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KillerStartups Weekly Roundup

The Google of this, the Airbnb of that. The next Facebook…  Stop. Did those companies ever make such claims? No. Trailblazers blaze. These comparisons du jour are a crutch. You can’t succeed by osmosis, by putting your company’s name in the same sentence as an established hit and siphoning their recognition. Have more faith in the originality of what you do. Be incomparable. For example…



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An end to ugly websites, one less grumble about air travel, and free videos (not explainer!) for your webpages. If we could turn back time… why would we do such a thing? Forward! With the KillerStartups Weekly Roundup.


Killer Startups

  • You don’t need to be a pro designer or a millionaire to create a website these days. Nor do you have to live with an ugly website, thanks to Weebly.
  • This is how you land on the startup honor roll: CommonBond puts some excitement back into graduation day, helping students who are staring down huge debt to refinance their loans.
  • Less than 12 measly minutes. That’s all it takes Panoply to turn your company’s raw data into complex analysis. Even the most stretched thin founder can find that kind of time to improve the business so quickly.
  • Reading headlines isn’t the same as getting the news. TLDR has found a way for readers to get the news almost as fast as they would by skimming, without skimping.


Living the Startup Life

  • Cache simplifies collecting all the shiny Internet things you love without losing them in a bottomless bookmark pit.
  • What good would the web be for if it didn’t allow you to do things you never would be able to do without it – like call a Rolex your own (even if only for a month)?
  • No more choosing between making your flight or grabbing a bite to eat. This startup puts a stop to air travel hangriness.


Startup Tips & Trends

  • Need fast feedback? Here’s how you turn Twitter into your personal lightening-quick polling service.
  • Even if you don’t know it yet, your website has video envy. It really really wants a cover video – and you don’t have to pay a dime to make it happen.
  • The quality of writing on Slack is… shall we say: slack? Don’t let the ease of communication trick you into sending slipshod work.


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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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