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Find Happiness Inside This Box

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Can happiness be found in material things? The common answer is no; modern-day gurus encourage us to favor experiences – a vacation or an afternoon with friends – rather than buying the latest gadget or car. (But do we listen? Hell no.) It turns out the truth is more nuanced than that, though. A study… Read more »

Everything But The House’s Recent Funding is a Testament to the Rise of Cincinnati’s Tech Scene


Just last month, the Cincinnati, OH-based startup Everything But The House announced that it had raised $13 million in Series A funding from Spark Capital and Greycroft Partners. It was a significant achievement for the company, which was founded in 2006 but had only ever received two previous undisclosed amounts of angel funding. More significantly,… Read more »

Tixers Raises $250,000 in Funding, Continues to Disrupt Ticket Marketplace


Tixers, a “ticket trading marketplace,” recently announced that it raised a seed round of $250,000. Jay Clouse, Tixers COO and a young entrepreneur to watch, explained that the funding will allow the company to continue to grow and expand. “The funding will be used in several ways, including additional ticket inventory, technology improvements including an app… Read more »

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


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 »

How the TREWGrip Backwards Keyboard Turned an Unsuccessful Kickstarter Campaign Into Success at CES


At first glance, it’s really difficult to see how the TREWGrip backwards keyboard could actually prove useful or even functional for any normal human being. But I guess that’s the point, isn’t it? Something that may not look functional may actually prove to be very functional once we lay our hands on it. For founder Mark Parker and his team… Read more »

Touritz is Making Walking Tours Sexy and Cool


Imagine walking through the streets of Manhattan, being guided by the voice of Keith Richards, and all the while being shown pictures he’s taken of his favorite haunts or hearing his stories about key moments in The Rolling Stones’ history.  This cannot happen right now (unless you are a friend of Mr. Richards), but it may be possible in the… Read more »

Cintrifuse: A Cincinnati-Based Organization with a New Model for Building a Startup Community


Recently, Cintrifuse, the Cincinnati-based, startup-focused, nonprofit organization, held a discussion with members from the local startup community. The meeting’s purpose was for Cintrifuse to hear directly how it can help on the local front. Instead, the discussion became an effort to try to answer the question: “What the heck is Cintrifuse?” This is a frequent question… Read more »

The State of Ohio Takes on Crowdfunding and SoMoLend


The State of Ohio has taken the first step in taking down a pioneering crowdfunding site but could also be critically wounding the State’s growing entrepreneurial clout. In balancing the interests of both startups and investors, Ohio is making it clear that investor protection within the crowdfunding industry is its primary concern. While this is… Read more »

14-Year-Old Student Launches mPlanner to Help Students Stay Organized


When Emerson Walker, a 14-year-old Cincinnatian forgot his day planner one day, he looked at his iPad and wondered why there was no solution. While most kids would have stopped there, Emerson began building mPlanner, a mobile planner that works on smartphones and tablets. It automatically pulls in assignments and other events from schools’ web portals,… Read more »

CitiLogics Connects Data to Water


Aging water infrastructure is one of our nation’s top priorities, according to the EPA.  With over 800,000 miles of piping and infrastructure leaking over 7 billion gallons of treated water daily, this priority creates an enormous opportunity for any company able to address and fix the problems that age brings on – mainly leaks and… Read more »