Solar Impulse 2 has completed the first round-the-world flight by a solar-powered aeroplane, after touching down in Abu Dhabi early on Tuesday. The plane, which has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 747 and carries more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings, began the circumnavigation in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi.
Geoff Ralston, Y Combinator Partner, on preparing for and pitching at Demo Day. This very useful guide summarizes what Y Combinator have learned from helping over 1000 companies with their presentations and describes how to create an effective demo day presentation.
Overflow menus seem like the perfect solution. Designers can “take away” complexity and leave just the really important bits. But the trouble with overflow menus is that you didn’t actually take anything away, you just obnoxiously obfuscated it.
Where is the budget to pay for your SaaS startup’s software coming from? There are three possible pockets. First, they are dollars the competitor you displaced used to collect. Second, the company enlarges the current budget to finance the purchase. Third, the company creates a new budget. The answer informs product, marketing and sales strategy.
Apply now to join the Techstars network with more than 10,000 mentors, investors and founders. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2016. The Q1 2017 session kicks off in January 2017 in locations around the world.
Interesting read about a WeWork member publishing an analysis that suggested customers of the trendy rental office-space company are increasingly canceling their memberships, resulting in a cease and desist notice from the coworking startup and the company being given 30 minutes to vacate the workspace…
Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change.
Apparently research shows that the way people construct their individual stories has a large impact on their physical and mental health. People who frame their personal narratives in a positive way have more life satisfaction.
Why managers shouldn’t add their 2 cents. Otherwise, because the boss said so, the creator of a design will have to change it just a little bit and because of that small change, the person no longer feels full ownership of their project.
Alex Le and Kavin Stewart, co-VPs of Product at Reddit, focus on the radical shift from product market-fit into growth — a change that steamrolls far too many promising startups. With the tactics they recommend, companies at every phase can learn how to create effective, replicable and (perhaps most importantly) durable product development systems.
A great interview with Mark Zuckerberg about the obstacles Facebook faces in building internet infrastructure, the role the company hopes to play in developing AR, and why VR is likely to define the next generation of computing. The interview also covers Zuckerberg’s year-long effort to build an AI that powers his home, and the trouble with using bots to operate your toaster.
An in-depth look at Aquila, Facebook’s wild project to design, build, and launch an aircraft that can beam down internet access to millions of people from 65,000 feet in the air. If Facebook succeeds at its ultimate goal of keeping Aquila drones aloft and delivering data for 90-day periods, the company believes it will have a powerful new tool in bringing internet access to the entire world.
The inside scoop from investor David Pakman about how Dollar Shave Club succeeded and made a very rewarding exit to Unilever, from building an incredible team to offering highly-differentiated products with high product margins, eating up market share and creating a full on lifestyle brand.
Facebook has asked designers around the world to share work to be critiqued. In this critique New York based design student Jon Lee discusses his design for a local workspace discovery app called Nearspace with seven members of the Facebook design team.
Good news for those stung by Skype weirdness and reliability issues over the past several months: The problems have been caused by a transition to a more modern, mobile-friendly architecture and should be fully resolved soon.
Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in 20 months to reach the one billion user mark five years after its debut. Messenger joins Facebook, its acquisition WhatsApp and Google’s YouTube in the billion user mobile user club.
The SpaceX boss has just unveiled his ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’ for Tesla. The four-part plan focuses on making the company work on sustainable energy projects including: integrating energy generation and storage; expanding Tesla to create electric trucks and public transport; fully autonomous vehicles; and having cities where cars are shared as autonomous taxis.
Michael Seibel, Y Combinator Partner, on pitching your company to investors. From talking about the size of your market to who’s on your team, these are great points not only for pitching but also to consider when starting a company.
Great news that Twitter finally has a transparent application process for verifying accounts. Verified accounts are usually granted to public figures or organizations and have a blue checkmark to designate authenticity. Now, anyone can request it…
In the aftermath of bitcoin’s ‘halving’ on 9th July, market experts have begun to take positions on whether they believe the digital currency’s price will rise or fall in the weeks and months ahead. Since then, prices have continued to build gains, rising to a press time total of $668.75, and many market observers suggest gains are likely to continue.
An interesting look at the four ways people end up using Intercom’s Acquire product, from having a problem and not knowing how to solve it to knowing the problem, the type of solution, and the product the customer needs to replace.
Thoughtful read about what areas startups can compete with the tech goliaths who have all the data required for AI. Think proprietary data aggregator or application pioneer. The good news is that there’s likely to be a big demand…
News that Facebook is launching a new product called App Event Optimization which allows advertisers to more directly reach those users who will be valuable to their application in the longer term – well after the installation, that is.
A very useful playbook from VC Forward Partners, who have invested in and helped over 10 marketplaces businesses, about how marketplaces can get off the ground quickly with a look at the characteristics of a good marketplace.