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Augusto Marietti
Snacks and beer Just a snack to relax the mind after a hard day of coding for Mashapers…
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Goodbye Google ChinaImage credit: https://flic.kr/p/7KFhLu Reproduced from the Official Google Blog on the shutting down of Google.cn Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident—albeit a significant one—was something quite different. First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at…
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Paul Graham Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/d8zi2 We extracted the key points from a talk by Paul Graham titled Paul Graham’s Lessons For Startups 2006 Release early – iterate based on users’ reactions & create a sense of urgency to fix live bugs Keep pumping out features – force yourself to improve by listening to users & avoiding complexity, continuous improvement is great marketing Make users happy – show users what the software does, loyal users are worth more than gold Fear the right things – worry about startups and future competitors, not big companies or current competitors. Top concerns: internal miscues,…
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It’s the new year and we’re super excited about what’s to come!…
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Merry XMas everyone!…
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“It’s more important to launch a product and new features and iterate rather than take the extra time necessary to ‘perfect’ a product or feature before launch” – Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn…
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Startup in Berlin Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/dP6W49 Don Charlton wrote an interesting article about his experience being in an incubator. This is a summary of the 7 lessons he wrote about in the article: 7 Lessons from My AlphaLab Experience.

Lesson 1: Even a small amount of operating capital from an investment can be extremely useful.

The primary purpose of the $15-$25K provided by startup programs is to support the development of your business. Expenses such as leasing a server, buying computers/ software manuals, paying contractors or attorneys could add up to a large amount a be a potential deterrent…
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StressLinux, a unique and handy linux distribution that provides a means of performing high load stress testing on systems, has seen a new release. StressLinux contains a number of applications such as stress, cpuburn, hddtemp, and lm_sensors and is built entirely for the purpose of providing users with a way to test their system(s) entirely on high load and monitor the health. From the release announcement on the StressLinux website: This release (0.4.136) is the first one which is available as 32-bit and 64-bit build, contains all official updates from the base distribution and additionally updates the following packages…
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Sand Hill Road is a road in Menlo Park, California, notable for its concentration of venture capital companies. Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/853kZ Raising venture capital is like adding rocket fuel to your business. For most businesses this is not warranted, creates the wrong incentives and even if it was successful, the dilution resulting from multiple rounds of VC funding means that the founders do not make enough personal money when the business is ultimately sold. Raise a small round of capital: $20k – $200k from the three F’s (friends, family and fools) Use this to build a “good enough” product
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The rumors about Google’s redesign are true, and you can try out the new Google Search with a very simple method. 1. Go to Google.com. 2. Paste in the search bar this code below: javascript:void(document.cookie=”PREF=ID=20b6e4c2f44943bb:U=4bf292d46faad806:TM=1249677602:LM=1257919388:S=odm0Ys-53ZueXfZG;path=/; domain=.google.com”); 3. Click on “Google Search” button 4. Here we go! You are in the new Google! Enjoy…
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