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Loyalty Rewards Company Belly Announces International Expansion into Canada

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It was announced this morning that loyalty rewards company Belly has expanded internationally, launching 50 locations in the Vancouver market. This is the company’s first move beyond the United States. Since its founding in 2011, the Chicago-based company has gained more than 3 million members, who have redeemed more than 1 million rewards through its loyalty rewards mobile app. Belly’s loyalty… Read more »


Pyne is the Tinder of Social Polling: Leveraging Simple User Interface Design in a Competitive Market

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Designing a product – any product, whether that’s the next architectural masterpiece or the next Uber/Pandora/AirBnB for #whateveryourface – requires that one understand that simplicity trumps complexity. When the intention is for people to actually interact with your app regularly and frequently, you have to ensure that it’s easy to understand and simple to use…. Read more »





App Development Company 10Pearls Buys Gemini Security Solutions

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This morning, it was officially announced that 10Pearls – a software app development company located in Herndon, VA – has acquired Gemini Security Solutions. The acquisition is largely motivated by the company’s recognition that data be kept secure throughout the design and development process than merely being a secondary component. As part of this acquisition, the… Read more »



DC-Based Personal Launches Fill It for Quick and Safe Auto-Filling on Online Forms

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Last week, Personal - a DC-based startup which provides a secured digital data vault for consumers’ information, passwords, and files – launched the world’s largest form library at Fill It, giving people a tool to securely and automatically fill almost any form in the world. Literally millions of forms are filled every day by people from all over… Read more »


Waleteros: Mobile Banking Without a Bank

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Miami-based startup Waleteros has one mission: to provide banking services to those who don’t have access to financial services. In the United States, that number is about 106 million people: nearly one-third of the U.S population is underbanked or unbanked according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). That means they don’t have bank accounts or regularly make… Read more »



NYC’s Bindo Raises $1.8M Seed Round Led by Gary Vaynerchuck

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Bindo, a NYC-based retail startup that offers a Cloud-based checkout system and tools to simply the way merchants manage inventory and customer relationships, announced yesterday that it has raised $1.8 million in seed funding. The round was co-led by Gary Vaynerchuck, Metamorphic Ventures, and East Ventures. According to The Wall Street Journal, Bindo plans to… Read more »


RideScout Expands to a Whopping 69 Cities across North America

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We’ve had our eye on DC-based RideScout for a while now. Back in November, the company launched its app for iOS and Android, aggregating all your ground transportation options in real time. Just last month, they expanded the service to Chicago - the company’s fifth city since the launch. And, this morning, the company has announced its “Summer of 69,” officially launching… Read more »


Medyear’s Documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa Highlights Software’s Ability to Affect Social Change

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On Monday, NYC-based startup Medyear released a short documentary on the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and how mere access to privacy tools can significantly improve the treatment of those dealing with the virus. Aside from highlighting the social impact that startups can continue to make on a global scale, the documentary is also revealing… Read more »