Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites


The lessons learned by Divshot confirm that obtaining, and more importantly maintaining, visibility on the front page of a major social news site results from the congruence of three factors: audience, timing and engagement. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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You2Gov Enhances Politics Site


The firm's site now allows users to email, write, or make calls via Skype and Jaxtr to their political representatives. Los Angeles-based You2Gov, an online social networking startup focused on politics, said this week that it has added new technology to allow its users to directly contact members of Congress.

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How to Quickly Build a Customer Base With Lead Generation Tools


With content management systems like WordPress , getting a site up and running is no big deal. It is, however, a bit restricted to the site’s current theme, so you’ll still need code for finer details such as padding, line spacing, and so on.

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Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort


Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publisher which runs such sites as eHow.com, typeF.com, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. The firm said it is looking to engage feature writers to write long articles--"north of 850 words"--for its sites. freelance writer journalism writing livestrong ehow content publisher publishing editorial media demand

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Mahalo: Our Writers Making Over $20,000 A Year


Jason Calacanis, the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based search engine Mahalo , claims that it now has a number of writers who are making over $20,000 a year writing freelance articles for the site. According to Calacanis, the firm is now paying $5 - $10 to writers to write articles for the site, and then splitting revenues from Google AdSense with those writers. Mahalo now has about 3,000 how to articles on the site.

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Why Bots Aren’t the Real AI Disruption: The Quiet Rise of Headless AI


Editor’s note: This piece was originally posted on Textio’s company blog. Hey Siri, how’s the weather today?” “OK OK Google, remind me to pay the power bill.” Alexa, tell me a joke!” Bots are eating the world.

Interview with Noah Auerhahn, Extrabux


For this morning's interview, we talked with Noah Auerhahn , President of San Diego-based Extrabux (www.extrabux.com), an online site focused on providing consumers with comparison shopping combined with discount offers. We talked with Noah about how the company grew out of a business plan competition at the University of Southern California, his recent funding from the Maverick Angels, as well as how the firm hopes to stand out among a crowded list of comparison shopping sites.

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Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


But for the rest of us, those of us lucky/unlucky enough to know we need high-performance, or are uncertain whether performance is a concern, and for whom I write the remainder of this article, performance should be on our minds early. “It was running fine.”

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Innovation and Geography


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Innovation and Geography I ran across a post in Read/Write Web - Does Location Matter in Web Innovation? User Interface Beyond the Web Site ► November (7) Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Sta. that talked about a recent NY Times article When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny.

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Interview with Sunil Rajaraman, Scripped


to the business of script writing, and is looking to combine a free online tool for writing scripts with matching those scripts with content producers. By offering that software for free, we've attracted over 10,000 writers to our site. What we've done, is we attract those writers to our site, and have a revenue model based on the content. That target market is huge, and includes sites like YouTube, you also have Revision3, and other sites doing short videos.

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

TechCrunch LA

Alongside the series sourced from Ficto’s online “ Million for Million campaign “, which will reward $1 million to the first producer of an episode that reaches 1 million unique views on the site. Michael Scott is simultaneously writing a pilot for linear television.

Frameworks Round 1


Check out the new stand-alone framework benchmarks site if you are interested in the latest and most accurate data. write(HelloDbResponse.mapper.writeValueAsString(worlds)); } catch (IOException ex) { } } }); return response; }.

EnumSet and EnumMap


If you write a lot of Java code, then you should read that book and follow its advice. The iterable.spliterator() method is critical when it comes to stream performance, but writing a custom Spliterator from scratch is a non-trivial task. Write a benchmark afterwards to confirm your assumptions. I suspect that those changes will cause exactly zero users of the JDK to write their applications differently. This article discusses java.util.EnumSet. and java.util.EnumMap.

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$190 Million in Cryptocurrency Missing Due to Lost Password


Why did Cotton write his will two weeks before he died? Lastly, we wanted to get Patryn’s insight into the conspiracy theories that have cropped up on sites like Reddit regarding the case.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 17


Write a blog entry and post the Round. For weeks, we have been stuck at step 4 waiting on me to write something, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet to get this out before Halloween. The results web site is a bit wider in response to feedback. We're happy to announce that Round 17 of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project is now available.

Why Titles Matter a Lot if You’re a Blogger

Both Sides of the Table

Gabe Rivera wrote a post on why TechMeme is now using its editors to curate titles that appear on its site. When I first started writing this blog several years ago I had less followers than you have right now. He writes every day so people are trained to get their daily dose of Fred.

