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iBeacons – Fad Or Trend? The Use-Cases For Retail And Omni-Channel Solutions

23 slides on the use-cases of Apple’s BLE – Bluetooth Low Energy – beacon technology that allows for the first time to precisely locate a person within pre-defined proximity of a sensor and communicated with that person contextually. But where’s the beef? NFC, QR-codes and WLAN tracking were promising that before and never caught on. The slide-deck provides an answer to that question by addressing the most important use-cases as well as dealing with privacy and technologies issues of the nascent technology.

iBeacons – Fad Or Trend? The Use-Cases For Retail And Omni-Channel Solutions from Stefan Wolpers

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10 Min Morning E-Commerce News by @Catalogmakr – Jan 17, 2014

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10 Min Briefing On Startup News & Tech by @BerlinUp – Jan 17, 2013

Lastest news from the technology and startup media – the BerlinUp Morning News Digest This morning’s recommended reading on startup news, disruption, entrepreneurship innovation & technology from the Silicon Valley, Berlin and London is covering: Startup eco-systems need proximity and cafés to be successful, churn behavior as an essential KPI, a video with the maker of ‘Whisper App’, how to hire interns for a mutually beneficial relationship and a growth hacking 101 by First Round Capital:

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  • InternMatch CMO Shares How To Make Internships A Success – By Learning From Other People’s MistakesWhat your startup can learn from the internship disasters of 2013Nathan Parcells (via The Next Web): What your startup can learn from the internship disasters of 2013Description: Having an intern is not an excuse to feed into the usual stereotypes of menial work. Here are some examples and advice on how to avoid similar problems.
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  • Why Launching A Successful New Feature Is Not Much Different From Launching A Successful ProductWhy New Features Usually FlopDes Traynor (via Intercom): Why New Features Usually FlopDescription: Launching a successful feature demands the same skills as launching a successful product. The difference is that you also have… Read more…

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10 Min Morning E-Commerce News by @Catalogmakr – Jan 16, 2014

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10 Min Briefing On Startup News & Tech by @BerlinUp – Jan 16, 2013

Lastest news from the technology and startup media – the BerlinUp Morning News Digest This morning’s recommended reading on startup news, disruption, entrepreneurship innovation & technology from the Silicon Valley, Berlin and London is covering Marc Andreessen on net neutrality, the irreversible shift from physical to digital retail, Bitcoin’s value potential as seen by Chris Dixon, e-commerce trends 2014 as seen by Econsultancy’s CEO, an analysis of unicorn startups and their pivots:

  • Net Neutrality: How To Balance Huge Investments In New network Technologies And The Open InternetMarc Andreessen talks about the pros and cons of net neutrality and the need for innovationMathew Ingram (via GigaOM): Marc Andreessen talks about the pros and cons of net neutrality and the need for innovationDescription: During a Twitter discussion about the recent court decision striking down net neutrality, entrepreneur-turned-VC Marc Andreessen talked about the need for massive investment in new network technologies and how to balance that with his desire for an open internet.
  • The Shift From Physical To Digital Retail Is Profound And IrreversibleThe Tipping Point (E-Commerce Version)Jeff Jordan (via Re/code): The Tipping Point (E-Commerce Version)Description: The news around shopping during the holiday season was dominated by two separate stories. One talked about how traffic to brick-and-mortar stores was well below expectations, and that these retailers were forced to discount tremendously to drive sales.
  • Is Bitcoin Rather A Trend Than A Fad? Chris Dixon Believes So, Estimates A Single Bitcoin May Cost Up To $ 100,000Silicon Valley VC Thinks a Single Bitcoin Will Be Worth $100,000Robert McMillan (via Wired): Silicon Valley VC Thinks a Single Bitcoin Will Be Worth $100,000Description: Just a year ago, a bitcoin was worth $13. And today, the same piece of digital currency is valued at more than $800 on popular online money exchanges. But Chris Dixon believes that’s still a serious bargain.
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’ Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven In late 2013 Cowboy Ventures did an analysis of U.S.-based tech companies started in the last 10 years, now valued at $1 billion. They found 39 of these companies.  They…

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10 Min Morning E-Commerce News by @Catalogmakr – Jan 15, 2014

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10 Min Briefing On Startup News & Tech by @BerlinUp – Jan 15, 2013

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10 Min Morning E-Commerce News by @Catalogmakr – Jan 14, 2014

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10 Min Briefing On Startup News & Tech by @BerlinUp – Jan 14, 2013

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