Mars in ten years?

http://mashable.com/2013/04/22/mars-one-reality-tv-show/

I’m half way through Kim Stanley Robinson’s brilliant Red Mars and until now I thought I was reading science fiction. This article from mashable.com appears to tell me otherwise! Would love to see mankind make it to Mars in my lifetime, hopefully Mars One will make it happen but seems a little too good to be true. Possibly the most ambitious ‘startup’ I’ve come across though!

Pocket

This is my new favourite app, currently working through a hefty back log of articles from the last few weeks.

Gigaom

As web audiences increasingly shift to mobile devices and new reading platforms like Twitter and Flipboard, publishers are hungry to learn as much as possible about how consumption patterns are changing.

Pocket, the read-it/watch-it/consume-it-later service formerly known as Read It Later, on Tuesday launched Pocket for Publishers, which aims to shed some light on that question. The free tool gives publishers a better idea of the lifespan of a story, by telling them the percentage of readers that are actually coming back to read content they’ve saved, and how long it takes them to return. Pocket is launching the tool with a handful of publishers, including GigaOM and paidContent.

Pocket for Publishers has two parts. On the front end, publishers can install a “Save to Pocket” button on their websites, can integrate the technology into their apps, and can add a custom message to the footer of any article or video…

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Shame on us? Why the power of social media must be used wisely

An interesting article on the dangers of snap decisions in the world of social media. I’m currently in the process of completely rethinking how I use social media, and this article brings up some good points to think about.

Gigaom

Looking back on the nearly 20 years since we’ve embraced the World Wide Web, the social media revolution is probably the most important thing that’s emerged from the medium. However, it’s pretty clear that we are not sure how to handle the power that revolution can allow us to wield.

We were reminded of this once again this past week by two separate stories: Adria Richards, a developer evangelist for SendGrid, was fired by her employer after tweeting a picture of two men at a Silicon Valley tech conference who she said were making inappropriate and harassing sexual comments. A firestorm erupted, as one of the men was fired from his job at Playhaven, Richards was subjected to horrifying abuse from anonymous internet trolls who were outraged that she used Twitter to shame men for making juvenile and inappropriate but not exactly hateful comments, and bystanders were left…

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Specific Planning: What I want To Be, To Have, and To Do

Specific Planning: What I want To Be, To Have, and To Do.

I’m a compulsive list maker so this post was perfect for me. I’m not so sure about the paragraph concerning family objection, as I’ve received nothing but the up most support from my family and girlfriend in my pursuits, but I’m going to use the action chart posted in my future en devours.

Accelerator Success Stories

Business accelerators worldwide are claiming that applicants for seed capital and advice have roughly doubled in the past two years, highlighting the fact that they are at the forefront of the world of online start ups.  While most of the major programs only have a few dozen places compared to the few thousands of applicants, if you’re idea, pitch and motivation are strong enough it’s possible to become one of the lucky few. Here are a few examples of accelerator success stories that show that it’s worth taking your business to one of the two hundred accelerator programs that exist round the world.

1. Dropbox (Y Combinator)
After frequently forgetting his USB stick, Drew Houston conceived an idea for an online storage facility using cloud technology allowing for file synchronisation. Naming his idea Dropbox, he secured seed funding from accelerator Y Combinator. In 2008 it secured $7.2M from Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners and now boasts a user base of one hundred million and a valuation of around $4 billion. The initial funding from Y Combinator allowed Dropbox to reach these incredible figures.

2. IntenseDebate (TechStars)
Isaac Keyet, Jon Fox and Josh Morgan created IntenseDebate as a way to enhance and encourage conversation on blogs and other social media websites by managing all your incoming and outgoing comments in one place. The project was given $500,000 seed funding by accelerator TechStars and the company has since been bought by Automattic, the company who own WordPress, possibly the largest blogging site on the web.

3. TaskRabbit (500 Startups)
When Leah Busque didn’t want to go to the store for single items in 2008, she discussed a dream website with her husband that would locate a local good Samaritan who was already at the store and could pick her something up for a small fee. This idea, with the help of seed funding from 500 Startups, has now evolved into TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace for outsourcing small jobs and tasks. It has gone on to receive $37M in funding.