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Are the Green Bay Packers the Worst Stock in America?

Great sports franchise, bad investment… It costs $250 a share, pays no dividends, benefits from no earnings, isn’t tradeable and has no securities-law protection. Although the offering document calls the shares “common stock,” they confer almost none of the advantages of a traditional stock. The document warns that buyers “should not purchase common stock with the purpose of making a profit.” via Are the Green Bay Packers the Worst Stock in America? – Total Return – WSJ

TextMate Preview Shortcut Trick

I recently learned a new shortcut within the TextMate editor (used daily for all my text editing as well as programming) that has made me much more productive. You can preview any formatted document (so far I’ve tested HTML and Markdown) by simply holding down control-option-command-P Here’s an example from within TextMate while working on a Markdown document. The shortcut turns this into this Incredibly useful, especially when working on documentation in Markdown. Do you have any other hidden TextMate

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The Rise Of JSON

An interesting perspective on why JSON has become so popular compared to XML from MIX Online: The Rise Of JSON: There is the simple fact that JSON is smaller as a payload than XML. And no doubt JSON is less verbose than XML.  But there’s much more to it than just size.  The crux has to do with programming.  JSON is natively tied to JavaScript. As an object representation of data, it is so easy to work with inside JavaScript. Its

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What startups should strive for

Spot on summary from Lance Walley of Chargify on what a startup should strive for: We want to delight customers by giving them a great experience, from releasing improvements to answering phone calls & support tickets. But I want to do even better. I want customers to say, “Whoa, that is sexy! I never even thought of that!”

Boulder Edition of StartupDigest

One of the primary reasons I moved to Boulder was the amazing community of startups here. So I was really surprised Boulder didn’t have an active edition of StartupDigest. StartupDigest is a free curated email of the best startup events, what you need to read, and jobs at top startups in 57 cities and 6 universities worldwide. Emailed every Monday morning, it’s a great way to know what’s happening in your area. As an entrepreneur and startup founder, I love

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Matt Mullenweg on Shipping Your Product

WordPress founder and TechStars mentor Matt Mullenweg on shipping your product: Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there. By shipping early and often you have the unique competitive advantage of hearing from real people what they think of your work, which in best case helps you anticipate market direction, and in worst case gives you a few people rooting for you

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The Difference Between Winners and Losers

From Steve Blank‘s Four Steps to the Epiphany: The difference between winners and losers is simple. Products developed with senior management out in front of customers early and often – win. Products handed off to a sales and marketing organization that has only been tangentially involved in the new Product Development process lose. It’s that simple.

Dangers Related to Upgrading Customers

…from a business perspective, account limits like Basecamp has for the number of active projects can be a double-edged sword. On one hand it’s an opportunity to upgrade customers and have them pay you more money each month. On the other hand, it forces customers to revise their position, and if you’re not doing a really great job, it can prompt them to question the value of an account they may have otherwise carried on using for years. (via Moving

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