I Bleed Aqua.

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Disclaimers: 1) I own a lot of Twitter stock personally and in my funds. 2) I definitely do not speak on behalf of Twitter. 3) I do not have any inside information about Twitter. 4) I can’t think of a fourth thing to disclaim, but putting this here just in case.

Twitter has held a close place in my heart since Ev signed me up in 2006. It made me feel closer to people who I wasn’t actually near. It brought me more diverse perspectives than any blog reader ever could. I found myself in the center of events, sharing experiences, posing questions, passing along lessons learned, and making unexpected friends.

My initial investment in Twitter was relatively small, but as I grew increasingly confident the company would change the world, I bought more and more stock. At one point I had even exhausted all of my savings purchasing Twitter…

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How easy is it to cancel Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu?

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Originally posted on Quartz:

Canceling your cable TV subscription is a notoriously laborious process. You normally have to contact a customer service representative over the phone or via live chat, and they’ll do whatever they can to keep you as a customer.

In a high-profile incident last year, tech journalist Ryan Block tried canceling his Comcast subscription, but was met by a jittery customer service representative who really wanted to know why he was trying to terminate his service. (Comcast later apologized for its treatment of Block and says it’s working on improvements to customer service.)

For online video subscription services like Netflix and HBO Now, the painful process of canceling cable is an opportunity to distinguish themselves as friendlier services. Some even make a point of how easy they are to cancel. So Quartz took a look at four of the leading streaming services in the US to see what it takes to cut…

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Meerkat Launches Developer Platform To Differentiate From Periscope

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

How did it feel getting cut off by Twitter with just 2 hours notice? “It sucked” says Meerkat founder Ben Rubin. That’s why it’s determined to treat developers with more respect. In the nine weeks since Meerkat launched, 37 developers have built companion experiences to the livestreaming apps on its unofficial, private API, including stream discovery, automatic uploads of streams to YouTube, and audience analytics tools.

Today, Meerkat is legitimizing those developers by launching an official developer platform and APIs that it promises to never take away. By becoming a platform, Meerkat could allow outside developers to build tools for a much wider variety of use cases than its small, independent team build spawn itself. That might help it differentiate itself from fellow livestreaming app Periscope, which benefits from the massive team and deep pockets of its acquirer Twitter.

You can watch my TechCrunch Disrupt NY fireside…

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Clear Deletes Dumb Tweets Before You Regret Them

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Most of us have embarrassing stories about things we’ve shared on social media, but it’s hard to top Ethan Czahor‘s. He was hired as Jeb Bush’s chief technology officer, but shortly after he got the job, journalists uncovered some old offensive tweets and he had to resign.

Now Czahor is back in the tech world (before going into politics, he co-founded Hipster, which was acquired by TechCrunch-owner AOL, and he also worked at The Honest Company) with an iOS app called Clear that could help people in similar situations. Granted, chances are you’ll never even be in the running for the job of Jeb Bush’s CTO or, I dunno, the new host of The Daily Show, but old Facebook or Twitter posts can still make you look bad, either when you’re looking for a new position or when you’re about to start the new job.


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5 Tips to Chase Your Dream While Working a Full-Time Job

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Originally posted on TIME:

I heard some pretty terrible advice the other day.

The advice came on a business podcast from a successful entrepreneur who had built a company to billion-dollar status. In this podcast, he told the audience that if you are going to be successful as an entrepreneur, you cannot have another job.


Perhaps the goal of that blog post was to scare away the wimps and whiners, but the advice was terrible nonetheless. Very few companies that enjoy incredible success today were started by people who had no other commitments. Instead, they were built in basements and garages, and while the founder was employed at another company.

Related: Itching to Start a Business? Start With These 3 Steps to See If It’s Right for You.

I spend my nine to five (and then some!) working at BiggerPockets.com, while owning and managing 42 real estate units, flipping the occasional house…

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Opinion: I’ve seen the future of Apple’s online/offline retail experience, and it’s magic

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‘Seen’ is something of an exaggeration, but ‘had a small glimpse of’ would have made for a rather lengthy headline.

Despite the fact that I’d placed my Apple Watch order online within a few minutes of pre-orders opening, I also made a same-day appointment for a try-on. This was partly because I wanted to handle the watch right away: Apple PR does not smile on a website that consistently reports upcoming product information, so we are firmly crossed-off the list of invitees to launches. But it was also partly because I was curious how the watch would be presented by store staff.

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Why an obscure British data-mining company is worth $3 billion

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Originally posted on Quartz:

Tesco, the troubled British retail group, is starting over. After an accounting scandal, a series of profit warnings, and plunge in its share price, the beleaguered company has launched a major restructuring plan. It will not pay a dividend at the end of this financial year, it will close 43 stores, it is selling off Blinkbox (a video-on-demand service), and has appointed Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for Dunnhumby, a data analytics business.

It is the last of these actions—the sale of Dunnhumby—that is particularly interesting. Potential buyers, including WPP, the global ad giant, are already lining up to snap it up for a reported £2 billon ($3 billion). Blinkbox, by contrast, went for a piffling £5 million.

What makes Dunnhumby, a company few have heard of, so valuable? The same thing that makes Google or Facebook so valuable: data.

Long before web firms started collecting data in order to better understand their users so…

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