daniel kivatinos

Trent Reznor Interview

May
30

An interview with Trent Reznor and his outlook on the music industry:

TechCrunch Interview With Digg’s Kevin Rose

May
28

A great video on the Diggs co-founder Kevin Rose, a look into a successful startup company:

Learning from StackOverflow.com

May
28

A website that I use all of the time for technical information is StackOverflow.com, here is a video on what that website does and how they can help out technically:

Firefox Plugins

May
27

Health Insurance

May
21

Here is some great information provided by CNCB on health insurance from the show On the Money.

  • 48 million Americans under the age of 65 lack health insurance.
  • 1/3 of Americans spend part of year 2007 without health insurance.
  • The last decade for premium employer sponsored health insurance rose 4x times as fast as our income.

Just as a side note, there is a company that does health insurance rating, the company is called A.M. Best. Check out the A.M. Best website if you are looking for health insurance ratings.

Pitching to Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists

May
21

1)
Tell a Story
(e.g:iPad+doctors)
(You have 10 seconds to get their emotional attention)

2)
Talk about product.
(e.g.:iPad product)

3)
Talk about how we are going to generate revenue.

4)
Your needs
e.g.:
2-3 biz dev people
Higher a PR agency
Bring on developers

5)
Money and how much you are asking for and the time.

6)
Exits for investors and us.

Taken from David Rose:
VC Pitches is about investing in the PEOPLE!
Angel pitches are ~15 minutes or under
VC pitches are less then 30 minutes
-1) You must show integrity
-2) You must show passion

Just some side notes, never say the following words to investors, they invalidate previous things you mentioned!:

  • Honestly
  • Truthfully
  • To be Frank
  • Frankly
  • Not for nothing
  • Realistic
  • Kind of

Join the Army of Entrepreneurs

May
21

In his commencement address to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign last Sunday, Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Carl Schramm told students,

“We need an army of the smartest, most passionate young people to try their hand at building a business-people who will take their heads and their hearts into the market, founding companies that will bring forth new products and services that will help humankind.”

Website Development Tools

May
21

Domain Name Generator
www.nxdom.com
hwww.name.com
Take the Domain Name
instantdomainsearch.com

Google CSS

Always test your site in many browsers, so go with crossbrowsertesting.com.

Always find a good team that you can work with for coverting PSD files and indesign files to html, css and javascript, here is a good one that I know of call xhtmlized.
Another firm is http://xhtmlweaver.com, I have never used them.

Site Design:

Some design firms I haven’t tested out:

This is a great place to find stock photos for you sites

MS Windows editors:

Online resources:

Firefox development plugins:

Google Chrome plugins:

SEO Tools:

Certificate Verification:

Color palattes. Create a good one
avivadirectory
colourlovers
colorcombos
www.degraeve.com/color-palette/

Charting
protovis

Windows Antivirus Protection

May
21

Avast! antivirus is free software that I recommend for home use computers. It is great and protects you for free on a windows machine, you can’t beat that!

A few people asked me how to schedule a boot scan before letting window start.

To schedule boot scan using Avast, follow the steps below:

  • Right click on the Avast system tray icon
  • Click on “Start Avast Anti Virus”
  • Avast anti virus window will pop up and run a memory scan
  • Once memory scan finish, you can right click on the Avast anti virus window and select “Schedule Boot Time Scan”
  • “Schedule Boot Time Scan” window will popup, select “Scan all local disk” and check on “Advanced Options” and you can go from there

…hope this helps

I’ll be updating this post from time to time.

Keynote from Web 2.0 Expo

May
20

Gary Vaynerchuk presented a great keynote at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC September 2008:

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