SXSW Interactive Names Girlstart’s Tamara Hudgins to its Hall of Fame


South by Southwest has named Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins to its Interactive Hall of Fame for 2015. Girlstart, founded in 1997, runs programs to empower girls in the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Math, known as […] The post SXSW Interactive Names Girlstart’s Tamara Hudgins to its Hall of Fame appeared first on SiliconHills.

4 key traits retailers need to adopt to thrive in 2018

The Next Web

On August 11, 1994, the first ever ecommerce transaction occurred when a 21-year-old in New Hampshire named Dan Kohn sold a copy of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales to a friend in Philadelphia who paid $12.48 Though Kohn and Sting got the party started, the age of ecommerce didn’t truly begin in earnest until 1997. An eleven-time Grammy winner, Sting revived the soul of rock and roll by infusing reggae just when the genre was growing stale.


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When Microsoft Threatened to Sue Us Over the Letter “E”

Steve Blank

By 1997 E.piphany was a fast growing startup with customers, revenue and something approaching a repeatable business model. With a massive leap of creativity we decided that it should it should have our company name and the letter “E” with a swoop over it. 1997 was also that year that Microsoft was in the middle of the browser wars with Netscape. Given the name of your company, claiming the letter “e” is an unusual.

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The Longstanding Appeal Of Investing In Singapore’s Luxury Hotels


Originally offices, and latterly a post office, in 1997 Sino Land spent S$300 million on converting it into a hotel and developing the adjacent commercial centre. This year it was also named by the World Bank in its 2017 “Doing Business” report as second easiest economy for business in the world.

Three Common Expense Tracking Mistakes


It can be as simple as writing the name of the person you treated to lunch and what you discussed on the lunch receipt to substantiate a meal deduction; or a note in your calendar to document the business purpose of a meeting for which you claimed deductible business miles. William Olsen, CPA, Co-Founder and Director of Deductr been in the tax industry for 20 years and a licensed CPA since 1997. by William Olsen, CPA, Co-founder and VP of Product Development at Deductr.

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How AI And Big Data Are Changing Century-Old Media Companies


It has stood behind its paywall since 1997, trusting that customers interested in its content would pay upwards of $200 a year for it. A newspaper or magazine built to compete in the future knows its users’ names and where they live, what they do online, and, through cookies, some of what they do on other sites. The publishers can link someone’s name and address to offline data, such as home value, credit card use, and even when he or she last voted.

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Because the Domain Makes it Really Real

This is going to be BIG.

Three years ago today, I grabbed the domain name Getting a domain name. I got an internship on the buy side at the GM pension fund in high school--in 1997. After my two year stint was up, I bought a domain name. It''s kind of a funny answer to "When did you start Brooklyn Bridge Ventures?". What might be a more relevant date is May 22nd, 2007.

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Sustaining Innovation vs. Disruptive Innovation


Hoque notes the company’s ongoing success with blockbuster medicines and vaccines with household names, such as Zithromax, Lipitor and Viagra. Netflix launched in 1997 and its service wasn’t appealing to most of Blockbuster’s customers, who rented movies on impulse. “Innovation is widely regarded as the single most important ingredient in today’s economy ,” according to entrepreneur Faisal Hoque at Fast Company.

Twice in a Lifetime

Austin Startup

In 1997 I founded an internet company named Perficient, and it went public in 1999. I’ve been a technologist since I first played with an Apple ][+ with a lower case chip. In the mid 1990s I knew that the internet was a game-changing technology. Today the company still uses the logo that my college roommate created, employs thousands of people globally, and has a market cap well over half a billion dollars.

