Startups

This Is How You Shut Down a Kickstarter Project

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Late last year, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson had bad news for the thousands of people who’d supported his CLANG project on Kickstarter: Despite making its funding goal, the project itself would be placed on indefinite hold. CLANG (9,023 backers on Kickstarter, contributing $526,125) was a video-game platform that—had it seen the proverbial light of day—would have allowed players to duel like medieval knights, using a hardware controller to swing a virtual sword. Click here to find developer jobs. In a… continue…

Five Traits of Successful Startup Leaders

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It’s exciting to work on something that might become the Next Big Thing—but tech skills and a novel idea aren’t enough to make a startup a success. Roughly 90 percent of startups fail, according to some estimates. That places an enormous amount of pressure on startup founders. Not only do they need to be creative, optimistic, self-confident, and unafraid of failure—they also need considerable business smarts to carve out a financial plan and woo investors. But even that’s not quite… continue…

How a Startup Can Ruin Your Life

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Over on Medium, Ali Mese has some words of advice for anyone thinking of abandoning a regular job for the startup life: be prepared. Be very, very prepared. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. Once upon a time, Mese was a corporate consultant for a global firm, raking in enormous amounts of cash and jetting around the world. But the constant grind of that lifestyle didn’t sit well with him, so he decided to become the… continue…

Things Just Got Way Harder for the Next Pebble

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Wearable electronics, long the subject of considerable hype from the tech press, now seem on the verge of entering the mainstream. Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, and other tech giants all want consumers to strap a “smart watch” to their wrist; Google continues to push Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset; and Facebook bet $2 billion that Oculus Rift, its latest acquisition, can guide the future of virtual reality. Wearable electronics becoming the Next Big Thing could present loads of opportunities to… continue…

Penetration Testing Is a White-Hot Industry

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In the wake of high-profile IT breaches at Target and other major corporations, penetration-testing firms are more popular than ever. Companies and government agencies have woken up to the fact that a cyberattack on their data is all but inevitable, and they need employees and contractors capable of discovering vulnerabilities before hackers do. In other words, it’s a potentially lucrative time to explore penetration testing as a career. You could work for the security offshoot of a well-established firm such… continue…

What If America Isn’t Startup-Friendly After All?

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America is a nation of startups—or that’s how the story goes, at least. But is it true? The Los Angeles Times offered up some stats about the current state of the nation’s startups, and the findings aren’t pretty: As reported by the newspaper, data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that the number of new startups fell 28 percent between 1977 and 2011. Nor is that the only bad news for entrepreneurs: People aged 20 to 34—the so-called “Millennial” generation—were… continue…

Women in Tech Triumph in Kickstarter Funding

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Women outpace men when it comes to raising money for technology projects through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, according to a new study by researchers at New York University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jason Greenberg (NYC) and Ethan Mollick (Wharton/UPenn) chose 1,250 Kickstarter projects in five categories: games and technology, where founders were predominantly male; film, with an even gender distribution; and fashion and children’s books, both populated with more female founders and backers. They… continue…

Uber and Lyft Attempt to Disrupt Each Other

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Having disrupted the car-for-hire market—at least in some major cities—Uber and Lyft are progressing to the next logical stage: Doing their best to disrupt each other. Lyft has accused Uber of requesting and canceling more than 5,000 rides in the past year, costing its drivers precious time and money. In addition to denying the accusation (“Lyft’s claims against Uber are baseless and simply untrue”), Uber charges Lyft with engaging in the same underhanded behavior: “Lyft’s own drivers and employees, including… continue…

The Trials and Triumphs of Creating Your Own Game Studio

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Most parents probably don’t dream of their kids becoming video game developers, but it’s a real career—and potentially a lucrative one. Finding your way in the industry is tough, though. The video game business can be volatile, reacting quickly to changes in the economy or the success or failure of an individual game. As with more traditional industries, the steadiest course centers on acquiring a job at a large, established company. But more and more, aspiring developers are leaving big… continue…

Before Jumping, Be Sure You’ve Got a Startup’s Personality

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Tip of the Day If you’re toying with the idea of joining a startup, a little self-analysis is in order. Otherwise, the leap could be your downfall. Click here to see engineering jobs. Typically, there are two types of engineers who thrive during a startup’s early stages: those who are driven to develop a product people will use, and those who itch to build the next big company. There’s also a third type: Engineers who get a rush from being… continue…