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TEC Weekend Reading 2011-10-01

Business

15 Startups With $100 Million+ Valuations That Hardly Existed Last Year
http://read.bi/qDioRF

What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Growth - Nilofer Merchant - Harvard Business Review
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/09/what_steve_jobs_taught_me_abou.html

The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know
http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/16/the-new-social-network-whos-nearby-not-who-you-know/

CHART OF THE DAY: 18-24 Year Olds Send 55 Texts Per Day On Average
http://www.businessinsider.com/18-24-texting-2011-9


Technology
Can Drumbi change the telephone?
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2011/09/12/drumbi-reinventing-phone-calls-by-giving-them-a-subject-line/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHZkJvwpp2E

Virtual monkeys write Shakespeare
The best ever demonstration of the Cloud Computing business opportunities: virtual monkey simulate Shakespeare for $20 a day....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15060310

Investigation: Is Your SSD More Reliable Than A Hard Drive? - SSD Reliability: Is Your Data Really Safe?
http://m.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-reliability-failure-rate,2923.html


General

Israel’s top 45inventions
http://israel21c.org/technology/israels-top-45-greatest-inventions-of-all-time

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TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-16

 

Startups 

Why Venture Capitalists Invest In Pigs, Not Chickens

http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/66022/Why-Venture-Capitalists-Invest-In-Pigs-Not-Chickens.aspx

I do love idea to check golf games statistics - absolutely brilliant! (IMHO - anyone thought to check chess tournaments for technical co-fonder ;-)


Technology

Microsoft has Abandoned Silverlight and All Other Plugins

http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/09/Metro-Plug-ins


Making Facebook Self-Healing

http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-engineering/making-facebook-self-healing/10150275248698920


"Data Flow at Netflix" - explanation of Netflix architecture and AWS use

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idu9OKnAOis


General

Silicon Valley Code Camp: Oct 8 and 9

http://www.siliconvalley-codecamp.com

Free Engineering Software Education: for engineers y engineers...

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TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-09

Business

Why Mindcraft is so Popular

http://www.tecglobal.org/node/116

In depth analysis of un-expected massive success of game created by single person...

(and shame-less advertisement of my son first techno blog ;-)


Why the Fax Machine Refuses to Die

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/09/07/027235/Why-the-Fax-Machine-Refuses-To-Die


Startup Funding

Venture Funding Report  for 2011Q2 published by Venture Deal (http://www.venturedeal.com ). Bottom line : bio/pharma/mediacal - significant increase from previous quarter, all other domains see [mostly ] decrease of venture funding...
- Biotechnology · Pharmaceutical · Medical Devices http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2BioTechnologyReport.pdf
- Alternative Energy · Clean Tech · Energy · Environmental http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2CleanTechReport.pdf

- Internet · Digital Media · eCommerce · Software http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2InternetReport.pdf
- Telecom · Wireless · Mobile · Communications http://www.venturedeal.com/Reports/pdf/VentureDeal2011Q2CommunicationsReport.pdf

FREE Term Sheets for Startups

http://www.growingstartups.com/business/free-term-sheets-for-startups/

Very helpful collection of free documents every emerging startup needs.....


Technology

OAuth : The Big Picture

http://blog.apigee.com/detail/video_and_slides_oauth_the_big_picture/

(video recording and slides of nice presentation made by ApiGee)

Check “Bad idea” section at the near end!


Don't let these disasters happen to you: The top five engineering hints you'll rarely hear

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/power/library/pa-enghints1/


Modern Microprocessors: A 90 Minute Guide

http://www.lighterra.com/papers/modernmicroprocessors/


General

Foundry Group Premiers Documentary Film About Secret Lives of Venture Capitalists

http://www.foundrygroup.com/wp/2011/09/imavc/

***** No entrepreneurs were harmed in the making of this film.*****


Survival Of The Stupidest

http://www.science20.com/hammock_physicist/survival_stupidest-77846

Absolutely enlightening!!! Include mathematical proof that “In an environment infested by stupidity 'being the smartest' does not equate to 'being the fittest'. “

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TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-03

Business

Legal Advice : If I Launched a Startup : http://startuplawyer.com/startup-issues/if-i-launched-a-startup
While this blog is clear advertisement for legal services, it includes short list of quite helpful basic advises for VERY early stage founders.

NASA Blog recommendations : How to guide your project toward failure :
http://wiki.nasa.gov/cm/blog/mattatnasa/posts/post_1314035416289.html
Learn from the best experts how to waste resources on failed projects (Shuttle to nowhere?)

Sequencing the Startup DNA on LinkedIn
http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/09/01/entrepreneur-data

Benchmark your startup against 3,200+ internet startups.
https://beta.startupgenome.cc/


It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings
http://martinfowler.com/articles/itsNotJustStandingUp.html

Five Tips For Getting iPhone Reviews
http://mobileorchard.com/five-tips-for-getting-iphone-reviews/


Technology

 Scratchpad : dev tool in the latest FireFox : http://blog.mozilla.com/devtools/2011/08/15/introducing-scratchpad/

Google released “offline” support for Gmail. GDOC support to  be released soon..
http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/using-gmail-calendar-and-docs-without.html

AI vs. AI. Two chatbots talking to each other   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WnzlbyTZsQY
IMHO, looks like a natural man & female conversation, isn’t it ?

Web technologies evolution [ infographics]
http://evolutionofweb.appspot.com/?hl=en

Free Stanford U classes at your location:
http://www.ai-class.com (Artificial Intelligence)
http://www.ml-class.com (Machine Learning)
http://www.db-class.com (Introduction to Databases)

 
Other

How to get media attention using fake research:
Exhibit 1 : Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That.
http://www.aptiquant.com/IQ-Browser-AptiQuant-2011.pdf
Exhibit 2:  retraction at http://www.aptiquant.com/articles/396/ 9
(quite a lot of people believed this “research” and create a MASSIVE traffic )
Bonus reading : iPhone users are getting more sex ;-)
http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/dont-be-ugly-by-accident/
( no , it is not a joke - coming form quite solid company)

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