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St. Louis-Based LaunchCode to Launch Apprenticeship Program in Miami

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Founder Jim McKelvey announced this week that he will be expanding LaunchCode‘s program to Miami. LaunchCode is a paired-programming initiative aimed at solving the problem of tech talent shortage, an issue widely discussed in South Florida’s tech community. The initiative has been successful in St. Louis, and the launch in Miami is part of McKelvey’s expansion plan… Read more »


Pittsburgh’s Lily&Strum Helps Create Perfect Moments with Perfect Gifts

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A lot of anxiety can go into finding the perfect gift, especially for the sentimental perfectionists among us.  Combine that with the nonstop, ADD-stricken lives that many of us lead, the good intentions we once had of finding the most personalized, amazing, and treasured gift can be neglected. Thankfully, Pittsburgh-based Lily&Strum is coming to the rescue in a big… Read more »


How Technology Is Changing the Cigarette Business

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The cigarette industry has an extensive history, but for the most part cigarettes have remained as technologically uncomplicated as they were several decades ago. These small paper bundles of tobacco, filters, and chemicals have fluctuated in popularity through the ages, rising with their positive portrayal in Hollywood films and advertising, and falling as knowledge of… Read more »


Tesla May Build Its Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada

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Tesla has been considering several locations to build a large-scale battery factory, and the company confirmed in its letter to shareholders yesterday that Reno, Nevada, is one of them. Tesla said it broke ground in June near Reno and is also considering locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The company will decide the… Read more »




Android’s Secret Options

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There are a lot of things you can tweak in Android. Probably you haven’t even bothered opening up the Accessibility settings, but given the name, you might think those are just features for people who have disabilities, but they’re actually quite useful for anyone. The Accessibility settings in Android are a lot like those on… Read more »


Nordstrom to Buy Chicago-Based Trunk Club

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Nordstrom announced today that it will acquire the Chicago-based men’s clothing service company, Trunk Club. The deal is expected to close in Nordstrom’s third quarter. No terms were disclosed. Trunk Club provides a personalized shopping experience for men. With 250 stylists, the company focuses on building one-on-one relationships with its members to fully understand their… Read more »


Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Tells Entrepreneurs Not to Talk to Governments about Disruption

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On Tuesday night, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley gave a fireside chat at 1776 where he answered questions and shared his unique perspective on effective governance, the role of entrepreneurship in the economy, and the policies that he thinks will foster innovation in the United States. He was introduced by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who is a… Read more »


Shaun Abrahamson: Founders Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On Valuations

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Shaun Abrahamson is a successful early stage investor, tech entrepreneur and author.  Abrahamson has invested in companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Trialpay amongst others startups. His latest venture, Urban.Us, is a network of advisors, investors and urban leaders that works with early stage companys that focuses on smart cities solutions. He and his co-founder Stonly Baptiste, are based in… Read more »




Paul Singh’s Crystal City-Based Disruption Corporation Reportedly Raising $1.5M

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According to an SEC filing submitted two days ago, Paul Singh’s Disruption Corporation is raising a $1.5 million. First reported by the Washington Business Journal, the company may have already raised some funds towards that total amount, although no commentary was made by Singh himself to confirm this. The Crystal City-based Disruption Corp. serves as a… Read more »


Tesla Motors Helped Test the New Uber for Business 

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When you bring in your fancy Tesla for a tune-up, do they send you home in another fancy Tesla? Nope.  “Tesla Motors . . . uses Uber at its Service Centers around the country to give customers a convenient and reliable ride while their vehicle is being serviced,” the Uber blog explained. In doing that,… Read more »


Silk.co has Started an Interactive Database to Track the Number of Women Engineers in Tech

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Silk, a platform that allows anyone to transform their content in an easily readable and more engaging format, has recently started compiling data on the women engineers in tech. With recent attempts by large tech companies like Google and Facebook to increase transparency about the number of women among their ranks, the project is an attempt to… Read more »