Infographics are dead. Long live webgraphics

Going beyond static infographics, “webgraphics” — to coin a term — offer greater interactivity, storytelling possibilities, and marketing opportunities.

Here’s the takeaway from 2012’s big tech acquisitions: Founders must be lean

With the ever-shifting landscape of the acquisition market in the tech world of today, it seems at first like a bit of a fool’s errand to pick out any trends. This week’s purchase of Wildfire by Google, as well as buys by Salesforce, Oracle and Microsoft in recent months, point to a bullish environment. But, concerns abound over the Facebook IPO and whether that is having a pull-back effect on the rest of venture capital investing.

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The untold story behind Kickstarter stats [infographic]

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Kickstarter failures that were difficult to find because Kickstarter intentionally prevents failed campaigns from being indexed by the search engines…and how I managed to find (what turned out to be) about 59% of the unsuccessfully funded projects.

How Rod Stewart helped me get the attention of VCs and angels

Our company has pitched to VCs many times this past year to raise capital. After much fine-tuning, we put together a colorful investment infographic on a handout, which has helped in getting VCs’ attention.

JOBS Act becomes law, but questions linger about potential for fraud

President Obama signed the Crowdfunding Bill, aka the JOBS Act, into law today. It will change the way startups do business in a lot of ways, most notably by making it easier for them to accept smaller investments from a larger number of investors. Chance Barnett, chief executive officer of crowdfunding service provider Crowdfunder, sent us the nifty infographic below helping to explain.

Piracy

What’s the true cost of piracy? (infographic)

The debate over the true impact of piracy is likely to intensify between now and this summer, as several of the country’s largest Internet service providers inch closer to voluntarily implementing anti-piracy policies from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Smart grid startups compete for highly variable venture funding

Venture capital industry interest and investment in smart grid startups has been up and down over the past five years, ranging from a peak of nearly $316 million in 2009 to around $100 million or less in 2011 (as of the end of September). There’s reason to be optimistic about the future growth of the sector, however. Powerful fundamental factors — the shift to cleaner, renewable energy sources and market deregulation among them — continue to support growth, as do smart grid proponents and technology providers.

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What SOPA means for business & innovation (infographic)

Several tech companies and online communities have come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a recently proposed piece of legislation that many feel will bring unnecessary censorship to the web. But much less attention has been given to how the bill will affect the overall landscape of business and innovation.

Cisco Cloud Traffic

Cisco: Global cloud traffic will increase 12-fold by 2015

Better grab an umbrella, because it’s about to get real cloudy. A new study by Cisco estimates that global traffic generated by cloud computing services will increase a staggering 12 times by 2015 compared to cloud traffic in 2010, while data center traffic will increase at a less-showy-but-still-impressive four times by 2015.