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5 Ways to Leverage Google AdWords to Reach Holiday Shoppers

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If you run a small business, what are your working hours? Consumers seem to be always-on, especially in the retail industry. Shoppers love to browse for purchases between 10 PM and 4 AM. You’re probably always thinking about ways to improve your business and trying to respond to consumer inquiries in a timely manner. But… Read more »


Barbie Book Basically Tells Girls They Can’t Code for Themselves; Internet Fixes It

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Despite being an icon of Americana and a leading figure in the development of girls around the world, Barbie has never really been the best role model. With body proportions that skew the ideals to literally impossible standards and career choices that lead girls everywhere to aspire to be something dependent on those ideals, it’s really a… Read more »


StyleHaul Attracts European Buyer in RTL Group

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Recently a leading European entertainment network, RTL Group, made moves to go deeper into the Los Angeles tech startup ecosystem when they acquired StyleHaul for $107 million US. RTL Group will also invest $20 million US into StyleHaul in order to fund the company’s growth. In addition, the parties have agreed to earn-out mechanisms that… Read more »


Airbnb for Cars, Getaround, Raises $24M in New Funding

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San Francisco-based car-sharing startup, Getaround, announced today they have raised $24M in funding. Getaround app allows users to reserve cars from people nearby their location. Basically. Airbnb for your car. If someone is looking for a car,  they can search cars available nearby available instantly. Those registered agree to let any of its screened users… Read more »


5 Things Journalists Want to See in Your Email Subject Line

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A study released yesterday by Fractl and BuzzStream asked 500 writers and editors from publications like Fast Company, Mashable, Forbes, and USA Today how they want to be pitched. I’m sure those 500 media professionals relished the opportunity to complain, as journalists often do. Luckily, complaints to them are tips for entrepreneurs – tips on… Read more »


This is How You Should Market your App

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This summer it was announced that in the iTunes App Store alone, there are over 1.2 million apps available for downloading. If you plan to launch an app, it’s not enough to have the most beautiful interface and innovative product. If no one knows about it, you’re just another one of the 1.2 million, a number that’s… Read more »


FiscalNote Raises $7M Series A for Its Legislation Prediction AI

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The Washington, D.C. startup FiscalNote, whose artificial intelligence technology analyzes and predicts the outcome of legislation, announced a $7 million Series A. This round of financing was led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Visionnaire Ventures, with participation from Cloud Ventures, NEA, Winklevoss Capital, Enspire Capital, Green Visor Capital, and Middleland Capital. Notable angelsin this round… Read more »



Shakr: “Video Ads are Hot Right Now”

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According to a recent Forbes article, video ads are hot right now. Nearly every major internet platform launched a new video ad product, big brands love it, and video ad spending is up 76 percent year-over-year in 2014. Recently graduated from the 500 Startups accelerator, as part of Batch 10, Shakr has decided that they… Read more »


Techstars Boston Hosts International-Heavy Demo Day

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Last week Techstars held their 2014 Boston Demo Day to celebrate the 12 startup companies graduating the accelerator program. According to the team, one of the awesome characteristics about this year’s class is that it’s one of the most international classes out of Boston to date. Companies came from Australia, Russia, France, Croatia, Hong Kong,… Read more »


YourCause Gets Crucial Investment From Vocap

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YourCause LLC, the SaaS provider of CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform, recently announced that they closed a successful Series A funding round led by Vocap Investmnet Partners. The capital raised, which is undisclosed, will be used to support the company’s trend of positive growth. YourCause is focusing on a three-tiered system to sustain this trend: expand… Read more »


How Constantly Checking your Phone Can Ruin Your Posture

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Believe it or not, but your constant texting and checking your Instagram is ruining your posture. A new study published by the Surgical Technology International found that people spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted over reading and texting on their smart phones and devices. Looking down at your texts is… Read more »


Hush Blows Their $100K Kickstarter Goal Out of the Water

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There’s still 33 days to go on Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve already hit their $100,000 funding goal; in fact, they’ve hit $137,416. What makes their Kickstarter so enticing to people is the fact that Hush has figured out how to tune out your loud neighbors, snoring roommates, and noisy streets. Hush introduced us to… Read more »


Actually Fashionable Wearable Tech: Cuff Wins Decoded Fashion NYC Startup Competition

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Today and yesterday, Decoded Fashion held its New York Summit in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, inviting leading startups and individuals from the worlds of fashion and technology to share their thoughts on such things as how fashion houses and retail chains are utilizing nascent technologies, as well as highlighting the work from rising startups that bringing the… Read more »