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How Cheezburger Almost Wasted All Their Funding

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Instead of issuing some fluffy press release about how wonderful the new Cheezburger app is, CEO Ben Huh got personal about his journey in a Medium post called “Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life” – including guilt over an employee’s death, self-doubts, and almost quitting. “To me, this release is my redemption,” he writes. “Every new… Read more »


Greenvelope: Handle Your Events With Some Social Good

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Founded in the dorm room of Sam Franklin, Greenvelope was introduced to the world as a clean, focused, and streamlined solution for businesses and nonprofits to connect with their supporters, donors, and customers. Their suite offers tools to help maximize patronage, event attendance, and donations while also managing all RSVPs, tickets, item sales, and registrations… Read more »



Crowsnest Joins Techstars Seattle Class of 2014

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Crowsnest recently moved from Syracuse, New York, to Seattle as one of the ten teams to join the Techstars Seattle class of 2014. According to a press release, more than 600 teams applied for the program, and 31% of the applications came from outside the United States. “It was a very competitive selection process with many… Read more »


Fired from His Startup, Marc Barros Turned to Blogging

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Hunter Walk’s blog, reposted with permission.  I first “met” entrepreneur Marc Barros via his blog One Entrepreneur’s Perspective, which contained a solid string of posts analyzing why GoPro succeeded while his action camera startup Contour struggled. As we got to know each other IRL, I was excited to hear about his… Read more »



Win a Mentor Lunch with Steve Case of AOL and Revolution

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What would you do to score a mentor lunch with a hugely successful entrepreneur? Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL, is offering one lucky entrepreneurial hopeful just that. These days, Case is heading up Revolution, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in world-changing ideas. He’s also the chairman of UP Global, an… Read more »


If You’re Approaching Burnout, Take a Careercation Now 

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Get chapters of David Niu’s book Careercation: Trading Briefcase for Suitcase to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness for free starting today.  In 2012, BuddyTV cofounder David Niu bought a one-way ticket to New Zealand for himself, his wife, and his 10-month old daughter, Keira. He was burned out, and it was time for a “careercation.”  Niu had… Read more »




Mobilligy Exits Beta, Launches Mobile Bill Pay App in Full

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Today Mobilligy announced the formal exit of their beta testing phase with the full release of their bill-pay app for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. Mobilligy is an official Microsoft BizSpark Plus member, a participant in the 2012 Azure Accelerator, and they also completed the TechStars program in 2013. The co-founders Ty Griffin… Read more »



Last-Minute Gift Ideas from Up-and-Coming Startups

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For all you last minute shoppers out there (I won’t name names–you know who you are), there’s still time! Whether you’ve been too busy to shop or have been procrastinating on those who are impossible to shop for, I am here to help make this stressful time of year slightly less so. Here’s a list… Read more »