14 Apr, 2014

5 Great Call-to-Action Film Quotes For Entrepreneurs
Matthew Toren, entrepreneur.com

Great films tell sto­ries and inspire us to become bet­ter peo­ple. There’s noth­ing more pow­er­ful than an inspir­ing movie that leaves you want­i­ng to be your best and try a lit­tle hard­er tomor­row. While there are some truly moti­vat­ing…

7 Apr, 2014

29 Mar, 2014

Why it’s OK that startups prefer to hire younger workers
Max Nisen, qz.com

Sil­i­con Val­ley’s “youth prob­lem”—its cul­ture of bar crawls and tech­ni­cal inter­views that dis­ad­van­tage older engi­neers—caused some hand-wringing in the New York Times recent­ly. And the New Repub­lic called Sil­i­con Val­ley “one of the…

25 Mar, 2014

Google’s Cloud Platform Goes On The Offensive With Price Cuts, New Features
Frederic Lardinois, techcrunch.com

Google is launch­ing a wide range of updates for its Cloud Plat­form today that aim to make it more com­pet­i­tive in a mar­ket where Ama­zon Web Ser­vices is still the de facto plat­form for cloud-based appli­ca­tions.

To say that Google is…

Few Minutes of Excitement with Mac OneNote

25 Mar, 2014

I have been a faithful fan of Microsoft OneNote; the rich functionality, collaboration features, and tight integration with MS Office play especially well with SharePoint and Office 365. Most importantly, the Windows Key + S screen capture shortcut is a godsend.

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I liked OneNote so much that I shared some tips at the Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference few years ago (Slideshare). 

All this changed when I switched the Kattelo hardware platform to Mac. Office Mac 2011 does not include OneNote. Alternatives are OneNote Web App and virtualized Windows environments. While the OneNote Web App offers the basics, it does not quite compare to the full fidelity of a desktop app, like Evernote.

Regarding virtualization, the most popular options are VMware Fusion, Parallels, and Virtual Box (free). Our Kattelo teams ended up deploying VMware Fusion for the unity feature, which allows Windows applications to seemingly run natively on Mac.

Luckily, Microsoft enhanced the interoperability by releasing OneNote for iPhone and iPad apps last December. However, there a desktop version for Mac was still missing.

All these changed on March 17, 2014, when Microsoft released OneNote on Mac App Store, Hoping to synchronize all notes saved in Office 365 across the various devices, I was rapidly disappointed. The current version does not support Office 365!

Only OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) is supported as of this writing. As much as I find Evernote limiting, I simply cannot recommend OneNote to organizations with cross-platform, cross-device requirements until Microsoft ups the interoperability ante, hopefully in very future.

25 Mar, 2014

The 5 Brilliant Strategies You Can Learn From Top Content Marketers
Eric Siu, entrepreneur.com

Ready to get start­ed with con­tent mar­ket­ing? Although the process might sound daunt­ing, there’s real­ly no need to rein­vent the wheel. Instead, take a page out of the play­books of the fol­low­ing five industry-leading con­tent mar­keters.…

24 Mar, 2014

What B2B Buyers Want From Vendor Websites

marketingprofs.com

Easily accessible contact information is the most import thing on a B2B vendor website, according to a recent report from Dianna Huff and KoMarketing Associates. Read the full article at MarketingProfs

Great metrics for measuring your websites’ business-friendliness.

22 Mar, 2014

In order to quickly accept online credit card payments, I down-selected PayPal and Stripe over a weekend. PayPal offers volume discounts while Stripe charges a flat 2.9% fee. 

PayPal has more established (i.e. old) technologies, and the user experience is subpar. Most importantly, it requires tons of personal information and verification to either send or receive money. 

Stripe, on the other hand, is extremely easy to kick start, integrate and roll out. For upstart companies, I’d highly recommend Stripe, especially if you or your team posses some programming skills to customize the well-documented API.    

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