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Rig Your Own Smart Home With littleBits DIY Kit

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Just because the Smart Home trend is increasingly popular with big corporations and startups alike doesn’t mean that there isn’t still room for innovation. That’s why littleBits this week launched their Smart Home DIY kit to retrofit your home and bring any of your home and bring any household appliance into the 21st century. The… Read more »


Mobile Future Announces the Winners of The Mobileys

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This is a sponsored post by Mobile Future, and we want to thank them for all of their support! The applications for The Mobileys, Mobile Future’s national innovation competition, closed back in August, and it’s finally time to reveal the winners. This year’s Mobileys winners collectively demonstrate the transformative possibilities mobile connectivity holds for tackling… Read more »


Preview the Zappos Pop-Up Shop in Downtown Las Vegas

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If you could step inside the internet, which website would you jump into first? If you are a shopping fanatic, you might choose to go inside Zappos.com. Beginning today, and running every day 24/7 until December 31, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, the Zappos Pop-Up Shop powered by ShopWithMe will allow you to… Read more »




Send Us Your Nominations for the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star Award Ceremony

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Guess what? Thanksgiving is next week. And then there’s that whole period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when all you can think about is, well, um, Christmas. More importantly, though, the holiday season signals the inevitable end to the year; hence, the period after Thanksgiving often turns into a period of reflection, remembrance, and recognition – a look… Read more »


StyleHaul Attracts European Buyer in RTL Group

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Recently a leading European entertainment network, RTL Group, made moves to go deeper into the Los Angeles tech startup ecosystem when they acquired StyleHaul for $107 million US. RTL Group will also invest $20 million US into StyleHaul in order to fund the company’s growth. In addition, the parties have agreed to earn-out mechanisms that… Read more »


Airbnb for Cars, Getaround, Raises $24M in New Funding

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San Francisco-based car-sharing startup, Getaround, announced today they have raised $24M in funding. Getaround app allows users to reserve cars from people nearby their location. Basically. Airbnb for your car. If someone is looking for a car,  they can search cars available nearby available instantly. Those registered agree to let any of its screened users… Read more »


FiscalNote Raises $7M Series A for Its Legislation Prediction AI

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The Washington, D.C. startup FiscalNote, whose artificial intelligence technology analyzes and predicts the outcome of legislation, announced a $7 million Series A. This round of financing was led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Visionnaire Ventures, with participation from Cloud Ventures, NEA, Winklevoss Capital, Enspire Capital, Green Visor Capital, and Middleland Capital. Notable angelsin this round… Read more »


Shakr: “Video Ads are Hot Right Now”

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According to a recent Forbes article, video ads are hot right now. Nearly every major internet platform launched a new video ad product, big brands love it, and video ad spending is up 76 percent year-over-year in 2014. Recently graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator, as part of Batch 10, Shakr has decided that they… Read more »


Techstars Boston Hosts International-Heavy Demo Day

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Last week Techstars held their 2014 Boston Demo Day to celebrate the 12 startup companies graduating the accelerator program. According to the team, one of the awesome characteristics about this year’s class is that it’s one of the most international classes out of Boston to date. Companies came from Australia, Russia, France, Croatia, Hong Kong,… Read more »


Hush Blows Their $100K Kickstarter Goal Out of the Water

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There’s still 33 days to go on Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve already hit their $100,000 funding goal; in fact, they’ve hit $137,416. What makes their Kickstarter so enticing to people is the fact that Hush has figured out how to tune out your loud neighbors, snoring roommates, and noisy streets. Hush introduced us to… Read more »


Actually Fashionable Wearable Tech: Cuff Wins Decoded Fashion NYC Startup Competition

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Today and yesterday, Decoded Fashion held its New York Summit in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, inviting leading startups and individuals from the worlds of fashion and technology to share their thoughts on such things as how fashion houses and retail chains are utilizing nascent technologies, as well as highlighting the work from rising startups that bringing the… Read more »