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Personal, Your Private Network and Central Data Vault


Society is becoming ever more transparent.  What we’re doing, who we’re doing it with, and where we’re doing it is now being broadcast for any and all who wants to see.  Not all information is meant to be shared openly and freely however.  Your breakfast burrito, sure (if you must).  Your wi-fi password, probably not.  What… Read more »

Cerealize Announced As Winner of SXSW Startup Bus Competition

Cerealize winner of startup bus

Last month we covered StartupBus, an invitation-only hackathon whereby small teams of hackers and hustlers go from concept to creation during the three day transit from various cities across the country to this year’s SXSWi in Austin, TX.  On Sunday, the field of more than 50 teams were narrowed down to eight.   Just moments ago,… Read more »

3 Tips for Startups Making Videos, from Vsnap


One advantage startups have over big corporations is their personality: quirky, funny, and passionate rather than staid and faceless. But with loads of new startups popping up every day, they can seem a bit cookie-cutter – hence this parody of the typical app. Boston-based Vsnap wants to make businesses more personal again: their platform lets… Read more »

Where’s the Humanity in Social Media Content? Take a Peek at Peekseed


Q: Where’s the humanity in social media content? A: Peekseed In the ongoing stream of tweets, likes, shares, emoticons, commenting, and other social sharing methods, we’re still somewhat limited in our personal expressions online. Currently, our social web lives are shackled to sharing services that fail to capture true and genuine interests due to their… Read more »

Accessible E-Book Publishing with BookBrewer


Back in 2010, we introduced you to BookBrewer, a Boulder-based company offering electronic publishing services to writers.  Since then, the e-publishing industry has seen tremendous growth, with BookBrewer growing right alongside it.  If you’ve looked into publishing an e-book yourself, you know it is not enough to be a brilliant writer with a unique idea,… Read more »

Customize Your Jeans Online with GetWear


The creative team at GetWear wants to change the fashion industry, one pair of jeans at a time. Retailers lose billions of dollars a year due to selling slow-moving inventory at or below cost.  We solve the problem of inefficient and unprofitable pricing by aggregating market data, making a smart pricing decision, and then narrowcasting… Read more »

Sell Ebooks, Fashion, and More on WordPress with WooCommerce


I cover startups and apps on a daily basis now, but not often do I see one I’ll actually use. WooCommerce is an exception. Based in South Africa, WooCommerce helps you turn your WordPress blog into a bona fide online store – with tons of room for creativity. “WooCommerce has got more features than you… Read more »

Rock Your Block: The Social-Networked Job Engine for Teens

Rock Your Block

I wish Rock Your Block existed when I was in high school.  (Of course, there was no Internet then, so that is truly wishful thinking….)  This Minneapolis-based startup has developed an online and mobile location-based application that helps 13-17 year-olds find neighborhood jobs, part-time work and internship opportunities within their community.  They are moving the… Read more »

Brass Monkey, That Funky Gaming App


What if you could take your gaming console everywhere you went, using technology you already have?  Boston-based startup Brass Monkey can turn your smartphone into a mobile gaming console for a fun, accessible gaming experience.  With Brass Monkey, your phone becomes a motion-sensitive controller, and your browser becomes a console.  Having recently secured $750K in… Read more »

DeadSocial: Putting a New Spin on Social Networking


This is a little macabre, but it is still an interesting statistic: 3.24% of all Facebook profiles belong to the deceased.  Because death, like taxes, is inevitable, this number is naturally increasing with each passing moment. London-based DeadSocial has created a software platform around this basic fact of life.  They let you create a range… Read more »