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Smart Home for Photos Picturelife Gets Acquired

StreamNation Acquires PictureLife

In an email sent out to users early this morning, Picturelife cofounder and CEO Nate Westheimer announced that the company had been acquired by StreamNation, the Cloud storage platform that allows people to securely store, stream, and share their media content online. According to StreamNation, Picturelife will remain intact, and Picturelife’s employees will join the… Read more »

Thanks to Juno, NYC and Boston are Drunk

Drizly Winter Storm Juno NYC and Boston are Drunk

In case you weren’t aware (or you didn’t care), Winter Storm Juno began its movement across the Northeast yesterday, not-so-gently allowing its icy, white hexagrams to fall on the insignificant human beings. Mondays are already terrible as they are, but having to face a winter blizzard on top of that pretty much deserves major imbibing – and, it… Read more »

Amidst $6M Series A, TriggerMail Rebrands as Bluecore

Bluecore Series A

Since participating in the Techstars 2013 New York Class, life for TriggerMail has been busy – or should I say Bluecore. They today announced that they’ll officially be rebranding as Bluecore, previously TriggerMail, and the team was excited to jointly announce the close of a successful $6 million Series A funding round led by FirstMark… Read more »

WiFi Map Hits 7 Million User Milestone


WiFi Map has made it their mission to crowdsource data in an effort to help people find access to WiFi hotspots around the world. Users go around to public WiFi hotspots, rate the strength of the network, share the passwords, and leave additional helpful comments. Today the WiFi Map team announced that they have officially hit the… Read more »

NYC Students Use IBM Watson for Apps Improving Society

NYC Students Use IBM Watson for Apps Improving Society

By now, I think we’re all familiar with IBM Watson. First made famous through its appearance on Jeopardy, during which the supercomputer competed against humans, the cognitive technology has become an arguably necessary tool for the future. Yesterday, the City University of New York (CUNY) and IBM announced the student winners of the CUNY-IBM Watson… Read more »

The Average Tech Entrepreneur is 31 and Didn’t Study STEM

Harvard Business Review: The Average Tech Entrepreneur

We’re all familiar with the various stereotypes associated with tech startup founders: they’re young, they were educated at schools like Stanford and MIT, and they likely studied computer science or a related field in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In an attempt to validate some of these stereotypes associated with tech entrepreneurs, Endeavor Insight – the… Read more »

Why Scout Ventures Invested in LiveNinja First

LiveNinja Will Weinraub

Scout Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm, announced that they invested in Miami-based startup LiveNinja. This is Scout Ventures’ first announcement in South Florida, an important move since they opened an additional office in Miami in September. LiveNinja did not disclose the amount of money they raised in this round, which included the participation… Read more »

Fear Not, This AI Personal Robot Means Humanity no Harm


At this point I’d be surprised if you didn’t know how Stephen Hawking feels about artificial intelligence – potentially, it’s life-threatening. But despite his warnings, the tech community is still seeing advancements and innovations in artificial intelligence sector inherent in companies like JIBO. Most recently, Robotbase took to Kickstarter in an effort to procure some… Read more »

RentHackr: Know Before you Rent

rent apartment hunt

As the first rental data platform to be powered by renters, RentHackr is quickly redefining the rental marketplace.  People share their address, rent amount, and what they intend to do when their lease is up. This information takes the guessing game out of finding your new apartment or room.  Since launching in March 2014 and… Read more »

Warby Parker Lets You Make Your Own Annual Report…Except More Fun

Warby Parker Make-Your-Own Annual Report

Warby Parker – the New York, NY-based eyeglasses startup that has every traditional, prescription eyeglass retailer fearing for survival – released its 2014 annual report yesterday, but in a way that’s a little more atypical from other companies. Rather than releasing a digital packet of information that most people would be unlikely to read, the… Read more »

Smart-Lock Company OKIDOKEYS, Launches Concierge App RentEZ


Mobile Key solution provider OKIDOKEYS, announced today during CES 2015 the launch of RentEZ, a virtual concierge app that gives home sharing hosts and rental property owners a convenient way to offer a professional menu of amenities and services to their guests. OKIDOKEYS will officially launch its smart keys and locks at the International CES… Read more » to Give Free Rides Home for all NYC Newborns


Way to start 2015! will give free diapers to the first baby of 2015 and free rides home to new parents from Manhattan hospitals through January 31. provides users with overnight delivery of baby care essentials, announced today that it will give a year of free diapers (a $599 value) to the first 2015 baby born… Read more »