks to tap into the open data economy

By Alex Howard
October 19, 2012

As interest in open data continues to grow around the world, cities have become laboratories for participatory democracy. They’re also ground zero for new experiments in spawning civic startups that deliver city services or enable new relationships between the people …

Esther Dyson on health data, “preemptive healthcare” and the next big thing

By Alex Howard
July 26, 2012

If we look ahead to the next decade, it’s worth wondering whether the way we think about health and healthcare will have shifted. Will healthcare technology be a panacea? Will it drive even higher costs, creating a broader divide between …

The Lean Startup Cycle - Learning

By Kevin Shockey
July 3, 2012

One trait nearly every successful startup shares is endless market research. While innovation accounting covers a broader spectrum, assumptions about your users or community are some of the most important and should be tested early and often..

Lean Startup Toolbox

By Kevin Shockey
July 2, 2012

Running a lean startup project requires the coordination of a lot of little pieces. Each little piece, each system, fits together, like wooden studs or metal girders. Together all of the pieces become a structure, what designers call an infra-structure.

Tutorial As a Startup Update

Tutorial As a Startup Update
By Kevin Shockey
June 27, 2012

All I can say at this point, is that it's hard to get people to engage over the Internet. Anyone claiming that it's easy to get an audience, a community, or project to respond and take action is, extremely lucky.

Call for Attendee Participation

By Kevin Shockey
June 19, 2012

For anyone who has already registered for this year's OSCON, and have selected my tutorial "How to Organize and Fund Free Culture Projects," I cordially invite you to self-identify yourself so we can work together to make the tutorial everything you need it to be.

Tutorial as a Startup

By Kevin Shockey
June 14, 2012

I'm a persistent and often lucky explorer. I benefit from having seen a long line of technology over a long time. While everyone might be caught up in the Internet as the new development platform. I merely see a another...

Four short links: 13 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 13, 2012

Warren Buffett Lessons -- nice anthology of quotes, reordered into almost a narrative on different topics. (via Rowan Simpson) Silent Circle -- Phil Zimmermann's new startup, encrypting phone calls for iPhone and Android for $20/month. "I'm not going to apologize for the cost," Zimmermann told CNET, adding that the final price has not been set. "This is not Facebook....

Can Future Advisor be the self-driving car for financial advice?

Can Future Advisor be the self-driving car for financial advice?
By Alex Howard
June 4, 2012

Given the turmoil in financial markets and uncertainty abroad, good financial advice has never been more valuable. Startup Future Advisor looks to democratize personalized financial advice using the Internet, data and algorithms.

Can Future Advisor be the self-driving car for financial advice?

By Alex Howard
June 4, 2012

Given the turmoil in financial markets and uncertainty abroad, good financial advice has never been more valuable. Startup Future Advisor looks to democratize personalized financial advice using the Internet, data and algorithms.

Strata Week: MIT and Massachusetts bet on big data

Strata Week: MIT and Massachusetts bet on big data
By Audrey Watters
May 31, 2012

MIT announces a big data research center, Cisco predicts the future of the Internet (in zettabytes), and open data startup Junar announces seed funding.

Strata Week: MIT and Massachusetts bet on big data

By Audrey Watters
May 31, 2012

MIT announces a big data research center, Cisco predicts the future of the Internet (in zettabytes), and open data startup Junar announces seed funding.

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012

Top Stories: March 26-30, 2012
By Mac Slocum
March 30, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: We looked at a four-step approach for designing great data products, Andy Oram shared the lessons he's learned about health care, and we learned about a competitive advantage that publishers aren't seizing.

A huge competitive advantage awaits bold publishers

By Jenn Webb
March 27, 2012

In this video interview, "The Lean Startup" author Eric Ries talks about his experiences working with traditional publishing structures and how they can benefit from lean startup principles.

A huge competitive advantage awaits bold publishers

A huge competitive advantage awaits bold publishers
By Jenn Webb
March 27, 2012

In this video interview, "The Lean Startup" author Eric Ries talks about his experiences working with traditional publishing structures and how they can benefit from lean startup principles.

Agile for real-world publishing

By Jenn Webb
February 23, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The first in a series reviewing five major themes, here we look at agile publishing, in terms of workflow, work environment and practical publishing applications.

Agile for real-world publishing

Agile for real-world publishing
By Jenn Webb
February 23, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The first in a series reviewing five major themes, here we look at agile publishing, in terms of workflow, work environment and practical publishing applications.

Top stories: February 13-17, 2012

Top stories: February 13-17, 2012
By Mac Slocum
February 17, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Tim O'Reilly looked back on important titles from O'Reilly's history, Pete Warden explained the thoughts and actions behind his latest visualization, and LeVar Burton reminded the TOC 2012 audience why storytelling matters.

There's Plan A, and then there's the plan that will become your business

By Mac Slocum
February 13, 2012

Drawing from the Lean Startup and other methods, "Running Lean" helps entrepreneurs transform flawed Plan A ideas into viable companies. "Running Lean" author Ash Maurya explains the basics in this interview.

