Hack This: How Edmunds.com's Hackathons Are Inspiring Outside Innovation


Are developers willing to invest their time and energy in building solutions around your products, company, or organization? What was in it for developers to get involved, and why did they want to build products built on your interfaces?

BetterWorks Recruiting Effort: A LEGO Contest?


How do you find the best and brightest engineers and web developers? Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the developer of software and services to help companies manage their fringe benefits for employees, has an interesting one: have those software developers compete to build the best, LEGO. BetterWorks said it would hold a Silicon Beach LEGO Challenge --open to only 60 software and web developers--to compete for prizes.

5 Apps To Get The Most Out Of Your Philips Hue Lights 

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Despite the growing competition, Philips Hue light bulbs are still the kings of all smart, Wi-Fi enabled light bulbs. These color-changing wonders will literally transform your home, and all you need to do is screw in a light bulb.

FunnelSource Rolls Out New App


Los Angeles-based FunnelSource , the sales pipeline and performance management software developer headed by John Hanna, said today that it has rolled out a new application. The firm said its new FunnelRace software provides a sales performance, leaderboard application for Salesforce CRM. The new app allows sales organizations to create competitions which does either individuals or team sales progress.

iRise Dangles $20K To Developers


El Segundo-based iRise , the developer of enterprise application visualization software, said Thursday that it is launching a $20,000 Developer Contest. iRise said the contest will award $20,000 to developers who create custom widgets for the iRise software modeling environment. Nine prizes, ranging from $500 to $2000 each, will be awarded, for the creation of "iBloc" widgets for the iRise software.

Trellis Takes $2M For Legal Litigation Tools


Los Angeles-based startup Trellis Research , which is developing decision making tools and maintains a database of California court records, said on Wednesday that it has raised $2M in a seed funding round. According to the startup, it has created a legal intelligence decision engine, which it says gives litigators a "competitive edge" in legal services. action class clark nicole seed capital venture software litigation records court lawsuit legal trellis

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Dude, Akanda Is Tying The Cloud Together Like A Rug


To update Marc Andreessen’s widely publicized quote from 2011, “OpenStack Software Defined Networks (SDNs) are eating the world.” Their attempts to architect software automation for physical networks were a bridge too far. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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BP Logix Wins Fresno County


San Diego-based business process management software developer BP Logix reported a win this morning with the County of Fresno, replace a legacy system in that country for automating business reporting for the county. BP Logix said it won the contract as part of an RFP, where a total of nine vendors responded, and was chosen afer a competitive, four month process at the county. bplogix business process management software automation

Vroozi Deploys In The UK


Los Angeles-based mobile procurement software developer Vroozi said this morning that it has deployed its software in the UK, as part of an online marketplace for the U.K. s G-Cloud is similar to the US GSA listing: Vroozi said G-Cloud listing means that any public sector group can buy items or services without running a full tender or competition procurement process. vroozi united kingdom government purchasing gcloud software mobile procurement

Citrusbyte Wants the World to Build Better Software


That is, businesses are using APIs like crazy to stay competitive and communicate with both partners and customers more effectively. The difficult decision comes when trying to decide if you should license an outside API or develop one internally. Citrusbyte is a full stack, design and development firm that specializes in helping companies get the APIs they need to run more efficiently. I think that the value of a well-built API is somewhat underrated these days.

How to Deliver More Software Projects On Time

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There’s an old joke in software development, “How much time does it take to design software?” If you’ve been involved with a number of software projects you already have an intuitive sense for this.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


For more than 30-years, Bill Gates has been at the pinnacle of the software industry. Mark noted that even if an entrepreneur does not become a master developer, by simply understanding the software development process, they will be a more effective startup leader.

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SteelHouse Countersues Criteo Over Click Fraud


Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse said this morning that it has sued French retargeting firm Criteo , claiming false advertising, intentional interference with contract, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and unfair competition. Both SteelHouse and Criteo provide retargeting software, used by e-commerce providers to present ads to its visitors to encourage them to return and purchase products from those sites.

SD Team Heads to US Ignite Summit to Advance Emergency Mobile App


A San Diego software development team with an idea for an emergency mobile app that it said would be faster than calling 911 is headed this week to US Ignite’s Application Summit in Kansas City, MO. With support from the National Science Foundation, the nationwide competition is intended to encourage developers to create “smart gigabit applications” for communities in four categories: wireless healthcare, climate.

Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites


Divshot's Founders conceived of their innovative web development solution, which automatically generates professional-grade code during the wire framing process, during a Startup Weekend event in Kansas City. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Startup CTO or Developer


What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. But often the result of a Founder hiring a developer or lead developer or even a VP engineering is a gap created between the founders and the developers.

