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    Startups Anonymous: My Startup Was Failing Because I Was Solving a Big Problem That No One Would Pay For

    Just because I had a great idea that could change the world doesn’t mean people will pay for it. This was the lesson I learned which I want to share. Two years ago, I quit my well-paying stable government job to build my startup – an idea that I believed could end online piracy. I trudged on for months – got great exposure and affirmation that it was a brilliant idea that could save music,…

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    Lucy: A loony utopian fantasy of smartening up the human race

    A lot of critics are kicking about the new hit film Lucy because it isn’t scientifically accurate. Jocelyn Noveck of the Associated Press makes the case: So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it? Well, wow. It would be sort of like … nothing new. Because, it turns out, in real…
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    The Road

    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Marc Ruxin, Founder/CEO of TastemakerX, which was recently acquired by Rdio where he has become the COO. The post went through PandoDaily’s usual editorial process and Mr Ruxin was not paid for his work. When you start a company that lives on the Internet, what you do must be informed by the naïve possibility — or hope — that what you create might someday be accessed by people all over the globe. Some…
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    7 ways to fix the most important problem facing online education

    Between Udacity’s launch of Nano Degrees, General Assembly’s approach to short form focused skills gap training, and Duolingo’s challenge to language tests, there’s blood in the water around credentialing. Peter Thiel may have made the point about the insufficiency of degrees most loudly, but others are building products to fix the problem.

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    Startups Anonymous: A Motivational Speech From The Greatest Entrepreneur, Muhammad Ali

    “I am the greatest!” Muhammad Ali called himself the greatest — In all of boxing and all the history of boxing, among all the famous older, stronger, better boxers of his time, Ali had the audacity to stand on a podium and call himself the greatest.

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    Startups Anonymous: 17 Things Investors Say When Really What They Mean is, “No”

    One lesson I learned the hard way as a founder is that investors never like to say, “no”. They especially don’t like to say, “yes”, but “no” is almost as difficult to get out of them. Why? Well, because they never want to completely close the door on what could eventually be a massive missed opportunity. Or, if all of a sudden you get a16z to pony up, they want to be able to change…

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    Monetizing Murder: Dailymotion allows major brands to advertise on terror videos

    Some of the West’s most popular brands are advertising on, or next to, macabre extremist videos, some involving beheadings, executions, savage beatings and terrorist propaganda. Pando has found advertisements for Barclays, Microsoft, Amazon, Santander, Travel Supermarket, Samsung, Phones4U, Airbus, Google, and Audi on Dailymotion.com  – served with videos made by jihadi propagandists belonging to known terrorist organizations like ISIS, Al-Quaeda or Rayat al-Tawheed. In one instance, Lipton Iced Tea sponsors a gruesome video in which gun waving mujahedeen display the…
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    SquadUP launches with Millennials in mind to reshape mobile event planning

    We’ve all been there: You’re out with a few friends and one of them decides that an everyone-is-invited barbecue is in order for next weekend. Everyone agrees it’d be great, but now what? At the very least you want to know what everyone’s bringing to the table, maybe even charge them; you’ll want to formalize a date and time, making sure everyone is on the same page and nobody is left out. Enter SquadUP, which hopes to solve all…
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    Startups Anonymous: The Founder Meltdown

    A while ago, I broke down. I cried the hardest I’ve ever cried in my life. Like, ugly cried. My chest was tightening, my heart was going crazy and anxiety was taking hold of me. I asked my girlfriend (who was thankfully with me the entire time I was bawling, God bless her) why I was doing all this when my people only cared about themselves and wouldn’t hesitate to leave once the going gets…

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    Aaron’s afterlife

    When Chelsea Manning released a massive set of confidential material to WikiLeaks in 2010, she did so knowing her actions violated the law, and would later plead guilty to 20 charges against her. She hoped her disclosures would spark public debate on American foreign policy. But what came next was a 35-year prison sentence. Manning’s resolve to accept this ruling is seen by her supporters as a way to highlight the cost of whistleblowing. By facing the consequences, her…

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