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SoundOff.fm: The MySpace of Music Discovery

SoundOff

Online music services are gaining popularity, and they can be the gateway to millions of listeners. But indie bands may have trouble breaking into Pandora channels, Turntable.fm rooms, and Spotify playlists. Chicago startup SoundOff.fm wants indie bands to be heard. According to its founders, “SoundOff.fm was started to give indie artists a real chance at… Read more »


Cerrio Provides Developers With Real-Time App Interactivity and Tools

Cerrio

Chicago-based startup Cerrio, which was co -founded by a former derivatives trader and software developer for the trading industry, is demoing 2 products for developers at Tech Cocktail’s event at Chicago Ideas Week Sunday night: x-stream.ly is a fast, secure, and scalable service that lets web developers add real-time interactivity to their apps.  No server… Read more »



BucketFeet: Artist-Designed Kicks That Give Back

BucketFeet

For a while now, new companies have been cropping up with a mission to do some good while generating profits. It’s a great marketing tactic as well, since so many of us enjoy giving a little bit back when we can. BucketFeet is a Chicago-based startup selling artist-illustrated shoes and raising money for three children’s… Read more »


Shop for Doctors and Medical Procedures at OkCopay

OkCopay

With patients paying as much as 1,100% more for the same medical procedure, there is a huge incentive to shop for health care. Chicago-based startup OkCopay is the first open medical comparison engine that removes the mystery of pricing for patients, while improving reimbursement rates for doctors.  Regardless of insurance status, you can “shop” for… Read more »


Spontaneus Delivers the Right Customers to Small Businesses

Spontaneus

If you’re a small business owner, there’s nothing more important than making a lasting connection with your customers. New startup Spontaneus is aiming to do just that, sending free certificate incentives from businesses to their target audience. Founded by Julian Erickson and Mike Wolf, Spontaneus is providing a new, transparent and exclusive marketing option for… Read more »


Brides-To-Be: Get Inspired and Organized with Lover.ly

Lover.ly

For most women, planning a wedding is both exciting and extremely stressful. There’s plenty of information out there to inspire and help you create the perfect event, but how can you sort through it all and find the best ideas? NYC-based Lover.ly is a visual search engine for wedding planning that lets brides hone in… Read more »


Online Learning Site Udemy Closes $3M Series A Financing

Udemy

It’s always so exciting for us when a startup with potential that we cover lands funding.  Udemy, which I wrote about way back in March, just closed $3 million Series A financing from Lightbank, the Chicago-based VC fund started by the co-founders of Groupon.  Existing investors MHS Capital and 500 Startups also participated. Founder and… Read more »




Mocksession Captures Regrettable – But Hilarious – Moments in Sports

MockSession

Please tell me you’ve seen this video of a University of Oregon quarterback picking his nose during the last seconds of the BCS National Championship game. Yes, you heard me right: the fourth quarter’s ticking down, a championship’s on the line, and QB Darron Thomas is caught digging for gold on national television. Claaaassic. Thanks… Read more »


Online Food Ordering Hits Baltimore Courtesy of EatBmore

EatBmore

Hungry for Mexican?  What about pizza, sushi, or kebabs?  Baltimore-based startup LocalUp Solutions, which I covered back in June, has just announced the launch of their newest online food ordering site on their home turf. EatBmore.com features listings and menus for more than 150 local restaurants, a premium advertising platform for local restaurants, and an… Read more »


Brew Your Favorite Content with Percolate

Percolate

Is your life becoming swamped with feeds? From Twitter to Google Reader, if you’re like me, you have too much content to sift through when you want to catch up on your feed reading. A new social network, called Percolate, can help you sift through those feeds and bubble up the best content. Percolate aggregates… Read more »