Founder Stories: Matt MacInnis On Leaving Apple To Start Inkling


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This week’s Founder Stories features Inkling Founder and CEO Matt MacInnis. Inkling, the 100-employee cloud publishing company, recently announced a $16 million Series C funding. With inevitable growth, it is an interesting time for Inkling. But that story is still unfolding, so Matt and I went back to the beginning to talk more about how the company started and what inspired him to leave Apple after eight years to build a startup:

You don’t see a lot of successful startup CEOs coming out of Apple. And what I think I’ve learned in hindsight is that a lot of the methods that you apply in a company that has a tailwind, where the resources you got are just sort of poured on, because the model works. The products are successful and in Apple’s case, for example, being insanely secretive about what you are doing. That doesn’t work…

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Spotify may actually be reigniting music sales growth


In some ways, Sweden is the chilly laboratory of the global music industry. The local hero, Spotify, took over the country already at the end of 2011 as the cool animation by Digital Music News demonstrates. In 2009, streaming music was just 7% of music sales in Sweden. In 2013. streaming had exploded to 70% of the entire music industry sales. As the streaming revolution took off, something curious happened in Sweden: National music sales started growing robustly again, from $150 million in 2012 to nearly $170 million in 2013.

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Google Launches $35 Chromecast Video Streaming To Rival Apple TV



Google is making another foray into the living room with the Chromecast, a small $35 dongle that allows users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV using Chrome. Essentially, it turns every TV into a smart TV, but it lets you control it through whatever device you’re on rather than providing a new interface.

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Uber CEO Talks Crazy Regulation And Doing On-Demand Service For Everything


Regulators in Colorado want to make it illegal for Uber cabs to come within 200 feet of a hotel, bar or restaurant. Governor John Hickenlooper, who appoints the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) charged with regulating transportation, is remaining suspiciously silent on the rather aggressive proposal.

“He made it very clear that he was not the person trying to put us out of business, but his appointees at the PUC that are trying to put us out of business,” said Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick this morning after a discussion he had with the governor at Fortune’s Brainstorm TECH conference at the Aspen Institute.

The law is, to put it mildly, bizarre. There’s no compelling reason to put a restraining order on smartphone-enabled drivers other than to protect Colorado cabs from the customers who want an alternative. While the governor says he wants Colorado to be a startup-friendly environment, he has…

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The Nokia Lumia 1020

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The Nokia 1020 is the newest flagship Windows phone that was released yesterday. This phone is made to be an upgrade of the Nokia 808 that ran Symbian and a new version of the 920 that runs Windows. There really isn’t anything different from this smartphone that’s not on the Lumia 920 from Nokia but its camera, new camera grip, and the camera app.


The new Nokia Pro Camera is an update to the normal stock camera. The 41-megapixel camera that is added to this phone makes it a lot more powerful than the 808 PrueView camera and the 920’s stock camera. With the six-lens Carl Zeiss optics hardware gives it another profession camera look, it has a 3x zoom feature, autofocus feature, and a dual-flash feature.


Nokia’s Lumia 1020 also as a Xenon flash (the same as the Lumia 928) with a smaller LED flash. It also captures HD 1080p video.



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