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Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

Pittsburgh hottest startup

Last night we were back in Pittsburgh for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and it was an awesome night! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch LifeShel is empowering individuals to prevent sexual assault…. Read more »

Bring Your Ideas Into the Real World with Thinkerous


If you’re a developer, then you certainly know how great of a resource GitHub is – it’s a very supportive community of programmers – all of them collaborating on projects and helping each other work through development issues and problems that they have. Similarly, Dribbble serves as this kind of community for designers. How about the rest… Read more »

Meaningfy, aka Automated, Virtual Cloud Analyst


Andre Lessa has worked for several different Pittsburgh-based companies like Deloitte Consulting, Transportopia, ModCloth, Lockerz, Vivisimo, and American Eagle Outfitters. Over the course of his employment history, he has racked up 20 years of experience as a team lead, project manager, software engineer, and CTO. It was no surprise, then, when he decided to jump… Read more »

4 Reasons to Ditch for BudgetSimple


“Saving money has never been more difficult,” said some twenty-something Millennial attempting to connect with the rest of the world. But, really though, saving money just seems to be a difficult task for many of us; when there aren’t bills to be paid (hello, struggling to keep my home), then there are other things on… Read more »

Crowdasaurus is Building Crowdfunding Ecosystems


Josh Lucas, Jason Philips, and Tim Palko are creating ecosystems. Not the kind that you studied in elementary life science classes, but rather ecosystems that surround crowdfunding in order to get projects funded more often and to greater degrees. Their platform, Crowdasaurus, builds white-label crowdfunding communities to highlight these projects where they can best be… Read more »

3 Reasons Why OpenCurriculum is Set to Impact Education in the Developing World


According to the United Nations, a “Least Developed Country” (LDC) is one that exhibits the lowest indicator of socioeconomic development, per three criteria: poverty, human resource weakness (as they relate to health and education), and economic vulnerability (due to instability of weather, agricultural production, government support, etc.)  Of the three, though, human capital has been… Read more »

Inktd Offers Cloud-Based Scheduling for Tattoo Shops


The biggest problem for tattoo artists is no-shows, and the percentage of no-shows for tattoo appointments is very high compared to other industries. Based on industry statistics, tattoo shops lose an average of $300M per year due to this problem. The issue is compounded by the fact that most tattoo shops don’t use any kind… Read more »

No More Scalping! Get Your Tickets With Get the HookUp


Levi and Matt Benson found that when they tried to purchase or trade tickets at an event, they were often spending more time looking around for a good deal than actually enjoying the show. This isn’t a problem specifically surrounding them; we’ve all experienced this. To solve the issue, Levi and Matt started Get the… Read more »

Mitch Turck, Founder of Vendalize or Disguised Comedian?


After founding, Mitch Turck moved on to found Vendalize as a local search built specifically for your phone. It uses a “tags-as-keywords” model to provide the framework for a clean data, revenue, and engagement model. By keeping the data short and sweet, Vendalize seeks to give users the combination of both a faster and… Read more »