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Create an ultra fast, distributed & resilient datastore with Riak

In one project I am working on, I needed to store a *large* amount of data. My main constraints were that it should be able to store data as a simple key/value pair collection, blazing fast, with a quick learning curve & highly resilient. I also tend to avoid swiss…

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5 great things about cold calling and why your startup should do it more

It might sound stupid, but in my previous startups, I used to think that cold calling was not for us. Why cold call when you can create adwords or emailing campaigns, find prospects on Twitter, leverage our network of friends, friends of friends, forums, etc. For me, cold calling was…

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How and why use Microsoft Solver Foundation for .Net

Microsoft Solver is an awesome tool that can help you solve constraint satisfaction problems, also known as “CSP”. CSP are mathematical problems defined as a set of objects whose state must satisfy a number of constraints. The concept is really simple: put in a box the following ingredients: A set…

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3 lessons that start-ups can teach to big firms about effective innovation

I am always amazed at how most of big firms can be ineffective when it comes to innovation. During the past years, much companies seem to have created departments dedicated to innovation to cope with an aggressive competition from smaller companies. Unfortunately, most of these departments seem to end up simply…

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Why starting a business is like solving a Rubik’s cube

Beforehand, I know that there are wizards at solving Rubik’s cube in a record time, but I am not one of them. I also never learnt the tricks to solve a Rubik’s cube, I am a total beginner at it. That said, when starting any new business (or even project), I’ve often…

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