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Teaching a Computer to Read:

Scripted recently released a new feature called Experts, which allows us to efficiently and confidently group together expert writers in a given subject, the idea being that a business looking for experts in that field can easily find writers who are highly qualified (as both a writer and a domain expert) to write about it. Part of […]

Scripted Partners with Twitter to Offer Ad Credits

Marketing starts with great content, but even the best material will benefit from a boost. That’s why we’ve partnered with Twitter to offer our customers ads credits to promote their Tweets. Any Scripted customer in the US with a US credit card is eligible to receive $50 in ads credits. 1. Fill out this form […]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 5

Until now, we’ve played mostly with APIs and page scrapes. In this lesson, we dive a little bit deeper into the later in order to solve a simple sales problem: knowing when your customer changes jobs. I love JobChangeNotifier. It’s a simple web application that sends me an email each week showing which of my […]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 4

Recently, I got curious what other companies received funding, and when the funding event happened. There’s no better resource for this data than Crunchbase, and it’s another great little Python exercise to get that data out and into a spreadsheet. First, let’s start with the imports and data sources. import json, urllib, os, csv inpath […]

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The Wonders of Vim

As a software engineer, your choice of development environment will affect your productivity eight hours a day, five days a week. Different people have different tastes as far as text editors/IDE’s go, and for good reason. Personally, I always tend to gravitate toward more minimalist tools and greater transparency, and as I’m sure many would […]

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This, Jen, is the Internet

There’s this great show called The I.T. Crowd about three people working in an I.T. department. One of them, in classic sitcom fashion, has no idea what she’s doing. She knows nothing about I.T., including what the letters I and T stand for. When she’s voted employee of the month and gets to give a speech to […]

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Startup lessons learned in the 2012 NYC Marathon

Before Hurricane Sandy hit New York, I expected to run 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City, starting in Staten Island and ending in Manhattan. I was volunteering as a guide for a disabled athlete with Achilles, an international organization that helps athletes with disabilities complete long races. The day before I […]

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Scripted App for HootSuite

Content automation is made even simpler when scalable content meets a social media management system. This is why we created the Scripted app for HootSuite, a tool that effectively closes the loop from content production to distribution and management. HootSuite is a social media management system that allows businesses and organizations to manage their social […]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2, we covered techniques for how to scrape data from pages on Crunchbase. Well, I have news for you, and I don’t want you to get upset. There’s a much easier way to do it, one that requires far less time. Instead of loading pages and scraping them, we’ll instead […]

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A Tale of Two Pitches

I spent two days in Seattle a few months ago for a business trip, and as I walked to the rental car desk I had a realization. I have no pitch materials. No deck, no slick flyer, and no demo. I had five great meetings scheduled and no shwag to offer. My co-founder had just […]

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