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Big Data, Small Startups: One Angle On Turning Data Into Money

Big Data, Small Startups: One Angle On Turning Data Into Money

Piles of data, piles of dough, right? Not so fast. Despite an increasingly urgent, broad range of needs around processing data juggernauts, we’re seeing just as many startups go *poof* when it comes to turning Big Data into Big Money. Or Mini-Money, for that matter.

Data-driven startups should know by now that out of the gate, transforming data…

Cracking the Facebook News Feed Code

Cracking the Facebook News Feed Code

Many readers may know that Facebook has a recipe for your News Feeds. But most average FB users might not be aware that the News Feed isn’t a true spigot of unfiltered, flowing updates from all of your friends. It’s a secret-sauce algorithm, which, again, readers likely know is one of Facebook’s non-transparent sekrits where they’re able to…

View From Above: The Startup Map

View From Above: The Startup Map

Featuring entrepreneurial communities outside Silicon Valley is a topic close to our hearts, particularly if they’re outside the U.S. Our “Never Mind The Valley” series challenges perceptions about locations for startups, and “entrepreneurial density” is an intriguing topic for VCs and entrepreneurs alike.

Think you live in a startup hotspot? If…

Read Their Lips: Steve Jobs, and Measuring CEO Truthiness

Read Their Lips: Steve Jobs, and Measuring CEO Truthiness

Before today’s Apple press event and all its announcements, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the opportunity at Apple’s earnings call yesterday to quell rumors that a 7″ iPad was on the way. What Jobs said was true: so why are some people still calling Jobs a liar?

Perhaps it’s the usual mistrust people assign to corporate executives. Yet Jobs is no…

Google Web Search Gets Social

Google Web Search Gets Social

New for some, not seen by all – yet – Google has added “Shared By” and “Recent Update” elements to search result pages. Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan points out that some people’s results are now coming up with socially-engaging teasers such as “shared by 5+” next to news stories. Even more intriguing, a blue “recent updates” box is appearing…

The Value of An Existing Customer: High (Infographic)

The Value of An Existing Customer: High (Infographic)

Conventional wisdom dictates that existing customers are valuable, but sometimes that wisdom becomes the baby tossed out with its bathwater when customer acquisition hikes its way up the priority list. Social media marketing service Flowtown (our review) thought it would be interesting to see just how valuable those customers are, so they put…

Cool and Delicious Rails Rumble Hackathon Apps

Cool and Delicious Rails Rumble Hackathon Apps

Every year since 2007, the Rails Rumble has thrown hundreds of starving Ruby devs into a Gladiator-style sand pit (called a “Hackathon”) and forced them to compete with their bare hands for the amusement of cruel, power-drunk, code-mad judges. With only 48 hours to develop a Web app, teams are then covered in fire ants and allowed caffeine.

The…

Twitter Gets to Use Your Photos, for Free? (Updated)

Twitter Gets to Use Your Photos, for Free? (Updated)

Twitter has been making a lot of changes lately, and photographers may want to re-read that fine print in the Terms of Service. Photo nerds at PhotoFocus did, and after consulting with their lawyers, they were alarmed to discover that every photo you share on Twitter can be sub-licensed by Twitter, or worse – all royalty-free.

A close look at…

Glif iPhone Tripod Kickstarts Over $100K in Pledges

Glif iPhone Tripod Kickstarts Over $100K in Pledges

In just over ten days, would-be makers of The Glif iPhone tripod mount (and stand) have raised over $100K on their Kickstarter page – not bad, considering their goal was $10,000.

Dan Provost may have had minimal goals, but demand for The Glif from iPhone users turned his project pledge page into a swarming hotspot for pledge contributions from…