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May 14, 2015

8 Startup Pivots That Changed The World

Did you know that Nokia started as a paper mill in Finland, or that Nintendo has been in business since the 1800s? These are just two examples of some of the most successful startup pivots of all time.

This infographic, courtesy of WhoIsHostingThis, details eight pivots that had lasting impacts on our culture and economy.

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April 10, 2015

The Key Difference That Makes One Startup Successful While Thousands Of Others Fail

It’s no secret that the vast majority of startups fail. But what’s so special about the precious few that succeed? What makes them gain so much traction and scale so quickly while other entrepreneurs just spin their wheels and ultimately fail?

On our Submit Your Startup page here on VentureBreak, one of our tips for getting noticed is to “be a purple cow.” This links to Seth Godin’s book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable—a must-read for entrepreneurs.

I could stop here and just tell you to read the book, but a few people have asked for clarification, so I’d like to explain why I think it’s so important to [...]

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April 8, 2015

Genius Now Wants To Annotate The Entire Web, Not Just Lyrics

Song lyric explanation startup Genius today announced its plans to expand far beyond its roots. Instead of just annotating song lyrics, users can now use the platform to annotate the entire Web.

The new beta website explains:

Only a handful of people know that the web browser’s big missing feature—the feature that was supposed to be in from the start but didn’t make it—is the ability to annotate any page on the Internet. With the Genius Beta, it’s now possible to add context, commentary, and images directly on top of any web page using only your browser.

To accomplish this, Genius has launched the prefix. Just add to the beginning of [...]

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April 8, 2015

Sprinklr Acquires Get Satisfaction To Add Customer Service To Its Platform

Social media management firm Sprinklr today announced that is has acquired customer service platform Get Satisfaction.

Specific terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Sprinklr provides enterprise social media management technology to help large companies “drive business outcomes and manage customer experiences across all touch points.” Get Satisfaction fits right into this mission with its online community platform that connects companies with customers to foster deeper relationships.

This purchase follows a series of other Sprinklr acquisitions over the last 14 months—including Pluck, Branderati, Dachis Group, and TBG Digital.

The company [...]

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