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NYC is a Step Closer to Turning Payphones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Earlier this week, bids were due to the City of New York for a city planning initiative that would turn 10,000 of NYC’s old payphones into free wireless Internet kiosks. According to the GigaOm, 60 companies participated in the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) planning meeting that happened in May. Google, Cisco Systems,… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

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Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


Your Startup Needs More Conflict

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At its most dangerous, a lack of conflict can be deadly. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers blames the crash of several airplanes on deferential “cockpit culture,” where copilots were too afraid to speak up about signs of danger. For startups, a lack of conflict can be deadly in a different way: deadly for your company. If… Read more »


Fired from His Startup, Marc Barros Turned to Blogging

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Hunter Walk’s blog, reposted with permission.  I first “met” entrepreneur Marc Barros via his blog One Entrepreneur’s Perspective, which contained a solid string of posts analyzing why GoPro succeeded while his action camera startup Contour struggled. As we got to know each other IRL, I was excited to hear about his… Read more »



41 Startup Guys Show Us What They ACTUALLY Wear to Work

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This Monday, Banana Republic pretty much stunned the world with the unveiling of its Startup Guy line of clothing. While it seems that Banana Republic no longer has the line featured on its website, the collection of looks displayed on Monday were replete with perfectly tailored chinos, exposed ankles, and  crisp, chambray button-downs. While it’s… Read more »


Kaplan and Techstars Announce the 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Class

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It was today announced that 12 education-technology startups have been officially selected to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator in New York City. Kaplan, the global education company and largest subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company, is partnering with Techstars to power the three month immersive mentorship and business development program. The common thread that… Read more »


EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

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EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this… Read more »


#TBT: “No Brandcuffs, No Brandcuffs, No Brandcuffs”

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During a conversation I had earlier this week with Alex Taub, he made a reference to a particular video that I apparently missed the boat on. I can’t even recall what we were talking about at the moment, but all I can remember is he responded, “Well…yes and no, and yes and no, and yes and no.”… Read more »


The Tetris Effect: Is Your Knee-Jerk Reaction Negative? 

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In a study out of Harvard Medical School, participants played Tetris three days in a row for hours. What happened to them afterward became known as the Tetris Effect: “For days after the study, some participants literally couldn’t stop dreaming about shapes falling from the sky. Others couldn’t stop seeing these shapes everywhere, even in their… Read more »



5 Apps and Websites to Use for Comic-Con 2014

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Starting today, San Diego will be teeming with Avengers, X-Men, Jedis, wookies, and other creatures for the 45th Comic-Con International, July 24-27. If you’re planning to attend, buckle up and plan ahead – last year more than 130,000 “beings” took over the town for the weekend. Here are some useful tips and must-haves around both the… Read more »


Why Some Cab Drivers Are Supporting Uber and Lyft in Miami

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Last week, Miami-Dade commissioners gave the initial approval to allow ride-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Miami. This is a positive step towards finding a solution to the ongoing battle between public demand for transport alternatives to the yellow cab and vested private interests. However, the proposal is likely to face stiff resistance when it comes up… Read more »


Restaurants and Grocers Now Have Easier Access to Locally-Grown Food

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Everyone (or, at least, most people) wants local food – there’s no denying that. From our local grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, to farmers markets and even our very own gardens, we consumers have grown to associate “local” with freshness, health, sustainability, and community support. Direct Local Food, a Boise-based startup, is helping to increase access… Read more »