6 Lessons Learned from Weblogs Inc and Jason Calacanis

“Jason Calacanis” by drewm is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Weblogs, Inc. was a blog network established in 2003 by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey. The company published content on subjects ranging from tech news and video games to cars and pop culture. Calacanis has funded more than 70 startups, including Uber. He is the host of the popular show This Week in Startups and is the CEO of Inside.com. He is also a founder of the “Launch” fund, in which he invests $15 million a year into 30 promising startups (Source). Beyond his entrepreneurial and investing success, Calacanis has...

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50 Singapore Startups You Should Get To Know (Lah)

Top Singapore Startups

Since the World Bank Group ranked Singapore as the world’s top location for ease of doing business, “Asia’s Silicon Valley” has earned its title with milestones such as the setup of the Golden Gate Ventures (GGV) incubator fund in 2011 and when the government launched its own tech incubator, the National Research Foundation (NRF), in 2006. Here’s our list of 50 thriving startups we think you should get to know from the South East Asian island’s ecosystem. Fintech 1. Codapay Recognizing that many Southeast Asians do not use debit or credit cards, Coda Payments has established an alternative payment gateway in...

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10 Startups that are bringing AI into the workplace

Artificial intelligence will continue to evolve and play a bigger role in our everyday lives, whether it’s at home or in the office. It becomes more reliable and advanced on a daily basis and soon we will wonder how we ever managed without it, which is already true in today’s day and age. If one looks at the following list of AI startups and the futuristic ideas that are happening in the tech world, it’s fair to say that there is no shortage of intelligence – artificial or not. Have a look at this list of 10 startups who are...

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Best Practices for Boosting Your Cold Email Open and Conversion Rates

Sending cold emails is a tough but highly effective way to form new relationships and generate new business. The average white collar worker receives 121 emails every day. The average business email is opened by 7.58 to 27.31% of its recipients, depending on its topic. When you send a cold email, the numbers are — to put it lightly — very much stacked against you. Despite this statistical disadvantage, it’s surprisingly easy to bring your cold email open rate (the percentage of recipients that open your email) and conversion rate (the percentage that respond to your email) far above the...

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6 Payment Processors for Hong Kong Companies

Payment processors in Hong Kong

Thanks to its ease of doing business and generous tax exemption for offshore companies, Hong Kong has become a major hub for technology startups and e-commerce businesses that sell to a global market. Until recently, one part of setting up and running a Hong Kong-based online business has been a major challenge: accepting payments. (more…)

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21 Must-Read Sales Blogs (and their best 3 blog posts)

Sales are fundamental for every business and organization, Statistics show that traditional sales tactics remain effective and their value should never be underestimated. At the same time, however, new forms of sales techniques are emerging as businesses become more digital, connected and automated. By 2020, Gartner predicts that 85% of customer interaction with enterprises will be automated. With business increasingly being conducted online and new models such as software-as-a-service and crowdfunding emerging, the sales world is changing. From email conversion rates to PPC and optimized landing pages, there are many approaches, techniques and innovations to keep up with. Whether you’re...

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6 Questions with Christina Hawatmeh, Founder of Scopio

Christina Hawatmeh Scopio

Christina Hawatmeh is the Founder and CEO of Scopio, a social image agency that streamlines the copyright process for user generated images and videos.  1. First of all, can you tell us a little about your role and what you do at Scop.io? I am the Founder and CEO, I invented the company as a social experiment during my masters at Columbia University, and fell in love with the power of images, and it has been 3 years now in the making. We streamline the copyright process for user generated images and videos in real-time. People get paid for their...

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Everything You Need to Know About Stripe Relay

stripe relay

Earlier this month, Stripe launched Relay — an API that lets online stores publish their products and sell them directly through apps like Twitter and ShopStyle. For example, a company that’s active on Twitter can tweet about a product, complete with a fully functional Buy Now button. Instead of clicking through to the merchant’s website and filling in a long order form, customers can buy products directly within Twitter, ShopStyle or any other supported apps. Relay makes it easier than ever for customers to shop for products online, avoiding the difficult process of working through a long, confusing checkout form on a...

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Which Online Payment Solution Should Your Startup Use?

With a wide range of options and new players continuously entering the industry, it can be difficult to know which online payment solution will best compliment your startup’s ecommerce platform. We took our top choices in the market and break down the pro’s and con’s for you to help you make an informed choice. Before we get into the actual solutions, we think it’s important to cover the basic lay of the land to accepting payments online, and go into some important trends happening in ecommerce. After that we will give you our top payment solution choices, their features, and...

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50 Awesome LA Based Startups You Should Get To Know

With world famous startups like Snapchat and Beats, the Los Angeles, California startup scene is on the rise and gaining more and more attention. Venture capital in L.A. continues to rise, with incubators and accelerators like Amplify, Disney Accelerator, and Science Inc. are providing lots of early stage opportunity, and the diversity in these accelerators and venture firms is telling to the depth and diversity of the L.A. talent pool. Los Angeles top value for entrepreneurs is the opportunity it provides for the merger of technology and entertainment, with studios and entertainment agencies offering a strategic value to entrepreneurs that...

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