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500 Startups Helped Rover Position Themselves for the Future

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In mid-February John Coombs unveiled his startup, Rover, to the world. Still relatively young, they’ve just graduated as part of 500 Startups’ recent class, and their business concept and model is catching some serious attention. In short, Rover is an iBeacon platform that helps retailers deliver a better customer experience by transforming their mobile apps… Read more »



How Poshly Leverages Cosmetics Giveaways Into Valuable Consumer Data for Brands

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For consumers, the notion of a “freebie” seems an innate part of our human identity, nowhere removed from our desire for self-fulfillment and tendency for self-improvement; we love free things. We also love competition and the uncertainty that lies at its foundation – the thoughts of winning and of losing equally driving our adrenaline. Taking all… Read more »


With Immediate Sales Alerts on Specific Items, Online Bargain Shopping with Shoptagr Can’t Get Any Easier

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In college, I didn’t know anyone who didn’t at least once go online shopping in the middle of a lecture – that’s pure hyperbole, but whatever. I think it’s become one of those past-times that we all find ourselves doing every now and then: after coming home from a night out of drinking, when you’re until past… Read more »


Albus Dumbledore’s 10 Magical Quotes for Startup Founders

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I don’t care if your child is reading it, or if you are secretly a fan of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The series contains lessons on leadership and life that you can take directly to your startup. The wise old Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizandry, somehow has all the right… Read more »


This Guy Got an Offer for a Programming Job at Google, You’ll Never Guess How He Learned to Program

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We’ve heard it over and over and over again: despite the high demand for talent from startups, there’s a shortage of qualified software developers and engineers. And, knowing all too well this demand for tech talent, people are increasingly positioning themselves into the field. Programming jobs can be pretty easy to come by, but that’s only if… Read more »




Challenge: Create an App to Make People Happy

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What are you doing to increase happiness in this world? What things make you happier? Are you using, building, or thinking of a product that could promote a stress-free, violence-free society? These are lofty goals, but progress is made in small bits. And in apps. The Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization… Read more »


Post-Technological Revolution: The Speed of Life

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The Technological Revolution has vastly changed the way we do things. Life moves at a faster pace, and who’s complaining? Those engaging in international business used to have to fly to all different countries for meetings. Video calling capabilities have greatly facilitated the practice of international business and minimized the need for actual travel. With… Read more »


Las Vegas Residents Finally Get Their Uber

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You might expect that a story about Las Vegas news should feature the iconic Strip skyline, dotted with mega resorts that can bed 5,000 guests per night (in a single building!), tall towers, and monuments of other cities. Unless your story is discussing the tourists who are shaking off the glitter within those rooms, then… Read more »


Video: The Electronic Afterlife – Where do Your Gadgets Go?

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Alex Gorosh is a filmmaker with a lot of gadgets. He wondered one day: truly, where do these gadgets go to die? Is there really an electronic afterlife? Here is what happened when Gorosh decided to follow his gadgets all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, and found out that our idea of recycling is not actually… Read more »