Startups

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…

Does a Startup Need a Moral Compass?

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Ride-sharing service Uber found itself in a lot of trouble this week after BuzzFeed quoted one of its top executives as saying the company should fund opposition research into journalists. The executive, Emil Michael, suggested spending a million dollars to hire a team of opposition researchers and journalists, who would then dig into the personal lives and families of those critical of Uber. While Michael didn’t suggest any such plan was in effect, and apologized for his remarks soon afterwards,… continue…

Daily Tip: The Startup ‘Gut Check’

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For those who work in tech, the prospect of joining a startup holds definite appeal. If the startup goes public, or ends up acquired by a tech giant, its first employees stand to earn a lot of money. Startups also dangle the tantalizing prospect of helping create or refine a product used by millions of people. To find a tech job at a startup, click here. But not everybody is suited for the startup life. Before you take the plunge… continue…

Best Advice for Startups Is Also Most Obvious

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What’s the secret to succeeding in the startup world? According to serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, the answer is simple: perseverance. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. “If you look at all startup stories, it’s not a straight line… to success,” he told the audience at this year’s Disrupt Europe 2014, according to TechCrunch. Kan should know: It took eight years from the time he founded online-streaming service Justin.tv until the platform’s offshoot, Twitch, sold to Amazon for… continue…

The Tech Startup That Paid a Million for a CEO

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Last week, an interesting story in TechCrunch highlighted how a burgeoning technology industry is lifting the salaries of the chief executives tasked with managing everything from wet-behind-the-ears startups to publicly traded giants. The TechCrunch article featured an anecdote about a hot startup offering a $1 million signing bonus to any chief executive willing to lead it, only to find that offer rejected in favor of another (and presumably richer) one. “We haven’t seen anything like this since 1999,” Brad Stadler, founder… continue…

Are We Headed for Another Dot-Com Bubble?

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Many Silicon Valley veterans remember when the dot-com bubble popped in 2000, and dozens of startups and mid-size tech companies imploded. Even those firms built on a solid business model, such as Amazon, teetered on the verge of total collapse. In the years leading up to that epic “Pop,” investors and venture capitalists poured millions of dollars into the bank accounts of seemingly any startup with a “.com” after its name and a business plan that touched the Web in… continue…

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…