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Switchmate: Making Home Automation Simple [VIDEO]

By | Mar 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

Did you know that the adoption rate for home automation technology is only about 2 percent? Ashish Dua, cofounder of Switchmate, believes that’s because the current options available to users are either too complicated or too inaccessible to the average consumer. Switchmate was built…

Pitch

Your Startup Isn’t as Cool as You Think

By | Mar 25, 2015 at 9:00 am

Take a look at your most recent startup pitch to the media – did it have the word “revolutionary” in it? If so, it just might be a deal-breaker, says Uproar PR founder Catriona Harris. “Every tech startup thinks they’re revolutionary,” says Harris, who…

SXSW

Austin

Gender Diversity in Tech Will Be Solved Before Racial Diversity [VIDEO]

By | Mar 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

LaToya Collins-Jones is the founder and CEO of Pretty Geeky, Inc., a digital consultancy and services company that offers clients with everything from strategic planning services and social marketing support to live event support. At this year’s SXSW, she managed to stop by and…

SXSW

Austin

Squirl.Co Connects the Real World to Your Favorite Books [Video]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Squirl.Co wants to change how book lovers experience their favorite books. The Houston-based startup created a location-based app that brings readers to the existing sites of novels they’ve read, giving them a new perspective on their favorite stories. For writers, Squirl is a great tool to create engagement with…

Interviews

This Entrepreneur Got $1M From All ‘Shark Tank’ Investors

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you know that it’s pretty difficult to get one of the investors to fund an idea. It’s even harder to get all investors to invest, but Charles Michael Yim did just that. On September 2013  Yim, CEO…

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Berlin

Moviepilot Listened to Their Fans: It Paid Off Big Time

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

About seven years ago Tobi Bauckhage planted the seed of an idea in Berlin, Germany with his company Moviepilot. His mission was to fill the void in his home country where an IMDB page would sit: at the time the site hadn’t expanded internationally….

SXSW

Austin

Mobile Advertising: Misperceptions and Its Opportunities for Startups [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

“I think there’s still a lot of, um, I don’t want to say misinformation, but i just think there’s a lack of education about the power of mobile advertising. And when you think about what you can do from a mobile perspective, I’ve always…

Productivity

Glass Planner is a Solid Alternative to iOS Calendar

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Let’s be honest here. Big name calender apps like Google Calendar and iOS calendars do a fine job for 90% of us out there. We just need it for simple reminders, such as dinner arrangements and dentist appointments, and that’s it. Add that to the…

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Austin

Shark Tank and the Connected Home 2.0 [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

For the last few years we’ve been in the Connected Home 1.0 model, wherein your home monitors and reacts to problems. Nayeem Hussain, cofounder and co-CEO of Keen Home, is leading the charge into Connected Home 2.0, which is proactive instead of reactive. That…

Wearables

3 Tips For Wearable Entrepreneurs from Wearables TechCon

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The wearable technology market is on the rise ($20 billion in 2015 to almost $70 billion in 2025), and as with every new technological advancement, there’s room for innovative entrepreneurs to jump on the bandwagon and create the next billion dollar venture. Just this month,…

SXSW

Austin

Should You Be a Mobile-First or Consumer-First Company? [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Nowadays, companies everywhere are designing with a mobile-first approach – the idea that mobile experiences should be prioritized over web experiences simply because of the societal shift towards greater engagement on their phones. And that’s certainly the case; according to statistics from Pew, mobile…

Tips & How To’s

How To Combine Social Media with Local SEO for Brand Building

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

Local businesses are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to marketing. It isn’t easy competing against major corporations who have an established, household brand name. However, it isn’t as bad as you think if you understand how they got to their place of…

SXSW

Austin

Circa’s Motto: Save Time, Stay Informed [VIDEO]

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

How often do you see people sitting and reading the actual, physical newspaper? Matt Galligan, CEO and cofounder of Circa, realized one day while waiting for his coffee that our culture surrounding news consumption has shifted: we don’t read for 30 minutes after we get…

Reports & Rankings

30 Startups with the Biggest Funding Rounds in 2014

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

In the 2014 fiscal year, $50 billion in venture funding was invested in 5,900 companies – an average of $8.5 million per deal. Mattermark’s annual report on startup activity recently ranked the biggest funding rounds from 2014, and many startups raised much more than that….

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