Glitzy products, more specifically hardware unveilings, were at the forefront of Apple’s annual keynote event which was held on September 9 in San Francisco, where the company gave a sneak peek of its latest lineup of gadgets. Introduced was a new iPhone (the iPhone 6S), a new mega iPad (the iPad Pro), and a smart stylus device (the Pencil) set to be released later this year. While these gadgets and their flashy features provided much fodder for conversation around the water cooler, the keynote also offered us hints at changing attitudes of Apple execs, and subtle strategic changes to the company’s roadmap as a whole. Read More
  Cloud and mobile design and development firm NapkinBetaBeyond is in attendance at this year's edition of TechCrunch's Disrupt San Francisco. Disrupt SF, an annual, mega-event which features speaker series, workshops, meet & greets, and the ever popular Startup Battlefield where the world's top early-stage startups come together to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the eyes and ears of media and investors, runs from September 21 to 23 this year. Read More
  Travelers looking for unique accommodations can now get a sound night of sleep while satisfying their need for new adventures thanks to Sleep Aboard, a boat-and-breakfast rental platform. Launched last month by GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat rental and charter marketplace, Sleep Aboard enables peer-to-peer boat accommodation rentals between boat owners and vacationers. Read More
  A startup’s path to growth is marked with many major milestones. Founding, launching, securing venture capital or financing, and reaching profitability are all important pin points on a startup’s roadmap to success. Having worked with many startups, we’ve come to realize that perhaps the most highly anticipated milestone among entrepreneurs (and the one that entrepreneurs are most anxious to reach) is arriving at the first minimum viable product, or MVP.   For software startups that are eager to achieve their first MVP in a timely and effective fashion, working with developers who use development sprints is the best option. Here’s why. Read More
  A failed pitch to the scrupulous panel of investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is not necessarily a death blow to an entrepreneur’s dreams. In fact, that very public rejection, which is viewed by the nearly 7 million Americans viewers who tune in to the entrepreneurial reality hit show each Friday, may serve as the catalyst to bigger and better things. Just ask Jamie Siminoff who appeared on “Shark Tank in 2013, looking to raise capital for his smart doorbell company, DoorBot. Read More