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How to create a billion-dollar SaaS company: Build a ‘system of record’

GUEST: We’re seeing a lot of gloom and doom in the SaaS space and the techworld in general as valuation multiples have compressed and late-stage funding has become more challenging. However, there still exists tremendous opportunity to build large, valuable companies in the SaaS space. How can an entrepreneur do this? Build a “system of record.” […]

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How Diablo found inspiration in hockey, Star Wars, and X-Com

This year, the original Diablo turns 20 years old, and its creator talked about the gothic game’s creation during a talk at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today. David Drevik, now at Graybeard Games, was the lead programmer on Diablo, which helped propel action-RPGs into gaming’s mainstream. He also created the original concept. Diablo […]

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The 10 biggest European tech stories this week

This week, Tech.eu tracked 17 technology M&A transactions and 63 funding deals (totalling €162 million, or about $182.5 million) in Europe and Israel.Like every week, we listed every single one of them in our free weekly newsletter, along with interesting news regarding fledgling European startups, tech investors old and new, a number of good reads […]

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Instagram could learn from Snapchat’s selfie features

ANALYSIS: Instagram and Snapchat don’t have a ton in common, but they are both image-focused social apps, and that alone invites some comparison. They both have filters, too, which means those filters can be compared. Unfortunately for Instagram, it’s not really a contest. On one side, you have Instagram’s basic artsy hipster filters, making things a […]

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Microsoft apologizes for GDC party with scantily clad dancers

(By Anya George Tharakan, Reuters) – Microsoft apologized for hiring dancers dressed as skimpily-clad schoolgirls for its Game Developer Conference (GDC) afterparty in San Francisco on Thursday night, responding to media reports citing attendees’ pictures on Twitter and Instagram. “It has come to my attention that at Xbox-hosted events at GDC this past week, we […]

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Fear or greed: Why are Australian banks cutting off Bitcoin businesses?

GUEST: Throughout 2015, Bitcoin exchanges, mining, and trading firms in Australia received letters from their bankers. The message was the same; the commercial banks were withdrawing their services. The banks gave little explanation for the move, but these termination of service notices set a dangerous precedent that other countries could follow. “Our members have been unable […]

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