Digital Ocean’s Journey From TechStars Reject To Cloud-Hosting Darling

Beautiful video for some startup inspiration.

TechCrunch

The cloud hosting service DigitalOcean is one of the big startup success stories of the last year. Earlier this month, the company announced that it had raised a $37 million funding round led by Andreesen Horowitz, just a few months after raising a $3.2 million seed round. Maybe even more importantly, it’s adding customers at a rapid clip and it has now spun up over 1.3 million cloud server instances since its launch a year ago.

Getting to this point wasn’t all that easy, though. Earlier this week, I sat down with DigitalOcean CEO and co-founder Ben Uretsky to talk a bit about the company’s journey. It is, in many ways, the quintessential startup story. Uretsky has a background in hosting, but in 2012, he decided that a new approach to cloud hosting was necessary. Existing providers offered pricing plans that were too complicated and platforms that weren’t always meeting…

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The Awesome Easter Egg In Sergey Brin’s Old Resume

This is just so fxcking awesome! Talk about goal-setting.

TechCrunch

Sergey Brin probably doesn’t need a resume anymore.

Back when he was a student at Stanford, however, it was a different story. You couldn’t just Google him. He had to lay out his achievements in a boring text doc like any other non-19th-richest-person-on-the-planet.

Someone stumbled upon his old Stanford student site (complete with totally awesome 90’s GIFs), and it’s been spreading around all day.

His now decades-old resume details his many projects and publications that lead up to one big project in particular — from developing “parallel algorithms for image processing” to working on “indexing multidimensional data for near-neighbor searches”. You know, the usual stuff.

The best part, though, is tucked away somewhere the casual observer generally wouldn’t think to look: the source. As highlighted by commenter pitchups on HackerNews, his resume contains a bit of fine print visible only within the page’s source code, detailing Brin’s mid-90s objectives:

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[Interview] Kathy Cheng, Founder of Thankful Registry

“5. What experience has been most useful to you in your entrepreneurship journey?

Talking to my customers, whether it’s by email or in person. I get to hear their feedback, their praise, their suggestions and their curiosity about how Thankful came to be. Those interactions have been the most meaningful to me by far.”

Start Jeffrey Up

 [The following is an interview by Jessica Kao (EST staff) on Kathy Cheng, Founder of Thankful Registry, with authorization for publishing on the personal blog of Start Jeffrey Up and the FB pages of Entrepreneurs Society of Taiwan (EST) and Plus8.]
About Thankful Registry:
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1. How did you get the idea for your startup?

It’s a familiar story! A few years ago, I was going to a lot of weddings and it occurred to me that the wedding registry experience was pretty awful. So I thought, why hasn’t someone come up with a better online experience yet? Of course, wedding registries are more common in the U.S. than in Asia, so it’s probably not something a lot of Asian consumers can relate to.

2. Who is your target market?

Originally I thought Thankful’s target market would be very much U.S.-based. And focused on design-minded, tech-savvy couples. However, since the…

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Virtual View App Raises $500K To Bring Augmented Reality Campaigns To The Property Sector

Remember when the words “augmented reality” started passing our peripherals? I always wondered what happened to the hype. The technology evidently opened up new avenues for media but few companies jumped at the opportunity to make this beautiful possibility a reality.

One such company was the one featured on the below post. Virtual View realised how tedious those “virtual tours” were on company sites. These tours are hardly easy to use and even harder to personalise for your own experience. Well, Virtual View might be the much needed light at the end of the augmented tunnel of reality.

TechCrunch

Virtual View App , a London startup that offers an augmented reality publishing platform and app designed specifically for the property sector, has raised $500k in funding. The investment comes from unnamed private investors from a finance and professional services background. It’s the 2013-founded company’s only external funding to date.

Co-founded by London-based estate agent Domenic Versace, the Virtual View App offers estate agents and house sellers a Augmented Reality platform for marketing purposes. The Android and iOS app follows the usual AR affair. Users point their phone or tablet’s camera at a static image that is Virtual View App-enabled to access additional digital content such as 3D property models, 3D floor-plans, photo galleries and videos. Virtual View App campaigns can also provide links to an agency’s social media channels, website, or any other relevant content.

Another way to think of the startup is a vertical or niche version of…

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Should I raise money for my startup?

“Should I raise money for my startup?” A troubling decision for most. Especially if you honestly see your startup as The Next Big Thing

Steffen Thilsted

Should I raise money for my startup?

I have raised more than $8M for 3 different startups and I still find it hard figuring out when and if to raise money.

Are you building the right thing? Are you and your startup at the right stage? Is your team competent enough? Try this flowchart and find the answer.

If you are indeed ready to raise money then check out my blogpost “Finding investors – by hacking AngelList” for more advice and tips on how to do so.

See more at: http://visual.ly/should-i-raise-money-my-startup#sthash.q30e8mNd.dpuf

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Computing is still too clunky: Charlie Rose and Larry Page in conversation

“Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future. I try to focus on that: What is the future really going to be? And how do we create it? And how do we power our organization to really focus on that and really drive it at a high rate? When I was working on Android, I felt guilty. It wasn’t what we were working on, it was a start-up, and I felt guilty. That was stupid! It was the future.”- Larry Page #ReblogFryday

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(L-R) Charlie Rose and Larry Page. Photo: James Duncan Davidson (L-R) Charlie Rose and Larry Page. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

The illustrious questioner Charlie Rose and Google cofounder and CEO Larry Page take their seats on the TED stage for a Q&A during Session 6: Wired. They talk about Page’s latest projects, Snowden’s appearance and the underlying ethos that powers Page’s work. Below is an edited version of their conversation.

Charlie Rose: Where is Google, and where is it going?

Larry Page: The mission that we defined a long time ago was to organize the world’s information and make it usable and accessible. Now people always ask me: Is that still what you’re doing? And I’m not quite sure. But search really is such a deep thing for us. To really understand what you want, to really understand the world’s information — we’re still very much at the early stages of that. We’ve been doing this for 15 years already…

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