Weebly: Be Content With Modest Growth

by Jared Tame on August 19, 2011

When I read that Weebly was pushing forward profitably, I recalled the interview I did with David Rusenko several months ago. Weebly doesn’t get talked about a lot, but it’s one of those startups I really wanted to do when I was in college. I even applied to Weebly as a sophomore in school and got turned down because they weren’t looking for summer interns at the time. I remember thinking at the time: creating web sites online really sucks; the best thing that exists is Macromedia Contribute and that’s a huge piece of software that you have to purchase just to make it work. This was back in the old days, when software came shrink-wrapped and you didn’t download entire operating systems as an upgrade.

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Andrew Hsu, AiryLabs.com Co-founder

I got really excited when I first read about the Thiel 20 Under 20. I had some hesitation about speaking to some of the Fellows for Startups Open Sourced because I tend to look for founders who have at least experienced their trough of sorrow, but Andrew Hsu really jumped off the list of Fellows when I looked it over. He hasn’t experienced a trough of sorrow yet, but he has an interesting perspective on education and his startup is aimed at improving the model of learning for kids. [click to continue…]

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There’s no problem in Silicon Valley

by Jared Tame on July 14, 2011

Hermione Way

There was an article written by Hermione Way called “The problem with Silicon Valley is Itself.” The article can best be summarized in Hermione’s own words:

Living in San Francisco since January, I’ve interviewed around two hundred startups and there’s only two, out of two hundred, I think are game changers… Everyone is doing something amazing and trying to change the world, but in reality much of the technology being built here is not changing the world at all…

The problem with this type of thinking and the actual irony is how shortsighted these observations are. I’ve interviewed close to 40 successful startup founders at length, and almost all of them look like they started out as some cute little toy or some neat and easily dismissible feature. And that’s the pattern most startups follow. [click to continue…]

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John Resig Discusses jQuery and Decision to Join Khan Academy

June 21, 2011

I’ve always been a fan of John Resig (Wikipedia, Personal site). It might be safe to say that anyone web developer out there owes Resig a huge thanks for making web app development much easier. We take for granted that we no longer need to worry about hand-writing 5 different versions of XMLHttpRequest and maintaining [...]

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Husky Starcraft Interview: From Burgerville to 500K YouTube Subscribers in 2 Years

June 7, 2011

Mike Lamond AKA Husky Starcraft (Wikipedia, YouTube) is a popular e-sports broadcaster with nearly 500,000 subscribers and close to 200 million upload views. I had a chance to talk to him about college life, the early Husky Starcraft days, current challenges, collaboration with other casters, growth, how introverts can use their personality to work to their advantage (Husky [...]

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From Toilet Seats to $1 Billion: Lessons from Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

May 30, 2011

You may have just read the news that Airbnb raised $100 million at a $1 billion valuation, but what you may not know is what happened before all of that. When I read that story, I wasn’t too surprised having interviewed Brian Chesky and seeing how his mind works in Startups Open Sourced. You may [...]

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Laid Off or Lonely, You May Be Lucky

May 26, 2011

Before Dennis Crowley created foursquare, he started Dodgeball. The circumstances of being laid off at the same time as his cofounder led them to work together which would set off the chain of events that led to Dodgeball’s creation. Eventually, Dennis went on to create foursquare with someone he met at Google, just after Dodgeball [...]

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Why are the founders so honest in Startups Open Sourced?

May 19, 2011

I read an article tonight on TechCrunch about Octopart, and it left me with some dissatisfaction. It’s not that TechCrunch is bad at writing about startups, and in fact I’m glad that they’ve chosen to focus on less sexy startups who should serve as the role models for working diligently and consistently hard. Having read [...]

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20% of the founders in BusinessWeek Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2011 in Startups Open Sourced

May 17, 2011

Here’s the full paginated list, there’s also a list compiled below for faster viewing. For our annual survey of the most promising technology entrepreneurs, Bloomberg Businessweek’s editors and writers weighed input from venture capitalists, angel investors, and other representatives of startups. We also relied on an ongoing direct dialogue with readers and startup founders and on [...]

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Gobble raises $1.2 million

May 11, 2011

A special congrats to Ooshma at Gobble — she has just raised $1.2 million according to TechCrunch. I remember when I first heard the idea for Gobble and I brainstormed with Ooshma to try and calculate how feasible the idea–or the delivery aspect at least–was on some paper napkins in Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto. It’s [...]

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