Software Is The New Oil

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It makes sense to me that software is the oil of the information revolution. Companies that control the software infrastructure of the information revolution will sit back and collect the economic surplus of the information revolution and that will be a path to vast wealth and economic power. It has already happened but I think we are just beginning to see the operating leverage of these software based business models. We are long software.

The Dentist Office Software Story

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy. Since I’ve never told the Dentist Office Software story here at AVC, I will do that and then I will add Albert’s alternate (and better) ending. Around this time, an open source community crops up to build an open source version of dental office software. mobile VC & Technology Web/Tech

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Software eats software development

Chris Dixon

Software is eating the world, and doing so using smaller and smaller teams. Small teams can have a big impact because software development (and deployment) has improved dramatically over the past decade. Open source dominates every level of the software stack, including operating systems (Linux), databases (MySql), web servers (Apache), and programming languages (Python, Ruby). WhatsApp was able to disrupt the global SMS industry with only a few dozen engineers.

The Academy For Software Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A number of years ago, I wrote a blog post talking about the need to teach middle school and high school students how to write software.  So began my quest to see more computer science and software engineering in the NYC public school system.  In a speech that was largely about the intertwined nature of education and the economy , he announced that the city is opening The Academy For Software Engineering this fall in the Union Square neighborhood of New York City.

Web Second, Mobile First

Both Sides of the Table

The titles were: Mobile First, Web Second. Mobile First, Web Second (continued). People forgot that Fred also wrote “Web Second.” ” So I’ve had to encourage an entire cohort of startups that I’ve met not to ignore the power of the web.

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What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the things we discussed that stuck in my mind was the thought that web and mobile apps might behave more like TV shows than traditional software applications. There are web and mobile applications that seem more immune to the "here today gone tomorrow" concern. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI was having lunch with a veteran of the entertainment and the video game business this past week. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat.

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Free Software, Paid Support

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have always found the free software approach to be instructive. But there is a very vibrant community of software developers that build things and then make them available to anyone who want to use them for free. If you dissect the model, you'll see that the one time effort of building something is something many software creators are willing to do for free. Build software, give it to the community to maintain, and charge for ongoing support.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Software Company

Up and Running

Since the term “cloud computing” was coined in 1996—at least as we have come to understand its meaning—the software as a service industry has exploded. I started UpKeep after seeing and using traditional enterprise software. Noah says, “Agile is what most software companies use.

Shortening The Small Business Software Selection Process

YoungUpstarts

Many of these tasks – accounting, billing/invoicing, marketing – can be streamlined and, in many cases, automated with the right software. CRM and e-Signature software), and is not an “apples to apples” comparison. by Tim Handorf, Co-Founder and President of G2 Crowd.

Getting A Software Patent Is Valuable But Frustrating

Startup Professionals Musings

For a software startup, a patent can be the intellectual property providing the key competitive advantage, or it can be an expensive non-defensible bureaucratic nightmare -- or both. Some argue to simply eliminate software patents, while others put their hopes in U.S.

Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One

SoCal CTO

And it made me come to a new realization: Every early-stage web/mobile/online startup should have at least one technical advisor, probably two. I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door.

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Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

Congrats to my friends at Rally Software on the announcement that they’ve signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by CA Technologies for $480 million. I remember my friend Ryan Martens sitting down with me and Chris Wand around 2001 and walking us through his idea for changing the how he approached managing the software development process. To the extended Rally Software family past and present – congratulations.

The End Of “Build It Yourself” Software

YoungUpstarts

Today in the tech industry, we’re entering an era of Levittown software, and the change is important for all businesses. The companies that ‘rent’ these products on a SaaS basis enjoy the highest standard in software without the costs, risks and tech quandaries of in-house development.

Web Design Strategies for Turning Visitors into Paying Customers

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If you use software such as Google Analytics to keep track of traffic on your website, you have a good idea of how many site visitors you receive each day, and how long they stay on your website. It may be that your web design that is the culprit. Ease of Navigation must be at the Forefront of your Web Design Strategy. Responsive web design ( RWD ) is not an option – it is design philosophy that focuses on maximum UX no matter what device and not matter what the screen size.

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Sketching A New Mobile Web

mobile.smashingmagazine.com

Web Design. Sketching A New Mobile Web. The mobile Web has gotten a bum rap. Progressive enhancement, mobile-first and responsive design can help lead us towards a more unified, future-friendly Web. The Promise Of The Mobile Web Is a Tough Sell. Web Design.

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10 Important Web Design Best Practices and Tips for Small Business Websites

crowdSPRING Blog

Today, we’ll cover web design best practices and tips. We’ll point you to great resources and examples and highlight recent changes in web design. For even more about 2016 design trends, I recommend you read Top web design trends for 2016.

How to Deliver More Software Projects On Time

Both Sides of the Table

There’s an old joke in software development, “How much time does it take to design software?” If you’ve been involved with a number of software projects you already have an intuitive sense for this.

5 Principles of Persuasive Web Design

ConversionXL

Do people change software settings? 5 key principles of persuasive web design. Our Point of Sale Systems Integrate Hardware, Software and Internet Social Media Marketing Into One Giant Revenue Super System. What makes a web design good? Persuasive web design works.

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Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Multiscreen Web Design”. Vikas started his career as software developer with Siemens. Prior to Schoology Jonathan held a variety of product roles in web and mobile.

Gamechanger ahead for Apple-centric Software Vendors

47 Hats

In the olden days when customers would pay for a desktop app once (or at least the EULA that let them use it), software vendors could only prosper by getting every more first-time customers, or angering at least a third of their user base every year by offering a paid “upgrade” of either features that should have been in the software to begin with or added as developerd, or features nobody wanted.

