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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 »


Tesla May Build Its Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada

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Tesla has been considering several locations to build a large-scale battery factory, and the company confirmed in its letter to shareholders yesterday that Reno, Nevada, is one of them. Tesla said it broke ground in June near Reno and is also considering locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The company will decide the… Read more »



Loveseat and Pelonkey Take Home a W From TCWeek

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Earlier in July we had our monthly Tech Cocktail Week Mixer & Startup Showcase in the middle of Frank Gruber’s big Startup Mixology book tour. Entrepreneurs packed into The Window to hear pitches from the local startups and vote on who they thought were the best. In total there were 10 different startups vying for… Read more »



ManServant’s “Rent a Gentleman” Service Coming to SF

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So it looks like it’s come down to this, ladies: the perfect boyfriend needs to be rented, not found in bars. The San Francisco-based startup ManServant provides women with men who do exactly what they want. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, has a catalog of gentleman tailored-to-order and willing to be your butler, photographer, bodyguard, or… 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 »





Paul Singh’s Crystal City-Based Disruption Corporation Reportedly Raising $1.5M

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According to an SEC filing submitted two days ago, Paul Singh’s Disruption Corporation is raising a $1.5 million. First reported by the Washington Business Journal, the company may have already raised some funds towards that total amount, although no commentary was made by Singh himself to confirm this. The Crystal City-based Disruption Corp. serves as a… Read more »


Spinnakr Cofounder’s New Project Can Improve Your Twitter Click-Through Rate by Nearly 20x

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I don’t think I have to raise the argument that social media has become one of the most prominent and indeed even identifying features of this generation. At a time when most conversations take place in the digital space, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become invaluable tools for coordinating discussions, sharing updates,… Read more »


The Next Big Thing in Wearable Technology: The Smart Shoe

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These shoes are made for innovation. Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt has developed shoes that will sync up “with a smartphone that uses Google Maps and vibrate to tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination.” Ducere initially developed the shoes to help the blind who rely on walking canes. While the cane can help… Read more »