Airbnb Works With Amsterdam to Collect Taxes, Clarify Rules – Skift

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Amsterdam was lauded as an innovator among sharing economy enthusiasts in February when it became one of the first cities to create a new category of accommodation, which made it legal for city residents to occasionally rent their homes to tourists.

Several rules applied to hosts: Residents could only rent the home they live in, they must own the space or have permission from their landlord, and they must pay tax on the income made from the short-term rentals.

via Airbnb Works With Amsterdam to Collect Taxes, Clarify Rules – Skift.

To Succeed, Growth Hacking Has To Focus More On Product Development Than Marketing | TechCrunch

The really great growth hackers out there — people like Andy Johns, who helped Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Quora all reach record user numbers — understand that it’s not just about getting as many users as possible, but about helping to get the product experience right and ultimately amassing as large a user base as possible. Those are two very different things.

via To Succeed, Growth Hacking Has To Focus More On Product Development Than Marketing | TechCrunch.

How 9 SaaS Companies Hacked Their Growth

Traditional growth methods don’t work like they used to. I would argue that unless you have insane amounts of funding, traditional growth marketing is not even possible. Growth hacking is popular because it is essential. The best businesses who are positioned to use growth hacking are SaaS companies.

These growth hacking techniques have been proven to be successful by other companies. They could help power your SaaS business to the next level.

via How 9 SaaS Companies Hacked Their Growth.

Tech Things I’m Excited about in 2015 Because 2014 Was so Boring

The rise of small company hardware

Five years ago hardware was a corporation game. If something hit the market it was because Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung or any other corporation deemed it worthy of your dollars after countless months of meetings and field testing. Now, nearly anyone can make the next breakout piece of hardware.

via Tech Things I’m Excited about in 2015 Because 2014 Was so Boring.

Why a Great Product is the Ultimate Growth Hack — Adventures in Consumer Technology — Medium

There is a study on startup scaling by the Startup Genome Project that reports “74% of high growth internet startups fail due to premature scaling.” Attempting to grow before your product is ready can greatly impact your startup’s chances for success. Making the decision to scale is just as important as deciding the right time to do so.However, time and time again, too many startups focus too heavily on trying to develop a product that serves everyone — or building something for millions of “customers” before they even have their first one.Scaling too early, or spending your resources excessively before developing a product that will successfully satisfy a large market, can lead your startup to fall into the same trap as those mentioned above.

via Why a Great Product is the Ultimate Growth Hack — Adventures in Consumer Technology — Medium.

Pandora “AMPs” Audience Analytics to Boost Musician-Listener Engagement | ClickZ

Pandora has launched AMP, a free program that shares listener data with its 150,000 musicians, in order to give artists and their managers better insights into audiences.AMP will include geographic and demographic breakdowns of each artist’s audiences, along with an interactive heat map highlighting locations around the United States where an artist’s music is attracting attention. Other features include access to song-by-song performance information — which includes total track spins and number of thumbs up for each track — and a count of fans who have created a station for the artist.

via Pandora “AMPs” Audience Analytics to Boost Musician-Listener Engagement | ClickZ.

Etsy Moves Further Into The Offline World With Launch Of Card Reader For In-Person Payments | TechCrunch

Crafts marketplace Etsy this morning announced a further expansion into the offline world with the launch of an Etsy card reader product designed for sellers who want to take credit and debit card payments in person. The move is centered around Etsy’s larger goal to become a one-stop shop for creative business owners who are often marketing their goods in the real world, at craft fairs, farmer’s markets, flea markets, and elsewhere, as well as through their own local outreach efforts.

via Etsy Moves Further Into The Offline World With Launch Of Card Reader For In-Person Payments | TechCrunch.