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Reduce Your Utility Use with Sol Vista  

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How much would you pay to reduce your utility use by 1420% per year? That astronomical reduction is exactly what The Bernstein Companies have realized since they became Sol Vista’s first client in 2010. Sol Vista enabled The Bernstein Companies to leverage a $25,000 investment in efficiency measures into annual savings of $300,000 and a… Read more »



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 »


4 Reasons Why Dating Apps Have Stopped Men from Approaching Women

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Look around the room – how many of your friends are using Tinder, swiping right or left on their phone? Dating apps are becoming the cheapest form of crack college students (and others) can find. The rush you get seeing “You have been matched with…” for the first time is inexplicable. These apps are the metaphorical… Read more »


HomeTrackR: Like CarFax for Homes

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If you’ve ever bought a home, particularly as a first-time buyer, you know how scary the process can be. It has always been hard to know just what you’re getting, even when you have a great home inspector. HomeTrackR fills this void. HomeTrackR provides information about a home’s history, helping homebuyers to make a more… Read more »



Miami Dade College to Launch Idea Center and Incubator on Campus

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Miami Dade College announces plans to open a new entrepreneurship center, the Idea Center, in September. The Idea Center @MDC will be  headed by entrepreneur Leandro Finol, and it will be the college’s hub for entrepreneurship for 165,000 students. The center will also have a venture incubator, called CREATE, with programming and resources to help nurture and… 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 »


Evonne Heyning On Fostering Skills Based On Experiences [Video]

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Evonne Heyning of Eddefy was in Las Vegas Downtown project as part of Tech Cocktail’s Sessions, where she talked creating a platform that would help people thrive based on their experiences. Eddefy is an online tool that provides tool that foster collective intelligence to facilitate personalized lifelong learning and skill-building “The experience is what often changes us… Read more »


Washington Univeristy Startup Schoology Raises $15M From Intel Capital

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The St. Louis Business Journal today reported on yet another Washington University startup that has achieved greatness. Schoology comes to us from the Wash U entrepreneurship course led by Clifford Holekamp and has since raised $15 million by Intel Capital. “We are in a golden age for education technology, and Schoology is at the forefront, driving innovation… Read more »


Now You Can Make Sweet Sweet Love to Your iPad

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You can’t say innovation is not revolutionizing the adult enterainment industry. Tech gadgets are not only becoming sexier but racier due to consumer demand. Take Fleshlight’s release of the Fleshlight Launchpad, an iPad case for your penis. The company has been working on this thing for two and a half years and has received great customer reviews. This shouldn’t surprise… Read more »


SupplyBid Wants to Be A Multi-Billion Dollar B2B Platform

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Sam Sinai, founder of SupplyBid, tells me that it can be very difficult for electrical manufacturers and contractors to get the components they need or make good use of their excess inventory. Part of that issue comes from the fact that technology and entrepreneurship has left this niche industry behind. That’s what SupplyBid seeks to… Read more »



Posto7 Raises $925K In Seed Round Funding

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Miami-based startup Posto7 has raised $925K via convertible notes from NXTP Labs and other investors in New York City, San Francisco, Brazil and Miami. This announcement comes as Posto7 finishes NXTP Labs’ accelerator program in Buenos Aires. Posto7 app is currently in beta, and it helps you share with friends your favorite restaurants, hotels, and nightlife venues…. Read more »


Code Fever Expands Program to Low-Income High School Students

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today a US $75,000 grant to Miami-based nonprofit Code Fever. Code Fever helps high school students to code, learn and build technology within their communities. This grant will help expand the coding and entrepreneurial training program to local students and parents from low-income neighborhoods. “Our sole objective is… Read more »