Blogging for the Hell of It, Not Blogging to Stay Relevant

Both Sides of the Table

There were days where I could write about what I was thinking about Apple or Twitter or Facebook. Or I could just write about life. can only point to three examples in the last 10 years of writing where I know that what I specifically said made somebody resent me. If I write about big companies and what I think about their strategy, tactics or ethics – I will have feedback from somebody in that org within 12 hours. I used to love blogging.

Niche marketing works. Here’s how.


Create social media posts with links to your site that drive search engine scores and increase search traffic. Here’s a quick nod to the folks at Colour Graphics for urging me to write this insight. Close.

Pragmatism with Flavor


So even if that business doesn't exist as anything but a web site, we want them to avoid unnecessary technology risks. A site with a million users is much easier to manage today than it was in 2000. You're in the thick of it and about to write a small chunk of server-side code. but getting work done requires shutting down the news feed and writing code. We build web and mobile applications, and we've been doing so for a little over fifteen years.

Rapper Azealia Banks’ claims to have the inside track on Elon Musk’s Tesla take-private drama

TechCrunch LA

A spokesperson for Musk responded to a request for comment in an email, writing, “With regard to your question about drug use, as a spokesman for Elon this is ‘total nonsense’ – additionally, ‘Elon has never even met Ms. While other sites have confirmed that she was at Musk’s house, the notorious s**t-stirrer is… well… a notorious stirrer of s**t.

Why Mommy Bloggers Can Help Your Business

Eric Greenspan

Some write about relationships and others about sex. They write how they feel and they influence millions. We’ve included a link to their site, an email address (very hard to come by) and a social profile link. There are over 4,500 influential Mommy Bloggers covering topics from pregnancy to child raising to education. Recently I was approached by a writer of erotica and quality pornography requesting a spot on the TEDxAmericanRiviera stage.

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Lynda.com Buys Compilr


Carpinteria-based online video education site Lynda.com said today that it has acquired Compilr , a developer of a software coding and development environment which lets people learn how to write, compile, and test code from their web browser.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

Both Sides of the Table

But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. They created a reason for their customers to aggregate on their site on a regular basis.

Why GoToMeeting’s SaaS Playbook Wouldn’t Work Today


I was writing them multi-seven figure checks each month, because they were generating tens of thousands of customers. Download Sites – We generated tens of thousands of customers from sites such as Download.com. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Can you profit by serving early adapters?


They allow me to preview new devices and technologies before release so that I might write about and speak about them in my “Tech Trends” keynotes. Our test sites. I am a gadget freak, often purchasing new technologies in their first release.

The 1/9/90 Rule of UGC & Why It’s OK to Have Lurkers

Both Sides of the Table

I stumbled upon the Question, “ What-is-the-motivation-behind-writing-public-reviews-and-tips-as-on-Amazon-Yelp-Foursquare-StickyBits-etc &# and took the bait. Or let’s face it – writing lots of answers on Quora. Two days ago I wrote about Quora.

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at Amplify

From the Venture Trenches

Building a standout destination site for video gamers takes moxie in the highly competitive and lucrative on-line game industry. For the first three months of this year, I have had the pleasure of breathing the same air as the crew from Amplify , the Venice based accelerator.

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The “inciting incident:” Movie scripts tell us how and when to look for investment.


None of the angels in my group is likely to write a check without hearing and believing a story about how something dramatic is about to happen. By David Steakley. If you are a screenplay writer, you are familiar with the dogma of the inciting incident.

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Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups


The European Business Angel Network (EBAN), and similar organizations in other countries including Canada, all have web sites with directories of angel groups that are local to you. This class of investor typically writes checks from $50,000 to $250,000.

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Social Media for Service Professionals


Over the past 12 months, I've had roughly 284,000 people come visit that site and get exposed to things I write. But the web site visitors are accurate. Be interested in what they write. Plan out how you will interact with what they are writing.

Be Frugal, But Never Cheap When Locking Down Your IP


Provisional filings are especially beneficial for startups because: You gain a year to write a thoughtful, defensible patent without delaying your filing date. A version of this article previously appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

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Here Is What You Missed At VidCon 2013


margins offered by YouTube, MCNs must drive fans to purchase merchandise, experience videos on wholly owned (non-YouTube) sites and directly negotiate sponsorships with advertisers, rather than solely relying on YouTube''s ad network. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Better Business Bureau? For who?

Eric Greenspan

Then, they use the old fashioned scare tactic that if you don’t become a member, people will not be able to find you on their site and will become concerned about doing business with an unaccredited firm. How many BBB logos are there? What is the Better Business Bureau?

Finding a Technical Cofounder for Your Startup


I promised I would write this post with some thoughts and ideas on the topic. Sites - There are a bunch of sites out there aimed at this or similar issues. I've recently received several emails from people looking for a technical cofounder for their startup.

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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? The new educational site is free to users. No problem! 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.

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