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Teaching a Computer to Read:

Murad

Scripted recently released a new feature called Experts, which allows us to efficiently and confidently group together expert writers in a given subject, the idea being that a business looking for experts in that field can easily find writers who are highly qualified (as both a writer and a domain expert) to write about it. Part of [...]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 5

Ryan

Until now, we’ve played mostly with APIs and page scrapes. In this lesson, we dive a little bit deeper into the later in order to solve a simple sales problem: knowing when your customer changes jobs. I love JobChangeNotifier. It’s a simple web application that sends me an email each week showing which of my [...]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 4

Ryan

Recently, I got curious what other companies received funding, and when the funding event happened. There’s no better resource for this data than Crunchbase, and it’s another great little Python exercise to get that data out and into a spreadsheet. First, let’s start with the imports and data sources. import json, urllib, os, csv inpath [...]

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The Wonders of Vim

Murad

As a software engineer, your choice of development environment will affect your productivity eight hours a day, five days a week. Different people have different tastes as far as text editors/IDE’s go, and for good reason. Personally, I always tend to gravitate toward more minimalist tools and greater transparency, and as I’m sure many would [...]

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Scripted App for HootSuite

Sunil

Content automation is made even simpler when scalable content meets a social media management system. This is why we created the Scripted app for HootSuite, a tool that effectively closes the loop from content production to distribution and management. HootSuite is a social media management system that allows businesses and organizations to manage their social [...]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 3

Ryan

In Part 1 and Part 2, we covered techniques for how to scrape data from pages on Crunchbase. Well, I have news for you, and I don’t want you to get upset. There’s a much easier way to do it, one that requires far less time. Instead of loading pages and scraping them, we’ll instead [...]

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You don’t have time to maintain your blog

Jake

TL; DR – Check out Scripted Weekly. The secret ingredient to content marketing is consistency. Take, for example, the Priceonomics blog. They have consistently produced clever analyses of odd economic phenomena. I know that anytime I navigate my browser to their social media, I find myself buried in engaging stories about market (and black-market) pricing. Similarly, I [...]

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Bash is dead… Long live ZSH!

Sylvain

Over the years I’ve flirted with several different shells. During the 80′s on System V I used csh, later I spent years working on Solaris in tcsh (oooh tab completion!), but as Linux became the main operating system of choice I switched to bash. It seemed like a good choice at the time, as it [...]

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If You Build It…

Jake

When we first implemented topic pitching, it seemed like a fairly simple concept: businesses could request that our writers pitch them topics, and writers could respond with bountiful ideas. There was just one unforeseen problem: the “bountiful” part (or lack thereof). For some reason, writers weren’t psyched about the idea of pitching to anonymous businesses. They [...]

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Hacking for Sales, Part 2

Ryan

In the last post, we introduced a lot of programming concepts and pulled one page of results from Crunchbase. In this next part, we will open the links to the individual company pages and scrape the juicy bits we’ve been wanting all along. Ready? Set. Scrape! In Part 1, we left with a nested list [...]

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