This sounds like a personal problem, so I thought I’d share. I’m a B average student in college. I went to USC which is decent but not an Ivy-League school that my parents hoped that I would attend. I also grew up in a highly competitive high school where there was a high percentage of Asian minorities. [...]
The latest book I’ve been reading is called “The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It” – it chronicles the amazing run that the math-inclined number crunching wizards mastered Wall Street in the late 80’s and 90’s that became the pre-cursor to modern-day Wall Street’s high speed [...]
The MVP, or minimal viable product, is a new approach of how people think about starting companies. How can you strip away all the excess of a company and distill your idea into something to give you some confirmation that your idea could work? This new approach is to simply build an MVP, and that [...]
We'll circle back… What is the most overused phrase by venture capitalists?
Take a look at this case study on HighScalability.com about using Hadoop w/ Ruby:http://highscalability.com/blog/… How do I use Hadoop with Ruby?
Consider using Adobe AIR to write a lightweight cross-platform application that attaches to the toolbar or tray. Here's some developer notes on it: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/air/… Is there anything that enables push notifications to the desktop or browser?
If you want it really customized, you should look at "custom enclosure" vendors such as Protocase: http://www.protocase.com/ For server appliances, take a look at the following two vendors who specialize in server appliances: MBX: http://www.mbx.com/what_we_do/ ExactaTech: http://www.exactatech.com/brande… Sometimes you only need the bezel or front-panel to make it look "custom." Consider this one too: Front [...]
With the assumption that your vertical is large enough to warrant it's own vertical-specific ad network, building a good ad network is fundamentally about your salesmanship to both the publishers and advertisers. As with any "network" or "exchange" – you have the classic chicken and egg problem between people who will advertise on your network [...]
Mint.com based a lot of their banking and integration infrastructure on Yodlee prior to their acquisition. (http://www.yodlee.com) Here's an article that discusses Yodlee + Mint.com breakup after acquisition:http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/02/…What are examples of startups that used white labeled (not proprietary) technology yet had successful exits?
Personally, you lose some advantage with the "all-in-one" approach because they don't always do each component or provide all the detail insight. But the convenience of it all in one place may make you more aware of your SEO progress and give you better insight on what's going on. A few companies that do this [...]