The money making potential for this is high. Paying for better features, etc is what you would want to do in a long distance relationship that you care about. It’s about making the experience seem so special you don’t remember what it was like prior to having the Pair app.
We had a problem. We had just moved to Mountain View, but our girlfriends were still in Canada. We tried using text message, and Facebook to stay in touch, but we really felt like there should be a better way to stay in touch with our partners. We realized that we were sending over 90% of our…
You can’t run two businesses and expect strong focus. One reason I’ve focused my attention on Resimplify.
Dan Benjamin on Back to Work:
“I don’t believe it’s possible to have a side business. I don’t think you can have a business on the side. I don’t think you can go to work and have a job and then come home and run a business. I believe that both the job and the side business… you will never…
Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010.
Do know that Skype is still in the transition of being with Microsoft which really is with Facebook too. Skype is trying to be the leader of telecommunications.
Early this year the company raised $10.6 million more from Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst and previous investors.
Now I’m worried that GroupMe just kind of gave up even though they can continue their regular operations. Why a partnership now? What are your thoughts on the time frame or appropriate time to basically sell your growing startup?
Huge! Skitch is acquired by Evernote
A Great Match
We are super proud to announce that as of today, Skitch has joined the Evernote family. Evernote helps you remember everything. Skitch helps you draw attention to anything.
We’ll be working alongside the great Evernote crew to make Skitch and Evernote work seamlessly together to help you remember and draw attention to all your important stuff.
All the Good Stuff will Continue
All the existing skitch.com services will continue for users. And many of you will be happy to know that the Skitch name and soul will continue and grow bigger and bigger. And the development of Skitch will now be able to broaden and flourish like never before, with Evernote know-how and resources allowing Skitch to finally reach all those computers, tablets and phones out there. In short, that means better experiences, and new stuff for you!
Skitch for Everybody
The full version of Skitch will be now be free to users, which will mean Skitch will be able to help many more millions of people to share and draw attention to their important stuff.
First Steps: Android
We’re also really happy to announce Skitch for Android; a great first step towards a broader vision. Skitch for Android is a great of example of what can, and will, be made possible with the right support and resources. Take a snapshot, open an image from gallery or start with a blank page. Add some arrows, text and other annotations, and then share to the world (or your Evernote application) — all from the Android app. And yes, many of you are no doubt saying “where’s my iOS version?!”. The answer is, it’s on the production line. It’s coming!
Developing a Compelling Pitch
With an understanding of the magazine and the reporter, you can write a much better pitch.
Here’s a few tips to consider for the pitch:
Keep it brief.
Reporters get hundreds of pitches every day. They don’t have time to read 1,000 words on your product or company. They want to know the “who, what, when, where, why and how” as quickly as possible.
Personalize it and be authentic. Don’t bcc the Wired reporter along with another 100 reporters.
Also, don’t send a press release or other marketing materials with canned messages.
Use your real voice and leverage what you’ve learned about the magazine and reporter’s interest.
Offer tools to report the story. Most feature stories include interviews from customers, third-party experts and/or investors. They also include stats, artwork and other multimedia elements (for online). Have a list of those readily available to offer.
Don’t be limited by email. Put in a call to the reporter or consider sending him/her a tweet and/or Facebook message. It can’t hurt to use multiple communications channels to get in touch…as long as you’re not obnoxious about it.
A thoughtful, personal and useful pitch will make you stand out.
Kevin and Alex talk about Kevin’s new company, Milk, aliens, and PETA.