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How do you hire a great growth marketer?

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at More posts by this contributor How do you hire a great growth marketer? How do startups actually get their content marketing to work? Editors Note: This article is part of a series that explores the ...
Tags: Column, eCommerce, Hack, Hiring, Personnel, Social, Startups, Talent, Verified Experts, Best Practices, Digital Marketing, Facebook, Google, Growth, Growth Hacking, Growth Marketing

Sequoia reveals first cohort for its ‘Surge’ accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia

Back in January, Sequoia India announced plans for its first early-stage startup accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia, and today the firm revealed the first cohort of 17 startups. To recap, the program — which is called Surge — gives each startup a $1.5 million check and participation in a four-month program that’s split across India and Singapore, as well as the wider Sequoia global presence in China and San Francisco. The program kicked off last month, but the startups were only unv...
Tags: Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Bangladesh, Business, Companies, E-commerce, Economy, Education Startup, Entrepreneurship, Executive, Facebook, India, Indonesia, Meesho, Private Equity

Meet the ex-Facebook advisor who pitched Richard Branson while kiteboarding (FB)

Karl Jacob pitched his startup LoanSnap to Richard Bransonduring a kiteboarding trip and walked away with the billionaire's backing for its $8 million Series A in 2018. Jacob was an early advisor to Facebook, and says his experience working in the early days of social networking reinforced his belief in taking bigger risks and bigger failures. According to Jacob, founders and investors need to be more comfortable with failure and more patient with teams trying to unseat massive entrenched indu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Trends, Richard Branson, Richard, Branson, Jacob, Watch Google, Necker Island, Karl Jacob, Richard Bransonduring, Richard Branson Jacob, Ben -LSB- Silbermann

BlackBerry Messenger will soon be the latest messaging service to die

BBM, formerly known as BlackBerry Messenger, will be shut down on May 31. Emtek, the company that now runs the messaging service, tried to revive it, but said that "users have moved on." BBM users will need to download their photos and files from the service before it shuts down, because they won't be able to access them afterward. Visit for more stories. First AIM. Then Yahoo Messenger. Now BBM. The messaging service that was once was a beloved feature of BlackBerry phone...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Trends, BlackBerry Messenger, Emtek

IPO mania: Zoom zooms, Pinterest pins down Wall Street

By Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press There’s some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — saw their stocks soar on their first trading day. No one wants talk about a bubble, not to mention its prospects for bursting, but the strong initial performances might reassure investors with jittery nerves following ride-hailing company Lyft’s disappointing start less than a month ago. Zoom Video Communications, which ma...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Pinterest, San Francisco, Cisco, Sport, Soccer, Square, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Palantir, Bessemer Venture Partners, Morgan, Levine, Facebook Pinterest

The Antitrust Case Against Facebook: a turning point in the debate over Big Tech and monopoly

In 2017, a 28-year-old law student named Lina Kahn turned the antitrust world on its ear with her Yale Law Review paper, Amazon's Antitrust Paradox, which showed how Ronald Reagan's antitrust policies, inspired by ideological extremists at the University of Chicago's economics department, had created a space for abusive monopolists who could crush innovation, workers' rights, and competition without ever falling afoul of orthodox antitrust law. Now, Dina Srinivasan, a self-described technol...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, News, Law, Reagan, Competition, Fox, Ronald Reagan, Scholarship, Antitrust, University Of Chicago, News Corp, Srinivasan, Kahn

Facebook security lapse affects millions more Instagram users than first stated

News that the company had insecurely stored passwords came on the same day as the release of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report Facebook chose one of the busiest news days in American politics this year to admit that millions more Instagram users were affected by a security lapse than it had previously disclosed.At 10 am ET on Thursday, as the attorney general, William Barr, wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a 2...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, US news, Robert Mueller, William Barr, Robert Mueller Facebook

Facebook says more Instagram passwords exposed than thought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago. The social media giant said in late March that it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, making it possible for its thousands of employees to search them. It said the […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, San Francisco, Ap, Nation

How to Delete the Contacts That Facebook Uploaded Without Your Permission

Facebook’s public image has been taking a beating lately, and things just keep getting worse for the social media platform. According to a recent report from Business Insider India, Facebook has been uploading info from its users’ email contacts since 2016. Facebook did this “unintentionally” and without warning when…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Security, Facebook, Messenger, Privacy, Facebook Messenger, Lifehacks, Business Insider India Facebook

Add Craigslist to the tech platforms Russians used to manipulate the 2016 election

In one of the weirder revelations to come out of the Mueller report released this morning, it seems that Craigslist was yet another tech platform used in Russia’s election influence campaign. Facebook? Sure. Instagram? Yup, that too. YouTube? Twitter? Oh my, yes. Even Tumblr makes an appearance (LOL. Tumblr). But Craigslist? Apparently the Russians used the platform (alongside Facebook and the rest) to facilitate their real-life trolling campaigns. The Russian influence operations included thin...
Tags: TC, Facebook, New York, Craigslist, Russia, New York City, Tech, Law Enforcement, Santa Claus, Tumblr, Donald Trump, Trump, Internet Research Agency, Mueller