Update on Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruption

The Equity Kicker

Clayton Christensen’s book The Innovators Dilemma , originally published in 1997, changed my understanding of innovation, the evolution of value chains and gave me a theory of disruption that has served me very well over the years. Our portfolio companies Spoke (great fitting mens clothes) and Lost My Name (amazing personalised children’s books) are good examples.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 26: Javier Saade and Hillary Hartley

Steve Blank

We give out between $2 and $3 billion a year for these startups as 5,000 and 7,000 grants to small businesses doing everything from advance composite materials, space exploration, to IT, mobile security, you name it. Hillary has been working to make government more accessible and available online for nearly two decades, starting as a web designer for in 1997. The U.S. government is discovering that Lean innovation can help them serve the country better and faster.

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Are Things Moving Faster Than In 1999?

Feld Thoughts

The name kind of says it all. When I started making venture capital investments in 1997, the pace of things, and the amount of work I did, was massive. I spent the day yesterday doing Denver Startup Week stuff. I was on a bunch of panels and during one of the Q&A sessions someone asked something to the effect of: “Now that things are moving faster than ever before, how do you deal with / keep up with them?”

Hubris Versus Humility: The $15 billion Difference

Steve Blank

In 1997, RIM introduced the first packet-switched messaging device. The new device could hold names, email addresses, phone and fax numbers and incoming and outgoing messages. Describing your product as “new and “never been done before” instead of “we’re just like those others guys, but better” could cost your company billions. RIM and TiVo are two examples of getting it right and wrong. Research in Motion (RIM).

Customers Love Free Stuff … But That’s Not Your Problem

Warren Buffet, 1997. He also says they need to be “must own” names. Are Asana, Palantir, ZipRecruiter, and Squarespace “must own” names? “As they say in poker, ‘If you’ve been in the game 30 minutes and you don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.‘”

11 Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

StartUp, true to its name, is the story of one man’s journey from regular guy to businessman. Hosted by small business expert Jim Blasingame of Small Business Advocate, SBR is the world’s only weekday radio talk show dedicated to small business, nationally syndicated since 1997.

True Story: How Started in 1995

Up and Running

I immediately registered a few obvious domain names. In 1997 we hired an NYU undergrad to create a better site, focusing on business planning and especially publishing sample plans. January of 1995. Few people knew of the Internet, Mozilla, and the world-wide web. The so-called “Internet” had existed for years, but seemed to the rest of us (anybody outside of a few spook havens and ivory towers) like a nerdy background utility for emails. And I started

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[Review] The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari


3) Practice Kaizen – Borrowing from the Japanese concept of continuous improvement, here we’re taught to do the things we fear, and to practice the 10 ancient rituals for radiant living , namely solitude, physicality, live nourishment, abundant knowledge, personal reflection, early awakening, music, the spoken word (mantras), congruent character, and simplicity.

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Who’s Your Daddy? 5 Lessons from GoDaddy

Growthink Blog

GoDaddy was created in 1997 as Jomax Technologies by Bob Parsons who had recently sold his other company, Parsons Technology Inc., At the time, a company called Network Solutions was essentially the only place from which people could register domain names. Buying up expensive advertising space during events like The Super Bowl, GoDaddy made a name for itself with racy and often controversial marketing efforts.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

His name will be familiar to plenty of you – it’s Fred Wilson. The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997. I know many entrepreneurs who feel that VCs have played them, gamed them, deceived them, or bullshitted them. But this doesn’t only happen to entrepreneurs. VCs play this game with VCs all the time.

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[Review] Twitter Is Not A Strategy


A case in point is Apple, whose “Think Different” campaign in 1997 (see video below) served as a rallying call to those who shared the brand’s values. How do we build strong brands in the digital age? Should brand marketers “bow to algorithmic salvation”, allowing data and process to ride roughshod over inspiration and creativity?

Just Got Rejected? These 9 Inspiring Success Stories Will Help You to Bounce Back


Its popularity made Microsoft make a move and agreed to purchase Hotmail in 1997 for a whopping $400 million. Before Apple became a household name and a multi-billion dollar tech company, they went through quite a few struggles. There is a multitude of struggles that are involved when running a successful business venture. The road to glory is both hard and tiring, and sometimes they may end up taking a toll on you to the point of throwing in the towel.

