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As a designer/developer, I am addicted to high quality resources that ease what I do.

And, since 6 years, WebResourcesDepot was all about that; those beautiful, mostly free and useful resources.

The website became a huge repository of selected goodies which I hope helped and will help many designers/developers (besides me).

Many of you already know that I am also part of another project, Uptime Robot, and it is really hard to be productive with working on multiple projects.

With the new year, I’ll be working full-time on Uptime Robot and WRD now has a new owner, Brad Wayland of the inspiring¬†DesignM.ag.

Considering his expertise on content, I already know that WRD can only become better.

To keep this short, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of WRD (reader, contributor, advertiser) in all these years. I have learned a lot from it and very happy with the experience.

Wishing everyone a great new year. Bests. Umut.

Fred Wilson, an investor who is known with his good decisions (early investor for Twitter, SoundCloud and Kickstarter) has made an interesting speech at LeWeb.

It was about the types of start-ups he was interested in investing and want to share some of them as it was inspiring as well.

He started with saying that he is not interested in technologies but more in trends and prefer to invest in trends.

These 3 trends were the ones that he saw growing:

Removal of bureaucratic hierarchies

The need for speed when it comes to reaching information is clearly the heaviest trend.

The examples he provided were Twitter (replacing old media), Airbnb (replacing hotels) and Kickstarter (replacing production companies).

Simply, anything that removes the middleman in any service (or at least minimizes the number of them).

Unbundling

This can actually be summarized as focusing to niche markets.

The traditional business usually tries to sell all the things it can (like a bank selling loans, cards, accepting deposits, insurance..).

However, he thinks that the user now prefers to get products/services that are specially focused on that and want to get the best as a result (an example was Netflix).

People being the network

With the increasing smartphone usage, we are all part of an active network.

And, he attaches the success of apps like Uber or Tinder to that effect.

 

These 3 trends are the filters of Fred Wilson and think that they are worth considering when launching a start-up.

Here is his speech (it is worth the time):

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  • LeWeb, one of the oldest (10th year) and largest conference for web entrepreneurs and startups is starting tomorrow in Paris.

    There is an exciting line up of speakers and sessions and the 3-day-event will be held around the motto “The Next 10 Years“.

    LeWeb Paris

    It’ll definitely be inspiring (which I think the conferences are usually all about) to listen Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Fadell, Jesse Richman and others.

    There will also be a start-up competition running parallel to the conference where winners will be set the last day and it’l be interesting to experience the process.

    I was planning to go to LeWeb Paris 2013 since months, had applied to their official bloggers program, accepted and actually writing this post from the airport, my way to Paris.

    LeWeb Paris Speakers

    Like mentioned, there are lots of sessions and I’m specially excited about the ones with the founders of Parse, Uber, Nest, About.me and also crypto-currency discussion.

    You will probably see some more posts this week about LeWeb at WRD as I plan to share the exciting stuff.

    Also, If you will be there, don’t forget to say “hello” : ).

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  • When working as a distributed team or meeting remotely with clients, video chat is used frequently.

    Appear.in is a free and web-based app that provides group video chat for up to 8 people.

    The application doesn’t require sign-up, a room with a unique link can be created instantly and shared with others.

    Appear.in

    It is built with native web technologies, no download is needed and works on all browsers except IE.

    There is also an API which may simplify integrating it to the project management cycle with ease.

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  • We probably all experience the easy-to-use style-guides of front-end frameworks like Bootstrap or Foundation.

    Such guides help a lot when it comes to reaching the “how-to” quickly and they are a common source of information to make sure that every designer consumes the code in a similar way.

    Kalei Styleguide

    Kalei Styleguide is a project that can auto-generate such (Bootstrap-like) style-guides from the “live” CSS files so it is always up-to-date.

    It works on the client-side and uses the comments in stylesheets for creating the titles + navigation.

    Simply, it is a less-effort, almost instant generator that enables us to get organized with our stylesheets.