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Early Augmented Reality Will Be More Practical Than Futuristic

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While the average guy expects “mainstream” augmented reality to be the stuff of science fiction books or movies, some industry experts think the reality of AR’s first big step might be more mundane than mainstream. According to Pete Wassell, CEO and founder of Augmate, which connects databases and software to digital eyewear, current AR technology isn’t ready to offer everyone a customized visual version… Read more »


Rivet News Radio Raises $1.7M to Become the Pandora for News Radio

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The Chicago-based HearHere Radio – the company responsible for Rivet News Radio - announced earlier today that it has raised $1.7 million in Convertible Promissory Notes in an effort to become the the Pandora for news radio, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. Investors in this round include the Associated Press, A.H. Belo Management Services, Whittier Ventures, and… Read more »



Enable Top Talent to Compete for Your Positions with CareerStarter

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Is your company looking to hire young and ambitious talent? CareerStarter, a competition hiring platform, helps company locate and attract top talent. This platform evaluates the talents and skills of candidates, and determines whether they’re able to perform well in a job once hired. How does CareerStarter work? CareerStarter is a competition hiring platform that… Read more »



Crowsnest Joins Techstars Seattle Class of 2014

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Crowsnest recently moved from Syracuse, New York, to Seattle as one of the ten teams to join the Techstars Seattle class of 2014. According to a press release, more than 600 teams applied for the program, and 31% of the applications came from outside the United States. “It was a very competitive selection process with many… Read more »


2 Days Left to Support Handmade Kenyan Belts on Kickstarter

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From potato salad to mini 3D printers, we’ve all seen some very interesting projects on Kickstarter this year. According to their site, “Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more.” Mugo Muna is the founder of Bora Wear, which is… Read more »


Swift Programmers: Here’s a New Open-Source Security Tool for You

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The application security and research startup nVisium has just released an open-source training tool for developers wanting to build applications using Apple’s new Swift programming language. Called Swift.nV, the tool is meant to help identify and test vulnerabilities in Swift. Founded in 2009, the Herndon, Virginia-based nVisium is focused on providing individuals and organizations with the tools… Read more »


Baltimore’s OrderUp Raises $7M Series A Led by Revolution Ventures

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This morning, the Baltimore, Maryland-based online food ordering and delivery startup OrderUp announced that it has raised a $7 million round of series A funding led by Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures, with participation from LivingSocial cofounder Tim O’Shaughnessy. With this new round of financing, the five-year-old company has raised a total of $8.25 million. Formerly known as LocalUp, OrderUp’s… Read more »


St. Louis Based Cultivation Capital Invests $500,000 in Life Sciences

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Yesterday the St. Louis powerhouse Cultivation Capital announced that they will be investing $500,000 in Molecular Sensing, Inc. (MSI). The life sciences company is commercializing an industry changing solution for drug discovery, which grabbed the attention of Cultivation Capital. MSI has developed a new technique called backscattering interferometry (BSI) that is based on the principle… Read more »




What 29 Entrepreneurs Eat for Lunch

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This is a follow-up to “What 50+ Entrepreneurs Eat for Breakfast” – read about all the smoothies, eggs, and granola here. When I was working in an office, one of my coworkers had a rule: you’re not allowed to start thinking about lunch until 10, and you’re not allowed to each lunch until 11. Thinking… Read more »


Why the Washington Post’s Affiliate Links Are a Good Thing

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PandoDaily’s Paul Carr is fired up about links. Not just any links, but Amazon affiliate links that are now being included in journalistic content from the Washington Post – another company that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns. Some believe the sky is falling, as this is the end of “editorial independence.” I’m fired up, too…. Read more »


DC-Area Startup Avizia Closes Funding Round for Telemedicine Solutions

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This morning, the Reston, Virginia-based telemedicine company Avizia announced that they have closed a round of equity financing. The round was led by NextGen Angels and included participation from Blue Venture Investors and Middleland Capital. The company did not disclose the amount of money raised. As part of this round, the company will bring on Edward Kennedy, CEO… Read more »


Do People Care About Wireless Charging?

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Recently we ran an article going over the pros, cons, and speculations on Starbucks new wireless charging plan. And it seems that Starbucks isn’t slowing down despite its drawbacks. I’m sure Starbucks has done their own market research, but Kwikboost just conducted a survey in which they asked over 5,000 people to list ten smartphone features in order of… Read more »