Take Your Sites and Apps Global

Take Your Sites and Apps Global

Everyone wants more users, yeah? So why do we limit ourselves to English speakers? Presumably because expanding to non-English markets is difficult, time-consuming,and therefore expensive. While that is very true when you consider a full-scale solution involving language, culture, writing conventions and regulatory compliance, we can start small in true Lean fashion.

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How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

How to Think Like a Hacker, Even if You Can’t Code

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Larry Page all have in common?

Yes, they’ve founded multi-billion dollar businesses with virtually no formal business training, with combined revenues of over $80 billion. But they are also former software engineers and hackers, an experience that undoubtedly taught them skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

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iOS 7 Transition Guide

iOS 7 Transition Guide

Apple is going to feature new and updated apps and users will be more likely to download them. Now is the time to make significant inroads into the App Store by embracing the new design paradigm.Of course, we all foresaw the death of skeumorphism and the transition to flat design, but don't forget the update contains much more than that.

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The Search for the Best RSS Reader

The Search for the Best RSS Reader

Google terminated Google Reader on July 1st, leaving many former users looking for a worthy replacement. I still don’t fully understand why Google is losing its control over the center of information dissemination for so many press and other honeybee influencers, but so be it. Luckily, many alternatives have stepped up in the aftermath of Google’s announcement.

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Welcome to ff Venture Capital, Jason!

Welcome to ff Venture Capital, Jason!

We are very excited to welcome the newest member to the ffVC team, Jason Reynolds, our new Director of Engineering. In this newly-established position, Jason will play a crucial role in ffVC's unique mission of providing support to our portfolio companies by assisting them with scalable processes and resources. With his many ...

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Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

Is The Government Telling The Truth When It Says Your Data Is Secure?

(David previously published this at Techcrunch.) Modern encryption systems are, in theory, exceptionally secure. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), for example, is so sophisticated that all known attacks are considered computationally infeasible. It is no surprise then, that the NSA considers 256-bit AES safe for storing top-secret data. What is ...

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Okay, I Said it: This Time it's Different, or How The Bubble WILL Come About

Okay, I Said it: This Time it's Different, or How The Bubble WILL Come About

This Time It's different [Source www.500px.com] We are entering a new era. A time when great wealth is being created, and old fortunes destroyed (but not let us dwell there). A time of convergence and disruption that has not been seen in anyone's lifetime. In the late 90's it was ...

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Social Privacy

Social Privacy

I was watching Mark Suster and Tom McInerney on This Week in Venture Capital mainly for fun, though Tom is a good friend. If you have not watched it you should as it is highly engaging. Well into the discussion Tom and Mark delve into privacy and Tom mentions that ...

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There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

I really did not want to post about the Yuri Milner/Y Combinator/SV Angel announcement, but felt that there was something lacking in the debate. Like Roger Ehrenberg I think this is a "ho-hum" announcement, but time will tell. There are various surveys and analyses out there, and all the numbers ...

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The Future of Computing

The Future of Computing

Now that I have your attention with a grandiose title, I am going to share with you an iPad tech support story: I am in London and had to switch out my iPad - I could not get the O2 sim card working for UK wireless connectivity, so Steve at ...

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