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How Mattr Can Help Brands Learn More About Their Target Audience [VIDEO]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! In a period when the majority of us spend hours online, platforms like Twitter or Facebook have become necessary tools for social engagement. Because of this, brands and… Read more »



Khaled Naim Adds Track to Addy, Optimizes the Last Mile for Deliveries

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This interview is part of a series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support!  About 2 years ago at Stanford, Khaled Naim set out on a mission to simplify location sharing with Addy alongside his co-founders David Vetrano, and Mikel Cármenes Cavia. After launching… Read more »


Vote YES to Help Uber Launch in Miami!

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Two important bills that could bring Uber closer to launching its services in Miami will be up for consideration in the Florida Senate next week. In an email to Florida supporters, Uber asked state residents to vote YES to two legislations that would remove “antiquated regulations” and would instead provide consumers with “choice and increase transportation options.”… Read more »



The World’s Hottest Cars Are on MadWhips

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The Toronto based company MadWhips recently launched the an automotive photography focused social network in an effort to establish themselves as the 500px of the automotive industry. To that end, they have built a new website and iOS app to allow auto enthusiasts to share, collect, and discuss the world’s hottest cars all from one… Read more »


Nitrous.IO Raises $6.65M Series A to Build Better Dev Environments

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Nitrous.IO, a platform that provides pre-configured development environments in the cloud, today announced that they have successfully raised $6.65 million in a Series A funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The money will fund the expansion of their cloud-based platform. Outside of Bessemer Venture Partners, the Series A round included 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Golden… Read more »


One Laptop Per Child Moves Operations to Miami

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The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide low-cost laptops to children around the world, has moved its sales and distribution activities to Miami. OLPC formerly operated out of its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which closed in January of this year. OLPC is outsourcing many of the software and development units,… Read more »


A Supportive Entrepreneur Population is Powering San Francisco’s Startup Ecosystem

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“[San Francisco] is unique with regard to startups. It is like the mother ship – where it all began,” said Sri Lekha Srinivasan, Founder and Chief Learner at K-12 Nest. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it seems that San Francisco is truly one of the best places to be for everyone (not just for women entrepreneurs). Considering its history of… Read more »


Superman With A GoPro Camera

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The GoPro camera, a rugged, versatile sports camera, has made it fairly easy to capture amazing photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter doing extreme sports like surfing, skiing, snowboarding or skateboarding. But what would happen if Superman had a GoPro camera? Well, now we know thanks to a group of Los Angeles filmmakers when they attached… Read more »


On-Demand Laundry Service Washio Expands To DC

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I don’t know many people who enjoy doing laundry.  Actually, let me retract that.  I don’t know ANYone who enjoys doing laundry.  It’s a hassle and a time sink, and then you still have to fold everything and put it away.  There are many dry cleaners and laundry services out there to do this pesky… Read more »


Garrett Camp Announces $50 Million Investment in Expa

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Today Expa announced that it has successfully raised its first $50 million in funding from a list of big-name investors. Expa founder Garrett Camp, known for founding other notable companies like StumbleUpon and Uber, will put the funding directly toward the design and development of new startup companies. Built as a startup studio, Expa develops… Read more »


‘Startupland’ Documentary Sheds Light on the Human Stories Behind Startups

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Last night, at the E Street Landmark Theatre in downtown Washington, DC, the Kickstarter-funded Startupland made its global premiere. Centered on the experiences of early-stage startups going through the accelerator process, the web series offers not just very informative guidance through the startup journey (such as raising capital), but also insight on the touching and relatable human… Read more »




9 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Reaction’s Exo Housing System is the Future of Disaster Relief Shelters

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According to a housing survey published by the U.S. Census in 2011, more than 400,000 residents of New Orleans, La. were displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. And, while estimates vary, this number increases to 1,000,000 when you include residents from Gulfport, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; and others. Setting aside the problem of long-term housing security (which… Read more »