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Here are the Four Winning Startups from 1776’s Challenge Cup NY Competition

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Last night, the Washington, D.C.-based startup incubator and seed fund 1776 teamed up with New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering to host the 1776 Challenge Cup 2015 New York regional competition. After hearing pitches from 38 startups in the fields of education, energy, health, and cities, the panel of judges narrowed it down to four winning… Read more »


Rig Your Own Smart Home With littleBits DIY Kit

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Just because the Smart Home trend is increasingly popular with big corporations and startups alike doesn’t mean that there isn’t still room for innovation. That’s why littleBits this week launched their Smart Home DIY kit to retrofit your home and bring any of your home and bring any household appliance into the 21st century. The… Read more »


Actually Fashionable Wearable Tech: Cuff Wins Decoded Fashion NYC Startup Competition

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Today and yesterday, Decoded Fashion held its New York Summit in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, inviting leading startups and individuals from the worlds of fashion and technology to share their thoughts on such things as how fashion houses and retail chains are utilizing nascent technologies, as well as highlighting the work from rising startups that bringing the… Read more »


Social Bicycles Offers Leaner, Data-Happy Bikeshare Option

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City bikeshare programs are ballooning across the country with a fairly simple concept – docked bikes that can be rented via credit card at the docking site or through an annual membership plan. Can this model be improved? Social Bicycles (SoBi) certainly thinks so. Patrick Hoffman, product manager for New York-based SoBi, said the idea… Read more »



Swig: The Niche Social Network for Drinkers

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Harry Raymond co-founded and designed Swig to be a new, niche social platform for drink explorers who want to know what’s on tap at over 50,000 bars, restaurants, and distilleries throughout the US. Yesterday, the team pushed Swig live on iOS. Users follow friends, bartenders, and local drink aficionados for insider tips on the best wine, beer,… Read more »


What the Heck is MeowChat and How Did It Just Raise $8M?

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Minus, Inc., the New York-based company responsible for creating the MeowChat app, has announced that it has raised $8 million from investors including Eniac Ventures, Social Starts, IDG-Accel, and SIG. That’s a pretty sizable amount of funding considering that MeowChat hasn’t been covered much in the press; however, it’s apparently doing extremely well, so we managed… Read more »


Online Payment Platform Zipmark Acquires WorkingPoint

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Zipmark, the online payment platform that lets businesses send and receive digital payments securely, announced that it has acquired WorkingPoint, which provides an online accounting and billing solution for small businesses. With this acquisition, Zipmark will move towards creating an all-in-one payment platform for small- to mid-size businesses. “By acquiring WorkingPoint, Zipmark’s superior service will now… Read more »


Namely Raises $12M Series B for Cloud-Based HR Platform

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This morning, the Cloud-based human resources platform Namely announced that it has closed a $12 million round of Series B funding led by Matrix Partners. This brings the company’s total amount of funding to $22 million. Other participants in this round of financing include True Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and Bullpen Capital. As part of this round, David… Read more »


How Wearable Tech Will Transform Walkability of Our Cities

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Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more interesting question is, if… Read more »


How Poshly Leverages Cosmetics Giveaways Into Valuable Consumer Data for Brands

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For consumers, the notion of a “freebie” seems an innate part of our human identity, nowhere removed from our desire for self-fulfillment and tendency for self-improvement; we love free things. We also love competition and the uncertainty that lies at its foundation – the thoughts of winning and of losing equally driving our adrenaline. Taking all… Read more »



Orchard Platform Raises $12M Series A from Spark Capital, Canaan Partners for Online Direct Lending

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The New York City, New York-based Orchard Platform, a direct lending, investing and analytics platform, announced that it raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Spark Capital and Canaan Partners. With this new investment, Orchard Platform has raised a total of $14.7 million. Other participants in this round of financing include many additional… Read more »