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

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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 »


Good.Co is Creating Happier Employees By Solving the Culture Fit Problem [VIDEO]

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! According to Jonathan Wylie, 77 percent of Americans are disengaged at work. This isn’t to say that they’re necessarily bad at their jobs, they’re merely feeling, you know,… Read more »


Social Media Influence Tool Klout Acquired for $200 Million

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Fortune/CNN has just reported that the social media influence scoring platform, Klout, has been acquired by Lithium Technologies, a company that provides social customer solutions for enterprises. According to the report, the deal is valued at nearly $2oo million in mixed cash and Lithium equity. Last month, news of the impending acquisition was delivered by… Read more »


How Change.org Is Changing the World [INTERVIEW]

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In 2012, Trayvon Martin’s mother put up a petition on Change.org to prosecute the killer of her son, after he had been released. Soon, the petition had over 2.2 million signatures, and the killer was brought to trial the following month. Change.org is one of the leading petition platforms online, with over 65 million users…. Read more »



SMPLE Is Like a Social Media Consultant for Small Businesses

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Many years and hundreds of startups later, small businesses still seem to be struggling to get online. SMPLE is attempting to tackle this problem with a unique, DIY twist. The general challenge most local business owners face is figuring out how to get their business online. While it might seem straightforward to most tech-savvy people… Read more »


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

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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 »


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 »


Garrett Camp Announces $50 Million Investment in Expa

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Today Expa announced that it has successfully raised its first $50 million in funding from a list of big-name investors. Expa founder Garrett Camp, known for founding other notable companies like StumbleUpon and Uber, will put the funding directly toward the design and development of new startup companies. Built as a startup studio, Expa develops… Read more »


GoldieBlox’s Lindsey Shepard Tells the Story of a $4 Million Super Bowl Commercial

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This year, toys-for-girls startup GoldieBlox won a rather expensive prize: a $4 million commercial during the Super Bowl. Thanks to Intuit, their 30-second ad reached millions of viewers and helped raise GoldieBlox’s profile. The GoldieBlox line of toys can now be found in stores nationwide, including Toys ‘R’ Us. GoldieBlox VP of sales Lindsey Shepard… Read more »


Google Gives $1 Million to Increase the Number of Women in Startups

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According to Google for Entrepreneurs’ Twitter account, Google is giving $1 million to 40 organizations around the world to create events, programs, and training to increase the amount of women in startups by 25 percent. Tech startups are notoriously male-heavy, but over the past few years, more women have entered the startup trenches…and they’re crushing… Read more »


Banjo Launches a Long-Awaited Web App at SXSW

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After being mobile-first and mobile-only for years, Damien Patton’s Banjo unveiled a web app at SXSW today. Like the mobile app, the web app lets you explore places, activities, and people around you in real time – from SXSW to CPAC to Kiev – by pulling data from social media. Photos, videos, tweets, and more… Read more »


Pebble Launches Official Evernote Integration at SXSW

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Pebble announced an integration with Evernote today. The popular device that is fueling the smart watch ecosystem, along with the popular productivity app, has given enthusiasts the abilty to access checklists, reminders and notebooks, with more rolling out in the near future. According to Evernote: “With this app, Pebblers can easily check off items on their… Read more »