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How to Track Down a Great Speaker for Your Next Event

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There are many key elements to a successful business conference. The venue, the food, and the purpose of the conference are all important. But there is one part of a conference that can create more buzz and can be more important than all the other things: the choice of a guest speaker. A great guest speaker can… Read more »


GE, Local Motors Launch FirstBuild Micro-Factory in Louisville

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General Electric, Local Motors and University of Louisville have joined forces to open the FirstBuild Micro-factory. The micro-factory will be a place for “online and local community members to design products and help solve engineering challenges that will fast-track community driven innovation to market.” The opening of the FirstBuild Micro-Factory follows the announcement that GE partnered with Local… Read more »



Zvi Band: The Key to Successful Networking is Practice and Effort

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During Frank Gruber’s recent Startup Mixology stop in Washington D.C. at the Crystal Tech Fund, he sat down with a panel of guests to talk about different facets of starting up, launching new products, and leveraging networks for success. When Zvi Band, CEO of Contactually, took the mic, he made an interesting point: it’s obviously all… Read more »


Now You Can Sound Drunk When You’re Actually Sober

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When I first heard about Drunk Post translator, a hack created by Zantherus Community that translates otherwise sober-sounding text into drunk-sounding text, I really didn’t get the point. We want technology to help us NOT text when we are drunk, not the other way around. But I gave it a try anyway, by translating a quote by Steve… Read more »


NYC is a Step Closer to Turning Payphones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Earlier this week, bids were due to the City of New York for a city planning initiative that would turn 10,000 of NYC’s old payphones into free wireless Internet kiosks. According to the GigaOm, 60 companies participated in the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) planning meeting that happened in May. Google, Cisco Systems,… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

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Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


Your Startup Needs More Conflict

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At its most dangerous, a lack of conflict can be deadly. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers blames the crash of several airplanes on deferential “cockpit culture,” where copilots were too afraid to speak up about signs of danger. For startups, a lack of conflict can be deadly in a different way: deadly for your company. If… 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 »



41 Startup Guys Show Us What They ACTUALLY Wear to Work

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This Monday, Banana Republic pretty much stunned the world with the unveiling of its Startup Guy line of clothing. While it seems that Banana Republic no longer has the line featured on its website, the collection of looks displayed on Monday were replete with perfectly tailored chinos, exposed ankles, and  crisp, chambray button-downs. While it’s… Read more »


Kaplan and Techstars Announce the 2014 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Class

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It was today announced that 12 education-technology startups have been officially selected to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator in New York City. Kaplan, the global education company and largest subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company, is partnering with Techstars to power the three month immersive mentorship and business development program. The common thread that… Read more »


EveryoneOn Partners with Sprint to Bring Internet to 50,000 Students

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EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this… Read more »


#TBT: “No Brandcuffs, No Brandcuffs, No Brandcuffs”

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During a conversation I had earlier this week with Alex Taub, he made a reference to a particular video that I apparently missed the boat on. I can’t even recall what we were talking about at the moment, but all I can remember is he responded, “Well…yes and no, and yes and no, and yes and no.”… Read more »


The Tetris Effect: Is Your Knee-Jerk Reaction Negative? 

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In a study out of Harvard Medical School, participants played Tetris three days in a row for hours. What happened to them afterward became known as the Tetris Effect: “For days after the study, some participants literally couldn’t stop dreaming about shapes falling from the sky. Others couldn’t stop seeing these shapes everywhere, even in their… Read more »