February, 2009

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The Value of the Y Combinator Experience

Sachin Rekhi

I'm often asked about my Y Combinator experience so I thought I would take the time to blog about it. I did Y Combinator the Summer of 2007 in Boston with two awesome co-founders. We built Anywhere.FM , a web music player that brought an iTunes-like experience to the web, and eventually sold it to imeem. So what is Y Combinator? Y Combinator is a new kind of seed stage venture firm.

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What causes Product Managers to become disorientated?

All About Product Management

Agile development gives the software product manager a good sense of orientation. Therefore it’s no surprise that when the development team steps away from using scrum or their preferred agile techniques things get a little disorientated. I've observed this on two occasions over the past few years. Totally moving away from scrum/agile The first time was in the summer of 2007 when we where planning a major redesign of a B2B website.

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Monetize Online Music with Audio Ads

Sachin Rekhi

Despite the over 200 music startups that launched in 2008 , I am disappointed with the lack of startup innovation in the space. While many of them definitely nailed building something people want, most failed to make something people will buy. When developing a startup, figuring out a viable business model is as important as producing a compelling product.

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9 Startups to Help You Build Your Virtual Economy

Sachin Rekhi

So are you thinking about adding a virtual economy to your app or website? The great news is there are a variety of startups out there waiting to help you! Incentivized CPA Offers and Direct Payments. Over the last two years more than a half dozen partners have emerged to supply publishers with offers and direct payment options to fuel cash flows into their virtual economy.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Incorporating Virtual Currencies in Non-Gaming Sites

Sachin Rekhi

2008 saw an explosion in virtual currencies and their associated virtual goods all across the internet. With Facebook social game Mob Wars suspected of making a million dollars a month and Zynga rumored to have made $50 million in revenue in 2008 off of its social and iPhone games, companies are seeing real revenue from this burgeoning monetization model.