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Advice - Why are APIs so important to ecommerce today? APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces, are designed to enable one application (such as your ecommerce platform) to expose services (like order management, pricing information,...
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AlleyTalk - Christine Tate is a very active Angel investor, involved early stage investing in the New York area. Tate was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she received her MBA. She is also a certified internal auditor. She...
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Advice - How YouTube, Twitter, and Groupon Really Got Started You hear stories of successful billionaire tech entrepreneurs, but do you really know the inside story of how some of the tech industry’s biggest names got started? Believe it or...
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AlleyTalk - Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw once said that in New York, you’re always looking for a job, a boyfriend or an apartment, which are your basic ABCs (Apartment, Boyfriend, Career). For the record, it’s never a good idea to...
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AlleyTalk - Activists who campaigned for the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over a $1,000 anti-gay marriage donation made in 2008 got their wish, but may also have inadvertently opened a Pandora's Box in Silicon Valley, where Birkenstocks and...
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Apps - After several companies have been stung by social-media stumbles, a cottage industry of experts has emerged to help brands navigate the social-media...
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Cool Tech - The internet has become a part of our daily lives. Whether using it to conduct business, shop, or check on the latest sports scores, the web plays a central role in almost everything we do. But no matter how much we may use it now,...
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Advice - As a purple cow evangelist, I always have a few crazy ideas that are percolating in my head, which is why I started the Purple Cow, Startup Edition. I will take a fledgling startup and come up with a few remarkable ideas. My goal is...
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AlleyTalk - Explaining to family and friends that you are taking a train to see a bunch of weird microwave-looking machines print 3-dimensional objects out of what seems like thin air, is a bit like telling them your hopping on a train to...
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Advice - Marketing is everything these days. You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist or don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. Yet I see many entrepreneurs...
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Advice - Oh, the lure of the VC. When they call you had better answer, right? I get the phone call often, “VCs are calling us, what should we do?” My response is always the same, “Take the meeting. Explain where you are in the...
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Advertising - Over a billion dollars was invested in New York City Startups in Q1 of 2014.  $1,255,579,433 to be exact.  Analyzing some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, we take a look at the verticals and sectors this...
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Advice - During my tenure at Red Rocket, I have had exposure to over 500 startups in the last few years.  I have seen really good startups and really bad ones.  Below is a summary of the recurring problems I have seen in the flawed startups,...
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Advice - When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or so the proverbial goes. And yet, the origins of this phrase had a more poignant and entrepreneurial lesson. Elbert Hubbard, in a now famous obituary for dwarf actor Marshall P....
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AlleyTalk - After several companies have been stung by social-media stumbles, a cottage industry of experts has emerged to help brands navigate the social-media...
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