Rick Desai talks startup strategy on Inc.com

Rick Desai talks startup strategy on Inc.com

  Today, Inc.com featured Rick, our head of corporate strategy and co-founder of sister company Dashfire, in their latest Playbook video, "Why You Should Invest in Customer Sophistication."   Rick explains how he helped the Matchist founders make it work in the marketplace by investing in customer education.   "If you meet someone who doesn't have a clue, take the time to give them the clue," he says, quoting Dave Cohen and Brad Feld four years ago when the co-founders first introduced Techstars,…
Vote for Packback and Bucketfeet in the Moxie Awards

Vote for Packback and Bucketfeet in the Moxie Awards

FarShore is excited to announce two of our partner companies, BucketFeet and Packback, are finalists in BuiltIn Chicago’s 2014 Moxie Awards.   Digital textbook rental company Packback, as seen on SharkTank, was nominated for three awards: Best Consumer Web Startup, Startup of the Year and Best Startup Founder or Co-Founders (Mike Shannon, Kasey Gandham and Jessica Tenuta). Artist-designed footwear retailer Bucketfeet is also in the running for Best Consumer Web Startup.   Cast your vote here. The ballot closes June…
Facebook’s F8 announcements

Facebook’s F8 announcements and what they mean for startups

Facebook showcased a deep commitment to the mobile ecosystem at its F8 developer conference last week, revealing a whole host of new tools and programs. With these initiatives, Mark Zuckerberg emphasized, the company will focus on "putting people first."   But what's in it for startups, exactly? Here are four of the new features and how developers and brands can take advantage of them.   1. Audience Network = Access to More Customers. With the Audience Network expansion, advertisers can…
HEARTBLEED BUG

HEARTBLEED BUG: What you need to know

    What is the Heartbleed bug?    The heartbleed bug is a two-year old vulnerability in OpenSSL code, which is a widely used data encryption standard used to handle secure information. This vulnerability was only very recently unearthed and patched.   Who is affected?    Unfortunately, almost anyone who transmits information and signs up for accounts over the internet could include the bug. To determine if a site you visit is still vulnerable, you can visit http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/   What can…
RoomVa + Farshore

RoomVa + Farshore = Success

Though Farshore has tons of experience working with large companies, we’ve always had a soft spot for early stage entrepreneurs. After awesome experience working with companies like Pixtant and Kangu.org, the FS team jumped at the chance to help out technically in supporting the launch of a startup through Dashfire Launch. The selections were made, and Farshore ended up building RoomVa, a booking portal for Latin American hotels and hostels.  For lack of a better phrase, Diego and Hendrik are…
Magento Plugin Curebit

Magento Plugin Spotlight: Curebit

  The Plugin: Curebit   The Pitch: Make referral marketing as simple (and beautiful) as pie.     Pricing: Free for the first $10,000 you generate per month in referrals!   Why it’s awesome: For those who want to offer customers rewards for referrals, Curebit is the gold standard. Allow customers to share referral links at the point of sale, or create a standalone campaign for existing customers and affiliate marketers.         Once you’re integrated, (this can…