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Friday’s Tech Reflections

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Our patience is short, our memory is short, and our time even shorter. The startup hustle makes it impossible to absorb all the great stories, industry news, tips and advice directed our way. Shouldn’t there always be a second chance? Some new companies are too promising to miss, some people so inspiring that we really should see them up close. Some ideas deserve extra attention…

 

Flashes

  • You don’t always have to pay a fortune. Great content for your website, platforms to publish your work without the hustle, buying up the perfect domain name – Scripted.com writes outside the lines.
  • Looking for a job is hard enough without feeling like you need an assistant to keep everything straight. And wouldn’t it be great if ONE tool would allow you to use all the other job search tools without losing your mind? There is a solution.
  • A lost camera turned into a startup that has so far earned over $6 million in funding. This photo sharing app and marketplace is beautiful. Focus on EyeEm.

 

Faces

  • A self-described “accidental founder,” Xenois Thrasyvoulou sounds like he has a lot figured out. His advice is solid while his definition of success is grand. His company is no slouch either.
  • While the entire world has been racing into the mobile space, our old friend, the 8½ by 11 document, hasn’t budged from the startup line. At least that was the case until a pair of ex-Google employees figured out how to give documents some small screen track shoes.
  • A social media and marketing agency banking $15 million in revenue. Not bad for what started as a husband and wife venture. Meet the woman and her company.

 

A Few More Thoughts

  • No one is immune. That’s why they’re called “common mistakes.” Still, these 10 foibles shouldn’t foil you. And if you’re not afraid of any of these potential missteps, then try saying “these 10 foibles shouldn’t foil you” 10 times in a row without a mistake, hotshot.
  • It makes sense to put a lot of thought into how your website looks. But you may want to rethink conventional wisdom before you shell out for a design or kill yourself reinventing your landing page. Some beliefs are based on myths.
  • Muppets. Tournaments. Holding your audience’s attention. Couldn’t you use more serious fun?
  • A 10% increase in sign-ups. A 64% in conversion rates. 10 million extra customers and $24 million increase in revenue. Yeah, might be time to consider adding an explainer video to your website.

 

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Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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