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Online Marketing Technology Leader BrightTag Acquires Signal

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Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that the online marketing technology company, BrightTag, has acquired Signal, a digital marketing software company. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed, but the Crain’s report stated that “Signal, a four-person [sic] company, will be absorbed into BrightTag, which has about 100 employees.” Since its founding in 2009, the… Read more »


Put Down Your Phone! It’s Time to Tock

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Nowadays, we use our phones more than we talk in person. On college campuses, offices, and in our homes, we are constantly consumed with social media and who has “liked” our latest post or photo. Connected, wired, and unable to talk with the people around us – the younger generation would usually rather chat over… Read more »



Marketo Heads East and Picks Atlanta as Hub

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San Francisco-based Marketo is opening its East Coast office in Atlanta, the company’s first major expansion since the recent IPO. Marketo, a software company that helps its business-to-business customers manage marketing campaigns and generate sales leads, will open a sales and customer support office in July and hopes to eventually add more than 200 jobs in… Read more »



Advlo: Adventure Travel Startup Launches Self-Starter

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Jon Maser was in southern Vietnam last year when he was looking for an inexpensive place to windsurf. Despite the country’s low cost of living and other affordable attractions, the tour operators were charging high prices and Maser chose to look for other options. “I decided that I was going to go out and find… Read more »


Modernizing Medicine Partners with IBM’s Supercomputer Watson

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IBM will lend the power of its supercomputer Watson computer to South Florida’s Modernizing Medicine’s physician visit application. The Boca Raton-based company provides electronic medical record systems for specific specialty practices. Modernizing Medicine will use this technology to introduce an app called schEMA. The application will field questions from physicians about conditions and treatments and respond with information… Read more »


Techstars Chicago Announces 10 Startups in Its Summer 2014 Class

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Techstars Chicago announced this morning in a blog post that it has selected ten startups to participate in the accelerator program’s summer 2014 class. Formerly Excelerate Labs, this will be the accelerator’s second season as Techstars Chicago, having launched their inaugural class last summer. Ten companies were selected in this year’s summer cohort: six from Chicago, two from… Read more »


DC-Based Ground Transportation Aggregator RideScout Expands to Chicago, Plans for NYC

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DC-based RideScout announced today that the company will be expanidng its service to the Chicago metro area. This is the fifth major city since RideScout was launched in November of last year, with the San Francisco and Boston regions having been its most recent expansions. RideScout provides a free mobile app that aggregates real-time data on all… Read more »


Giphy Raises $2.4 Million Series A for Its GIF Search Engine

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Last week, NYC-based Giphy raised a $2.4 million Series A round of funding, as reported by Strictly VC. According to a post published on the company’s blog, the round was led by Betaworks, with participation from Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, and CAA Ventures. “It’s been a little over a year since we launched Giphy, and since then we’ve been… Read more »



Baltimore’s Curiosityville Acquired by Education Giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Baltimore-based Curiosityville, an education tech video game startup, was reportedly purchased by global education powerhouse, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The acquisition was announced this morning for an undisclosed price. Curiosityville provides children between the ages of three and eight with an online, personalized learning environment, utilizing animated video games to teach basic… Read more »