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Startup, Inc – What You Need to Know Before Starting a Company

Startup, Inc – What You Need to Know Before Starting a Company

Often people start a company without any clear idea of what
a company is. Entrepreneurs closet themselves in the garage and start writing code.
While the modern tech world could not exist without obsession, artistic inspiration and crazy engineers,
there’s more to a startup than passion.
In this post, we explore the basics
behind corporate…

What Startups Can Learn From Haruki Murakami

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. The elements of his work and life story are inspirational and (here’s where ReadWriteWeb comes in) particularly
applicable when…

Top 10 Concepts That Every Software Engineer Should Know

Top 10 Concepts That Every Software Engineer Should Know

The future of software development
is about good craftsmen. With infrastructure like Amazon Web Services and
an abundance of basic libraries, it no longer takes a village
to build a good piece of software.
These days, a couple of engineers who know what they are doing can deliver complete systems. In this post, we discuss the top 10 concepts…

The Future of Computer Applications: Help Me or Entertain Me

The Future of Computer Applications: Help Me or Entertain Me

In the introduction to his book,
Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, wrote that life is about entertainment.
He might seem the last person you’d imagine as focused on entertainment, until you
realize that Linux started as a hobby.
Entertainment is increasingly the center of our lives, and we also want work that challenges and…

Facebook Platform: The Fanfare Revisited

Facebook Platform: The Fanfare Revisited

When the Facebook platform debuted last year it was touted as the next big thing.
Media, VC, startups and big companies shared the enthusiasm for its future.
And no wonder: Facebook enabled access to 50 million users.
You no longer needed to bring the audience to your app. Instead your app could be
delivered to one of the largest audiences around…

iPhone: The New Personal Computer

iPhone: The New Personal Computer

When Apple first announced the launch of its iPhone platform, we wrote here that it is a game changer.
Even the core of iPhone is a major advance in mobile computing, but with
the platform iPhone
becomes
the new personal computer. The desktop from now on will be for professional and business work.
Laptops aren’t
going away, but will get…

Can Browser Add-ons Be Businesses?

Can Browser Add-ons Be Businesses?

Full disclosure: Alex Iskold runs a browser add-on company called AdaptiveBlue. Also Fred Wilson, who is cited in this article, is a partner in Union Square Ventures – an investor in Alex’s company.
VC Fred Wilson asked recently on his blog if there is a business in browser add-ons? I have a vested interest, since my company is in the add-on…

Does Microsoft + Powerset Beat Google?

Does Microsoft + Powerset Beat Google?

What can the plan be with Microsoft’s purchase of hot startup Powerset? The 3-year old company, founded by Dr Barney Pell, recently launched a semantic search experience for Wikipedia.

It is doubtful that Microsoft bought the company just to enhance Live Search. Possibly the plan is to replicate the Wikipedia solution, then incorporate Powerset…

Is Email In Danger?

Is Email In Danger?

Human history is one of progressive improvement in communication. From the 20th century mail was a fundamental form of communication. The invention of electronic mail (email) changed two things. It became cheap to send mail, and delivery was instant. Email became favored for both corporate and personal communication.

But email faces increasing…

People in Tech: Mike Dunn, VP Interactive Media, Hearst

People in Tech: Mike Dunn, VP Interactive Media, Hearst

The technologists behind large companies are always fascinating. Unlike entrepreneurs, who often code their vision into software, CTOs channel their vision through the engineers working for them. CTOs of modern media companies are measured on their ability to bring innovation to the market quickly. This installment of People in Tech features a…

People in Tech: Brad Feld, Foundry Group

People in Tech: Brad Feld, Foundry Group

MIT Alumni, technologist, venture capitalist, marathon runner, Colorado dweller,
thinker, blogger, and all around super human, Brad Feld (LinkedIn, Twitter) has made a huge impact on startups. With posts on his personal blog, Feld Thoughts,
and on Ask The VC (a must read for anyone interested in venture funding) Feld has played a major roll in…

Skydeck: Will It Be The First Billion Dollar Social Graph Company?

Skydeck: Will It Be The First Billion Dollar Social Graph Company?

“…someone is going to build a billion-dollar company around the implicit social graph. And I’m betting on Skydeck.” Jason Devitt
Welcome to the second installment of our new People in Tech series. In this post we interview Jason Devitt, CEO/Co-Founder of Skydeck. It’s a mobile web startup built on the premise that “you ought to be able to…

People in Tech: Andraz Tori, CTO/Co-Founder of Zemanta

People in Tech: Andraz Tori, CTO/Co-Founder of Zemanta

Zemanta is a an interesting European startup that is applying semantic technologies to blogging.
Sarah Perez covered the company’s launch in March. One can think of Zemanta
as an auto-complete function for blogging. As you are typing up a new post, Zemanta’s browser plugin fetches related content –
images, articles, videos, links – and provides a…

Semantic Search: The Myth and Reality

Semantic Search: The Myth and Reality

For a few years now people have been talking about semantic search.
Any technology that stands a chance to dethrone Google is of great interest
to all of us, particularly one that takes advantage of long-awaited and much-hyped semantic technologies. But no matter how much progress has been made, most of us are still underwhelmed by the results.
In…

Freebase: Dispelling The Skepticism

Freebase: Dispelling The Skepticism

Freebase, the first product of semantic web company Metaweb, is an open, semantically marked up database of information that we called one of the “10 semantic apps to watch” last year. With $57.4 million in funding, a smart team, and a tech legend in Danny Hillis at the helm, Metaweb is considered to be one of the most serious players in the…

Making the Web Searchable: The Story of SearchMonkey

Making the Web Searchable: The Story of SearchMonkey

Last week at the SemTech 2008 Conference that took place in San Jose, Yahoo! Researcher Peter Mika spoke in detail about the company’s new SearchMonkey search platform initiative. Mika talked broadly about his work looking at metadata on the web, and how that led to the birth of SearchMonkey. This post is based on notes from that talk.

SemTech Panel: Investor Opportunities and Pitfalls

SemTech Panel: Investor Opportunities and Pitfalls

What sort of funding opportunities exist in the budding Semantic Web space? What are VCs looking for and how much are they will to invest? That was the topic of a panel at the SemTech 2008 Conference that just concluded in San Jose.
The panel featured Stephen Hall from Vulcan Capital, Eghosa Omoigui from
Intel Capital and Amanda Reed from Palomar…

SemTech Panel: Taking Semantic Technology to the Masses

SemTech Panel: Taking Semantic Technology to the Masses

How will the Semantic Web make the jump to the mainstream? That was the topic of a panel at the SemTech 2008 Conference that is going on right now in San Jose. The panel was moderated by Carla Thomson from Guidewire Group and featured Josh Dilworth from Porter Novelli,
Tom Tague, who heads the Calais initiative at Reuters, and Mark Johnson, who…

The Rise of Contextual User Interfaces

The Rise of Contextual User Interfaces

Web 2.0 has brought many wonderful innovations and ideas to the Internet.
We can no longer imagine the web without a social dimension, and we can no longer imagine
an online world that is read-only – it is now a read/write web full of user-generated content.
But there is another fairly recent innovation, which might have just as profound…

Twitter and the Architectural Challenges of Life Streaming Applications

Twitter and the Architectural Challenges of Life Streaming Applications

Because Twitter is getting more popular, every glitch in the service is now felt more acutely. Going without Twitter for many people is even harder than going without email, and so outages lead to complaints.
Complaints pile up and become debates, asking questions like: should Twitter be converted into a protocol and become decentralized? Is that…