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Top 5 Most Useless Websites, According To Teens

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Think you’re surfing the web with the cool kids? If one or more of your most visited site is on the list below, your probably not. A research led by Startup Niche surveyed the teens on their media habits, and the findings shed a light on the tech companies have the attention of tomorrow’s savvy users. It’s no surprise that… Read more »


Technology +Talent + Culture = Vox Media Formula to Success

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Content is King, but not what helped Vox Media raise capital and trust of investors. It takes more than that, there is a formula. That formula was shared by Vox Media’s CEO Jim Bankoff talk during Tech Cocktail Sessions, to a crowd of entrepreneurs in Crystal City Wednesday night. Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber led the… Read more »




Will.I.Am, Bill Nye, and a Robot Giraffe: Just a Few Things We Saw at the White House Maker Faire

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Yesterday, we got to check out the inaugural White House Maker Faire. In an effort to raise awareness about the growing maker community across the country and its lasting impact on American manufacturing and entrepreneurship, President Obama invited innovators from more than 25 states to showcase their products to all the important people in Washington,… Read more »


From 0 to 60: An Actionable Plan for Starting Social Media Marketing

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Since even the CIA is now on Twitter, we know that every company should be using social media marketing. Getting started is a process of testing the waters of various social media channels, like Facebook and Pinterest. With so many different services popping up, each with their own rules and requirements, it’s hard to know… Read more »


Improve Workplace Collaboration with Weekdone

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As a startup founder, have you struggled with finding effective ways to collaborate and share ideas with your employees? Employee reporting is a common issue managers face. Especially when most employee reporting is done via email or Excel, it can become difficult to stay on top of each employee’s progress. Weekdone, a simple weekly employee… Read more »


Y Combinator’s Sam Altman on Founder Depression: “You’re not alone, and you shouldn’t be ashamed.”

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In a blog post written last weekend, Y Combinator president Sam Altman brought to light the necessity for startup founders to talk about the issues they’re facing and the emotions they’re feeling rather repressing these notions of depression. Reporting on and writing about the startup scene has been a truly rewarding experience for me. Oftentimes,… Read more »


The Best Up-and-Coming Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

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Silicon Valley and New York City seem to be the obvious places for startups to move if they’ve reached their peak  — or just looking to grow their businesses. However, as the cost of living rises in both of these places, young entrepreneurs can and should look elsewhere. I talked to Carl Schramm who is… Read more »


Mezy Wants to Change Our Culture’s Schizophrenic Social Networking Habits

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Yesterday Mezy, billed as a unique social networking app aimed at changing our culture’s schizophrenic social networking status quo, officially launched out of their beta into version 2.0 of their platform. They combine popular video and photo message sharing functions into one comprehensive platform to help eliminate the overwhelming nature of managing multiple social networks…. Read more »


Review Trackers Hauls in $2 Million From Midwest Investors

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Yesterday Review Trackers Inc, the Chicago based startup in Wicker Park, announced the successful close of a $2 million funding round from a host of premier Midwest investors. It was led by Milwaukee’s CSA Parnters and included other investors American Family Ventures, Jeff Rusinow, and SymphonyAlpha Ventures. “In today’s market, it is absolutely crucial for… Read more »



President Obama at White House Maker Faire: Today’s DIY is Tomorow’s “Made in America”

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Earlier today, President Barack Obama welcomed guests at the very first White House Maker Faire, where people from across the country got the chance to exhibit some of the most innovative ideas coming from the maker community that could potentially have a larger impact on our society. And, as earlier expected, the President’s opening remarks focused… Read more »


Amazon Unveils Smartphone “Fire Phone”

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The wait is over. Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its new smartphone Fire Phone today at an event in Seattle. According to the Associated Press (AP), the new phone will enable users to snap a photo of a book title or listen to a song playing, and it’ll show you where to buy it on Amazon. Users will… Read more »


Forget Greeting Cards, Expressalo is Sending Greeting Toys

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There might only be 3 days left on the Kickstarter clock for Expressalo, but they’re not worried. Currently with 535 backers, the startup is at $39,606: well beyond their initial $20,000 goal. But what exactly does Expressalo do? Interestingly enough, they’re in the greeting card business. Now, their cards aren’t like anything you’ve seen before,… Read more »


Facebook Launches Slingshot to Compete With Snapchat

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Snapchat has been dictating the moves of many other social networking sites recently, and Facebook is among them. Yesterday MacRumors reported that Facebook released a new app, Slingshot, which lets users send media to friends who are unable to view said media unless they share something back. The Slingshot app was designed specifically to compete… Read more »