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Divshot Sets Up Shop In Los Angeles


In the case of Divshot , a developer of user interface development tools for web apps, it was a chance to join Los Angeles accelerator Launchpad LA. According to Silicon Prairie News, the founders of DivShot, Michael Bligh and Jake Johnson, jumped at the chance to become part of the Los Angeles technology community after winning first place at the Crowdstart LA pitch competition in July.

Creating the Next Generation of US Employees. My Investment in Treehouse

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But getting well paying job in technology and importantly distributed all across this country is important to the future competition of the US in the world and important to helping solve our economic problems.

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Custom Software

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup


I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. for a Lead Developer: How much will it cost to build what we need to build? How can I control costs but effectively get stuff developed? How can we phase development to balance cost, features, risk, etc? How do we need to structure the systems to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition? How will we find and interview developers?

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The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

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In the era of Skype, web conferencing tools and collaboration software conventional wisdom says that distributed startup teams can be just as effective as those that are in person. He gossips with the office manager who tells 3 software developers.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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That died with waterfall software development. Do you really want to spent $100k building a product to discover through Customer Development that the market is too small? What about your competition – how much do they charge?

UCLA DEV Contest Proves Grand Ideas & Teamwork are Essential to LA Tech

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With software developed, tested and turned in, the results of UCLA Anderson School of Management’s DEV Contest were announced on Sunday afternoon to a room full of smiling faces. By Sunday afternoon, all software had been tested and submitted.

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Pixicle Raising $38,000 To Take Photos To The Big Screen Wirelessly & Introduce GPS Photo Printing

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Brandon is a co-founder and our lead developer. over the last 18 years, my company has been in the business of custom software development that develops anything from small web applications to custom enterprise software applications. Any competition?

Entrepreneurship: Nature vs. Nurture? A Religious Debate

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You’re not born into being a world-class software developer. Nature vs. Nurture. You’ve all heard the question before. Let’s talk about kids for a moment. I grew up believing that human behavior was 20% nature, 80% nurture.

How Kazuhm Is Reconnecting The Enterprise Cloud, With Tim O'Neal


To fix that, San Diego-based Kazuhm (www.kazuhm.com) has created software, which uses the same kinds of distributed computing techniques made popular in the consumer world by community projects like SETI, and applied that to the enterprise. I also spend a chunk of my career in software development, working on enterprise applications. I have been lucky to have been around both parts of corporate IT and application development teams, and on the infrastructure side.

Innovating Telecom – Emir Aboulhosn (CEO) of Ready SIM

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With this, we had an opportunity to create a competitively priced product for the US market with a simple model.” “ Originally, I was in software development – not as a programmer, but designing and planning with a strong marketing background.

myfab5 Wanst to Reinvent The Way You Find Food | Interview With Co-Founder Calvin Schemanski

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Omeid Seirafi-Pour is the CEO and Domain Expertise, John Gulbronson is the CTO or Software Developer and I am Calvin Schemanski, the CMO or 2-Time Entrepreneur. Any competition?

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How Beatshare Is Tackling Music And Messaging


Barry Lieberman: My backgruond is about 35 years in technology, business development, and sales and marketing. I built my own company around marketing services, and have been around business development, marketing, custom service, and sales, and also on the consumer side of technology, a little bit a mix of the two. We worked on Beatshare at Chapman, where there was a business plan competition, which we won. That funding was geared towards development of our product.

Contur Sorts Your Email From Clutter To Save You Hours | Interview With The Founders

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Justyna Wójcik, our CEO, is a seasoned software developer and team leader. Before that, she was a technical team lead at Motorola, developing mission critical communication software. He is passionate about developing reliable online services and structuring data.

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TenHands HD Video Collaboration I Founders Interview

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Co-founder and CEO Mark Weidick was VP and General Manager of Cisco’s TelePresence Video Exchange where he was responsible for a team of 150 developers that built and supported video exchange platforms for AT&T and other Service Providers. What is TenHands and why the name?

Journey Platform To Build Data Gathering Mobile Apps | Co-founder Interview Conrad Hofmeyr

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The whole Journey app building experience takes place inside your web browser, so there’s no software to install. In the light of this, our product development efforts are focused on making it increasingly easier and faster to build apps. Any competition?

Peering Into The Mobile Games Future With Josh Hartwell of Mobile Deluxe


What does the world have in store for the mobile games market, and how do mobile games developers look at the world? Tell us about Mobile Deluxe and the types of games you develop? What kind of games do you develop?

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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► February (1) Building and Developing an A++ Team ► 2008 (14) ► December (1) Develop a Culture Roadmap ► November (2) Green Week - Save the Environment and Your Cash Creating a Culture of Innovation: Cultural Values.