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How US Policy is Forcing 5 million Americans to Reconsider US Citizenship

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Imagine if both your parents were born citizens of Canada.  Now, imagine that they moved to the USA over 30 years ago (before you were born) and became US citizens themselves.  You are born in Texas, you have never been to Canada, and don’t have any plans to visit Canada. …

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Jay Bhatti to Councilwoman: Why did you ask Steve Jobs for Free WiFi?

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Cupertino Councilwoman: Here’s Why I Asked Steve Jobs For Free Wifi

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When Steve Jobs appeared before the city of Cupertino to pitch Apple’s new HQ, one particular exchange with the city council caught our attention.

 

Councilwoman Kris Wang asked, “Do we get free wifi or something like that?”

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How Startups Should Deal With Cliff Vesting For Employees

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This article was published on Business Insider, click here to see original post.   One of the most exciting aspects of joining a startup is getting stock options. It gives you ownership in the company and aligns incentives between management and employees. However, one part of the standard options package causes a…

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THE FUTURE OF BING: Microsoft’s Next Big Partnerships

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This article was written by Jay Bhatti and published on Business Insider – Click here to view.

 

My last article regarding Bing’s partnership with Kayak resulted in several emails asking who Bing might partner with next.  It’s an interesting question and one that merits thoughtful consideration.

Let’s go back a few years, when Bing was officially launched. On May 28, 2009, Microsoft launched Bing and Steve Ballmer declared it the decision engine. In the press release, Microsoft specifically called out Travel, Shopping, Local and Health as verticals where they wanted to simplify the task for consumers.

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5 Things The Kayak Deal Tells Us About Bing

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This article was written by Jay Bhatti and appeared on businessinsider.com – click here to see full version.

On Friday, Microsoft announced apartnership with Kayak to provide travel results. Jay Bhatti is a former Microsoft employee who founded the people-search engine Spock. Here’s what he sees in the deal:

1. Microsoft purchased Farecast a few years ago for more than $100 million. It’s safe to assume that it was another waste of money for Microsoft. The Farecast team combined with Microsoft’s resources could not build a compelling enough product to compete with Kayak. Heck, two years ago, Kayak complained to Microsoft that Bing’s travel product looked identical to Kayak. Looks like $100 million gets you a team that at least knows how to copy and paste.

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Darwin Ventures Appoints Jay Bhatti, Veteran Vertical Search Engine Entrepreneur, as a New General Partner and Opens an Office in New York City

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Darwin Ventures, a private equity firm focused on venture capital, today announced that Jay Bhatti has joined the firm as a General Partner and Zach Heilman has joined as Lead Engineering Manager. “Expanding the Darwin Ventures team with Jay and Zach will allow us to focus on new opportunities in the burgeoning New York City business environment,” said Peter Freudenthal, managing general partner of Darwin Ventures. “We are very excited to have Jay aboard as our new partner and Zach as our lead engineering manager. We feel that their unique skill sets will allow us to expand our existing business interests in Manhattan.” “Internet search has been my core technology interest for many years, and the addition of Jay and Zach plants our flag in New York City,” said Frank Caufield, managing general partner.

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Why Did Google Breakup With My Website?

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When it comes to relationships on the web, there are none as one sided as the one between Google and your website.  Google can decide at anytime to rank your site higher, lower, or remove it all together from its entire index.

Google’s rankings have helped some small e-commerce merchants grow to heights they never imagined, and in other cases, it has caused businesses to go bankrupt!

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New Beginnings

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Well, after selling Spock.com and spending a year with the acquiring company, I am now ready to embark on my next venture. I moved to NYC this time. Decided that one startup in the valley was enough. Today, we got office space:) Lets see what happens this time around.

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Does the iPad deliver?

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As one of the more anticipated events in the tech community, Apple’s latest invention did not disappoint. In officially unveiling the new iPad, Steve Jobs took on the Amazon Kindle and once again raised the bar for its competitors. While pundits have criticized the iPad for lacking a true identity (and they are certainly right to an extent), similar to the iPhone, the iPad should encourage further innovation and will impact multiple industries. Taking a closer look at the iPad strictly as an e-reader, it is an interesting product that has advantages and disadvantages over the Kindle.

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How Bad is Microsoft About Product Quality

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Microsoft recently added Bing Local. A direct competitor to Google Local Business Listings.    However, check out the business claiming page on Bing today: https://ssl.bing.com/listings/ListingCenter.aspx As a former Microsoft Product Manager, it pains me to no end to see how poor Microsoft performs on delivering quality products.

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