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SportsManias Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding

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Miami startup SportsManias announced that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The funding will be use to continue revamping of SportsManias web platform and app, a source of news for sports fans. This round of funding follows a $1 million raise one year ago, bringing the company to a total of $4.5 million. According to… Read more »


Brooklyn’s Birdi Raises $700k Seed Funding for Smart Air Monitor

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Birdi, a Brooklyn, NY-based hardware startup that ‘s building a smart air monitor, announced this morning that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding. Participants in this round include Jason Calacanis and Kapor Capital (his AngelList syndicate), Eric Ries, and John Galbraith. Formerly known as Canary, the company recently relocated to San Francisco and changed… Read more »


Brazil’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M to Continue Global Expansion

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Global startup Easy Taxi raised US$40 million in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with the participation of German Tengelmann Ventures. Backed by Rocket Internet, the Brazilian taxi hailing app startup has expanded its services in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In the last year alone, Easy Taxi has added 150,000 drivers to their network and completed rides in… Read more »



Now You Can Sound Drunk When You’re Actually Sober

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When I first heard about Drunk Post translator, a hack created by Zantherus Community that translates otherwise sober-sounding text into drunk-sounding text, I really didn’t get the point. We want technology to help us NOT text when we are drunk, not the other way around. But I gave it a try anyway, by translating a quote by Steve… Read more »


NYC is a Step Closer to Turning Payphones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Earlier this week, bids were due to the City of New York for a city planning initiative that would turn 10,000 of NYC’s old payphones into free wireless Internet kiosks. According to the GigaOm, 60 companies participated in the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) planning meeting that happened in May. Google, Cisco Systems,… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

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Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


41 Startup Guys Show Us What They ACTUALLY Wear to Work

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This Monday, Banana Republic pretty much stunned the world with the unveiling of its Startup Guy line of clothing. While it seems that Banana Republic no longer has the line featured on its website, the collection of looks displayed on Monday were replete with perfectly tailored chinos, exposed ankles, and  crisp, chambray button-downs. While it’s… Read more »


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 »




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 »