Kunjan Upadhyay:

And I got the answer of why the hell Facebook did such a big deal for just an App.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

You might have heard by now that Facebook has acquired Instagram for nearly a billion dollars in cash and stock. Incredible, isn’t it? I have received text messages of awe and shock from many people in the Valley, for no one saw this coming.

A few days ago it was rumored to be valued at $500 million. A few months ago it was $300 million. Its last round — just a year ago — valued the company at $100 million. The rising valuation of the company was reflective of the growing audience it has been garnering, despite being just on the iPhone. It had reached nearly 30 million registered users before it launched an Android app, a turbo-charging event for the company.

So the question is:  Why did Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s level-headed but mercenary founder, buy Instagram at twice the valuation that professional venture investors were putting on it?…

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Top 25 Free People Search Engines to Find Anyone

1. 123 People (great for searching for people around the world)

What does it do: 123People searches through many social networks (like Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster) forums, Wikipedia and other communities to see if the person you’re looking for is a registered member there. You can also enter additional details to narrow your search by city, zip code, country and so on.

2. Wink

What does it do: Wink is in my top 3 list for the best people search engines. It searches over 800 million social network profiles via name, age, email address and so on. You can keep the contacts in one place via their interface.

3. MyLife

What does it do: MyLife is free to register, free to search (it has several excellent options to search by name and email) but not so free if you want to get the actual details. I’ve included MyLife in this list because it has some excellent free features (not so easy to discover) I’ve covered in this article, so I highly recommend you take a look here before using this website or eventually purchasing some of their services. Continue reading

15+ Great Ways to Find Web Design and Development Work

For web designers and developers looking to take on new projects, the Internet offers a great number of online resources that can help them find work. Though the competition for jobs is fierce (and on a few of the sites below, that competition is the whole point), whether you’re looking for a full-time career, a contract project, some quick freelance work, or something else, the web offers designers and developers a wealth of job opportunities — if you know where to look.

Take a look at the 15 services we’ve compiled in the list below. Any one of them could help you find your next project or boss. Have you used any of these services or had success with any of them? Let us know in the comments.


1. Job Boards


Job boards are the most traditional way of finding work, and in the past few years, industry-specific job boards have begun to supplant traditional, general classifieds on the web as one of the best ways to find gigs. Many offer freelance options as well as full-time positions.

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