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How To Build an oEmbed Integration for Your Startup, and Why It’s Necessary

In this article we’ll first take a look at why having an embed has become increasingly important given the current state of the web. Then we’ll dive into how to actually implement this for your own startup. Specifically, we’ll take a deeper look at an open protocol called oEmbed, and how to build an oEmbed integration that’s compatible with Embed.ly.

What Founder Friendly Actually Means

Lots of VCs talk about being founder friendly. I’ve noticed that founders often misunderstand how that actually works. What “founder friendly” does and doesn’t mean is important to understand.

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Scaling Product at Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Reid Hoffman

Co-founder of Airbnb, Joe Gebbia, sits down with Reid Hoffman to talk about scaling the product for Airbnb, and how they thought about designing the full chain of the travel experience (not just the accommodations element).

How to Get into VR

This is the second edition of Paths, a series outlining emerging technologies with clear steps on how to get started in each field. In this post, we’ll explore why it’s an exciting time to get into VR now–both for consumers and developers. Then, we’ll discuss how a wide range of interdisciplinary fields have pushed the technology forward. And last, we’ll identify concrete ways in which you can get started.

How to Choose Domain Extensions for an International Audience

Many ecommerce or content websites with mass appeal have a global audience, even if they are intending to focus on just one country. However, depending on your product or content you might want to go the extra step and intentionally target international users. The decision to focus your site on an international audience is a big leap forward and there are many logistic and technical complexities to work through.

How to Use Responsive Images

In the world of responsive web design one core, yet complicated, spec can net you substantial reductions in page size across the device spectrum. In this post I’ll demystify the complexity in the responsive images spec so you can use these powerful HTML attributes on your site.

How GetAccept Achieved 100% Uptime

GetAccept (YC W16) is an e-signature tool with document tracking and smart sales automation. Before launching our platform at the end of 2015 we spent months researching and working to configure the perfect hosting environment for our SaaS application. We aimed for 100% application uptime and full redundancy on all layers. 18 months into the business we have kept to our goal–not a single second of downtime and no service windows. Here’s the configuration we used.

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