The Semantic Web Opens a New Age for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

This has been a long-time dream of Tim Berners-Lee , the man who (really) invented the World Wide Web. He calls his dream the ‘Semantic Web’ (or Web 3.0), meaning it understands user context.

An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability

uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com

An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability. These guidelines have been crafted from usability testing, field testing, website tracking, eye tracking, Web analytics and actual complaints made to customer support personnel by disgruntled users. Why Web Form Usability Is Important.

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Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Multiscreen Web Design”. Vikas started his career as software developer with Siemens. Prior to Schoology Jonathan held a variety of product roles in web and mobile.

Why Content Personalization Is Not Web Personalization (and What to Do About It)

ConversionXL

In 1999, David Weinberger, a technologist and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto , wrote, “Personalization: the automatic tailoring of sites and messages to the individuals viewing them so that we can feel that somewhere there’s a piece of software that loves us for who we are.”

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Small Business Marketing 2014: Smart Web Design Best Practices and Tips

crowdSPRING Blog

Today, we’ll cover small business web design best practices and tips. Many things have changed – we’ll point you to great new resources and examples – but the fundamental best practices of good web design have remained consistent.

The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

Both Sides of the Table

In it he asserts that the web is dying and in its ashes will see the rise of the “App Internet.” The web is dying and will be replaced by “the App Internet.” Enter the World Wide Web (WWW). Web & Social Change the Landscape of the Web.

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How much does it cost to start a software company?

The Next Web

How much money do you think it takes to start a software company? Note: Assume everything I ever write relating to software is about bootstrapping/not involving VCs. Some software takes a lot longer and is much more… This story continues at The Next Web.

Do I need a website? Web presence planning for new companies

Up and Running

A web-presence is the digital representation of your company and is a key factor for attracting new business. Often your web presence will be the first point of contact with potential customers so it is important to get it right. What are the benefits of a web presence?

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Lessons From Training 1400+ People in Web API Design

Launch Any

APIs aren’t like many of the software development technologies that tend to be hidden away in the implementation details. Product managers miss opportunities to build better business value and increase organization agility using web APIs.

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How startups can use open source software to compete against the big guys

The Next Web

Although established giants like Microsoft have proprietary software and systems, much of today’s internet is built on open source software. Brand stories will shine Open source software not only lowers the… This story continues at The Next Web.

Transitioning from Developer to Software Entrepreneur

Software By Rob

Software by Rob Passionate about Startups and MicroISVs Lessons Learned by a Serial Entrepreneur home about press micropreneurs archives ← The Future of the Web is Small, Academic Earth, Beatles Rock Band, Top Developer Blogs, et al.

8 Universal Web Design Principles You Should Know

ConversionXL

Here are 8 web design principles you should know and follow. Visual hierarchy is one of the most important principles behind effective web design. Surf the web and consciously rank the elements in the visual hierarchy.

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9 ways project management software can simplify complex projects

The Next Web

That’s why I asked nine members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: What is one valuable way you break down a complex technical project using PM software that has benefited your team?

8 Secrets to Creating Successful Web Apps

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Of course you’ll still need to focus on the marketing aspect of your web app. Here are 8 secrets to creating a great web app that will benefit both you and your customers: 1. The double-sided nature of building a web app requires a well devised plan.

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How Much You Can Save With Document Management Software

YoungUpstarts

There are several ways you can go about saving money, but one of the best and easiest is to use document management software (DMS). This software allows you to save money in a number of critical ways. By Benoy Tamang, CEO of eFileCabinet. Are you looking to save money for your business?

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All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

Business of Software Blog

All the talks from previous Business of Software Conferences from one place. Great SaaS & Software Talks. Great talks on building SaaS and software businesses. Be first to see new videos, join free speaker hangouts, stay up to date on BoS Conference programmes and a regular dose of thought provoking ideas from around the web that will make you look smarter at home & at work. Sarah Allen: What’s Your Software Saying to Customers Behind Your Back?

This is Not Your Father’s Software Industry

Andrew Payne

The software industry has seen major changes in the past 10 years, as the business of software has gotten increasingly efficient and friction-free. Expensive software stacks, primitive tools, million dollar server farms, and 50+ person development teams have given way to free, open source, high-quality tools, small teams, and rentable infrastructure. And just when you think it couldn’t get any easier to create software, it does.

The Unbundled Mobile Software Stack

Agile VC

The first chapter began more than 40 years ago with IBM being forced to unbundle software and hardware on mainframe platforms. Microsoft famously had to open it’s desktop OS to allow other web browsers to complete against IE. I’ve been using Google’s Chrome browser on my iPad Mini for about a month now.

8 Essential Tips to Guide Your Web Design Project

Duct Tape Marketing

8 Essential Tips to Guide Your Web Design Project written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Jay Baron – Enjoy! Referral Marketing Web Marketing Jay Baron

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» 100+ Web Start-up Business Ideas - By Steve Poland - web startup.

Steve Poland

Steves Latest Twitter Update (@PoPo) : Home About Steve Poland: Risk Taker Archives Contact 100+ Web Start-up Business Ideas By Steve Poland • April 29, 2009 With this recession and unemployment so high, there’s likely a lot of people looking to start their own business. I’m formerly a TechCrunch writer , a serial web entrepreneur, and an idea guy. I can’t believe I’ve posted 100+ web start-up business ideas in the past couple years.