One way to keep your iOS device in good working order is to benchmark its performance. Comparing your results with others is a good way to see if you are getting the sort of performance you should.
Some of the hottest names in technology startups can attribute some of their success to Benchmarks’ Peter Fenton, who has backed Twitter, New Relic (see New Relic’s CEO Lew Cirne at Structure:Europe next week), and Zuora. With Twitter and New Relic expected to go public soon Benchmark is about to reap what Fenton has sown, according to this Bloomberg profile of the man.
Snapchat has rolled out its video product on Android on Thursday, adding a popular feature to a booming app. The company that allows users to send short-lived photos and videos just raised a Series A funding round led by Benchmark.
Nextdoor wants to pick up on the community surrounding a neighborhood and create a high-tech combo of Craigslist, police tips, local messaging, and safety information. With more than $21 million in new funding, they’re on track to keep growing.
Sailthru helps sites deliver personalized content or shopping offers to their email subscribers. Now, the company has received a major investment from Benchmark as it expands its “smart data” products.
After building up millions of users in the last eight years, DIY travel website Couchsurfing has stepped it up by going for-profit and taking venture funding. But some aggrieved users feel that they’ve become pawns in a game… and they aren’t happy.
GreenRoad’s greener, safer driving technology has gotten another round of investment. The startup, which is backed by Al Gore and Richard Branson’s funds, as well as Benchmark Capital and others, has raised another $13 million and brought on new CEO Jim Heeger.
When iOS 4 was released, many iPhone 3G owners felt pains associated with having a slower device due to an OS that was more processor intensive. Has the 4.1 update finally closed the door on the issue of iOS 4 running sluggishly on the iPhone 3G?
We love Apple (s aapl). We love its style. We love its vision. We love its marketing and PR. A generation of the world’s best designers cut their teeth on Apple computers, much as they might dislike admitting their sense of taste was shaped by a consumer electronics company.
In business, too, Apple has proven to be a visionary. Entrepreneurs often look to Apple for inspiration. Software startups the world-over are compelled to study Apple so as to learn how best to “do it” — whatever “it” may be.
I don’t know — do entrepreneurs look to Microsoft (s msft) for inspiration? Arguably one of the greatest speakers on entrepreneurship and startups, Guy Kawasaki, was Apple’s first Macintosh evangelist and still praises the company today. Kawasaki picks winners — after all, that’s his job — and he chooses Apple every time.
In the bad old days, back when Microsoft was “The Borg” and Apple hadn’t released an iPod yet, a big part of the reason for loving Apple was our affinity with the underdog. After all, people root for the underdog, and, back in the nineties, a waning Apple couldn’t hope to compete with Wintel dominance.
Today, despite Microsoft’s monopoly continuing to grow in the last decade, Apple has risen from the proverbial ashes. It might be in Microsoft’s shadow (where all software companies can be found) but this Apple shines. (Sorry — terrible pun, I know.) Read More about Apple Has Some Important Lessons to Learn
I’ve been using the beta for some time now as my everyday browser. In my experience, the beta of 3.5 has been far more stable than 3.0, particularly when I have large numbers of web apps open, so I would recommend switching to 3.5 RC1 if you’re not using it already, even though it’s not the final version.
Have you switched to Firefox 3.5 yet?