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Why Your Startup Should Be a Visual Organization: Interview with Phil Simon

Visual Organization

Next Monday, Phil Simon‘s sixth book, The Visual Organization, hits the shelves on Amazon. Last year, Simon told companies they needed big data with his book Too Big to Ignore; now, he’s telling them what to do with it – namely, visualize it. We’re not talking infographics here; we’re talking about turning tools and data into insights about… Read more »


Lionel Messi Surprises Fans on a Google Hangout

SWOL

Miami-based startup SWOL (Soccer Without Limits) and Google teamed up with Ballon D’or-winning Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi to surprise the player’s fans. This happened during a Hangout video session last week as a surprise to a group of unsuspecting soccer journalists and Barcelona fans. The Google Hangout panel included Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times… Read more »


Graduate Student Lending Platform CommonBond Expands Its Program to Law, Medical, Engineering Grads

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NYC-based CommonBond announced today that it has expanded its student loan consolidation and low-cost refinancing program to graduates of law, medical, and engineering programs, as well as to additional MBA programs at Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Texas. This expansion by the graduate student lending platform follows the goals it set after raising $100 million… Read more »



The World’s Hottest Cars Are on MadWhips

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The Toronto based company MadWhips recently launched the an automotive photography focused social network in an effort to establish themselves as the 500px of the automotive industry. To that end, they have built a new website and iOS app to allow auto enthusiasts to share, collect, and discuss the world’s hottest cars all from one… Read more »


Nitrous.IO Raises $6.65M Series A to Build Better Dev Environments

nitrous.io

Nitrous.IO, a platform that provides pre-configured development environments in the cloud, today announced that they have successfully raised $6.65 million in a Series A funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The money will fund the expansion of their cloud-based platform. Outside of Bessemer Venture Partners, the Series A round included 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Golden… Read more »


One Laptop Per Child Moves Operations to Miami

OLPC

The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide low-cost laptops to children around the world, has moved its sales and distribution activities to Miami. OLPC formerly operated out of its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which closed in January of this year. OLPC is outsourcing many of the software and development units,… Read more »



A Supportive Entrepreneur Population is Powering San Francisco’s Startup Ecosystem

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“[San Francisco] is unique with regard to startups. It is like the mother ship – where it all began,” said Sri Lekha Srinivasan, Founder and Chief Learner at K-12 Nest. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it seems that San Francisco is truly one of the best places to be for everyone (not just for women entrepreneurs). Considering its history of… Read more »


Donate Money, Get Free Beer at DoNation’s Events

DoNation

If you want people to show up to an event, give out free beer. That’s probably psychology rule #1 of hosting events, and DoNation knows that. So the tech-savvy nonprofit set up events called “Do With Your Brew,” where local breweries give out free beer in exchange for donations to charities on DoNation. DoNation’s first… Read more »


Superman With A GoPro Camera

Superman With A GoPro

The GoPro camera, a rugged, versatile sports camera, has made it fairly easy to capture amazing photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter doing extreme sports like surfing, skiing, snowboarding or skateboarding. But what would happen if Superman had a GoPro camera? Well, now we know thanks to a group of Los Angeles filmmakers when they attached… Read more »


DC’s Encore Alert Raises $390K Seed Round Led By NextGen Angels

Encore Alert

Social media analytics platform for enterprise, Encore Alert, announced yesterday that it has closed a $390,000 round in seed funding. The round was led by DC-based NextGen Angels - their first portfolio deal of 2014 (the angel group’s latest highlight since bringing on a managing director earlier this month). “Every day, Encore Alert learns what actions drive results for… Read more »



Pipeline Fellowship Launches in Miami to Train Women Angels

Pipefund Fellowship Miami

This week Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, announced the launch of its Miami program. The program will provide South Florida with resources to train high-net-worth women angel investors with the goal of creating more capital for local startups. “After graduating from Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp, our newly winged angels have continued… Read more »


On-Demand Laundry Service Washio Expands To DC

washio app

I don’t know many people who enjoy doing laundry.  Actually, let me retract that.  I don’t know ANYone who enjoys doing laundry.  It’s a hassle and a time sink, and then you still have to fold everything and put it away.  There are many dry cleaners and laundry services out there to do this pesky… Read more »