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Support for Startups: Tech Companies Receiving Grants

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Because they are essentially free money, grants are a godsend to fledgling businesses. Although finding appropriate grants and qualifying for them isn’t easy, you never have to worry about repaying a grant or paying interest. Typically, the government reserves grants only for businesses deemed vital to the state or country overall. Read on to learn… Read more »


Starbucks New Charging Stations: Pros, Cons and Speculation

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Wireless charging is coming to Starbucks, starting with its San Francisco Bay Area stores. The coffee giant’s partnership with Duracell Powermat should cut down on brawls between latte swillers eyeing the same wall outlet. Starbucks plans to expand Powermat wireless charging over 2015, until it’s eventually available in every Starbucks and Teavana store. We salute… Read more »


Dynamically Loading Code Securely with Android

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Android has quite a number of security features that are built into the operating system that significantly reduce the frequency and impact of security issues. The system is designed so that when you build your apps with default system and file permissions, you can avoid having to make difficult decisions about security. Some of the… Read more »



Women Get Interrupted More Than Men in Meetings

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Kieran Snyder, a studio director of design/PM/operations at Amazon, wanted to test our belief that men interrupt more than women in conversations. So she spent 15 hours of meetings recording interruptions, along with the gender of both speakers. She released her informal study on her blog, and the most disappointing finding was how often women… Read more »


3 Lessons from Getting Rejected (and Then Accepted) into Techstars

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Early in 2013, my cofounders and I decided to apply to several of the top startup accelerators in the US, including Techstars Chicago, which eventually accepted us into their summer 2014 session. When we started the application process, we had no idea if we were ready, but as an academic-focused startup, we prepared as best… Read more »


Is Google Glass Becoming Normal?

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Well, the only thing that comes to mind (apart from weird) when we talk about Google Glass is technological advancement. When the news about this wearable computer hit the market, it had become quite obvious that Google was attempting to bring the future one step too close to the people. However, the big question here is whether… Read more »


Zappos Releases an Updated iPhone App

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It seems that iOS users get all the good upgrades first: Zappos has just announced the release of an updated iPhone app that features a new credit card scan feature. The crux of the new feature is that users can skip entering their credit card number when it comes to checking out on their cramped, 4.5… Read more »


Propser Accelerator to Focus Solely on Women-Led Startups

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The St. Louis Business Journal today reported on a new accelerator opening in the Gateway city. Prosper is launching a startup accelerator that will funnel $600,000 annually into St. Louis area companies. That in and of itself doesn’t make them ground breaking. What does, however, is that Prosper will be focusing solely on funding women-led… Read more »


Being Intelligent Isn’t Going to Save Your Startup

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While a strong case can be made that the upper echelons of society many times over are led by those with the intellectual capacity to invent new technologies, uncover the universe’s deepest secrets, and make decisions on behalf of the world’s micro-societies, the notion that intelligence alone is the defining cause of such domination - isolated from… Read more »


Leveraging Gamification for Your Small Business

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People like to have fun, but they can also be naturally competitive. Even mundane tasks can at times be turned into a game. This idea of competition and gaming has been used by major businesses for years through loyalty and rewards programs, but the expense of such programs often prohibited smaller businesses from taking part…. Read more »


ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

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ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »


The New Yorker Offers “Summer-Long Free-For-All” Online

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On a note to readers today, The New Yorker announced that non-subscribers will have free access to everything published in both the print and online versions. This means free access not only to new content published, but also a selection of past content based on the demand of readers. For avid readers and The New Yorker‘s… Read more »


Why I Love You Is Buffer for Love Letters

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How do I love thee? Let me text the ways… Leave it to geeks to figure out how to make their love more efficient and systematized. With Why I Love You, you can schedule email or text messages telling someone why you love them – a Buffer for love letters, if you will.  Here are some… Read more »


How to Disable Facebook Video Autoplay on Both Desktop and Mobile

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Facebook recently updated its features and introduced a new video autoplay option for users. With this new feature, videos and video ads on your Facebook page will be automatically played while you are browsing your newsfeed. When autoplay was first introduced, there was no settings option. If you were not interested in watching video, you just had… Read more »


5 BS Myths About Starting A Startup Debunked

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Having “your first” comes with plenty of unsolicited advice and a little side eye. For instance, during my first startup, my mom gave me more than side-eye. I got full-on stink eye! “YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOUR GOOD PAYING JOB AND DO A STARTUP?” Kind of like having kids or getting married, suddenly people… Read more »