Facebook makes room for everyone

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MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA — Despite the organized chaos of the office around him and the clattering din of jackhammers and table saws coming from outside, Mark Zuckerberg is the picture of calm.

Clad in a grey T-shirt and jeans, and sporting an easy smile, the 27-year-old founder and chief executive of Facebook Inc. appears relaxed as he wraps up a meeting. Emerging from a glass-enclosed boardroom, Mr. Zuckerberg walks quickly from one end of the floor to the other inside Building 16 on Facebook’s new sprawling campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

All around him are indicators of the rapid growth of the world’s largest social network. Walls covered in whiteboards lay out new priorities and objectives while developers and engineers pound away at their laptops, some chatting with neighbours, others sporting headphones and deadly serious facial expressions.

Then there’s the noise. Facebook’s new nine-building, 57-acre campus in the heart of…

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5 Ways to Build Relationships and Build Your Business Using Social Media

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Social media is changing the way businesses grow their business.  This is especially true for the small business owner and entrepreneur. Social media is a level playing field and using it to build your business by building relationships is something anyone can do. Even you.

Cold calling, in-your-face sales tactics, and look-how-great-I-am approaches are a dying breed.  And, might I say, “Good riddance.” Nobody wants to “be sold” anything.  But an unlimited number of people do want to buy what you have to offer.  The secret is finding out how to connect your potential buyer with your product or service.

And, believe me, if you are in business you are in sales.  No matter what your product or service, you must become a great salesperson.  The key to becoming a great salesperson today is to become great in building relationships. For this is how people come to know, like and…

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How Pinterest Can Turn Your Brand Red-Hot [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Jeremy Cabalona

If your brand isn’t on Pinterest, you could be missing out on a growing stream of potential customers.

While shaping your brand’s image on Pinterest, remember to take into account the specifics of the site’s userbase. A recent study showed that home, arts and crafts,  style/fashion and food are the most popular categories on Pinterest.  The food category is the fastest growing segment of Pinterest.

Even if your brand doesn’t directly specialize in these topics, there may be a way to include them in your brand’s boards to gain maximum exposure.  It’s also important to remember that while Pinterest’s audience is heavily female, the demographics of the site are changing.

Take a look at this infographic from web optimization company Maxymiser, and then let us know in the comments if you’re altering your plans to take advantage of the explosive growth of Pinterest.

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All Those E-mails From Pinterest Are Very Good For This Guy

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SendGrid has sent 30 billion e-mails in the three years it’s been in business — and none of them are spam.

SendGrid is an e-mail cloud service hired by Pinterest, Foursquare, Hootsuite, Spotify, job sites, daily deal sites and many other companies.

About 40,000 Web applications use SendGrid, says its CEO — and Boulder startup icon — Jim Franklin. And none of it is spam because users sign up these e-mails, such as job openings, friend requests and the like.

Franklin says it even coaches its customers on how to do e-mail so people don’t report it as spam.

“One person sending e-mail to another is easy. But an app sending out e-mail is hard. E-mail is a problem for developers,” explains Franklin.

So it’s no surprise that SendGrid is growing at 10% monthly — it now sends out more than 3 billion emails per month — and it recently landed Microsoft Azure as a partner. SendGrid will now be the default e-mail service for any app using Microsoft’s cloud, Franklin says. New Azure developers qualify for 25,000 free e-mails a month.

The company is one of the shining stars of the blossoming Boulder startup scene. It began in Boulde

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WE’RE BLOWN AWAY: This Startup Could Literally Change The Entire Software Industry

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Julie Bort | Mar. 5, 2012, 12:00 PM | 227,602 All Those E-mails From Pinterest Are Very Good For This Guy This Stealth Startup Aims To Solve One Of The Biggest Problems With Online Gaming6 Cool Technologies That Will Change Your Life

Startup Numecent has come out of stealth mode today with some of the most impressive enterprise technology we’ve seen in a decade.

Plus the company is interesting for other reasons, like its business model and its founder.

Numecent offers something it calls “cloud paging” and, if successful, it could be a game-changer for enterprise software, video gaming, and smartphone apps. Red Hat thinks so. It has already partnered with the company to help it offer Windows software to Linux users.

“Cloud paging” instantly “cloudifies” any software, even an operating system like Windows itself, says founder and CEO Osman Kent. It lets any software, with no modification, be delivered from the cloud and run as fast or faster than if the app was on your desktop.

Lots of so-called “desktop virtualization” services work fast. But cloud-paging can even operate the cloud software if the PC gets disconnected from the network or Internet.

It can also turn a smartphone into a server. That means a bunch of devices like tablets can run the software — like a game — off of the smartphone.

Imagine showing up to a party and letting all your friends play the latest

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9 crowdfunding websites to help you change the world. – Webdistortion

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For many people, the thought of taking significant financial risk holds them back from jumping head-long into launching the idea that has been stuck in the recesses of their head. This little collection of crowdfunding websites and web applications are designed to take the risk out of that creativity and innovation, allowing even the little guy to do something amazing.

Who needs venture capital funding to get their idea off the ground? If you’ve been holding back because of it, you might just find there’s help out there, fueled by the community, and managed by some of these fantastic sites, which can help you fund your idea, business startup or music project.

KickStarter

URL: http://www.kickstarter.com/

KickStarter has received quite a bit of publicity recently for its efforts. Most notably the open source facebook alternative Diaspora managed to raise $10,000 in just 39 days, proving that the concept had legs, and that crowdfunding as a concept has the community well and truly behind it. It’s not just software projects that the site caters for, out of all the current activity on the site, software is probably the most dull – as creatives around the world have embraced it as a way to realise spectacular dreams. With everything from life sized mousetrap games to one man’s cultural journey across Mexico KickStarter has clearly captured the imagination of its audience.

As far as the rules for funding goes, KickStarter keeps things simple. In order to receive the funding needed, a project must reach or exceed its funding goal or no money changes hands. If you do manage to reach your goal, 5% is taken from the

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