The five things you need to pay attention to at TOC 2012

By Mac Slocum
January 24, 2012

Tools of Change for Publishing chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert reveal their top recommendations for things to see, do and watch at the upcoming conference.

The five things you need to pay attention to at TOC 2012

The five things you need to pay attention to at TOC 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 24, 2012

Tools of Change for Publishing chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert reveal their top recommendations for things to see, do and watch at the upcoming conference.

When you commit to "release early and often" you have to actually do it

By Jenn Webb
January 20, 2012

We follow up with BizBookLab's Todd Sattersten to see how his startup project, "Every Book Is a Startup," is coming along. Sattersten looks at the relationship between startup pitches and book pitches, and he explains why scope is a valuable project tool.

When you commit to "release early and often" you have to actually do it

When you commit to
By Jenn Webb
January 20, 2012

We follow up with BizBookLab's Todd Sattersten to see how his startup project, "Every Book Is a Startup," is coming along. Sattersten looks at the relationship between startup pitches and book pitches, and he explains why scope is a valuable project tool.

Top Stories: January 9-14, 2012

Top Stories: January 9-14, 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 13, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill explained what big data means and how organizations can put it to use, Maryland's first chief innovation officer discussed his job and his goals, and Justo Hidalgo offered three reasons why it's a good time to be a publishing startup.

Where is the OkCupid for elections?

By Alex Howard
December 15, 2011

What will be the "OkCupid for elections" in 2012? Open source app OkCandidate.com offers one approach and startup ElectNext is applying data analysis with an issue-matching engine.

Stickers as sensors

Stickers as sensors
By Audrey Watters
December 6, 2011

Put a GreenGoose sticker on an object, and just like that, you'll have an Internet-connected sensor. In this interview, GreenGoose founder Brian Krejcarek discusses stickers as sensors and the data that can be gathered from everyday activities.

Stickers as sensors

By Audrey Watters
December 6, 2011

Put a GreenGoose sticker on an object, and just like that, you'll have an Internet-connected sensor. In this interview, GreenGoose founder Brian Krejcarek discusses stickers as sensors and the data that can be gathered from everyday activities.

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: November 23, 2011

By Mac Slocum
November 24, 2011

Highlights from the 11/23/11 edition of the TOC newsletter include: A new wave of lower-priced tablets arrives, check out an excerpt from Todd Sattersten's "Every Book Is a Startup," and our editors guide the way to top pub news and analysis.

Four short links: 17 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 17, 2011

Questioning University -- my take on the issue of whether a university education (particularly CS) is still relevant or whether kids should go straight to startups. So what do I tell my kids? Should I urge them to go to university? Should I tell them to jack it all in and run off and join a startup? This is...

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism

By Alex Howard
August 25, 2011

The newly launched Daily Dot is trying an experiment in community journalism, where the community is the Internet. To support their goal, they're applying the lens of data journalism to the social web.

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism

By Alex Howard
August 25, 2011

The newly launched Daily Dot is trying an experiment in community journalism, where the community is the Internet. To support their goal, they're applying the lens of data journalism to the social web.

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism

The Daily Dot wants to tell the web's story with social data journalism
By Alex Howard
August 25, 2011

The newly launched Daily Dot is trying an experiment in community journalism, where the community is the Internet. To support their goal, they're applying the lens of data journalism to the social web.

MagAppZine's goal: From PDF to app in about 15 minutes

By Jenn Webb
August 22, 2011

The next TOC Sneak Peek webcast will feature Paul Canetti, founder of MagAppZine, a platform that allows publishers to create custom apps. Here, Canetti talks about starting the company and the benefits he sees for publishers.

MagAppZine's goal: From PDF to app in about 15 minutes

MagAppZine's goal: From PDF to app in about 15 minutes
By Jenn Webb
August 22, 2011

The next TOC Sneak Peek webcast will feature Paul Canetti, founder of MagAppZine, a platform that allows publishers to create custom apps. Here, Canetti talks about starting the company and the benefits he sees for publishers.

The Meat to Math ratio

The Meat to Math ratio
By Alistair Croll
August 18, 2011

Successful companies find ways to augment their employees, allowing them to operate at scale with customers. Big data, machine learning, and an iterative, experimental mindset are essential — and increasingly, company valuations are tied to the efficiency with which firms put information to work.

The Meat to Math ratio

By Alistair Croll
August 18, 2011

Successful companies find ways to augment their employees, allowing them to operate at scale with customers. Big data, machine learning, and an iterative, experimental mindset are essential — and increasingly, company valuations are tied to the efficiency with which firms put information to work.

Four short links: 16 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 16, 2011

Cory Doctorow's SIGGRAPH Keynote (BoingBoing) -- the latest from Cory on reforming copyright. Bagcheck Technology -- great list of services and systems used by the Bagcheck folks. Berkelium -- library to render webpages via Google's Chromium web browser. (via Joshua Schachter) Sci Foo Reading List -- Edd Dumbill shared his reading list from Science Foo Camp....

What publishing can learn from tech startups

By Jenn Webb
July 25, 2011

Author Todd Sattersten believes the publishing industry has a lot to learn from tech startups. Agile development, iteration and adaptation all have a place.


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