If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

Both Sides of the Table

I worked in Rome on a small team with a really smart young woman named Elisabetta. In 1997 I was sent to England to work on a project for the oil company Halliburton. Initially I thought it was too long of a name for a blog.When I looked at the competition it as and

Why You Should Use Localisation in a Globalised World

The Startup Magazine

An incorrect translation of a brand name or slogan could have wide reaching ramifications – an embarrassing or offensive translation could seriously endanger brand image. The brand name Jolly Green Giant was translated to “Intimidating Green Ogre” in Arabic and the product “Schweppes Tonic Water” to the appealing “Schweppes Toilet Water” in Italian.

Why Search Is Hard

Diego Basch

There was one time when building a decent search engine was relatively simple: crawl a few million pages (in 1997, that would have included pretty much every interesting web page out there). If you and I start typing a first name (J-o-h), odds are it will show us people we know named John, along with their pictures. Yesterday I was reading this Hacker News thread about the Common Crawl, and one comment caught my attention: Common Crawl is awesome.

Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

Up and Running

Certification began in 1997, as a concrete way to ensure that a fair trade certified (FTC) label on a product meant that a series of milestones had been met, and a socially conscious consumer could rest easy with their purchase. Because of the certification process that began in 1997, you can rest assured that some of the worst labor and environmental violations—such as unsafe working conditions—will not be happening.

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28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


During that time of reflection and meditation include listening to others with motivating words of encouragement via podcast, books, scriptures, YouTube, just to name a few. When my motivation lags, I think about sitting across the desk from my last boss ever in 1997. When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

March 11: SXSW Innovation Awards

Austin Startup

The annual Interactive Festival awards program began in 1997 as the Texas Interactive Media Achievement Awards, and was re-named the SXSW Web Awards the following year. The German marching band Meute performing at the 2018 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards The Forrest Four-Cast: Feb 19, 2019 50 of the world’s top startups will be showcased at SXSW Pitch 2019. Read interviews with many of these young companies via this Medium page.

Sustaining Innovation vs. Disruptive Innovation

The Startup Magazine

Hoque notes the company’s ongoing success with blockbuster medicines and vaccines with household names, such as Zithromax, Lipitor and Viagra. Netflix launched in 1997 and its service wasn’t appealing to most of Blockbuster’s customers, who rented movies on impulse. “Innovation is widely regarded as the single most important ingredient in today’s economy,” according to entrepreneur Faisal Hoque at Fast Company.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

In 1997, the year the Kauffman Report begins its analysis; there were 70 million users online globally. When you order an Amazon Kindle it comes pre-configured with your user name already configured into the device so that you can click a single button and buy shit. This article originally ran on PEHub. If you prefer the super short version – I’ve summarized the post in the final section.

Building a Great Startup Board: Pt 1

Reid Hoffman

I’ve been on so many different boards now that I need to go back and count them up to name the number of different boards on which I’ve served. For example, in 1997, I had not realized that you need to invent and reinvent your go to market strategy together with your product idea.

28 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Our mission stems from our passion in creating automotive technology disruption, our vision of a more sustainable future and our belief in astoundingly desirable designs that the Fisker name has been known for all around the world. Back in 1997, when I was a high school junior and my brother Evan was a freshman, we launched a local moving service called Meathead Movers. Each business has a story.

Does the Size of a VC Fund Matter?

Both Sides of the Table

A 1997 vintage is likely to perform much better than a 2000 vintage because the former got to ride the dot com bonanza and likely saw some quick IPOs and crazy trade sales while the latter is more likely filled with many companies that never reached the promise land (or are still trying). I’m happy to say that in 2006-2008 we has some good exits including BillMeLater, DealerTrack, UGO Networks and PrePay Technologies to name a few.

Sphero Has Shipped!

Feld Thoughts

My little buddy, the robotic ball controlled by your smartphone named Sphero, has shipped and you can order a Sphero now ! I’ve worked with Paul since he co-founded Raindance Communications in 1997 and was delighted to quickly lead a seed financing for Orbotix. Having watched Sphero come to life over the past 17 months, starting as a seed of an idea in the heads of two mad geniuses (Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson) has been awesome.

