This week’s link round-up is chock full of interesting business tips and hints, and also some sci-fi that makes you ponder.

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It’s that time of the week again – the link round-up!

There’s some interesting links here you don’t want to miss – discover MailChimp’s Un-Silicon Valley business model, and have you heard there’s a new nation being formed – in space?

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NYTimes: MailChimp and the Un-Silicon Valley Way to Make It as a Start-Up

No venture capital, no Bay Area presence, no crazy burn
rate: MailChimp’s founders built the company slowly by
anticipating customers’ needs and following their instincts.

Inc. How to Convince a Big Brand to Partner With You

It can seem like an impossible thing. Just how do you get a household name to talk to you when you’re–so far–a nobody?

Take some tips from Nick Smoot, co-founder and CEO of Here on Biz, a free iOS app that lets users locate and chat with professional contacts. The company recently partnered with Virgin America and Gogo Inflight Internet to offer the first in-flight social network people can access while in the air from a mobile device.

Business Tips

Survey Anyplace: 7 killer steps that’ll make mobile data collection at any event a great success

Imagine setting up a playful, interactive contest that doesn’t feel like a survey at all. Yet it gets you all your data AND gets amazingly high completion rates (80% and more!)…

If that sounds just as perfect to you as it does to us, this 7 step-checklist will prove extremely useful.

UXprobe: Turn your conversion funnel into a fat one by monitoring your customers.

“…time and resources are used to make changes to the website, often with mixed or negative results.

The outcome of the changes is never known in advance because the changes were mostly based assumptions and guesses. Analytics tools tell you where and how many of your customers drop off,  but they do not tell you WHY.”

Emailfield: 23 Actionable Strategies From Leading Experts to Increase Website Traffic

A huge blog post chock-full of strategies and expert opinion on how to increase website traffic. It’s really worth a look!

Sci-Fi or Futurism?

CNet: ‘Asgardia,’ the first nation in space, wants you!

Plans to create the first “nation in space” were unveiled in Paris on Wednesday. They are nothing if not ambitious. The new nation will launch its own satellite in 2017 and dedicate itself to opening up access to space. The goal is to foster world peace, as well as protect earth from rogue asteroids and space debris. The new space country will be called “Asgardia,” named for the city in the skies ruled by Norse god Odin.

Techcrunch: Artifical intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think

By now everyone has heard of Google’s RankBrain, the new artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm that is supposed to be the latest and greatest from Mountain View, Calif. What many of you might not realize, however, is just how fast the SEO industry is changing because of it.

Wired: ‘Homo sapiens is an obsolete algorithm’: Yuval Noah Harari on how data could eat the world

According to Dataism, human experiences are not sacred and Homo sapiens isn’t the apex of creation or a precursor of some future Homo deus. Humans are merely tools for creating the Internet-of-All-Things, which may eventually spread out from planet Earth to cover the whole galaxy and even the whole universe.

If you have some interesting links you’d like to share, send them over to me at vanessa (@) piesync.com.

 

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