This Week in Tech - 8/14/15
Too busy working on your next deployment or searching for investors to catch up on news? PARISOMA has your back. Here’s a roundup of this week’s tech news - from the stories even your grandmother has read to the most insightful essays that crossed our paths.
Don’t let people think you’ve been living under a rock.
- Well, that came out of nowhere: In a restructuring move that left many scratching their heads, Google is now Alphabet. Kind of. [via Mashable]
- After a very public PR meltdown and the departure of CEO Chris Payne, users are starting to "swipe left" on Tinder. [via TechCrunch]
- What's a phablet anyway? Samsung rolled out their newest line of phones on Thursday, including a slimmer Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge+, along with new services like Samsung Pay and Live Broadcast. [via VentureBeat]
Larry Page, Google Co-Founder and newly appointed Alphabet CEO
This Week in Bootstrapping
Everyone has advice for startups. Here’s some worth listening to.
- The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index was released for Q2 2015 this week, with mixed findings. Although VCs are increasing fundraising, investor confidence is at an historic low. [via Entrepreneur]
- Time to start prepping for next year: Inc. Magazine released its annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies ("The Inc. 5000") for 2015. You won't find the #1 fastest growing company on CrunchBase: Ultra Mobile, which has grown over 100,000% to $118M in revenue in the last year, is privately held without any venture capital funding. [via Inc.]
- Paul Graham let us know that he really doesn't like your startup's name. Not that you have to do everything he says. [via Paul Graham]
What we’ve been reading, tweeting, slacking, and talking about.
- Nebia, an eco-friendly shower system, is now one of the hottest startups in town thanks to investments from industry fixtures Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, and Y-Combinator. [via Kickstarter]
- But will he still get course credit? Facebook intern Aran Khanna pointed out a major privacy flaw in the platform's GPS tracking. Nine days later he was fired. We're not worried about Khanna, though - getting fired from Facebook might be the best thing you could do for your startup resume. [via Slate]
- Lately everyone's been talking about Uber for X and the future of the on-demand economy. Sycophants applaud innovations in dynamic pricing or call Uber the Ford for a new century. There are plenty of complexities to consider, of course, and plenty of voices offering their take. We recommend starting with Mattermark's analysis (and their reading list).
- Want to disrupt something? Fine, but don't assume you're smarter than the people who built your industry. [via Aaron's Blog]
- Your rent is too high. We know. We painfully, viscerally know. [via Pricenomics]