Teach Me How to Startup
New Startup On the Block
Yesterday, the Internet was plastered with headlines announcing the news that DogVacay—the startup better known as “Airbnb for dogs”—secured $25 million in funding.
It turns out that they’re not the only one who have noticed a gap in the doggy sitting industry. The concept was actually the first startup idea of “One Sentence Startup Pitches,” the amusing Facebook group we wrote about last month.
Fun Fun Fun
Everyone is looking to found their own startup nowadays. It’s totally cool and basically the 21st century equivalent of starting a band — except with slightly more potential.
A number of hopeful entrepreneurs and many, many goofballs have taken to a Facebook group called One Sentence Startup Pitches to share their ideas.
Years ago, I had a friend who would “play Wikipedia.” He would read interesting Wikipedia pages and click on the internal links as a way of traveling from one amusing article to the next. The one time I attempted to “play,” I was bored within minutes, but maybe I wasn’t doing it right? Maybe I wasn’t finding Wikipedia’s best?
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Whenever Facebook is taken to task for its complicated yet miraculously ineffective privacy settings, its canned response typically amounts to, “We’re working to make our privacy settings as nuanced as possible.” But this statement, and the concept that Facebook cares about its users’ privacy, is almost antithetical to the actual business of Facebook–mainly, that it makes its money off of users using their real names and lax privacy settings.
As the Wall Street Journal puts it, “The company says its commitment to ‘real names’ makes the site safer for users. It is also at the core of the service they sell to advertisers, namely, access to the real you.”
Facebook, in an apparent effort to fulfill dreams of becoming the creepiest social networking site, announced today that members of a group will now be able to see who has read their posts to that group. While this feature won’t be on your newsfeed–not yet, anyway–it will make it infinitely more difficult to quietly ignore Read More