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Los Angeles Sees Tech Investments Triple

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Recode reported on July 30 that investment in tech, in Los Angeles, has just about tripled as a new report from CB Insights indicates. Specifically, VC funding is up 163 percent and since 2009 the number of deals has gone up 180 percent. This is great for Southern California, a region that has typically had… Read more »


#AskZappos For Items and You Shall Receive

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It was recently reported by PSFK that Zappos has rolled out a new service called Ask Zappos. The whole point of the new service is to help shoppers find those products their hearts desire by taking item requests in the form of images. As the article reads: “Ask Zappos is like a digital, personal assistant… Read more »


Downtown Vegas Based Forward Digital Named Number 1 PPC Company

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The Downtown Vegas based Forward Digital today announced that TopSEOs.com, an independent authority on paid search vendors, has named them the number one pay per click (PPC) for small businesses. Additionally, Forward Digital was also ranked in the top 10 for the following categories: conversion optimization, integrated search (SEO and PPC), and PPC management. “To… Read more »


St. Louis-Based LaunchCode to Launch Apprenticeship Program in Miami

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Founder Jim McKelvey announced this week that he will be expanding LaunchCode‘s program to Miami. LaunchCode is a paired-programming initiative aimed at solving the problem of tech talent shortage, an issue widely discussed in South Florida’s tech community. The initiative has been successful in St. Louis, and the launch in Miami is part of McKelvey’s expansion plan… Read more »


Pittsburgh’s Lily&Strum Helps Create Perfect Moments with Perfect Gifts

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A lot of anxiety can go into finding the perfect gift, especially for the sentimental perfectionists among us.  Combine that with the nonstop, ADD-stricken lives that many of us lead, the good intentions we once had of finding the most personalized, amazing, and treasured gift can be neglected. Thankfully, Pittsburgh-based Lily&Strum is coming to the rescue in a big… Read more »




Android’s Secret Options

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There are a lot of things you can tweak in Android. Probably you haven’t even bothered opening up the Accessibility settings, but given the name, you might think those are just features for people who have disabilities, but they’re actually quite useful for anyone. The Accessibility settings in Android are a lot like those on… Read more »


Nordstrom to Buy Chicago-Based Trunk Club

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Nordstrom announced today that it will acquire the Chicago-based men’s clothing service company, Trunk Club. The deal is expected to close in Nordstrom’s third quarter. No terms were disclosed. Trunk Club provides a personalized shopping experience for men. With 250 stylists, the company focuses on building one-on-one relationships with its members to fully understand their… Read more »


Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley Tells Entrepreneurs Not to Talk to Governments about Disruption

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On Tuesday night, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley gave a fireside chat at 1776 where he answered questions and shared his unique perspective on effective governance, the role of entrepreneurship in the economy, and the policies that he thinks will foster innovation in the United States. He was introduced by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who is a… Read more »


Shaun Abrahamson: Founders Shouldn’t Get Hung Up On Valuations

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Shaun Abrahamson is a successful early stage investor, tech entrepreneur and author.  Abrahamson has invested in companies like ZocDoc, Refinery29 and Trialpay amongst others startups. His latest venture, Urban.Us, is a network of advisors, investors and urban leaders that works with early stage companys that focuses on smart cities solutions. He and his co-founder Stonly Baptiste, are based in… Read more »




Tesla Motors Helped Test the New Uber for Business 

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When you bring in your fancy Tesla for a tune-up, do they send you home in another fancy Tesla? Nope.  “Tesla Motors . . . uses Uber at its Service Centers around the country to give customers a convenient and reliable ride while their vehicle is being serviced,” the Uber blog explained. In doing that,… Read more »


Silk.co has Started an Interactive Database to Track the Number of Women Engineers in Tech

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Silk, a platform that allows anyone to transform their content in an easily readable and more engaging format, has recently started compiling data on the women engineers in tech. With recent attempts by large tech companies like Google and Facebook to increase transparency about the number of women among their ranks, the project is an attempt to… Read more »