Twitter Hacking Puts Focus on Security for Brands
With attacks on the Twitter accounts of Burger King, Jeep and others, the site’s relatively lax security is a concern.
Fitocracy Blog: Getting Fitocracy Back Online
Like many other startups, we use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to run Fitocracy’s website and iPhone app. Our main stack consists of half a dozen Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) web instances, an EC2 Redis instance, and an Relational Database Service (RDS) instance that are all located in us-east-1…
Brian K Balfour: Achieving The Network Effect: Solving The Chicken Or The Egg
One of the most defensible positions for a startup is if you can achieve the network effect. The network effect is so strong that it has kept large companies in business for a long time, despite bad products and numerous competitors. Craigslist is a perfect example. It is only recently that a…
The Naive Optimist: I’m tired of the opportunists and their hackathons
The billion dollar tech startup valuations and acquisitions are starting to attract a lot of opportunist to the industry. A lot of these people are not technical and they know they need a CTO to get to get to MVP.
I don’t have any problem with non-technical founders teaming up with…
Strong Opinions @marksbirch: Twitter Discovery Tab Fail
I tried out Twitter’s newly rolled out Discovery tab to see if it could do as good a job as Knowaboutit or News.me (two social media automated curation / content discovery newsletters that I had been recently using). This is what “filtered” to the top:
Really Twitter? While I love Japanese…
Random Stuff: What HootSuite has taught me about freemium SaaS
With HootSuite surpassing 3m users and generating significant revenue, I thought that this would be a good time to reflect on the investment we made back in December 2009 and share what I’ve learned since.
For quick background, I reached out to Ryan, the CEO and founder, in spring 2009. It was…
Password Strength « explain xkcd
Very enlightening. We need to retrain how we think about password strength
a blog by pud: Fucking Sue Me
It was 1998 and the dot-com boom was in full effect. I was making websites as a 22 year old freelance programmer in NYC. I charged my first client $1,400. My second client paid $5,400. The next paid $24,000. I remember the exact amounts — they were the largest checks I’d seen up til that…
The Beautiful Savings Blog: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
I know how Aaron feels. A attempt that results in failure can be a huge accomplishment. I know it was for me.
Beautiful Savings is officially dead.
Beautiful Savings was the first business I’ve ever started. I wanted to take a minute and write about the experience of bootstrapping your own startup. Some things I did well, and many things I did poorly.
First of all, you should know something about…