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Kickstarter Will Become the New Norm For Young Entrepreneurs: Juiceboxx is the Perfect Example


A few months ago, Lucas Williamson and Scott Scherpenberg, two young entrepreneurs and the co-founders of Juiceboxx, didn’t know they would make more than $30,000 to help launch their startup. Despite the fact that some entrepreneurs rely only on investors and college business plan competitions, the Juiceboxx team took another approach: Kickstarter. While most of… 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 »

Jifiti Raises $2.5 Million, Plans Expansion


Today, Jifiti, the Columbus-based gift sending and receiving platform, announced a total of $2.5 million raised. The seed funds came from the Simon Property Group, a real estate company that operates over 300 malls in the US and Asia; Schottenstein Stores Corp, owner of American Eagle and DSW; and the Jesselson Group. The main function of… Read more »

Send and Receive Real-World Gifts Instantly with Jifiti


Yaacov Martin, Meir Dudai, and Shaul Weisband, a dynamic team of three based out of Columbus, Ohio, have designed a brand new way to send and receive gifts. Jifiti offers a way to tell your friends and family what you want, but with the added twist of instant gratification. “You know that feeling when you’re walking… Read more »

Routzy: The All-In-One CRM iPad App for Sales Professionals


Whether you’re selling a product or working in the service industry, you probably know the many number of steps in the sales process. Now try searching the App Store to fill one of those needs. You’ll find innumerable options to choose from to accommodate each and every step. Lead management, proposal generation, note-taking … you… Read more »

Purge: Sell Your Stuff In A Snap With An App [INTERVIEW]


I don’t know about you, but I look around every day and think to myself, “How did I get surrounded by all this stuff?” I mean, I’m practically drowning in clutter. Books, electronics, dog toys, shoes, “memorabilia,” appliances, office supplies, stuff, stuff, and more stuff. Our society is so dependent on material things that we… Read more »

Fundable: Crowdfunding Just For Startups

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Tuesday was the official launch of Fundable, a crowdfunding platform specifically for startup companies. Founded by serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter, the platform follows the passage of the JOBS Act (or “Crowdfunding Act”), which allows companies to publicly raise money from anyone willing to back them: “With the passage of the JOBS Act (yay!) investors will be able… Read more »