Salesforce Ventures Leads $41M Apttus Investment

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Man signing a contract. Apttus, a company that helps customers manage the second half of the sales cycle involving quotes, contracts, and collecting the money, announced $41M in Series B funding today. The investment was led by Salesforce Ventures, the investment arm of Salesforce.com. It’s worth noting that according to Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe, it’s the largest investment ever in a company that… Read More

Microsoft to support Raspberry Pi 2 with a free version of Windows 10

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Microsoft is throwing its weight behind the newly announced Raspberry Pi 2 today. The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s low-cost computer was an instant hit when it first debuted in 2012, and the new Raspberry Pi 2 now includes a more powerful processor and twice as much RAM. While you’ve never been able to officially run copies of Windows on the Raspberry Pi without resorting to an old version or tricks and hacks, Microsoft says it’s “delivering a version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2.”

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What’s in a Job Title?

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The companies I’ve worked for so far have always had some kind of hierarchical organisation. For instance, you start off as a Software Developer, then you are promoted to Senior Software Developer, and so on. However, I’m aware that there are other companies which prefer to have a flat hierarchy, and keep job titles to a minimum.

Well, what’s in a job title, anyway? Does it really matter…

You Aren’t Doing Scrum If…

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 I’ve been frustrated lately by the flippant use of the words “Scrum” and “Agile” in our industry.  They’ve officially made it to the point of “buzzwords that mean nothing” that get slapped onto job requirements like the typical requirements we’ve all seen.

Must be able to communicate
Must be able to work in a team environment
Must be able to work under…

A massive fleet of private jets is currently leaving the Super Bowl

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It’s a few hours after the Super Bowl finished and, for the neutrals at least, heartbeats should have mostly returned to their usual resting pace. That won’t be the case for flight control staff at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport in Arizona, however — through the magic of FlightAware‘s real-time tracking, you can check out the crazy volume of small private aircraft jetting out in all directions. And, although you’ve probably never felt sorry for the kind of person that flies to the Super Bowl on their own jet, try to spare a thought for those on board the “Execjet” on its way back to Seattle. What were the Seahawks thinking with that last play?

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Alibaba Launches $130M Foundation For Young Hong Kong Entrepreneurs

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alibaba coffee cup Alibaba announced today that it has created a $130 million non-profit organization to help young people who want to start businesses on the e-commerce giant’s online marketplaces. Called the Alibaba Hong Kong Young Entrepreneurs Foundation, the group may benefit Alibaba in two ways. For one, it can get more sellers onto Taobao Marketplace and Tmall, its main shopping sites. Read More

P&G’s #LikeAGirl Ad Scored The Most Social Buzz During Super Bowl 2015

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likeagirl The 2015 Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks has wrapped, but the scores on how well this year’s advertisements performed are just now rolling in. These coveted time slots reach millions of viewers, and advertisers take advantage by showing some of their best – or, in some cases, most controversial – ads of the year. Adobe this evening has been monitoring the… Read More

The SaaS Adventure

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rockclimb “What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company?” I hear this question a lot in my work as a tech investor, and it’s incredibly tough to answer. I bet mountain climbers feel the same way when they’re asked how they conquered a major summit. The answer is both incremental — you succeed by placing one foot in front of the other, of… Read More

T-Mobile tries to make everyone on Twitter feel special with the same few Kim K selfies

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Attention Twitter: If Kim Kardashian has been sending you personalized selfies, don’t get too excited. Earlier tonight, T-Mobile started mentioning random users pretending to be Kim K offering up selfies from her “private stash.”

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I swear, Katy Perry wore a Wii remote strap during the Super Bowl halftime show

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Missy Elliott’s Super Bowl Halftime show was amazing, introduced by Katy Perry riding a large polygonal tiger. For the final song, which went back to Perry for “Firework,” the songstress had to make extra sure she didn’t drop the mic as she was floated over the field — and apparently that means using a Wii remote strap, i.e. that-safety-precaution-Nintendo-gave-you-avoid-throwing-your-controller-into-a-TV-while-virtual-bowling.

At least, it looks like a Wii remote strap, and I’m not the only one who thought so. Cue the tweetstorm:

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I’m Not Sure This Will Actually Happen If You Spill Coke On Your Computer, But I’m Willing To Try

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coca cola Did you guys see that Coca Cola Super Bowl commercial? You know the one. It opens with a weird montage of people who are sad because of the Internet, then segues into a Tron-style data center, where some guy spills Coke on a server. Now, you might think that this would be bad news, but no! Instead of everything breaking down, some puzzling combination of Coca Cola and positive emotions… Read More

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