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Health Tracking App Nudge Adds Android and Adequate Sleep to its Pudge-Busting Lineup

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The Los Angeles-based health startup Nudge understands that being healthy is much more than simply eating right. Good health requires a steady mix of nutrition, exercise, hydration, and adequate sleep. The team also understands that Android is the favored smartphone worldwide, and that’s why they launched a new Android version of their health tracker app… Read more »


NGP VAN Launches Social Fundraising Tool with Gamification Features

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DC-based NGP VAN is already gearing up for the next political season. The political tech company, which provides solutions to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, launched publicly their new Social Fundraising tool that helps campaigners raise money more effectively. While most peer-to-peer online fundraising platforms keep efforts on the web, Social Fundraising integrates both… Read more »


Australia’s Local Startup Scene Is Facing Challenges

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Cuts in Australia’s 2014-15 federal budget are making things look bleak for Australia’s local startup companies, who depend on funding from companies like Commercialisation Australia, which in the past has provided more than AU$200 million in startup funding but is now one of eight programs being cut from the budget. The Innovation Investment Fund, which connected… Read more »


Build Your Talent Network with TalentCircles

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There’s no doubt that finding top talent isn’t easy. Especially when 40 percent of employers around the world have difficulty finding talent to fill their positions, recruiting the high-quality candidates can be challenging. With TalentCircles, the stress of finding the best talent is eliminated. TalentCircles is a cloud-based platform that allows employers to build, brand,… Read more »



Seven Tips to Build and Maintain a Successful Startup Brand

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Best friends: reliable, intuitive individuals with personalities that click perfectly. The same feelings often apply to favorite brands because the genius innovators behind them get into consumers’ heads, figure out what they really need and offer a clear, easy-to-use solution to the problem at hand. Thanks to this strategy, consumers trust solid brands and are eager… Read more »



Find Your Company’s Sales SweetSpot with This B2B Intelligence App

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If you run a startup, then you know that the all-hands-on-deck approach to business often requires your entire team to be salespeople. Most likely, you need people who can wear multiple hats, switching from development to marketing seamlessly, so you can keep your startup lean and mean. Last week, Xtra IQ Inc. launched SweetSpot, the… Read more »


Vote Rock It: The App Changing Political Campaigns

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Matt Hudson is bringing together the world of politics and technology – and his app, Vote Rock It, will change the way political candidates campaign. “Vote Rock it is a platform for political candidates,” says Hudson. “Basically we put an app in the app store inexpensively so they can get out the vote, raise money… Read more »




MakersKit Closes $1.5M in Seed Funding for DIY Project Kits

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MakersKit, the L.A.-based startup that is helping everyone get involved in the Maker Movement through its do-it-yourself project kits, announced on Monday that it has closed $1.5 million in seed funding. The round of financing was led by Tribeca Venture Partners. Other participants in the round include Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Mesa+, Greycroft Partners, and… Read more »



French Carpooling Startup BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Funding

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Why hire a black car service when you can just catch a ride with someone going towards your destination anyway? That’s the idea behind BlaBlaCar, a French carsharing company. They announced today that they raised $100 million round from Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and more to “transform city-to-city travel.” Unlike Uber,  BlaBlaCar doesn’t enlist drivers but offers users… Read more »


5 Ways to Enjoy Your Staycation in South Florida

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Summer is here! For some, this means taking time off to go on a family holiday or some exotic getaway… Of course, that was before you launched your own business, and vacations became a major expense/luxury/unlikelihood. Don’t worry, you can still relax and have fun in the Magic City at an affordable price. Here are five tips that… Read more »