Why foreign YCombinator founders choose Silicon... →
In the age of email, instant message, phone calls, and video chats, there’s all sorts of different ways to communicate and collaborate regardless of location, but these entrepreneurs choose to be in Silicon Valley regardless. TheNextWeb spoke to a number of founders at YCombinator to find out why they decided to move to the Valley. Here is a selection of the answers. There is an...
If you’re going to do a general-interest news product online, you have to be...– Jeff Bercovici on web publishing and advertising
The blunt truth is, online advertising is a numbers game. And, even on niche...– Paul Carr - On Slate magazine laying off top media critic Jack Shafer
Stop looking for the Instagram of video! Different medium & different...– @pinot
i love that the guy with the biggest social network and blew it continues to...– @om - on Tom Anderson, founder of MySpace
App developer's guide to making a media kit →
Dear developers, we know you suck at making media kits for your apps, so here’s a handy guide for you to follow when you’re releasing your app. It’s not that difficult, you already have the details and screenshots after all. Make it easier for us bloggers and journos to write about your app and we might. Make your release interesting and attractive, and we will. No need to...
How Morris Chang revolutionized the semiconductor... →
But, Chang thought, what if these small design firms could contract with a manufacturer that didn’t make any of its own chips—meaning that it wouldn’t compete with smaller firms or bump them to the back of the line? And he realized that this pure-play foundry would mean that Taiwan’s weaknesses in design and marketing wouldn’t matter, while its traditional strengths in...
Google and Motorola gets cozy →
Big news on Monday. Google needs patents, Motorola has plenty but will Google spin off the hardware business once it gets its hands on the patents? Other Android partners can’t be too happy about this and they might consider adding or expanding a competing system to their portfolio. Since HP is shutting down webOS, some of Moto’s competitors might be interested in grabbing it....
HP gives up the PC business →
“Consumers are changing the use of their PC,” HP CEO Leo Apotheker said. “The tablet effect is real and sales of the TouchPad are not meeting our expectations” HP is selling off the Personal Systems Group which includes its PC and mobile devices division. No word as to its printer division but HP is moving towards enterprise solutions away from consumer hardware. It is also giving up webOS and...
Foursquare lets you check in to events →
After running a trial at SXSW this year, Foursquare finally added events check in with its latest app update. You can check in at sports events, movies, and concerts with listings provided by ESPN, MovieTickets, and SongKick. No, you can’t create your own events just yet. Foursquare hasn’t figured out how it wants that to happen.
Spotlight on Indonesia's startups
Looks like we’re getting a bunch of coverage from the big boys in the US of A. We found this pece on Huffington Post, and then these from Washington Post, Forbes, ABC News, and NBC News. Since it’s all the same story originating from the Associated Press, it was picked up by a busload of other US and international news sites. Sure, it was really only one article but the fact that...
What Is a Preferred Stock? →
For angel investors, and mostly for Indonesian startups, here’s a short overview on “Preferred Stock”. An essential knowledge if you’re raising fund for the first time.
How well intentioned institutions can slow down... →
Like patents– which also seek to protect the little guy– unions were started for all the right reasons. But like patents, they can be twisted into something that hurts innovation, competition and ultimately consumers and the country as a whole. Unions inherently create an “us versus them” dynamic that makes winning against a company’s management the top goal, not serving customers, innovating,...
WSJ Blog: Nokia's losses are Finland's gains →
Artturi Tarjanne, chairman of the Finnish Venture Capital Association and co-founder of mobile technology-focused VC firm Nexit Ventures, said: “The availability of skilled people is key to the success. The steady growth and domination of Nokia, and the surrounding ecosystem, during the last 20 years has created a large pool of world class mobile technology skills in Finland. Now, when the...
Chris Eidhof: Why I develop for iOS →
chriseidhof: Sometimes I ask myself the question: why do I develop for iOS? I could also do Haskell development, do cool HTML5 stuff, or build compilers. As an indie developer, these are some important reasons for me. High-end platform The iPhone and iPad are the high-end of the smartphones and tablets….
Facebook just acquired his company, Push Pop Press →
Mike Matas is one hell of an interface designer. Before he left high school, he was already working for The Omni Group, makers of apps such as Omni Graffle, OmniFocus, and Omni Outliner. He later co-founded Delicious Monster with Wil Shipley and released Delicious Library which, depending on how you see it, inspired Apple to release iBooks for iPhone. Completely skipping college, he later worked...
An iOS Developer Takes on Android
nfarina: Recently, we released the Android version of Meridian, our platform for building location-based apps. We didn’t use one of these “Cross Platform!” tools like Titanium. We wrote it, from scratch, in Java, like you do in Android. We decided it was important to keep the native stuff native, and to respect each platform’s conventions as much as possible. Some conventions are easy to...
Reserve a Blue Bird Group cab from your BlackBerry →
Blue Bird Group launched its BlackBerry app yesterday to assist people looking to find a cab while roaming around town. Apparently the app is half done and people are annoyed that while it lets you track the cab’s presence, they can’t get live updates. In other words, you have to manually refresh the map to locate the cab and it doesn’t tell you if it has actually arrived....
Square processes $4 million a day →
Some numbers from Square $4 million per day 69% from iOS (45% iPhone), 31% from Android More than 500,000 card readers Over $100 million in transactions Square plans to launch overseas in 2012.
Google+ has around 600,000 users in Asia →
According to one site that claims to have indexed Google+, the site has nearly 600 thousand users in Asia, more than half of whom are in India. Indonesians make up only 4.55 percent, or 27 thousand Google+ users at the time of the blog post, but at last check, it listed almost 33 thousand Indonesians. You can check out the site directly, FindPeopleOnPlus.