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How design changes the way investors see your startup

A few weeks ago during a moment of self-reflection, I noticed a recurring theme throughout the top deals in our pipeline and became suddenly aware of my tendency to value startups with well-formed user experience and user interface (UX/UI) design elements over more technical elements.

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Apple Watch is ugly and boring (and Steve Jobs would have agreed)

Steve Jobs once looked at a Segway in a very exclusive pre-unveiling of inventor Dean Kamen’s machine, together with legendary investor John Doerr and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and told the Segway inventors that their incredible, amazing, wonderful new world-changing personal transporter … “sucked.”

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5 product design mistakes you need to avoid

Recently, I gave a talk on digital product design at Google’s Mountain View headquarters to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs and product veterans. While the audience asked a ton of great questions, I was surprised by how many of both audience types approached me afterward to thank me for sharing (what I thought were) fairly basic mistakes that stand in the way of great product design.

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Apple hires NY Times Magazine design director Arem Duplessis

Apple has hired New York Times Magazine’s design director Arem Duplessis. Does that name ring a bell? He’s the mind behind some of New York Times Magazine’s rather stunning covers over the last 10 years, and he’ll lend his talents to Apple’s internal marketing team as a creative director.

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The 10 best design trends of 2013

This year, while we’re totally barfing over a small group of standout horror shows, we’re largely impressed. Designers took the best of last year’s trends — full-bleed images, truly excellent typography, magazine-worthy interfaces — and extrapolated them to new heights.

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The best web and mobile fonts of 2013 are …

We’ve captured the essence of 2013 in type — a friendly serif, a rail-thin sans, a what-the-hell initials set, and a hipsterriffic face that would make the entire turnout of Coachella proud.

The meaning behind iOS 7’s kaleidoscope of colors

Many iPhone and iPad users are angry with the color palette on Apple’s new iOS7. Some have even compared it to the Easter bunny on weed. But a few of the color world’s most influential experts like the choices because they fit current design trends towards lightness and harmony.