Startups

Altisource to Hire 100 Engineers in Boston

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The German financial software and services company Altisource will open an incubator lab in Boston and hire 100 software engineers to staff it. The company says it intends for the lab to create a number of spin-off companies in which it would retain large investment stakes. Altisource, which operates an incubator lab in Atlanta, has already had some success with this concept. Last year, it spun off two of its companies – Altisource Residential and Altisource Asset Management – yielding… continue…

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work for a Startup

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With their promise of potentially building something to rock the world, not to mention potential riches that could come from an IPO, startups hold a lot of sex appeal. But if you’re thinking that jumping into that kind of adventure is the next step in your career, be sure you’re thinking carefully. Some people are drawn to the idea of new companies the way moths are drawn to light — and they end up getting fried. To help you avoid… continue…

What Are Your 5 Biggest Online Privacy Worries?

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Let’s talk about this. An article posted on ITWorld earlier this month got me thinking about how small businesses have to deal with online privacy issues. According to ITWorld, their top five concerns include: The proliferation of cookies. Theft of cloud-based data through weak password controls. Being betrayed by the stored location data on cell phones and other mobile devices. Photo tags on social networks. Federal and police agencies scanning online services. Notice: None of these items include the words… continue…

How ‘Zombie’ Startups Can Bring Themselves Back to Life

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These aren’t the best of times for consumer and e-commerce startups. After years of seemingly unbridled access to venture capital, many have seen funding slow to a trickle. For some, investors are wary of their slow growth. For others, investors are wary of pretty much everything, and so won’t put in any money at all. Either way, investors’ caution is threatening a number of these companies, “zombies,” in Silicon Valley parlance. It’s unclear how many of these startups are in… continue…

7 Stories to Read Before You Jump to a Startup

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People who’ve never worked in the startup world often think of it romantically. All that freedom and flexibility, not to mention the potential payoff, sound a lot better than coding according to your boss’s mood that day. But new companies aren’t all glamour and new technology. All-nighters get old, as does low pay, and sometimes the ups and downs of getting a business off the ground are as harrowing as flying through a thunderstorm. Nowadays, when “job security” seems something… continue…

Tupperware Prototypes and Private Space Exploration: SXSW 2013

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SXSW attracts entrepreneurs and geniuses of all stripes—which makes it that much harder to stand out. continue…

Salesforce’s Service Cloud Mobile Aims to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Salesforce’s new mobile platform could help the company stay relevant as it fends off IT giants and innovative startups. continue…

Tech Venture Funding Rises 10 Percent

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The trends in venture funding last year were much like those in the job market: While overall numbers were down, those in tech were up. Overall venture funding in the U.S. fell 10 percent during 2012, to $26.5 billion. That’s the first decline in three years. On the other hand, the software industry — historically the largest investment segment for venture capital — posted a 10 percent increase over 2011 to $8.3 billion. A total of 1,266 software deals were… continue…

Microsoft, Apple, OEMs Face Hard 2013

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New York City’s 10 Coolest Startups

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Silicon Alley keeps expanding. New York City’s startup scene is flourishing as funding finds its way to the brightest ideas. Money is flowing not only from local heavyweights such as Union Square Ventures and AOL Ventures, but also from legions of angel investors and even Kickstarter. Many of today’s startup pioneers have been around the track once or twice before, and they seem to realize more than ever that every good idea needs to be accompanied not only by wishful thinking,… continue…