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Every now and then you stumble on a real gem of a site and 9Tutorials is just such a treasure. I came across it a few months ago and thought it time I shared!
Armed with a copy of Photoshop, a good eye for colour and the guides from this site alone, you can create a fantastic looking site for your startup in no time at all. With the weekend upon us, why wait?

The bulk of the site’s content is based around using Photoshop but Flash, ASP, PHP and other popular platforms and technologies get coverage too.

Well worth a look for startups are the posts on creating your own Web 2.0 style logo like this one


and creating a Web 2.0 style site template like this one (anything but pink though please!)


Now all you need is that great idea and this when it’s released 😉noelia ron paul youtube harry potter twango iphone netflix facebook theresa duncan music paris hilton myspace google minube spoiler


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If not, now you can get up to speed thanks to the recent release of Information Architects Web Trends 2007 guide. Think Gartner’s Magic Quadrants but for all interests/industries at the same time, all on one page, and unlike most of Gartner’s industry analysis, it’s free!


Find out who’s waining by remaining Web 1.0 and those gaining at the cutting edge of 2.5 here. More importantly, read the full story and learn how to use it to your company’s advantage here.

This is an excellent v2 of the project, with the next revision due in December. Well done to all!!harry potter youtube noelia frank rich ron paul harry potter spoiler el jueves deathly hallows iphone galilea

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I received the following invite on comments yesterday :

Dear Jim,
I would like you to be one of the first to know about bligter.com a new 2.0 web service for bloggers.
Please visit http://www.bligter.com and feel free to enter any post you like.
Best Regards.
Karen Cho
User experience manager

This site is so new that the famous Mr. Arrington and crew over at TechCrunch haven’t come across it yet, as this swicki search proves!

Bligter Beta Home

So what the hell is Bligter? Well it’s far from bleedin’ obvious. Perhaps Karen would like to explain the tagline for us? “Making blogging easier” how exactly?

Bligter appears to be a poor man’s Digg of sorts, a blog posts collector intended to be a place you can go for inspiration (or just to plagiarize) for your own content when writer’s block strikes, with the ability to locate relevant posts by tags.

At the moment, half the damn links aren’t working to navigate the site and clicking “Get Post” results in the following:

This service is not available jet. We are now collecting post. In a few
days we will publish the first hundreds posts. You may send us a post.
Just fill in the form:

Note the spelling and grammar. This is the case on the homepage too, unforgivable.

Oh Karen, this is just poor, and what’s worse most people you invite to this beta will be so turned off by the God awful site design they won’t be bothered to give it a fair go. My advice to Bligter …get the functionality down then give it a substantial Web 2.0 makeover before any launch.

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In the last couple of months I’ve had a few good ideas that could be built on open source tools and off the ground for next to nothing. However I’m not sure where to start. Can anyone recommend a guide, preferably with an Irish slant?

Books for Business Startups

I like the look of the highly rated “Start Your Business – Week by Week“. Any other opinions from the blogosphere? youtube ron paul frank rich myspace paris hilton music videos naruto paul potts akon authority bebo dailymotion facebook fergie flickr frank rich funny iphone wwe

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… and in the spirit of “If you build it, they will come!”, let’s see if it takes off.

I read Sam Sethi’s posting on TechCrunch about new entrepreneur matching service “AngelPitch” this morning, pondering if it would work (linking entrepreneurs with business angels / VCs via video-conferencing) or not. It was Sam’s last comment that caught my attention.

Will Angelpitch work? I am not sure just yet as the $150 fee feels like a barrier to me but I would love to see a YouTube like video site where entrepreneurs pitch their business and Angels watch to find companies and entrepreneurs they like.

So, you know how it is, you get an idea, you run with it and ya see how it goes! I’ve started the ball rolling with the launch of MyStartupPitch.

Yeah it’s hosted on Ning Video (for now!) rather than it’s own swish domain but it’s the idea that matters right? People invest in people and their ideas, not just the idea, so get your face in front of those that matter with just a little time and effort.

Are you a startup company, Irish or otherwise, looking for free exposure? If so post your video now, and tell your friends!

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks!

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