Sexism Still Exists in Tech | Blatant Trolling at DeveloperWeek 2015

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I received a press pass to DeveloperWeek 2015 last week in order to attend the “Advice to Live by from Women Developers” career panel moderated by the lead of Dice’s engineering team, Jennifer Petersen.

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Flipagram: More Than 1,000 Verified Musicians Added In 2015


Los Angeles-based video story app developer Flipagram said Wednesday that it added more than 1,000 signed, musical artists to its "Flipagram Verified" platform, letting those artists make their music available to Flipagram's users. Flipagram--which develops an app which lets users create musical slideshows using mainstream, popular music acts as their soundtrack--said over 800 of those artists joined in the second half of the year.

Framework Benchmarks Round 10


Much of the effort in the past year has been focused on improving the toolset, allowing contributors to create their own test and development environment with less effort and to optionally focus on just the frameworks or platforms of interest to them.

Bionic Hands, Mind Control, and AI Oh My! | Techstars Disney Accelerator Class of 2015

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Techstars Disney Accelerator class of 2015 was announced yesterday. StatMuse is developing an artificial intelligence platform to help sports fans explore data using simple, natural language. Techstars Disney Accelerator Class of 2015 appeared first on TechZulu.

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Green Dot Opens Development Center In Shanghai


Pasadena-based Green Dot , the provider of prepaid Mastercard and mobile banking services, said today that it has opened up a new office in Shanghai, China, which will provide engineering and software development resources to the company. Green Dot said the new software development center will help bolster its "follow the sun" strategy which will allow it to have technology work done on its products around the clock.

Sense360 Connects App Developer With New Sensor API, Toolkit


Culver City-based Sense360 , the new, smartphone sensor platform developer led by startup veteran Eli Portnoy, has just launched its program, saying that it is looking to make it easier for app developers to leverage sensor data from smartphones. sense360 sensor toolkit context smartphone developer sofware mobile

XPRIZE Launches $7M Literacy Prize For Mobile App Developers


The foundation said the new Adult Literacy XPRIZE challenges mobile app developers to create a mobile app, to help bring illiterate and low-literacy adults to basic literacy within 12 months. xxprize mobile developer team award literacy reading barbara bush dollargeneralLos Angeles-based XPRIZE has launched a new, multi-million dollar prize aimed at improving adult literacy, the company said this morning.

Sense360 Connects App Developers With New Sensor API, Toolkit


Culver City-based Sense360 , the new, smartphone sensor platform developer led by startup veteran Eli Portnoy, has just launched its program, saying that it is looking to make it easier for app developers to leverage sensor data from smartphones. mobile sofware developer smartphone context toolkit sensor sense360

Good, cheap, fast. Pick any two.


Our good friend Adam Miller, CEO of Cornerstone on Demand, uses words appropriate for software development when describing his version of this “pick any two” quandary. This one is attributed to Rod Adair, the famous oil and gas fire suppressing expert.

3 Reasons SaaS Savvy Entrepreneurs Don’t Build Their Own Portals


Overall, according to Gartner, the SaaS market will top $22 billion by 2015. Not only does this save hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) in development costs, the increased revenue gained can be immense. SaaS is bringing sexy back, in 2015 and beyond.

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Nail it; then scale it.


You can be the one to develop a product or service, promote it, and support it when you are a small operation. Email readers, continue here…] The first crisis is financial, funding the business, development, inventory, and marketing. So your business has begun to take off.

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Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

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An example might be a business development conversation, a first customer meeting, the first candidate in a recruiting process, the first time you talk with a journalist at TechCrunch or the first meeting to consider your business strategy.

How to Know if You Have ADD and What to Do About It

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And when you know this and when your ego boost hits you can develop coping mechanisms that make you perform better. Let me start the post with three statements.

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IBM Introduces New Open Source Community for Developers

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It has been a big summer for developers ready to do a deep dive into open source projects and the Internet of Things (IoT) with IBM’s announcement of two new communities created in its developer-centric hub developerWorks , aimed at giving developers the perfect sandbox to play in.

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Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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So we discussed his moving to LA for a while and working in our offices and developing his ideas and we decided to formalize it. And I can’t wait to see you guys further develop your tech insights. Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA.

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Double down!


A geographic territory or single product in a larger product line, or a service that was developed as an afterthought: do any show unusual signs of breaking out and becoming unanticipated successes?

The five kinds of risk in building your business


Making such predictions is a skill that can be developed, and here’s one method of doing so. If you could predict a crisis within your business before its occurrence, wouldn’t you move to prevent or reduce its impact?

