30 Apr 2013
Crowdfunding has become a fairly well-known and steady success, funding all kinds of projects from cancer-fighting supercomputers to alternatives to Teflon cooking surfaces to new albums from multinational recording artists and small local bands. It is absolutely a viable tool these days for any startup that is attempting to raise capital.
Incubator? Why call it something with such infantile connotations? Well, let us consider that some of the richest startup founders out there are not yet 30 years old, and that people like Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel are willing to bet millions on inventors who are not yet 20 years old. From these facts it becomes apparent that youth seems to be a great commodity in the world of tech startups. Also, it is perhaps beneficial to “nurture” startups in a way that is controlled and ensures that they will best reach their potential. Let’s take a look at the benefits of incubators for startups/new tech:
ColdFusion is a powerful and versatile web technology that has survived a server rewrite as well as company buyouts over the years. It has its roots in the dotcom explosion but has stayed strong throughout this evolution into Web 2.0 and is continuing to reinvent itself for the cloud and mobile worlds. Currently at version 10, the technology is still strong and ColdFusion developers can create robust and scalable applications using only a minimum of effort with the platform.
Over the years it has faced competition from technologies like ASP, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails and PHP, among others, and has endured ongoing speculation and discussion about its inevitable demise. Despite all of this it has managed to not only survive, but actually thrive and expand its features, capabilities and reach.
12 Apr 2013
We may officially be able to call an end to classifying social networks as “trends” or “novelties.” These days they are a firmly entrenched reality in our professional and personal lives. Google vs. Facebook is a slugfest that has long eclipsed Microsoft vs. Apple (and is up there with Apple vs. Samsung and the pantheon of Android manufacturers). Pinterest went from online distraction to offering business accounts within 3 years. Zuckerberg lost somewhere between $7 and $9 BILLION and is still one of the richest kids on the block (he’s not even 30 yet!). With Social Networks being the new media reality, let’s take a look into the greatest changes to watch in the near future:
Whether you’re an aspiring musician looking for your big break or an established indie band trying to locate your niche, the advent of internet radio may be able to help you achieve your goal. There are a number of online radio providers that have exposed listeners to a wider variety of music than ever before, giving previously unknown or low circulation artists new levels of exposure. Instead of hoping to be able to finally produce that radio friendly hit to vault you to mainstream circulation on traditional radio stations, you and your band can present your music to a more targeted audience known to appreciate which ever genre you play.
04 Apr 2013
Who needs record labels anymore? With recent advances in the web and social networking, bands are not only able to go independent, but are even thriving without the overhead and pressure of executives. Helping these artists are companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo who have made the concept of crowdfunding more streamlined and fan-friendly.
Ever since MP3 technology burst onto the scene in the very late 90s, enabling practical distribution of near CD-quality audio over the internet, it has been generally regarded that the music industry as we know it has been totally transformed. The increases in speeds and bandwidth, of course, have made streaming audio and internet radio much more practical, and music videos are now intended to be big hits on YouTube rather than on any television network. What this means is that independent and unsigned artists can gain a sizable following before they even talk to a label or get a contract.