Google Ventures, the internet company's startup investment arm, has spruced up its website under the snappy new URL gv.com. The overhauled user interface paves the way for a bunch of new content in the GV Library. That includes articles about design and picking an agency, video interviews with startup founders, the rules of product management, getting hiring right, creating strong culture, holding useful meetings and a lot more besides. Some workshops available to GV portfolio companies have now been posted as publicly-viewable videos.
Showing your best side
Just when we'd got to grips with updating our Company Pages, LinkedIn starts serving up Showcase Pages. The idea is to let people keep up to date with the things they're most interested in, which might only be one part of what a company does.
Admins set up Showcase Pages by identifying the departments or brands in their business worthy of the spotlight, then LinkedIn users can hit follow if it grabs their attention. The pages are designed to be content heavy and to focus on sharing your firm's latest updates, LinkedIn says.
Destination: Middle Earth
Air New Zealand isn't the only one riding on the coat tails of Hobbit fever. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, here's the site for a Google experiment using Chrome to create an interactive version of Middle Earth as the Desolation of Smaug sequel approaches.
It's all pretty clever but so far only three of the seven locations have been unlocked.
Google recently released a developer kit for Glass, so developers can make native augmented reality apps for the company's headset.
The new 'Glassware' will run directly on the hardware rather than over the web, which was the case with the Mirror programming interface. The kit offers access to the hardware's voice recognition system, the gesture detector, the gyroscope, accelerometer, and 'cards', which are part of the user interface. Google also used the launch to show off some cool new Glass apps, like virtual reality word game Spellista and translation app Word Lens.