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Zainab Zaki Embraced Her Failure and Learned From it

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Part of starting up is failure – that’s a given. It’s never easy, but at the same time it’s a learning process and long does the entrepreneur last who sees failure in this light. Zainab Zaki was the COO at Tappedin, a social discovery tool for professional networking, before they closed their doors. For Zaki,… Read more »



If You Think Work-Life Balance Is Bad Here, Be Grateful You’re Not in Indonesia

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For employees in Indonesia, the #1 problem is feeling underappreciated, says Happy5 cofounder Doni Priliandi. “The management style is really top down. They don’t give a shit about the happiness of the employee. ‘If you perform, I’ll give you a bonus; if you do not perform, I’ll kick you out,’” explains Priliandi.    “The employees… Read more »


Apple Acquires BookLamp, Final Amount Still Pending

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Late last week TechCrunch reported that Apple had made an interesting move to acquire Boise, Idaho based book startup BookLamp. The location of acquisition paired with the fact that Apple is buying a startup in the literature market are both causes to pay close attention; Apple seldom moves to buy smaller tech companies, but when… Read more »




SportsManias Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding

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Miami startup SportsManias announced that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The funding will be use to continue revamping of SportsManias web platform and app, a source of news for sports fans. This round of funding follows a $1 million raise one year ago, bringing the company to a total of $4.5 million. According to… Read more »


Brooklyn’s Birdi Raises $700k Seed Funding for Smart Air Monitor

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Birdi, a Brooklyn, NY-based hardware startup that ‘s building a smart air monitor, announced this morning that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding. Participants in this round include Jason Calacanis and Kapor Capital (his AngelList syndicate), Eric Ries, and John Galbraith. Formerly known as Canary, the company recently relocated to San Francisco and changed… Read more »


Brazil’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M to Continue Global Expansion

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Global startup Easy Taxi raised US$40 million in Series D funding led by the Russian Phenomen Ventures with the participation of German Tengelmann Ventures. Backed by Rocket Internet, the Brazilian taxi hailing app startup has expanded its services in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In the last year alone, Easy Taxi has added 150,000 drivers to their network and completed rides in… Read more »



Net Neutrality Threats: Bad for Consumers, Deadly for Startups

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Net neutrality is a hot-button topic, and for good reason. The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Supreme Court are rapidly pushing us toward a future eerily similar to the highly controlled media world of “The Hunger Games” by not supporting net neutrality. The collapse of Internet equality makes it all but impossible for entrepreneurs… Read more »


GE, Local Motors Launch FirstBuild Micro-Factory in Louisville

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General Electric, Local Motors and University of Louisville have joined forces to open the FirstBuild Micro-factory. The micro-factory will be a place for “online and local community members to design products and help solve engineering challenges that will fast-track community driven innovation to market.” The opening of the FirstBuild Micro-Factory follows the announcement that GE partnered with Local… Read more »



Zvi Band: The Key to Successful Networking is Practice and Effort

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During Frank Gruber’s recent Startup Mixology stop in Washington D.C. at the Crystal Tech Fund, he sat down with a panel of guests to talk about different facets of starting up, launching new products, and leveraging networks for success. When Zvi Band, CEO of Contactually, took the mic, he made an interesting point: it’s obviously all… Read more »