Fitbit Founder James Park Will Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

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James Park is on a roll. Best known as the co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, his company went public on June 18 — and things couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fitbit is now worth $9 billion despite facing tough competition.

It seems like nothing can stop the company’s fitness tracking devices. When Fitbit announced that it would go public, the company planned to raise around $350 million by pricing its shares between $14 to $16. But it ended up offering its shares for $20.

If your initial share price is too low, you leave money on the table. If it’s too high, you risk looking at your shares tanking quickly after going public. So was Fitbit too ambitious? Absolutely not. Shares soared more than 50 percent on the day of its IPO, breaking the $30 barrier minutes after starting trading (NYSE:FIT).

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The One Thing Every Great Company Has In Common

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Obscured in the valuation dust of the current unicorn stampede is a key question: What actually makes a greatcompanygreat? What do the future Facebooks, Googles and Apples have in common — not to mention the current ones?

Let’s take Google and Apple. Both have reached the pinnacle of business success. And some of their flagship products — like iPhone and Android — can even be eerily similar (even before they’ve had time to imitate each other).

But the souls of each couldn’t be more different: Apple is notoriously secretive; Google is a pioneer in transparency. Apple began as a hardware company; Google started as big data research. Apple has a military-style top-down command-and-control org chart; Google has a Burning Man-inspired, bottoms-up chaos to it. Apple is driven primarily by vision; Google worships experimentation and data. Steve Jobs was a heart-centered designer; Larry Page presents…

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Coke’s smaller cans and bottles lead to bigger sales

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It might sound counter-intuitive, but Coca-Cola [fortune-stock symbol=”KO”] is making more money thanks to packs with less soda in them.

Like other carbonated drink makers, such as archrival PepsiCo [fortune-stock symbol=”PEP”], Coke has been pushing smaller cans and bottles, betting that downsized packaging — namely, 7.5-ounce mini-cans and smaller 8-ounce glass bottles — is more in tune with what health-conscious consumers now want.

“The consumer is very much approving the smaller packages,” Coke CEO Muhtar Kent told Wall Street analysts on a conference call on Wednesday. “Smaller packages are growing much faster than larger packages.”

The company is also pushing customers in that direction by also raising prices on traditional packages, including 12-ounce cans and 2-liter cans.

And that, along with more marketing spending, was a key reason the company’s market share in the ‘non-alcoholic, ready to drink market’ grew for the 21st straight quarter, the company said. Kent…

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6 App Makers Who Prove You Don’t Need Coding Experience to Succeed

TIME

Picture the average app developer and you’ll probably imagine a Mark Zuckerberg archetype — a young, male computer wiz, eager to disrupt whatever. Judging by the prevailingdemographics of Silicon Valley, you’re onto something.

But widen the aperture beyond the Bay Area and a different picture emerges. The $26 billion app economy has spawned a new generation of app makers who don’t have a lick of coding experience, but can picture in their heads exactly how their finished product should look and feel.

TIME spoke with six such app makers whose coding skills ranged from “none” to “completely blind.” All agreed that translating their vision into functioning code wasn’t a significant hurdle to getting in the app store. New app building tools have converted chunks of hand-written code into prefabricated building blocks. Coders themselves have become a global commodity, ready to work on a temporary contract at a…

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Yumm.com Shares Its Last Supper

Execution is so important.

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Social bookmarking site for recipes, Yumm.com, has hit the deadpool. A note on the website thanks users for their input but says the numbers no longer stack up for operating as a business.

An email to registered users notes they are able to export saved recipes to their bookmarks folder or other bookmarking service, while business assets are being auctioned to pay back seed investors.

“It was a fun ride, I learned a lot, and I can honestly say thousands of people enjoyed and used the service. In the end, we just ran out of money and it turns out I can’t feed my kids on the goodwill of thousands of users,” founder Chris Hedgecock tells TechCrunch.

“I still believe in the concepts, we just didn’t have the resources to execute on an engineering and growth level. Onward and upward to the next project.”

Yumm.com was founded back in 2010, and had raised a…

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3 Morning Routines That Will Improve Your Day

I haven’t created something without the use of a computer or digital device in a very long time. There is definitely a sense of fulfilment when you create something with your hands. It’s just like reading a real book versus a digital one. There’s something about feeling the heft of the book and the texture of the pages in your hands.

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This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.

Many of you probably have morning routines similar to my standard one: Hear the alarm ring, wake up in a fog and hit snooze a couple times, finally get out of bed, rush through some combination of getting-ready activities, maybe grab some food, and then head out the door

Not the most exciting. And, no matter what yours is, well, it’s a routine. And, while doing the same things morning after morning is often necessary, it’s also not the most inspiring way to get your day going.

So, last Friday I decided to try something different. I woke up an hour earlier than I usually do to go to DAYBREAKER, an event held in cities around the world that is dedicated to “starting your day off unlike anything else” by…

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