For Startups, Some Good News From Google

Google spent $145 million buying nine companies in the first quarter of 2010. And it seems the company is looking to open its wallet even wider as it continues its shopping spree. That is good news for web startups.…

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The Aardvark Theory of Product: Fake It Till You Make It

The secret behind Aardvark's success was acute awareness of how close they were to failure, Aardvark co-founders Max Ventilla and Damon Horowitz said Friday. They detailed a process of rapid idea rejection and extensive testing throughout Aardvark's short startup history.…

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Google's Acquhire Binge

What do collaboration toolmaker AppJet, social search manager Aardvark and email search appmaker reMail have in common? A trio of little startups, they all have been acquired recently by Google (s GOOG) and they were all founded by former Google employees.…

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Search: Social Or Algorithmic?

Many of us spend large parts of our day searching for information. After spending the weekend at Social Web FooCamp, I have been spending quite a bit of time thinking about how I search for information using a combination of social and algorithmic methods. When I talk about "social search," I am referring to using your network or other human beings to find information. In essence, you are relying on the knowledge of other people, instead of using Google or another search engine, which uses algorithmic methods to determine the best results. Algorithmic searches, on the other hand, are great for finding information when you know enough about a topic to formulate a strong query that will return highly relevant results. These searches work best for me when my question has little ambiguity and when I know enough about a topic to formulate a good search query.…

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