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Four short links: 28 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 28, 2014

WearScript — open source project putting Javascript on Glass. See story on it. (via Slashdot) Mining the World’s Data by Selling Street Lights and Farm Drones (Quartz) — Depending on what kinds of sensors the light’s owners choose to install, …

Four short links: 23 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 23, 2014

Microsoft Research Adopts Open Access Policy for Publications — +1 Light Table is Open Source — this matters because these experiments in semantic interactivity inform technical UIs of the future, and the more ubiquitous this code is then the more …

Four short links: 5 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2013

EP245 Downloads — class materials from the Udacity “How to Build a Startup” course. scrz.io — easy container deployment. The Factoring Dead: Preparing for the Cryptopocalypse — how RSA and Diffie-Helman crypto might be useless in the next few years. …

Not Your User’s Problem

By Laura Klein
July 24, 2013

First, let me say that I love all the emphasis on Customer Development, Early User Research, and Product Market Fit that I’ve been seeing these days. What I don’t love is the massive confusion that often comes along with it. …

Head Games: Ego and Entrepreneurial Failure

By Tom Eisenmann
July 9, 2013

Entrepreneurial success hinges in large part on a founder’s mastery of psychology. This requires the ability to manage one’s responses to what Ben Horowitz calls “The Struggle,” that is, the emotional roller coaster of startup life. Paul DeJoe captures the …

How to Get Fast, Cheap Feedback on Your Product with Tiny Tests

By Laura Klein
June 4, 2013

There’s a lot of advice about how to do great user research. I have some pretty strong opinions about it myself. But, as with exercise, the best kind of research is the kind that you actually DO. So, in the …

Four short links: 20 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 20, 2013

Our Fair Deal — international coalition (EFF, InternetNZ, Demand Progress, Creative Freedom Foundation, many others) raising awareness and petitioning lawmakers to reject copyright proposals that restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and our fundamental rights. (via Susan …

The makers of hardware innovation

By Dale Dougherty
April 26, 2013

Chris Anderson wrote Makers and went from editor-in-chief of Wired to CEO of 3D Robotics, making his hobby his side job and then making it his main job. A new executive at Motorola Mobility, a division of Google, said that …

Four short links: 30 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

China = 41% of World’s Internet Attack Traffic (Bloomberg) — numbers are from Akamai’s research. Verizon Communications said in a separate report that China accounted for 96 percent of all global espionage cases it investigated. One interpretation is that China …

Four short links: 29 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 24, 2013

Information Security Breaches 2013 Report (UK Gov) — over 80% of small UK firms reported a breach, and over 90% of large. (via The Register) Google Glass Forbids Resales (Wired) — leaving aside the braying naysayers with their “GLASS WILL …

Four short links: 12 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 12, 2013

Wikileaks ProjectK Code (Github) — open-sourced map and graph modules behind the Wikileaks code serving Kissinger-era cables. (via Journalism++) Plan Your Digital Afterlife With Inactive Account Manager — you can choose to have your data deleted — after three, six, …

Three questions for…Adam Salomone of The Harvard Common Press

By Joe Wikert
April 8, 2013

1. The Harvard Common Press recently announced plans to open an office in San Francisco to become more closely aligned with the food startup community. The food industry probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when most people …

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 …

Four short links: 18 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 18, 2013

A Quantitative Literary History of 2,958 Nineteenth-Century British Novels: The Semantic Cohort Method (PDF) — This project was simultaneously an experiment in developing quantitative and computational methods for tracing changes in literary language. We wanted to see how far quantifiable …

Four short links: 25 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 25, 2013

Xenotext — Sci Foo Camper Christian Bök is closer to his goal of “living poetry”: A short stanza enciphered into a string of DNA and injected into an “unkillable” bacterium, Bök’s poem is designed to trigger the micro-organism to create …

3D printing from your fingertips

By Alasdair Allan
February 21, 2013

The 3Doodler is a 3D printer, but it’s a pen. This takes 3D printing and turns it on its head … In fact the 3Doodler rejects quite a lot of what most people would consider necessary for it to be …

Collaborating with startups

By Joe Wikert
February 19, 2013

I mentioned in an article yesterday that what’s happening in the startup community is one of the key takeaways from TOC NY 2013. I’d like to drill a bit deeper into that subject and a recent report from Dosdoce helps …

