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Paul Singh’s Crystal City-Based Disruption Corporation Reportedly Raising $1.5M

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According to an SEC filing submitted two days ago, Paul Singh’s Disruption Corporation is raising a $1.5 million. First reported by the Washington Business Journal, the company may have already raised some funds towards that total amount, although no commentary was made by Singh himself to confirm this. The Crystal City-based Disruption Corp. serves as a… Read more »


Spinnakr Cofounder’s New Project Can Improve Your Twitter Click-Through Rate by Nearly 20x

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I don’t think I have to raise the argument that social media has become one of the most prominent and indeed even identifying features of this generation. At a time when most conversations take place in the digital space, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become invaluable tools for coordinating discussions, sharing updates,… Read more »


The Next Big Thing in Wearable Technology: The Smart Shoe

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These shoes are made for innovation. Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt has developed shoes that will sync up “with a smartphone that uses Google Maps and vibrate to tell users when and where to turn to reach their destination.” Ducere initially developed the shoes to help the blind who rely on walking canes. While the cane can help… Read more »



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 »