$10 Billion Is the New $1 Billion

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Remember The Unicorn Club of startups that secured an esteemed $1 billion valuation? Might as well be The Garbage Club now, full of trifling companies with worth the kind of coin one chucks out the window from the backseat of an Uber. Why, in the past 24 hours alone, Pinterest and Uber reportedly increased their valuations by a collective $8.7 billion.


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Why Infographics Are Still Valuable for SEO Purposes

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The infographic is certainly not a new tool for those looking to boost search engine optimization. In fact, the popular infographic is close to celebrating its 10th birthday as a useful and meaningful way to provide readers with new knowledge and real value while boosting a website’s overall profile in the process. This leads many people to simply assume that the infographic is yesterday’s news, last year’s tool, and no longer a valuable part of SEO strategy and planning. That simply could not be further from the truth. While many tried and true methods of search engine optimization have fallen by the wayside during the infographic’s rise and reign, the graphic itself still contributes meaningfully to user experiences, website SEO performance, and backend processes for website owners.… Read the rest


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Surprise! Your Employees Are Now In The Driver’s Seat

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Especially for the long-term unemployed, the painful wait appears to be over. The latest job numbers suggest the tide is turning. With hiring and job creation on the upswing, and the unemployment rate in decline, the pool of available qualified candidates is shrinking. 2014 is well positioned to be the year the economy shifts away from an employer-driven market and starts conceding to the demands of a newly revitalized, employee-driven market.

“A year ago, most of our job candidates were struggling just to land an opportunity for a phone interview,” says Sunil Sani, Founder of CareerGlider.com, a site that matches candidates with jobs. “In the last several months, we’ve seen professionals, especially those considered “top talent,” starting to solicit multiple offers. This was unheard of 16 months ago. Now it’s the candidate who’s becoming the more selective party. And we’re surprised to see how comfortable they’ve become at the art of waiting out a company for a better offer.”


John Boitnott‘s insight:

The tide has turned. Employees might be getting more leverage as they look for certain jobs…


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Tom Preston-Werner Out in Wake of GitHub Investigation

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Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner. We took these claims seriously and launched a full, independent, third-party investigation.

The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment. However, while there may have been no legal wrongdoing, the investigator did find evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment. In light of these findings, Tom has submitted his resignation, which the company has accepted. Tom has been a huge part of this company from the very beginning and we appreciate all that he has done for GitHub. We wish him the best in his next endeavour.

As to the remaining allegations, the investigation found no evidence of gender-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or abuse.

We want to create a great place to work for all our employees and we can’t do that without acknowledging the challenges that exist in providing an inclusive work environment. We are implementing a number of new HR and employee-led initiatives as well as training opportunities to make sure employee concerns and conflicts are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately. We know we still have work to do.

Chris Wanstrath
CEO & Co-Founder


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Tech-Savvy Communes Could Be The Answer To SF’s Housing Issues

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The communal spirit of the 60’s has returned to SF, but with a modern twist. Software engineers, founders and tech workers alike are now flocking to giant, Victorian mansions that promise peace, love and open source API integration to help you live more collaboratively.I’m greeted with several long, loving hugs upon entering one such communal living space known as The Lair – a seven-bedroom mansion nestled just on the edge of San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood. We then gather around an old dining room table, breathing out “Yummmmmmm” (instead of “Om”) before partaking in the shared nightly meal.

John Boitnott‘s insight:

Will this make a dent in the Bay Area housing crisis? Not right away of course. But in the future who knows?


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5 Strategies Successful Social Media Users Follow

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There are social media strategies to employ and they’re constantly changing so you need to keep up. Have you ever noticed that some businesses thrive on social media while others shrivel up and die, like-less? You probably know instinctively if a post is “good” for business or not, but beneath those gut reactions are strategies at work. Try out these five successful tactics that every social media user needs to know.


John Boitnott‘s insight:

Don’t “shrivel up and die, like-less” with your social media strategy. try these tips.


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Infographic: The Growing Adoption of Mobile-Friendly Email Design – Email Marketing Rules

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Beyond detailing the adoption rates of mobile-friendly email, this infographic explains the difference between desktop-centric design, mobile-aware design, and responsive design—and the future outlook for each of them. It also includes links to examples of mobile-aware design from Amazon.com, Reiss, and Vizify, and examples of responsive design from AT&T,Toms, and Foursquare from the Email Swipe File on Pinterest.


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San Francisco Protesters Wasted Their Time by Targeting Kevin Rose

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The thousands of tech workers flooding into SF and the effect their money has had on the cost of living here has been an increasingly explosive issue. There have been protests from local activists and even a weird bar fight involving Google Glass. Journalists from the East Coast like to come out here now and opine about how the city itself is being changed irrevocably; that it “doesn’t know what to do with” its newfound cash. Over the weekend, Kevin Rose was the latest object of ridicule. That kind of came out of nowhere for me, and didn’t seem quite appropriate.


John Boitnott‘s insight:

The protesters’ tactics are setting their causes back, plain and simple.


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Google Drive’s Price Cut, Box’s IPO and What it Could Mean for the Future of Cloud Tools

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Two weeks ago, Box announced their intentions to file for IPO. This comes on the heels of Google’s announcement that they will offer one terabyte (TB) of data for only $9.99 a month. Both announcements have had a chilling effect in Silicon Valley and beyond, because it could easily put smaller cloud storage players out of business. It probably will. From Dropbox to Microsoft, many are shaking in their e­boots. Cloud hosting has seemingly become a commodity, now. But has it, really? Each cloud hosting provider has some type of bell or whistle unique to their own user base. Box’s bold move will no doubt inspire other cloud players to move forward with their IPOs.


John Boitnott‘s insight:

There should be some very interesting developments in cloud tools over the coming years. Here are my thoughts about what may happen.


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States try to block cities’ clean transit plans

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More and more cities in the Midwest and Sun Belt are trying to develop mass transit systems, but GOP-controlled state legislatures are getting in the way.


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