Sunday, 27 April 2014

How Companies Hack to Hire

Everyone knows there’s an arms race for tech talent. Companies in every industry, not just tech, need this talent to survive. Read more

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service.
The disclosure is made in a document Google is circulating to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015.
Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process.” Read more

Andriods now have hotel and restaurant search

Google is adding a deeper integration of its hotel and restaurant search to Google Search on Android. This is a pretty straightforward integration that allows you to type or speak queries like “show me hotels in San Francisco,” and the search results page will indeed return a list of hotels.
Since its acquisition of ITA Travel, Google has been slowly adding travel-related products to its arsenal. There is no faster flight search engine on the market than Google Flights, for example, and its hotel search, which aggregates data from numerous sites, is also fast and highly competitive. Oddly enough, though, few people know about these features and indeed, Google doesn’t really advertise them heavily. Read  more

Hard Things That Great VCs Do

In Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Thing About Hard Things, he recalls a conversation in 1999 where one of his investors asked coldly: “When are you going to get a real CEO? Someone who has designed a large organization, someone who knows great senior executives and brings pre-built customer relationships, someone who knows what they are doing.”
Horowitz describes how that stinging comment became the inspiration for starting his own fund and one of its goals: teaching founders how to grow into executives.
This is one of the hard things about being a VC today: You must give entrepreneurs more than just capital. In my experience as a founder and sometime investor, here are five hard things I’ve seen great VCs do for their companies long after their checks have cleared. Read more