links for 2009-10-22

  • The more links to your site from quality websites, the higher you'll rank on Google. But obtaining quality links is getting harder. In my pursuit of quality links I often turn to the social bookmarking tool Delicious ( It allows you to link to sites you like and then categorize these sites using keywords called "tags." You can also explore sites that others have tagged that might be related to your needs.

    Delicious is definitely worth getting acquainted with. You can use it to categorize your link building efforts as well as a discovery tool to find new ways to get links. Let's look at four strategies.

  • Eight of the 13 companies in Colorado that received venture capital during the third quarter are based in the Boulder Valley.

    The eight private companies received a total of $35.7 million while the state collected $50.3 million on 13 deals in the quarter ending June 30, according to the MoneyTree Report compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.

    Boulder-based Aztek Networks Inc., co-founded by J. Mark Elder and Pete Ruether, is a maker of voice-switching products for the telecommunications industry. The company led the way locally receiving $10,050,000 in a later-stage round of funding from several groups including Grotech Ventures, Kinetic Ventures LLC, Sequel Venture Partners, Telecommunications Development Fund and UV Partners.

    (tags: grotech vc aztek)

  • One of the greatest adventures in life is working within a start up. The twists and turns across uncertain and unfolding landscape can make a veritable roller coaster. That uncertainty and potential tend to draw a cast of characters as participants. Some are memorable. Here is my list of 7 troublemakers (not all inclusive by any means but these are favorites) that you meet in a start up.

  • Here we go again. Long thought dead due to the presence of nearly a dozen Android handset models in the market, the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) phone rumor has reappeared. The Google-branded hardware will come with Android 2.0 and use Qualcomm's chips.

    The Google Phone rumor has been resurrected by Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar, who recently issued a note to his investors. In it, he said, "Google is expected to launch a self branded smartphone by year end followed by netbook (sic) early next year."

    Kumar predicts that the device will run Android 2.0 (Eclair) and will use Qualcomm's wireless chipsets. Kumar doesn't specify which chips, but we can only hope the device will run on Qualcomm's SnapDragon processors (which are speedy).

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