Password leaks have been big news this week, with LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm all reporting problems. We’ve got those stories, as well as some interesting discussions on what happens when you lose all of your investors’ money and how to deal with link rot below.
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Running a startup is a responsibility, especially once investors start handing you checks. They have a very reasonable expectation that they will get their money back at some point, if not a return on their investment. But sometimes a venture fails. This question on Quora has insights from several startup founders on what it’s really like to lose all of an investor’s money.
Airtime is rolling along with its momentum — the new chatting tool will have an Android application very shortly. For the record, I’m enjoying Airtime a lot more than I ever thought I would. It’s definitely an improvement over services like ChatRoulette, and not just because there’s significantly less nudity.
Sam Saffron tested 3 million hyperlinks on Stack Overflow, with the goal finding link rot and helping the community fix broken links. His post makes the fragility of links clear, but it also puts the project into the right context to find ways to address the biggest issues (like how the response to the September 2011 hacking of Kernel.org resulted in 6,000 broken links on Stack Overflow).
Get an inside look at how GitHub designs native applications. This article walks through how a native application was created for Windows, and even hints at the differences between creating this application and the sister app for Macs.
When you’re bootstrapping, coming up with a marketing budget can be killer. But if your startup is focused on helping other companies with their marketing, as Unbounce does by creating landing pages, you have to put together amazing marketing of your own, no matter what budget you have at your disposal. With their ‘Noob Guide to Online Marketing’, Unbounce’s marketing team shares their strategies.
This post from Joel Gascoigne, the founder of Buffer, shows the real value of mistakes in a startup. Gascoigne had an entire failed startup before the success of Buffer — and even Buffer’s ability to move forward has first been based on working through a few mistakes.
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Productivity is the key question when it comes to web development: it doesn’t matter how great your idea is if you don’t have time to execute it. This roundup of great tools from Smashing Magazine can help you ensure that you’re always at the top of your game.