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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 »



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 »




Chicago’s AvantCredit Raises $75M Series C for Online Consumer Lending

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The Chicago-based financial tech startup AvantCredit announced the closing of a $75 million round of Series C financing led by Tiger Global Management. In addition, the company has announced a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. AvantCredit has grown rapidly since its launch at the end of 2012. The startup has revolutionized the online… Read more »


Macy’s Announces It Will Bring Fashion Incubator to Miami

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Macy’s, the American chain of department stores, announced today that it will bring its fashion incubator to Miami as an effort to foster talent in the city. The announcement was made by Edward Jay Goldberg, the Vice President of Government & Consumer Affairs for Macy’s during the annual Beacon Council One Community One Goal Meeting. Goldberg went… Read more »


4 Reasons You Should Brave the Cold and Startup in Fargo

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If you think nothing goes on in Fargo, North Dakota, think again: organizers are expecting over 800 people for TEDxFargo: On Purpose tomorrow, followed by TEDxYouth@Fargo on Friday. As organizer Greg Tehven blogged on TED, one of the major myths about Fargo is that it’s cold all the time. Granted, it does get 52 inches… Read more »


The Thinnest, Long-Lasting Batteries You’ll Ever See

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California-based startup, Imprint Energy, is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed on commonly used industrial screen printers. The startup has been testing ultra thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices. The startup’s idea is to make these thin batteries safe for on-body applications which would be otherwise impossible with bulkier lithium-based batteries. The idea is to sell the… Read more »


Starbucks New Charging Stations: Pros, Cons and Speculation

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Wireless charging is coming to Starbucks, starting with its San Francisco Bay Area stores. The coffee giant’s partnership with Duracell Powermat should cut down on brawls between latte swillers eyeing the same wall outlet. Starbucks plans to expand Powermat wireless charging over 2015, until it’s eventually available in every Starbucks and Teavana store. We salute… Read more »



Is Google Glass Becoming Normal?

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Well, the only thing that comes to mind (apart from weird) when we talk about Google Glass is technological advancement. When the news about this wearable computer hit the market, it had become quite obvious that Google was attempting to bring the future one step too close to the people. However, the big question here is whether… Read more »


Zappos Releases an Updated iPhone App

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It seems that iOS users get all the good upgrades first: Zappos has just announced the release of an updated iPhone app that features a new credit card scan feature. The crux of the new feature is that users can skip entering their credit card number when it comes to checking out on their cramped, 4.5… Read more »


South Florida Ramps Up Efforts to Teach Kids How to Code

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Miami’s entrepreneurial community recognizes the value that coding creates to individuals by creating more opportunities professionally. This summer a wave of summer coding programs became accessible for young people of all ages. These organizations aim at helping young people build the skills required to learn how to code. Coding camps are unique because it allows kids to create projects… Read more »


Propser Accelerator to Focus Solely on Women-Led Startups

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The St. Louis Business Journal today reported on a new accelerator opening in the Gateway city. Prosper is launching a startup accelerator that will funnel $600,000 annually into St. Louis area companies. That in and of itself doesn’t make them ground breaking. What does, however, is that Prosper will be focusing solely on funding women-led… Read more »