March 2012

  1. Why Roozt Turned Down $1 Million

    How many founders would turn down $1 million with their company teetering on insolvency? Roozt's CEO Brent Freeman did.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Office Crashers: DriverSide, Will Fishbowls and Nintendo Attract Engineers?

    At a cafe in the Mission on Monday afternoon, my video editor and I tried to post a five-minute video to YouTube. But a slow connection meant it would take five hours to upload the piece to the site.

    By Kym McNicholas , written on

    From the News desk

  3. The Web Isn't a Democracy, It's a Meritocracy

    I wouldn't have this job if it weren't for the Web. Not only would PandoDaily fail to exist, but a kid like me living out in the middle of nowhere would never have had a shot at getting in touch with the right people to make something like this happen. Where before I would have had to pick up and move to another city, now I can work from home and count some of the best writers in this industry as my coworkers (and boss).

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Opinion: We Can't Seem To Stop Sharing Our Opinions

    Right now, inside the Supreme Court, justices have been hearing arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. And outside, supporters and opponents are yelling, arguing for or against the legislation.

    By Philip Bump , written on

    From the News desk

  5. GraphScience Raises $2 Million Series A for Social Ad Optimization, Data Services

    Advertisers treat social media as a branding category like TV, not a direct marketing category like email. And for brand spending, there's no such thing as ROI.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

    When I started working on "Finding Nemo" (or "Toy Story 2," or the big software projects I directed at Pixar), one of the first orders of business was to pull together an inspiration reel, a collection of moments that represents the tone and spirit of what we were hoping to create. Recently, I asked some designers at other startups if they'd share examples of mobile experiences that they found inspired, exceptional, surprising in a good way, or just delightful. Folks started sending us some great stuff, but a few asked me what an inspiration reel was, why I was pulling one together, and how my team here at ToyTalk would use it.

    By Oren Jacob , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Yandex's CEO on Why Google+ Won't Work

    We're in Moscow this week reporting, and for three days, my husband and I have been trying to get over to see Lenin. We're staying pretty near Red Square, but we've somehow always managed to show up at the exact times his tomb is closed. Did you know Lenin is closed on Sundays?

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Pair, the 'Path for Couples' Hit 50k Users in Four Days

    Pair launched four days ago. Since then, the Y Combinator company has racked up 50,000 users, Greg reports from YC's Demo Day.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

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