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  1. Erik Prince: Blackwater Founder, Free Market Condottiero

    Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of Blackwater, has a new book: “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror.” In it, Prince argues that mercenaries are the truest expression of the American war-fighting spirit.

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  2. Why I gave up a cushy career as an investment banker to launch a startup

    This is the sixth in a PandoDaily weekly series that chronicles the experiences of a young entrepreneur as he bootstraps his startup. Read Part 1, “The less-than-glamorous life of a young entrepreneur,” Part 2, “How to survive co-founding a company with a friend,” Part 3, “Starting a company and having a girlfriend isn’t easy,” Part 4, “Customer validation: from lean startup to craigslist,” and Part 5 "Dealing with competitors without turning your product into Mr. Tumnus," Come back next Sunday to read the next installment.

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  3. Ten websites that teach coding and a bunch of other things

    Seemingly every day there’s a new article or blog post imploring you to learn how to code. “Those who code have the power to transform their dreams into reality.” “Coding will help you keep [your job], or help you make a case for a raise.” “You should learn to program because it’s easy, it’s fun, it will increase your skill set, and… it will fundamentally change your perspective on the world.” What’s more, “If you want to start a technology company, you should learn to code.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New Year’s resolution was to learn how to code. Douglas Rushkoff, who calls coding “the new literacy of the digital age,” wrote an entire book about it. And didn’t Marc Andreessen say that “software is eating the world?” As a result, companies from Codecademy to edx and many others have popped up to meet this rising demand.

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  4. Thinking of starting a Health IT company? Here are the top three industry challenges

    With total annual spending on healthcare projected to hit 20 percent of US GDP by 2021, there’s a lot of potential for health IT startups. In addition, the industry is ripe for technological innovation. It’s no wonder that health IT has been attracting both investors and entrepreneurs.

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  5. For startups in emerging fields, patents are critical

    Debate continues as to whether startups should invest resources into patent filings or use those resources for critical items such as product development. This debates changes, however, when differentiating between startups in existing fields -- such as social media -- and those in emerging fields -- such as augmented reality. Based on my own experience, if a young company falls into the latter category, then it might be more critical to pursue intellectual property protection.

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  6. Five reasons to stop incentivizing brand recommendations

    The term “brand advocacy” has been making its way up the social marketing buzz word ladder, and rightfully so, since advocacy is the top digital priority of CMOs worldwide, according to a recent IBM study. However, speaking with marketers every day, it has become clear to me that this new type of marketing has spurred different approaches behind getting people to "recommend" brands, some of which are not so good.

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  7. Who Holds the Power in Media – Content or Distribution?

    On Friday night, Chris Dixon (@cdixon), Jonathan Glick (@jonathanglick), Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Todd Sawicki (@sawickipedia) and I had a conversation on Twitter about media concentration and where the power lies these days. It was inspired by an Erin Griffith (@eringriffith) post called “Spotify’s Best Chance at Beating the Digital Streaming “Suicide Pact” Is With Ads“. Chris assigned me the homework of blogging about it, so here goes.

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  8. Three Tips For a New Wave of Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs

    Here’s a little-known fact: Schoolteachers are some the most hardcore early-adopters on the Web today. This hyper-connected community represents an enormous opportunity for ed-tech entrepreneurs, and is the key to success for any ed-tech startup.

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