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How to grow an awesome community to fuel your social startup

How to grow an awesome community to fuel your social startup

Original post by  via TNW 

When you’re starting a social company, building a loyal and engaged community is paramount. But that can also be one of the most nuanced and challenging elements of launching your startup.

As employee #6 and community director at Polyvore, I’ve had the opportunity to watch our community grow and build relationships with many of our early users – some of…

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THE HISTORY OF THE XBOX #tbt

THE HISTORY OF THE XBOX #tbt

Original post by  via Digital Trends

The next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console will have its official debut later this month, and it’s hard to believe it’s been just over 13 years since Bill Gates announced the very first system’s arrival.

We still don’t have any official word on what the new Xbox will be called or exactly how Microsoft is planning to make the system the…

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Venture Capital Funding for Big Data #tueinfographic

Venture Capital Funding for Big Data #tueinfographic

Original post by IDG

$3 billion is the amount of venture capital (VC) funding that has flowed into information management, access, and analysis software vendors since the beginning of the slow economic recovery in 2009 and through August of 2013. Does this level of VC funding denote irrational exuberance or a wave of unprecedented innovation?

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16 Common Mistakes Young Startups Make #sundayschool

16 Common Mistakes Young Startups Make #sundayschool

Original post by Lauren Drell by Mashable

Are you working on a startup? If so, I hate to break it to you, but there’s a good chance it will fail. In fact, recent research shows that 75% of startups fail (based on a study of 2,000 startups that received VC funding from 2004 to 2010). Odds are, you won’t be a Brin, a Zuckerberg, a Systrom, a Karp or a Fake.

But hard as it may be, don’t let that…

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Fathers of Technology: 10 Men Who Invented and Innovated in Tech #tbt

Fathers of Technology: 10 Men Who Invented and Innovated in Tech #tbt

Original post by Ricky Ribeiro via biztechmagazine

When people are asked to describe inventors, they often use one word: genius. As a society, we look upon the inventor with awe, and we fawn over his inventions with curiosity and admiration. We wonder, how did he do that? Where did he find his inspiration?

In the course of IT history, certain men have breathed life into groundbreaking…

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Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry #tueinfographic

Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry #tueinfographic

Original post by  via Entrepreneur

Venture capitalists drive many successful companies, whether by assisting startups searching for funding or rejuvenating established companies seeking to expand. According to research compiled by Startups.co, about $20 billion in VC money is invested in U.S. companies each year. To find out how this money is spent and which industries receive the most…

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30 tips for avoiding startup failure, from successful founders #sundayschool

30 tips for avoiding startup failure, from successful founders #sundayschool

Original post by  via TNW 

Toying around with the idea of starting a company? Worried about things that may go wrong or making the wrong decisions? Did you just start a company but are concerned about how you are doing things? You are not alone, and you definitely are not in unchartered waters.

There are not only many thousands of people just like you who are working on starting…

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5 Tips for Avoiding Small Business Failure

5 Tips for Avoiding Small Business Failure

Original post by constantcontact

Few people are as passionate about small business success as Melinda Emerson, aka SmallBizLady.

Melinda is the founder of The Quintessence Group and consults with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses on social media strategy and content development.  She authored the book “Become your Own Boss in 12 Months” and writes for the New York Times You’re the Boss…

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