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Month: March 2014

fragment design x Head Porter MIRAGE Series

Linking up with Head Porter for a fresh release, fragment design has revealed a first look at the coming all-black “MIRAGE” series collaboration. Offering up seven items in total, the series updates the existing line and introduces a tote bag, shoulder bag, backpack and shopping bag, as well as a series of laptop and iPad cases. The all-black collection is accented with shiny urethane layers coating the nylon taffeta material, and can be previewed above before its official release on April 5 in Head Porter stores and online. Article source:...

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Nike Tiempo ’94 Mid Ivory/Gold & Black/Gold

Nike has just introduced two clean new colorways for the Tiempo ’94 Mid: ivory/gold and black/gold. Both models opt for understated luxury with leather and canvas tonal uppers in either ivory or black accented by eye-catching metallic gold branding and Swooshes. Both colorways also feature translucent soles and great finishing touches like perforated collars and leather linings. Pick up your favorite colorway now at select stockists including Bows Arrows. Article source:...

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Crunchweek: Facebook’s $2B Bet On Virtual Reality, Office For iPad, And YC Demo Day

In this special “Between Two Co-Editors” edition of Crunchweek, I was joined by my fearless bosses, co-editors Matthew Panzarino and Alexia Tsotsis at the White Table. We tackled Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, and Zuck’s aggressive acquisition strategy in 2014; Microsoft’s release of Office for the iPad, and tales from Y Combinator’s recent Demo Day. Article source:...

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How One Cloud Enterprise Startup Decided To Sell To Microsoft

Editor’s note: Tomio Geron is head of content at startup Exitround. This is part of a series of posts on the tech MA market. When Ursheet Parikh sold his company StorSimple in 2012 to Microsoft, it was one of the largest deals in the cloud infrastructure sector to date. But that wasn’t the only thing unusual about it. It was also a fairly large deal for which he played the banker and negotiated the deal. This is not unheard of, but it is an interesting example of how such a process can work in a startup acquisition. Before explaining why and how he handled the acquisition without a banker, it’s helpful to follow how the company developed. Ursheet Parikh Founded in 2009, StorSimple combined the functions of multiple storage systems — primary storage, backup, archival and disaster recovery — into a single storage appliance that integrated with cloud storage services from companies such as Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and Google. Parikh, formerly at Cisco, had previous startup experience and started the company with Guru Pangal, formerly of Brocade. The two were a good match to work on StorSimple because Parikh had a strong track record in WAN acceleration and Pangal had expertise in storage. Early on, the team focused heavily on testing the product with about 40 customers. Parikh believes that some enterprise-focused startups push products out too early. Instead he advises...

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How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

Editor’s Note: Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, and previously created Onesheet, MorningPics, ArtistData, and others. This is the final part of a three-part series on how live user testing is run at Cluster in preparation for the next release of their iOS and Android apps. The first part of this series focused on getting the tests setup, which includes deciding on a specific thing to test, when and where to conduct the user study and what type of users to study, as well as recruiting participants with Craigslist, trimming the candidates list, prioritizing and scheduling candidates, and getting the right equipment. The second part focused on actually running the tests, which includes arranging the room, meeting the participant, introducing the study, not revealing the answers, simulating app discovery and installation, walking the user through the prototype, and wrapping up. This post will focus on taking all that amazing feedback you just gathered and parsing it into useful, actionable intelligence. One more time, I want to give a huge amount of thanks to Michael Margolis and the Google Ventures design team, who taught us most of these techniques. Debriefing So what next? You have a set of recordings containing incredible user feedback, and now it’s time to parse and process it so you can turn the insights into action items for your product. Here’s how to pull out the good stuff and get your team on board with next steps: Schedule viewing party...

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