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KillerStartups Weekly Roundup

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You’re busy. We get it. The fast pace and crazy work hours of startup life make it impossible to keep up with all the latest startup news, trends, and tips – and worrying that you’ve missed out is no way to begin the weekend. That’s why we’ve rounded up this week’s hottest startup stories from KillerStartups below…

 

Startups

  • Inky. A fresh take on email? About as likely as cheap rent in New York City, right? Yet, YET, this mobile app and its cloud-based technology may just be on to something new.
  • Beoo. Step out of the street before you ask the florist another question, you touron (tourist + moron). Or have a look at Beoo, to ask locals all those burning questions without letting the world know you’re not from around here.
  • IfWeather. Personal. Weather. Alerts. If you’re a weather junkie, you’ll soon understand why this is so thrilling.
  • Booksteam. This is an example of how to make things (appointment bookings) run smoothly. It will never be a Facebook, but it will likely succeed whereas so many other big-dreaming startups fizzle out.

 

Entrepreneurs

  • Secretive entrepreneurs. “Very few [articles] give an open and honest view of what it’s actually like to be a founder/startup executive,” writes Jesse Pujji. So what’s really going on in a founder’s head? Get the truth – and realize that you’re not alone!
  • Prashant Sugand. If you’ve followed Bitcoin in the news at all, you know that cryptocurrency attracts fascinating people – dreamers and schemers, visionaries, optimists and anarchists. Prashant tells us about his role in the financial revolution (already underway?).
  • What is it really like to present at TechCrunch? Emma McGowan recaps the season finale of HBO’s Silicon Valley, giving us the lowdown on what seems accurate or a touch too good to be true.

 

Tips & Trends

  • When is it right to turn down TechStars? Saying no thanks to an accelerator is unheard of (especially because you have to apply to get in.) Paul and Eric Howey of Talkroute did just so. Find out why they decided to go it alone and if your startup might be better off taking a similar path.
  • Take charge of your stack operations. Save your wallet, your hair, liver, time, sanity… Ryan Buckley details how he took over his startup’s stack operations. Become a troubleshooting whizz.
  • Control your online presence. Consider Confide as a tool for having off-the-record conversations online. You may not strike it quite as rich as Evan Spiegel of Snapchat. Don’t let your silliness come back to wreck your reputation or career.

 

Photo Credits

Anne Worner

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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