Five key takeaways from TOC NY 2013

By Joe Wikert
February 18, 2013

TOC NY 2013 is a wrap and based on the feedback I’ve received so far I think it was one of our best. When Kat and I closed the event Thursday afternoon we both shared thoughts on the most important …

Four short links: 15 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 15, 2013

Ed Startups in a Nutshell (Dan Meyer) — I couldn’t agree with Dan more: The Internet is like a round pipe. Lecture videos and machine-scored exercises are like round pegs. They pass easily from one end of the pipe to …

Four short links: 20 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 20, 2012

When Transaction Costs Collapse — As OECD researchers reported recently, 99.5 per cent of reciprocal access agreements occur informally without written contracts. Paradoxically, as competition becomes more intense or ”perfect”, it becomes indistinguishable from perfect co-operation – a neat trick …

Strata Week: Investors embrace Hadoop BI startups

By Jenn Webb
November 16, 2012

Here are a few stories from the data space that caught my attention this week. Two Hadoop BI startups secure funding There were a couple notable pieces of investment news this week. Platfora, a startup looking to democratize Hadoop as …

Startup Showcase: And the finalists are …

By Alistair Croll
October 17, 2012

We had a wide range of startups apply for a slot in the Strata Conference + Hadoop World Startup Showcase. Our selection committee, which included investors, entrepreneurs, and executives from SAP — which is sponsoring the event — whittled these …

It’s time for a publishing incubator

By Travis Alber
October 4, 2012

Last June, over beer (generally a good place to start), I had a great conversation with entrepreneur Hugh McGuire about how startups are funded in publishing. There was a lot to discuss, a little to celebrate, a bit to complain about, …

Startups and Publishers: It Ain’t Easy

By Hugh McGuire
October 4, 2012

Any startup company trying to work with book publishers will tell you tales of woe and frustration. Big publishers and small publishers (I’ve worked with both) pose different sets of problems for startups, but the end result is a disconnect. …

What caused New York’s startup boom?

By Jon Bruner
September 24, 2012

Since the crisis of 2008 New York City’s massive financial sector — the city’s richest economic engine, once seen to have unlimited potential for growth — has languished. In the meantime, attention has turned to its nascent startup sector, home …

Four short links: 20 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 20, 2012

The Shape of the Internet Has Changed — 98 percent of internet traffic now consists of content that can be stored on servers. 45% of Internet traffic today is from CDNs, and a handful of them at that, which makes …

Four short links: 10 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 10, 2012

The Disturbing, Unchecked Rise of the Administrative Subpoena (Wired) — With a federal official’s signature, banks, hospitals, bookstores, telecommunications companies and even utilities and internet service providers — virtually all businesses — are required to hand over sensitive data on …

Four short links: 3 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 3, 2012

The Seductive Allure of Edu-Tech Reform (Chris Lehmann) — While it may be seductive to think that rooms of children on computers, each following some computerized instruction at their pace, monitored by school aides, with a handful of teachers around …

Four short links: 25 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 25, 2012

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss -- transcript of a thoughtful music industry insider considering the effect of the net on the business. The other problem? I’ve been expecting for years now to see aggregate revenue flowing to artist increase. Disintermediation promised us this. It hasn’t happened. Everywhere I look artists seem to be working more...

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design

Making innovation: Open hardware, personal fab and collaborative design
By Dale Dougherty
May 11, 2012

Being held May 15-16, MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop is an intensive introduction to the business of making and the makers who are creating these businesses.

Big data in Europe

By Mac Slocum
April 23, 2012

European application of big data is ramping up, but its spread is different from the patterns seen in the U.S. In this interview, Big Data Week organizers Stewart Townsend and Carlos Somohano share the key distinctions and opportunities associated with Europe's data scene.

Big data in Europe

Big data in Europe
By Mac Slocum
April 23, 2012

European application of big data is ramping up, but its spread is different from the patterns seen in the U.S. In this interview, Big Data Week organizers Stewart Townsend and Carlos Somohano share the key distinctions and opportunities associated with Europe's data scene.

