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NostalgiaTech - How the 90's is Still Influencing Tech Today

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on August 25, 2016

A little over a year ago we began work on a project called Echo.

Echo is the brainchild of Tim Kappel, a prominent New Orleans/Nashville entertainment attorney. Echo is a social app that allows you to create and share digital memories around music. It's also in open beta right now, if you'd like to help test it. 

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Intellectual Property Law for Startups: Common Questions

Posted by Ray Areaux on August 19, 2016

What Intellectual Property Means for Your Company

This guest post comes to us courtesy of Ray Areaux, a patent attorney and founding member of Carver Darden, a law firm with offices in New Orleans and Pensacola. He, and other Carver Darden attorneys will be giving a free talk on intellectual property law at the LookFar offices on August 23rd, check here for more details.

The questions below highlight some of the most common misconceptions and pitfalls, especially for startups. Over my 30 plus years of rendering advice to clients on software protection and other Intellectual Property issues, I've seen all of these questions pop up repeatedly. If you're currently working at a startup, there's an excellent chance you'll wind up grappling with at least one of them as you grow your company.

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Demystifying Startup Finance Part II: KPIs and Benchmarking

Posted by Ashley Meeks on August 19, 2016

Welcome to Part II of our series on startup finance!

This week we'll be talking about a crucial skill for startup founders: understanding and identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). KPIs are best thought of as a variety of metrics that indicate a company's progress. Utilizing them intelligently can make all the difference between crafting a data-driven, fundamentally sound growth strategy and shooting in the dark.

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Demystifying Startup Finance Part I: Glossary

Posted by Ashley Meeks on August 12, 2016

Welcome to the first post of LookFar’s brand new finance breakdown!

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be covering a range of startup topics with a particular focus on determining your fundraising needs and getting you in shape to negotiate your first round.

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Writing Bug Tickets: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Eric Skinner on August 11, 2016

You’re testing your product and found a bug before your users did.

Success! Send it off to the developer, and it’ll be fixed. Mission accomplished, right? 

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The Southern Startup Report: July 15 - July 29

Posted by Alec Cole on August 4, 2016

The Southern Startup Report is a twice-monthly, curated newsletter covering the latest startup happenings in the American Southeast. Subscribe here if you like what you're reading.

Southern Startup News:  

New Orleans, LA - Idea Village Opens Applications for 2017 Accelerator ProgramsJuly 1 (today) marks the kickoff of Idea Village's entrepreneurial season in New Orleans. In more practical terms, this means that they've opened applications to their three primary acclerator programs: IDEAx, DIGITALMEDIAx, and ENERGYx. Each of the three take five cohort companies through a 12-week program that culminates in a demo day. Young startups are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

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Why Binary Search Trees Matter

Posted by Jonathan Biguenet on July 28, 2016

No, they're not just something you'll get asked about in tech interviews

If the patterns you write in your code are not efficient, you are stealing time from your users and in essence, draining them of their precious life force. If "developer" secretly meant "code vampire" this would be fine; but as it stands, wasteful code accomplishes nothing beyond annoying your users. Use efficient code, and don't steal life force!

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Birmingham Rising: Sloss Tech and Other Signs of Potential

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on July 20, 2016

If you work in the tech industry, and you don’t live in The Bay, you are part of a race.

You may not have realized you signed up to run it, but if you’re earning a living in the digital economy, you are part of a nation-wide sprint: the race to become the “next Silicon Valley.” 

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Designing in the browser using Gulp, Slush, Bootstrap 4 & Sass

Posted by V Yaymayan on July 14, 2016

Designing in the browser is a convenient way to prototype your product, quickly.  Being able to skip mocking up screens sounds very appealing, but depends highly upon what you're building. Rather than discussing why and when you should design in the browser, this post will be a practical guide to setting up a workflow for prototyping in the browser using Gulp, Slush, Bootstrap 4, and Chrome DevTools. 

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When Good Software Goes Bad: What Happens When Tech Is Discontinued

Posted by Michael Arnold on July 7, 2016

Choosing a technology is a challenging step for businesses when building any application.

These days, there are plug-ins and modules to do pretty much everything from front end frameworks to complete back end solutions. Heck, there are plug-ins to install your plug-ins. So how do you choose which technologies are the best for your business?

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