Should You Get Rid of Your Website’s Lead Forms?


The first wave of messaging software arrived with ICQ (launched in 1996), followed by AIM (1997), Yahoo! first name and last name, photo, twitter handle, etc.). The lead capture form has become one of the most ubiquitous tools in a marketer’s toolbelt. For a decade now, it has been the mechanism that makes inbound marketing and lead generation possible. As a result, many marketers have become obsessed with optimizing forms.

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BitCoin will be made illegal, but cryptocash is here to stay

Diego Basch

It reminds me quite a bit of mp3 files in 1997, when they were just a novelty and record companies didn’t know what to make of them. I’m sure they’ll come up with a creative name, such as the War on Digital Evil Terror Drug Laundering Money. In case you haven’t heard of BitCoin , it’s one of those concepts straight out of science fiction books from late last century.

The Entrepreneur’s Essentials #11: New Year’s advice for middle-aged people

Austin Startup

Ironically, they’ll especially think this if they are working in a big company because they are more cautious about taking risks on “no-names”. I was fortunate to live in Silicon Valley for six years before moving to “Silicon Hills” in 1997?—?having DFS was formed in 1997 to provide Dell customers the best financing options.

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What Is It That You’re ALWAYS Selling? by Yaro Starak

It’s this article by Tom Peters I read way back in 1997 that shifted a paradigm in my business thinking, and got me working on a strategy to brand myself. Realize that you are selling yourself, the brand named ‘You Inc,’ and use that realization to structure everything that you say and do – at least in the future.

The Valley Lacks Flexibility, Not Talent


Let's face realities here: it's no doubt tempting and cool for many developers to work for Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook or Twitter to name but a few. Guest author Chris Heilmann has been a professional Web developer since 1997 and has worked in various agencies and corporations on large, international products. Right now there are a lot of reports about large companies in the Valley not being able to find the talent they need.

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Banner Ads Suck (and How to Make Them Convert Better)


The company’s brand name. In 1997, I chose to suppress a similar finding: users tend to click on banner ads that look like dialog boxes, complete with fake OK and Cancel buttons. Still, fake dialog boxes got many more clicks than regular banners, which users had already started to ignore in 1997. ”.

Publicity Stunts: When Good Ideas Go Bad

crowdSPRING Blog

Not surprisingly, Snapple declined to make a second attempt to break the official record, which had been set in Holland in 1997 by a 21-foot ice pop. One marketing guru named William Crush came up with a killer idea: create a “temporary” city and the stage a train wreck for an audience of paying spectators. The new town, named Crush, was built in short order, just for the purpose of having a place for the crash to happen.

10 Tips To Help You Build A Successful Small Business Brand

Duct Tape Marketing

One of the most iconic brands of our time – Apple – was reborn after it launched, in 1997, an innovative campaign inviting people to “Think Different” Today, Apple products are perceived to be better designed, more fun, and more reliable than products from Apple’s competitors. Have a good name and logo. Recognition starts with the name of your business. It’s not enough to have a recognizable name.

7 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Redesign Your Small Business Website

crowdSPRING Blog

Many small businesses assume that brands start and end with their business name and logo, and overlook all of the other important marketing content that is a part of any substantial branding effort. You can see this in sites where the website’s navigation uses vague internal terms like “Back Office Services” or the names of your company’s various divisions. Even if you have a blog, it might be lost in your website navigation and might look like it was designed in 1997.

How Much Copy to Write on Your Home Page?


Back in 1997, the Nielsen Norman Group conducted the first study to determine how users read on the web. There is meant to be one overriding call to action – namely, signing up for an account. If you’ve looked at enough SaaS websites, you’ve probably noticed a bit of a theme: home pages designed to act as landing pages. They have minimal top navigation. Or in some cases, they have none at all.

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