November 2012

  1. Lessons from the Groupon disaster: Maybe international can wait

    When people say "Go big or go home" they're rarely actually thinking they'll have to go home. If they actually saw that as a real risk, they'd probably go at least slightly smaller.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. From busking to big business: how one founder brings the selling power of video to iPhones

    No path to entrepreneurship is exactly alike, but there are certainly common threads. In the Valley, there's the 20-year-old Stanford drop-out who's been coding since he was 12. In New York, there's the former banker/fashion designer/editor/ad exec who's dropped out of his or her legacy business to disrupt it. In LA, it's the ex-Myspace guy riding the coattails of that resume line.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  3. "Not a single request from a Syrian IP address"

    Were Patrick Henry alive today, his famous quotation would probably go something like this: "Give me an Internet connection, or give me death!" The ability to communicate with people across the Earth is not only possible, it's expected, in the same way we expect oxygen to flow into our lungs.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. High Gear Media answers surging mobile audience with free automotive content app

    It’s not every content portal that can claim funding from two of the premier venture capital firms in the Valley. But High Gear Media can do just that, having raised $12 million over multiple rounds from Accel Partners and Greylock Partners, among other investors. Earlier this week, the company that competes with Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Motor Trend launched an improved iOS mobile app that has the potential to dramatically disrupt the automotive media industry.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Fast Chat: When Retweeting becomes legally risky


    By Lauren Ashburn , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Igloo warms up with new features, plans new financing in 2013

    I promised myself I wouldn't start this post with a joke about Canadians and igloos, and damn it, I'm going to stick to my word. There are no "Great White North," "hard-packed snow," or maple syrup cracks to be found in this paragraph – instead, there's just a little bit about Igloo, an intranet-builder which has released new features guaranteed to melt any corporate workers' heart. (Damn it.)

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. In an attempt to outsmart its Asian competitors, Kik introduces "cards" instead of features

    Today, Kik is updating its mobile messaging app so users can share more than just chat messages. Thanks to HTML5 “cards” that the startup has spent the last 18 months building, users can now share YouTube videos, images found through Google Image Search, and sketches without muddying up the user experience. The card-oriented approach is in direct contrast to Kik’s more-successful Asian competitors.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  8. How the Twitter Fail Whale helped start a cloud emailing service

    The Twitter Fail Whale is known for appearing when servers go down, or maybe showing up on the occasional t-shirt. But helping to start a business? As far as I know, he is not a great consultant.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

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