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The crowdfunding conundrum
Miscalculating funding thresholds can sink your startup.
By +Glen Martin 

"'We consider ourselves an API for manufacturing,' says Miller. 'We help people with functional prototypes configure their crowdfunding campaigns so they accommodate the reality of producing products at high volume.'

The good news, continues Miller, 'is that this really is a great time to design and market advanced products. The costs for robotic technology are much lower than even a couple of years ago, and entrepreneurs with even a little bit of money can build functional prototypes. But manufacturing remains the big stumbling block.'"

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/the-crowdfunding-conundrum.html
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Announcing BioCoder issue 3
By +Mike Loukides 

"That future will be ours — if we choose to make it. Bethencourt’s argument (and Kelly’s) is that we can’t not choose to make it. Yes, there are plenty of obstacles: the limits to our understanding of biology and genetics, the inadequate tools we have for doing research, the research institutions themselves, and even fear of the future. We’ll overcome these obstacles; indeed, if Bethencourt is right, and biology is our destiny, we have no choice but to overcome these obstacles. The only question is whether you’re part of the revolution or not."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/announcing-biocoder-issue-3.html

Download your free copy: http://www.oreilly.com/biocoder/
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Leading by example: two stories
When health care institutions are charging outrageous prices, we need to stand up and say, "That's insane."
By +Tim O'Reilly 

"Sites like clearhealthcosts.com let you compare prices for various medical procedures in your area. (Fred Trotter, author of the O’Reilly book Hacking Healthcare, has built another such system, the DocGraph.) These sites have been mainly targeted to those who are uninsured or who have high deductibles, but if we really want to drive down the cost of care, we need to use these tools whether insurance is paying the bill or not. When an institution is charging outrageous prices, we need to stand up, like Jeffrey Kivi did, and say, 'That’s insane.'"

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/leading-by-example-two-stories.html
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The evolving purpose of design
Design is about communication and respect as much as function.
By +Glen Martin 

"But Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, thinks that’s a law best consigned to the dustbin of history; she gets exasperated when design is presented as the subservient handmaiden of utility.

“'There shouldn’t be any differentiation between form and function,' she maintained in a recent interview. 'The idea that form must follow function, that’s out the window; it’s a tired cliché. A good object, a well-designed object, is encompassing. It is unified, the material embodiment of a strong idea.'”

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/the-evolving-purpose-of-design.html
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Wearable intelligence
Establishing protocols to socialize wearable devices.
By +Glen Martin 

"Burton cites three linked factors driving the wearable revolution:

“'First, obviously, is big data. In two years, there will be data equivalent to 72 million Libraries of Congress available online. The second is the ubiquitous, connected network that will make that data instantly available to anyone, anywhere. Finally, we have powerful and rapidly evolving analytics — the means for finding any particular needle you want in the ever-expanding data haystack.'”

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/wearable-intelligence.html
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Toward an open Internet of Things
Vendors, take note: we will not build the Internet of Things without open standards.
By +Mike Loukides 

"With the Internet of Things, it’s deja vu all over again. The vendors who provide public APIs and support open standards will succeed in the long run. Likewise, the vendors who try to trap consumers behind proprietary software and non-interoperable products will eventually fail, to everyone’s detriment. If you win the IoT, you lose it."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/toward-an-open-internet-of-things.html
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#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans
By +Tim O'Reilly 

"My point is that when you think about the Internet of Things, you should be thinking about the complex system of interaction between humans and things, and asking yourself how sensors, cloud intelligence, and actuators (which may be other humans for now) make it possible to do things differently. It is that creativity in finding the difference that will lead to the breakthrough applications for the Internet of Things and Humans."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/ioth-the-internet-of-things-and-humans.html
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Full-stack developers
Developers who understand the whole stack are going to build better applications.
By +Mike Loukides 

"Performance optimization, more often than not, involves breaking the carefully designed layers that keep our software architecture sane. Sometimes, the mythical 'full-stack developer' sounds like: 'we got rid of the silos, and now we want one person to replace them all.' That’s nonsense. What’s really needed isn’t someone who can replace all the specializations that the silos represented, but someone who can work across those specializations, someone who can work productively with people on other parts of the team."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/full-stack-developers.html
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Joi Ito: “Deploy or Die”
Why everyone must understand manufacturing, and why the most creative companies design hardware and software together.
By +Jon Bruner 

"It was a pleasure, as always, to talk with Joi Ito a couple of weeks ago. He and I are co-chairing Solid, our new conference about the intersection of software and the physical world, and we recorded part of our conversation in the video below to frame the program we’ve assembled.

"Joi is, of course, the director of the MIT Media Lab, where the emphasis is on working across disciplines: engineers take on art and designers hit the oscilloscopes. The kind of development process standard in the new generation of hardware startups — small groups of people hacking away at electronics and software to come up with products that combine both — has been familiar at the Media Lab for decades."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/04/joi-ito-deploy-or-die.html
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Code Red_: “They have no use for someone who looks and dresses like me”
By +Tim O'Reilly 

"But if we think that bringing Silicon Valley to the rescue is that simple, we’re missing the big opportunity, which is to change the way we design and manage government projects. You can’t just sprinkle some Silicon Valley fairy dust and go back to business as usual. The “emergency measures” of the rescue need to lead us to a profound rethinking of how government creates IT projects."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/03/code-red_-they-have-no-use-for-someone-who-looks-and-dresses-like-me.html
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