Start-Ups, Mobile Social Apps and Coding School for All

Of late, I’ve been reading more information about start-ups. I am not sure if the trend is something born out of an interest of my own, or if it’s the circles I’m keeping, but I see it. Perhaps it’s a combination of things, either way I thought I would share a few thoughts and links to interesting articles on start-ups, social mobile apps, and thoughts on coding school.

Private Sharing + Some Start-Ups

In the past week or two, you, like me, may have heard the predictions toward more private sharing of information in 2012. Harris Interactive, commissioned by Posterous, polled 2K people on their new year’s resolutions. The most heralded results where that 44% of people polled set a resolution to “share only with close friends and family.” Similarly, 42% suggested that they wanted to “be more careful about what they share” online.  Many of us like the idea of more filtered, purposeful, and private social media sharing.

Path has been growing an active and sizable user-base lately.

Mobile app, and social network Path has received a fair amount of attention lately for being darling child of the moment as an increased preference for private sharing emerges.

Michael Arrington’s No One Goes to Facebook Anymore It’s Too Crowded, along with Loic Le Meur’s Path is Where the A List Hangs Out, Don’t Tell Anyone both touch on the subject. Path though not alone in the more-private sharing sphere (see Posterous and Outspot) has been hitting it’s stride of late scoring 100K user (past Oct.) and enjoying a 30% hike in activity since (Nov.) relaunch.

In start-up talk I uncovered a list of Y Combinator (as well as other incubators) funded projects; 500 Start-Ups list of ventures is another lead on new tech sites. Some friends of mine are launching a very cool start-up geared toward helping creatives build useful networks of suppliers, partners, etc. Sign up for private beta now.

Both Tech Crunch and Mashable have fresh, interesting articles on start-ups. Start-up Weekend’s wrap up; and Start-Ups to Watch respectively. Also, Forbes gets in the action with a post on New York city’s burgeoning Tech scene. Lastly, AngelList – new to me – provides a good list of tech tools and sites for consideration (new tools = new abilities). I like Parking Panda.

Social Apps Anyone?

Another topic, revived of late, has been that of apps. From It’s 2012. Should My Brand Build a Social App?, to “The Future of Apps…” I am seeing some thoughtful inquiry toward the business function and desire of having an app for that – (whatever ‘that’ may be).

Coding School for All! – Wait, what?

Learn to code | Codeacademy
CodeAcademy, with it's Learn to Code campaign, capitalizes on genuine interest and time of year to generate some buzz.

A meme in itself, a proliferation of CodeAcademy has inspired many resolutions in past week or two. Learn to code is an alluring command as so many of us find ourselves empowered, and yet magnetized to the Internet. I’m not sure everyone needs to code (New York’s Mayor), but damn if I wouldn’t like to know more than I do.

I have basic HTML knowledge, and don’t mean to discourage anyone from bettering themselves with a little developer knowledge. The ‘bandwagon’ though does roll around a gather people up though from time to time. I wonder how many new year’s resolutions – in general – are being fulfilled each year come March.


In the bonus section this week I’m going to share a Stuck in Customs post shared with me via Om and Ross, DSLRs Are a Dying Breed – 3 Generation Cameras are the Future. How’s about a peek into the future?

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.


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