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MakersKit Closes $1.5M in Seed Funding for DIY Project Kits

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MakersKit, the L.A.-based startup that is helping everyone get involved in the Maker Movement through its do-it-yourself project kits, announced on Monday that it has closed $1.5 million in seed funding. The round of financing was led by Tribeca Venture Partners. Other participants in the round include Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Mesa+, Greycroft Partners, and… Read more »



39 Startup Founders Share Their Favorite Quotes from America’s Founding Fathers

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In honor of Independence Day, we reached out to founders and asked them to share with us their favorite quotes from America’s own Founding Fathers. Whether relevant to the goals of their respective startups or simply relevant to the everyday struggles and motivations of being a startup founder, the following quotes will hopefully inspire you to… Read more »



DC’s iStrategyLabs to Open NYC Office in DUMBO, Brooklyn

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In a newsletter written earlier today, iStrategyLabs founder and CEO Peter Corbett announced that the company is opening an office in NYC. According to the post, Corbett will lead the NYC office and will split his time accordingly between DC and NYC. The new office will be based in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The news comes just a month after the… Read more »


5 Ways to Enjoy Your Staycation in South Florida

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Summer is here! For some, this means taking time off to go on a family holiday or some exotic getaway… Of course, that was before you launched your own business, and vacations became a major expense/luxury/unlikelihood. Don’t worry, you can still relax and have fun in the Magic City at an affordable price. Here are five tips that… Read more »



How Entrepreneurs Worked and Watched the #USMNT During #WorldCup

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We may not have gone through to the next round of FIFA World Cup, but the country came together to support the team. It was evident in social media that #TeamUSA had the backing of #OneNationOneTeam during the #BELvsUSA. This is how some of the entrepreneurs showed their support:  1. They wore the USA colors 2. They… Read more »


Pitch Deck 101: 6 Resources to Make Your Startup Shine

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Pitch decks are the new business plan. You’ve heard it before–if you want to catch the eye of an investor, you’ve got to spruce up your startup’s pitch deck. But there seem to be thousands of examples, which resources can you trust to create your own? So I’ve complied a list of 6 of the best resources… Read more »


Crowsnest: The Future of the Internet of Things

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It started with a pet collar and tiny cameras – or a Wi-Fi connected cat collar that would allow Mike Kruk to see what his cat was doing at home from his office. This quirky, fun idea – and experimenting with a few cameras at nights, on the weekends and at a local bar in… Read more »


Steve Case-backed Automated Insights Raises $5.5M Series B, Lands Deal with Associated Press

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Automated Insights, a platform that translates Big Data content into plain English, announced yesterday that it had raised a $5.5 million Series B round of financing, as well as landed a deal with The Associated Press. This round of funding was led by Osage Venture Partners. Other participants in this round include Samsung Venture Investment Corporation,… Read more »


IssuWorks Will is Hosting An Atypical Series A Funding Round Via Crowdfunder

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Since leaving his role as the former Vice-Chairman of NASDAQ, David Weild has been busy with a new project. Weild recently started a new venture, IssuWorks, and decided to launch their Series A funding round on the equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder over traditional means of funding. “David and IssuWorks share our values for improving access to capital… Read more »



Bibliophiles Just Won Crowdfunding: Reading Rainbow is the Most Backed Kickstarter of All Time

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Butterfly in the sky, #amirite? As a child of the 90s, I grew up on Reading Rainbow, and got super excited when Levar Burton launched his Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million to develop brand new Reading Rainbow programming across multiple platforms to adapt to modern standards. Hey Y’all… @readingrainbow just became the most backed… Read more »


Steve Case: “A decade from now, all venture firms will have regional strategies”

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America Online co-founder and CEO of Revolution Steve Case was recently interviewed by Bloomberg, where he gave an update on his “Rise of the Rest” tour. The tour started in Detroit, continued to Pittsburg, Cincinnati and Nashville where he met local entrepreneurs who took part of a startup pitch competition. He is investing $100,000 in winning startups of each city…. Read more »