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My resolution: think big, take risks

The emergence of inexpensive sensors is the singularly most exciting thing about the world in many ways. A big part of our life is to make sense of it all before it’s too late.

Why Facebook Will Launch Mobile Chat

What will be the next big feature that Facebook introduces in terms of mobile applications? It’s not hard to come up with an answer to that question — it’s obvious that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking company will launch “chat” as part of its mobile suite.

Slide CEO: Risks of OPP & Why Ad Models Don’t Work

In Part II of his video interview, Slide Founder Max Levchin talks about PayPal’s turbulent early years, the delicate balance between platform owners and developers and his not-so-fond-memories of the advertising based business models. He talks about the lack of desire for big breakthroughs in society.

In His Own Words: Max Levchin (Video)

In the Part 1 of the two part interview, Max Levchin, the Ukrainian-born co-creator of PayPal and founder of Slide, talks about his entrepreneurial journey. It is a story of immigrant work ethic, relentless desire to live his version of the American dream.

A Startup Finds That Metrics Don’t Create Good Apps

There’s a lot of talk these days about data-driven product development. But at least one startup, Lolapps, is finding that data isn’t everything. Now it is switching its strategy, hiring experienced game designers and conducting user tests where the goal is maximizing fun.

Rabois Slides On To Square

Keith Rabois, a well-known angel investor and senior executive at social gaming company Slide, that was recently acquired by Google for $182 million is leaving the company and joining Square, a company founded by Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey. Rabois is joining as Square’s general manager.

Max Levchin Says Embracing Failure Is Dumb

Slide CEO Max Levchin is joining Google with the acquisition of his company, but some of his thinking could collide with the way Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been approaching social products like Google Wave. One of the biggest issues: Levchin really doesn’t like failure.

How Slide Pushes Google's Open Social Strategy

Google this morning confirmed what had already been widely reported — that it has bought Slide, the social application maker. Google’s blog post on the matter is incredibly vague as to what Slide will actually be doing for Google, but let’s read the tea leaves.

Slide, Vic Gundotra & The Un-Social Reality of Google

Google will do just about anything to get social. Like spend $200 million on Slide, a head-scratcher of a deal that shows Google not only has no idea what to do about social, it actually lacks the imagination to even think of anything worthwhile.

Google Buys Slide In Social Networking Push

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is buying social app maker Slide, as part of its soon-to-come new entry into the social networking/social games space. S…

Slide Cuts Ad Staff, Shifts Focus

Max Levchin’s Slide, a San Francisco-based startup that caught the Facebook application wave early, is making a strategic shift, refocusing its revenue…

Widget Me This

The time to prove that widgets can make money is here. But much like the early days of banner advertising, when people just sold whatever unused space they had, the world of widget ads is a Wild West with no set sizes, rules about placements, or even defined success metrics.

Flixster-IAC: Deal or No Deal?

It’s like the Silicon Valley version of the boy who cried wolf. The IAC-Flixster deal, that is. Earlier this month, TechCrunch and…