What Is This Empire Avenue All About?

Depending on who you ask, social stock market Empire Avenue is either an empowering personal branding tool or another sign of the downfall of modern society. But according to the startup's CEO, the company is based on a much deeper philosophy than meets the eye.…

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Move Over Flickr — Hot Shots Love 500px

In recent months, 500px has become the new favorite site of a lot of Flickr "power users." What's especially remarkable is that the company, which is bootstrapped and currently has just four full-time employees, has attracted all this growth purely through word-of-mouth.…

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How 99Designs Bootstrapped Its Way to Profits

99Designs acquired a devoted customer base, logged millions in annual revenue, and achieved profitable operations without taking on a dime of venture capital. I sat down with employee number one and CTO Lachlan Donald to find out how the company bootstrapped its way to profitability.…

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What’s Next for Posterous: Geo, Groups, Premium

Posterous, the email-based blogging platform, aims to keep things simple and easy to use, but it can't resist adding new more advanced features such as increased support for groups, premium accounts for businesses, proximity-based geoblogs, and a better bookmarklet to bring in outside content.…

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Is Microtask the Future of Work?

Crowdsourcing is often used for fairly menial tasks: correcting databases, screening offensive images, transcribing audio. But what if you could make those little bits of human labor even more menial, discrete and interchangeable? That's what the Finnish company Microtask does.…

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