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First Code School Launches in Durham, Securing the City’s Rise as a Southeastern Tech Leader

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Coding school and startup accelerator The Iron Yard today announced a partnership with Durham-based development firm Smashing Boxes to launch an immersive code school that will meet the Triangle region’s growing demand for a skilled technology workforce. Dubbed The Iron Yard Academy, the code school will be the first of its kind in Durham, NC, and the second in the greater Triangle region…. Read more »


3 DC Startups Team Up to Create a Platform for Virtual Weddings

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Do you love technology and having a digital presence, but don’t want to fork over $3,000 for a social media wedding concierge? You’re in luck; starting today, a new online platform will allow currently-engaged couples to host their weddings completely online. That’s right: online, virtual weddings. “From increasing our mobile presence to launching SocialWeddingSpeek, we always… Read more »


Tech Cocktail’s Co-Founder Frank Gruber To Launch Delivering Hawaiianess: An Island Chain As A Startup

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After spending almost eight years building Tech Cocktail into an online tech startup news and events company with global reach, we’d like to report Tech Cocktail Co-founder and CEO, Frank Gruber has announced the launch of a new initiative called Delivering Hawaiianess. Delivering Hawaiianess will take the learnings from Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project in Las Vegas,… Read more »


Miami’s LiveNinja Raises an Additional $500K

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Miami’s video chat marketplace, LiveNinja, today announced that they have received an additional $500K in funding. This announcement comes on the heels of their launch of the Katana platform, which we reported last week. LiveNinja announced the funding news at today’s Startup City Miami event. The funding was provided by local, undisclosed angel investors, bringing… Read more »



Why It’s So Important to Keep Your Customers Happy

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Keeping customers happy is your biggest asset as a business. If you’re not yet sold on the idea, consider that a 2 percent increase in customer retention has the same effect as decreasing costs by 10 percent. Not only that, but it costs over six times more to get a new customer than it does to keep one. Clearly,… 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 »


Become a Real-Life Pokemon Master with Google Maps

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It’s already April 1st in Australia and Japan, and while thought to be a largely Western phenomenon (or, at least, I thought that), it seems that those on the opposite end of the globe also appreciate a good April Fools’ joke. Right now, if you open up Google Maps on your iPhone or Android device,… Read more »


Post-Accelerator and Growth Funding in Berlin

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria to deliver a keynote to a state-funded innovation agency to discuss entrepreneurship and the role of mentoring. One of the key points that came out of that discussion was the role of accelerators and the state of growth funding… Read more »


7 Educational Technology Startups That Deserve Your Attention

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The educational technology industry is getting busier by the day. New startups are constantly being promoted, but not all of them offer innovative concepts that increase the effectiveness of both teachers and students. That being said, there are some pretty cool recent launches both educators and students should check out. With the right set of… Read more »


Thinkers, Doers, and Makers: Yoshi Maisami Wants You at DC’s Ideaspace [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! Washington D.C. is home to many co-working spaces like 1776, but Yoshi Maisami thinks our nation’s capital could benefit from having a commercial maker space. Thus, he founded… Read more »


Aaron Saunders and Clearly Innovative Are Helping Underserved Students in DC [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! Two years ago, Aaron Saunders had the opportunity to host a summer hackathon in the DC neighborhood of Anacostia for kids in underserved communities, sponsored by his mobile… Read more »



Sage Salvo’s Words Liive Sheds New Light on English Language Arts [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! Sage Salvo founded Words Liive because he wants to help students read more proficiently and study literature in more depth. To that end he’s developed an algorithm that… Read more »


Doers, Donors, and Door Openers Are Helping Marissa Jennings Build SocialGrlz [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! While Marissa Jennings was at Bennett College she had to complete a senior project, and she decided to design a magazine for young African American women. However, during… Read more »