This is why social media marketers should not be ignoring Google+

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - 2 Comments
This is why social media marketers should not be ignoring Google+

At least once a day, I’m asked by some casually-curious user for my opinion on whether or not Google+ will beat out Facebook. It’s one of those hypothetical questions that makes me roll my eyes and take slow, deep breaths. As someone who has been following the growth of both networks almost religiously for the past four months now,...

How to Earn Trust and Reputation in Social Media [VIDEO]

What Factors Make a Startup Cool?

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments

In the past months I’ve spent a lot of time talking to beta users and beta customers. One of my conclusions is that our product is just not cool enough, not fun enough. I remembered this video by Dave McClure on how to pitch to a VC your problem and the importance of solving a problem that people can relate to on an emotional level....

For startups, great design is more important than ever

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments

  Today saw the Silicon Valley Comes To Tech City event take place in London. As part of a wider initiative called Silicon Valley Comes To The UK, organized by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and angel investor Sherry Coutu, it was designed to give existing and future entrepreneurs advice to help them build Britain’s next generation...

The Human Entrepreneur

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - 3 Comments

  This morning, during breakfast, I spilled my coffee. I reached for something at the end of the table and kicked over my cup. The coffee spilled over the table and went straight for my crotch. I was wearing white pants, I’m in a hotel in LA, it is the only pair of pants I have with me, in 30 minutes I have to do a super important...

Fail fast: How startups can learn from their mistakes

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments

  Nobody likes to fail, do they? But failure is a key facet of the entrepreneurial process. Richard Branson has succeeded with music, telecommunications, travel and even carbonated cola drinks – he’s probably one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the world. But he too has failed – before he launched Virgin Records as...

The University of Utah is The Startup King

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - No Comments
The University of Utah is The Startup King

With roughly one-third the budget of MIT, the University of Utah was named the number 1 school in the U.S. for creating startup companies. It’s the second year in a row that the University claimed the top spot. When thinking about startups and technology, MIT and Harvard immediately come to mind, but The University of Utah spun out...

These are not images but pure HTML/CSS. Create your own.

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - 4 Comments
Create your own.

A quick Google search will pull up a number of Image to CSS conversion tools but we’ve come across none as impressive as Img to CSS. I’ve personally tried the tool out on a number of complex images and each has resulted in near flawless pure HTML versions of each. Why would you favor that over an actual image? Well in many cases a CSS/HTML file should...

Generate CSS code with this Photoshop layer styles emulator

by Dan - on Dec 21st 2011 - 1 Comment

Here’s a generator that’s particularly cool because it emulates the Photoshop layer styles window. If you’re not into design the novelty might escape you, but if you are, here’s a fun way to generate some of that CSS code if you just don’t feel like writing out a million vendor-specific prefixes today. Here’s a generator that’s...

Startups and VCs Parody Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ [VIDEO]