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Eligible to Fly to Cuba? CheapAir.com Will Get you There

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It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and thanks to President Obama I’ll finally be able to fulfill one of my life dreams: traveling to Cuba. In that same vein, CheapAir.com today announced that they will become the first online travel agency that helps US travelers get to Cuba – it looks like my dream… Read more »


Don’t Let Laundry Day Get the Best of you: Use Washio

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Laundry day: it’s the bane of my existence. How many times have you gotten super amped up to do laundry only to have something else pop up? “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow,” you always say. But tomorrow turns into the next day, and the next, ad infinitum. I would bet anything on the fact that I’m… Read more »


Loverly Launches Keyword-Based Bridal Collection

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Brides rejoice! Wedding planning just got more efficient, thanks to online data. Lover.ly, the online wedding planner guide for the working bride, unveiled today the “The Loverly Collection.”  A curated line of branded wedding products created based on Loverly’s proprietary data. The company partnered with fashion designers to put that data to good use, and create products… Read more »


Uber for Valet Parking, CurbStand, Acquires Competitor Curby

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Los Angeles-based startup CurbStand, the Uber for valet parking, announced the acquisition of its competitor Curby. Financial terms of this transaction were not disclosed. Curby’s technology platform offers valet operators with advanced business tools, reporting and metrics previously unavailable on CurbStand. Now, it will offer a complete suite of valet services and enable the company to quickly expand to… Read more »


Find Your Next Bromance on Wolfpack

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It’s a running joke between my boyfriend and I that his language totally changes the second he gets on the phone with a guy friend. Suddenly they’re calling each other “bro” and “dude” and (God help me) “stud,” and I just roll my eyes. I may not be privy to the secret culture of male… Read more »


For Klutch, Platform Agnosticism Equals Big Success

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Klutch recently announced the official launch of their Android and web-based apps, completing the development of their frictionless real-time scheduling platform. It’s a huge step forward for the team at Klutch, who had a major pivot in September 2014. The two new platform offerings in Android and web will be joining Klutch’s already existing iPhone… Read more »


CEO of Snapchat to Speak at the Montgomery Summit

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Recently the Montgomery Summit, presented by Macquarie Capital, announced the speaker lineup for their two-day conference designed to bring investors and leading executives from private growth tech companies together. The speakers are: Patrick Soon-Shion, founder of NantWorks Evan Spiegel, founder and CEO of Snapchat Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services Fred Luddy, founder of… Read more »


StyleHaul Attracts European Buyer in RTL Group

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Recently a leading European entertainment network, RTL Group, made moves to go deeper into the Los Angeles tech startup ecosystem when they acquired StyleHaul for $107 million US. RTL Group will also invest $20 million US into StyleHaul in order to fund the company’s growth. In addition, the parties have agreed to earn-out mechanisms that… Read more »


Hate Waiting for Valet? ‘Request A Car’ Using CurbStand App

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Los Angeles-based CurbStand, the app that allows users to seamlessly locate, pay and tip for valet parking from their mobile devices, today unveiled a brand-new consumer app with new on-demand features, such as allowing drivers to ‘Request A Car,’ among other enhancements. In tandem, CurbStand launched a companion app exclusively for valet operators to communicate directly… Read more »


Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Backs Red Carpet Service Rover

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Rover.com, the nation’s largest network connecting dog owners with dog lovers for hire, today announced that it has received new funding from Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle’s A-GRade Investments, a prominent investor in the sharing economy sector. “The A-GRade team has been interested in this space for a while but it wasn’t until… Read more »



The Diverse Team at Adtech Startup RAIN Looks to 500 Startups Demo Day

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The team at RAIN had not deployed a live app prior to starting at 500 Startups, the micro-VC accelerator program based in Silicon Valley and founded by Dave McClure. RAIN is an app that helps small businesses reach local customers with real-time, accessible promotional tools. To date they have raised $2.3 million in funding. RAIN… Read more »


Finding Entrepreneurial Inspiration in the Marijuana Community

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It’s rare in my day-to-day that I’m connected to a fellow journalist with the intention of interviewing them for a tech-related article. Usually I deal with CEOs, startup founders, and tech entrepreneurs. I soon realized that although Al Olson is a journalist, he has the fierce tenacity of an entrepreneur. Then it came out how much he’s… Read more »


6 Things We Can Learn From Kairos Society Fellows

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There are a number of things we can learn from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, but there’s a group of young entrepreneurs from the Kairos Society that can offer advice as well. According to its site, the well-renowned organization creates “entrepreneurship outlets and opportunities on campuses, in communities, and around the world.” With the Kairos… Read more »