Gun Activists Guide To Privacy and Safety: VPNs, DNS, & Password Managers ~ Part Two

Editors Note; We actively use in our day-to-day work all the tool and techniques recommended below. Check out Part-One of this article series. Gun Activists Guide To Privacy and Safety: VPNs, DNS, & Password Managers U.S.A. –-( We know that ISPs (internet service providers) spy on what we do online. They scan packets for content IDs. When a user sends information through the internet, it is broken up into small chunks of data called packets. A content ID is a signature of a pac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Guns, Social Media, Netflix, United States, Middle East, Silicon Valley, Vpn, John, Prince, Cloudflare, Dashlane, DHCP, Nra

Effective July 15, British porn consumers will be required entrust their sexual tastes to private companies' badly secured databases

Back when David Cameron was Prime Minister, he took advice from Patrick Rock (later revealed to be a a trafficker in images depicting the abuse of children) on how to stop children from seeing internet pornography. The solution they arrived at was bananas: every adult service in the UK would have to verify the identity of every user they had, assuring themselves that anyone who tried to look at porn was over 18. As the unworkability of this idea became more obvious, the UK government tried ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Video, UK, News, Sex, Censorship, David Cameron, Surveillance, Canada, United Kingdom, Pornography, Bbfc, Patrick rock, Ashley Madison, Sean Cody

Facebook Stored Millions of Instagram Users' Passwords in Plaintext

Facebook late last month revealed that the social media company mistakenly stored passwords for "hundreds of millions" of Facebook users in plaintext, including "tens of thousands" passwords of its Instagram users as well. Now it appears that the incident is far worse than first reported. Facebook today quietly updated its March press release, adding that the actual number of [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Hacking News, How To Hack Instagram, Facebook Account Security, Swati Khandelwal, Plaintext, Facebook Password Security, Plaintext Password

How to create and customize a Google Form for polls and questionnaires

Google Forms can help simplify your workload by giving you fast access to the opinions of those who matter most. They are also easy to use, edit, and create, and are highly customizable to fit your various needs. Here are the steps you need to complete to get your Google Form up and running, plus how to handle them after you've gotten your responses back. Visit for more stories. For those with Google accounts, Google Forms provide a way to simplify their workload. And t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Google Voice, Samsung Galaxy, Google Forms

The Dummies Guide to Facebook Native Ads for Hotels

Have your Hotel tried Facebook Ads and failed? No worries, you are not alone. A lot of Hotels and brands have a misperception of Facebook Ads. It is not your fault. There is a lot of individuals and brands online today that take advantage of Hotels that have not taken the time to educate themselves on the power of Facebook Native Advertisement. Obviously, there is a demand from Hotels that need help with their Facebook Native Advertisement campaigns. Facebook Native Advertisement can be as sim...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hotels, Social Media, Seo, Social Media Marketing, Facebook Messenger, Hotel, Facebook Ads, App Store, Ftc, Cpc, Native Ads, RFM, Facebook Social, Social Media Management

Facebook Quietly Updates Last Month's Security Disclosure To Add That 'Millions' of Instagram Users Are Also Impacted

Last month, Facebook disclosed that hundreds of millions of users on its platform had their account passwords stored in plain text -- in some cases going back to 2012 -- and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees. Today, the company quietly updated that blog post to reveal that Instagram users are also impacted. It said, in the update: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impa...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech

An EU government data watchdog is 'engaging' with Facebook after it harvested 1.5 million users’ email contacts without consent (FB)

Ireland's top privacy regulator is in contact with Facebook about the social network's collection of more than one million user email contacts without their consent. Business Insider reported on Thursday that Facebook had harvested the contact information since 2016. Facebook has said the move was "unintentional" and that it is deleting the data. Visit for more stories. Ireland's Data Protection Commission has reached out to Facebook for information as it considers what st...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Eu, Britain, Ireland, New York Times, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Business Insider, DPC, Data Protection Commission, Irish Data Protection Commission DPC, Graham Doyle

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the ot...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Liz Bourgeois

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF

He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable business? We’ll bring you the answers at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, where Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will join us. Come learn how Spiegel analyzes behavior to create new features, evolves from failure, and keeps his brand cool. The talk comes at a pivotal time for Snap, just as it hopes to hit profitability. After 2.5 years of bei...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Tech, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Snap, SPIEGEL

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF

He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable business? We’ll bring you the answers at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, where Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will join us. Come learn how Spiegel analyzes behavior to create new features, evolves from failure and keeps his brand cool. The talk comes at a pivotal time for Snap, just as it hopes to hit profitability. After 2.5 years of bein...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Snap, SPIEGEL, TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Tech Companies Can Regulate Themselves

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a new interview rejected the notion that Capitol Hill has a role to play in regulating big tech companies, breaking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent willingness to work with lawmakers. From a report: "The problem is if you write a rule, inevitably, you fix the solution on a specific solution, but the technology moves so quickly," Schmidt says. "It's generally better to let the tech companies do these things," he adds. Schmidt, who ran Google from 2001 ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Tech, Capitol Hill, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT

