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Dear Midwest: Stop trying to compete with Silicon Valley

When it comes to launching the next on-demand, social, consumer-focused app — your Facebooks, Instagrams, and Snapchats of the world — Silicon Valley has no

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Dear Midwest: Stop trying to compete with Silicon Valley

When it comes to launching the next on-demand, social, consumer-focused app — your Facebooks, Instagrams, and Snapchats of the world — Silicon Valley has no equal. But mankind cannot live on social media alone, and no one is more familiar with that truth than those of us in the Midwest, where technology is less about sharing pictures of your lunch and more about growing the very ingredients on your plate.

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America’s next war may be fought online, and we’re underprepared

The United States is frighteningly unprepared for modern-day cyber warfare. While we focus on hot button security risks such as ISIS and domestic terrorism, we

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Startups: 5 steps to enterprise-grade data mining

Even for the smallest, leanest startup, bigger is better when it comes to data mining. The more data sources you have and the more data

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10 myths about enterprise adoption of Docker

In the past 12 months, enterprises considering Docker have been presented with a daunting series of steps on their journey from virtualization to containerization. Docker has made the first step easy and free. For the enterprise, it’s the next steps where the pain begins.

In this article, StackEngine CEO Bob Quillin explains the top 10 myths holding back enterprise Docker adoption.

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In tech? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

If you’re one of the 140,000 startups trying to grow a sustainable business based on a digital product, it’s time to rethink what it means to win.

If you’re lucky, you might produce that killer app that disrupts an entire industry, a Facebook or a Dropbox.

The more likely case is that you’ll lead your particular category, the way Asana leads free project management, or the way MapMyRun is the consumer go-to for tracking jogs. The infamous saying definitely applies to the tech industry: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

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6 months of cash left to burn? Here’s the game plan

You’re a startup, and all of a sudden you find yourself running out of cash. What do you do next?

Take an example from Ben Horowitz: Go hard or go home.

Horowitz, now better known as the cofounder of Silicon Valley’s most famous VC firm, is the poster child for how to run hard in the face of failure. When Horowitz founded the hosting service Loudcloud in 1999, the business was a fast winner. Not only did blue-chip companies like Ford and Nike sign up, but Horowitz took the company public less than two years later.

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It’s time to bring back the real IPO: Initial profitable offering

No startup should have to depend on a “pop” to succeed.

No company should aim to become an investment unicorn, where profitability is a mythical creature that people talk about but never see.

A “build it and they will come” mindset is not a viable long-term strategy.

If there’s a “Back to the Future” movie about speculative valuations, we are watching it right now.

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3 tips for choosing the right city for your startup

You’ve got your disruptive idea. You’re making the rounds with angels and VCs. But where will you launch and set up shop with your newstartup?

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Joyride believes its new crowdfunding platform will make podcasting profitable

Thanks to Serial, podcasts are gaining some much-deserved, renewed attention from listeners. Of course the two biggest setbacks to the medium have always been that podcasts aren’t as easy to find as FM radio stations, and they’re even harder to turn into a business.

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Famigo brings family-focused entertainment (and parental sanity) to GM connected cars

Mobile devices are popular for keeping children engaged during long stretches of boring grownup activities. Of course, you need an adult around to make sure

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It’s the end of the road for freemium cloud services

“The first goal of a startup is not to go bust. And going bust is very easy to do if you are a freemium company, if you don’t choose the features right.” Professor Vineet Kumar, who researches the freemium business model, couldn’t have better summed up the situation in cloud storage today.

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Addvocate launches a new employee-powered social marketing platform, hires new CEO

Months after the departure of former CEO Marcus Nelson, Addvocate is still on track and releasing a new version of its social media platform today.

Addvocate’s platform doesn’t spend a ton of time trying to drum up excitement about a company by getting customers or fans happy. Instead, it focuses on empowering current employees to share things via personal social networks throughout the day. It’s a much better solution than hoping employees will do it on their own, and one that doesn’t require them to turn over user names and passwords (a practice that’s been ruled illegal in some states, anyhow).

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Why old-school tech giants need M&A to stay relevant

There’s no better time than the present for established enterprise players like IBM, Salesforce, and Oracle to swallow up bleeding-edge business intelligence companies. From SAP

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How to survive the San Francisco tech boom

Twitter. Dropbox. Zynga. These name brand startups are part of the revitalization of previously underdeveloped and “affordable” neighborhoods in San Francisco.

However, if you are not one of the aforementioned startups, you probably can’t afford to blow through hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars on annual rent (especially after hiring your developer and engineering teams). While the experts debate if we are in the midst of another tech bubble, it’s never a bad idea to take a more organic approach to growth and to analyze how efficiently you are managing your cash burn rate.

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Metric Insights Leverages Big Data Push Intelligence to Disrupt Traditional BI

Metric Insights, the BI company leveraging push intelligence for data driven organizations, today announced record momentum, customer acquisition and year-over-year growth.

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The Twitter millionaires: Is there hope for the average Joe in Silicon Valley?

Once again, Silicon Valley breeds a new batch of millionaires: #TwitterIPO.

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4 cloud storage predictions for 2014

2013 was a tipping point for the cloud storage market. Cloud storage and file sharing products were validated in the mainstream enterprise and began to be widely adopted. Vendors like Box, Dropbox, and Citrix ShareFile beefed up their arsenals with capital raises, new security enhancements, acquisitions, and partnerships.

This begs the question: what can we expect in 2014?

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