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Chicago Ventures Invests in Web Tracking Service TrackIf


TrackIf, the Minnetonka-based web tracking company, today announced that they have raised $3M to grow their member base and launch new business and advertising solutions. The funding was led by Chicago Ventures, Wisconsin Investment Partners, New Capital Fund, and Confluence Capital. TrackIf helps users monitor products online and sends them alerts if something they are… Read more »

10 Startups That Received $100k from Steve Case at the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day


At yesterday’s inaugural Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, AOL cofounder and Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case surprised the crowd – not to mention the 10 participating startups – when he announced that he would be investing $100,000 into each of the startups that presented at the event. Wow. @SteveCase has just offered to personally invest $100K into… Read more »

5 Ways Groupon is Trying to Own 2014


The Internet was full of terrible jokes on April Fool’s Day, and Groupon wasn’t above the hype. They made a faux-announcement about an Elite Deal Series where people can pay premium-plus pricing for goods; the first deal they offered was $40 for $20 worth of Groupon Bucks. While we all had a laugh, there was something serious to be… Read more »

Urban Ag Company Terra Tech Launches MediPharm to Expand to Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Market


Irvine, CA-based Terra Tech yesterday announced the formation of MediPharm to compete for medical cannabis permits in Nevada. The company is currently building out all the necessary components to apply for medical marijuana cultivation there, as well as to sell their product to patients. “This is another step forward in developing our application to obtain… Read more »

DC-Based WattB Wants to Help Reduce Your Electricity Bill


Do you know how much electricity you’re consuming? Did you realize that you could potentially reduce your electricity bill by a significant margin, simply by measuring your energy use? For DC-based WattB, giving people the tools to measure their energy consumption and providing them with data on how to cut costs are top priorities; so… Read more »

OnTheGo Platforms Wants a Universal Smart Glass User Experience


Portland-based OnTheGo Platforms (OTG) today announced the beta release of their Augmented Reality Interface SDK, otherwise known as Ari. The newly designed SDK will allow developers building for smart glasses, like Google Glass, to implement hand-gesture-controls for users. Ari’s release comes hot on the heels of OTG’s successful seed funding round that closed three months… Read more »

We Robot: The Uncertainty of Drones


What is it with our fascination of robots taking over the world? A future where our streets will be protected by Robocops, and cars are automated without you having to touch the steering wheel. Is this perception of the future far-fetched? According to University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, we may be… Read more »

Mobile Future’s Jonathan Spalter Shares the Wireless Innovation Story [Video]


Mobile Future is a Washington, DC-based organization that bridges conversations between policymakers and innovators working in the wireless arena. In the U.S., policymakers have wisely let mobile consumers and entrepreneurs drive investment and innovation and, as a result, the nation’s mobile sector has grown exponentially. By helping to share succinct and simple stories of wireless… Read more »

Miami Attracted $300 million of Venture Capital in 2013


The Atlantic’s Startup City Miami yesterday announced a new report that revealed Miami has dramatically improved its ability to attract venture capital, ranking 16th highest among the 380-plus U.S. metro regions, raking in $300 million in the last year. The report was generated by The Martin Prosperity Institute and presented during yesterday’s summit, which explored the impact of… Read more »

First Code School Launches in Durham, Securing the City’s Rise as a Southeastern Tech Leader


Coding school and startup accelerator The Iron Yard today announced a partnership with Durham-based development firm Smashing Boxes to launch an immersive code school that will meet the Triangle region’s growing demand for a skilled technology workforce. Dubbed The Iron Yard Academy, the code school will be the first of its kind in Durham, NC, and the second in the greater Triangle region…. Read more »