Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Venture Capitalist’s E-Commerce Shopping List

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Editor’s note:Sergio Monsalve is a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners where he is focused on early and growth investments in the digital media, mobile, and social areas. Follow him on Twitter

E-commerce is one of the fastest-growing sectors in technology and is poised to get even hotter, with sales expected to double between 2010 and 2015, according to eMarketer. So how can discerning investors find the most promising opportunities? They have to first take off the rose-colored glasses.

While innovative, fast-growing e-commerce companies abound, many of them will not succeed in the long run. For all the opportunity, it remains extremely difficult to build a great e-commerce company that truly and repeatedly delights the consumer.

At Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), we’ve been shopping in the e-ommerce market for years. The companies that rise to the top of our list have one thing in common: an obsessive focus on the…

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The Talented Diana Salvadore

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Google Maps gets more awesome by the day. Earlier this week, the service started rolling out stunning underwater imagery- if you will, a seaview mode. Now Google took to the Google Maps blog to announces the inclusion of more high resolution images including a major build-out of 45-degree images.

This update brings a lot of new data to the mapping service. Google Maps and Earth now features 17 cities and 112 countries and regions with high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery. In addition, 51 cities can now be viewed in a 45-degree mode including 37 cities in the US and 14 abroad (full list below). It’s never been easier to burn a little time and escape from your cubical to a far away land.

Google constantly rolls out updates to its services but it seems this week has featured more news than usual. Perhaps Google is attempting to cash in…

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Klout hasn’t just defied influential tech pundits, its social reputation scorecard has won them over. Now the sometimes-controversial startup is aiming at search. The startup has just signed a strategic investment and partnership with Microsoft that, on top of new funding, will create a product and business relationship with the Bing team.

You’ll begin seeing Klout scores — the combined measure of a person’s influence across Twitter, Facebook and other social networks — show up in the search engine today. The initial implementation will show Klout scores for friends in the “People Who Know” section of the right-hand column, alongside other third parties already in there, including Twitter and Quora. Search for a hot topic like “Facebook advertising”, you’ll see people with socially-proven expertise showing up. Mouse over an expert’s name, and their Klout score will appear, along with their Klout-determined areas of expertise.

Meanwhile, search data in…

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Stairs in Infrared

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CrowdBooster for Twitter

Crowdbooster a is a great app for managing your Twitter followers. You can figure out who you should drop, add and it allows you to schedule tweets for the times they are most likely to be seen. I like it and suggest checking it out.

Click here to open Crowdbooster

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Look up

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I am showing this photo to illustrate a point. Frequently when we shoot all we do is look in front of us. We miss out on what is above us and at our feet.

This was a fun lighting experiment because the ambient light inside old City Hall in Toronto. It was lit with an off camera flash with. Honl grid attachment. By no means impossible to do but it takes a little work and patience

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If you use the site Pinterest look me up and follow me. My Pinterest username is tburgess57

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Add the Commun.it Widget to Your Free WordPress Blog

The folks at Commun.it have come out with a great widget to help promote you and and your followers on your web properties. They even include the sample code you can use to drop into your website to get an instant Commun.it widget. The problem is that if you add a text widget to your WordPress blog and drop in the code the IFRAME tag gets stripped by WordPress and the Widget will not work.

I e-mailed Commun.it about the problem and have been having a bit of a back and forth with the co-founder of Commun.it Mike Polischuk (Twitter: @MikePolis) and I manged to pull together a bit of a work around for things. This solution is far from ideal but it gets the job done and will make your blog look a lot better.

What follows is a list of instructions to add the Commun.it widget to your free WordPress blog. I am going to assume a bit of a familiarity here with WordPress and basic image editing.

  1. If you are not already on Commun.it then Sign up for Free
  2. Go here to generate your Widget
  3. Do a screen capture of the Window
  4. Bring your screen capture into an image editor and crop out the image of just the Commun.it widget and save it to a file
  5. Using the Add New Media feature of WordPress, add the image of your Commun.it widget to WordPress
  6. When you add the New Media, copy the WordPress image URL some place safe for future reference. I will refer to it as WIDGETIMG
  7. Go here to invite friends. In the Invite Friends from Twitter textbox cut and paste the http link (it should look like http://commun.it/?t=4d469c) some place safe. I will refer to is as COMMUNITLINK
  8. Open the Widget Editor in WordPress and add a Text Widget to your blog
  9. Give the Text Widget a title. I suggest Commun.it
  10. Add the following to the body:

    <A HREF=”COMMUNITLINK” target=”_blank”>
    <IMG SRC=”WIDGETIMG” border=”0″>
    </A>

    Where: COMMUNITLINK is the Commun.it Invite Friends Link and WIDGETLINK is the WordPress image link to your Commun.it widget image

  11. Save the Text widget and now go look at your blog.
  12. If you find the Widget image is too large for your blog then simply resize the Commun.it widget in your image editor, upload it again and change the IMG SRC to point to your new Widget image in WordPress.

The one downside to this approach is that your image will never update to reflect your current Twitter status so you may at some point in the future want to do this again to get updated information. The upside is the moment somebody clicks on the image then they will get referred to Commun.it with your Commun.it id as the person that sent them there.

Thanks again to Mike Polischuk at Commun.it for all his help and a great product.

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Advanced Photoshop: Introduction to LAB Color

Photographer Harold Davis has written an excellent tutorial on an introduction to LAB color. It is worth the read if you are interested in taking your knowledge of Photoshop and digital color up to the next level.

Read it here

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