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More businesses are using Pinterest to attract consumers, according to a survey from shop.org.   According to the 2012 Social and Mobile Commerce study, Pinterest has become a huge player in social media – online consumers report that they follow and average of 9.3 retail companies on the site, compared to the average 6.9 retailers… Continue Reading Study: Pinterest gaining ground with consumers

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What exactly are trackbacks?

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This week I spent about six hours manually cleaning up more than 57,000 spam trackback links on a website, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned to save you from a similar fate. Have you heard of trackbacks? They were supposed to be a Search Engine Optimizer’s dream come true, but they’ve morphed into… Continue Reading What exactly are trackbacks?

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Spectware, a company that develops crane inspection software, has named Peter Skalla its Chief Financial Officer. The startup company, a recent graduate of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, also announced a new office location, 25 W. Cimarron Street, above the Warehouse restaurant. Skalla comes to Spectware after holding CFO roles at Mesa Networks and Chatter… Continue Reading Startup firm Spectware names CFO, gets new digs

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10 technical reasons to hire recent grads

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As a part time college professor, I can’t let May pass me by without giving all employers a 2012 Top 10 reasons to hire a recent college Grad list: No. 10: Grads know what the point of social media is (and isn’t) Instead of trying to figure out what your company should be doing to… Continue Reading 10 technical reasons to hire recent grads

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Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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I have to admit that I’m a late adopter of this technology. Skype and video calling software has been available to us for free for a few years now, but I’ve noticed the adoption rate really changing lately so I thought I’d bring it up. Maybe the addition of Face to Face on iPhone is… Continue Reading Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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Some great ideas are born in the nation’s universities and laboratories but never leave there. Continue Reading Atargis hopes to harness funding for wave-energy machine

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The app store is not an orphanage

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“We’ve gotta have an app!” was the battle cry when Apple launched its App Store in 2008. And yes, that was the marketing department on the phone again, asking me for something they didn’t really understand. I developed several apps that had no purpose except to bolster the brand image of the company that wanted… Continue Reading The app store is not an orphanage

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The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is looking for a few good CEOs. The association has launched a Cleantech Fellows Institute in an effort to jump start advanced technology startups in Colorado by training CEOs to lead the firms. CFI is an intensive program that aims to train 12 to 15 business executives this fall to… Continue Reading Wanted: Cleantech Industry CEOs, will train

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The Department of Defense released a mobile app that will help service members adjust to life at home after returning from combat deployments. The app, called the Positive Activity jackpot, was developed by the national Center for Telehealth and Technology. It uses augmented reality with a smartphone GPS to help find nearby activities and diversions… Continue Reading Depressed after deployment? There’s an app for that.

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Last week I was invited to participate in a “Fail off” — an event designed to embolden potential entrepreneurs and show them how to start up a company based on their own ideas. The content included a bunch of business owners (including me) going up on stage and publicly divulging their worst failure(s) in gory… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Let’s all remember to celebrate our failures

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