Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.
Tumblr Deal Offers New York Startups Some Rare Affirmation
“A roundtable of tech startups might be the only place you hear people say that they like New York City for its friendliness, positive reinforcement, and small-town feel. Yahoo’s (YHOO) $1 billion-plus acquisition of Tumblr marks the first time in years a New York startup has hit it so big, and the city’s tech set sees it as the victory it’s been pining for since Google (GOOG) bought DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in 2007.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Startups and big corporations embrace the maker movement
“The maker movement has helped start many companies. This year, the Maker Faire is giving them a place of their own, with a “Startup Pavilion” that highlights 20 new maker-centric companies. It’s part of a growing recognition that the do-it-yourself spirit is not just a fun hobby, it’s a rich source of economic potential.” (VentureBeat)
The Next Bitcoin Bubble? VCs Back Digital Currency Startups
“Over the course of a wild week last month, the price of Bitcoin rocketed to a peak of $266 on April 10, up from the vicinity of $140 a week earlier, and promptly plunged to below $80 on April 16. A month later, prices have stabilized at around $115, and venture capitalists are starting to ink deals to invest in startups built around the crypto-anarchist currency.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Reality TV Entrepreneurs: Life After the Boot
“From Duck Dynasty and Dance Moms to Cake Boss and Counting Cars, small businesses are dominating reality TV. But not all small business-owners-turned-reality-stars get lucky in the limelight. This week the television networks are announcing their upfronts – releasing which shows got picked up for the fall, and which ones got canned – and a number of small business shows got the axe. But despite cancellations, many of the now ex-small-business-reality-stars say they aren’t bitter. (FOX Small Business)
17 email etiquette tips
“I’ve heard David Grossman speak and found him to be a great resource for all things related to internal communications and employee engagement. He recently shared some great email tips to help you be more productive. In the spirit of using email better, and helping others use email better, below are his tips—with my thoughts about them—that anyone can implement…” (PR Daily News)
All Eyes on Native Advertising, Despite Uncertainties
“Social networks, news sites, digital content aggregators and streaming media services are rife with ads that are integrated into the content experience. According to a new eMarketer report, “Native Advertising: An Emerging Consensus for a New Kind of Ad,” these so-called “native ads” are providing new ways for marketers to reach target audiences and new avenues of monetization for content sites that are under intense revenue pressure.” (eMarketer)
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