Just what weakness was exposed in Facebook’s IPO paperwork? We’ve got a summary below that will let you skip reading the S-1 filing. Also this week, Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign sold out with 85,000 watches promised to backers. You’ll find the link below plus an explanation of why to talk to investors even if you don’t need startup capital and a look at how we learn to use a particular piece of software.
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Facebook fesses up to its Achilles’ heel
If you enjoy reading S-1 filing updates as a hobby, you may have already noticed this news, but in its sixth update to its paperwork for an IPO, Facebook made it clear that the company doesn’t make money from mobile and doesn’t know what to do about it. This article from the Atlantic Wire breaks down exactly what that means.
Developer Bootcamp teaches regular folks to code – and maybe get a job at a startup
How much are entry-level coding skills worth? Developer Bootcamp is charging $12,000 for a ten-week intensive coding program that promises to spit out students who are ready to land jobs as Ruby on Rails developers. Out of twenty students in the first class, fifteen got job offers immediately upon completion, with an average salary of $79,000. This just might be the future of development education.
Pebble: e-paper watch for iPhone and Android udate #10
The Pebble Watch Kickstarter has raised over $10 million dollars. With seven days still to go, backers can no longer choose rewards that include actually receiving a watch — Pebble has effectively sold out, with 85,000 watches already promised to backers. After the Kickstarter project is completed and all rewards have been fulfilled, the watch will be available for purchase on the Pebble website for $150 each.
The beginner’s guide to mobile app marketing
You may be able to build a fantastic app for any mobile platform — but building your app isn’t enough. You need to get it in front of everyone. Ian Sefferman’s guide to marketing apps is the place to start.
Rands in Repose has an in-depth look at the mechanics of Portal — and how they relate to Photoshop. It’s a particularly thought-provoking essay that will focus you on how to really teach users your software.
15 ways to get awesome feedback from a mentor
Getting feedback from a mentor about whether you’ve got a good business idea can help you identify the best ideas early on. Here are fifteen tips from fifteen different entrepreneurs on how to make sure you get feedback you can use.
Why you should talk to investors (even if you’re not looking to raise any money)
Erica Douglass is working on her second startup and she’s already profitable, so she hasn’t been looking for investments. Just the same, she’s been talking to investors and she wrote up some very good reasons why in this article.
Retro link of the week:
5 guys who created iPhone apps without knowing how
When you start out to build something new, you probably won’t have all the answers. But you can learn on the fly, just as the five entrepreneurs featured in this post did. Even better, EntrepreneursUnpluggd has linked up in-depth interviews with each person.