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Swaha: Don’t Just Tell Your Story, Show it


When a person posts a photo to their social media channels they’re not looking to show off one isolated slice of time to their friends. Rather, they’re hoping to tell a story about the significance a photo represents within the context of their lives. Think for a second: if you’ve ever seen a picture on… Read more »

Roomlia is Your Quick and Efficient Hotel Booking App


Finding a place to sleep at night while traveling should have no middlemen. With an overwhelming number of choices, and more entering the scene each day, finding the best rate for a night’s rest should be light on your conscience as well as your wallet. Thankfully, we have applications like Roomlia to allow just a… Read more »

Eligible to Fly to Cuba? Will Get you There

Trips to Cuba

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, 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 »

Michael DeCesare Joins ForeScout Technologies as New CEO

Michael DeCesare

Michael DeCesare recently left his position as the President of Intel Security, previously McAfee, to pursue a different executive role at a different company. ForeScout Technologies, a leading provider of continuous monitoring and mitigation solutions, named the veteran industry executive as their new CEO. The addition of DeCesare to the ForeScout executive team will serve… Read more »

Picture It On Canvas: Photo Retouching Right in Your Hands


Picture It On Canvas is a San Diego based photo printing service that transforms users’ cherished photos into handcrafted works of art, and today they released their first ever mobile app. Pitcture It Retouched offers professional photo retouching services to users on both Android and iOS. “We have been focused on creating quality, hand-crafted products,”… Read more »

Former Optoro Executive Kathy Penny Joins Canvas as Chief People Officer

Former Optoro Executive Kathy Penny Joins Canvas

This morning, the Reston, VA-based Canvas, which provides Cloud-based software that enables companies to replace the use of paper forms, announced that former Optoro executive Kathy Penny has joined the company as its Chief People Officer. In this new role, Penny will work to cultivate the company’s culture, as well as oversee Canvas’s human resources –… Read more »

Reddit to Give 2014 Ad Revenue to User-Voted Charities

Reddit charitable giving

Last year reddit took a firm stance on advertising, stating that they would be committing 10 percent of their 2014 ad revenue to ten different charities, voted on by the entire reddit community. Part of the reason reddit decided to do this is because they want to show that the ad revenue for reddit doesn’t… Read more »

Can Science Bring Legitimacy to the Cannabis Industry?

cannabis tech

Steep Hill, an industry leader in cannabis testing and analytics, recently acquired a dedicated genetic sequencer from Pacific Biosciences. That might not sound like much at first glance, but this sequencer (RSII) has already led to an exciting breakthrough: what is believed to be the first isolated male cannabis genome sequence. Under the banner of… Read more »

What Does Collaboration Look Like?


“The word collaboration is at times so overused. What does that look like? How do you know when you should collaborate? Who with? What time?” says Tilde Guajardo, founder of The Kaleidoscope for Her, a coworking space for women in Dallas. Guajardo grew up with not one but two entrepreneurial parents and their entrepreneurial spirit… Read more »

Anaplan Releases 2014 Fiscal Year Highlights


Anaplan today announced the highlights from their fiscal year, which ended on January 31, 2015. The company reported that their bookings increased by 230 percent, which is 2.1 times more than the previous two years combined; these results were fueled by a 91 percent growth in customers. The Fiscal 2015 highlights include: Customer base now… Read more »

Leveraging Technology to Promote a Service Year among Youth

service year

On Friday morning I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast panel where the focus was service and technology. More specifically, the aim was to open a discussion about how to leverage technology to create interest and opportunities in promoting a year of service among young people. It was hosted by The Case Foundation in… Read more »

Relax, Retreat, and Learn How to Invest in Cannabis

cannabis tech

I don’t have to say that the legal cannabis market is on fire anymore because you all know, whether from reading my content or just paying attention to the news. However, it can be difficult for everyday people to capitalize on the burgeoning market like Peter Thiel can; what a lot of people might not know… Read more »

Harper Reed Launches Modest to Revolutionize Mobile Commerce

mobile commerce

The brilliant team that figured out how to engineer personalized, micro-targeted engagement for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign has officially announced the launch of a revolutionary mobile commerce platform called Modest. Harper Reed, CEO,  and Dylan Richard, CTO; both formerly of Threadless prior to running the tech for Obama for America, have been working in stealth to develop and hire at Modest…. Read more »

9 Warm Startups Scenes to Visit


February is about that time when you get fed up with winter and want to peace out to someplace warm – sayonara, polar vortex! Luckily, many entrepreneurs can do just that, as long as you bring your laptop along with you. It’s easy to stay holed up next to your heater with a hot beverage,… Read more »