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Not only is Dan Rayburn from StreamingMediaBlog predicting that the Kindle Fire is going to sell like crazy, he thinks Amazon is going to do something even Apple couldn’t do—jump-start the streaming media industry, resulting in the growth of video-related content consumption. That growth, he says, is going to help not only content owners but also all of the vendors who help those content owners create, ingest, transcode, store, manage, protect, monetize, distribute and track their content.
Grovo, an Internet education and training platform that helps people discover and learn to use Web sites faster than fumbling around on them on their own, just launched a redesigned site. Want to figure out how to use Twitter for your business, or make the most of Google Analytics? There are Grovo tutorials that cover those topics, plus loads of others. Grovo’s content library currently features over 1,000 lessons and provides education for nearly 100 leading sites.
OpenSky, an e-commerce site on which users receive product recommendations from celebrities, cognoscenti, and gurus of all brands, has raised $30 million. The company is six months old, has offices on the West Coast and in Nashville, and has now raised a total of $49 million over three funding rounds.
Square, the mobile-payment technology, may soon be available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, giving the company, which was founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, access to new markets. Square Inc. provides the mobile credit card reader and other technology necessary to make credit card payments via mobile devices.
A good business plan sells your company to the world and can help you get financing, arrange strategic alliances and attract employees. But creating a comprehensive and useful one means including a healthy amount of financial forecasts. While you could use Excel or Google Docs to create nice spreadsheets, graphs and charts, Profitably is a free cloud-based tool that can quickly display how you plan to grow things like revenue, profits and customers, chart out what tools you’ll use to do it, as well as lay out what your finances will look like in the future.