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Start me up! A profile of Respond

respond-logoIncreasingly, digital marketers are looking to combat banner-blindness, the instant turn-off that users experience when confronted by obvious advertising online. 

One company looking at new ways to combat this is Respond, We spoke to co-founder Guy Cookson about the product, designed to let customers engage with advertising without the hassle of clicking on intrusive banners or pop-ups


First-mover advantage is hogwash: study

Ask many entrepreneurs and investors, and they'll tell you that being first to market can provide a significant competitive advantage. It makes sense: if you're out there selling before anyone else, you can, in theory, acquire market share before would-be competitors get their shoes on.

But is the notion of a first-mover advantage really just a bunch of nonsense? Essentially yes says a study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and the Boston University School of Management.


APIs: should idealism trump pragmatism?

Last week, I wrote a post detailing five APIs that I think developers should know about. The reason: they offer useful functionality that most developers (and entrepreneurs) aren't going to want to build from scratch.

The post hit the Hacker News front page and sparked an interesting discussion. One participant, 'Figs', wrote, "Building software on top of someone else's web api is a really, really bad idea."


What's an entrepreneur? A title

Are you an entrepreneur? If you're working on a product for a new business, have built a successful iPhone app, or are trying to raise money from family and friends to realize a new idea, you might shrug your shoulders and say, "Yeah, I guess I am."

Jolie O'Dell, a blogger for Mashable, however, has some bad news: she is "officially taking the word 'entrepreneur' away from you."


It's change, not disruption

One of the tech industry's favorite words is 'disruption'. You hear it all the time. Company X is disrupting some industry. Or Company Y has been disrupted and because of that, is on the brink of going bust.

On the surface, the concept of disruption seems fairly straightforward: young companies, many propelled by new technologies, enter markets and make a huge impact, often sending larger, entrenched players into a tailspin.


Should you start a new venture with someone you barely know?

You have a great idea for a business, but you don't have the knowledge, skills and relationships to pull it off yourself. What should you do?

It's a question that is asked time and time again by plenty of entrepreneurs, many of whom realize that founding a successful business will require a co-founder. Unfortunately, finding a co-founder can seem just as tough as getting a business off the ground.


Digg's painful lesson: take the money and run while you can

At one point in the no-so-distant past, Digg was one of the hottest startups on the internet. The Web 2.0 boom was in full swing, and Digg and its founder Kevin Rose were the poster children for the next generation of companies that would ride the wave to fame and fortune.

Digg, of course, rose to popularity by providing a platform that democratized the news. Why rely on editors to determine what's important and what's not?Let the wisdom of the crowd works its magic. It was a simple idea, but a powerful one.


Google leads the pack in 2010 acquisitions

In the tech industry, acquisitions are a fact of life. Big companies look to acquisitions for innovation and talent, and many entrepreneurs hope that their hard work will one day result in their creations being acquired.

When it comes to who is doing the acquiring in 2010, Google is at the head of the pack. In search of technologies and services that compliment its initiatives, and perhaps even the next big thing, the search giant has snapped up 23 companies this year according to CB Insights.


Are super angels conspiring against entrepreneurs?

Startups looking for funding increasingly have a new class of investor to pitch: super angels. These are individual angels who have raised money from others in the hopes that their smallish funds will serve as the basis for an investing model that merges the best of the angel and VC models.

The value proposition to entrepreneurs looking for funding: we're as nimble and friendly as angels, but we have more money available if we decide to make a big bet. But is this all a facade?


Are investors wising up about platform-specific startups?

The platforms offered by companies like Facebook, Twitter and Apple offer entrepreneurs some very compelling features. They often bring to the table built-in audiences, and, in some cases, established business models.

For reasons like these, it's no surprise that a growing number of entrepreneurs are building entire companies on top of a specific platform. And it's no surprise that investors have flocked to back them.

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Can you start a new business in ten steps with $2,000?

The internet is an entrepreneur's dream. Thanks to the web, a greater number of individuals around the world have been given the opportunity to start a new business.

But while the internet has helped bring entrepreneurship to the masses, the internet hasn't changed the difficulties entrepreneurs face in starting a company, and arguably, it hasn't improved the odds of success.


Ten dangerous ideas for startup entrepreneurs

Starting a new business is a positive action, and in my experience most entrepreneurs are positive people. But sometimes that positivity can mask harsh realities that many entrepreneurs would rather ignore, and can lead them to buy into ideas that are detrimental to success.

Here are ten dangerous ideas that many startup entrepreneurs buy into that they shouldn't.