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Technology +Talent + Culture = Vox Media Formula to Success

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Content is King, but not what helped Vox Media raise capital and trust of investors. It takes more than that, there is a formula. That formula was shared by Vox Media’s CEO Jim Bankoff talk during Tech Cocktail Sessions, to a crowd of entrepreneurs in Crystal City Wednesday night. Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber led the… Read more »




“People are a big cost in IT. Let’s take that out” Vinod Khosla

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Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla envisions a world where IT systems will use data they put out to build adaptive systems “that have the capability to utilize human judgment and decision making.” He shared this vision yesterday during Gigaom’s Structure Conference in San Francisco. He explained that one of the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators in… Read more »


Will.I.Am, Bill Nye, and a Robot Giraffe: Just a Few Things We Saw at the White House Maker Faire

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Yesterday, we got to check out the inaugural White House Maker Faire. In an effort to raise awareness about the growing maker community across the country and its lasting impact on American manufacturing and entrepreneurship, President Obama invited innovators from more than 25 states to showcase their products to all the important people in Washington,… Read more »


Review Trackers Hauls in $2 Million From Midwest Investors

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Yesterday Review Trackers Inc, the Chicago based startup in Wicker Park, announced the successful close of a $2 million funding round from a host of premier Midwest investors. It was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Parnters and included other investors American Family Ventures, Jeff Rusinow, and SymphonyAlpha Ventures. “In today’s market, it is absolutely crucial for… Read more »


Let’s Get Physical During A Business Trip With Gymsurfing

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No more excuses, just because you are traveling it doesn’t mean that you can’t get your body moving. That’s the idea behind Gymsurfing, a mobile app that allows travelers to book gym day passes on the phone. Moreover, the San Francisco-based startup announced that it has acquired Miami-based rival GymXchange for US $1 million in all… Read more »


Forget Greeting Cards, Expressalo is Sending Greeting Toys

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There might only be 3 days left on the Kickstarter clock for Expressalo, but they’re not worried. Currently with 535 backers, the startup is at $39,606: well beyond their initial $20,000 goal. But what exactly does Expressalo do? Interestingly enough, they’re in the greeting card business. Now, their cards aren’t like anything you’ve seen before,… Read more »


The Wall Street Journal Spotlights Miami-Based Open English

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The Wall Street Journal recently published a feature on Miami-based startup Open English, led by Andres Moreno, which is now valued at an estimated $350 million. WSJ focused on the company’s tremendous growth that includes raising an estimated $120 million in venture capital, “underscoring the market potential of Latin America’s fast-growing middle class and the new… Read more »


Facebook Launches Slingshot to Compete With Snapchat

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Snapchat has been dictating the moves of many other social networking sites recently, and Facebook is among them. Yesterday MacRumors reported that Facebook released a new app, Slingshot, which lets users send media to friends who are unable to view said media unless they share something back. The Slingshot app was designed specifically to compete… Read more »



President Obama to Make Remarks About STEM, American Manufacturing

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Today is the first official White House Maker Faire, and we’re reporting on-scene to let you know the great things being made by and at maker communities – from Local Motors to TechShop – throughout the country. This morning, President Obama is expected to make remarks about our #NationOfMakers, likely citing policies and initiatives that… Read more »


Whiteboard Unveils Their New Management Platform

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Whiteboard.co yesterday unveiled a brand spanking new web and mobile based app aimed at boosting productivity by bridging the gap between tasks at home and work. The platform encourages users to focus on completing tasks that matter most in their day: Whiteboard facilitates the smooth management of client projects, delegation of tasks, or even shared grocery lists…. Read more »