Startups

Billion-Dollar Startup? Boring.

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Once upon a time, a startup valued at more than $1 billion was a rare thing indeed. Now, according to data from the Wall Street Journal, it seems increasingly commonplace, with some 73 venture-backed startups currently valued at more than $1 billion. Those companies include Uber ($41.2 billion), Palantir ($15 billion), SpaceX ($12 billion), Airbnb ($10 billion), and Snapchat ($10 billion). More than 20 of them are headquartered in San Francisco; five are in New York; and four take up… continue…

The Developer Who Bet It All on His Next Game

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Never use your own money to fund projects, goes a strain of startup advice. Jonathan Blow, famous in gaming circles for the hit indie game Braid, never got that memo: He plans on funneling all of his money into his next game, entitled The Witness. “The Braid income is not nearly enough anymore to fund the team,” Blow told Engadget in an interview. “I have borrowed a bunch of money to finish The Witness. So I hope when it’s done, some people… continue…

Finding Silicon Valley’s Heart of Entrepreneurship

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Over the past several decades, Silicon Valley has become synonymous with entrepreneurship. But not all entrepreneurs are created equal: As suggested by a new study in Science magazine, those startups that survive and become viable companies generally share a handful of attributes, from shorter names to incorporation and trademarking. (Hat tip to The Verge for the link to the study.) The researchers who authored that study, including an MIT economist, used their model to map the true heart of entrepreneurship… continue…

Attracting Top Engineers in a Competitive Market

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Ron Pragides rode the wave of IPOs at Salesforce and Twitter, but wanted to grow a team at a company with a less-certain future. He was the very first engineer at Austin-based Bigcommerce’s San Francisco office, and the company’s third hire in the area. His team outgrew its original office in 10 months, forcing them to move to another space in SoMa (otherwise known as South of Market, for those who don’t live in the Bay Area). Click here to… continue…

Can Big Data Pick a Winning Startup?

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Can you predict whether a startup will collapse or succeed? Wall Street and Silicon Valley would certainly like to think so. According to Wired, a handful of independent entrepreneurs and big companies are using data analytics to better forecast whether that hot startup will become the next Uber, or merely the next Pets.com. Click here for analytics jobs. Thomas Thurston, who runs a research firm called Growth Science, told the magazine that his algorithmic simulations accurately predict 88 percent of… continue…

Daily Tip: The Upside of the ‘Hybrid’ Job

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While most of us would be perfectly fine with sticking to one job, many folks find themselves taking on more of a “hybridized” role at work, often juggling responsibilities that, once upon a time, might have been handled by two (or more) people. We all know the programmer who’s also a manager, or the app developer who doubles as a social-media maven. In startups, this hybridization is particularly acute, with people taking on multiple roles in order to keep the… continue…

Apple’s ‘GoPro Killer’ Shows Price of Disruption

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Earlier this week, news leaked that Apple had patented a sports camera, and the stock price of GoPro—currently the reigning champ of sports cameras—plunged. But as several publications have noted, the patent in question was not only filed 2012, it didn’t even come from inside Apple—rather, it was one of many patents that Apple acquired from Kodak when the latter was selling off its intellectual property in a bid to stay solvent. For more camera-related jobs, click here. As Apple… continue…

Preparing for Real-Time Performance Reviews

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Is the annual performance review on its way out? While it’s hard to say conclusively, one thing is sure: More companies are taking a fresh look at how they provide feedback and align their corporate goals with the work professionals do day-to-day. This is especially true within newer tech companies, where managers can often take a more flexible approach and younger workers expect to receive feedback a lot more often than once a year. In large part, the change is… continue…

How These Delivery Startups Attract Their Pack

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When you move from New York City to suburbia, the biggest challenge is figuring out where to eat, since prepared food is seemingly no longer available 24/7. Fortunately, the past few years have seen a proliferation of delivery-service apps for, well, pretty much anything. Today’s idea of convenience involves booking a personal driver via Uber, having your laundry washed via Washio, and eating a home-cooked meal delivered to you via Munchery. But without the hard labor of delivery workers, these… continue…

5 Tips for Scaling Your Fast-Growing Startup

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By Mohit Garg Fast-growing companies have an enviable problem. They’re growing headcount, with many of them hiring as fast as they can. And while this sounds like a nice issue to have, it’s actually a very serious challenge. Once that initial traction kicks in, how these companies hire and develop their talent often makes or breaks their future success. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. For all those fast-growing businesses out there heading into 2015 with… continue…