5 of the Best Online Law Firm Marketing Strategies in 2019

by Robert Clough There are more than 47,000 law firms currently operating in the US and 1.1 million licensed attorneys. This makes winning clients seem like a daunting task. However, with the right law firm marketing strategies, you can cut out the competition. When done right, you'll have dozens of clients knocking at your door. Effective SEO on your website and correct use of social media platforms like LinkedIn can take your business to the next level. To learn about three of the most ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Small Business, US, Seo, Linkedin, Lawyer, Social Media Platform, SEO Search Engine Optimization, Niche Marketing, Robert Clough, Facebook Marketing Targeted and Effective Facebook

Y Combinator grad, Fuzzbuzz lands $2.7M seed round to deliver fuzzing as service

Fuzzbuzz, a graduate of the most recent Y Combinator class, got the kind of news every early-stage startup wants to hear when it landed a $2.7 million seed round to help deliver a special class of automated software testing known as fuzzing in the form of a cloud service. Fuel Capital led the round. Homebrew and Susa Ventures also participated along with various angel investors including Docker co-founder Solomon Hykes, Mesosphere co-founder Florian Leibert and Looker co-founder Ben Porterfie...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, TC, Cloud, Facebook, Developer, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Docker, Software Testing, Susa Ventures, Looker, Florian Leibert, Andrei Serban, Fuel Capital

Why we’re looking into the Mueller report

After nearly two years of investigation and months of delays — not to mention partisan bickering the whole time, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the president’s campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election is out today. We’re not a politics news site but we’re still looking into it — tech has figured more prominently than ever in the last few years and understanding its role in what could be a major political event is crucial for the industry and government both. The report ...
Tags: Facebook, Government, Russia, Tech, United States, President, Humans, Vice President, Gru, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Clinton, Social Media Platforms, Trump, Assange

Daily News Roundup: Know When to Fold ‘Em

The first reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Fold—the company’s $2000 folding phone—landed a few days ago. Yesterday, some of those same review units were already broken. Four journalists all experienced display failure after two days of use. Oh man. Dieter Bohn of The Verge,  Steve Kovach of CNBC, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, and tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) all experienced catastrophic display failure on their Fold review units. The interesting part is that the issue seems to manifest for d...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Crafts, Facebook, Samsung, Adidas, Bloomberg, Sprint, Wall Street Journal, Orwell, Mark Gurman, Cnbc, Engadget, Bohn, Dieter Bohn, Gurman

New Mexico panel blindsides Facebook with $39M utility bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Public Regulation Commission’s on Tuesday ordered Public Service Company of New Mexico to charge Facebook for nearly half the cost of the $85 […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, New Mexico, Albuquerque, Albuquerque Journal, Public Regulation Commission, Public Service Company of New Mexico

I completely gave up using the internet for 5 days — and it was way harder than I could have ever imagined

I stopped using the internet for five days to see how hard it would be. By the end of the five days, I had realized how seamlessly the internet had crept into every aspect of my life, from exercising to driving to choosing a restaurant. I won't completely give up the internet for good, but I did learn to balance out my internet usage better. Visit for more stories. My name's Dave, and I have an addiction. I am powerless against the lure of the internet. That...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spotify, La, Trends, Dave, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, Hulu, Don Draper, Facetime, Mapquest, Alexa, Andy Samberg, SMBC

Marketers say that Amazon's advertising business is difficult to navigate. Here's why the company thinks the 'chaotic' structure actually makes sense.

Amazon's advertising business is growing, particularly in video advertising and measurement. But its ad business is spread across several teams, which can make it hard for advertisers to negotiate. Colleen Aubrey, global VP of performance advertising, said this structure keeps teams focused on specific products. See the full list of the 100 people transforming business here. Amazon is trying to challenge Facebook and Google's dominance in digital advertising, and to that end it's been introdu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Imdb, McDonald, Aubrey, Pivotal Research, Colleen Aubrey, Amazon Prime Amazon Fire

Facebook Collected Contacts from 1.5 Million Email Accounts Without Users' Permission

Not a week goes without a new Facebook blunder. Remember the most recent revelation of Facebook being caught asking users new to the social network platform for their email account passwords to verify their identity? At the time, it was suspected that Facebook might be using access to users' email accounts to unauthorizedly and secretly gather a copy of their saved contacts. Now it turns [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Database Security, Email Hacking, Email Security, Swati Khandelwal, Email Database, Facebook Data Scandal, Facebook Data Breach, Facebook Collected Contacts

9 Science-Fiction Authors Predict the Future: How Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick & More Imagined the World Ahead

Pressed to give a four-word definition of science fiction, one could do worse than "stories about the future." That stark simplification does the complex and varied genre a disservice, as the defenders of science fiction against its critics won't hesitate to claim. And those critics are many, including most recently the writer Ian McEwan, despite the fact that his new novel Machines Like Me is about the introduction of intelligent androids into human society. Sci-fi fans have taken him t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, History, Sci Fi, Arthur C Clarke, William Gibson, Mark Twain, Philip K Dick, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Gibson, Ian McEwan, Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov

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