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Quarterly Closes in on 50 Curators as Site Gets Cooler by the Second (or Quarter!)

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Imagine getting home from a long day at work, after a traffic-jam-infused commute, to find a neatly selected care package from the ever-so-”Happy” Pharrell Williams, or the “bizarre” Andrew Zimmern, or human daredevil Tim Ferriss. I mean, how cool would that be!?! Well, if you haven’t heard by now, that’s exactly the type of experience… Read more »


The Knight Foundation Grants $60,000 To Spur Angel Investment Series In South Florida

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The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research announced today its plan to launch a series of angel investor seminars dedicated to teaching participants about angel investing. The nonprofit will work with various research universities in Florida to help foster the community through the creation of new companies and jobs. The John S. and James L…. Read more »





Tune in Friday to See Dallas’s iLumi on Shark Tank

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This Friday at 9 pm, Dallas startup iLumi will reach national audiences on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. The episode has already been filmed, but cofounder Corey Egan’s lips are sealed. “Filming for the show was a surreal experience,” says Egan. “There were at least a few times when I thought to myself, ‘Is… Read more »


Spincard, The 6 Digit Pin To Your LinkedIn

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Sometimes, you can’t put a face to a name after a business meeting? Don’t worry, the majority of us – 98 percent to be exact – can’t remember a person’s name, but can easily point them out in a crowd. With that in mind, co-founder Anthony Montalbano and his team developed Spincard, a mobile app that… Read more »


RoundPegg and Pathfinder Solutions to Offer Low-Cost Culture Development Tools for Nonprofits

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On Wednesday, RoundPegg, a Boulder, CO-based company that offers tools focused on highlighting a company’s culture, announced that it has formed a partnership with Pathfinder Solutions to offer those same services to nonprofit organizations at discounted rates. “We believe our communities are greatly enriched by the work of cause-focused organizations, and that it is important for RoundPegg to… Read more »


South Florida’s New Wave Surgical Corp. Acquired For Over $100 Million

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South Florida-based New Wave Surgical Corp. was acquired by Ireland-based Covidien for more than $100 million. New Wave Surgical Corp. invented and distributed the D-HELP kit, which keeps laparoscopic and robotic lenses heated and clean during procedures. The founder, R. Alexander Gomez, was trying to raise capital for expansion before the acquisition. In a recent interview with… Read more »


Spincard and Charitweet Win Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startups

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Last night we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series at Work In Progress, and it was a complete success. It included the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll and the Best Pitch award determined by our Live SMS poll. And the winners were…drum roll…. Tech Cocktail Week Hottest Showcasing Startup-Reader’s Choice Spincard- An app that allows… Read more »



Tory Burch, Rich Barton, Steve Case Among Those Named Obama’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

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On Monday, the White House announced 11 members to the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program, a new initiative by the administration to develop entrepreneurial interest and activity in the US and beyond. Ambassadors include the likes of clothing retail star Tory Burch, AOL co-founder Steve Case, and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton. “When we encourage and support the innate… Read more »




Uppidy Acquired By Secure SMS Platform Gryphn For Undisclosed Amount

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Uppidy, an app that allows users to save, search, and share their SMS to the cloud, announced today that they’ve been acquired by Gryphn–now, ArmorText–an application for safe messaging for smartphones. The terms and details of the announcements were not disclosed. ArmorText technology allows the encrypting of videos, messages and pictures on the device so… Read more »


And This Week’s $5K from The Mill Goes to… Reserved!

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Each week, The Mill, powered by Work In Progress in Downtown Las Vegas, invests $5,000 in a new idea with the goal of lowering the barrier to entrepreneurship and making it more accessible. This week’s $5K goes to William Kasel of Reserved. William Kasel loves solving hard problems with simple solutions. His first company built mobile… Read more »