Startups

Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

flame over dollars in hands That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan

matt-circa In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa.
I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for location-aware applications. A few years later, he sold SimpleGeo and founded Circa. Along the way, he’s learned a lot of lessons about… Read More

Wisdom for Startup Growth, From 5 People Who’ve Been There

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Running a mid-sized business or managing a team of employees requires unbelievable patience, understanding, forethought and vision — and some of the most successful leaders will tell you that acquiring these traits does not come easily. Problems are bound to arise.

It’s inevitable for business leaders to be faced with questions: “How should our business adapt through expansion?”, “How can I be a better manager?” and “How do I move on from mistakes that I’ve made?” Mashable spoke with five business leaders who have, through little and large tumbles alike, learned how to approach roadblocks with poise, steady minds and healthy expectations Read more…

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Project and Task-Management Tool Trello Hits 5 Million Users

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Trello, the web-based project and task-management system, announced on Thursday that it now has more than 5 million users.

Functioning much like a visual to-do list, Trello shows what needs to be done, and what is happening at various stages of a project or assignment. Think of it as a 21st-century interpretation of a Post-it board.

Trello originally launched in 2011 as a product under Fog Creek Software. The aim was to build a tool that could appeal to developers and non-developers alike. Ultimately, it was a success, with users and businesses using Trello for everything from project management and product roadmaps to shopping lists and wedding planning. At Mashable, we use Trello to manage our editorial workflow in the newsroom. Read more…

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Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

meta1 Meta — which recently presented at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 — today began to ship the final version of its Meta 1 Developer Kit (which includes the AR glasses). The 1,500 members of the company’s Pioneer Developer Program will be the lucky (and patient) recipients of the glasses and the accompanying SDK. I say patient, because this shipment is the culmination of… Read More

After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features

osmo Osmo, the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, teachers, and others customize Osmo’s word game with their… Read More

Reveal Chat For iOS Helps You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 11.21.06 AM Offering a different spin on anonymous mobile chatting, Seattle-based Reveal Chat is debuting an app today that lets its users share more with the other party as they become more comfortable with the person they’ve connected with on the other end of the screen. Founded by a pair of ex-Amazonians, the startup is backed by a number of high-profile investors, including former Facebook… Read More

Chat Center Goes Freemium As It Passes One Million Downloads

chatcenter Chat Center, a universal chat application, is taking a page from the social media playbook and now selling premium names on its service. This allows users to create names like “taxi,” “iPhone,” and “folgerscrystalsdontcausecancer…” for a price. The company has collected over 50 million trademarked words and has added them to a list of premium names… Read More

Campus Job Connects Companies With Students For Part-Time Work

Screenshot 2014-09-18 09.10.20 College students are constantly battling between two goals: getting good grades and proving they’re ready for the real world. Combining those two goals, however, can be really difficult for the student with a demanding schedule. That’s where Campus Job comes in. Campus Job is a platform built by Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman after they graduated from University of Pennsylvania in… Read More

Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

dice_app_promo_highres UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in virtual smoke. The KLF would surely be proud. Read More