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Friday Tech Top Ten



Hey all you loyal KillerStartups aficionados! We covered some seriously cool startup stories this week, did you read them all? No? I’m shocked! Well, lucky for you I decided to roundup the top posts to bring you a nice, bite-sized “Friday Tech Top Ten” so you can enjoy, digest and get back to your busy startup shenanigans.




 1. Gifthit

“GiftHit allows you to buy a real, physical product and send it to a friend through a Facebook wall post, email, or text. The founders bill it as “the best way to say hi, happy birthday, sorry I stole your boyfriend, congrats, and just about anything.”


Check out the full article by my girl Emma McGowan here.



2. You’ve just been Googled!

“The online reputation company BrandYourself recently conducted a nationwide poll with Harris Interactive—one of the world’s most respected market research firms—to determine exactly how people are using Google to shape their opinions and relationships, both personal and professional.”


Another good one from Emma, check it.



3. Interview with Bizelo founder Ron Schmelzer

“I love thinking of things in completely original and untested ways. Many times these new methods or ideas don’t work out… but sometimes they do.” Yes, sometimes they do, and sometimes KillerStartups is fortunate enough to chat with an entrepreneur like Ron Schmelzer whose generosity, adventurousness, and enthusiasm add an extra charge to the already electric air.”


My man Keith Liles’ awesome interview here.



4. Felix Baumgartner’s sponsorship win

“We’ve clearly reached a different altitude than that of sponsorship stunts past. But just how insane was Red Bull’s skydiving project and what can we learn about how to get sponsorship from the event?


Another killer one from Keith here.



5. Happy employees=healthy business

“Happiness in our work lives equates not only to successful teams and businesses, but it also creates happiness in our personal lives too; an all-around win. And, you spend much of your life working, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy it, right?”


Full article from yours truly here.



6. Avoiding startup fail factors

“Some people live by the “failure is not an option” creed. You know, winners. Those are the people who don’t let any perceived “failure factors” get in their way of the success of their startup. Sales guru Geoffrey James offers up his insight on what these fail factors are and how you can overcome them.”


Check it out!



7. Interview with Zagster Bike Rental Startup

“Like a lot of startups with disruptive ideas one of the biggest challenges is trying to know what you don’t know. By definition, there’s no clear “3-point plan” to start a bike sharing company.”


Daniel’s awesome full article here.



8. Optimize your SEO

“Bloggers and small businesses are at a significant advantage if they use WordPress because the way the search engines prioritize search results.”


Check out all of Daniel’s top SEO tips here.



9. YEC uncovers the top reality TV shows for entrepreneurs

“Question: What is one reality show that you watch that teaches you a lot about entrepreneurship?”


Check out all the ‘trep answers here.


10. Time to quit your job

“In the three years I’ve been working with people to help them quit their jobs and build sustainable businesses, I’ve seen all kinds of different ways to approach that fateful day where you march in and say “hey boss, I’m outta here.”


YEC’s Sean Ogle explains more here.



Hope you enjoyed these delicious tech morsels. Stay tuned for next Friday’s top ten roundup. Now, I challenge you to disconnect and enjoy the weekend. Seriously, off the computer mister.


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Author : Holly Hutton

Born in the Big Easy and raised in the Sunshine State, Holly has spent the last five years brunching in the Big Apple and bantering with Big Ben. As a wandering writer, techy-in-training, and avid alliterator, Holly has written everything from educational policy and political news briefs to web content and travel blogs. She is thrilled to be a part of the KS team and working with a community of smart, savvy, entrepreneurs on all things startup!

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