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Wix.com Acquires OpenRest to Expand Online and Mobile Ordering to Restaurants

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The Cloud-based web development platform, Wix.com, has announced this morning that it has acquired OpenRest, a startup that gives restaurant owners the ability to easily create online ordering and mobile ordering solutions. The acquisition allows Wix to further expand into other industry verticals while expanding the range of its product offering. In August of this year, Wix… Read more »


My Dealer Service Helps Build Consumer Confidence in Auto Service

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My Dealer Service, a web-based app that works on all smartphones and mimics the look and feel of a native smartphone app, gives customers real-time updates—via text and/or email—on the status of their vehicle while it is at a service department for repair. After a customer drops off their vehicle, repair workers conduct standard diagnostics… Read more »


Deliver Lean & Ginny Bakes Join the Endeavor Network of High-Impact Entrepreneurs

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Endeavor Miami announced that Scott Harris, founder of DeliverLean, and Ginny, Steve, and Mike Simon from Ginnybakes are the latest additions to its portfolio of selected Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Both companies were picked during Endeavor Global’s 55th International Selection Panel (“ISP”) held from October 22nd to the 24th, in Istanbul, Turkey. The four new Endeavor Miami… Read more »


Rokk3r Labs: Investing in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

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One way to get your startup off the ground is to leverage the mentorship and investor relationship opportunities of a startup incubator and accelerator. But that is not the ONLY way to do so, and many times it’s not the best alternative for the startup founder. “There are other alternatives for entrepreneurs to come into… Read more »


The Founder Institute Sets Its Sights on Las Vegas

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The learning doesn’t stop in Downtown Las Vegas. The Founder Institute, the “world’s largest startup accelerator”, has announced a new class meetup featuring leaders in the local tech community. According to the company’s website, the program offers a “structured, 4-month curriculum of weekly training courses and business-building assignments” from which “you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder… Read more »


Strive: Connecting Independent Contractors on the Go

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Job hunting is difficult for everyone, for both job-seekers and even employees. When it comes to finding a reliable contractors and freelancers, that is recommendation-based process. Denver-based startup Strive a location-based intuitive app that connects employers with employees, and customers with contractors. The idea for Strive grew out of a long standing interest in job search… Read more »


VegasTechFund Changes Focus: Partner Andy White Exits

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This morning Tech Cocktail covered the launch of the VegasTechFund Syndicate which is funding Buffer, and putting a stake in the ground as the fund changes its focus. As Tony Hsieh announced at the Celebrate Conference, the fund has now invested the first $30 million of the $50 million fund. That $30 million was focused… Read more »


EdTech Startup MassiveU Raises $700K in Funding

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Naples, FL-based startup, MassiveU, announced that it has received US $330,000 investment from The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2). MassiveU, which started as MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), is accelerating its growth as a project-based, social learning Platform As-A-Service (PLAAS) company. The company works with content providers, publishers and school district leaders to deliver learning… Read more »


VegasTechFund Launches AngelList Syndicate with Buffer Funding

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The VegasTechFund, the $50 million startup fund that’s part of the Downtown Project, has launched an AngelList Syndicate today to raise $400k for San Francisco-based Buffer. The fund was previously focused on funding early-stage startups, and up to this point has invested around $30 million dollars into over 90 early-stage startups. As Tony Hsieh explained on stage… Read more »


Bambinos! Wants to Change Family Dynamics at the Dinner Table

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Studies have shown that children who eat regular family meals tend to have lower rates of obesity and eat more nutritiously. By eating in an family friendly environment, “their meals tended to have a warmer, more communicative atmosphere.” But any parent (and restaurant server) can tell you that eating at the table with young children… Read more »



500 Startups Helped Rover Position Themselves for the Future

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In mid-February John Coombs unveiled his startup, Rover, to the world. Still relatively young, they’ve just graduated as part of 500 Startups’ recent class, and their business concept and model is catching some serious attention. In short, Rover is an iBeacon platform that helps retailers deliver a better customer experience by transforming their mobile apps… Read more »