Arrowhead Buys RNAi Research and Development Assets From Novartis


Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research said this morning that it has acquired the entire RNAI research and development portfolio and associated assets of Novartis. arrowhead research lifescience merger acquisition rnai novartis drug development biotech According to Arrowhead, the deal was worth $35M, made up of a $7M cash payment, $3M in cash later, and $25M in Arrowhead common stock, to be paid within 30 days.

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

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Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. 5/ Twitter doesn’t support Tweetstorms so the community developed the norm of responding to your own Tweetstorms to create a single thread. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015. Mark Suster (@msuster) May 29, 2015.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture


In 1952, 100 years after Lovelace’s death, Dr. Grace Hopper developed the first compiler. It wasn't until the early 1960's, when men realized the power and prestige associated with software development, that women were not so subtly pushed out of the profession.

How To Vet Startup Opportunities – Quit Your Day Job With Confidence


Capable of gathering the necessary resources to develop your minimum viable product. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. As a Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara , students ask me dozens of times each quarter, “What do you think of my idea?”

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Western Digital Backs Memory Semiconductor Developer


Irvine-based Western Digital has backed the developer of semiconductor memory technology, as part of a strategic funding round. Everspin Technologies , which develops "magnetoresistive RAM"--aimed at use in such things at solid state storage--said this morning that it has raised $29M in a Series B funding round.

The Hardware behind the Results of Framework Benchmarks Round 10


Covering a wide variety of web application frameworks, this project gives developers useful data that can help them find the framework that will provide the performance and features they need for their application. By Jeffrey Papen, CEO and Founder, Peak Hosting. At Peak Hosting , we're big fans of TechEmpower's Framework Benchmarks, an open source project the company has been coordinating since early 2013.

George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun


After riding the new PU wheels for a while, I began to dream of better shapes for the wheels for skateboarding, and developed the double radial skateboard wheel. Greathouse: How did your relationship with Stacy Peralta develop? A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

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I have developed a line of thinking and a common retort for people who ask about some of these deals and I often say, “I don’t mind being wrong.

How Surfing Made Me A Better Investor


Seasoned surfers develop an eye for swells which subtly build in the distance, just as experienced investors anticipate future trends, instead of following current ones. A version of this article previously appeared on the Wall Street Journal.

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What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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We talk a lot about his schooling, his early jobs as a developer and then as a VC and we talk about his decision to spend winters in Los Angeles. Last week Fred Wilson and I sat down in Santa Monica for an hour+ discussion with the video cameras rolling.

Real Startups Never, Ever Discount Their Prices


This point is nicely illustrated by Albert Oaten, VP Market Development at SecureDocs. A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Avoid a simple pricing mistake which could sink your startup. The “D” word - Discounts. I buy my cars in December.

Rustic Canyon Re-Ups On Cancer Portal Developer


Los Angeles-based venture investor Rustic Canyon Partners has re-upped on an investment in cancer portal developer Navigating Cancer , in a new, $10M investment. Navigating Cancer--which is based in Seattle--develops web-based portal software used by cancer treatment centers and programs. The round was led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and also included ORIX Healthcare Capital in addition to the investment by Rustic Canyon Partners.

DTS Links With Ultra HD Blu-Ray Tool Developer


Calabasas-based DTS , the developer of surround sound and other sound processing technology, said today taht it has linked with Ultra HD Blu-Ray production tool developer Jargon Technologies , to include the DTS:X Encoder and DTS BD Digital Bridge Tool Suite with Jargon's Blu-Ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray authoring software.

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GameSalad Rolls Out New Tools To Help Aspiring Game Developers


Wish you could design and develop your own mobile games, but don't know how to write software? Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad , a developer of tools which make it easy to create real, world class mobile apps and desktop games, said it is looking to help aspiring hobbyists to become full fledged game developers, with a new effort called GameSalad Academy. tools software videogame mobile development game academy gamesalad

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Attention Startup Accelerators: Your Job Is Not Over After Demo Day


Good news: a quick review of TechCrunch’s March 2015 List of Top 20 U.S. Feetz earned coverage in the Wall Street Journal following The TENN’s 2015 West Coast trip for their innovative 3D printed shoes. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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My story: Fail locally, one customer at a time.


I was a beneficiary of this development. At this point in the company’s life, I had developed a mature product used by thousands of happy individual clients who were clamoring for the home office to build interfaces to minimize their manual data entry. By Frank Peters.

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Understanding Your True Character as an Entrepreneur

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I’ve become much more adept at developing a sense early in my relationships whether they are likely to ephemeral or lasting. Why do we do all that we do? Is it for the money? The recognition? Is work a part of life and life a part of work?

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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But if your goal is to develop an audience that can be monetized in other ways, I’ll repeat my argument “you need to fish in the pond where the fish are.” And here’s the thing … YouTube PAYS YOU to develop these audiences.

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