December 2012

  1. What I've learned in one year of tech writing

    Just a few weeks from now marks my first anniversary as a full-time writer. After leaving college early to avoid crippling student debt, working at a local grocery store, freelancing for a network of app-centric sites, and almost nine months at PandoDaily, I'll be able to blow out the candle on my dream's birthday.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  2. VIDEO: Every major product launch of 2012 in two minutes


    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. BuyReply wants you to pay through email (and may help print media along the way)

    The demise of print may already seem like a foregone conclusion, but old media brands might be getting a bit of help from an unlikely place. BuyReply, a small digital payment startup from Australia, is inadvertently giving print publications something intriguing to mull over: a possible new revenue stream. Earlier today, Erin Griffith wrote about inventive commerce models for old media brands. This could be one way they go about it.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Voices from the startup community: "What we learned in 2012"

    I was privileged to interview a range of fascinating people this year, including entrepreneurs, investors, political operatives, and big thinkers. To look back on 2012, I asked some of the people who stuck most in my memory to tell me one thing each of them learned this year, with the only proviso that it be related to tech, startups, or their specific venture. From Mitt Romney's digital guy to one of South Korea's pioneering entrepreneurs to an Iraq War vet who has started a company to support troops, here's what they had to say.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Former Best Buy chief needed just four months to earn "Worst of 2012" award

    There’s bad and then there’s bad. You’re bad if you’ get a worst CEO of 2012 award. You’re bad if you manage to do it based on the four months you worked this year before getting the axe. But if any company’s executive suite could pull it off, it’s Best Buy, the perennially dysfunctional electronics retailer. The company’s former chief executive Brian Dunn, who resigned in April after having held the top position since 2009, was declared the year’s least valuable player by Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business professor and "Why Smart Executives Fail” author Sydney Finkelstein.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Best of 2012: staff and readers' picks (part 3)

    From IPOs and shakeouts to acquisitions and crunches, it's been another exciting, bewildering year in tech. Continuing with our year-end coverage, here's part 3 of our "Best of 2012" series.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  7. "Content and commerce" is hardest for those who need it the most

    It just kinda rolls off the tongue. Content and commerce. Suddenly every website with creative descriptions of its merchandize is doing "content" and every blog that links to Amazon is doing "commerce." It's a very on-trend strategy.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Two startup truisms that are dead wrong

    I like the holidays because they’re a chance to take my foot off the gas a little bit, get out of the car and reset the engine. They’re a chance to take a look at the map and make sure I’m headed in the right direction.

    By Dan Shipper , written on

    From the News desk

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