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Chicago’s AvantCredit Raises $75M Series C for Online Consumer Lending

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The Chicago-based financial tech startup AvantCredit announced the closing of a $75 million round of Series C financing led by Tiger Global Management. In addition, the company has announced a $200 million credit facility led by Victory Park Capital. AvantCredit has grown rapidly since its launch at the end of 2012. The startup has revolutionized the online… Read more »


Macy’s Announces It Will Bring Fashion Incubator to Miami

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Macy’s, the American chain of department stores, announced today that it will bring its fashion incubator to Miami as an effort to foster talent in the city. The announcement was made by Edward Jay Goldberg, the Vice President of Government & Consumer Affairs for Macy’s during the annual Beacon Council One Community One Goal Meeting. Goldberg went… Read more »


4 Reasons You Should Brave the Cold and Startup in Fargo

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If you think nothing goes on in Fargo, North Dakota, think again: organizers are expecting over 800 people for TEDxFargo: On Purpose tomorrow, followed by TEDxYouth@Fargo on Friday. As organizer Greg Tehven blogged on TED, one of the major myths about Fargo is that it’s cold all the time. Granted, it does get 52 inches… Read more »


OwnerAide Helps Real Estate Professionals Build Meaningful Networks

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Real estate is a tough field to navigate, for both homeowners and the professionals who work in the field. With the rise of highly successful web platforms such as Zillow and Trulia, real estate agents and brokers are faced with the challenge of keeping up. The founders of Portland-based OwnerAide know that real estate professionals are valuable members of… Read more »


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 »