Four short links: 13 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 13, 2012

Change the Game (Video) -- Amy Hoy's talk from Webstock '12, on being contrary and being successful. Was one of the standout talks for me. Rise4Fun -- software engineering tools from Microsoft Research. (via Hacker News) Why Obama's JOBS Act Couldn't Suck Worse (Rolling Stone) -- get ready for an avalanche of shareholder suits ten years from now, since...

OpenCorporates opens up new database of corporate directors and officers

By Alex Howard
March 5, 2012

OpenCorporates, which aggregates open data about businesses, has launched a new taxonomy of corporate directors and officers. In this interview, Chris Taggart, the founder of OpenCorporates, shares more details about the data and the business model behind his open data venture.

OpenCorporates opens up new database of corporate directors and officers

By Alex Howard
March 5, 2012

OpenCorporates, which aggregates open data about businesses, has launched a new taxonomy of corporate directors and officers. In this interview, Chris Taggart, the founder of OpenCorporates, shares more details about the data and the business model behind his open data venture.

Four short links: 23 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 23, 2012

Why Mobile Matters (Luke Wroblewski) -- great demonstration of the changes in desktop and mobile, the new power of Android, and the waning influence of old manufacturers. It's Called iBooks Author Not iMathTextbooks Author, And The Trouble That Results (Dan Meyer) -- It's curious that even though students own their iBooks forever (ie. they can't resell them or give...

Four short links: 14 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 14, 2012

Why I Hate The STOCK Act (Clay Johnson) -- an attempt to reform insider trading within government, but because Congress exempts itself from substantial penalties then it has little effect where it's needed most. We won't see change on the issues that matter to us (copyright, due process for Internet takedowns, privacy, etc.) while the lawmakers are distracted by...

Four short links: 13 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 13, 2012

Rise of the Independents (Bryce Roberts) -- companies that don't take VC money and instead choose to grow organically: indies. +1 for having a word for this. The Performance Golden Rule (Steve Souders) -- 80-90% of the end-user response time is spent on the frontend. Check out his graphs showing where load times come from for various popular sites....

Four short links: 9 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 9, 2012

Weave -- web-based visualization platform designed to enable visualization of any available data by anyone for any purpose. GPL and MPL-licensed. (via Flowing Data) Flotr2 -- MIT-licensed Javascript library for drawing HTML5 charts and graphs. It is a branch of flotr which removes the Prototype dependency and includes many improvements. (via Javascript Weekly) What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About...

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers

ValoBox wants to reward content creators and consumers
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

ValoBox, a publishing startup we covered earlier this year, has launched. In this interview, co-founder Oliver Brooks describes the platform, its development, and how its social retail system works.

Transforming data into narrative content

By Jenn Webb
January 26, 2012

Scaling content no longer requires new hires — Narrative Science automatically generates stories from data. In this interview, CTO Kristian Hammond explains how it works and how the expanding types of data are creating new storytelling opportunities.

Transforming data into narrative content

Transforming data into narrative content
By Jenn Webb
January 26, 2012

Scaling content no longer requires new hires — Narrative Science automatically generates stories from data. In this interview, CTO Kristian Hammond explains how it works and how the expanding types of data are creating new storytelling opportunities.

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.

Getting the content out there isn't enough anymore

By Jenn Webb
January 19, 2012

In this interview, 24Symbols' Just Hidalgo examines the relationship between high-quality content, related services and consumer needs.

Getting the content out there isn't enough anymore

By Jenn Webb
January 19, 2012

In this interview, 24Symbols' Just Hidalgo examines the relationship between high-quality content, related services and consumer needs.

Three reasons why we're in a golden age of publishing entrepreneurship

By Justo Hidalgo
January 10, 2012

Books, publishing processes and readers have all made the jump to digital, and that's creating considerable opportunities for publishing startups.

Three reasons why we're in a golden age of publishing entrepreneurship

By Justo Hidalgo
January 10, 2012

Books, publishing processes and readers have all made the jump to digital, and that's creating considerable opportunities for publishing startups.

Four short links: 2 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 2, 2012

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success (The Atlantic) -- Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted. This is a magnificent article, you should read it. (via Juha Saarinen) impress.js (github) -- MIT-licensed Prezi-like presentation tool, built using CSS3 3d transforms. I've never been happy with the Prezi because I fear data lock-in. This...


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